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Sarah AndersonSarah Anderson

My name is Sarah Anderson and I am a senior Communication major. I transferred to UMass my second semester of Sophomore year after spending my first year at San Diego State University. I am from Cape Cod, Massachusetts and it is good to be back in the Northeast. UMass has been a great home for me for the last 2 semesters I have spent here. I studied abroad in Wellington, New Zealand and I am looking forward to my senior year. The Communication department has been such a great community for me to be a part of and has made such an impact on my academic career. I am a first-generation college student so it has been an exciting experience for myself and my family. I have definitely grown and learned a lot over the last 3 years and I am excited to use this insight to guide and motivate others in the Comm department.  

Tyeisha AndersonTyeisha Anderson

My name is Tyeisha Anderson, I am a senior Communication major and a second year Peer Advisor. I was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica and I moved to America two years ago. I currently live in Springfield, Massachusetts, which I believe is a beautiful city. I transferred to UMass fin all 2017 from American International College, which is located in Springfield. Being at UMass has been an enormous change, it has pushed me to step out of my comfort zone when it comes to meeting new people and participating in academic activities. On campus, I currently work as a resident life security monitor for the campus police department. I am a first-generation college student and I love to swim and pretend I can sing!

Nicholas DepinaNicholas Depina

My name is Nicholas Depina and I am a senior Communication major I am from Boston, Massachusetts. I am a Peer Advisor because I want to share my experiences and help other Comm majors with the steps of being in the major. I am excited to meet new people and help you feel welcomed and well-informed in the major.

Summer KaeppelSummer Kaeppel

My name is Summer Kaeppel. I am a senior, double majoring in Comm and Political Science. I’m from Holyoke, Massachusetts. I’ve been mildly obsessed with media and pop culture since I was a child. I really love the Communication major and its ability to go in-depth in media and pop culture. I’m excited to be your peer advisor and serve as someone who is always reachable, especially during the first few months of college where the changes may seem overwhelming at moments.

Ciara LockwoodCiara Lockwood

My name is Ciara Lockwood and I am a senior Sport Management and Communication Major. I am from Mount Olive, New Jersey. I was an RA for two years and decided I wanted to tackle another role that could challenge my skills. Currently, I work in the Dean’s office for Isenberg and I am also a manager for the UMass Men’s Basketball team. This is my first year as a Peer Advisor and I am very excited to help other Comm majors with their time here at UMass!

Kayla NoelKayla Noel

My name is Kayla Noel and I am a double major in Communication and Journalism major.  I’m here to help you accomplish your academic, social, or spiritual goals. I recommend you write them down and let’s work on them together. College is a different world; take your time, ask questions, be in the moment, and most importantly be yourself. You’re going to accomplish great things!

Janice ObudaiJanice Obudai

My name is Janice (Jah-Niece) Obudai. I’m a junior from Worcester, MA. I am a Communication major with a double minor in English and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. In addition to being a Peer Advisor, I also am an RA and work for the Center for Women and Community. I came to college really excited for the new journey I was going to embark on, but I know others were really nervous and intimidated. Both are completely valid feelings, and I’d like to reassure you that everything is going to be okay. The Communication department, and me as your peer advisor, are here to support you and provide you with any resources you want and need.

Aaliyah QuintalAaliyah Quintal

My name is Aaliyah Quintal and I am a junior English and Communication double major. I am from Fall River, Massachusetts and I love fashion, gaming, and red lipstick. This is my first year as a peer advisor and I am very excited to meet you all and provide whatever help I can to ensure your year goes as smoothly and enjoyably as possible. As your peer advisor, I hope that I can be a friendly face around campus for you all to come to, whatever your needs may be.


Juliette RiceJuliette Rice

My name is Juliette Rice, and I am a senior Communication major with minors in Studio Arts and Art History. I am from Holden, Massachusetts, and I love spending time outside, painting, drawing, doing yoga, going to concerts, and traveling. I live on campus in Cashin Hall as a Resident Assistant. As both an RA and your Comm Peer Advisor, I am passionate about improving peers’ experiences on campus by encouraging them to utilize the endless opportunities and resources that UMass offers.