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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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Puli AgudeloPuli Agudelo

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Tampa, FL

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Novelty night
Favorite Spot on Campus: Traveling, trying new foods, and napping.
Hobbies/Interests: I chose FSC, because there were a lot of opportunities to get involved. People were also very friendly and welcoming. 
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I am from Columbia and I learned English by memorizing rap lyrics.

 

Kurrdeige AlexanderKurrdeige Alexander

Major: Biochemistry
Hometown: Miramar, FL

Surprising fact: I speak French-patio which is similar to French-creole. I’m from the island of Saint Lucia, West Indies.
Favorite Spot on Campus: Library and PS 152 for studying alone and using the whiteboard.
Why You Chose FSC: Positive vibes from faculty, staff, and O-Leaders; small class size and faculty availability; architecture is beautiful; campus felt safe and not too far from home.
Hobbies/Interests: Cycling, Korean culture (especially music and language), teaching children music, math, and science.

 

Joey ArteagaJoey Arteaga

Major: Business Administration with a minor in Graphic Design 
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: CEO 100 Speaker Series 
Favorite Spot on Campus: Tutu’s
Why You Chose FSC: To be honest, I never toured FSC or the state of Florida. However, I chose FSC because it was the perfect size and the most beautiful campus in America! 
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Palace Pizza and Mitchell’s Coffee
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I did my internship with Disneyworld for a semester and worked as a server at the “Be Our Guest” restaurant.
 

Spencer AsperillaSpencer Asperilla

Major: Biology
Hometown: Port Charlotte, FL 

Favorite Spot on Campus: 3rd Floor of the library
Why You Chose FSC: The small community allows you to foster great relationships with the staff and other students. 
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Palace Pizza
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I pole vaulted in high school and I am a dual citizen of America and the Philippines. 

 

Brooke BezdekBrooke Bezdek

Major: Advertising and Public Relations & Sport Communication and Marketing with a minor in Integrated Marketing
Hometown: Sarasota, FL

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Winter Wonderland
Favorite Spot on Campus: The Waterdome 
Why You Chose FSC: I loved the small community feel and how I was able to be involved at an early stage in my college career. Whenever you walk from class to class, you run into someone you know. 
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Black and Brew
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I am an only child. 

 

Marisa BoccabellaMarisa Boccabella

Major: Biology with a minor in Healthcare Administration
Hometown: Melbourne, FL
 

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Winter Wonderland
Hobbies/Interests: Going to Disney and Universal Studios on the weekends, going to different sporting events, and shopping in downtown Lakeland.
Why You Chose FSC: I wanted a small and intimate learning environment.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout: Engaged learning opportunities and small knit community with a family feel.
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I am obsessed with dinosaurs!

 

Rachel BourgeoisRachel Bourgeois

Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Fairwell Festival
Favorite Spot on Campus: The waterdome at sunset
Why You Chose FSC: I loved the idea of getting involved and making relationships that would last because FSC is such a close community.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Black N Brew! They know my orders.
Surprising Fact about Yourself: My nickname is Rayboo

 

Sam BowlingSam Bowling

Major: BFA Musical Theatre
Hometown: Cape Coral, FL

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Winter Wonderland
Favorite Spot on Campus: The Happy Place!
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Tea Largo
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I know every word to every Katy Perry song.

 

Emily CadenheadEmily Cadenhead

Major: Biology with a minor in Studio Art
Hometown: McKinney, TX

Surprising Fact about You: I have a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo.
Favorite Spot on Campus: Tutus or the Rose Gardens
Why You Chose FSC: My future career goals include marine biology so I chose a school close to the coast. I also loved how FSC showed an active interest in me and that influenced my decision.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: The Poor Porker, it is kind of hidden which makes it more of a local place than touristy making it a great place to study…and the beignets are awesome!

 

Christina CasellaChristina Casella

Major: Environmental Studies
Hometown: Orlando, FL

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Blast Off!
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy playing the guitar, writing songs, and bike riding.
Why You Chose FSC: I chose FSC because I fell in love with the campus and how friendly the students and faculty were. I was also happy that it was close to my home in Orlando.
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I volunteer at an ape sanctuary and help take care of chimpanzees and orangutans.

