Orientation & New Student Programs Staff
Meet your First-Year Mentors!
The FYM (FY Mentor) provides an opportunity for upper-level students to help new students experience a positive transition to college. The FY Mentors will be assigned to one First-Year Group (FYG) and act as a guide through new student orientation and throughout the first year of college. Mentors offer peer insight into academic and social life at college, as well as help introduce students to activities and events on campus.
Senior mentors are five experienced student mentors who help train and advise a team of first-year mentors. Senior mentors act as helpful guides to other students who are growing into the mentoring role. This group of student leaders meets bi-weekly through the academic year with the director of new student programs and once a month with their team of mentors.
Odalis Almendarez Pina '20
(Political Science & Italian Minor)
I'm a member of the Latin America and Caribbean Club (LACC), a Multicultural Ambassador for Admissions Office, and also involved with Trendsetters. I'm a mentor because I want to help our incoming first years have a nice transition to college as well as serve as another kind of support system. I look forward to seeing you start your journey in college!
Jena Blair '22
I am the Social Media coordinator for the Black Student Union, an A.C.E. mentor and member of F.R.U.I.T. The reason I wanted to become a first-year mentor is because when I first arrived at Dickinson, I was very nervous and scared. But those feelings were quickly changed after I met my first year mentor, Quadrese. He helped throughout my first year and I am very grateful and wish to extend the same help to the Class of 2023. I am very excited to meet the upcoming class of Dickinsonians and welcome you all into the family.
Sarah Bock '20
(Policy Management & History)
I am a member of Delta Nu, the Liberty Cap Society, and a Student Interviewer. After enjoying my experience so much as a first year mentor last year, I have decided to return to get to know a new incoming class. Being a mentor has been an awesome way for me to continue to connect to new people at Dickinson and helping first years find their place at Dickinson is unbelievably rewarding. I can't wait to get back to campus and see everyone in August!
Lauren Brumfield '20
(Psychology & Health Studies Certificate)
I am a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, the Mermaid Players (Dickinson's theater group), and Hillel. I am a first year mentor because the first year experience was one of the highlights of my time at Dickinson, and I want to ensure that the next class of Dickinsonians has a fun and smooth transition into college like I did! I am so excited to welcome all of the new first years onto campus, and show you all why Dickinson students have so much pride in our community. Look forward to meeting you!
Alex Bygrave '20
I perform on campus with the Mermaid Players and the Infernos. I'm a mentor because I wanted to help make the first-year experience special like mine did for me. So excited to welcome you to campus and show you the ropes!
Carmen Canino '22
(Biochemistry and Molecular Biology & Health Studies Certificate)
Hi everybody! My name is Carmen, I live in Massachusetts and I will be a sophomore this fall. Last year I participated in the Minority Association for Pre-Health Students, better known as MAPS, and F.R.U.I.T., a group for women of color. Additionally, I was part of the Student Coalition, a group that focuses on engaging students in activism and attempts to address how pedagogy can be more inclusive at Dickinson. I am a mentor because the mentors I had my first-year had a great impact on the success I attained during my first year. I'd like to offer the incoming first-years guidance, advice, and friendship, similarly to how my mentors did for me. I can't wait to meet you all!
Tyler Catania '21
(Political Science & International Studies)
I am a member of the Mens Varsity Swimming Team. I am a mentor because I want to help first years create their own experiences at Dickinson and help guide them through their first year. Congratulations on choosing Dickinson and graduating from high school! I can’t wait to meet you all!
Tenzin Choeden '20
On campus I am involved with the Asian and Asian-American Collective, Posse Foundation, First-year mentor, Outing Club, and Club Soccer. I decided to be a first-year mentor because I believe that it is very important for incoming first-year students to have someone to talk to and ask questions. Having a mentor to help them guide in finding their niche here. I'm a very chill and down to earth person. You can literally ask me any questions and I will do my best to answer them. I fully understand that transitioning into college life is challenging and I will be there for you.
