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Peer Learning Advisors (PLAs)

PLAs are your friendly local guides to study and uni life. They’re all experiences students and they're here to help you with everything uni life including finding the best coffee on campus, study tips, support services, using tech and meeting friends.

PeerConnect

Video chat or message a Peer Learning Advisor.
Available Mon - Fri, 10am - 4pm &
Sat – Sun, 10am - 2pm.


Meet your PLAs

Iyat Jesse Aditya Leyla Rengen Keerat Sarah Juan Kamal Tom Melina Devanshi Noah Sayan Marilyn Iyat Jesse Aditya Leyla Rengen Keerat Sarah Juan Kamal Tom Melina Devanshi Noah Sayan Marilyn

Iyat


Hello! I’m an international student from Canada doing my degree in Dentistry here at Usyd! I chose to study in the medical field because I want to help people live their healthiest life, and I love human biology. Asides from sciences, I also enjoy writing poetry and filming video shoots on the side. In my free time, you’ll find me trying a new cooking recipe or watching anime in bed. I’m also a big fan of exploring, so feel free to ask me for fun things to do in Sydney, or great brunch places to visit!

Jesse


I’m a a PhD student, studying on how we can use 3D-printing and drug delivery techniques to create drug-eluting and personalised airway stents to treat airway disorders. I am passionate about 3D-printers and before COVID-19, helped students with ThinkSpace projects and help run the Design Your 3D-Print Workshops. Stay tuned, as these workshops will be transitioning online. Outside of study, I also love the weather, and participate in weather forecasting competitions. I am also a huge cricket-fan and love all amateur park cricket memes, although please no ‘champing’!
I have been a student at University of Sydney for 7 years and have encountered many ups and downs. If you need any help, please just ask me!

Leyla


Hi I’m Leyla! I’m a PLA and a PhD student, and I also host the podcast PeerPod! (hehe check it out!) My interests include podcasts! …conspiracy theories (question everything!), and anything creative...especially art!
I’ve been sporting the red shirt for just over 2 years now. I love a chat and am always down to help. So, if you need to vent, or have a question and/or a great conspiracy let me know!

Rengen


My name is Rengen and I am a second year medical student. I spend my time at uni learning about diseases in all of the human body systems, and I really enjoy being able to relate all of the scientific knowledge that we absorb to clinical cases and tasks. While I don’t yet know which specialty of medicine I would like to get into, I am considering a career in neurology or gastroenterology.
I’ve been part of the PLA team for nearly a year, and I really enjoy the social side of my job – being able to chat to other students about uni, work and life in general. Outside of being a student and PLA, I spend a lot of time cooking, attempting to exercise and watching (a bit too much) Netflix.
If you ever need someone to chat to, feel free to get in touch! You can find us on Chat Now, facebook or through the library website.

Keerat


Hey everyone! I’m Keerat! I’m currently a second year Doctor of Dental Medicine student at the University of Sydney. I’m a bit of a science nerd to the extent where I even went on a national science camp in high school – yeah, I know I was one of those kids. I especially love learning about foetal development, it’s so intriguing!
When I’m not drilling and filling, you’ll find me singing, reading and dabbling in a bit of sketching every now and then. I’ve recently discovered the world of digital art which has been super exciting! I’m also a big culture and history enthusiast, I love to learn about people and their backgrounds! Fun fact: I watch a lot of international tv shows (Korean, Turkish, Indian, Thai – you name it!), so I know the most random words from the most unexpected languages – I like to think it’s my superpower.
Having been studying at university for five years now and with a few more to go, I really understand the hardships faced whilst being a student, especially when living away from home. So I really like to do whatever I can to try and ease the struggles someone else might be facing, because I completely understand what it’s like. So, if you ever need someone to chat to, or even just want some study advice, anything, feel free to connect with me on PeerConnect via ChatNow.

Sarah


I’m a PhD student in animal sciences working with dairy cattle. I am based in Camden but am known for coming to main campus for HDR seminars and Coffee and Croissants. My specialty is problem solving academic or personal I know the ins and outs of studying in Sydney, living out of home and setting up a work, uni and life balance. I am always ready for a chat or to help you use a printer.
When I am not studying or working at the library I am on farm working with cows or practicing yoga.

Juan


My name is Juan, and I am a PhD student in Computational Biology with a background in health who spends most of his time trying to accurately simulate/model bacteria populations (gut microbes) on his computer. I also do some work in the laboratory. Among PLAs, I specialize in Coding and Video/Photo Editing, but I know my way around with other technologies such as 3D printing, carving and vinyl cutter. When I am not doing PhD/PLA stuff I enjoy playing video games and practicing gymnastics/Olympic weightlifting as a sport (spoiler: I am terrible at both).

