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 Interest Group (FIG) Group 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 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.


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Sean Jones  
Major: Physics  
Hometown: Vienna, VA 
Activities on Campus: Physics TA, Scene shop at Mathers theater, gaming club, President of Mermaid players. Behind the Scenes: Theater Pre-O
Why I wanted to be a FYM: I want to foster that sense of community, and give the first years an upperclassman who can show them how wonderful being at Dickinson really is. Aside from the personal experience gained from being a mentor, what I hope to gain most is the satisfaction of returning the favor my upperclassmen did for me, to the new generation of Dickinson students. 

 

 

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Lydia Orr 
Major: undecided 
Hometown: Lexington, VA 
Activities on Campus: Phoenix club, Dickinsonian photographer, Volunteer at YWCA, lifeguard at Dickinson pool 
Why I want to be a FYM: The most important piece of advice my mentor gave me was that the difference between life as a high school student and life as a college student is that you do not have your parents right there to tell you to do your homework or to go to sports practice.  In college students learn self-motivation and independence. I hope that if I am selected to become a First Year Mentor that I can be a role model to the first years and be as helpful as my mentor was.  I hope to learn more about being a leader and working with my peers to help others.  

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Chris Jones
Major:
 Biology and Computer Science 
Hometown: Lutherville, MD  
Activities on Campus: Student Senate Senator for Class of 2019, Associate Director of the Public Affairs Committee (Student Senate), Treasurer of Spectrum (Dickinson GSA), biology researcher  
Why I want to be a FYM: My hope in becoming a first year mentor is to ensure that my mentees have someone they’re comfortable coming to with problems and just having someone that they know is on campus. I also would like to be an active part in the class below me. I hope to be able to inform the first years on things that I had to go and seek out like student senate and clubs that didn’t have a large presence at the activities fair. I just want the class of 2020 to have first year mentors who will do everything that they should, and the best chance of making sure about that is by being one myself. 


 

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John Falvey 
Major: undeclared 
Hometown: Hingham, MA 
Activities on Campus: Liberty Cap society, Outing Club, Sports medicine, Club Soccer 
Why I want to be a FYM:  I feel very strongly that having a strong First Year Mentor and fun First Year Interest Group is vital in having a great first few weeks of college. I hope that I could be there during Orientation to make college life easier for the first years in my FIG. The main goal I would have from the position is to meet freshman and be a source of positive energy for their first days on campus. Also, most of my friends are going to be Pre-Orientation leaders and the idea of being at Dickinson with my friends in the late summer really excites me. Finally, I just enjoy being on campus and I would be happy to cut my summer vacation short by a week to be back at school and with everyone again. 

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Nate Scheinberg 
Major: Biochemistry(pre-med) 
Hometown: Altoona, PA 
Activities on Campus: Club basketball, Jive Turkey Ultimate Frisbee Ultimate Frisbee, Outing Club, Pre-Health Society, Prison Inmate tutoring, Wild Pre-O 
Why I want to be a FYM: I want to be a First Year Mentor because I feel that I could be a positive influence and resource for the incoming students. Adjusting to college is not easy for anyone, and I believe that I could be a great role model and provide great insight. I know how comforting a FYM can be for the nervous incoming student, and it would be a job and use of my time that I can feel good about. 

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Quadrese Glass
Major: Africana Studies 
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA 
Activities on Campus: Dining Services Student Employee, Mandatory, Prison Inmate Tutoring, HUB Supervisor, ASL Tutoring, Multicultural Ambassador 
Why I want to be a FYM: My first year on campus was made memorable because of the influential mentors I had. These individuals showed me how to navigate through a collegiate setting, and swayed me from delving into things that I would have regretted afterwards. I too would like to give this sort of mentorship to incoming First-Years. As a result of my mentorship, I hope fully develop my leadership and communication skills.   

 

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Danielle Melnick 
Major: Women and Gender Studies. Health Studies Certificate  
Hometown: Dallas, PA 
Activities on Campus: President of Yes Please!, Intern at PEAC, Dana Research Assistant, Events coordinator for Wellness House, Yoga and Fitness Enthusiast 
Why I want to be a FYM: Each Dickinsonian has a very different experience, and I want to share mine with the incoming class and inspire them to carve out their own path for the next four years. I feel safe, confident, and appreciated within our community, and I would guide our first-years in such a way so they feel the same sense of security and independence. Mentoring goes beyond simply orienting the incoming class to the campus-it is about engaging with students where they are at in this new phase of their life and helping them with the highs and lows of their growing process. I want to help students find comfort at the college while helping them work through getting uncomfortable as they develop over the next year. I want to be a support system, an open ear, and an honest guide for our new class. 

