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Ablavi Ega

Ablavi Ega

Classification: Senior
Major: Business Management

Hobbies/Involvement:

  • Sigma Kappa Sorority
  • HR Intern at KFB
  • Volunteering
Sidney Blair

Sidney Blair

Classification: Junior
Major: Psychology
Minor: English Literature & Sociology

Hobbies/Involvement:

  • Head orientation leader at IU Southeast
  • Mentor
  • Traveling

"Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't."
-Bill Nye

Montana Brooks

Montana Brooks

Classification: Senior
Major: Elementary Education

Hobbies/Involvement:

  • Volleyball
  • Youth group
  • 21st Century Scholar Ambassador
  • Peer Mentor
  • Crimson Crew
  • National Society of Leadership and Success
  • Kappa Delta Pi

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
-Mandela

Stacia Chisolm

Stacia Chisolm

Classification: Sophomore
Major: Nursing

Hobbies/Involvement:

  • Reading
  • Watching informative videos
  • Spanish Club Member
  • Campus Life Member
  • Center of Mentor Member
  • Honor Society Member
  • Volunteering for different events (hospital and nursing home activities, Louisville Community, etc.)

"I believe that everything happens for a reason"
-Marilyn Monroe

Tessa Duncan

Tessa Duncan

Classification: Senior
Major: Elementary Education
Minor: Spanish

Hobbies/Involvement:

  • Multicultural Student Union
  • Alpha Phi
  • Hiking
  • Watching Netflix
  • Hanging out with friends

"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together."

Leah Edlin

Leah Edlin

Classification: Junior
Major: Nursing
Minor: Communication

Hobbies/Involvement:

  • Sigma Kappa Sorority
  • Crimson Crew
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Crafting

"Find something good in every day, even if some days you have to look a little harder."

Amanda Goodridge

Amanda Goodridge

Classification: Junior
Major: Computer Science - Info. Systems
Minor: Business

Hobbies/Involvement:

  • Founder/President Rotaract Club
  • Service Learning & Community Engagement Council
  • College Republicans
  • President/Secretary Women in Computing
  • IU Southeast Honors Program
  • Student Alumni Association
  • Intramural Sports
  • CSF
  • High Adventures Society
  • Cybersecurity Club
  • ACM Club
  • Spending time with friends and family

"People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway. What you spend years creating, others destroy overnight. Create anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today will often be forgotten. Do good anyway. Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway. In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway."
-Mother Teresa

Myriam Gudino

Myriam Gudino

Classification: Senior
Major: Natural Science

Ericia Henry

Ericia Henry

Classification: Sophomore
Major: Business
Minor: Communication

Hobbies/Involvement:

  • MSU Recruitment Officer
  • CRU
  • Mentor
  • Peer Mentor

"You must be willing to do the things today that others won’t do in order to have the things tomorrow others won’t have."

Lauren Hohl

Lauren Hohl

Classification: Junior
Major: Psychology, Pre-PA

Hobbies/Involvement:

  • Alpha Phi Sorority
  • Chemistry Club
  • Volunteering in community
  • Playing with my three Yorkies
  • Being with friends and family
  • Watching movies

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts."
-Winston Churchill

Chase Howard

Chase Howard

Classification: Junior
Major: Political Science and Philosophy
Minor: Economics and Pre-Law

Hobbies/Involvement:

  • Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE)
  • College Republicans
  • Economics Club
  • Honors Program
  • Student Alumni Association
  • Student Body VP (SGA)

"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right."

Hayley Johnson

Hayley Johnson

Classification: Senior
Major: Psychology

Hobbies/Involvement:

  • Ogle Center employee
  • Psi Chi Member
  • National Society of Leadership and Success member
  • Reading
  • Netflix/Hulu
  • Training animals

"Life begins after coffee."

Renata Kelly

Renata Kelly

Classification: Senior
Major: Business-Marketing and Management Sales
Minor: Spanish

Hobbies/Involvement:

  • National Leadership Society
  • Photography
  • Sports
  • Friends & family time
Ciara Knox

Ciara Knox

Classification: Senior
Major: Education

Rachel Lamb

Rachel Lamb

Classification: Junior
Major: Elementary Education
Minor: English as a Second Language (ESL)

Hobbies/Involvement:

  • Honors Program
  • Tutor
  • Crimson Crew
  • Ogle Center Employee
  • National Society of Leadership and Success
  • Delta Pi
  • Future Teacher

"She believed she could so she did."
-R.S. Grey

Jamie Leek

Jamie Leek

Classification: Junior
Major: Chemistry
Minor: Biology & Math

Hobbies/Involvement:

  • Working at a local pharmacy
  • Supplemental instruction
  • Teaching assistant
  • Volunteering at local hospital

"Adventure is out there."

