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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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Zoe AlexanderZoe Alexander

Major: Marine Biology
Hometown: Tampa, FL

Moc Tips: Have as much fun as you can and remember to get involved!

Ellen AngersbachEllen Angersbach

Major: Psychology and Finance
Hometown: Marco Island, FL

Moc Tips: Get involved! There are so many ways to be happy here at Florida Southern College and there are plenty of resources available to help you on your journey. College is a time to explore and find yourself, so take every opportunity to get involved in whatever may interest you and don't limit yourself.


Gia AppoloniaGia Appolonia

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

Moc Tips: Don’t be afraid to ever ask for help!

Bella ArangoBella Arango

Major: Religion
Hometown: St Petersburg, FL 

Moc Tips: Don't stress too much. The rest of the students here at school have all been where you are and we want to help you get settled into your new home here at FSC.

Nolan ArenzNolan Arenz

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

Moc Tips: Meet as many people and shake as many hands as possible your first week! Florida Southern students, faculty, and staff are very friendly and meeting people can open up so many great opportunities for involvement on and off campus.

David BalandiDavid Balandi 

Major: Business Administration
Hometown: N'Djamena (Chad)

Moc Tips: 5 things; 1. Be organized 2. Have a career plan at FSC 3.Make friends and connections 4. Take the time to understand yourself as an individual 5. Have fun 


Sarah BartonSarah Barton

Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: San Clemente, CA

Moc Tips: Always take advantage of any opportunities to meet new people and make new friends!! Don’t hesitate to ask questions, be yourself, and have fun!!

Brooke Bezdek

Brooke Bezdek

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

Moc Tips: Always remember to be yourself and the rest will fall into place. Go out and meet new people, get involved and just live in the moment. This new chapter in your life is going to be one of the best so enjoy it!

Josue Blanco

Josue Blanco

Major: Business and Free Enterprise 
Hometown: Lakeland, FL

Moc Tips: Ask at least one good question every day, and never hesitate to ask for help. Your professors and advisor are here for your benefit, and getting to know them is vital to your success at Florida Southern College.

Sarah Bliss

Sarah Bliss

Major: Secondary Education English
Hometown: Cocoa, FL

Moc Tips: My best piece of advice for incoming FSC students is to explore campus the first few weeks of classes! In the weeks before your workload really ramps up take time to wander around and find your favorite spots to eat, hang out, study, anything. Those spots will all come in handy when you want a change of scenery from your residence hall.


Sam Bowling

Abbi Bryson

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

Moc Tips:
Everyone you meet is a potential new best friend!


Taylor CaldarellaTaylor Caldarella

Major: Dance Performance and Choreography, Exercise Science
Hometown: Cheshire, CT

Moc Tips:
I think the best tip that I have for incoming Mocs would be to get involved in clubs and organizations on campus! It’s a great way to get to know new people.

Steven "Ty" CastilloTy Castillo

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Orlando, FL

Moc Tips:
Try a lot of things you wouldn’t normally do. You never know what you’re into unless you give it a chance.


Tyler ChristieTyler Christie

Major: Business Administration and Sport Management
Hometown: Clearwater, FL

Moc Tips: Make sure to make the most out of every opportunity. If you have a positive attitude about something, it will be a much better experience for you!

Lani CrowellLani Crowell

Major: Graphic Design
Hometown: Spring Hill, FL

Moc Tips: Get involved around campus and try to be interactive with others, as you’re going to be around these people for the next few years! Make the most of your time here as it’ll go by quickly! :)


Kylie DeBoerKylie DeBoer

Major: Environmental Studies
Hometown: Carrollton, VA

Moc Tips: Try something new! Four years go fast, and you might not have access to all these awesome opportunities once you graduate!

Carley DenaultCarley Denault

Major: Nursing and Spanish
Hometown: Polk City, FL

Moc Tips: Make friends within your orientation group because many of these friendships will last throughout your college career and beyond!


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!

Jakob EllisJakob Ellis

Major: Sports Business Management
Hometown: Merritt Island, FL

Moc Tips: Get to know as many people as possible, as it definitely makes your college experience more friendly! Don’t hesitate to ask someone a question, as most people on campus are more than willing to give help or advice! Finally, get involved on campus!!


Sebastian Fernandez-MendozaSebastian Fernandez-Mendoza

Major: Business Administration, Economics and Finance
Hometown: Beverly Hills, CA

Moc Tips: Don't be afraid to ask questions! Everyone on campus is friendly and willing to help.


Mackenzie FillingMackenzie Filling

Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Moc Tips: Make connections with the people living in your hall, and those in your classes these are some of the most amazing people you will continue to be friends with all throughout college!

