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.

Introducing the 2015-16 AAP Peer Mentors!

Sarah Beranbaum '17 (Dance), Stephanie DeFeo '17 (Photography), Amari "AJ" Givens '18 (Graphic Design), Chanel Howard '18 (Dance), Connor O'Neill '18 (Guitar Performance), Lindsay Ronaldson '16 (Vocal Performance), and Austin Snellbaker '17 (Photography)!

2015-16 AAP Peer Mentors & Bios:

Sarah Beranbaum
Junior, Dance

Hello! My name is Sarah Beranbaum. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and am a junior Dance major at UArts. My favorite fruits are cherries and mangos and I will always say yes to brownies. When I am in Brooklyn, one of my favorite things to do is take the train to Brighton Beach. Since being at UArts, my opinions and ideas have always been appreciated. I love how at school you can bring your own style or views on art and find a place for them to be valued!


Stephanie DeFeo
Junior, Photography

Hey guys! My name is Stephanie DeFeo, and I am a junior Photography major. I am from Wilmington, Delaware. I enjoy traveling, meeting new people, and adventuring to new places. I also enjoy running, listening to some crazy music, and photographing the people around me. I was introduced to the AAP program my freshman year, and that is where I met my closest friends in Philly. UArts added me to their huge community of creative and aspiring people my freshman year and I cannot wait for you guys to be a part of it too! Feel free to add me on Facebook to ask me any questions or just talk. I cannot wait to meet all of you guys and show you around the city! Welcome Class of 2019!


Amari "AJ" Givens
Sophmore, Graphic Design
(Bio and Photo to come soon!)


Chanel Howard
Sophomore, Dance

Greetings incoming class! My name is Chanel Howard and I am a sophomore Dance major at the University of the Arts. I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia where I began dancing at the age of five years old. Not only am I a dancer, but I have been trained in many other areas in the arts community all because of UArts. I love socializing with people and getting to know who they are. Here at UArts, you are entering a whole new world; a world full of people that share the same interests as you. A place where you can be yourself and explore your talents across the entire arts areas! At UArts, you will experience an encouraging environment that is way beyond any of your expectations. My fellow AAP Peer Mentors and I are here to guide you along the way. I am here to support, encourage, and most importantly to be a friend you can depend on. I am always here if you need someone to talk to, so you can add me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or e-mail me. I am beyond excited to meet you all and I hope I can help assist you though your upcoming AMAZING freshman school year! Welcome UArts Class of 2019!


Connor O'Neill
Sophmore, Guitar Performance
(Bio and Photo to come soon!)


Lindsay Ronaldson
Senior, Vocal Performance
(Bio and Photo to come soon!)


Austin Snellbaker
Junior, Photography

Hello Class of 2019! My name is Austin Snellbaker, and I'm a junior Photography major with a minor in Fibers and Textiles. I'm from Red Lion, PA, which is near Lancaster County. I am the beauty guru. I love everything to do with fashion and makeup! So if you are looking for good places to shop, or you need to find Sephora, just let me know!

I have been involved with the AAP since my freshman year. AAP has opened up so many great opportunities such as becoming a Peer Mentor, and it has allowed me to meet so many amazing people here at UArts. Choosing to attend AAP has definitely been one of the greatest decisions I have made coming into college. It has helped me to succeed academically, and it has helped me to overcome many social anxieties. UArts is a place of love and learning. We are a very open community here, and no one is left out. Spread your wings and fly because this is your future. I am so excited to meet you guys! Welcome to UArts Class of 2019!