What PAs do

What do peer advisors do, exactly?

If you’re a new student, the first thing they’ll do is make sure you feel welcome and supported in the department. And they help all students to do the following:

  • Make informed decisions about their course of study
  • Apply to the Communication major
  • Plan schedules
  • Understand and meet deadlines for procedures such as course registration, add/drop, and withdrawal
  • Obtain and complete Comm department and university forms
  • Ensure that they are fulfilling all Comm and university requirements
  • Learn how to read and use their Academic Requirements Report (ARR)
  • Explore academic opportunities such as internships, study abroad, and Five College courses
  • Explore research opportunities
  • Explore volunteer opportunities
  • Connect to other UMass services and resources


Peer advisors also …

  • Organize department events throughout the year
  • Maintain a blog to keep Communication students connected with events and opportunities of interest to them