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

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 

Activities: Academic Honor Board, TALQ Big

What is your number one piece of advice for First-Year Students? Allow yourself to be molded by everything and everyone you meet in college. There is always something to learn from everything you do and everyone you meet!

What are your plans for the summer? I will be on campus working for the Office of Student Engagement, and I will also be an intern at Centro SOL in Baltimore, MD. 

What is your favorite movie? In the Pursuit of Happyness 

If you were famous, what would you be famous for? I would be famous for being the best chef in the world.


Anthony, Class of 2018 

First Year Mentor Chair

Hometown: Newark, New Jersey

Major: History, Concentration Secondary Education

Activities: Step Team, TALQ BIG

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

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.

Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Welsh Hall


Bernadet, Class of 2018Bernadet Assefa '18

Major: Sociology

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.


De'asia, Class of 2020

Hometown: Baltimore City

Major: Peace Studies

Activities: Hip-Hop dance team, Public Relations Liaison for our schools Senate, and a Youth activist in Baltimore City. 

What is your number one piece of advice for First-Year Students? Be yourself! Do not strip away who you are your first year, just add to who you are.

Favorite quote: "I am the dream and the hope of the slave" -Maya Angelou

What is your favorite book? The Hunger Games and Divergent 

If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing (besides money), what would it be? Food (so I can feed the homeless everyday)


Emma, Class of 2020

Hometown: Denver, Colorado 

Major: Peace Studies major, History minor

Activities: Ultimate Frisbee team and exec board, sitting in the sun, reading, biking, and running.

What is your number one piece of advice for First-Year Students? Get out and about! The public transportation is pretty easy to use once you get the hang of it and there are so many cool things to do and places to go.

What did you want to be when you were growing up? An astronaut on Monday, a scientist on Tuesday, a dentist on Wednesday, a painter on Thursday, a ballerina on Friday, a book writer on Saturday, an astronomer on Sunday.

What is your favorite movie? The Princess Bride (I have seen it over fifty times and can recite the entirety of it, including the music and sword clinks, verbatim)    

What would your superpower be? Teleportation because all of my favorite people live very far away from me and it's not okay.  


Gabby, Class of 2019

Hometown: Montego Bay, Jamaica

Major: Peace Studies with a minor in Legal Studies 

Activities: Title IX peer educator, UMOJA, and Goucher Women of Color Circle (WOCC)

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

If you were famous, what would you be famous for? Probably stealing Nick Jonas

What did you want to be when you were growing up? a lawyer just like Gabrielle Union in Daddy's Little Girls

What makes you laugh the most? Watching fat toddlers run and fall and my mom and dad play fighting.

Illustrate your perfect day: I would wake up to banana nut waffles and orange juice, go to the beach with my best friends, get my nails done, get my hair done, go out for really good food, and end with a huge slumber party. 


Imani, Class of 2018

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Major: Dance and Secondary Education

Activities: Commuter Liaison, work at OSE, Yearbook, Dance Rehearsals, FYM

Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? At my house

What is your number one piece of advice for First-Year Students? Do not be afraid to seek out help if you need it and take a chance. College is the place to mess up with less risk than in the real world after.

If happiness was the natural currency, what kind of work would make you rich? Work that involves making positive change for the next generation, has interactions with youth, and helping others. This is why I want to become a teacher.

If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing (besides money), what would it be? Dessert, happiness, and stuffed animals/real animals (includes lions, panthers, cats, dogs, squirrels, chipmunks)

What would your superpower be? To hug people's problems and burdens away without taking them on myself or to make people understand others perspectives through a simple touch on the forehead


Javaunte, Class of 2020

Hometown: Johnstown, PA

Major: Communications and Women and Gender Studies

Activities: FYM, Track and Field, Student Government 

If you could paint the sky, what would paint on it? I would paint it as a big heart because everyone needs to be loved. 

If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing (besides money), what would it be? It would be buffalo chicken pizza.

What is your number one piece of advice for First-Year Students? Stay focused on your academics, but when you get stressed out or sick take care of yourself. Self-care is very important. 

