To contact any First Year Mentor, or for questions related to Orientation or the First Year Experience course, please email Orientation.Committee@goucher.edu.


Maxine, Class of 2016
Maxine
Hometown: Albany, New York
Major: Peace Studies
Activities: Umoja (Black Student Union), United Students of Color Coalition
Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Probst House (Stimson Hall)
Study abroad: Serbia and Kosovo
Favorite quote: "When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky." - Buddha 
If you had to remain one age forever, what would it be and why?
Probably 21, because I like to stay in the present- not dwell on the past, or rush forward to the future.
If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing (besides money), what would it be? Lipstick!


DeirdreDeirdre, 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.


TonyTony, Class of 2018
Hometown: Hong Kong, China
Major: International Relations & Economics (double major)
Activities: Skiing, swimming, running, & kayak
Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Jeffrey House (Heubeck Hall)
What is something you know you do differently than most people? Everything
If you could instantly have a skill, what would it be? I insist that I have two. Mind reading and flying a plane.
What is your number one piece of advice for new Goucher students? The heart finds out what it wants by experience, and experience is what you get when you do not get what you want.


EvelynEvelyn, Class of 2017
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Major: Psychology & Spanish (double major)
Activities: Goucher Prison Education Partnership (GPEP), Futuro Latino Learning Center, Yoga Club, 4+1 Program
Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Probst House (Stimson Hall)
What did you want to be when you were growing up? I wanted to be a singer. When I was six I remember listening to Christina Aguilera's CD Stripped (on my Hello Kitty CD player!!), as well as Avril Lavigne's Mobil until I had every single song memorized and I could belt or hit the notes that Christina could. I would do this almost every night before bed.
Most interesting/impactful class you have taken so far: Social Psychology. The professor challenged me and the class to think beyond how we think the world works- ultimately, it's just a social construction. The most impactful part of the class was the section on bias and prejudice, and to discover that we all have our own in some way or form. 
What is your favorite day of the week?
 This may sound lame, but I LOVE Mondays. I see Mondays as a chance to change bad habits from the previous week or just start over. Also why make Mondays a bad day for the rest of your life? They aren't going anywhere!


LoganLogan, Class of 2016
Hometown: Buffalo, New York
Major: Economics
Activities: Coffee, running, solo dance parties, baking, traveling via map, getting lost via map, knitting, writing, laughing (a lot)
Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Winslow House (Stimson Hall)
Study abroad: England
Favorite spot on campus: Batza Room balcony at sunset!
If you had to remain one age forever, what would it be and why? I'd probably like to be my current age (20) forever, because I'm pretty content here, and I haven't experienced any age older than this, so I don't know for sure- though I could imagine your 50's and 60's are pretty dope too.
What is your number one piece of advice for new Goucher students? Try to enjoy it; don't get sucked into drama, stress, or fear. Just do your best to laugh, love, and find what makes you happy.


JessicaJessica, Class of 2017
Hometown: Ocean View, Delaware
Major: Biological Sciences (pre-med)
Activities: Editor for the Quindecim student newspaper, Student Ambassador, Futuro Latino Learning Center, Chemistry Club, Biology Club, Crossfit Club, General Chemistry workshop facilitator
Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Sondheim House
Study abroad: Nicosia, Cyprus
Favorite spot on campus: The Heubeck Dining Hall. It has my favorite food on campus and you can sit and watch Van Meter Highway (the campus' main highway) while you eat. But the best part if definitely the staff. My favorite thing about Goucher in general is the people, but the team in Heubeck is especially fantastic.
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 five 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.
What is your number one piece of advice for new Goucher students? I believe you have made one of the best decisions of your life. But you need to believe it too. So grab this incredible experience and revel in every minute of it. 


RobertRobert, Class of 2016
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Major: Business Management
Activities: Cooking, sleeping, forever planning my life out but never coming up with a solution, and watching TV.
Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Alcock House (Froelicher Hall)
Favorite quote: "I think therefore I am." - Rene Descartes (I have this tattooed on my left arm in Latin)
If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing (besides money), would would it be? Support. I think it is important to feel supported when following your dreams/goals.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?  I wanted to be me. I never really was a kid who wanted to be a specific person. I have always wanted to be the best Robert that I could be- that way, whatever I find myself doing I know that I am the best because of the person that I am.


