To contact any First Year Mentor, or for questions related to Orientation or the First Year Experience course, please email FirstYear@goucher.edu.
Andrés, Class of 2018
First Year Mentor Co-Chair
Hometown: Owings Mills, Maryland—San José, Costa Rica
Activities: ¡HOLA!, Student Health Advisory Committee, TALQ BIG, Academic Honor Board
Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Wagner House (Stimson Hall)
Favorite vacation: Costa Rica. My grandmother had just moved back after living in the United States for 10 years, and so my family took all of our cousins and her sightseeing around Costa Rica. We visited volcanoes and beaches, rode horses, and had an overall amazing time!
Favorite spot on campus: Hoffberger Science Building. I have spent enough time in Hoffberger that I have grown to love it. There are a lot of stairs, so it is always a good way to put in a workout while going to class.
Instagram or Snapchat? 100% Snapchat!
Favorite TV Shows? Broad City, RuPaul's Drag Race
What is your number one piece of advice for new Goucher students? Take pride in being a new Gopher! This is your new home- get involved and transform it into a community that further expands the Goucher Community Principles! Many people wish they were fortunate enough to attend a private university in the United States, so take advantage of this opportunity. Have an open mind when meeting people and try to learn a little bit about everyone you meet. Most of all, enjoy your time here!
Anthony, Class of 2018
First Year Mentor Chair
Hometown: Newark, New Jersey
Activities: Step Team, Student Ambassador, TALQ BIG
Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Welsh Hall
What is your favorite dessert? My favorite dessert starts off with a hot cookie at the bottom of the bowl. That cookie is surrounded by Reese's chunks and hot fudge. On top of the cookie is Reese's Ice Cream with chocolate syrup beautifully across the top. There is also whipped Cream on top of the ice cream with a cherry on top.
If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich? I would be rich from teaching and being an educator. I would love to teach about topics of social injustice against the LGBT community and people of color.
What is your number one piece of advice for new Goucher students? Only take 8:30 a.m. classes if you can handle waking up early and if you are a morning person. Just because you did it in high school does not mean you can do it in college.
Bella, Class of 2019
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Activities: I'm a member of Reverend's Rebels, an acapella group on campus, the beekeeping club, and the agricultural co-op.
If you could paint the sky, what would you paint on it? I would paint it so it always looked like the golden hours just before sunset, with oranges, yellows and light blues.
What is a piece of advice that you would give to the Class of 2020? Don't be afraid to do things you've never done before and take risks. You'll learn so much and experience new things.
What would your superpower be? Teleportation. I live way too far away from everything and I don't particularly like airplanes.
Instagram or Snapchat? Instagram
What is something weird that you do? I sleep with the lights on.
Bernadet, Class of 2018
Hometown: Washington D.C.—Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Activities: African Student Association, Goucher's International Student Association, Health and Counseling Services
If you were famous, what would you be famous for? I would be famous for making the best scrambled eggs.
What is one piece of advice you would give to the Class of 2020? Take advantage of opportunities, step out of your comfort zone and try new things, learn how to be comfortable being uncomfortable, and most importantly—practice self-care and self-love—be kind to yourself!
Favorite TV show? Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder
What is the best job you have ever had? Teaching Assistant for pre-kindergarten children.
David, Class of 2018
Hometown: New York City, New York
Activities: Men's Swimming, Social Justice Committee, Yoga Club
Instagram or Snapchat? Wait do people still use use insta... Just kidding, Snapchat all the way!
Favorite TV show? Lost (Seasons 1-3 then skip to 6 just for closure :) )
What is one piece of advice you would give to the Class of 2020? Get a hamper! Trust me your room will be way cleaner if there is a place for your dirty clothes!
Deirdre, Class of 2017
Hometown: Minot, Maine
Major: Political Science
Activities: Goucher Student Government, Goucher Democrats, Model Senate, Intramural Soccer, Phonathon, student employee in the Career Development Office
Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Wagner House (Stimson Hall)
If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing (besides money), what would it be? Pesto pizza
Favorite spot on campus: The Soper Room in Julia Rogers. It's filled with comfortable couches with lots of pillows. The room has huge windows so it's almost always flooded with sunshine.
What is your number one piece of advice for new Goucher students? College is a big transition for everyone, so remember that you aren't alone.
Eliezer, Class of 2018
Hometown: Camden, New Jersey
Activities: ¡HOLA!, TALQ BIG, International Essence Step Team
What are your plans for this summer? I am working in the federal courthouse in Trenton, NJ. I am working in the Human Resources department. I will also be heading to Florida for a week to visit family that I haven't seen in 17 years.
Snapchat or Instagram: Snapchat all the way! I was a big Instagram fan at first, but nothing compares to Snapchat. It is just a simple way to share what is going on with your life!