Tom


I’m a PhD student in ag, adjusting to studying farming from home. Before our current extraordinary times I spent a lot of time at ThinkSpace with our 3D printers and brand new vinyl cutter. I’ve been a student on and off for the last 10 years, so if you’d like to chat about your current studies, what life after study is like or further study options I’m your man. When not studying I like hiking and hanging out in my veggie patch with our chooks.

Melina


I am studying a Master of Teaching (Primary). I have been at the University of Sydney for over two years and a PLA for over one year. I really enjoy being a PLA as I like connecting with fellow students, supporting and helping where I can and together, exploring some pretty cool (and FREE) technologies that the University has to offer in Thinkspace. I am originally from the UK, but I have lived in Australia and Asia over the last 8 years. In my free time, I like to keep fit, try new recipes, read and take part in a (now virtual) book club, as well as spend time with friends. I have been teaching in Asia and tutoring in Sydney over the last 4 years and I am passionate about teaching kids. If you have any education questions, would like to get some virtual book club tips or just fancy a chat, I am here to talk!

Devanshi


Hi there! I am a second-year dentistry student from Canada here at U Syd. Dentistry has been my passion since high school, and I am honoured to help those in need. In my free time, I love working out, watching movies, and reading crazy fun facts. I am also a huge fan of travelling and finding good food wherever I go! So, feel free to reach out to me if you need someone to chat to about good food places in Sydney, study tips, good work out challenges, or if you just need a buddy in general!

Sayan


I’m a PhD student based out of CPC trying to answer some of the most challenging questions about cardiometabolic health through new clinical trials. I’ve been a PLA for over a year now and love supporting students and staff at ThinkSpace – with 3D Printing, CNC machine, and the recording studio. I used to run the 3D Printing 101 sessions and always found something new to answer for students. Like my PLA colleagues, I have an affinity for learning new things, trying new technology, and often find more than one way to learn/teach something. I have been at Uni for a while and have participated in most, if not all, aspects of Student Life.
I’m your go to PLA for All Things Uni.

Marilyn


I’m an international PhD student from India studying at the Department of Government and International Relations. My research entails international relations theory, foreign policies and strategic studies. I just began getting my hands dirty with 3D printing when Covid took over our lives. I’ve been a student for nearly 13 years now, having a mix of teaching and studying for a while allows me to know what to do on either side of the table! If I may call research to be a passion- I like spending time doing research over different topics ranging from recipes to décor to my own PhD topic as well. I also enjoy cooking- so I am always looking up new recipes and the different cuisines to try out. When not lazing on the couch I like going hiking or trying different cafes in Sydney- I do enjoy a good book now and then. Ever need to chat about student life, post student life or just life in general I am the person you give a shout out to!

Aditya


I am an International Student from India, studying a master’s course in IT and IT Management. I’m specialising in Data Management and Analytics. I study the importance of data and techniques on how to use it efficiently for our benefit. I’m passionate about technology and how it can help us build a better future.
My hobbies include cycling, travelling, trekking etc. I love exploring new places and trying new cuisines. My perfect holiday would definitely include a long road trip, a trek and lots of delicious food!
If you ever need someone to chat about academics, student life or anything in general. Please feel free to ping us on ChatNow!

Kamal


Hey! I am an international student from Bangladesh. I am doing my PhD in Plant Molecular Biology and investigating to answer how to reduce global nitrogen fertilizer application by using legume crops for sustainable agriculture. I am based at CCWF in Camden Campus and working as a PLA over a year at Camden Commons. I am always happy for a friendly chat if you would like to know more about Uni support and life outside study!
I like to organize social events and go for a hike with friends in my free time.

Noah


Hey everyone! My name is Noah and I’m a postgraduate coursework student in public policy from India. I’ve been with the wonderful PLA team for the past year working at the different library spaces. I especially love working at the Quarter, where students talk to me about their assignments, studies, and life in general. I love talking about politics, organizing, and social movements – I’m actually studying how protest movements become successful. In my spare time, I try to do some yoga and lots of cooking. So, if you want a sounding board for anything, especially cooking, yoga, and politics, then I’m all ears!

PeerPod

PeerPod is the PLAs own podcast. It's all about increasing connection and belonging at Uni.

We’ll be sharing stories, providing advice, and answering all of the questions you have about Uni life.

Find out more about PeerPod!

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