DeniaDenia, Class of 2016 (Transfer Student)
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Major: English
Activities: Umoja (Black Student Union) 
Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Dulaney House (Mary Fisher Hall)
Study abroad: Intensive Course Abroad (ICA) in South Africa
Favorite quote:  "She was fierce, she was strong, she wasn't simple. She was crazy and sometimes she barely slept. She always had something to say. She had flaws and that was okay. And when she was down, she got right back up. She was a beast in her own way, but one idea described her best: she was unstoppable and she took anything she wanted with a smile." - R.M. Drake
If you had to remain one age forever, what would it be and why? If I could, I would remain 21 forever. I turned 21 this year and I love where I am in my journey. This is the age when I truly began to value and cherish my family and friends, laughter, love, and life, and that experience alone has opened my eyes and heart to so many things.
What is your favorite time of day? Early in the morning during sunrise when the birds are chirping and the air feels refreshing.


KenzieKenzie, Class of 2016
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Major: Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Peace Studies (double major)
Activities: Office of Student Engagement intern, Writing Center tutor
Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Alcock House (Froelicher Hall)
Study abroad: Namibia & Botswana (Summer 2013); Bangalore, India (January 2014); Serbia, Bosnia, & Kosovo (Spring 2015)
Favorite quote:  "Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air."- Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you could instantly have one skill, what would it be? To instantly know how to speak every language.
What did you want to be when you were growing up? I always wanted to be an astronaut. I loved the idea of being in space, looking down at earth, and seeing the sun rise and set at the same time.


ChassidyChassidy, Class of 2017
Hometown: Edgewood, Maryland
Major: Psychology with a Spanish minor
Activities: Hiking, playing soccer, eating, making others smile, drawing, and just having a good time no matter what I may be doing.
Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Wagner House (Stimson Hall)
Study abroad: Alicante, Spain
What is your number one piece of advice for new Goucher students? Keep your mind open to new things/opinions. Everyone has their own way of thinking and doing things, and just remember to respect other people's views/ways even if you don't necessarily agree. Try to see where others are coming from and put yourself in their shoes. Remember, everyone has a story.
Favorite quote: "No."- Rosa Parks
If you could instantly have any skills, what would it be? Teleport or orb (for any Charmed fans). Being able to teleport would be amazing because I could go anywhere in the blink of an eye while also saving on the crazy gas prices when it comes to driving!


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Kaitlyn, Class of 2016
Hometown: Staten Island, New York
Major: Peace Studies
Activities: Goucher Prison Education Partnership (GPEP), Mediation Club
Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Conner House (Stimson Hall)
Study abroad: Serbia, Bosnia, & Kosovo
If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich? A job where I taste-tested pizza or a job where I did anti-capitalist work to reform the United States prison system would make me rich.
If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing (besides money), what would it be? An unlimited supply of plane tickets to different destinations.
What is your number one piece of advice for new Goucher students? Push yourself to be your own advocate starting on your first day at Goucher. It took me a while to figure that out.


ShirleyShirley, Class of 2017
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Major: Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Psychology (double major)
Activities: Umoja, Goucher Scholars
Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Wagner House (Stimson Hall)
Study abroad: France
If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing (besides money), what would it be?  
I think conditioner. I have no idea how I can go through so much conditioner in such a short period of time, yet I have the same bottle of shampoo for like 5 months.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/time of the year?  My favorite time of day is 5:20 p.m. (my birthday is May 20th). My favorite day of the week is Saturday- it is officially a relax day, and also my parents and I were all born on Saturday. My favorite time of year, hands down, is the fall.
What is your number one piece of advice for new Goucher students? You do not have to know your whole life right now. I'm not sure if we ever do, honestly. It's like I came to college with my GPS programmed for one path and then I got lost so my GPS had to recalculate and I found a new path. I now just follow a path that I believe is best and even if I get lost, I just recalculate. So be prepared to find, recalculate, and change your path.


BillyBilly, Class of 2016
Hometown: Cranford, New Jersey
Major: Environmental Studies and Economics (double major)
Activities: Goucher Student Government, Ag Co-Op, Programming Board, Student Ambassador
Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Sondheim House
Study abroad: Intensive Course Abroad (ICA) in South Africa
What's something you've been told you do differently than other people?
I've been told that putting granola in your salad is not the "normal" thing to do, but I wouldn't knock it until you try- it might just change your life.
If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?  I would love to become a random actor of kindness, constantly looking for new ways to make the people around me feel good (i.e. sticky notes with inspirational quotes, love notes written to strangers, balloons with confetti inside).  I would not only be making myself rich in the process, but my "customers" as well.  I'd kind of like to think of it as a mutual happiness fund manager.
Favorite quote: "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." - Ian Maclaren


AndresAndrés, Class of 2018
Hometown: Owings Mills, Maryland/San José, Costa Rica
Major: Chemistry
Activities: ¡HOLA!, Student Health Advisory Committee, TALQ BIG, Goucher Student Government Club Council
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.
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!


