AAP Peer Mentors

“The Peer Mentors were extremely supportive and very easy to talk to. They become your friends. They are in the same boat as you, students at UArts.”

All first-year AAP students are matched with a Peer Mentor. Peer Mentors are continuing UArts students who are selected through a competitive application process. Peer Mentors serve as leaders during the AAP Connect Program and stay in touch with each student in their group throughout their first year. They coordinate group social activities, connect new students to the UArts community, and host the Free Wednesday slunches.

Stay tuned for the 2015-16 AAP Peer Mentors!

If you are a current student who is interested in being an AAP Mentor for 2015-16, stop by the office in 1500 Pine Hall to pick up an application or email Michelle Nichols, the Advising Center Coordinator at mnichols@uarts.edu.

2014-15 AAP Peer Mentors & Bios:

Victoria Adamo
Senior, Painting/Drawing

My name is Tori Adamo and I am a senior Painting/Drawing major with a concentration in Art Therapy. I am from Middletown, NJ, a town located near the Jersey shore. I love going to the beach and playing tennis. I became involved with the AAP program my freshman year and it was one of the best experiences I've had at UArts. I have met some of my closest friends through AAP and it helped me tremendously with my transition into college! I am very excited to meet the newest members of AAP! Welcome Class of 2018!!! 

Ashley Carrizo
Senior, Dance

Hey guys! I'm Ashley and I'm a senior Dance major. I'm from Long Island, New York and I've been dancing since I was two years old. I love meeting new people and I love to laugh! I wasn't able to attend my freshman AAP orientation, so I can't wait to experience it with you! UArts is an awesome university; I'm sure you guys will love it just as much as the rest of us. Feel free to add me on Facebook or email me. I hope you all have a great freshman year. Welcome Class of 2018; I can't wait to meet all of you!


David De Cristofaro
Sophomore, MBET

Hello incoming class! My name is David Benjamin De Cristofaro and I am entering my second year in the Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology (MBET) program at The University of The Arts. I serve as the Director of Music & Programming for WRTZ UArts Radio, where I manage on-air talent and content, host shows, and plan and coordinate operations for WRTZ Radio's annual campus concert series. Additionally, I am the singer of an independent California based rock band called Stereorush, a member of The Recording Academy as well as a member of the MBET Advisory Board, the Students Of Creative Action (SOCA) counsel board and the Improv Entourage here at UArts.

Prior to the start of my freshman orientation, I had the opportunity to participate in the Academic Achievement Program (AAP) & AAP Connect. It greatly enhanced my academic life, and stood out as one of my favorite experiences here as I had the privilege of meeting some of my favorite classmates, friends & faculty through my participation in the Program. AAP Connect set me on a course of academic success and involvement on campus that I continue to benefit from as a student. I am thrilled to be an AAP Peer Mentor for this year’s incoming class and am very excited to pass that experience along to you!

Austin Snellbaker
Sophomore, Photography

Bio and photo coming soon!

Nick Trawick
Senior, Vocal Performance 

Hey everyone! My name is Nick Trawick and I am a senior Vocal major with a minor in Music Education. I’m a born and raised Philly native. Obviously, as a vocal major I love to sing. When it comes to performing, I have a strong preference for musical theatre and jazz tunes. I also have an obsession with pandas and tumblr.

I became involved in AAP my freshman year. Accepting their invitation to join the program has been one of the best choices I’ve made since coming to UArts. Through the program I was able to meet so many amazing people who I’ve grown very close to over the past couple of years. Having been so inspired from AAP, I jumped at the opportunity to become a Peer Mentor. I hope to show you guys the awesomeness of AAP. I am only a click away via Facebook or email, so don’t hesitate to contact me. I cannot wait to meet you guys this summer! Welcome UArts Class of 2018!