John Crafa '20
I am a captain of the Dickinson Men's Swim Team and a brother of Delta Sigma Phi. I became a mentor because I want to help the individuals in the incoming class find their niche here at Dickinson. The key to success in college is a healthy support system, and I hope to guide new students to find their own support system.I can't wait to meet you in the fall!
Cailey Cummins '20
(Political Science, Minor in Spanish, & Certificate in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship)
On campus, I work for the Center for Civic Learning and Action, I'm on the climbing team and I'm involved in Greek life. I am a mentor because my first year mentor was so supportive of me and helped shape my first year experience. Looking forward to meeting y'all in August!
Trang Dang '22
(Mathematics & Quantitative Economics)
Besides being a First Year Mentor, I'm also a Student Supervisor for Dining Services. I decided to become a mentor since I myself have received tremendous help from my mentor during my first year, which was super helpful for me. Therefore, I want incoming first-year students to feel the same way as I did. Every member of our college has their own amazing story to tell. I can't wait to help you create your own.
Susie Fitts '20
(American Studies & Italian Minor)
At Dickinson I had the opportunity to study abroad in Bologna, Italy my junior year, I'm an intern and tour guide for the admissions office, and I'm a part of Greek life! I chose to be a First Year Mentor because I wanted incoming students to have a positive transition into Dickinson the same way that I did my first year. I'm looking forward to meeting you!
Isiah Godoy '20
(International Studies & Latin American, Latino, Carribbean Studies)
I am a member of the Posse Foundation, the Presidential Transition Committee, and the Dickinson radio station, WDCV FM. Transitioning into your first year of college can be intimidating and hard. Having an advocate on campus to introduce you to college resources, professors, different areas of interests or even the town scene is imperative to starting off on the right foot. That's what my former mentors did for me and that's what I'd like to do for others. Advocate and pass-it-forward. I look forward to meeting and getting to know my mentees and can't wait to show you all around the Carlisle area!
Ella Goldman '21
(Political Science and Law & Policy)
I'm president of our Mock Trial team, a member of our Moot Court team and captain of our club tennis team. I am so excited to be a first-year mentor because the first year of college can be intimidating for some and I'm excited to be a familiar face as well as being someone to turn to. Looking forward to seeing you all in a few weeks.
Grace Gontarek '22
(Undeclared, Interest in Political Science)
I am involved in Jazz Band, Pi Beta Phi, and club tennis. Participating in Pre-Orientation was the single reason I made so many friends in the first week and had such a smooth transition into college life. My own first-year mentor made me feel comfortable and welcome on Dickinson's campus, and I am a mentor so I can do the same for incoming first-years. I can't wait to meet you in August!
Willow Huppert '20
On campus, I am a member of the Outing Club, the Center for Sustainability Education (Energy Campaign Coordinator), and the Environmental Science Majors Committee. I really enjoy getting to know first year students and love welcoming them to the Dickinson community! The first year of college is a time of amazing growth and change. I hope through my experience and the bond of our first year group we can all learn from each other and navigate the experience together. I can't wait to meet all of you on campus!
Aisha Johnson '20
(Educational Studies, concentration in Education and Society Policy Reform & Chinese Minor)
I am the Vice President of Kappa Delta Pi, a member of the Education Honor Society on campus, a Service Trip Leader, a Prison Inmate Tutor, and Student Interviewer in Admissions. The first year of college can be extremely challenging and stressful, but with the right guidance and support it can be attainable. I want to be that source of guidance and support to first years. Additionally, as a senior, this position allows me to establish with first years who I might not have met otherwise. I look forward to meeting you guys in the fall!
Lauren Kageler '20
(Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major)
I worked as a first year mentor my sophomore year and I found it to be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences at Dickinson. Additionally, my own Pre-Orientation trip was one of the best decisions that I made because it really set the tone for my first year and helped to make the process into Dickinson a lot easier. I therefore would like to be a supportive and friendly figure for the incoming first years. I would like to make their transition into life at Dickinson as seamless as possible so that they can make the most out of this new experience. I hope to guide the students to take advantage of each opportunity that is available to them, and to foster an environment where they feel comfortable enough to ask questions and seek help when needed. Overall, my biggest goal is to ensure that I make the students feel settled in their first few days and excited for their Dickinson experience. I cannot wait to meet all of you and I hope you are just as excited as I am. Feel free to reach out to me before you arrive at Dickinson with any questions/concerns, big or small.
