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Katelen Pangilinan

Hello everyone! My name is Katelen Pangilinan and I am currently a senior at Salem State. I am a nursing major in a minor in biology and psychology and a commuter from Lynn, MA. My goal for the future is to become a neonatal nurse. An interesting fact about me is that I have a twin sister and we do not look anything alike. Also, my transition from high school to college was very smooth because of the STEP program. Being a part of this had made a positive impact, which is why I chose to become a STEP peer mentor. I can't wait to help many students and give them an experience that I enjoyed very much. I look forward to meeting with all of you!

Sydney Adie

Hello! My name is Sydney Adie and I’m from Stoughton, MA. I live on campus during the school year and also work for residence life as a desk supervisor. I’m a senior at Salem State who’s majoring in communications with a concentration in advertising. My minors are graphic design and English, and in my free time I enjoy painting and drawing as well. I’ve been in STEP as a mentee for the past two years and am very excited to give incoming students the same support and encouragement that I received throughout the program. Looking forward to meeting everyone soon! 


My name is Stephany Bernadeau and I am currently a junior here at Salem State University. I am majoring in nursing, minoring in biology and psychology. I’m from Boston, Massachusetts but I live on campus during the school year and originally, I am from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. My goal for the future is to become a forensic traveling nurse. My first-year experience with STEP is something I will treasure for the rest of my time in school. STEP has help me a lot with the transition from high school to college both academically and socially. As a STEP peer mentor, I want to be able to help others have as good of an experience as I did. I’m glad I will have the chance to work with all of you this upcoming year, can’t wait to meet all of you! See you soon!

Lenn Darla Jean Gilles

My name is Lenn Darla Jean Gilles. I am a Nursing Major and a commuter. I am a first generation student and I am currently a junior at Salem State University. I aspire to be a nurse midwife and I have a passion for makeup. This will be my third year being part of the STEP program. I joined the step program because as a first generation student I didn't have the resources and information from my parents regarding what I needed to be a successful college student. With the help of STEP, the program was able to provide me with necessary information and help in order for me to have a smooth transition my first year here at Salem State University.


My name is Suzanne Musema. I am currently a junior at Salem State University majoring in Social Work. I have recently declared a minor in women and gender studies. I want a career where I work directly with my community, helping people reach their full potential and succeed in life. I live in Lynn, Massachusetts and commute to school. My involvement with STEP my freshman year made the school year a lot more manageable and less daunting. So as a first-year STEP mentor, I am excited to be given the opportunity to do the same for someone else. I look forward to meeting all of you.

Kelly Biv

Hello! I'm Kelly and I am currently a sophomore here at Salem State, majoring in chemistry with a biochemistry concentration and minoring in French. I was born in France, but I moved to the United States when I was ten. I am also part of the Commonwealth Honors Program. On my free time, I volunteer at the Pediatric floor at Mass General. I hope to find a career where I can help individuals in need, while combining the passion I have in the sciences. STEP has played a tremendous impact during my first-year at Salem State. This program helped me grow and learn more about myself, while helping my transition from high school to college. Having the opportunity to make a positive and successful impact throughout your first-year at Salem State means a lot to me, as a peer mentor. I am truly excited to meet every single one of you this year and make memorable memories!

Kaitlyn Meeks

Hello everyone! My name is Kaitlyn Meeks and I am a  sophomore this upcoming fall. My major is nursing and I am a commuter from Lynn, Massachusetts. My goal for the future is to become a scrub nurse. One fun fact about myself is that I am from Texas and have only lived in Massachusetts for a year now. The STEP program has made my first year transition from high school to college very smooth and that is why I wanted to become a mentor this year. Outside of being a STEP mentor, I am also apart of Greek life and am in one of the sororities on campus- Theta Phi Alpha. I can’t wait to meet all of you and hope to provide the same experience that I received my freshman year! 

Sheilyn Rodriguez

My name is Sheilyn Rodriguez and I am from Worcester, Massachusetts. I grew up in a strict Puerto Rican household, therefore, I have a great work ethic and organizational skills. As strict as the household was I am a very caring and loving person, I can't help but worry and care for others. I am a Nursing Major currently living on campus. I plan on becoming a nurse practioner for the NICU as I see that this career fits my warm and welcoming personality. My experience in STEP has been a smooth sail into college. I love the program and now as a Peer Mentor, I hope to help my mentees navigate their troubles and support their decisions as they go along their first-year college experience.

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