MichelleMichelle, Class of 2017
Hometown: Middlefield, Connecticut
Major: Mathematics and Physics (double major)
Activities: Physics Club, Math and Computer Science Club (MaCS), Swing Dance Club, Supplemental Instruction leader, cooking
Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Wagner House (Stimson Hall)
Study abroad: Intensive Course Abroad (ICA) in Bali (Winter, 2016)
If you had to remain one age forever, would would it be and why? Not sure, but an age with nothing special about it so that the novelty would never go away (since there wasn't any to begin with).
Most interesting/impactful class you have taken so far: Modern Physics. We basically learned that science is crazy awesome and how people discovered that science was crazy awesome.
If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing (besides money), what would it be? Bacon and eggs. My spirit animal might be Ron Swanson...


LizLiz, Class of 2017
Hometown: Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
Major: English and Philosophy (double major)
Activities: Open Circle Theater, Improv Club
Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Lewis House (Stimson Hall)
Favorite quote: "Be in love with your life. Every minute of it." - Jack Kerouac
Most interesting/impactful class you have taken so far: Intro to Art History has been my favorite class so far at Goucher. There is little else I would rather do than sit in the dark for two hours learning about literature, history, and art all while looking at pretty pictures.
What's something you know you do differently than most people? Going to bed; I have to make my bed before I can get into it.


NajahNajah, Class of 2016
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Major: Theatre and Math (double major)
Activities: Goucher Student Government Senate, Student Ambassador, United Students of Color Coalition, Mary Fisher planning committee, lead student employee in the library 
Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Conner House (Stimson Hall)
Favorite vacation: I visited four amazing and different cities for a Pearl Simon Award trip: New Orleans, Atlanta, Chicago, and LA.  The sole purpose was to study the culture and see how race runs our country in different ways.
If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich? Performing and watching other people perform. There is nothing like the feeling when you first walk out in front of people and become so vulnerable.
Most interesting/impactful class you have taken so far: Linear Algebra, because it was the moment that I knew what path of math I would study in grad school (if I decide to go). People get caught up in Calculus, but Linear Algebra is this beautiful section of math that just felt so right to me.


AnnabethAnnabeth, Class of 2016
Hometown: Mount Vernon, Iowa
Major: English & Theatre (double major)
Activities: Programming Board, Writing Center Tutor, Playworks (Theatre Dept. productions in general), running 
Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Alcock House (Froelicher Hall)
Study abroad: Oxford University
Favorite vacation: Any trip to see my family in Seattle, Washington.
What did you want to be when you were growing up? A marine biologist. I came home from "job day" in kindergarten unsatisfied with the options they provided in class (nurse, vet, mom, librarian, etc.). Thus, my father taught me how to spell "marine biologist" and I was set on it for a couple of years.
What is your number one piece of advice for new Goucher students? Don't try to recreate high school- let it become great memories. You are coming to an exciting place with new people and a different set of opportunities- embrace it!


AnnieAnnie, Class of 2015
Hometown: Potomac, Maryland
Major: Philosophy
Activities: Programming Board, Goucher Leadership Council, LeaderShape
Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Probst House (Stimson Hall)
Study abroad: Istanbul, Turkey
If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich? Puppy socializer
What's something you know you do differently than most people?
Eat meals one food group at a time.
What did you want to be when you were growing up? A cat


JonnyJonny, Class of 2018
Hometown: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Major: Economics
Activities: Roosevelt Institute, Intramural Football (Go Narwhals!)
Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Jeffrey House (Heubeck Hall)
If you had to remain one age forever, what would it be and why? I don't think I would want to be a particular age forever because I guess I wouldn't want to lose out on the wisdom gained with age.
What did you want to be when you were growing up? A professional football player for England's national team
What is your number one piece of advice for new Goucher students? Take care of yourselves! Whether it is balancing hard work and play time or fitting in time to exercise, taking care of yourself is important. Goucher is full of amazing and wonderful people, so don't be afraid to meet new people.


MaddieMaddie, Class of 2016
Hometown: Ringoes, New Jersey
Major: Business Management with Spanish minor
Activities: Programming Board, Goucher Leadership Council, Alumnae/i Weekend, Supplemental Instruction leader, Kratz Center for Creative Writing
Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Winslow House (Stimson Hall)
Study abroad: Copenhagen, Denmark
If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich? Writing poetry!
If you had to remain one age forever, what would it be and why? Probably 50. It seems like an important age- the center fold of your life.
If you could instantly have any skill, what would it be? Woodworking. I'd like to make my own tables and chairs.