What is something weird that you do? I randomly start speaking Spanish out of nowhere even when the people around don't understand what I am saying. I don't realize that I am speaking another language sometimes!
Gabby, Class of 2019
Hometown: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Major: Political Science
Activities: I am involved in UMOJA-the Black Student Union, The African Student Association, the Goucher Women of Color club, and I worked with the Centre of Race,Equity, and Identity.
What is the best job you have ever had? I worked at a children's home in Jamaica and it stressed me out, but also taught me a lot so that was pretty great.
Illustrate your perfect day. FOOD, never-ending food, and a vampire diaries/originals/throwback disney movie marathon with all my friends, then zip lining or white water rafting, and a good party at the end with dancehall/soca/African music.
What is your favorite book? I honestly enjoy reading any history book or any book relating to politics, world conflicts, the judicial system or any book with an adventurous and unexpected plot (Harry Potter).
If you were famous, what would you be famous for? Stalking Nick Jonas and Alicia Keys
If you could paint the sky, what would you paint on it? "It's not worth it." I would paint that phrase because I feel like sometimes we easily stress and worry over things that are not worth our sanity and we need to be reminded of that. Our health comes first. I also love Spongebob so I would make the clouds be flowers like in the show!
Gianni, Class of 2019
Hometown: New York City, New York
Activities: Futuro Latino Learning Center, Ultimate Frisbee, Intramural Basketball and Soccer
If you could paint the sky, what would you paint on it? The starry night, because the sky should always be that dope looking.
What is a piece of advice that you would give to the Class of 2020? Focus on your grades but don't forget that social capital is so valuable and one of the most important aspects of college.
What makes you laugh the most? My roommate Mitch, his humor just gets me.
Imani, Class of 2018
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Activities: Yearbook, Office of Student Engagement (student worker), Commuter Liaison, dance concerts
What is your favorite dessert? This is so hard; I am an equal opportunist when it comes to sweet treats. I enjoy cookies, cakes, pies, brownies, honeybuns...anything that isn't too rich like Mousse. We could talk dessert for hours, specific places included.
What are your favorite TV shows? So You Think You Can Dance, Dance Moms, SpongeBob Squarepants, and Empire. That is all I have time for.
What is a piece of advice that you would give to the Class of 2020? Generally, I would say to take the phrase "with freedom comes great responsibility" very seriously. Yes, college is the time where you have more freedom and can explore, but explore cautiously and responsibly. Something I wish someone would've explained to me specifically is that college is not like high school, so be prepared. Despite what your parents say, college isn't just about schoolwork, it is about personal growth too. This means takes the space that Goucher provides to do so.
Jazmyn, Class of 2019
Hometown: Bear, Delaware
Major: Business and Dance
Activities: Read-A-Story/Write-A-Story, Goucher Christian Fellowship
What is your favorite dessert? Chocolate chip cookies...ALWAYS.
If you were famous, what would you be famous for? For being a famous dance choreographer who creates performance for concerts, music video, and award shows.
If you could have dinner with a famous person, deceased or alive, who would it be and why? Blake Griffin because he is my celebrity crush.
Instagram or Snapchat? Instagram
What is the best job you have ever had? Working at a Hair salon during high school.
Jessica, Class of 2017
Hometown: Ocean View, Delaware
Major: Biological Sciences
Activities: Editor for the Quindecim student newspaper, Student Ambassador, Futuro Latino Learning Center, Intro BIO Teaching Assistant, Crossfit Club, General Chemistry workshop facilitator
Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Sondheim House
Study abroad: Nicosia, Cyprus
What are your plans for this summer? Working for my sixth summer in a local seafood restaurant and applying to medical school.
What is something weird that you do? Put cinnamon on 75% of the food I eat.
If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich? Bringing food to people. I've worked in a restaurant for the past six years, and my favorite thing to do is "run food." You know that feeling you get when you see a server coming towards you with food? Trust me, I'm just as excited to set it down in front of you.
Jon, Class of 2018
Hometown: Newark, New Jersey—West Chester, Pennsylvania
Activities: I work for the SRC. I usually film games, etc., and I am a first year mentor!
If you could paint the sky, what would you paint on it? A ladder, to remind everyone that you can always go higher.
What are your plans for this summer? How's that Rihanna song go? Work, work, work, and more work.
What is something weird that you do? I'll open a pack of Oreos, but I stay away from the ones that are not immediately available once I pull the tab. I think they must not be good, otherwise they'd be in the middle, so I won't eat them.
What makes you laugh the most? Comedy. No wait, my own jokes!