 

Catherine CervoneCatherine Cervone

Major: Musical Theatre & Broadcast, Print, and Online Media with a minor in dance
Hometown: Newnan, GA

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Pancake Palooza
Hobbies/Interests: Dancing, singing, reading, shopping, baking, hanging out with friends, and tanning.
Why You Chose FSC: I chose FSC because when I came for Scholar’s Weekend, I immediately felt like a part of the community that is so unique to FSC. I could tell that the professors cared about me and wanted to know my goals and dreams. Here I am not a number, I am a name.
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I love bunnies!

 

Julie ChambersJulie Chambers

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Ocala, FL

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: The Price is Right. Everyone wins something!
Favorite Spot on Campus: The dock! I love looking at Lake Hollingsworth.
Why You Chose FSC: My aunt and grandma on my mom’s side were Mocs and they brought me to tour the school. It just felt like home!
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Palace Pizza! Gelati Joe’s is a close second.
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I love to travel! I went to New York City and Las Vegas for the first time ever within 2 weeks of each other.

 

Ellie CookEllie Cook

Major: Graphic Design
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Favorite Spot on Campus: Under the tree at the Buck Stop
Why You Chose FSC: It is a beautiful campus and not too far from home.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Black and Brew and the Farmers Market
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I went to Jordan over the summer.

 

Heather DePouwHeather DePouw

Major: Environmental Studies
Hometown: Muskegon, MI

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Homecoming Week
Favorite Spot on Campus: I really enjoy sitting out on the benches in front of JR and Spivey.
Why You Chose FSC: I wanted to go some place warm, and Florida Southern had a beautiful campus!
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Palace Pizza
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I like coffee a little too much.

 

Savannah DunckelSavannah Dunckel

Major: Athletic Training
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Relay for Life
Favorite Spot on Campus: Ruth’s Rose Garden
Why You Chose FSC: I love the low student-teacher ratio because it allows me to get to know my professors on a more personal level.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Lakeside Village
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I do great cat impersonations.

 

Abby EskridgeAbby Eskridge

Major: Secondary Education
Hometown: Brandon, FL

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Winter Wonderland
Favorite Spot on Campus: The Waterfront
Why You Chose FSC: My Dad is always quick to tell anyone that he knew I was coming here because I was visibly relaxed when I came on campus for the tour.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Black and Brew
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I got a black belt in tae-kwon-do when I was eight, and I train in Krav Maga when I’m at home.

 

Molly GarrettMolly Garrett

Major: Musical Theater
Hometown: Louisville, KY

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Blast Off
Favorite Spot on Campus: The Dock
Why You Chose FSC: I loved the community feeling I got when I visited campus. It’s also beautiful and who doesn’t want to move from cold Kentucky to warm and sunny Florida?!
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Gelati Joe’s
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I am obsessed with everything minion.

 

Julie GladishJulie Gladish

Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Kansas City, MO

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Southern Takeover
Why You Chose FSC: I really love the community of our campus. It's small enough to always see a friendly face, but big enough for the opportunity to meet new people.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Black and Brew
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I am currently studying abroad in Italy!

 

Katie GonzalezKatie Gonzalez

Major: Exercise Science
Hometown: Valrico, FL

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Southern Takeover
Favorite Spot on Campus: Lynn’s Garden
Why You Chose FSC: I felt at home here, like I could meet my friends for life here and this place could have the biggest impact on my life in the most positive way.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Palace Pizza
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I have a keen ear for the trumpet.

 

Adrienne GriffinAdrienne Griffin

Major: Religion
Hometown: Lakeland, FL

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Soul Food Dinners hosted by the MSC
Favorite Spot on Campus: Rose Garden
Why You Chose FSC: It was a family tradition to attend FSC.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Tokyo Steakhouse
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I hope to be able to speak at least three languages one day, not including English.

 

Stephen HollyStephen Holly

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Wake Forest, NC

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: The Price is Right
Favorite Spot on Campus: The Pool
Why You Chose FSC: I liked the small campus environment and the Nursing program.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Chipotle.
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I’m the shortest guy in my fraternity.

 

Tristin IzzoTristin Izzo

Major: Undecided
Hometown: New Milford, CT

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Orientation!
Favorite Spot on Campus: Swing by the Wellness Center
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Manny's
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I have been skydiving!

 

Caitlyn JohnsonCaitlyn Johnson

Major: Spanish
Hometown: Tampa, FL

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Relay for Life
Favorite Spot on Campus: Tutu’s.
Why You Chose FSC: I chose FSC because I met such welcoming and down-to-earth people. It wasn’t anything like the “big university” effect where you can be in a crowd of 1,000 people and know no one.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Manny’s Chop House
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I have over six different allergies-twelve if you count each kind of tree nut.

