Student Advisors

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Supplement professional academic advising via drop-in services
Connect students to campus tools and resources
Facilitate improved student understanding of major and degree requirements
Provide a unique leadership opportunity to current UMD students

Meet our resourceful peer advisors:

Bryce Plagman

Bryce Plagman

Year in School: Freshman
Studying: Communication & Theatre
Hometown: Mankato, MN

Involvement on campus:

  • CLA Peer Advisor
  • Instructor for Swing Club
  • TA for Celebrity Culture

Fun facts about you: I am an Eagle Scout and I swam competitively once upon a time.   

Why are you excited to be a Peer Advisor? I love to help people going through the challenges that college can bring and to learn more about my school.

What is your favorite thing about UMD?  All the opportunities that the college has to offer and all the fun people I have met and continue to meet.  

Camryn Haak CLA Peer Advisor

Camryn Haak

Year in School: Freshman
Studying: Criminology major & International Studies minor
Hometown: Appleton, WI

Involvement on campus:

  • CLA Peer Advisor
  • Attitudes Dance Association

Fun facts about you: My favorite color is yellow, I really love dogs, I have a little brother and I studied abroad in Spain for two weeks

Why are you excited to be a Peer Advisor? I'm really excited to be a peer advisor because I enjoy helping others, and offering any advice I may have.

What is your favorite thing about UMD? That's a tough one, I think my favorite thing about UMD is how connected I feel. I think it's nearly impossible to feel like you're not a part of something great while attending UMD.

Kathy Peterson CLA Peer Advisor

Kathy Peterson

Year in School:  Sophomore
Studying:  Political Science major, French Studies & Journalism minors
Hometown: Proctor, MN

Involvement on campus: 

  • UMD Run Club
  • Scholar’s Club
  • A&R Student Advisor

Fun facts about you:  

  • I have a twin sister
  • I love to run half marathons and 10Ks
  • I won a Harry Potter trivia contest on a cruise ship

Why are you excited to be a Peer Advisor? I’m excited to be a Peer Advisor because it’s super fun to meet new and current students and help answer their questions.

What is your favorite thing about UMD? My favorite thing about UMD is the location. I’m from the Duluth area and I absolutely love this community. Plus, there is so much to do here! It’s a big-city feel in a smaller town. 

Klaire Hudson CLA Peer Advisor

Klaire Hudson

Year in School: Freshman
Studying: Communication major, International Studies minor
Hometown: Henderson, MN

Involvement on campus:

  • S.E.R.V.E
  • Kirby Program Board
  • UMD Relay for Life Committee
  • IM's Co-ed Volleyball
  • Lutheran Campus Ministry

Fun facts about you: Sweets will forever be my weakness, as I work at Toody's Ice Cream Shoppe back home and Minnesota's Largest Candy Store.

Why are you excited to be a Peer Advisor? I'm excited to be a Peer Advisor in the CLA Office to build relationships and connections that'll hopefully last a lifetime, and to better my knowledge for not only my future, but other students as well. 

What is your favorite thing about UMD? My favorite thing about UMD is the amount of events and activities there are on a daily basis. You could never be "bored" in our Bulldog Territory!

Sam Peer Advisor

Sam Benzinger

Year in School: Freshman
Studying: Criminology major, Hispanic Studies & Psychology minors
Hometown:  Milwaukee, WI

Involvement on campus:

  • CLA Peer Advisor
  • Air Force ROTC Program
  • Women’s Club Volleyball

Fun facts about you: I went skydiving for my birthday with my mom.

Why are you excited to be a Peer Advisor? I enjoy helping people.

What is your favorite thing about UMD? The campus, I love being up on a hill because the view is just gorgeous, calming, and peaceful.