Madelyn Kapfhammer '22
(Biology & Computer Science)
Currently, I am a member of MOB, the event planning organization on campus, and a student leader of the Dickinson Christian Fellowship (or DCF for short).For me, transitioning from Cochranton, Pennsylvania to Carlisle was kind of difficult at the beginning. I became a first-year mentor to help Dickinson’s class of 2023 transition to college life and be a friendly face, but also to show students the ins and outs of the campus so that they too can build relationships and thrive at Dickinson College. I am ecstatic for this upcoming year, and can’t wait to meet each of you in August!
Olivia Kochis '22
On campus, I am a member of the Women's Varsity Swim Team and Pi Beta Phi. I am a first year mentor because coming in as a first year myself I was nervous about finding my place and making new friends. My First Year Mentor helped me through the transition and made finding my place at Dickinson a simpler process. I wanted to be that person for future incoming First Years. Dickinson in an amazing school and I want to help new students in experiencing all we have to offer. I can't wait to meet you on move in day! Go Red Devils!
Dineydi Matos '20
(Educational Studies & Africana Studies and Japanese Minors)
I am currently the President of Kappa Delta Pi, the educational honor society. I also have the honor to be a Posse scholar. On campus I work at the Dickinson Children’s Center and the Career Center. I wanted to become a First-Year mentor because I wanted to aid new students in their transition into college by providing support and being someone who you can depend on. I am excited to get to know you!
Zoey Miller '20
(Biochemistry & Molecular Biology & Italian Minor)
I am a Liberty Cap (tour guide), as well as the Liberty Cap Intern for Admissions for this upcoming year. I am also a student researcher in the Biology Department and a member of the Feminist Collective. The first few weeks of college are full of changes, transitions, and adaptations. It's overwhelming for most. During those weeks of my first year, the First Year Mentor Program was my guide. From helping me to navigate Moodle to showing me where to get $1 pizza on Tuesdays, my mentor helped make the adjustment to college life so much easier. I wanted to do the same for future first years because of the impact that the program had on me. It is a privilege to continue Dickinson's legacy in making campus feel like "home" through the guidance and support of the first year mentors! Congratulations on making the decision to be a Red Devil!
Petia Nimley '22
(African Studies & Psychology)
I am involved in the Black Student Union, F.R.U.I.T., and Dining Services. I decided to become a mentor so that I could help the incoming first years have an easier transition to college. I can’t wait to meet you!
Caroline O'Leary '20
On campus, I am a student interviewer, a tour guide, and am involved in Greek life! However, being a first year mentor is the most rewarding thing I have done at Dickinson. I love having the opportunity to connect with the first years and I take joy in being a sense of comfort for those going through this huge transition! I am looking forward to meeting you all.
Kira Ousey '21
(Music, English, Film Studies Minor)
I am in the Dickinson College Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, Chamber Music ensembles, and the Mermaid Players Theatre Society. I became a First-Year Mentor because I want to be one of the first people students meet as they begin to navigate the scary yet exciting transition to college life. I also felt it was my duty as an upperclassman to share my knowledge of the campus and academic systems with first-years to help ease the process of moving to Dickinson and getting started on the next chapter of their lives. I am so excited to meet all of you on campus in the fall!
Aidan Pidgeon '20
(Physics & Astronomy Minor)
Next semester, I will be the president of the Astronomy club; a manager for the Peddler, Dickinson’s student-run coffee cart; and the house manager for Spectrum House. I became a first-year mentor because I have previously served as a mentor for the Emerging Leaders Retreat. I felt that being a first-year mentor would be a similar experience, letting me continue to forge relationships with and offer support to first-year students. To the incoming class: welcome to Dickinson! Wishing you all clear skies for the wonderful journey ahead.