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Kathleen Getaz  
Major: Religion 
Hometown: Winchester, VA 
Activities on Campus: Norman M. Eberly Writing Center, Dickinson Christian Fellowship, Dance Theatre Group, Wild Pre-O 
Why I want to be a FYM: I believe strongly in the importance of relational leadership and the value of community.  My greatest experiences, in terms of both personal growth and simple enjoyment, have been those that happen in the context of a functional community where members feel genuinely welcomed and appreciated.  This is what I hope to offer my first-years. I am always excited to learn new ways to bring people together and work through new challenges within community.   

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Sally Aldrich
Major: International Studies and Spanish   
Hometown: Montpelier, VT 
Activities on Campus: Dining Services Student Employee, Crescendevils, Jive Turkey Ultimate Frisbee, Pre-O 
Why I want to be a FYM: I am very comfortable meeting and conversing with new people and I think my past experience has made me adept at reading people. I would hope to gain some leadership skills from this experience as well as the knowledge that I passed on my great experience with my FIG to others. 

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Alden Mohacsi 
Major: Undeclared 
Hometown: Port Jefferson, NY
Activities on Campus: Collegium, College Choir, Composed, Music Society, the Underground employee, Wild Pre-O  
Why I want to be a FYM: I want to share with the incoming freshmen all the fun, progressive, and worthwhile activities that there are on campus. In addition to helping the Dickinson community better itself, I too want to better myself as I become an even more knowledgeable and universal person as I get to know the new first years. I would also like to leave my own mark on Dickinson college for providing me with such amazing outlets to express myself and for others to express themselves. 

 

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Max Lee 
Major: Undecided but leaning towards Environmental Science 
Hometown: North Reading, MA 
Activities on Campus: Hillel, co-coordinator for Jam Space, Outing Club, participated in Early Leadership Retreat, Alpha Lambda Delta, note-taker, Wild Pre-O 
Why I want to be a FYM: Overall, I want to be a First Year Mentor because I had an excellent experience with my own mentor, and hope to provide a similar support system to a group of First Years. In my thusfar-brief period as a Dickinson student, I have really been able to find myself and my own space in this community, which is something I would love to help others do, as I feel it is one of the most important aspects of being a Dickinsonian. As a First Year Mentor, I would hope to continually check up on and interact with a group of First Years, helping acclimate them to the college and seeing them adapt and thrive in the new environment.  

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Kirsten Walsh 
Major: Environmental Science 
Hometown: Shickshinny, PA 
Activities on Campus: Army ROTC, The Peddler, Liberty Cap Society, Alpha Lambda Delta, Environmental Science Majors Committee 
Why I want to be a FYM: As a FYM, I hope to encourage new students to pursue their passions and discover new ones, and become involved on campus and in the Carlisle community. While ultimately my goal would be to aid in the First Year experience of my mentees, I would benefit personally from this program.  Though I will be sharing my experiences, help and advice, I will also be gaining new perspectives about Dickinson from the future of our college…the new students!  The role of FYM would play a positive part in the culmination of my time at Dickinson, reminding me of why I chose to be a Red Devil. 

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Alyssa Kanter 
Major: International Studies and Spanish 
Hometown: Swampscott, MA 
Activities on Campus: Spanish Tutor, C.A.R.E.S, Pi Beta Phi, Zumba  
Why I want to be a FYM: As a First Year mentor, I would love to be able to help guide a group of new students through the confusion and watch them transition into confident Dickinsonians. I would hope to gain out of being a First Year mentor leadership experience for students in such an important time. I would want to be the one they would come to with any question or problem, and I would be happy to help. I would want to explore together all of the opportunities that Dickinson has for it’s students, and help navigate through the school until each First Year is comfortable, happy, and at home. 

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Alex Stagliano
Major: Religion and Classical Studies 
Hometown: Ithaca, NY 
Activities on Campus: Kappa Alpha Theta, Dickinson Club Ice Hockey, Eta Sigma Phi, Alpha Lambda Delta, Theta Alpha Kappa, Dickinson College Democrats 
Why I want to be a FYM: I have always loved serving as a mentor and source of advice for people whether in academics or socially. I love the thought of being able to help give first year students the best possible experience they can have at Dickinson. I would love to share my Dickinson experience and year-long study abroad experience with the incoming class, as I have had a very positive overall experience so far. Lastly and perhaps most importantly, my time abroad has helped me to understand people from backgrounds different from mine and to be compassionate and understanding. I think, because Dickinson is such a diverse school, it is important to have mentors who will be able to listen to and advise students from all walks of life.    

