Meet Your Peer Advisors

Peer Advising Drop-In Center Schedule

Peer Advising Drop-In Center
330 Arnold House
(413)545-3816
E-mail: peeradvising@schoolph.umass.edu

Welcome to the Peer Advising Center, the home-base to peer advisors who are experienced students dedicated to supporting you and your academic needs. We are here to help you understand the field of public health and the nature of the Public Health Sciences major. While we will not tell you which classes to take or avoid, we will offer insight to help you make the best informed decision about your own academic career.

Drop-in Office Hours- Closed for the Summer

While there's no need to make an appointment, if you drop in, please bring an updated copy of your tracking form. Being well prepared will help us help you.

Meet Your Peer Advisors!

Bridget Aumais
Brian Boates
Anne Hickey


Bridget Aumais
Graduation Year: 2015
Track: Social Science
Hours: Wednesday 2:30-4:00 pm; Thursday 12:30-2:00 pm

As a freshman, I chose to be a Public Health major because I wanted to make a difference in people’s health without being in the medical field.  What I love about public health is learning how ingenuity and thinking outside the box can lead to creative ways to improve a population’s health before they become sick or injured. Later on, I chose to pursue Education as my collateral field.  In the future, I would like to work in the field of maternal and child health to educate expecting mothers and mothers of young children on how to keep themselves and their children healthy and thriving. 

One of my favorite things I have been involved with in Public Health is volunteering at the DKMS Donor Registry Drive last spring with the UMass Public Health Club.  We got to register hundreds of UMass students to become potential bone marrow donors for people fighting blood cancer.  It was so rewarding to know that our work could potentially save lives and at the very least we educated many students about the Donor Registry and the bone marrow donation process!

My tip for new students is that organization is essential to your success.  I have found it so helpful to keep a planner with a monthly calendar as well as a daily to-do list so I always know what needs to be done and what important events are coming up.


Brian Boates
Graduation Year: 2015
Track: Social Science
Hours: Monday 3:30-5:00 pm; Friday 9:30-11:00 am

Hi! My name is Brian and I am a junior studying Public Health on the Social Science track. I am pursuing a certificate in Public Policy and Administration and also plan to complete my Master’s degree through the Public Health 4+1 program in Health Policy and Management.

My future goals include working in hospital management to discover ways to keep the cost of care for individuals and communities as low as possible while maintaining the quality of care that they are receiving.

One thing I have learned from my time in college so far, is that if you have a goal, make a plan to achieve it and stick to it. Even if your goals change, just revise your plan! College is an extremely stressful time during someone’s life. I have found that if you find what you want and lay out the steps to achieve it, it’s a whole lot less stressful. Also, find what you enjoy doing at UMass and use that as a stress reliever. College is about getting a degree, but is doesn’t have to be all books and studying. Get involved!


Anne Hickey
Graduation Year: 2015
Track: Social Science
Hours: Tuesday 12:30-3:30 pm

My name is Anne Hickey and I am a Junior from Westford, MA. I am on the Social Science track and will be graduating in 2015. I will be completing an Education minor as my Collateral Field option. I chose to become a Public Health Major because I have a desire to learn different ways to serve my community and I want to change the way the world thinks about health. I like the fact that Public Health encourages volunteering and community collectively.

My favorite class at UMass is “My Body, My Health” with Dr. Dan Gerber. I took this class first semester my freshman year, and knew I had to get into Public Health. This class really taught me what I didn’t get to hear in my high-school health class! Overall, my interest in health education skyrocketed. A big thing I had to learn when I got to UMass was how to manage my time. With so many things to do on this huge campus, it is easy to get distracted. Organization is key to managing your time! I have a big, desktop calendar so I can see everything I have to do in a week. I schedule in time for work and due dates, but time for breaks and fun things too! My best advice for being successful is to be yourself and to never give up on your dreams! Work hard to get what you want, and have a great time doing so!