Rhyan Rigby '22
(Political Science & Spanish)
Around campus I am involved in BSU, the Latin American and Caribbean club, and FRUIT, just to name a few. My favourite food is sushi and my favourite event on campus is Spring Fest. I wanted to be a mentor in order to get to know a lot of the incoming first-years, provide an outlet for a support and to just be a friendly face around campus. I am so excited to meet you all this year and can't wait to get to know you!
Madeleine Sagebiel '20
(Sociology & French Minor)
I am involved on campus with Delta Nu, the Liberty Cap Society, and the club lacrosse team. I wanted to be a mentor because I wanted to help bridge the divide between the senior class and the incoming class. I'm really excited to get to know you!
Natura Sant Foster '20
(Art History & Italian Studies)
I am a Student Interviewer, a Multilingual Writing Center and Italian tutor, and work in the Trout Gallery (registrar's assistant and education department). Taking part in a Pre-Orientation was such a special experience and immediately connected me with a group of wonderful people. The activities we did fostered a sense of community and belonging which helped make the transition to college a positive one. I want to pass this experience forward by being a First-Year Mentor and providing new students with a welcoming and exciting start to their new Dickinson life. Dickinson is a place that will inspire you, challenge you, and embrace you. As a First-Year Mentor, my goal is to do the same, and I look forward to helping you make Dickinson yours!
Jessie Scarlett '22
(Neuroscience & Chemistry Minor)
I am a member of the climbing team and I am a service trip leader. I wanted to be a mentor because I had a very positive experience with my First Year Mentor, and I want to provide the same experience for other students! I cannot wait to meet you!
Sophia Scorcia '20
(History & Italian Studies)
I am a tour guide, a peer tutor in the Multilingual Writing Center, and a member of the Mermaid Players (the theater group on campus). I decided to become a First Year Mentor because I had an amazing support system as a first year at Dickinson, and I wanted to be able to provide the same amount of support and guidance to the first year classes after me. I’m so excited to meet you all!
Isoke Senghor '20
(Africana Studies, Spanish, & Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies Minor)
I have previously worked on the Presidential Strategic Planning Committee and as a First-Year Mentor, and I currently serve on the executive board of the Women of Color Summit as the Marketing Executive. I strongly believe that in order to leave a space better than how I found it, I must share with those that will come after me the lessons I’ve learned and the tools and skills I’ve acquired in order for them to have more fulfilling and engaging experiences. I mentor because I support the awesome, challenging, “wow” moments that occur in the process of growing. I mentor because I love witnessing others become their best selves. I am so excited to meet and work with you all!
Damon St. Prix '22
(International Business and Management & Spanish Minor)
I am a member of the Men’s Varsity Swim Team & the Black Students Union. I am a mentor because I went through the college transition last year, and my first year mentor was a great support. I would like to have that effect on my first year group. Looking forward to meeting you guys!
Hadley Starr '22
(International Studies, Economics, & a French Minor)
I am on the varsity swim team, club soccer team, and the treasurer of the French Club. I had a great first-year experience and I am hoping that as a first-year mentor I am able to do as great as my mentor did and make sure that everyone else also has an amazing year! I cannot wait to meet you all soon!
Cormac Stevens '20
(English & Italian Studies)
I am a member of the Mermaid Players Theatre Society and Italian Club. I'm a first-year mentor because when I was a first-year, I had no idea what I was doing, and I think I've learned a lot since then. I'd like to be able to help the incoming first-years have a good Dickinson experience. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all!
Brigette Stickney '20
(Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
On campus, I am an Outing Club Trip Leader, a Title IX Peer Educator, and a Service Trip Leader. My first year mentor was amazing and inspired me to apply to be one. I love being able to welcome the new class to campus and act as a resource for anything they need. Being a first year mentor is so rewarding, because I get to build strong connections with the first years as they start off orientation and see how they make Dickinson their own throughout the year. I’m so excited to get to know you! Welcome to Dickinson!
Julia Thulander '20
(Biology, Italian Minor)
I play on the women’s club soccer team, am a member of Greek life on campus and work for campus rec. I am a mentor because I want to get to know more of the student population on campus and this is a great way to do that! I am excited to meet you all!
