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Peer Mentor 2020 Profiles

Brynna Boyd
Junior, Plan II and Communication & Leadership

Brynna Boyd

My name is Brynna Boyd, and I’m an incoming junior majoring in Communication & Leadership and Plan II with a minor in Educational Psychology. I’m from Flower Mound, TX, and I’m so excited to be a peer mentor! 
Outside of class, I’m a research assistant in the Human Development and Family Sciences Department’s African American Resilience in Context (AARC) Lab for a study on school-based marginalization. I’m also president of the Black Honors Student Association and the Afrikan American Affairs (in the Multicultural Engagement Center) Director of External Affairs in Educational Enrichment. I’m also a member of the Texas Novas spirit group! 
Within Plan II, I’m a founding member and co-chair for the Plan II Student Association Diversity Committee. We gather student opinion and work with faculty to improve the program. We also do outreach to admitted students, so you may have heard from me before! In my free time, I enjoy embroidering, binge-watching Netflix, and hanging out with friends! 
My main focus and passion is education access, inclusion, and equity, and I’ve found many avenues to work on these issues on and around campus. I can’t wait to meet you all. If you have questions about ways to get involved, Plan II, or college in general, feel free to reach out:  


Grace Farley
Junior, Plan II and Social Work

Grace Farley

My name is Grace and I'm an incoming junior studying Social Work and Plan II Honors. I was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and have lived in Texas my whole life! 
I am a proud first-generation college student and I'm passionate about education policy. I hope to pursue a Master of Public Affairs, and to someday work as a policy advocate for an education nonprofit, or at the Department of Education.
In my free time, I enjoy being active, playing intramural sports, picnicking, visiting the downtown Austin public library, dog watching, and kayaking. I am always on the lookout for fun (and free) public events in Austin and have found many hidden gems ranging from goat-yoga events, calligraphy lessons, to social justice rallies. I am a huge proponent of getting off campus and exploring Austin, and would love to help anyone get acquainted with the public transportation system!
On campus, I am a part of the UT Senate of College Councils, Social Work Council, and Socks for the Sole (a student created nonprofit assisting those experiencing homelessness). In the Fall, I will also be working as a Plan II receptionist, so come by the office if you ever want to chat and grab some cookies! This past year, I was an RA in Jester West and I would be happy to answer any on-campus housing or RA related questions.
Please reach out to me at if you have any questions, or want to chat about shared interests! Welcome to UT!


Reilly Gsanger
Junior, Plan II and Philosphy

Reilly Gsanger

My name is Reilly and I am a rising senior this year!  I am studying Philosophy alongside Plan II and have minors in Philosophy of Law and Business.  I'm from Corpus Christi and love hanging out at the beach on Padre Island when I'm not at school.  In Austin, I'm always taking care of my jungle of houseplants, hanging out with friends, or cooking something new.  
On campus, I serve as the President of the Plan II Pre-Law society and am the Internal Director of Communications for BreadwinnHER, an organization I helped found which brings women to campus to speak to small groups.  This summer, I will be a legal assistant for a law firm in Austin specializing in civil rights violations, as well as studying for the LSAT to eventually go to law school myself.  
I am super excited to be a peer mentor for the second time this year and can't wait to meet the incoming class in the fall! I'm always open to answer any question at all (school, registration, housing, just to chat, etc.) so feel free to email me at


Hailey Hollowell
Junior, Plan II and International Relations & Global Studies

Hailey Hollowell

My name is Hailey and I am a rising third year, pursuing a B.A. in International Relations and Global Studies on the Culture, Media, and the Arts track and Plan II with a French Minor and a certificate in Human Rights and Social Justice. I realize what a mouthful that all is, but it’s a Plan II bonding moment to list all your majors and minors and have no one understand what you’re actually studying. I’m from the Dallas suburbs so you can find me there with my mom and Pomeranian mix during breaks (and quarantines!), or in Cedar Park with my dad and other pups. I love being with people, and in my free time I'm usually watching and critiquing movies with friends, baking French pastries and then asking my French professor for extra credit, reading for fun, or thinking about some creative writing project that I will probably never start. When I’m not doing any of the above, I'm busy with several student orgs and jobs. I have served as the Co-Chair of the College Ambassadors committee of Liberal Arts Council where I will return as a general member this year, and I currently work as a Government Department research assistant studying exclusionary citizenship law and as a Business Development intern for a local humanitarian nonprofit. I’ll also be preparing this semester for an internship and study abroad in Paris during Spring 2021!

    UT has a wealth of opportunities to explore, and through a mix of internships, study abroad, orgs, and coursework I have learned more about myself and my goals than ever before. I am passionate about rooting out implicit white supremacy and cultural levels of discrimination in the humanitarian field, as well as studying Islamophobia and education inequity in the 21st century. Plan II has been a motivating community, giving me the confidence to explore opportunities outside of my traditional field, as well as the source of my closest friendships! I served as a Peer Mentor last year as well, and can’t wait to come back to the program to meet you all in person. If you want to ask about anything in my bio, resume, or life in Austin, please send me a message at 


David Koeller
Junior, Plan II and Chemical Engineering

David Koeller

Hi y’all! My name is David, and I’m a senior studying Chemical Engineering and Plan II, with a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas with the Jefferson Scholars Program. I grew up in Austin, and love the city’s food and culture. When I’m not spending late nights studying in the Chemical Engineering building, I like to explore Austin’s food trucks and try to find new hidden gems!

