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.

Dori Auslander

Hometown: Pennington, New Jersey
Major(s): Educational Studies: Concentration in Teaching and Learning

Activities on Campus: First Year Mentor, Student Interviewer, Liberty Cap Society (Tour Guide), President of Kappa Delta Pi - Education Honors Society, Vice President of Don't Conceal to Heal, Homework Help, Feminist Collective

Why I decided to be a FYM: This will be my second year as a First Year Mentor and I am so excited!! I first wanted to become a FYM because of how much my FYM did for me. My mentor helped shape my first-year experience and helped me through what was a challenging transition for me. I loved being a FYM the first time because I was able to build relationships and help others with their transition, much like my FYM did for me. I think the connection and relationship one makes with their FYM can be fundamental in the transition to one's first year in college and gives first years a great resource to ask questions, someone to always grab lunch or a coffee with, and to lean on if need be. I look forward to meeting you guys so soon! Dickinson is such a great place to be! Go Red Devs!

Andrea Barrows

Hometown: West Hartford, CT
Major(s): French and Francophone Studies & Educational Studies

Activities on Campus: Jazz Band, Saxophone Ensemble, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society, Tritons [Admissions Volunteers]

Why I decided to be a FYM: Since I spent my whole junior year abroad, I'm so excited to jump back into campus life by mentoring our incoming first years. My FYM was incredibly helpful in my transition to college, and I hope to pay that forward to the students in the class of 2022!

Gisele Betances

Hometown: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Major(s): Political Science and Law/Policy

Activities on Campus: Alpha Phi Omega, College Orchestra, Latino American and Caribbean Club, French Club

Reason why I became a FYM: College is a crazy and great experience; there is always a lot going on. This can make the transition to college difficult or a little chaotic. I want to pass down the knowledge I’ve learned through my experience at Dickinson to the new upcoming first years so that they can get the best out of their Dickinson experience.

Sarah Bock

Hometown: Westborough, MA
Major(s): Policy Management, History

Activities on Campus: Syrens (A Cappella), Liberty Cap Society, Delta Nu Sorority, Womens Club Volleyball

Why I decided to be a FYM: I decided to become a first-year mentor because Freshman Year is such a mixed bag of new experiences for everyone and it's important to have someone by your side who went through it and made it out on the other side loving where they are. Dickinson is an awesome home and I can't wait to welcome new students to campus and share it with them.

Jordan Cox

Hometown: Clearwater, FL
Major(s): Chemistry

Campus Involvement: Orchestra, Delta Nu, Club Tennis, VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), Refugee Assistance Project, Italian Club
Why I decided to be a FYM: I decided to be a First Year Mentor to help incoming students feel at home on this campus.

Kate Erfle

Hometown: Carlisle, PA
Major(s): Math & Computer Science

Campus Involvement: Swim Team, Rock Climbing Club, QR center tutor, piano, math and computer science club
Why I decided to be a FYM: I decided to be a FYM because I wanted to meet more people and (hopefully) positively impact first-years as they make the transition from high school to college.

Aly Fosbury

Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Major(s): Political Science and Spanish
Minor(s): Philosophy

Campus Involvement: Life & Style Editor of The Dickinsonian, Vice President of Women’s Club Volleyball, a member of Delta Nu sorority, a Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters at Mooreland Elementary school and I will be working at Landis House for CS3 as a CommServe Leader.
Why I decided to be a FYM: I had a really great experience as a first-year during my Pre-Orientation and I loved feeling as though I had someone with a lot of connections and experience in college (my FYM) to help guide me throughout my first year on campus. So, naturally, I wanted to be that guide and advisor for the incoming first-year class! I also know that the transition into college can be difficult and I would love to help ease that stress for as many new students as possible.

Dylan Gilhooly

Hometown: Darien, CT
Major(s): Neuroscience and Psychology
Minor(s): Philosophy

Activities on Campus: Captain of the swim team, student/professor research, member of SSDP, hiking and being a goober. I decided to be a fym because of the amount of fun I had as a first-year with my fyg.

Katy Harrison

Hometown: Oak Park, IL
Major: Sociology
Minor: Women’s and Gender Studies

Activities on Campus: Day of Service Coordinator for the Center for Service, Spirituality, and Social Justice, member of and Chapter Development Committee Leader for Kappa Alpha Theta.
Why I decided to be a FYM: I want to encourage the incoming class of 2022 to be the best people they can be, starting at Dickinson. I had a hard time adjusting to college life, but my own first year mentor supported me throughout orientation and beyond. I couldn’t imagine my first year, let alone the rest of my college career, without the incredible impact of my first year mentor. I want the opportunity to give back to Dickinson community by inspiring incoming students and helping them feel at home!

Julia Huddy

Hometown: Newtown, PA
Major(s): Math and Physics

Activities on Campus: MOB, Montgomery Service Leaders (MSL), Physics Club
Why I decided to be a FYM: I wanted to be a FYM because I like getting to know new people and making connections. I'm excited to welcome the next class and help them settle in their new home.