Peer Advisor Biographies

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Gabriel Baczkowski

Major: Antrhopology
Year: Senior

Welcome to the University of Louisville!  My name is Gabe Baczkowski and I'm glad to have you join me at UofL!  I'm from Lexington where I grew up my whole life until I came to school here and I'm so glad for the experiences I've gotten to be a part of since coming to UofL. I have walked a windy path to get where I am today, it took me a long time to find a field of study that I  wanted to pursue but I finally settled on Anthropology with a Minor in Art. It's an interesting combination and I really enjoy what I study. It took me a lot of thought and a lot of help to get to where I am and I want to be a help to those who are in the same position as I was when I was still searching for a major. I hope you love your time at the University of Louisville!

Please email me about anything you may have questions about!



    Chelsea Brossart

    Major: Biology
    Year: Junior

    Welcome to the University of Louisville! We are so excited to have you join the Cardinal family. My name is Chelsea Brossart and I am a junior Biology major with a minor in Business Administration. After graduation, I plan on attending University of Louisville's School of Dentistry and hopefully specializing to become a Pediatric Dentist.
    I am from a small town called Butler in Northern KY. Being from a town with one stop light, I came to Louisville with "big city" dreams and it has been all I could've ever dreamed. This city has harbored memories that I will cherish for a lifetime, whether it's cheering on the Cards at YUM!, spending hours in Ekstrom and getting the grade to show for it, or volunteering in the community with some of the best friends I've ever made. This city and university has so much to offer you and it's up you to take full advantage of it over the next four years!

    If you're ever struggling or have a question, ask yourself "Who's got my back?!" and the answer is me! Email me at





    Elizabeth Chaddic

    Major: Criminal Justice/Sociology
    Year: Junior

    Welcome to the University of Louisville!! Congratulations on continuing your education at one of the best universities out there! You are going to absolutely love your time here!  My name is Elizabeth Chaddic. I was born and raised here in Louisville and knew that UofL would be a perfect fit! I am a junior majoring in Criminal Justice and Sociology, minoring in Psychology. I am  also a Cardinal Covenant Scholar which has given me more opportunities than I could have ever imagined. During my time here I have learned that getting involved on campus is the key to fully experiencing the Cardinal Life. Freshman year can be really scary for some people but there are TONS of organizations on campus full of people that are interested in the same things as you! Get out there and make the most of your time here because UofL will be the best experience of your life!




    Peyton Davis

    Major: Chemistry
    Year: Junior

    Hey Cardinals! Congratulations on deciding to to become a part of the best University. I know deciding to become a University of Louisville Cardinal was definitely one of the best decisions of my life. My name is Peyton Davis, and I am Chemistry major with a minor in Community Health. I am from here in Louisville, so obviously I love this city, UofL, and the amazing people I have met because of it. My best advice for you is to not be scared of all of the amazing opportunities and resources that UofL has to offer and use them! There are so many programs, clubs, organizations, classes, and people here in the Cardinal family that want to help you make your time at the University of Louisville great. The best part is, most of the resources are free! So, you can receive tutoring from REACH, or help on a paper from the Writing Center, as well as take free SRC classes! Just don't be afraid to ask questions and get involved, because, trust me, UofL won't disappoint.

    I can't wait to meet you! Please contact me if you have any questions at all!



    Jazlyn Eddings

    Major: Sports Administration
    Year: Junior

    Calling all new Cardinals! I hope you're enjoying your time here at the best university on the planet! I'm Jazlyn, a Junior here at UofL studying Sport Administration and still deciding on minor. I was born and raised here in Louisville, but before coming to UofL I didn't really know much about it other than we have some awesome sports teams! UofL has so much to offer you right now and in the years to come! Never be afraid to break out and try new things because you will be surprised by the things you learn about yourself. Transitioning from high school to college or a small town to a big city can be hard but there are so many ways to get involved to make that transition easier. You are about to start the best years of your life so I hope you enjoy it.I'm proud to be a Louisville Cardinal and for the next four years I hope you figure out why you're proud to be one too!

    I'm always around to help so if you need anything please feel free to reach out to me! Any questions you have I'll be glad to answer, you can email me at

    #GoCards #L1C4




    Blake Gerstner

    Major: Psychology/Sociology
    Year: Junior

    Hello fellow students, and welcome to the cardinal family! My name is Blake Gerstner, and I am a junior Psychology and Sociology double major with a minor in Political Science. Before coming to UofL, I lived just outside of Louisville my whole life in the small town of Crestwood, Kentucky, about 30 minutes northeast of our wonderful school. You have just embarked on the journey of a lifetime! College is a place where you will make life long friends, find out what and be completely in control of what you want to learn, and be immersed into a community of faculty, staff, and students with TONS of different opportunities. Luckily for you, there is no better place to do all of these things than UofL! Having said that, it is my job to help ensure that your transition into college life goes as smoothly as possible. The city and university of Louisville are wonderful places to live and learn, which makes my ability to help you that much easier! I know you will love your new home away from home just as much as I do.