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Sara Nash 
Major: Undeclared 
Hometown: Mansfield, MA 
Activities on Campus: Class of 2019 ESLC Senator, Food Advisory Council, Liberty Cap Society, Tritons, Women’s Club Soccer, Alpha Lambda Delta 
Why I want to be a FYM: Being a FIG leader would allow me to engage with the first-year class, which is something that is important to me because at Dickinson the first year class has the same amount of involvement as any other class. It is important to me to share all that Dickinson has to offer to these new students, because their enthusiasm from the beginning is important to a smooth transition.  Also, I think that it would be very rewarding to watch the students that I worked with succeed in various ways on campus. The First Year Mentor position would enhance my leadership skills as well as strengthen relationships with people on campus. 

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Gaby Fleming
Major: English  
Hometown: Chester, VA 
Activities on Campus: Dining Services Student Employee, Kappa Alpha Theta, Dickinson Republicans, Womens Varsity Swimming, Belles Lettres Literary Society, The Dickinsonian writer, A Creative Writing Experience Pre-O 
Why I want to be a FYM: I would like to be a First Year Mentor in order to share my love of Dickinson with the bright minds of the class of 2020! In summer of 2015 I was fortunate enough to participate in the Pre-Orientation program College Cuisine, Culture, and Climbing. Being able to connect with my FIG through stimulating activities was an experience I really cherished. It gave me friends before classes started, and I have a lot of respect for Dickinson's Orientation Program and would therefore be delighted to be a part of it as well as a part of new first-year's experiences! From this position I hope to gain further leadership experience as well as gain friends from the new member class. 

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Emma Sullivan  
Major: Undeclared but intended Earth Science 
Hometown: Harvard, MA 
Activities on Campus: Tritons, French peer tutor, Biblio Café employee, College Choir, Outing Club, The Peddler, ballet, Student Stories blogger, Service Trips, Composed, Wild Pre-O 
Why I want to be a FYM: I want to be a FYM because it was such a crucial part to the ease of my transition to Dickinson, and I want to help other incoming students have that same sense of comfort. Entering a new environment can be stressful and intimidating and FYMs have the power to reduce those feelings by creating a welcoming environment. I love to talk about Dickinson and share advice about the school and college life in general.  

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Julia Martens 
Major: Biology

Hometown: Scarborough, ME 
Activities on Campus: Outing Club, Tritons, Pi Beta Phi, Pre-Health Society, Sports Medicine, Plant Physiology TA, Wild Pre-O  
Why I want to be a FYM: I also would really like to help the new students have the positive experience that I have had at Dickinson. I want to help them reach their full potential and set them up with a solid foundation so that they are able to become themselves and let Dickinson nurture their growth. Through being involved in many aspects of campus life, I feel knowledgeable about opportunities that Dickinson has to offer in different academic and extracurricular areas. I also feel like I have built diverse relationships, so either I can be a good resource, or I might know of a good resource for new students to talk to about different opportunities. Hopefully by feeling comfortable in their FIGs they will be able to create positive relationships and build long lasting bonds with me and the other students in our group. 

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Liam Fuller  
Major: Women’s and Gender Studies 
Hometown: Harrington Park, NJ 
Activities on Campus: Training and Education Pride Coordinator in the office of LGBTQ Services, President of Spectrum, D-Tones A Cappella, House manager of Spectrum house, Emerging Leaders Retreat mentor, Choir, Feminist Collective, Liberty Caps Society, Alpha Lambda Delta, Social Justice Pre-O  
Why I want to be a FYM: I would love to be involved in the orientation process for first years because I think it is integral to the Dickinson experience and a formative moment for incoming Dickinsonians. I would love to give first years the tools and support they need to take advantage of their first year here. As an empathetic person, I would be open and receptive to whatever qualms and hesitations first years may have. I also know how to fairly navigate the Dickinson establishment and as such, would be able to impart what I've learned when it comes to getting things done on this campus. As a mentor on the Emerging Leader's, I learned firsthand that first years have the potential to realize incomparable change on our campus and with a turn in the right direction and someone to look to for support, can blaze their own trail and initiate campus wide change. I have faith in the skills and determination of first years and would love to be able to help them adjust to the campus climate and succeed in their own way on our campus.  

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Brander Suero 
Major: International Studies
Hometown: Bronx, NY 
Activities on Campus: Kline Fitness Center 
Why I want to be a FYM: The reason for which I want to become a FYM is that I want to be able to help Dickinson students to become better people, students and friends.  One's first year in college is one of the most influential and life changing moments.  I want to be able to help the first years to find their voice and to become comfortable in defending their views and opinions.  I believe that this job is not just for the mentor to teach the first years, but also for the first years to shape the mentor as their difference experiences get shared and mutual learning is achieved.  