Jonny, Class of 2018
Hometown: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Major: Business Management and Economics
Activities: Goucher Leadership Council (GLC), Roosevelt @ Goucher, Intramural Soccer, Supplemental Instruction leader, Theatre Dept. Productions, Goucher International Student Association
What are your plans for this summer? I have a fellowship through the Roosevelt Institute to write a policy encouraging Goucher to procure from Local, Woman and minority owned businesses.
If you were famous, what would you be famous for? Drinking the most cups of tea in a day.
What makes you laugh the most? Trevor Noah
Kate, Class of 2018
Hometown: Frederick, Maryland
Major: Computer Science and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Activities: TALQ BIG, GEAR, intramural soccer
What are your plans for this summer? I will be working at an ice cream store, helping out at SMYAL (a LGBT youth leadership organization in DC), and helping my dad with his garden.
If you were famous, what would you be famous for? My encyclopedic knowledge of the Harry Potter series and Bioware video games.
What is a piece of advice that you would give to the Class of 2020? The most important part of college is the relationships you build! Education is important, but friendship is straight up the most powerful force on Earth.
Instagram or Snapchat? Snapchat—I'm always snapping my friends pictures of my cats.
What makes you laugh the most? Pepe the Frog.
Kristin, Class of 2019
Hometown: Topsham, Maine
Major: Biological Sciences
Activities: Swim team, First Year Mentor team
What are you doing this summer? This summer I will be working A LOT and spending time with my family, my new kitten, and my boss's new puppy. I'm also going to Rome, Italy for a week to visit a friend who was a foreign exchange student at my high school!
What would your superpower be? My super power would be to manipulate matter, because then I would be able to transport anything or anyone anywhere. Knowing me, I would specific foods from around the world appear in front of me.
What are your favorite TV shows? My favorite TV shows include Orange is the New Black, Grey's Anatomy, House, Dexter, Bones, Castle, New Girl, and so many, many more.
What is your favorite dessert? My favorite dessert changes every time I answer the question, but right now, I think my favorite dessert would be sea salt caramel gelato from Gelato Fiasco in my hometown.
Liz, Class of 2017
Hometown: Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
Major: English and Philosophy
Activities: I have jobs in both the Events Office and the Office of the Associate Provost. I also work very closely with Goucher's Open Circle Theatre; a space for student productions outside of the theatre department. I am a member of Veritas, the Philosophy Club on campus, and I've also participated in Goucher's Improv Club. Not to mention the fact that I always make sure to drop in for tea with the English department once a month.
If you could paint the sky, what would you paint on it? Literary quotes reaffirming ideas of hope, love, happiness, and all things that make people look to the sky. Either that, or the phrase, "thank you for noticing".
What are your plans for this summer? Over the summer I will be living on Goucher's campus and working for their Events Office and The Office of the Associate Provost. I hope to make plenty of beach trips and D.C. adventures.
Favorite quote: "Be in love with your life. Every minute of it." - Jack Kerouac
What are your favorite TV shows? Currently: Sherlock, The Great British Baking Show, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Parks and Rec.
Locke, Class of 2018
Hometown: Winchester, Virginia
Major: Computer Science
Activities: I am a part of the all-male A Capella club Brovado.
What is a piece of advice that you would give to the Class of 2020? I would tell them to keep an open mind and a positive attitude. Because these two things are really important when it comes to making a smooth and pleasant transition into a new school... trust me!
If you could have dinner with a famous person, deceased or alive, who would it be and why? I would really like to talk to Steve Jobs. That might not sound all that special but he was on the leading edge of the birth of consumer computers and I find that really interesting.
What is the best job you have ever had? The best job I have ever had would have to be my current job. I work in the IT department of a hospital system. I love it because I get to be a part of an organization that helps people, but I also get the chance to follow my passion.
What is something weird that you do? I like French dressing on pizza. I don't know why...
Maren, Class of 2018
Hometown: Pasadena, California
Major: Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Activities: Other than being a first year mentor, I have two jobs in the library processing new books and processing InterLibrary Loan books. I am also in the Bollywood Dance club, G.E.A.R., Sign Language Club and Agricultural Co-op.
What is your favorite dessert? I love blackberry pie with vanilla ice cream. When I was a kid my grandmother made the best blackberry pie. My whole family would go pick wild blackberries along the highway and bring them back for her to make pie out of. My brother makes blackberry pie now that is almost as good.
What is your favorite book? Ah! I have too many favorite books. But a couple of them would be the Harry Potter Series, The Things They Carried, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Invisible Man (by Ralph Ellison) and To Kill a Mockingbird.
What is something weird that you do? I'm pretty much always wearing sunglasses. Like even at night or sometimes inside I'm still wearing them. I just forget that I still have them and I wear them all the time.
What makes you laugh the most? Sarcastic jokes, bad puns and memes
Michelle, Class of 2017
Hometown: Middlefield, Connecticut
Major: Mathematics and Physics
Activities: Physics Club, Math and Computer Science Club (MaCS, Supplemental Instruction leader.