    If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at I look forward to meeting and working with you and GO CARDS!




    Kirtley Hall

    Major: Criminal Justice
    Year: Senior

    Welcome to the University of Louisville! Congratulations on deciding to come to one of the best universities out there, I know that you have got to be just as excited as I was to join the Cardinal Life!
    My name is Kirtley Hall and I am a Criminal Justice major, with a minor in Forensic Anthropology. After graduation, my plan is to attend Law School to pursue a career as a District Attorney and hopefully later get a position with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a behavioral field agent. I was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, however I am one of the biggest Cardinal fans you will find!  One piece of advice that I can give to you is, don't ever be afraid to ask for help. Take full advantage of all the FREE services that our university offers including the; tutoring services and writing center. Just remember that you get four great years to spend here at the University of Louisville, make them count!

    Feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all, I'd be more than happy to help! Go Cards!!



    Salena Hernandez

    Major: Nursing
    Year: Junior

    I'm so excited to welcome you all to the Cardinal Family!!  There's so much to experience here at the University of Louisville and you've only just begun your journey!  My name is Salena Hernandez and I'm a junior nursing major with a minor in psychology.  I'm on my way to becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner, but until then I'm enjoying my time here at UofL by taking advantage of the different opportunities available on campus!  I graduated high school with 74 other students, so needless to say my transition to Louisville was a little out of my comfort zone.  But that's what life is all about!  And now I couldn't imagine myself anywhere but here!  The people I've met and the opportunities I've engaged in have made me ever so grateful of my decision to uproot and experience a whole new life in this beautiful city!
    There's always plenty to do here at UofL, and getting involved is the best advice I can give to you to jump right into the college experience..  You'll quickly learn that our Cardinal Spirit is dangerously intoxicating, and I hope you embrace it and show pride in this University! There's no better time to put yourself out there and challenge yourself to do something new!  Make the most of your time here at UofL and don't forget that this is the time to make memories that will last a lifetime!

    Your first few weeks here will come with lots of questions, and I'd be more than happy to answer any of them you send my way!  I hope to be a valuable asset to you while you find your home here at UofL!  Feel free to contact me any time with anything you may need at



    Hannah Johnson

    Major: Psychology
    Year: Sophomore

    Hello, everyone! Welcome to the University of Louisville and congrats on becoming a Cardinal! I assure you, you have made the absolute best decision. UofL is a wonderful university with SO many opportunities.
    Let me introduce myself - I'm Hannah Johnson, a sophomore Psychology major. Just coming out of my freshman year, I understand how overwhelming and scary college seems at first, but I promise it gets better! Don't be afraid to ask for help or venture out - you never know what you may end up liking. 

    If you have any questions, I'm always here to help.



    Shayaan Khan

    Major: Psychology
    Year: Junior

    Hello all incoming freshmen! I know you all must be incredibly excited to start this new chapter in your lives, and I am quite excited to help you all start your journey! I am a pre-med Psychology major with minors in Chemistry and Business Administration from Elizabethtown, KY. I could never have imagined most of the activities, programs, and atmosphere in college prior to actually experiencing it. My view of how college would be and how it actually is was incredibly different, and I hope to guide you on the right path so that you may succeed! My piece of advice to every incoming freshman would be to practice time management, even before actually starting college, and to get involved with the campus as much as you can! You never know what you may get into or like!

    If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to email me at! Hope to see all of you soon!



    Cody McConnell


    Major: Finance
    Year: Senior

    Hey guys!  Welcome to the University of Louisville!  You made one of the best decisions you will ever make by choosing to be a Louisville Cardinal.  
    My name is Cody McConnell and I'm a Finance major going into my last year here at UofL.  I was born and raised here in Kentucky, and come from a small town named Ashland.  Moving three hours away from home to a big city was very much a culture shock, but I have loved every minute of it.  Over my time here at the university I have been involved in Greek Life and employed in the UPS Metro-College program.  These last three years have taught me so much and I have grown immensely.  I encourage all of you to take advantage of all the resources this great university has to offer and find something outside of the classroom you are passionate about.  I wish you all the best of luck as you embark on your own personal journey here at the University of Louisville!

    If you have any questions I would love to answer them.  Feel free to contact me at



    Caroline Pirtle

    Major: Exercise Science
    Year: Senior

    Hello Cards! My name is Caroline Pirtle and I am an Exercise Science Major. I am from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, but love living in Louisville more than anything. Originally, I went to Bellarmine University just right down the road, but transferred to U of L for my second year of college and there has been no looking back. I have been overjoyed with all the support I have received here at this university. The best advice I can give you is DO NOT wait to be involved. Take advantage of all the opportunities U of L has to offer you and become immersed in this university. I'm here to help you in any way that I can and can't wait to meet each of you! GO CARDS!



