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Meet Abby Williams '18 Undergraduate Peer Advior
Meet Abby Williams '18 Undergraduate Peer Advior
  •  Junior '18
  • Double Major in Marketing and Advertising Management
  • Born in Atlanta, Georgia

Tell us about yourself...What are you currently studying at the SBA and what year are you in? Where are you from? Are you a transfer student? If so, where did you transfer from?

I am a junior studying Marketing and Advertising Management. I was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but I have grown up in Portland, Oregon. I love to spend time in the city walking through the Pearl but I also love to take advantage of the nature we have around us by sailing or hiking in the Columbia Gorge. I consider myself a foodie too, so ask me for a recommendation! 

 What made you want to be a peer advisor?

I decided to become a peer advisor to help our students become as prepared and confident for their life post-graduation as possible. Portland State is providing a great base for your education, but I want to help students reach their full potential by squeezing everything they can out of their undergraduate academic careers. After working as a Student Ambassador and an Orientation Leader for two years, I realized my heart was with my fellow business students and I intend on helping them in any way I can. 

What's your favorite thing about studying and working at the SBA?

I love studying at Portland State's SBA because we have access to the most brilliant collection of professors who teach because it is their passion, and often teach in addition to having full-time jobs in their field of business making them the most qualified and relevant people to get an education from. We also have access to the most abundant city with endless opportunities to explore different ambitions.

Why should students seek express advising? What should they expect? How should they prepare?

You should come to our express advising if you need a peer to remind you that everything will work out and that you are more prepared for post-graduation life than you realize! We will help you solve any issues, prepare for any interviews, or proofread any resumes.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I have three different career aspirations... I intend to work either in digital marketing for a company that is making a difference in the world, at an advertising agency where the work comes before the profit, or as an entrepreneurial wedding planner. I hope to be inspired on a daily basis and lead brands to new heights. My dream companies are Airbnb, NORTH, or The Knot.