 

Jenna KarrJenna Karr

Major: Maine Biology and Environmental Science
Hometown: St. Charles, IL

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Blast Off
Favorite Spot on Campus: Tutu’s. It's a lifestyle.
Why You Chose FSC: I wanted a small school where I felt at home, and that was FSC!
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Fresco’s
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I fly planes for fun.

 

Zach KesslerZach Kessler

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

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Southern Takeover
Favorite Spot on Campus: Fannin Center
Why You Chose FSC: I chose FSC because I was so much more than a number to them. The faculty and staff care about me and what I want to do with my life.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Abuelo’s
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I can play the trumpet, guitar, bass guitar, and the bagpipes.

 

Corey KochCorey Koch

Major: Political Science and Economics
Hometown: Pasadena, MD

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: SGA’s Town Hall
Why You Chose FSC: The engaged and encouraging environment.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Harry’s
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I speak Mandarin.

 

Margaret LeachMargaret Leach

Major: Music Management
Hometown: East Kingston, NH

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Tutu’s Live
Favorite Spot on Campus: The Hindu Garden
Why You Chose FSC: I loved the welcoming community I found at Scholar’s Weekend, and wanted to be a part of that environment.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Black and Brew
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I was on a Division I Alpine Ski Team, and we won the state championship my freshman year of high-school.

 

Katie McCormickKatie McCormick

Major: Interpersonal Communications, and Advertising and Public Relations
Hometown: Tampa, FL

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Fairwell Festival
Favorite Spot on Campus: Tutu’s
Why You Chose FSC: I chose FSC because of the sense of community that I am constantly surrounded by!
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Palace Pizza
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I cried at the Grand Canyon.

 

Nico MedinaNico Medina

Major: Environmental Studies
Hometown: Palm Coast, FL

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Winter Wonderland
Favorite Spot on Campus: The Intramural Fields
Why You Chose FSC: I chose FSC because of how welcoming everybody was when I came to visit, and how easy it is to get involved on campus.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Patio 850
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I am Donald Duck.

 

Lauren MileyLauren Miley

Major: Advertising and Public Relations
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Southern Takeover
Favorite Spot on Campus: The Taco Bar at the Caf.
Why You Chose FSC: The small class sizes and leadership opportunities.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Chipotle…I have an unhealthy obsession.
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I once started a band.

 

Faith MiserFaith Miser

Major: Advertising and Public Relations
Hometown:  Fort Wayne, IN

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Winter Wonderland-so many cookies!
Favorite Spot on Campus: The Caf
Why You Chose FSC: I love how friendly and helpful everyone is here, and how well I know my professors.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Black and Brew
Surprising Fact about Yourself:  I’ve seen every episode of the Reba show at least three times. I’m also obsessed with teeth.

 

Rob PandolfinoRob Pandolfino

Major:  Broadcast Journalism and Sports Communication
Hometown: Sarasota, FL

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Southern Takeover
Favorite Spot on Campus: The Buck Stop
Why You Chose FSC: I love the size of the school. Everyone is very welcoming, and the professors are here to help make you better.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Palace Pizza
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I am always discovering new ways to injure myself because of my clumsiness.

 

Natalya PrattNatalya Pratt

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Hometown:  Nassau, Bahamas

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Blast Off
Why You Chose FSC: I liked the small campus size and the friendly people.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: TooJay’s
Surprising Fact about Yourself:  I am currently learning two languages.

 

Elise PullenElise Pullen

Major: Marine Biology and Environmental Studies
Hometown:  Frederick, MD

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Winter Wonderland
Favorite Spot on Campus: Tutu’s
Why You Chose FSC: The small campus with fantastic people. Not to mention it’s in Florida!
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Palace Pizza
Surprising Fact about Yourself:  I’m a vegetarian. I also swam with sharks in Bimini, Bahamas.

 

Christina RomanelloChristina Romanello

Major: Human Movement and Performance, and Biology
Hometown: Lakewood Ranch, FL

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Flapjack Fling
Favorite Spot on Campus: The Gym
Why You Chose FSC: I chose FSC because of the size of the campus and classes. It really gives you sense of connection.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Texas Cattle Company
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I carry kitty snacks around to feed the cats on campus.

 

Kelli RosserKelli Rosser

Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Tallahassee, FL

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Blast Off
Favorite Spot on Campus: Buck Stop
Why You Chose FSC: I loved the small atmosphere and the nice students.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Tapatios
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I love California, and I used to live there.