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Val Weiner
Major: Environmental Studies and Economics  
Hometown: Stamford, CT 
Activities on Campus: Environmental Studies Majors Committee, TA, Disability services Procter, Syrens A Cappella, Economics Club 
Why I want to be a FYM: I would love to meet the future of Dickinson. This program is an amazing concept that I think brings the whole school together--the upperclassmen aren't as scary, you make more friends that are interested in the same things you are, and I think it is an amazing way for freshman to get acclimated to the school. I think having someone to tell them its' ok to have bad days, and its' ok to make mistakes, because I did and I am really, really happy now.  

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Hannah Fab  
Major: Philosophy  
Hometown: Potomac, MD 
Activities on Campus: Liberty Cap Society, Proctor at office of Disability Services, Alpha Lambda Delta, Pi Beta Phi 
Why I want to be a FYM: I want to be a FYM because I am excited about welcoming new students in to our Dickinson community. All of the people in my orientation group continue to be friendly faces around campus, and I am still in contact with my OA. As a FYM, I want to help facilitate the building of relationships and assist in the adjustment to campus. Going off to college can be as scary as it is exciting, and I hope to be a friendly face to my FIG as well as to all first-years. I am applying to be a First Year Mentor because I want the opportunity to give back to the Dickinson community through welcoming the class of 2020 to Dickinson and sharing with them why I love it here.  

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Tom O’Donnell 
Major: Environmental Science 
Hometown: Cranford, NJ 
Activities on Campus: WDCV Dickinson College Radio host, Quads community board, Outing Club, Emerging Leaders Retreat Spring 2016(attendee) 
Why I want to be a FYM:I had a really great Pre-Orientation experience with my FIG group and I think it had a lasting impact on how comfortable I felt with my transition from high school to Dickinson. I know that it isn't easy for everyone but I really do think this is a valuable program. I want to be a FYM because I want other rising First Years to have as good of an experience as me adjusting to college.  

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Caroline Snyder 
Major: Undeclared - interested in Anthropology  
Hometown: Hilliard, OH 
Activities on Campus: Liberty Caps, Tritons, Jazz Ensemble, Trumpet ensemble, Pi Beta Phi, Student Senate, Music UnCaged Pre-O 
Why I want to be a FYM: I want to be a First Year Mentor because I was so excited to come to Dickinson as a First Year student. Last year, I enjoyed getting to know my fellow classmates as well as the upper-classmen who were on campus to help us get adjusted to college. It would be an honor to do this for the incoming students as well as offer my knowledge about Dickinson. It would be fun to fall in love with Dickinson all over again through the eyes of the First Year students. Being a role model for the FIG group would allow me to see the pride and excitement radiated by the students. It would be a pleasure to get to know the Dickinson College Class of 2020 because I love meeting new people and learning about what brought them to Dickinson. 

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Ruthie Strauss, Senior Mentor
Major: Physics and German 
Hometown: Port Matilda, PA 
Activities on Campus: MOB, Student Supervisor in the Cafeteria, Triton, Outing Club, Alpha Lambda Delta, Wild Pre-O
Why I want to be a FYM: I want to be a First Year Mentor so that I can get to know the incoming class and make their transition to life at Dickinson a little bit easier. I think having a friendly face to talk to during the first few weeks is so important, and since Im also a WILD Pre-O Trip Leader, I’ll get to make connections with my group of first years before they even set foot on campus. Going on a pre-o trip my first year was a great way for me to meet other students who had interests similar to my own and hearing about Dickinson from my trip leaders made me feel even more confident about coming to Dickinson! As a First Year Mentor and Pre-O Trip Leader, I hope to have that kind of positive impact on my FIG too!  

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Hayat Rasul 
Major: Mathematics and Earth Science  
Hometown: Granada Hills, CA 
Activities on Campus:  Exiled poetry society, Liberty Caps Society, Feminist Collective, Muslim Students Association, POSSE Scholar 
Why I want to be a FYM: By being involved in this programme, I hope to gain the reassurance that incoming students (and future Dickinsonians after that) feel safe on this campus and are knowledgeable about the various forms of support that exist. I do not want students to feel unsafe, confused, embarrassed, and even scared to get the assistance they need to make Dickinson a true home. I know the school has the potential in doing so, and I would love to be a part of making that potential a reality. 

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Ellen Bair, Senior Mentor 
Major: Sociology 
Hometown: Gettysburg, PA
Activities on Campus: ALLARM, Senior Mentor, Liberty Cap Society, Peer Academic Advisor, CommSERV (Big Brothers Big Sisters)
Why I want to be a FYM: I want to be a FYM because I want to directly influence campus culture. I am proud to be a part of Dickinson College and its community of success, and I want to be someone who can help make Dickinson even better for all students.  I have seen firsthand that mentors make a real difference. As a transfer student, with not a familiar face in sight, my mentor was the first person I met. I had no idea that being in her mentor group would help foster the close friendship we have now. Through my own experience, I have gained a deeper understanding of how critical the position is in the campus community. I want new first-year students to have someone they can count on, who is available when they need to talk or need someone to eat lunch with. I want to be a guide and resource to each one of my mentees, helping their transition into a new academic and social environment.  