    Madison Rhyne


    Major: Psychology
    Year: Junior

    Hello everyone! Welcome to the home of the Cardinals! I'm so happy that you chose to spend the greatest four years here at the University of Louisville.
    My name is Madison Rhyne, but most people just call me Maddy. I am a junior Psychology major who hopes to earn a Masters degree in Speech Pathology and explore the world of therapy after graduation. I have lived and loved the city of Louisville for almost all my life so attending UofL was an easy choice for me. The university as well as the city have so many opportunities and experiences to offer you. Some of my favorites include Waterfront Wednesdays, the St. James art fair, and dressing up for the Kentucky Derby. Although the transition from high school to college can be a bit intimidating, don't let that stop you from meeting new people and getting involved! There are so many people and resources at UofL to help you along the way so don't be afraid to just go for it! It will be the start of a wonderful journey of finding yourself, your dreams, and the things you love to do.

    If you have any questions or just need someone to talk to, e-mail me at I would be more than happy to help!




    Peggy Schnell

    Major: Undecided
    Year: Sophomore

    Welcome to the University of Louisville! My name is Peggy Schnell, and I am in my sophomore year here at UofL. I am originally from Louisville, so I know how much this city has offered me and how much it can give to you! I am currently undecided on my major, but I am planning on either declaring in Mathematics with a track in Actuarial Science or in Economics. Some of you are likely undecided or may end up changing your major, but I want you to know that you do not have to stress about that yet. Take your time to figure out what you are interested in and what you want to study. Figuring out the difference between these two areas will definitely help make your college experience more enjoyable. UofL definitely has something for everyone both inside and outside of the classroom, so don't be afraid to put yourself out there and get involved!

    I am extremely excited that you have chosen to attend UofL! Please contact me at with any questions. GO CARDS!


    Monica Sokolik

    Major: Mathematics
    Year: Junior

    Hello!! Welcome to the University of Louisville. You have made a decision you won't regret and I cannot wait to help welcome you into our Cardinal family. I am a junior here at UofL, majoring in Mathematics to become a Secondary Mathematics teacher. I am originally from Paducah, KY, a small town in western Kentucky. The city of Louisville has only been a home to me for the past two years, but the city and university have done so much more than provide me with a home. Within these two years I have had the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and grow as a person; before moving here I was scared, just as many of you all probably are, I was unsure and somewhat lost in the mix of it all. I had no idea what I wanted to get involved in, but I knew that I wanted to do something. This was where my journey began, I started to become more involved on and off campus, I started by joining different on campus organizations which eventually introduced me to volunteering opportunities throughout the entire city. The organizations I am involved in throughout Louisville are opportunities I could have never found on my own. Never forget to use your resources to your advantage!!  Throughout your personal journey you will see yourself grow, as well as making new friends along the way. It might be intimidating at first for some of you, but you'll soon find your niche! After all, that IS what college is all about. I've never met a more diverse yet welcoming group of people as I have here at UofL, and there's no doubt in my mind that you're experience will be the same. Louisville first, Cards forever!

    If you ever need any help, or have questions about anything, I'm always here to chat!
    NEVER hesitate to contact me at:


    Korri Woods

    Major: Accounting
    Year: Senior

    Hello, congratulations on selecting the University of Louisville! It's a scary decision - coming to college, but it will be the start of an outstanding experience of personal, professional, and academic growth.

    Just a little about me, I am a Senior majoring in Accounting born an raised here in the city of Louisville. I am a recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship, Porter Scholarship, and a Cardinal Covenant Scholar. I aim to participate in a variety of campus organizations to widen my campus connection and to make the most of my collegiate experience. That being said, some of the organizations I am involved in are NRHH (National Residence Hall Honorary), founder of my own Recognized Student Organization (Cardinal Hip-Hop Club), Bonner Leaders Program through the Kent School, currently in pursuit of a certification in Peace & Conflict Justice Transformation, Greek life, and Housing as a Resident Assistant. As you can see, I love being involved! It allows me to expand my comfort zone and grow as an individual while building genuine connections with new people.

    Finally, I completely understand that transitioning to college can come with a variety of personal struggles. One piece of advice that I would like to give incoming students would be to ask for any help that is needed. The University of Louisville is full of amazing faculty, staff, and advisors that genuinely care about the well being of students.

    I am always proud to myself a Louisville Cardinal! I am here to be a helping hand. As such, I will be welcoming with an open heart and listening with an open mind. If you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact me with questions! My email address is