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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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Kalin AbernathyKalin Abernathy

Major: Economics & Finance
Hometown: St. Cloud, FL

Moc Tips: Always put school before fun! Stay true to your values and who you are at home, and be practical with your time!

Liz AndersonLiz Anderson

Major: Music Education
Hometown: Sayville, NY

Moc Tips: Be prepared to have fun! Come with an open mind and positive attitude and you’ll have the best time ever!

Ellen AngersbachEllen Angersbach

Major: Psychology and Economics and Finance
Hometown: Marco Island, FL

Moc Tips: Get involved right away in as much as you can! Even if you don’t think you are interested in something, you never know unless you try!


Nolan ArenzNolan Arenz

Major: Business and Free Enterprise; Economic and Finance
Hometown: Crestview, FL

Moc Tips: Meet as many people as you possibly can during orientation! Making new friends is the easiest way to learn about all the awesome things FSC has to offer and it makes it way easier to get involved on campus!

Sarah BartonSarah Barton

Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: San Clemente, CA

Moc Tips: Try new things every chance you get, and enjoy every moment with friends who become family. Lastly, it’s perfectly normal to switch your major, so I promise, ITS OK and everything will work out!! :) GO MOCS


Josue BlancoSarah Barton

Major: Business and Free Enterprise 
Hometown: Lakeland, FL

Moc Tips: Listen to your professors and meet with your advisors, they are the greatest resource you have in college.

Bethany BlevinsBethany Blevins

Major: Elementary Education 
Hometown: Athens, GA

Moc Tips: Put yourself out there! Don’t be afraid to be yourself and get involved! Everyone here is so friendly and excited to get to know you!!

Leah BlevinsLeah Blevins

Major: Musical Theatre 
Hometown: Jackson, MS

Moc Tips: Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone! You might discover something great you never knew you were missing.

Connor BlighConnor Bligh

Major: Business Administration; Economics and Finance
Hometown: Naples, FL

Moc Tips: Get involved! Take advantage of all the opportunities Florida Southern gives you.


Delaney BookhardtDelaney Bookhardt

Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Orlando, FL

Moc Tips: My best piece of advice for incoming students is to not be shy! Meet as many people as you can. Do not be afraid to go up to someone and say hi! Everyone at FSC is amazing, so don’t be afraid to meet new people.

Abbi BrysonAbbi Bryson

Major: Theatre Arts: Performance and Business Administration 
Hometown: Orlando, FL


Kailey BuczekKailey Buczek

Major: Exercise Science
Hometown: Langhorne, PA

Moc Tips: Keep an open mind! Try to step out of your comfort zone and make the most out of every situation you are placed in. You never know what you'll find out about yourself when you do things you wouldn't normally do.


Avery BunchAvery Bunch

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Wauchula, FL

Moc Tips:
Do not be afraid to leave your comfort zone. I was given this advice when I was going through orientation, and it encouraged me to experience new things. College is only four years, so do your best to make the most of it!


Taylor CaldarellaTaylor Caldarella

Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Cheshire, CT

Moc Tips:
Be yourself! College is a time that you can truly express yourself and be you. Doing this will help you find others like you and help you find your niche at FSC.

Molly CarlMolly Carl

Major: Graphic Design
Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Moc Tips:
Don't be afraid to reach out to new people and ask questions! Everyone here is so nice and excited to meet you!


Ty CastilloTy Castillo

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Orlando, FL

Moc Tips: Try as many new things as you can. You never know who you can meet or what new hobbies you can find

Josh ChaconJosh Chacon

Major: Business Administration and Accounting
Hometown: Oviedo, FL

Moc Tips: Be yourself and don't be afraid to get involved. That is how I met a lot of people and made friends, not by sitting around and just waiting for them to come to me. Everyone is in the same boat as new students, so just be yourself.


Elisabeth ClarkeElisabeth Clarke

Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Arcadia, Fl

Moc Tips: Don't be afraid to try new things and express yourself! And remember to always take time for yourself- walking the Moc Dock, Journaling, or Netflixing (Yes, its a verb). Most of all, enjoy your experience as you make FSC your new home, GO MOCS!!!!

Lani CrowellLani Crowell

Major: Graphic Design
Hometown: Spring Hill, FL

Moc Tips: Get involved as much as you can! Don’t be afraid to talk to everyone! We may be Mocs, but we don’t bite!

Brianna DaleBrianna Dale

Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Killeen, TX

Moc Tips: Stay positive! A positive attitude will open so many doors for you also Take advantage of as many opportunities on campus as you can!

Carley DenaultCarley Denault

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Polk City, FL

Moc Tips: Always stay organized and make time for fun and school.

Makayla DonahueMakayla Donahue

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Wilmington, MA

Moc Tips: Push yourself out of your comfort zone and it will pay off. Everyone is in the same boat of not knowing each other, so this is a great opportunity to make connections and try new things.

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! Say hi and introduce yourself to everyone you see! Everyone's just as new and nervous as you are!


Sierra DyeSierra Dye

Major: Marine Biology
Hometown: Naples, Italy

Moc Tips: Get involved with at least one club or group on campus because it will help you get comfortable. Get to know your professors and attend office hours, it will help you in the long run! Have as much fun as you can, but always remember to focus on grades first.