What is your favorite dessert? Chocolate cake or fried dough.
What is a piece of advice that you would give to the Class of 2020? Explore Balitmore! It's a really fun place.
What is the best job you have ever had? Working at a science camp in West Virginia. We alternated between silly activities, super interesting lectures and classes, and overnight backpacking trips! It was so much fun to do something that sometimes didn't feel like a job.
Instagram or Snapchat? Snapchat, I'm not creative enough for Instagram.
What is something weird that you do? I mix rice with eggs and fry it into a pancake like thing. It's super good with syrup.
Mire, Class of 2018
Hometown: Manhattan, New York
Activities: I am a part of the Social Justice Committee and Equal Access.
What are your plans for this summer? This summer, I am working at Lacoste in SoHo as a sales associate, as well as traveling to Kosovo in August to see my family!
If you could have dinner with a famous person, deceased or alive, who would it be and why? Abel, The Weeknd! I fell in love with his music 5 years ago, and seen him twice in concert. If I can have dinner with him... well that would make a super nice Instagram photo.
What is the best job you have ever had? During high school, I was a personal cook for an elderly couple. I would go to their apartment every night and cook dinner! It was my favorite job because I got to do what I love to do on my free times! Also I meet two amazing people who have taught me so much.
What makes you laugh the most? Anything really, I'm always laughing. But when I need a good laugh, I like to watch really bad romantic films or read really bad jokes
Instagram or Snapchat? I have to say Instagram, because after a while Snapchat gets boring!
Nadav, Class of 2017
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Major: Peace Studies
Activities: Ultimate Frisbee, Intramural Sports, Goucher Leadership Council, Gap Year Club, Community Based Learning
Where did you live your during your first year at Goucher? Lewis House (Stimson Hall)
If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing (besides money), what would it be? Days where things go right. Just like everyone, a lot has gone a way that it really should not have, so I would have days where everything goes right so that I would never have two days in a row where things go wrong.
What did you want to be when you were growing up? I have always wanted to be a dad.
What is your number one piece of advice for new Goucher students? Don't give up when it gets tough. I went from daily plans to leave, to weekly plans, to monthly plans, and it wasn't until the end of July leading into sophomore year that I decided I would stay for the long haul. College isn't easy- a lot goes into it far beyond what is required in a classroom- but it is important and some difficult times shouldn't stop the entire journey.
Nia, Class of 2019
Hometown: Media, Pennsylvania
Activities: First Year Mentor
If you could paint the sky, what would you paint on it? Probably a sun in the corner wearing sunglasses, since that's about as far as my artistic ability goes.
What are your plans for this summer? Working, actually getting my driver's license, going to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with my family, writing, and watching as many movies OnDemand movies as I can.
What would your superpower be? My superpower would definitely be the ability to locate anything I've lost, (essentially, being able to use the Accio spell from Harry Potter and summon the lost thing) since I lose things quite a bit.
What is the best job you have ever had? A few years ago, I got to play a witch on a Halloween Hayride at a local farm. It was great because we could design our own costumes and got to tell corny Halloween jokes for hours.
What are your favorite TV shows? The X-Files, Parks and Recreation, Murder, She Wrote, Star Trek (The Original Series), The Twilight Zone, Columbo, Bob's Burgers, Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Talya, Class of 2017
Hometown: Greensboro, North Carolina
Major: Bussiness Management and Economics
Activities: FRESHR, Admissions, First Year Experience and finding time to squeeze in naps.
If you could paint the sky, what would you paint on it? Cilantro, to distinguish between the two types of people in the world.
What is a piece of advice that you would give to the Class of 2020? Try anything that slightly intrigues you. You won't have to stick with things you don't enjoy, but you might pick up a new hobby or make a new friend along the way.
If you were famous, what would you be famous for? Being super uncomfortable and weird when meeting the president.
What is the best job you have ever had? Last summer I stayed on campus and worked in admissions. Summer at Goucher is wonderful-with few people on the big campus and lots of time to lounge, you get to know the faculty and staff better as students from varying walks of campus!
Zoe, Class of 2019
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Major: Peace Studies and International Relations
Activities: Swim Team, Gophers for Goucher, Roosevelt Club
What is your favorite dessert? CHOCOLATE. In cookie, cake, and bar form.
What is a piece of advice that you would give to the Class of 2020? Don't stress too much. Have fun, laugh a lot, and take every opportunity to learn and grow.
What is the best job you have ever had? I used to serve and cut (and then eat) wedding cake and get paid for it!
Illustrate your perfect day. My perfect day is a sunny day, that starts with a hike with my friends and family to a beach or other body of water, where we swim, read, eat, laugh, and enjoy each others company.