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Jonathan Long  
Major: Philosophy  
Hometown: Wallkill, NY 
Activities on Campus: Run With It!, Octals A Cappella, Mermaid Players, Collegium Musicum, College Choir, Music Society, New and Improv-ed Pre-O 
Why I want to be a FYM: I found that the most difficult part of being an incoming first-year is the prospect of not making friends and the possibility of not feeling at home at Dickinson. Truthfully, I want to be a mentor because I want to ensure that these students who are desperately hoping to have someone to talk to when they arrive, certainly have someone. In addition, I want to be someone that these students can get meaningful and honest advice from at the beginning of their college career. Often it can be hard to find someone one can feel comfortable seeking advice from in a strange environment. I want to be someone that these students can immediately turn to upon arrival. Ultimately, I find the first year at Dickinson to be the most important in that it is the crucial time in which students get the opportunity to discover themselves and find their niche; I want to help students do this. 

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Madie Ritter 
Major: Environmental Studies 
Hometown: Ligonier, PA 
Activities on Campus: Handlebar Bicycle Co-op volunteer, President of Swing Dance club, Eco-Rep, Food For Thought: Farm Pre-O 
Why I want to be a FYM: As a freshman myself, I participated in a pre-orientation program, and it really set the tone for a great first semester. However, the part of the program that really made my first few weeks on campus so incredible was the group of people I met during orientation, particularly our mentor Maddie, who facilitated all of the bonding and really offered herself as such a level-headed and welcoming resource. I want to provide the same experience to next year's incoming first-years. I also know that being in the Mentor roll will be a great opportunity for me to learn and grow as a student while helping my mentees feel safe and confident in their first year at Dickinson. 

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Lindsey Zwecker 
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 
Hometown: Atlanta, GA 
Activities on Campus: Varsity Softball, Varsity Basketball, Liberty Cap Society, Chemistry Teacher's Assistant (3 Semesters), Relay For Life Club, Alpha Phi Omega (Fall 2013- Fall 2015)
Why I want to be a FYM: I hope, as an FYM, to give first-year students what my OA gave to me from my very first day on campus: someone you know is looking out for you and who will be there if you ever need them as a friend, a role model, or a safe person in whom to confide. My goal as an FYM is to make my group of first-years' adjustment period as seamless as possible and to help them become a part of the Dickinson community and consider their first year to be the start of their best four years.  

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Mollie Montague  
Major: Undeclared (Sociology) 
Hometown: Gloucester, VA 
Activities on Campus: Swing Dance Club VP, Tritons, Phonathon, Handlebar, Freshman Plays, Spanish Club, Wild Pre-O 
Why I want to be a FYM: I am excited to share my knowledge of Dickinson with incoming first-years and to help guide them through orientation, their first few months and the overwhelming transition that college can pose upon first arrival. I want to be a First Year Mentor because I feel I can help facilitate college orientation for our new class throughout their first year. Not only am I excited about Dickinson, I also have come to understand the many opportunities available and the importance of self-driven engagement in one's passions. I believe that as a first year mentor I will be able to give my group the information and support that they need to make the most of Dickinson. Previous experiences have taught me that a mentor learns as much as a mentee. I hope to gain a further understanding of the diverse backgrounds that come to Dickinson, the hidden work that goes into welcoming new students and the important facilities available to students. 

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Jessica Hampton
Major: Neuroscience and Biochemistry
Hometown: Ossining, NY 
Activities on Campus: Service trip coordinator and participant for CSSS, Global Ambassador for Australia program, Emerging Leaders Retreat, Pi Beta Phi, Alpha Lambda Delta, Peer tutor, Change the World: Service Pre-O 
Why I want to be a FYM: By being a first year mentor, I will be able to help ease the transition of our new first years into life at Dickinson. I will be able to answer their questions, provide advice, and be a general source of support. I look forward to the opportunity to engage with and welcome the newest members of the Dickinson community and to make them excited about what will be some of the best and most transformative years of their lives. I want to be able to be someone they feel comfortable coming to if they have concerns or problems. I want to be someone they can look up to, and I want to be someone they can grab a cup of coffee with just to catch up and say hi. Personally, I look forward to the opportunity to form relationships with people who will be where I was just three years ago, and to be not just a mentor but a friend.  