Kelsey ElmhorstKelsey Elmhorst

Major: Communications with concentrations in Interpersonal & Organizational and Advertising & Public Relations
Hometown: Lakeland, FL

Moc Tips: Attend as many events as possible during your first few weeks! This is the best way to get involved and meet new people.


Sebastian Fernandez-MendozaSebastian Fernandez-Mendoza

Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Ocala, Florida

Moc Tips: "Hey dude, nice shirt!" is the greatest opening line you could ever use in college. 9 out of 10 friendships I have made on campus have bloomed from, "Hey dude, nice shirt!" Making friends here is the easiest thing to do!

Mackenzie FillingMackenzie Filling

Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Moc Tips: Find your people, they will be with you through the ups and downs of this crazy experience!

Colby FirestoneColby Firestone

Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Hershey, PA

Moc Tips: Florida Southern is the best place to get involved! My advice is to dive deep into your interests, and put your heart into all that you do!!

Linlee FranklinLinlee Franklin

Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Tallahassee, FL

Moc Tips: Make good connections with your professors and classmates. Go to events you wouldn’t normally go to. Join clubs because you could meet your best friends there.

Piper GarickPiper Garick

Major: Communications: Interpersonal and Organizational, Advertising and Public Relations
Hometown: Oviedo, FL

Moc Tips: Say yes to as many new opportunities as possible! Meet as many new people as possible! GO MOCS

Emily GiddensEmily Giddens

Major: Business Administration, Pre Law Track
Hometown: Lakeland, FL

Moc Tips: Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! College is a time to meet new people and experience new things. Florida Southern provides opportunities around every corner, you just have to be willing to find them!


Angel GodwinAngel Godwin

Major: Dance Performance and Choreography, Business Administration
Hometown: North Port, FL

Moc Tips: Ask for help! College is new and exciting, but nobody expects you to know everything at once. So get excited and don't be afraid to ask questions!

Cece GudeCece Gude

Major: Theatre Performance
Hometown: Miramar, FL

Moc Tips: The best piece of advice I could give is don’t stress the little things when it comes to college. We’re all here to make memories and to get a degree, so don’t let your fears and negative thoughts ruin that for you. We’re all in this together!

Matt GundersenMatt Gundersen

Major: Economics and Finance
Hometown: Southington, CT

Moc Tips: Get involved in as many things as you can.

Madissan HamMadissan Ham

Major: Healthcare Administration
Hometown: Estero, FL

Moc Tips: Relax and stop overthinking. Everyone is in the same boat :)

Sam HamontreeSam Hamontree

Major: Marine Biology and Mathematics 
Hometown: Riverview, FL

Moc Tips: Bring food with you to school! You never know when you are going to get hungry.


Andy HarjulaAndy Harjula

Major: Sports Business Management
Hometown: Gorham, ME

Moc Tips: Talk to everyone during orientation! Everyone is nervous and wants to make friends and the best way to do it is just saying hello. You never know who could be a lifetime friend!

Mark HaverMark Haver

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

Katie HoffmanKatie Hoffman

Major: Secondary Education and Mathematics
Hometown: Willowbrook, IL

Moc Tips: Go to all of the events Florida Southern has to offer! Also, don’t forget to call home once in a while!!

Abbey HoffmanAbbey Hoffman

Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Camden, MI

Moc Tips: Prioritize - there are never enough hours in the day when you are juggling classes and extracurricular activities! If you know what's coming due or an event coming up, make sure you choose the one that is more important. Mocs have got to manage their time!

Jean HowellJean Howell

Major: History and Art History
Hometown: Winter Springs, FL

Moc Tips: Make sure to build a strong relationship with your professors and, more importantly, your adviser. Also, participate in as many campus events as possible, you'd be surprised what you learn!


Brayden LacefieldBrayden Lacefield

Major: Political Communications, History, Political Science
Hometown: Greenville, KY

Moc Tips: Go to campus events (even if you think you won’t like it) and meet new friends. Make your own opportunities and network with your professors- if the worst thing they can do is tell you no what do you have to lose? Don’t throw away your shot- you deserve to be here!

Reems LandrethReems Landreth

Major: Communication: Multimedia Journalism
Hometown: Naples, FL

Alyssa LenkelAlyssa Lenkel

Major: Marine Biology and Environmental Studies
Hometown: River Edge, NJ

Moc Tips: Don’t put so much pressure on yourself!! There is no right or wrong way to get used to college, find what you’re interested in and the people you enjoy being around, and it’ll all work itself out.

Hannah LewisHannah Lewis

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Panama City, FL

Moc Tips: Stay open-minded and be willing to get involved in anything you can! It is the easiest way to make connections and relationships with your peers!

Hannah LucianoHannah Luciano

Major: Accounting and business administration
Hometown: Sebring, FL

Moc Tips: Keep calm and take a deep breath when entering college. Tons of information will be thrown at you, but there will always be help along the way and so many people will be there for support. So much joy will be brought into your life when coming to FSC so don’t sweat the small stuff and stay focused with a positive attitude!

