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The Peer Guide Program


Peer Guide applications are now live!


What is a Peer Guide?

Peer Guides are Vanderbilt undergraduate students that have received wellbeing training. The Peer Guide Program provides undergraduate students a space to seek peer support and guidance. Through private, personalized peer coaching sessions, students will receive assistance in one or more of the following areas:

  • Emotional Wellbeing (coping skills, managing negative emotions/cultivating positive emotions)
  • Life Transitions (personal, academic, and social changes)
  • Personal Health (nutrition, sleep habits)
  • Self-Efficacy (values strengthening, self-confidence, self-image)
  • Social Support/Relationship Building (support and community on campus, finding sense of belonging)
  • Stress Management (stress reduction techniques, time management, goal setting)

Meet the Peer Guides


Patrick Qian is a Senior from Shanghai, China double majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience. When he is not studying or working at his neuroscience lab, he loves to cook, do photography, and read. Patrick serves as the vice president of the Japanese Cultural Foundation and an Events Associate at the Sarratt Box Office. He served as a peer counselor in high school and is looking forward to continuing this path and serving as a Peer Guide at the Center for Student Wellbeing. Patrick’s preferred pronouns are he, him, and his.



Swarna Sakshi is a Senior from Memphis, Tennessee majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society. Swarna enjoys reading, art, and watching movies. Swarna is super excited to be serving as a Peer Guide at the Center for Student Wellbeing! Swarna’s preferred pronouns are she, her, and hers.



Katie Wahl is a Junior from Glenview, IL, a suburb outside of Chicago. She is majoring in Cognitive Studies and is thinking about medical school after graduation. Outside of class, Katie likes to bake, watch way too much TV and play and watch sports. She also volunteers at the Children’s Hospital and is involved in MentoraDore.  Katie is looking forward to being a Peer Guide and to give back to the Vandy community. Her preferred pronouns are she, her, and hers.


Who can visit a Peer Guide?

Vanderbilt undergraduate students are eligible to meet with Peer Guides. Participating students will form a personal connection with a Peer Guide and create tangible plans as well as strategies for addressing their challenge, concern, or area of growth. Peer Guides conduct coaching sessions within the Center for Student Wellbeing.

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For more information about the program, please contact Jason E. Steinas at