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First Year PALs

It's your first year at UH and our PALS are here to help empower and connect you to campus resources to improve your academic, mental, social, and emotional well-being.  

So how does it work?

Start by scheduling a time to meet with your PAL. The first conversation is informal, we want to get to know you and the goals you have to help you develop meaningful strategies and connections. You can make as many follow-up meetings as you would like.

Peer Coaching Topics

During your time with your PAL you might discuss:

  • Time management/organization
  • Staying motivated
  • Balancing family with school
  • Identify connections to department resources
  • Reviewing Guides for tips and suggestions

Let's Get Started

Appointments are made through the Navigate app. Click here to schedule time with a First Year PAL. If you encounter any issues please email us at

Meet your First Year Peer Assistant Leaders!

Shahad Alghamdi

Major: MIS and Supply Chain Management

Class of 2025

“I aspire to become an independent software developer and help businesses shape the future of technology.”

Majoy Jackson

Major: Psychology

Class of 2024

“I dream of becoming an adolescent psychologist and opening my own private practice with other female minorities in the field.”

Jonathan Tran

Major: Psychology

Class of 2024

“My dream is to stand side by side with athletes as a sports psychologist, helping them leap over hurdles like injuries and burnout.”

Andrea Guzman

Major: Education

Class of 2025

“I aspire to be a teacher who creates a safe learning environment for all students and encourages them to follow their dreams.”