Favorite TV shows? Real Husbands of Hollywood and Bad Girls Club 


Jonny, Class of 2018 

Hometown: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Major: Business Management & Economics (Double Major)

Activities: Roosevelt President, Intramural Football, Goucher Leadership Council, Theatre, Goucher Fellowship

What is your number one piece of advice for First-Year Students? Take care of yourselves! Whether it is balancing hard work and play time or fitting in time to exercise. Goucher is full of amazing and wonderful people, so don't be afraid to meet new people. 

If you could have dinner with a famous person, deceased or alive, who would it be and why? Emma Watson, because she is amazing and I love her to bits! Seriously! 

Favorite quote: "Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do" - Pelé

If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing (besides money), what would it be? TEA!!!!!! Preferably Earl Grey 


Kallie, Class of 2020

Hometown: Snow Hill (Eastern Shore of Maryland)

Major: English with a concentration in Secondary Education

Activities: Gopher Brass (I play the trumpet), Goucher Orchestra, Humans Vs. Zombies. I also like to read, enjoy nature, play tennis, draw.   

Instagram or Snapchat? Um, Facebook all the way! I am a proud proponent of Facebook-- I have an old soul. Or at least, I have a Mom Soul.

Favorite spot on campus? There is a hill next to the academic buildings that has two wooden chairs, and I like to go there during the golden hour and watch the sun go down sometimes. Next to the chairs are some pretty good climbing trees, too. 

What is something weird that you do? Um, own a flip phone. It's cheap. It's vintage. It has Tetris. 

What is your favorite dessert? My favorite dessert is cheesecake, in every variety. Also-- chocolate peanut butter ice cream. Also, chocolate chip cookies. Also, every dessert. 


Kate, Class of 2018

Hometown: Frederick, MD

Major: Women & Gender Studies and Communications & Media Studies double major, Computer Science minor

Activities: Intramural soccer, Food Recovery Network

Favorite spot on campus? Milkshake station in Heubeck 

What is your number one piece of advice for First-Year Students? The most important part of college is the relationships you build! Class is important, but friendship is straight up the most powerful force on Earth.

Where did you/are you studying abroad? I studied video game design in Copenhagen, Denmark last spring

If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing (besides money), what would it be? Sweet tea!!!!!! 


Kristin, Class of 2019

Hometown: Topsham, Maine 

Major: Biology

Activities:
Swimming, Tour guide, Goucher choir

Zodiac Sign:
Virgo

Where did you/are you studying abroad?
South Africa this summer!! I'm so excited.   

If you were famous, what would you be famous for? Drinking too much caffeine 

What would your superpower be? Manipulating matter because that would let me have shapeshifting, flying, telekinesis, and I think a couple other things too.

What makes you laugh the most? My dogs being idiots. 


Maren, Class of 2018

Hometown: Pasadena, CA

Major: Women and Gender Studies

Activities: First-Year Mentor

Favorite TV shows? Orphan Black, Brooklyn 99, MasterChef Junior and Cutthroat Kitchen. I just love cooking shows  

What did you want to be when you were growing up? A meteorologist or a spy

What is your favorite movie? Amelie and Fast and Furious

What is your favorite dessert? Blackberry pie with vanilla bean ice cream

What is your number one piece of advice for First-Year Students? It's all gonna be ok y'all. I know that's cliche but I do think that things will work out in the end


Micaela, Class of 2019

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

Major: Peace Studies 

Activities: Admissions Ambassador, First Year Mentor, Gap Year Students  

Favorite quote: "We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams" - Arthur O'Shaughnessy

Favorite TV shows? One Tree Hill, Charmed, Sense8, the 100, Pushing Daisies, and Gilmore Girls. Children's' Cartoons! 

What makes you laugh the most? Puns all day. 

What is your favorite book? A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hoessini and Matilda by Roald Dahl. 


Mikaela, Class of 2020

Hometown: Springfield, MO

Major: Special Education

Activities: Women's Swim Team, Goucher Bunny Community, Adoption Web, First Year Mentors (2017), Yoga Club, American Sign Language Club, Intramural Soccer

If you could paint the sky, what would paint on it? I would paint purple clouds and add some glitter

What would your superpower be? Shapeshifting

Favorite TV shows? Parks and Rec, Orange is the New Black, Jane the Virgin, Friends, How I met Your Mother, etc...

What is your number one piece of advice for First-Year Students? Be patient. Stay Organized. Reflect often.