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Emma Spector 
Major: Undeclared 
Hometown: Newton, MA 
Activities on Campus: Mermaid players, Dance Theatre Group, Run With It!, PALS, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Tritons, Feminist Collective  
Why I want to be a FYM: Being a mentor on campus is a responsibility that I would take seriously. I want to watch and nurture a student grow in both independence and maturity. I want to help him/her if he/she needs advice or a shoulder to cry on. Each transition is a personal journey and I want to be a fun, supportive part of it. From my experience, it can be difficult for first years to form authentic relationships with upper class students. I hope to bridge this gap, and make the Dickinson community stronger because of it.   

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Nick Rejebian, Senior Mentor
Major: Political Science, Economics 
Hometown: Evanston, IL 
Activities on Campus: Dining Services Student Employee employee, Alpha Phi Omega, Mock Trial, Liberty Cap Society, Kick Start Dickinson: Idea Fund Pre-O 
Why I want to be a FYM: I wanted to be a FYM because I want to inspire people around me and help their adjustment to college. By being a FYM, I want to be able to help the first years understand that they are special and assist them in setting/reaching their goals. I hope to gain the ability to be a leader 24/7, and practice what it means to be a leader.  

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Paul-Anne Robb  
Major: Sociology 
Hometown: Trenton, NJ 
Activities on Campus: Multicultural Admission Student Ambassador, African American Society, Sister Circle, Library Student Supervisor, Sports Medicine student assistant 
Why I want to be a FYM:  I would like to be a First Year Mentor because I’ve realized the importance of having a mentor throughout the first year at Dickinson. The transition from high school to Dickinson can be difficult for some students and having a First Year Mentor provides those students with a resource that they can be confident will help them if they need to. First Year Mentors are passionate about helping these students obtain a great first year experience and offer advice when it is needed. I’ve offered my help to students that I’ve noticed are having a hard time during their first year and I really enjoyed creating new friendships while helping.  

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Luis Cardenas 
Major: International Business & Management, and Latin American, Latino, & Caribbean Studies 
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA 
Activities on Campus: Student Supervisor in Cafeteria, POSSE Scholar, Managerial Tutor 
Why I want to be a FYM: Coming into my first year at Dickinson, I felt that I needed an older student to teach me the ropes. Fortunately, I had the Posse community to mentor me, but I noticed that many other students did not get that same support. So I saw it as a responsibility of mine to mentor and help incoming first years. I did just that my sophomore year, by helping first years get situated and giving them tips on how to survive college. Now going into my Senior year of school, I want to give my knowledge out to even more students. I want to develop helpful relationships with first years, and feel more connected to campus. This opportunity could open my mind up to different perspectives. Being a rising senior, I have stayed within the posse community too long and I would like to hear different stories.    

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Rachel Lockwood
Major: Neuroscience 
Hometown: Cape Elizabeth, ME  
Activities on Campus: Dance Theatre Group, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Feminist Collective, Kappa Alpha Theta, Dance at Dickinson Pre-O 
Why I want to be a FYM: My first year interest group gave me a group of familiar faces with similar interests to mine. I was able to grab meals with them, go to orientation events with them, or, after the semester began, attend campus events concerning our common interest together. My first year mentor and leader Natalie was the reason this atmosphere was able to form within our group. She was so knowledgable about what we wanted to know about. She was incredibly inclusive, and didn't judge if one of us had a "stupid" question (even though there is no such thing). I want to be a FYM so that I can be given the opportunity to follow my own mentor's model and be as great an influence for the incoming class as she was for me.  

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Ali Kramer 
Major: Undeclared 
Hometown: Peapack, NJ 
Activities on Campus: Dickinson College Varsity Softball, Quarry retail, CS Carlisle, Cuisine, and Climbing Pre-O  
Why I want to be a FYM: I have had such an amazing experience this past year as a first-year in the program and I want to be apart of that experience for the incoming first-year classes. I also want to be a First Year Mentor because I understand the stress that comes from being thrown into a new environment with hundreds of new people and the pressure that came out of branching out and meeting new people constantly. I also understand how relieving it was being able to see my First Year Mentors and be able to sit and chat about how I liked my classes, how softball was going, and more. I want to be able to give my first-years that relief from experiencing the inevitable stress they will have at the start of college.   

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Alena Gormally 
Major: Women’s and Gender Studies 
Hometown: Harrison, NY 
Activities on Campus: Feminist Collective, Spectrum, Social Justice House Manager, Outing Club, Dining Services Student Employee  
Why I want to be a FYM: I want to become a first year mentor in order to reconnect to the Dickinson community after being abroad for a year. Paralleled to my rediscovering Dickinson is my interest in re-experiencing the community for the first time. I am interested in seeing what first years notice about Dickinson and how they want to make an impact in the community. I hope to watch people grow and discover their passions to encourage myself to continue dedicating time and work to issues that impact. 

