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Academic Peer Mentors

Come Visit our Academic Peer Mentors!

Let’s face it, being a student at Geneseo is hard. There’s a lot that is expected of you. In addition to classes, there are clubs, sports, organizations, intramurals, on campus and off campus jobs all vying for your attention. Never mind trying to make friends and have a social life! Balancing all of the opportunities available isn’t always easy to do. That’s where an Academic Peer Mentor can help!

An Academic Peer Mentor is a current upper level student at Geneseo, who has demonstrated an ability to learn, grow, and succeed in areas relating to academic and collegiate success. From study strategies to utilizing Degree Works, an Academic Peer Mentor has received training in these areas and has been asked to draw on their own experiences to help their peers navigate Geneseo.

Meet with an Academic Peer Mentor In-Person or Online



NEW! APM Workshops 

Click on the Workshops to learn tips and techniques for registering for classes and other success strategies.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. How do I meet with an Academic Peer Mentor?
    1. Virtual appointments with APMs are available. Follow these directions to schedule an appointment or look for Drop in Hours.
  1. What if I have a specific question about class content?
    1. Academic Peer Mentors are not tutors but are a valuable resource to teach you skills and to expose you to new study techniques that can help you learn the material for those challenging classes. Be sure to bring your notes and specific questions and they’ll help you put together a practical study plan to get the work done. Additionally, the Academic Peer Mentors can show you how to access all of the in-person and online tutoring resources Geneseo offers.
  1. Will the Academic Peer Mentor tell my professors that I met with them?
    1. No! An appointment with an Academic Peer Mentor is completely confidential and private, an APM will never reveal to a professor, coach, RA, parent or peer who made an appointment.
  2. How to I contact APMs by email? Email


Meet our Academic Peer Mentors!         

JACOB REID (Class of 2022)

Major: Political Science    Minors: College Honors Program

Hello! I am Jacob, and I am an out-of-state Senior Political Science Major and College Honors Minor. I am an Assistant Resident Director with Geneseo Residence Life, President of the Geneseo Chapter of NRHH, and an attendee of many of the other clubs we have on campus! I enjoy hiking, cartoons/anime, politics, and TikTok. If you ever want to talk to me about any of that or if you have any questions/comments/concerns regarding majors/minors, study habit tips, balancing being a full-time student with being a full-time human, or anything else related to your academic success, stop by my office hours or set up an appointment to talk and see what we can do!

Jacob Reid

MEGAN WILLISON (Class of 2022) 

Major: Adolescence Education: History

Hi friends! My name is Megan and in addition to being an APM, I am a member of Orchesis, which is a dance club on campus. If you have any questions about academics here at Geneseo, please don’t hesitate to shoot us an email or drop by our office!

Megan Willison

DANNY VASBINDER (Class of 2022)
Majors: History and Political Science

Hi, I’m Danny, a Senior History and Political Science double major. On campus, I am involved with APO and enjoy emptying my wallet at Bar-Eat-O.  I came to Geneseo as a transfer and would love to talk those in the same boat about making the adjustment, or just discuss why the Bills are definitely going to win the Superbowl (this is their year!). Please feel comfortable to schedule an appointment or stop by during open hours. I’ll do my best to help you in whatever way I can.

Danny Vasbinder

ABIGAIL GEORGE (Class of 2024)

Major: Psychology

Hi everyone! My name is Abigail but please call me Abby! I'm a sophomore Psychology major, considering a black studies minor. I'm from Brooklyn, NY with a Caribbean background, my parents are from the Caribbean island St. Lucia. I love listening to music, dancing, chocolate, hanging out with close friends, and laughing. I am also a huge Marvel Nut and can talk about Marvel any time of the day, all day :D. My freshman year at Geneseo was unique because of Covid. However, despite the changes and certain limitations, I didn't let those obstacles hinder me from making the most of my freshman experience. I joined a variety of clubs, volunteer work, and going to fun (Covid safe) events where I could still meet amazing people and have a good time. I hope you all too have an amazing time at Geneseo, and a wonderful semester and year!!

Abigail George

JOSHUA FARMER (Class of 2022)

Major: Business Administration

Minor: Marketing

Hello everyone! I am Josh and I am a 3rd year student graduating one year early. I am from New Hartford, New York and in addition to being an Academic Peer Mentor, I am also a GOLD Leadership Mentor, Small Group Coordinator for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and I am on the Sponsorship team for Geneseo TEDx as well. In my free time, I enjoy golfing, fishing, listening to music (country is my favorite genre!), playing pick-up basketball and hanging out with my friends and family. If you have any questions/comments/concerns regarding any of your academic troubles, please be free to set up an appointment with me or stop by my office hours! 


MARLEE FANCETT (Class of 2023)

Major: English, Adolescence Education

I am an English Adolescent Education major going into my junior year, though this will only be my second year at SUNY Geneseo. Aside from my love for learning, I also really enjoy reading and creative writing, my current favorites being coming-of-age stories. I have a Boston Terrier, Joshua, who I cherish and I am always willing to listen to, whether it be to a peer's stress or my dog's sad attempt at singing along to his favorite songs.



Major: Sociology

Minor: Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Hello everyone! My name is Michelly Meza-Benitez. I’m a junior Sociology major with a minor in Latin American Studies. I am from Brooklyn, NY and I am a proud first generation student!  Aside from being an Academic Peer Mentor, I am co-president of the Latinx Student Association and part of the Geneseo Late Knight Staff. In my free time, I like to watch movies (thrillers are my favorite!), spend time with friends and listen to music. Feel free to reach out if you need any help or have any questions. I will be more than happy to help! 


Academic Peer Mentors Host Workshops Too!

Consider inviting peer mentors to your next club meeting or residence hall event. They can customize workshops to fit your group. Workshops we can offer include, but are not limited to:

  1. Setting and exceeding academic goals
  2. Bouncing back: Developing a growth mindset when academic setbacks occur
  3. Beyond re-reading the textbook: Effective study strategies to ace that next exam
  4. Overcoming procrastination
  5. Study smarter, not harder

Email us to schedule a session.



Phone: (585) 245-5541


Mailing Address

Office of Academic Planning and Advising
1 College Circle, Erwin Hall 106
Geneseo, NY 14454