Cristian Tineo '22
(Studio Art & Anthropology)
Around campus, I am a MANdatory Co-Leader, an A.C.E. Peer Mentor and a Dickinsonian Staff Writer/Columnist. I chose to be a mentor because while struggling academically and emotionally my first year, I thought I was alone at times, but my first year mentor became a great resource to go to for help as she faced similar challenges just the year before. She was someone I could both talk to, and look up to. I knew that I wanted to do the same for others. I’m excited to start getting to know you all in the fall!
Ali Travers '20
At Dickinson, I am involved with Greek Life and the Order of Omega Honors Society. I was inspired to become a mentor because of the great relationship I had with my own First Year mentor my first year. I look forward to meeting you!
Annaliese Tucci '20
(International Studies, Globalization & Sustainability Concentration; Economics and Italian Studies Minors)
On campus, I am a Facilitator at the Feminist Collective, an Italian Peer Tutor, and a member of the Student Leadership Team for the Center for Civic Learning & Action (CCLA). I am a mentor to unconditionally support, uplift, and lend a welcoming, guiding, and encouraging hand to incoming first-year students as they transition to Dickinson College. Welcome aboard! I'm really looking forward to meeting and connecting with you. As you begin this four-year journey through life at Dickinson, know that I am so excited to witness you discover & grow into the person you were destined to be! Until then...see you soon!
Elisa Varlotta '20
(Mathematics & Spanish Minor)
I am on the Dickinson Women's Tennis Team, a Chamber Music Musician, and an English as a Second Language Tutor. I am a mentor because I love working with people. I remember my first few weeks at Dickinson a few years ago and taking a while to open up and feel comfortable so I want to be there as a support system for the incoming class. I am super excited to meet you all and embark on your college journey together!
Kacey Waleski '20
(Economics and English)
I am the college's Chapter President of Pi Beta Phi, a Writing Center Tutor, and the Senior Class President. I found a wonderful support system in my FYM when I was a first year so I'm excited to be in this position now as a senior! There is so much to do and learn on campus, so having someone to help guide you through it is what FYM are here for. Can't wait to see everyone this fall! roll devs
Sammi Werner '21
(Psychology & Creative Writing Minor)
On campus I am a Sports Editor of the Dickinsonian and a member of the Varsity Swim Team. I became a mentor because coming in those first few days can be a scary experience, I was terrified being the first of my siblings to go to college, but my first year mentor and first year group made the process fun and exciting. I want to be able to bring the same feeling to incoming first years. I can't wait to meet everyone in August and be the beginning of a great four years to come!
Ta-Tyanna Williams '20
On campus, I am a Dickinson Sports Assistant, a member of Trendsetters, and a Library Worker. I want to be a First-Year Mentor because three years ago I had an amazing First-Year Mentor who helped me learn the ins and outs of Dickinson. As a First-Year Mentor for the past 3 years, I have witnessed my entire FYG grow and make Dickinson their own like I once did when I was a First-Year. What I have enjoyed the most is developing new brothers and sisters (since I am an only child). I just want my group to be a sustainable family unit. I want to be useful to the students of the class of 2023 as a mentor, friend, support system so that they can make the best of their experience here for the next 4 years! I am happy to see you guys grow while at Dickinson. Roll Devs!
Skylar Young '20
(International Business and Management & Spanish Minor)
On campus I am involved in Club Soccer, Delta Nu, and Big Brother Big Sister. I chose to be a First Year Mentor because I love helping new students connect with activities and clubs that become a big part of their Dickinson experience. I can't wait to get to know everyone in August!
Anna Zaremba '20
(Environmental Studies & Food Studies Certificate)
I am the Sustainable Earth Education Coordinator for the Dickinson College Farm, an English Tutor at the Norman Eberly Multilingual Writing Center, and am on the Environmental Studies Majors Committee. I am a First Year Mentor because I want to be a resource for incoming Dickinson students and serve as a part of a greater support system to make that transition to college a little smoother and more fun. I want to get to know you all and help you find the ways your unique experiences and backgrounds fit into Dickinson's diverse community! I am counting down the days to meet you amazing group of people!