Rachel Libbert

Rachel Libbert

Classification: Junior
Major: Nursing BSN

Hobbies/Involvement:

  • EMT
  • Peer Mentor
  • Executive Chairman in the Student Nurse Association
  • National Society of Leadership and Success

"You'll move mountains! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!"
-Dr. Seuss

Dariagne Lopez

Dariagne Lopez

Classification: Sophomore
Major: Criminal Justice

Hobbies/Involvement:

  • Watching Netflix
  • Playing sports

My mom’s words inspire me every day.

Emily Mitchell

Emily Mitchell

Classification: Senior
Major: Communication

Miranda Ochoa

Miranda Ochoa

Classification: Senior
Major: Business – Management, Marketing & Sales
Minor: Spanish

Hobbies/Involvement:

  • Resident Advisor
  • Netflix binge-watcher
  • Lover of concerts

"It’s not where you came from. It’s where you’re going that counts."
-Ella Fitzgerald

Brennyn Pollert

Brennyn Pollert

Classification: Graduate Student
Major: School Counseling

Hobbies/Involvement:

  • Alpha Phi (4 years)
  • IU Southeast tennis (3 years)
  • Peer Mentor
  • Work at Housing Office and Admisssions Office

"Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is."

Megan Ransdell

Megan Ransdell

Classification: Junior
Major: Psychology
Minor: Creative Writing

Hobbies/Involvement:

  • Psi Chi/Psychology Club
  • National Society of Leadership and Success
  • Writing
  • Crocheting
  • Swimming
  • Singing in the car
  • Collecting coffee mugs
  • Drinking coffee
  • Painting
  • Yoga
  • Meditation

"Thought is action in rehearsal."
-Sigmund Freud

James Richter

James Richter

Classification: Junior
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Business

Hobbies/Involvement:

  • College Republicans
  • Mentoring Program
  • National Society of Leadership and Success
  • Photography
  • Reading

"The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
-Winston Churchill

Laura Rodriguez

Laura Rodriguez

Classification: Junior
Major: Psychology & Spanish

Hobbies/Involvement:

  • President of Spanish Club
  • Spanish tutor
  • Psychology Club member
  • Orientation leader
  • Work at Campus Life

"Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later."
-Og Mandino

Austyn Scruggs

Austyn Scruggs

Classification: Senior
Major: Criminal Justice
Minor: Psychology and Sociology

Hobbies/Involvement:

  • Student Hearing Commission
  • Diversity Board
  • Orientation Leader

"If there's one thing I've learned about life, it's this: it goes on."
-Robert Frost

Hannah Shaffer

Hannah Shaffer

Classification: Sophomore
Major: Business
Minor: Pre-Law

Hobbies/Involvement:

  • Sigma Kappa Sorority
  • IU Southeast Honors Program
  • IU Southeast Honors Peer Mentor
  • Orientation Leader

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
-Maya Angelou

Kerry Smith

Kerry Smith

Classification: Senior
Major: Business Management

Hobbies/Involvement:

  • IU Southeast Basketball

"There can be no success, without failure."

Alexandra Stepp

Alexandra Stepp

Classification: Senior
Major: History
Minor: French & International Studies

Hobbies/Involvement:

  • President/IU Southeast History Club
  • French Club
  • Reading
  • Binge-watching crime shows
  • Genealogy research

"It goes on, this world, stupid and brutal. But I do not. I do not."
-Jennifer Donnelly

"What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another."
-Robert F. Kennedy

Leslie Venzor

Leslie Venzor

Classification: Sophomore
Major: undecided

Hobbies/Involvement:

  • Soccer
  • Pugs
  • Going to eat at new places

"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples."
-Mother Teresa

Jasmine Vonderheide

Jasmine Vonderheide

Classification: Senior
Major: Psychology - BS

Hobbies/Involvement:

  • Psi Chi
  • Attending concerts
  • Photography
  • Spending time with my family and friends
  • Traveling

"Decide. So do it, decide. Is this the life you want to live? Is this the person you want to love? Is this the best you that you can be? Can you be stronger? Kinder? More compassionate? Decide. Breath in. Breathe out. And decide."
-Meredith Grey