Best job you ever had? Working with the families at Ronald McDonald House


Mire, Class of 2018

Hometown: Manhattan, New York

Major: Psychology

Activities: Netflixing, cooking, reading, napping and playing car parking app games on my phone for many hours a day

What makes you laugh the most? Really bad Lifetime movies, I love them!

What is your number one piece of advice for First-Year Students? Sleeping is very important, also eating.... Please sleep and eat!

If you could paint the sky, what would paint on it? Cheesecake, so I can eat cheesecake and look at the sky.

If you were famous, what would you be famous for? For my amazing pite with cheese dish! I love to cook, and I love making Albanian food.


Moe, Class of 2019

Hometown: Frederick, MD

Major: Production and Design (IIM)

Activities: Hip Hop team, Food Recovery Network, and IT 

Zodiac Sign: SCORPIO!

Favorite spot on campus? In my bed, asleep. Just kidding, I love the Van Meter stairs because when the sun shines in there it makes rainbows all over the steps!

Best job you ever had? I worked at Rita's Italian Ice for three years and I had way more Ice than I should have. It was amazing. Except when I accidentally hit a woman with a door.

Illustrate your perfect day: I wake up, have an omelet and a mango, sit in the sun, take a bath, take a nap with my cat, drive around blasting music, and stare at the stars at night

What is your favorite movie? Sky High 100%. No shame.


Nejaat, Class of 2019

Hometown: Silver Spring, MD

Major: Anthropology major Public Health Minor

Activities: Food Recovery Network, Muslim Circle, Interfaith Club, Work at the Post Office and First-Year mentor, Maryland Scholars

What did you want to be when you were growing up? When I was growing up I wanted to be a doctor by day and a chef by night; giving people life in different ways :)

What are your plans for the summer? My plans for the summer is to do an intensive course abroad in Nazareth, Israel. I will be abroad for three weeks studying Middle Eastern film. I will be in Seattle for the rest of the summer at the University of Washington, in a public health program.

If you could paint the sky, what would paint on it? I love the sky, and wouldn't change a thing about it

What is your number one piece of advice for First-Year Students? Number one Piece of advice: Do not change yourself to make friends; stay true to you and you will find friends who appreciate that.


Nia, Class of 2019

First-Year Mentor Co-chair

Hometown: Media, Pennsylvania

Major: English, Literature concentration (Professional Writing and Creative Writing Minor)

Activities: First Year Mentor 

Zodiac Sign: Taurus Sun with Taurus Moon and Virgo Ascendant

Favorite TV shows? Chopped, Parks and Rec, Columbo, Star Trek (The Original Series), The Joy of Painting, The Twilight Zone, The Great British Bake-Off, Agatha Christie's Poirot, Bob's Burgers, and most children's cartoons.

What would your superpower be? The ability to instantly find anything I've lost, since I lose things all the time. At the least, I would be able find out where those things are to satisfy my curiosity (like my GameBoy I lost in the third grade. I want to know where it ended up). 

Best job you ever had? (Other than First-Year Mentor) My favorite job I've had was an assistant camp counselor and the best part was during recess time when the kids would play "dogpile" and all tackle me to the ground.

Favorite quote: "Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead" -Oscar Wilde 


Nina, Class of 2019

Hometown: Manhattan, NY

Major: Political Science and Economics

Activities: Supervisor at Goucher Poll, Gophers for Goucher, Intern for OSE, Phonathon Manager

What is your favorite dessert? Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt (Original with granola, chocolate chips, strawberries, and a drizzle of caramel)

Favorite TV shows? The Office, Rick and Morty, Dear White People, Portlandia

If you were famous, what would you be famous for? I'd be twitter famous because (I think) my tweets are funny

What is your number one piece of advice for First-Year Students? Don't be afraid to ask for help!

If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing (besides money), what would it be? Blowpops and plane tickets


Owen, Class of 2020

Hometown: Manhattan, New York

Major: Art

Activities: Intramural soccer, radio show, FYM

Favorite vacation? My favorite vacation that I have ever been on was to the Grand Canyon.  Me and my whole family rode mules to the bottom of the Canyon, slept over at the bottom overnight woke up, and rode back to the top.  It was a wild experience and one of the most unique trips I have ever been on.

Favorite quote "The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls" -Pablo Picasso

What is your favorite movie? My favorite movie is Do the Right Thing.

