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Orientation Leaders


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Orientation Leaders are an integral part of the new student orientation program. As part of a team of students, Orientation Leaders help new freshmen and transfer students form connections and transition into the FSC community. Orientation Leaders are students who simply love FSC and are excited to welcome new students to campus.

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Kurrdeige AlexanderKurrdeige Alexander

Major: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology
Hometown: Miramar, FL

Moc Tips: Aim for stellar academics and involvement. These two are critical to your development into adulthood and the career world. Pinpoint a motivation to keep you driving forward.


Gia AppoloniaGia Appolonia

Major: Dance, Interpersonal and Organizational Communication 
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Moc Tips: Leaving home can be really hard but FSC is such a welcoming place! My advice is to get involved from the very beginning of the school year so you can busy yourself from the start.

Bella ArangoBella Arango

Major: Religion: Youth Ministry
Hometown: St Petersburg, FL 

Moc Tips: Don't be scared to go on the Facebook 2021 page to meet incoming students or current students. It will help you feel a lot more comfortable when you come in the fall and see a few friendly faces.

Nolan ArenzNolan Arenz

Major: Business and Free Enterprise, Economics and Finance
Hometown: Crestview, FL 

Moc Tips: Don't be afraid to talk to anyone and everyone as the FSC community is very welcoming and friendly. Look to get involved with a club or organization as there are tons of leadership opportunities available, even as a freshman. Get to know your professors, they can help you so much in the future with other classes and even internships and jobs.

Sam BakerSpencer Asperilla 

Major: Biology
Hometown: Port Charlotte, FL

Moc Tips: Use your student ID at stores and restaurants for student discounts!  


Sam BakerSam Baker

Major: Psychology, Sports Marketing
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Moc Tips: Get to know your professors and faculty! When opportunities arise, you will be the first person they think of. 


Carly BengryCarly Bengry

Major:  History Education
Hometown: Auburndale, FL

Moc Tips: Get involved with anything and everything that interests you! There's at least 100 active organizations on campus, and a lot of people are involved in multiple things. Campus involvement allows you to connect with different people you wouldn't normally interact with and create new friendships.  


Rachel Bourgeois

Brooke Bezdek

Major: Sports Communication and Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations
Hometown: Sarasota, FL

Moc Tips: It's okay to be nervous! I can guarantee you that everyone else around you is feeling the same way.  


Sam Bowling

Abbi Bryson

Major: Theater Performance, Business Administration
Hometown: Orlando, FL

Moc Tips:
Don't turn down an opportunity to make friends. 


Steven "Ty" CastilloSteven "Ty" Castillo

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Orlando, FL

Moc Tips:
Get yourself out there! College is about coming out your comfort zone. Try joining clubs that you're interested in and be an engaged student by going to school events.


Ellie CookEllie Cook

Major: Graphic Design
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Moc Tips: Embrace all of the new changes, by stepping out of your comfort zone. You will thank yourself later.


Kylie DeBoerKylie DeBoer

Major: Environmental Studies
Hometown: Carrollton, VA

Moc Tips: Dream big! College is the time to make so many new friends and have different experiences , so make the most of it.


Bradley DenaultBradley Denault

Major: Political Science
Hometown: Polk City, FL

Moc Tips:
Go to the Rogers building. Spend your points wisely. And listen to your O-Leaders!

Natalie DouglasNatalie Douglas

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Winter Garden, FL

Moc Tips: The first two weeks of school, make as many new friends as you can! Introduce yourself to everyone you see! Everyone's just as new and nervous as you are!


Tim DoyleTim Doyle

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Boonton, NJ

Moc Tips: Get involved as soon as possible. This truly helps with your transition and allows you to meet new people and have fun while doing so.

Payton DuwePayton Duwe

Major: Business Administration, Economics/Finance
Hometown: Orlando, FL

Moc Tips: Make sure that you explore the community around campus! There are so many fun places and events to go to in Lakeland!


Wil FisacherlyWil Fisackerly

Major: Sports Communication & Marketing, Broadcast, Print, & Online Media
Hometown: Tampa, FL

Moc Tips: Get involved and meet as many people as you can. This college is a community, and you'll be surprised by how connected the campus is!


Carley FischerCarley Fischer

Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Atlantic Beach, FL

Moc Tips: Say yes to new opportunities but don't forget the reason why you're here at FSC.

Jessica GalvezJessica Galvez

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Parkland, FL

Moc Tips: To come into college with an open mind, you will meet a lot of people from different backgrounds and cultures. I have friends from different backgrounds and cultures, and it has made me become a better human. Also, don't be afraid to ask if you're lost or confused, we've been in your shoes before.

Piper GarickPiper Garick

Major: Interpersonal Communication
Hometown: Oviedo, FL

Moc Tips: Say yes to new opportunities but don't forget the reason why you're here at FSC.