On campus, I’m involved in Texas 4000, an organization dedicated fighting cancer. After preparing this year, I’ll bike 4,500 miles from Austin to Alaska to raise money and awareness for cancer. I also spend my time writing and taking photos for Afterglow, a music magazine on campus. I care about music and photography, and love getting to speak with local musicians and watch their shows. I can talk for hours about Stevie Ray Vaughn or how the tradition of Blues music is still alive and well in Austin! Finally, next year I’ll be a mentor for the Plan II KIPP program. I try to stay active (especially now that I sit at home and eat nonstop out of boredom), and enjoy rock climbing, running and ultimate frisbee.

I’m passionate about scientific communication and climate change, and continue to look for paths where I can combine my interests in science and humanities. I’m also interested in what makes a community, and the things that bring us together. If you’d like to chat, don’t hesitate to drop me a line at:


Sharif Long
Junior, Plan II and Biology

Sharif Long

I proudly hail from the city America’s team calls home, Dallas, TX, and I am a rising junior studying Biology and Plan II with a certificate in Pre-Health Professions.

On campus, you might find me sporting my Orange polo and Bevo Horns as I give tours to prospective students as an ambassador for the Guides of Texas. I am also a Resident Assistant for Moore-Hill residence hall and a member of The Tejas Club, the premier men’s social club on campus. This upcoming fall, I will be serving as the Co-Vampire of the Tejas Club. Previously, I have served as the Longhorn Legislative Aides (LLA) co-director in Student Government and volunteered with the YMCA and Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership organization. My involvement has shaped my deep passion for mentorship, leadership, and equity. 

When I am not lip-synching the iconic songs of female pop divas, you might find me exploring downtown Austin, playing spikeball on the Tejas lawn, or taking spontaneous trips to Pluckers thanks to my Wing Club Membership. The experiences I have garnered during my time at UT have shaped me in more ways than I had anticipated, and I look forward to meeting the incoming Plan II freshman class, learning about your goals, and best serving you. Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns you have about campus life or Plan II: 


Luna Malloy
Junior, Plan II and Psychology

Luna Malloy

My name is Luna, and I'm a third-year student pursuing majors in psychology (BA) and Plan II Honors. I'm also minoring in primatology because I love orangutans! I've been spending way too much of my free time playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but when I'm not doing that, I love to cook and bake new recipes, tend to my plant collection, and destroy my sleep schedule with poorly-timed naps. 
At school, I serve as the Internal Director on the Liberal Arts Council's executive board. I also work as a research assistant in two psychology labs: the Austin Thought Lab, which studies cognitive development in children, and the Laboratory for the Study of Anxiety Disorders, which studies exposure therapy for anxiety disorders. I hope to study anxiety disorders and trauma for my senior thesis, although I also want to continue my education on criminal justice reform, environmental justice, and of course...orangutan conservation.
Please don't hesitate to email me at if you have any questions about your UT experience or want to visit my island in Animal Crossing. I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can!



Nicole Roy
Senior, Plan II and Chemistry

nicole roy

Hi! My name is Nicole Roy, and I am a senior studying Chemistry and Plan II Honors with minors in History and Communication Studies. I am an organic chemistry research assistant, and I work on new synthesis pathways, present lectures about organic chemistry, and critique research journal articles with my group. I love chemistry, and I love telling people all about it! Plan II has helped me to do just that. I was a Plan II Skaaren Climate Change Scholar, and I wrote an op-ed about how Louisiana organic chemists and chemical engineers are using alligator fat for biodiesel fuel.

I’m from New Iberia, Louisiana, and I’m a die-hard New Orleans Saints and Louisiana Tigers fan. I love cooking and eating signature Louisiana dishes with my family. When I’m not in the lab or in the Plan II office, I’m usually drinking lattes at local cafes with my bank account’s permission. I also enjoy reading Caribbean literature, scrolling through Pinterest, and practicing new yoga poses. Email me at if you want to chat!


Celesia Smith
Junior, Plan II and Business Honors/Marketing

Celesia Smith

My name is Celesia (like Felecia, but with a C) and I am an incoming senior studying Business Honors, Marketing, and Plan II with a certificate in Creative Writing. I'm originally from San Antonio, Texas, but I spend my holidays in McAllen, Texas, where the majority of my family lives. In my free time, you can find me eating Ben & Jerry's ice cream, going for a run around Town Lake with my foster dog, Dasher, or on the phone with a family member. 
When I'm not doing any of the above, I involve myself with various organizations on campus. I serve as the Executive Director of the Social Entrepreneurship Learning Lab (SELL) Fellowship, Design & Marketing Director of a women's speaker series I co-founded called BreadwinnHER, and as a member of Texas Spirits, a spirit and service organization here at UT. I'm also a member of Texas 4000 and am currently training to ride a bike from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska next summer in the fight against cancer! 
I'm passionate about social impact, equal opportunity, and health and wellness; I have fallen in love with UT over the past few years am really looking forward to meeting all of the Plan II freshman! If you have any burning questions about campus life, shoot me an email at

Dayton Thompson
Junior, Plan II and Mechanical Engineering

dayton thompson

Hey y’all! My name is Dayton, and I am an incoming junior studying Mechanical Engineering and Plan II, alongside a minor in English. I hail from Fairview Texas, which is one of those little places north of Dallas yet south of Oklahoma. Outside of the 40 acres, you might find me performing as a musician/songwriter, training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or tinkering with my latest project.

Back on campus, I stay involved as a competitor for the University of Texas Weightlifting Team, member of the Plan II Director’s Student Advisory Council, and as a social officer for the Tejas Club, a spirit organization here at UT. I will also serve as TA for Professor Lee Walker’s Plan II Pathways to Civic Engagement course this Spring!

I’m passionate about community, expression, and ideas, and I am excited to meet all of y’all! If you have any questions about life at UT, feel free to email me at

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