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Caroline Kanaskie 
Major: Environmental Science  
Hometown: Tamaqua, PA 
Activities on Campus: Outing Club, Environmental Science Majors Committee, Student Watershed Coordinator at ALLARM, Eco-Rep, I Am That Girl, Alpha Lambda Delta, note-taker, Montgomery Service Leader, barista for the Peddler, A Sustainable Adventure Pre-O 
Why I want to be a FYM: I want to be a First Year Mentor to inspire new students. I want to share my favorite things about Dickinson with the students who are nervous and excited about joining this community. I can be the sounding board or shoulder to cry on. I love to listen and I have a knack for pointing people in the right direction during their time of need. My role models and mentors, at Dickinson and otherwise, have shaped my life in such a way that I want to give back and provide similar support to others.  

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Cassie Masciale 
Major: International Studies and Spanish  
Hometown: Westfield, NJ 
Activities on Campus: Junior class Senator, Spanish TA, Liberty Cap Society, Pi Beta Phi 
Why I want to be a FYM: I love Dickinson and I feel like my involvement and the friendships I have made while on this campus could be used to help first years acclimate and see how great Dickinson truly is. However, from my own experiences the first year of college can be very overwhelming and I would like to be a resource and mentor for those who need help adjusting. From this position I hope to see relationships between class years and the feeling of knowing that I contributed to making Dickinson a great community by mentoring out newest members.  

 

 

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Emily Whitaker, Senior Mentor  
Major: Physics 
Hometown: Hopewell, NJ 
Activities on Campus: Peddler barista, Alpha Phi Omega, Devil’s Advocate, Community board, Triton
Why I want to be a FYM: Dickinson has given me so many opportunities to grow intellectually, enjoy new experiences and expand my circle of friends, and I would like the opportunity to help first years find their own unique paths here. I love Dickinson and I really want other people to love it here, too. If selected to be a FYM I would personally benefit by learning more about Dickinson through our orientation program, which is essential for helping people transition smoothly to college.  

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Meridian Kenol   
Major: Undeclared 
Hometown: Highland, MD 
Activities on Campus: Anwar Bellydance, Pre-Health Society, Doghouse, Doghouse Pre-O
Why I want to be a FYM: If not for pre-orientation and my FIG group, I wouldn’t have had the confidence or motivation to delve into my new role as a Dickinsonian. I also owe it to my FIG group for the majority of the wonderful lasting friendships I’ve made on campus. A great deal of cherished laughs, skills, experiences and fond memories resulted from pre-orientation, and knowing that I can reciprocate that same feeling of acceptance into incoming first years next year would be the greatest honor. I would love to provide that same feeling of support to all my mentees by ensuring each of them that if they ever need help, I would serve as a valuable resource and ally to them. By designing different bonding exercises, meeting with the mentees in groups and individually, and reassuring them that if they feel as though they need advice or a second opinion, I am always available to talk, I hope that I can instill within each first year I encounter a feeling of welcome on campus. Not only would the First Years be able to grow as members of the Dickinson community, but also my involvement in coordinating such tasks would make me grow as a leader too.  

 

 

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Dori Auslander 
Major: Educational Studies 
Hometown: Pennington, NJ 
Activities on Campus: Lifeguard at Carlisle YMCA, Outing Club, Emerging Leaders Retreat 
Why I want to be a FYM: I would like to be a First Year Mentor due to the experience I had throughout my FIG. The ability to walk onto campus the very first day and already have access to knowledge from an older student and have twenty fellow classmates, just as nervous as I was, sitting next to me, made me feel a lot calmer and more comfortable. As time went on, Faith became my rock. She was there for me whenever I needed her to answer any questions or to give me a shoulder to cry on. The reason I want to be a mentor is because of Faith. I want to be able to help the first-year students transition to school and be able to comfort them in this nerve-racking time, much like Faith did for me. Working with others and leading groups is something I am passionate about. Out of this experience, I would truly hope to gain more knowledge about how to lead a group, while being able to listen to their concerns, needs, and emotions in order to help their transition and make them feel as comfortable as possible! 

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Jessamyn Biette 
Major: Environmental Science and French 
Hometown: Belmont, MA 
Activities on Campus: Outing Club, Dickinson Club Ice Hockey, I Am That Girl, Alpha Lambda Delta, Wild Pre-O 
Why I want to be a FYM: As a first year mentor, I hope to be part of the support system that first-years need in order to find their place on campus.  I would like to be an unintimidating upperclassmen that the first-years can turn to for help and for guidance, and help these new students build connections with all of the different people in the Dickinson community without fear. As a first year mentor, I hope be able to help the first year students enjoy and get the most out of their four years at Dickinson. I hope to build lasting relationships with my mentees and introduce them to many different aspects of life at Dickinson. I would like to help fuel the passions of my mentees in any way I can, and help them share their enthusiasm for their interests with other students on campus. Ultimately, I would like to help all of my mentees become comfortable with themselves as people and as a part of the Dickinson community. 