Molly GarrettMolly Garrett

Major: Musical Theatre and Nursing
Hometown: Louisville, KY

Moc Tips: FSC is a small community so the best thing to do to have a well-rounded and fulfilling college experience here is to get involved immediately! It can be a little overwhelming but going to the Blast Off event at the beginning of the semester is the easiest way to find out about clubs and organizations.


Cameron GoodingCameron Gooding

Major: Interpersonal/Organizational Communication, Advertising and Public Relations
Hometown: Lakeland, FL

Moc Tips: Get involved as soon as you can! There is so much going on around campus, you will want to be a part of it!

Mikaela GuidoMikaela Guido

Major: Political Science and Psychology
Hometown: Flowery Branch, GA

Moc Tips: Get involved on campus, because the connections you make here can impact not only your college experience, but also your adult life thereafter.

Sam HamontreeSam Hamontree

Major: Marine Biology, Mathematics 
Hometown: Riverview, FL

Moc Tips: Don't worry if you get one bad grade, you can always make it up and do better!


Kylie HarzellKylie Harzell

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Chatham, NJ

Moc Tips: To meet your classmates, get involved in different activities around campus. Just make sure that the activities you choose are things that you are passionate about. And of course work hard in your classes!

Mark HaverMark Haver

Major: Environmental Studies, Marine Biology, and Political Science
Hometown: Ellicott City, MD

Moc Tips: My advice is for incoming freshmen is to have a positive attitude! Being willing and open to this new experience will help you find awesome opportunities and allow you to grow!

Kerry HemelgamKerry Hemelgam

Major: Music Education
Hometown: Naples, FL

Moc Tips: Don't be afraid to put yourself out there.  This isn't high school anymore, no one is "too cool" for school, so just be yourself and be proud of who you are. 

Tyler HillierTyler Hillier

Major: Political Communication, Political Science
Hometown: Tampa

Moc Tips: Don't be afraid to attend all the events the school offers the first few days. It's a great way to leave your comfort zone and meet new people. I'm still close with friends I met my first week!

Stephen HollyStephen Holly

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Wake Forest, NC

Moc Tips: My best advice would be to relax and enjoy the thrill of moving in, orientation, and freshmen year in general. You will find your friend group a lot faster than you think. Last thing, take a deep breath because 4 years goes by quick.


Tristin IzzoTristin Izzo

Major: Advertising and Public Relations, Interpersonal Communication
Hometown: New Milford, CT

Moc Tips: The best tip I have for incoming students is to get a planner. There are so many wonderful events that you don't want to miss out on campus! A planner makes sure you are organized for class and having the time to do the fun activities that FSC provides!


Caitlyn JohnsonCaitlyn Johnson

Major: Biology & Spanish 
Hometown: Norfolk, VA

Moc Tips: Don't be afraid to walk up to every table at Blast Off - how do you know its not for you if you don't try it! 

Cassidy JonesCassidy Jones

Major: Biology
Hometown: Dundee, FL

Moc Tips: Know the passport events happening each week, they are a great way to get involved around campus and avoid rushing for passport points at the end of the semester!


Kaitlyn JosephKaitlyn Joseph

Major: Criminology
Hometown: Orlando, Fl

Moc Tips: Make sure to take some time to walk around campus before classes start! That way you can find the best way to get to class. It'll be helpful when you are trying to get to class on time!

Aly JoinerAly Joyner

Major: Advertisement and Public Relations
Hometown: Plant City, FL

Moc Tips: My advice for incoming FSC students is to not wait until your laundry basket is overflowing to wash your clothes! Make sure you do a load or two of laundry a week, to prevent fighting over 4 washers and dryers on the weekend! During the day is the best time to get your laundry done.

Zach KesslerZach Kessler

Major: Business Administration, Economics and Finance, and Political Economy
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Moc Tips: Get out there and be open to new experiences. College is the best time of your life and FSC has so much to offer!

Paige KinstlerPaige Kinstler

Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Naples, FL

Moc Tips: Whenever you see people around campus, even if you don't know them... SMILE! You will rack up friends in no time if you just "smile and wave!"

Reems LandrethReems Landreth

Major: Business Administration, Communications
Hometown: Naples, FL

Cassie LivingstonCassie Livingston

Major: Interpersonal and Organizational Communication and Religion Youth Ministries 
Hometown: Winter Park, FL

Moc Tips: Be yourself no matter what!

Hogan MacIntryreHogan MacIntryre

Major: Advertising and Public Relations 
Hometown: Daytona Beach, FL

Moc Tips: Go out and participate in every event you can!

Makenna MartinMakenna Martin

Major: Biology
Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Moc Tips: Participate in everything you possibly can! This is the start of the next four years of your life and it's your responsibility to enjoy it! Be as open-minded as possible, try new things and make new friends!

Courtney McElroyCourtney McElroy

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Lakeland, FL

Moc Tips: With some down time this summer, familiarize yourself with your email because this is the most common way important information is sent out! Also, don't forget a rain jacket and shoes that can get wet, Florida loves to rain!!