Taylor LynchTaylor Lynch

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Georgetown, DE

Moc Tips: Be open to all opportunities that may come your way, you never know where unexpected paths can lead you!
Embrace this journey with an open mind and open heart! You were made to do hard things!

Avery MariottiAvery Mariotti

Major: Communication with concentrations in Multimedia Journalism and Sports Advertising and Public Relations
Hometown: St. Augustine, FL

Moc Tips: Get involved on campus. You never know what opportunities may come out of getting involved.

Zeng MichalczykZeng Michalczyk

Major: Biology, Citrus and Horticulture
Hometown: Orange Park, FL

Moc Tips: Do not be afraid to talk to new people and do not be afraid to try new things!

Carson MitchellCarson Mitchell

Major: Political Science & Political Communications
Hometown: Plant City, FL

Moc Tips: Going to college can be scary, just go into it with an open mind and be ready to get involved.

Ariel MolinaroAriel Molinaro

Major: Communication with concentrations in Multimedia Journalism and Sports Communication and Marketing
Hometown: Fort Myers, FL

Moc Tips: Freshman year is full of new people and new experiences. Take advantage of this and build bonds with everyone you can and take every opportunity given!

Lauren MorhardLauren Morhard

Major: Healthcare Administration and Business Administration
Hometown: Seffner, FL

Moc Tips: Make your class schedule your phone lock-screen for the first couple weeks of class.

Vitor MoroVitor Moro

Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Uberlandia, Brazil

Moc Tips: Remember, this is a new moment in your life, changes are going to happened. Friends make everything easier.

Shawn O'BrienShawn O'Brien

Major: Biology
Hometown: Port Orange, FL

Moc Tips: Get involved! Florida Southern has so many opportunities to get involved from clubs, sports, intramurals, and greek life! It’s so easy to make friends when you’re apart of an organization or club!

Dylan OliverDylan Oliver

Major: Political Science
Hometown: Tampa, FL

Moc Tips: My advice to incoming students would be to take advantage of all the opportunities for extracurricular involvement during their first year. FSC is one of the easiest schools to be an involved student and, due to its smaller size, you can truly be a big fish in a little pond. Saying "Yes" to opportunities your first year will allow you to explore all that FSC has to offer and help you find your unique place in the community.

Emily RozenEmily Rozen

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Hometown: Lakeland, FL

Moc Tips: Be sure to take advantage of every opportunity presented to you. Don’t overwhelm yourself, but college is all about experiencing new things and learning the most about yourself!


Dante SheerinDante Sheerin

Major: Criminology and Psychology
Hometown: Attleboro, MA

Moc Tips: Stay positive about the transition to college and it will be easier.
Look at FSC as your second home with a second family and you will feel more comfortable.
Be as outgoing as you can and try to meet as many people as possible.

Nolan SmithNolan Smith

Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Arvada, CO

Moc Tips: Get involved around campus, and don't be afraid to ask questions! The worst thing that someone can say is no!

Elizabeth SotoElizabeth Soto

Major: Biology and Psychology
Hometown: Tallahassee, FL


Sydney SteeleSarah Stuck

Major: Musical Theatre
Hometown: New Port Richey, Florida

Moc Tips: My advice for incoming FSC students would be to build strong relationships with your professors! You never know when you will need that letter of rec.


Sydney SteeleSydney Steele

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Naples, FL

Moc Tips: My best piece of advice is to get involved on campus and don't be afraid to try new things!


Emily SuzukiEmily Suzuki

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

Moc Tips: Feel free to smile and say hello to anyone on campus. Everyone is super nice and you never know when you’ll make a new friend!


Chris ValentinoChris Valentino

Major: Business and Free Enterprise
Hometown: Hilton Head Island, SC

Moc Tips: Take advantage of all of the opportunities presented to you here at FSC. Get involved with as many organizations that excite your passions. If you do that Florida Southern won’t be just a school to you it will be a home.

Alex WardellAlex Wardell

Major: Sports Business Management and Business Administration
Hometown: Stuart, FL

Moc Tips: Don't be afraid to meet new people! Everyone is here and is in the same position as you are!


Gracie WesterfieldGracie Westerfield

Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Ocoee, FL
Moc Tips: Involve yourself in what you are passionate about. Have an open mind and try new things- you will meet some of your best friends by doing so. Always strive to new limits, it will bring you opportunity and growth.

Andrew WhisenantAndrew Whisenant

Major: Sports Management and Business Administration
Hometown: Oviedo, FL

Moc Tips: Go out and meet new people and try new things. Also make sure you manage your time well.

Jack WilkensJack Wilkens

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Sayville, NY

Moc Tips: My best advice would be to follow the path that you want to follow socially, academically, and spiritually. Pursue majors that interest you, make time for fun with friends, and keep in touch with any activities you value doing. This is your first time on your own, and I think it's important to make the most of the opportunity you have to explore the world on your terms while still pursuing your preferred career path!

Lindsey WilsonLindsey Wilson

Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Chandler, AR

Moc Tips: Get involved as soon as possible! The quicker you get involved, the quicker you make friends, which is the first step to making FSC feel like your home away from home!

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