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, and 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


Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. How do I meet with an Academic Peer Mentor?
    1. Virtual and in-person appointments with APMs are available. Follow these directions to schedule an appointment.
  1. What if I have a specific question about class content?
    1. Academic Peer Mentors are not tutors but are valuable resources 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!         


Major: Political Science/ Sociology   Minors: Spanish

My name is Amy and I am a senior Political Science and Sociology double major with a Spanish minor. I am from Long Island and involved in Student Senate as well as a member of APO, the co-ed service fraternity on campus. In my free time, I hang out with friends or catch up on tv shows. I am happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have about academics.




Major: Psychology    Minors: Spanish

Hello Friends! My name is Joelmy Acevedo (you can also call me Jaay). I am a Senior Psychology major with a minor in Spanish. I am from Brooklyn, NY. In addition to being an academic peer mentor, I am also an AOP program member and mentor. Also, I am a Co-President of the Latinx Student Association!  I enjoy spending time with friends and family,  amazing city views, and trying new food spots. Don't be afraid to say "Hi" if you see me around campus. I'm very friendly! Remember to take things one at a time and set some time for yourself!!! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about anything (well, not literally anything) feel free to reach out and set up a meeting. I will be happy to help. 




Major: Biology, Sociomedical Sciences

Hello! My name is Abby Shafer. I am a junior Biology/Sociomedical Sciences major. I am from a super-tiny town outside of Buffalo. I am a blood drive coordinator for the Red Cross Club. I am also a community building and education lead for Partners in Health. Outside of school, I love hikes with my dog, listening to all kinds of music, and (obviously) watching the Bills. If you ever need help forming new study strategies, coming up with more successful ways to attack a class, or simply want to talk, I'm here!




Major: Biology, French 

Hi everyone! My name is Nora, and I am a Biology and French double major. I am from Brighton, a suburb outside of Rochester, NY. A fun fact about me is that I am adopted from China! I love to read, hike, travel, and spend time with my family and friends. In addition to being an Academic Peer Mentor (APM), I am a captain of the Geneseo Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, Escargot. I am also doing academic research on campus. College is a funky time in our lives, don’t be afraid to reach out! 




Major: Psychology

Hi everyone! My name is Abigail but please call me Abbyy! 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


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, 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