Jim McKennaJim McKenna

Major: English
Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ

Moc Tips: If one of those infamous Florida rainstorms blows through and you're trapped at the library or Tutu's Cyber Cafe, you can rent an umbrella from the front desk at the library!


Sammi PaulSammi Paul

Major: Sports Communications and Marketing, Sports Business Management
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Moc Tips: Make sure you utilize your professors. They are there to help you and are very reachable most of the time. I have become good friends with some of mine and now they are helping me get jobs!

Taylor PaulinTaylor Paulin

Major: Political Science, History 
Hometown: Baltimore, FL

Moc Tips: Get as involved as possible with what you enjoy before you write off your college experience. Don't be afraid to try new things or the things you aren't able to before. Remember you're here for school first!


Julianna PetroffJulianna Petroff

Major: Elementary Education
Hometown:  Auburndale, FL

Moc Tips: Get a planner, stay organized, and keep up with your work! Super cliche, but you'll thank yourself later when the stress of college finally hits you. Oh, and don't forget to have some fun, try something new, and make your college years memorable ones!


Holly RomanHolly Roman

Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Strafford, NH

Moc Tips: Be prepared to get involved! It's inevitable--you will end up being involved in some activity just because we are such a small campus. Being involved is what makes Florida Southern great!


Emily SaffordEmily Safford

Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Sunapee, NH

Moc Tips: I would say get involved in things you are interested in right off the bat! It really helps when it comes to making friends. Also, be open to friendships with everyone. You never know who you're going to meet and a great friendship may come out of it!

Gabriella ScoleriGabriella Scoleri

Major: Musical Theatre
Hometown: Orlando, FL

Moc Tips: Definitely get involved on campus as soon as you can! There are so many different clubs and organizations that you can become a part of and it really helps you connect with other students on campus.

Melissa SimonsMelissa Simons

Major: Advertising and Public Relations, Sports Communication and Marketing
Hometown: Shelton, CT

Moc Tips: Grab some friends and explore Lakeland! With so many hidden gems, Lakeland has so much to offer! You may find your new favorite hangout spot for the next four years!


Elizabeth SotoElizabeth Soto

Major: Biology 
Hometown: Tallahassee, FL

Moc Tips: In college you have the chance to reinvent yourself so why not reinvent yourself to be the person you've always wanted to be? College really is an adventure full of new experiences and friendships so don't let yourself miss out on them because you think they're not you. These new opportunities might just be a part of the new you.


Emily SuzukiEmily Suzuki

Major: Business Administration, Economics and Finance
Hometown: Hatfield, PA

Moc Tips: It is ok to be nervous about coming to college! Everyone is worried when they first get here. Just be yourself and everything will be ok.


Teresa TabarTeresa Tabar

Major: Nursing
Hometown: DeLand, FL

Moc Tips: Don't write something off without trying it first! College is about new experiences so put yourself out there a little bit!


Jessie Rae VarnumJessie Rae Varnum

Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Lithia, FL

Moc Tips: Learn how to use the shuttles as soon as possible! They will save you so much time when you need to get to classes.

Sabra WashingtonSabra Washington

Major: Biology
Hometown: Houston, TX

Moc Tips: Try to make one new friend in every class you take. Get involved on campus, but find a balance between school work and extracurriculars. Be open to embrace all new experiences.


Patrick WebbPatrick Webb

Major: Political Science, Philosophy 
Hometown: Kingman, AZ

Moc Tips: Show up to things! Attend events, join clubs, volunteer! You will be amazed at all the opportunities FSC presents to you...all you have to do is show up!


Kennedy WilhiteMaddy Welch

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Dayton, OH

Moc Tips: Get involved! It's the best way to meet people and make new friends!

​Kennedy WilhiteKennedy Wilhite

Major: Interpersonal Communications
Hometown: Tallahassee, FL

Moc Tips: Welcome to FSC! Getting involved is so important to feeling connected on campus. However, be careful to not spread yourself too thin. Get involved only in the organizations where you feel most passionate and you will be able to give your all. Quality over quantity! Take care of yourself, treat others as you would like to be treated, and never turn down a spontaneous outing with friends-- that's where the memories are made! Go Mocs!

Ally WolfAlly Wolf

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Clearwater, FL

Moc Tips: Don't be afraid to make new friends. These people will be with you for the next 4 years and maybe more.​

Sean YumulSean Yumul

Major: Biology
Hometown: Orange Park, FL

Moc Tips: Talk to your teachers regularly. Conversations can be about questions you may have from class, clarification on assignments, or just saying hi. These conversations are important for student growth as well as building teacher rapport.

Ava ZismanAva Zisman

Major: Political Science, Theater Performance
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Moc Tips: Go to all the campus events in the beginning of the semester! That's where you will get to know people and make new friends on campus, plus most of them are super fun!

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