 

Gabriella ScoleriGabriella Scoleri

Major: Musical Theatre
Hometown: Orlando, FL

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Blast Off
Favorite Spot on Campus: Second Floor of the Roux Library
Why You Chose FSC: I chose Florida Southern because of its incredible theatre program and because of all the other ways you can easily get involved on campus.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Gelati Joe’s
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I am obsessed with holidays and holiday candy.

 

Amy SherrodAmy Sherrod

Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Clermont, FL

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Winter Wonderland
Favorite Spot on Campus: Third Floor of the Library
Why You Chose FSC:I felt really connected with the people I met and the faculty. I also love the small class sizes and individualized attention.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Black and Brew
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I have a secret, not-so secret obsession with cats.

 

Caroline StorerCaroline Storer

Major: Advertising and Public Relations
Hometown: Winter Park, FL

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Basketball Games #gomocs
Favorite Spot on Campus: My Bed
Why You Chose FSC: It felt like a home away from home and an accepting community I could quickly get involved in.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Palace Pizza
Surprising Fact about Yourself: If a restaurant serves mozzarella sticks or grilled cheese then I have to order them.

 

Danielle SutherlandDanielle Sutherland

Major: Graphic Design
Hometown: Queens Village, NY

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Winter Wonderland
Why You Chose FSC: The junior journey opportunity.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Palace Pizza
Surprising Fact about Yourself: My favorite color is purple, but you would never know it because everything in my room is pink.

 

Melanie ThompsonMelanie Thompson

Major: History and Communications
Hometown: Deland, FL

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Winter Wonderland
Favorite Spot on Campus: The Fannin Center
Why You Chose FSC: I chose FSC because I appreciated the way that the professors cared and the way that the community feels like home.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Concord Coffee
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I own every season of Full House on DVD.

 

Tara TrenhaileTara Trenhaile

Major:  Biology
Hometown: Fort Myers, FL

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Flapjack Fling
Favorite Spot on Campus: Hindu Garden
Why You Chose FSC: The people. I felt immediately at home and welcomed from the moment I stepped on campus.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Silver Moon Drive-In Movie Theater
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I am 99% sure I am a Disney Princess.

 

Jessi Rae VarnumJessi Rae Varnum

Major: Undecided
Hometown: Plant City, FL

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Southern Takeover
Favorite Spot on Campus: The Buck Stop
Why You Chose FSC: It’s a family tradition. I love the size of the school, and everyone is so welcoming!
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Lakeside Village
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I can quote the whole Pride and Prejudice movie.

 

Molly VitaMolly Vita

Major: Advertising and Public Relations, Spanish
Hometown: Bayport, NY

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Men’s Basketball
Favorite Spot on Campus: Tutu’s
Why You Chose FSC: The weather!
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Fresco’s
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I’ve lived in Italy.

 

Brier Wagoner-McCannBrier Wagoner-McCann

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Naples, FL

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Winter Wonderland
Favorite Spot on Campus: Tutu’s
Why You Chose FSC: I loved the psychology faculty, and when I came on campus I just knew I wanted to be here.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Chipotle
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I will probably grow up to be a crazy cat lady.

 

Delanie WallaceDelanie Wallace

Major: Advertising and Public Relations
Hometown: Bradenton, FL

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Orientation!
Favorite Spot on Campus: The Pool
Why You Chose FSC: I loved the small school feel and the sense of community.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Palace Pizza
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I was home-schooled my entire life.

 

Maddy WelchMaddy Welch

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Dayton, OH

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Tutu’s Live
Favorite Spot on Campus: Tutu’s
Why You Chose FSC: I fell in love the minute I stepped on campus. The campus was so beautiful and everyone was so nice! I knew it was going to be my new home.
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: Palace Pizza
Surprising Fact about Yourself: I was a competitive dancer for twelve years.

 

Katie WidnerKatie Widner

Major: Political Science, Interpersonal Communication, Political Communication
Hometown: Winter Haven, FL

Best Tradition or Campus Event at FSC: Fairwell Festival
Favorite Spot on Campus: Tutu’s
Why You Chose FSC: I knew FSC would give me a personalized education experience and it also offered me many opportunities for involvement. Plus Riley the dog is really cute!
Favorite Lakeland Hangout/Restaurant: The Poor Porker - they have the best beignets!
Surprising Fact about Yourself: Ask me about Game of Thrones.

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