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Ashir Borah 
Major: Mathematics and Computer Science 
Hometown: Guwahati, India 
Activities on Campus: Tech Assistant in the Trout Gallery, Student Supervisor in the Cafeteria, Treasurer for Math/CS Club 
Why I want to be a FYM: When I came to Dickinson, everything was very new. Being an international student who traveled out of the country for the first time, cultural change and social change was a huge factor. But having mentors all over made me just trust what they said ("It is common. Everyone is going through it. Things will be fine soon."). I want to be that person for new incoming students and be a resource to them and help them adjust to the new environment. 

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Isabel Lang, Senior Mentor 
Major: American Studies 
Hometown: Meadville, PA 
Activities on Campus: Hypnotic Hip Hop Team President, Liberty Cap Tour Guide, Student Interviewer, ClothesVine, Carlisle Dance Instructor
Why I want to be a FYM: I have three older siblings and their guidance throughout my transition into college was something I did not initially realize would be so valuable. After transitioning and then falling in love with my school, I found this program was exactly the type of help that a First Year needs. I am always excited to share my love of Dickinson to others and I knew no better way to do that than with new incoming Dickinsonians. I wanted to be able to meet First Years and be involved in the beginning of their life changing journey at Dickinson College. Whether it be simply giving insider’s tips to things on campus or helping with homesickness, a little guidance at the beginning of a big transition can go a long way. I am excited to meet the First Years and help in whatever way they need! 

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Wes Smith 
Major: Policy Management 
Hometown: Plainfield Township, PA 
Activities: Liberty Cap Society, College Republicans, FY (Transfer) Mentor 
Why I want to be a FYM: Having just transferred last year, I want to help the new transfers with their transition to Dickinson and hope to help make their experience enjoyable.

 

Meet your First-Year Coordinators!!

First-year experience coordinators are four student leaders who are primarily involved in the planning and execution of first-year experience programming, extended orientation, first-year communications and recruitment, selection and training of mentors. The coordinators work four hours a week in the Student Life Office supporting the New Student Programs Office. This group of student leaders meets bi-weekly throughout the school year with the director of new student programs to maintain the quality of the Orientation experience for first-year students.


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Sam Miller, Special Projects Coordinator 
Major: Law and Policy, Africana Studies 
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Activities On Campus: Admissions tour guide, Triton, Leadership team for the Dickinson Christian Fellowship,Founder and Facilitator of Empowering Your Purpose, Purpose Gospel Choir, leadership team for Kingdom Builders on campus,student Note Taker, African American Society, Dickinson Ambassador for her high school (Collegiate Institute for Math and Science), writer for her inspirational blog, slam poet, model and assistant photographer for J Wallace designs.
Why I want to be a FYC: I wanted to become a first year coordinator because after my first year and experiencing Pre O as well as the first year experience I knew I wanted to be invested in recreating that experience and bettering that experience for future Dickinsonians in any way possible, I found this as an avenue to give back to Dickinson.

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Philip Morabito, Communications Coordinator
Major: International Business & Management 
Hometown: Wayne, PA 
Activities on Campus: Student Senate, House & Apartment Manager, Tritons, Liberty Cap Society, Student Interviewer, College Democrats, Devils' Advocates Student Philanthropy Council, INBM Majors Committee, Global Ambassador for Dickinson in South America program, First-Year Coordinator 
Why I want to be a FYC: Throughout my time at Dickinson, I've had many students and staff who've guided me in finding what I'm passionate about. I became involved in New Student Programs because I want to pay that forward and be that person to someone else. As a former First Year Mentor and Resident Advisor, I've worked with first year classes and have enjoyed seeing first years find their fit at Dickinson. 

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Landen Taflinger, Extended Orientation Coordinator  
Major: International Studies 
Hometown: Carlisle, PA  
Activities on Campus: Mermaid players, First-Year Coordinator  
Why I want to be a FYC: To improve the experience of incoming students and to ensure that the first experience people have with Dickinson is a memorable one!

 

 

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Emma Jane Beckert, Events Coordinator 
Major: History
Hometown: Branford, CT
Activities On Campus: PALS President, Kappa Alpha Theta, I Am That Girl, Outing Club, First-Year Coordinator
Why I want to be a FYC: I want to be a FYC because I believe that every First-Year should have the opportunity to really embrace Dickinson. Every incoming student has the potential to leave their mark on Dickinson, I want them to grab that chance. I want to share my passion for this community. They are the future of our college. I want them to feel