Colby FirestoneColby Firestone

Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Hershey, PA

Moc Tips: College is the perfect time to make new experiences! Learn as much as you can, stay positive, and take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself!

Hailey FritzHailey Fritz

Major: Criminology and Psychology
Hometown: Jupiter, FL

Moc Tips: Go to all events that interest you, because chances are you will meet new friends who have similar interests. Don't be afraid to try new things, you never know that you don't like something until you try it! For example, I was very hesitant about playing glow in the dark dodgeball during orientation week, but when I tried it, I had an amazing time and met some awesome people. Everyone else is just as nervous as you, so try to meet as many people as you can and make friends and connections.

Piper GarickPiper Garick

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

Moc Tips: We have all been where you are, so while it might be nerve-racking and stressful we are here to help you through it!  Embrace the change and get ready for some of the best years of your life!

Angel GodwinAngel Godwin

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

Moc Tips: Allow yourself to take in the experience! College is going to be your next major adventure, so take the time to experience it fully!


Bryce GressaniBryce Gressani

Major: Mathematics
Hometown: Melbourne, FL

Moc Tips: Be open to meeting new people. Don’t be shy and go outside your comfort zone.

Mikaela GuidoMikaela Guido

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

Moc Tips: Be sure to attend Blast Off and get involved on campus! Florida Southern has provided its students with so many opportunities and you should take advantage of them. It's never too soon to join a new club or organization and get active!

Matt GundersenMatt Gundersen

Major: Economics and Finance
Hometown: Southington, CT

Moc Tips: My best advice would be to branch out. Try as many new things as possible, even if it might be what you would not normally do.

Sam HamontreeSam Hamontree

Major: Marine Biology and Mathematics 
Hometown: Riverview, FL

Moc Tips: Just because it’s Florida, doesn’t mean it’s always hot! Be sure to bring warm clothes and rain boots!


Kylie HarzellKylie Harzell

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Chatham, NJ

Moc Tips: Your college career will be what you make it! Don’t be afraid to get involved in campus life!

Kerry HemelgamKerry Hemelgam

Major: Music Education
Hometown: Naples, FL

Moc Tips: You have a clean slate.  Be who you want to be and do what you want to do.  This is the new you.

Katie HoffmanKatie Hoffman

Major: Secondary Education and Mathematics
Hometown: Willowbrook, IL

Moc Tips: My best piece of advice is to go to the events on campus. Whether it be a sporting event, a play, or one of ACE’s events, go to them! They’re a lot of fun, and you get in free with your student I.D.!

Jean HowellJean Howell

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

Moc Tips: Be open to all kinds of new experiences and never forget to ask for student discounts.


Carlos Javier PenzoCarlos Javier Penzo

Major: Biology 
Hometown: Providence, RI

Moc Tips: Always keep an open mind. Participate in as many events as possible in order to make your time here the best it can be!

Cassidy JonesCassidy Jones

Major: Communication
Hometown: Dundee, FL

Moc Tips: Brush up on your parallel parking. It will increase your probability of finding a spot to park.

Reems LandrethReems Landreth

Major: Multimedia Journalism
Hometown: Naples, FL

Moc Tips: Find what you are passionate about and study that. Join clubs and organizations and create opportunities to further yourself in all aspects of your life.

Anthony LetteraAnthony Lettera

Major: Marine Biology 
Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

Moc Tips: Put yourself out there and don't be afraid to get involved.

Hannah LewisHannah Lewis

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Lynn Haven, FL

Moc Tips: Come in with an open mind, ready to get involved! Florida Southern is a welcoming, friendly place to spend your next four years! Go Mocs!

Cassie LivingstonCassie Livingston

Major: Religion Youth Ministry and Interpersonal & Organizational Communications
Hometown: Orlando, FL

Moc Tips: Be yourself!

Kayleigh LundKayleigh Lund

Major: Elementary Education
Hometown: Niceville, FL

Moc Tips: I think my best advice would to be enjoy your first year and don’t be afraid to try new things! Your time in college is so short and special so make the most of it!

Taylor LynchTaylor Lynch

Major: Nursing
Hometown: Georgetown, DE

Moc Tips: As an incoming freshman, it is extremely important to embrace your first year with an open mind and a positive attitude! This year is full of change, excitement, and sometimes a little fear. However, Florida Southern is the perfect home away from home that provides students with a plethora of resources, connections, and friendly faces to ensure that students are comfortable, successful, and of course happy here on campus.

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!

Zeng MichalczykZeng Michalczyk

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

Moc Tips: My best piece of advice is to just be yourself and try new things! You will make a lot of new friends this way!

Carson MitchellCarson Mitchell

Major: Political Science
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.

Lauren MorhardLauren Morhard

Major: Healthcare Administration
Hometown: Plant City, 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!