Illustrate your perfect day. My perfect day involves going to museums across NYC, eating soup dumplings in Chinatown, skating with my friends, going to a concert, and having the best sleep of my life.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?  I always wanted to be a fashion designer growing up.  


Paola, Class of 2019

Hometown: Rockville, MD

Major: International Relations

Activities: Netflix, traveling, exploring, volunteering

What is your number one piece of advice for First-Year Students? Be open to change all around even though it may be difficult. See it as growth!

What is your favorite dessert? Tiramisu and churros

If happiness was the natural currency, what kind of work would make you rich? Volunteer work, Immigrants advocacy, any sort of travel

Where did you/are you studying abroad? I will hopefully be studying abroad in Morocco in Spring 2018

Favorite quote "You will never be completely at home because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of knowing and loving people in more than one place"-Miriam Adeney


Raisa, Class of 2020

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Major: Peace Studies Major, Pre-Med Track, Public Health Minor

Activities: Dance, Theater, Cooking, Makeup/Nails, Lowkey culinary/scenery-photographer 

What is your number one piece of advice for First-Year Students? Enjoy every moment, practice self-care and if applicable, don't forget to call home! 

If you were famous, what would you be famous for? Sneezing and sounding like a mixture of Yoshi and Pikachu. 

What did you want to be when you were growing up? I wanted to be a flute-playing, Ballerina, who was also a Firewoman that specialized in saving animals. 

Favorite quote: "Love is the one thing we're capable of perceiving that transcends dimensions of time and space. Maybe we should trust that, even if we can't understand it." -Brand, Interstellar 2014. 


Ridwan, Class of 2020

Hometown: Prince Georges, Maryland

Major: Undeclared

Activities: Umoja Board, Food and Housing Security CBL, Environmental Sustainability CBL, Talmar CBL, Radical Student Union, Muslim Circle, working with Alumae/i, and Maryland Scholars

What makes you laugh the most? Others laughing 

Favorite TV shows? South Park, Adventure Time, Regular Show, Steven Universe, The Flash 

What is your favorite movie? I love too many movies to pick but I hate Paper Towns

What would your superpower be? Super Speed and Teleportation

Skyler, Class of 2019

Hometown: Windsor, CT

Major: Peace Studies

Activities: Radical Student Union, Freedom School, venturing into Baltimore :)

Where did you live during your first year at Goucher? Swagner (Stimson, Wagner)

Favorite TV shows? Sense8, The Office, The Get Down, Master of None, Spongebob, Fairly Odd Parents 

If you could have dinner with a famous person, deceased or alive, who would it be and why? Bell Hooks or Gabby Rivera because they're both vivacious, intelligent and courageous women and intersectional activists

Where did you/are you studying abroad? I would like to study abroad in Argentina so I can practice my Spanish!

If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing (besides money), what would it be? Hair products and mangoes

Zac, Class of 2020

Hometown: Medfield, Massachusetts

Major: Political Science with a Pre-Law concentration

Activities: Playing music

What makes you laugh the most? My friends make me laugh the most. Even in typically mundane situations being with my friends can make anything a good time.

What would your superpower be? Flying would definitely be my superpower. Flying would allow me to go anywhere I want in a moment's notice. It would also do a lot to ameliorate the cost of travel.

Favorite vacation? When I was younger I went to Italy and Hungary for a family reunion. It was my first time out of the U.S. and the only time I have been to Europe. When I was in Italy I am pretty sure the entire time I only ate pizza and mango gelato.

Favorite spot on campus? The old equestrian fields are by far the most beautiful spot on campus. The hiking trails around that area are so peaceful and very enjoyable in the warm weather.

Zoe, Class of 2019

Hometown: Portland, OR

Major: Peace Studies

Activities: Swim Team, Radical Student Union, First-Year Mentor, Swim Lesson Teacher, Goucher Prison Education Partnership Volunteer

What is your number one piece of advice for First-Year Students? Laugh lots, have fun, take all the opportunities you can to learn and grow. 

What is something weird that you do? I prefer to eat cereal with a fork. Toast is one of my favorite foods. 

If you could paint the sky, what would paint on it? Clouds, stars, the sun.  I would paint air pollution away but I don't think paint does that trick. 

Favorite vacation? Camping with my friends!

If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing (besides money), what would it be? Laughter with others.