AnthonyAnthony, Class of 2018
Hometown: Newark, New Jersey
Major: History
Activities: Step Team, Student Ambassador, United Students of Color Coalition
Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Welsh Hall
What's something you know you do differently than most people? Most people sing in the shower, but I dance in the shower.
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.


JordanJordan, Class of 2016
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Major: English 
Activities: Associate Editor for the Quindecim student newspaper, Futuro Latino Learning Center, student employee in Admissions and the Writing Center
Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Sondheim House
Study abroad: Oxford University
What's something you know you do differently than most people? I write songs about people who are important to me.
What did you want to be when you were growing up? I wanted to be a paleontologist who was also a Jedi Knight. If that failed, the backup plan was to become a Sith Lord.
What is your number one piece of advice for new Goucher students? Relax and remember that college is more than just school and more than just socializing. Don't take any part of your life too seriously and remember that everything is going to be fine. It's all about finding the right balance and the people who care about you.


JesusJesus, Class of 2017
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Major: Business Management
Activities: Ultimate Frisbee, Futuro Latino Learning Center, Intramural Soccer
Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Jeffrey House (Heubeck Hall)
Study abroad: New Zealand
What's something you know you do differently than most people? I can make a glorious banana milkshake. I am pretty confident in my abilities.
If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich? Playing frisbee and making films on the side!
If you could instantly have any skill, what would it be? I would love to be able to dunk on a professional basketball court. Doesn't hurt to dream!


NadavNadav, Class of 2017 (Gap Year Student)
Hometowns: Cleveland, Ohio (currently)
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.


TalyaTalya, Class of 2017 (Gap Year Student)
Hometown: Greensboro, North Carolina
Major: Business Management and Economics (double major)
Activities: Sexual assault awareness and consent education
Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Tuttle House (Froelicher Hall)
Favorite spot on campus: The volleyball court on the quad!
Favorite vacation: A few years ago, I went to Malta. I was on a gap year and during the spring we had a week off. I had spent a long time saving for travel and decided to go to Malta. Malta is a small island below Sicily that is influenced by many of the surrounding countries that colonized the island, and is thought to be one of the oldest islands. I spent five wonderful days exploring the island.
Most interesting/impactful class you have taken so far: Organizational Behavior- which is the study of people's emotions and motivations in the workplace. The class was set up as an "inside-out" class- all of the reading and work was done outside of the class, and during the class's time slot we had different simulations relating to the work. This class is open for all majors, and I highly suggest taking it!


SabrinaSabrina, Class of 2017 
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Major: American Studies and English (double major)
Activities: Bollywood dance, reading, writing, sketching
Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Jeffrey House (Heubeck Hall)
Study abroad: Intensive Course Abroad (ICA) in South Africa
What's something you know you do differently than most people? Eat the lemon slice(s) from my glass of water at a restaurant.
If you had to remain one age forever, what would it be and why? "It's the oldest story in the world. One day you're 17 and planning for someday. And then quietly and without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And that someday is yesterday. And this is your life." My answer is 17, so I can spend the rest of my life planning for someday. It's the last time you really remain a kid, but you are also old enough to have a sense of what you want to do with your life and what you want your place in the world to be. You're sitting on the verge of entering reality, of achieving greatness and discovering the best and worst of yourself, but it's also the last time you can sit back and enjoy the art of daydreaming and visualize the perfection we all expect to have in our life.
What is your favorite day of the week? Thursday: it is the Christmas Eve of every week.


MarenMaren, Class of 2018 
Hometown: Pasadena, California
Major: Undeclared
Activities: Goucher Energy Action Revolution (GEAR), Intramural Soccer, TALQ BIG, student employee in the library
Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Wagner House (Stimson Hall)
Study abroad: Intensive Course Abroad (ICA) to Peru (Winter, 2016)
Favorite spot on campus: I love taking walks in the woods and feeling like I'm in the middle of a forest in the middle of nowhere just for a bit.
Most interesting/impactful class you have taken so far: My Frontiers class (Living on the Margins) was my favorite class- it really opened my eyes to a lot of things that I had never learned or thought about before.
What is your favorite time of day/year? I really love 2 a.m.- when everything has fallen silent and you feel like you're the only person awake, and you're starting to get a little tired but because it's late your defenses kind of come down. I also really like fall when the air starts to become crisp and sharp and everything feels so fresh.