Vitor MoroVitor Moro

Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Brazil

Moc Tips: You shouldn't be afraid asking for help. It isn't easy start living by yourself without your family. Company is key to make it 'easier.'

Sierra Lynn PascoeSierra Lynn Pascoe

Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Upstate New York

Moc Tips: Put yourself out there, make friends, and try new things.

​Taylor PaulinTaylor Paulin

Major: Political Science and History 
Hometown: Baltimore, FL

Moc Tips:
Go to events! Try new things you love! These are the relationships you'll have for most of your life so make them count!


Shealyn RobinsonShealyn Robinson

Major: Biology
Hometown: McHenry, IL

Moc Tips: Branch out! There are so many opportunities here for you!

Holly RomanHolly Roman

Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Strafford, NH

Moc Tips: GET A PLANNER! There's always so much going on that it's hard to keep it all straight, and having a planner will help with that!

Emily RozenEmily Rozen

Major: Biology
Hometown: Lakeland, FL

Moc Tips: Take advantage of every opportunity and meet every person you can. College is where you make memories that will last you a lifetime, so take every chance you get to do so.


Regina SandbergRegina Sandberg

Major: Exercise Science
Hometown: Sarasota, FL

Moc Tips: You'll have a much better transition if you come into school with an open mind! Try new things, branch out, and try to meet new people!

Nolan SmithNolan Smith

Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Arvada, CO

Moc Tips: Don't be afraid to get involved! Campus has a ton of great opportunities and the payoff is more than worth it!

Elizabeth SotoElizabeth Soto

Major: Biology and Psychology
Hometown: Tallahassee, FL

Moc Tips: Get out there and try new things! Coming to college is an exciting time to explore who you are through a variety of classes, clubs and organizations and the greater Lakeland and Florida community. Take advantage of all Florida Southern has to offer you and don't be afraid to just jump in.

Sydney SteeleSydney Steele

Major: Musical Theatre
Hometown: New Port Richey, Florida

Moc Tips: My best piece of advice for incoming FSC students would be to explore the amazing clubs and groups on campus that Florida Southern has to offer! It’s one of the best ways to get involved, and you’ll meet some really great people too!


Emily SuzukiEmily Suzuki

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

Moc Tips: Try to step out of your comfort zone! Orientation is a special time where everyone is new and ready to make friends. You might just meet your best friend!!


Teresa TabarTeresa Tabar

Major: Nursing
Hometown: DeLand, FL

Moc Tips: Be kind to your fellow Mocs!

Arjeet TipirneniArjeet Tipirneni

Major: Biology
Hometown: Orlando FL

Moc Tips: Don't be afraid to get involved! The more you put yourself out there, the easier it will be to find your niche!

Amanda WaglerAmanda Wagler

Major: Biochemistry
Hometown: Sarasota, FL

Moc Tips: Always be open minded and always encourage yourself and others to get involved with your college community. A successful college experience, especially at FSC, requires involvement. Get yourself involved, and everything else will fall into place!


Melissa WedemanMelissa Wedeman

Major: Biology 
Hometown: Lone Tree, CO

Moc Tips: Your first few months of college can be overwhelming and chaotic. Focus on learning how to prioritize things and remember to take time to have fun and get involved!


Gracie WesterfieldGracie Westerfield

Major: Business Administration
Hometown: Ocoee, FL
Moc Tips: Get involved to make those connections and friendships. Reach out to your professors-they have all the resources you need! Put in the extra time for your classes like visiting office hours.

Andrew WhisenantAndrew Whisenant

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

Moc Tips: Don’t be afraid to try new things. Get to know your professors. Enjoy the next 4 years.

​Kennedy WilhiteKennedy Wilhite

Major: Interpersonal & Organizational Communications
Hometown: Tallahassee, FL

Moc Tips: At the start of your freshman year, it can be super tempting to get involved in anything and everything. Looking back on my college experience, I was able to really give it my all to organizations when I dropped the ones that I didn't feel as passionate about. Choose one or two ways to be involved on campus and give it your all! Quality over quantity is always the better option. :)

Lindsey WilsonLindsey Wilson

Major: Undeclared
Hometown: Chandler, AR

Moc Tips: My best advice would be to try and attend as many events happening on campus as possible. I met so many people that became my good friends though all the events taking place over the first couple of weeks. I encourage you all to get out there and get involved early in the semester!

Sean YumulSean Yumul

Major: Biology
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

Moc Tips: Form a rapport with your teachers early! They are always willing to help and to just speak to new students. Relationships with your teachers open up many opportunities further on into your college career.

Ava ZismanAva Zisman

Major: Political Science and Theatre Performance
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Moc Tips: Rent bikes from the Wellness Center for a quick loop around the lake study break!

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