Peer Counseling Program

One of the core components of the Providence Institute is peer counseling. Every incoming PI Candidate will be assigned a peer counselor at the start of the Summer Program. Assignments are arranged on a compatibility basis.

Students are required to work with their peer counselor throughout the course of the academic year during study hall sessions, group activities, academic workshops and evaluation meetings. 

Peer counselors will...

  • Provide immediate, pro-active support for their assigned students
  • Assist with the transition of PI students from high school to college
  • Promote academic excellence
  • Encourage the development of positive relationships with students, faculty and staff
  • Offer knowledge about campus services and resources
  • Foster self-confidence so that PI students become more independent 
  • Empower PI students by modeling the study, organizational and personal skills needed for success
  • Be a consistent and reliable source of structure and motivation

Meet Our Peer Counselors

Amber Alcindor
Year: Junior
Major: Chemistry
Minor: Biology
Activities/Interests: Living a healthy lifestyle and participating in on campus activities
Favorite Movie: "Girls Trip"
Favorite Food: Rice, tostones, salmon balls and banana fritters
What I'm looking forward to this 18-19 year: I am hoping for a prosperous academic school year for myself and my mentees
Julia Felton

Year in school: Junior
Major(s): Journalism & Professional Writing
Minor(s): History and Political Science [Professional focus in cultural affairs]
Activities/Interests:  I write for the Courier and I'm the president of the Karate Club.  I'm also a huge book nerd and history nerd!  
Favorite Movie:  The Post
Favorite Food:  Pasta
What I'm looking forward to the most in the 19-20 academic year:  I'm looking forward to working with the Courier again this year!

Jennifer Kardos

Year: Senior
Major: Biology
Minor(s): Chemistry, Psychology, Molecular Biology
Activities/Interests: Hiking, watching movies, and hanging out with friends!
Favorite Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy
Favorite Food: Pasta
What I'm looking forward to the most in the 19-20 academic year: Meeting new students and to finish my career at La Roche with good grades and good memories!

Kathleen Kenna

Year in school: Junior
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature, Professional Writing, Folklore
Activities/Interests: Reading, writing poetry, sewing, and embroidery
Favorite Movie: Gone with the Wind
Favorite Food: Spaghetti or McDonald’s chicken nuggets
What I'm looking forward to the most in the 19-20 academic year: My independent study in American Folklore. My professor and I are going to be working on a book!

Amelia Murren

Year in School: Sophomore 
Major: Performing Arts/Dance
Activities/ Interests: Ballet, painting, fitness 
Favorite Movie: Shutter Island 
Favorite Food: Pasta 
What I’m looking forward to the most in the 19-20 academic year: Continuing to learn and grow through my academics and my dance courses

Braden Rathmell

Majors: Management & Accounting
Activities/Interests: Board and Tabletop gaming, camping and hiking, film, video games, food.
Favorite Movie: Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back
Favorite Food: Cheeseburgers
What I'm looking forward to the most in the 19-20 academic year: Getting to know more people, helping then through the counseling program and the NSLS, and also, graduation.

Amanda Sowko

Year in school: Senior
Major: Computer Science
Minors: Computer Security and Forensics, and Information Technology
Activities/Interests: I like to make crafts, scrapbook, and all things Disney!
Favorite Movie: Mary Poppins
Favorite Food: Macaroni and Cheese
What I'm looking forward to the most in the 19-20 academic year: I am looking forward to taking information I learned from my internship and applying it to my classes, making the most out of my last year of school, and going to Disney World.


Meet Your Service-Project Manager

Amber Alcindor 

Year: Senior
Major: Chemistry
Minor: Biology
Activities/interests: I enjoy spending time with friends, kayaking, hiking, dancing, and helping people I encounter.
Favorite Movie:  The Best of Enemies
Favorite Food: My favorite dish is a Cruzan meal: baked mac and cheese, seasoned rice, stew beans, Johnny cake, banana frittas, coleslaw, potato stuffing, and salmon balls. 
What I’m looking forward to this 19-20 year: I am looking for a successful year, ending my senior year with acceptance to a great professional institution.