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First Year Experience Peer Leaders

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First Year Experience Peer Leaders support all new students beginning with orientation through the end of the first year at Ohio State. Peer leaders focus year-round on outreach and relationship development, expanding the mission of First Year Experience to holistically impact all new students as they progress through their first year.

Students in this role use their knowledge and perspective as experienced peers to connect new students to the people, resources and information essential for success in the first year. Peer leaders are significant in shaping first-year students’ transition, motivation and satisfaction, which contributes to students’ persistence to the second year and beyond.

Meet the Peer Leaders

Angie Williams Annie DiClemente Annie Warrens

Angie Williams
Bluffton, OH
Psychology and Political Science
Campus Resources: The most helpful resource for me when I first came to Ohio State was Counseling and Consultation Services. The support I received was so helpful for finding tools to help me with the transition to college, living in a big city, and making friends.

Annie DiClemente
Garnet Valley, PA
Social Work
Why Ohio State: I came to Ohio State because of their amazing campus programs as well as the advanced major programs that we have here. I also came for the beautiful campus and to meet a diverse range of people!

Annie Warrens
Jackson, OH
Agriscience Education
Making Connections: In my first year at Ohio State, I made friends by getting involved in student organizations. I stuck to what I was comfortable with and that led me to meet a lot of amazing people equally as passionate as me about the things I love.

Apurva Kanagal Ari Winbush Becca Monahan

Apurva Kanagal
Bangalore, India
Study tip: My biggest study tip is to prioritize the assignments you must get done by deadline and workload so you can both meet deadlines and stay ahead of your academics. This helped me not feel overwhelmed by all my classes because I could prioritize what needed to get done.

Ari Winbush
Newark, OH
English and Spanish
Quick Fact: My favorite place to study is the windowsills in Hagerty Hall! They are comfortable and have a beautiful view.

Becca Monahan
Westlake, OH
Making friends: I became good friends with my roommates but I have also met people in smaller classes; always talk to the people around you because you never know who could become a close friend.

Bethany McCloud Cam Jones Donovin Natividad

Bethany McCloud
Pickerington, OH
English and Speech and Hearing Science
Ohio State surprises: What surprises me most about Ohio State is how small it feels, despite being such a large school. There is not a time that I go out and do not see at least one person I know, and that gives the place a sense of community you would not expect.

Cam Jones
Galloway, OH
Make Connections: I was fortunate enough to be in a residence hall that was very social my first year. We formed a great community within our building and many of the friends I made there I am still close with to this day.

Donovin Natividad
Marysville, OH
Computer Science
Advice for new students: The most important piece of advice I would give to new students is to be open-minded and willing to give new experiences a try even if you do not feel comfortable because you will not know what you can achieve if you are too scared to try something new.

Jordan McCarthy Kaiah Barnes Kate Koennecke

Jordan McCarthy
Naperville, IL
Political Science and Philosophy
Preparing for transition: One thing I wish I did to prepare for my transition to Ohio State is researching extra-curriculars so that I could have an idea of what I wanted to get involved in prior to arriving to campus.

Kaiah Barnes
Columbus, OH
Public Health
Advice for new students: The most important piece of advice I would give is to be more engaged in the campus and social networking is more important than you think and can be beneficial.

Kate Koennecke
Hudson, OH
Political Science
Quick Fact: My favorite place to eat on campus is Oxley's by The Numbers. The build-your-own breakfast sandwiches have my heart. My favorite place to eat with my friends off campus is Plaza. I do not like cheese that much, but I will down one of their quesadillas.

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Kate Picray
Liberty Township, OH
Speech and Hearing Science
Quick Facts: My favorite place to study is an empty classroom, not the library or at home (these two have too many distractions for me). The Ohio State room matrix website is immensely helpful.

Maeli O’Briant
Worthington, OH
Why Ohio State: I grew up on and around Ohio State's campus, so the university has always been a big part of my life. I chose to go here because I love that it is such a big school with so much to offer: the students and staff with the same appreciation for Ohio State that I have, athletics, a beautiful campus, so many interesting classes to choose from, and its profound sense of community.

Mo Bender
Berea, OH
Middle Childhood Education
Quick Fact: My favorite place to eat on campus is Sloopy’s; they have great milkshakes and burgers! The Ohio Union is also a fun and cool place to eat dinner with friends.

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Nick Beemster
Plainfield, IL
Aerospace Engineering
Preparing for transition: During my transition to Ohio State, I wish I were more prepared for the homesick feeling. I did not think I would be homesick, but for the first month everything felt weird because I was surrounded by an unfamiliar environment. However, once I found my friends and got more comfortable, I learned to embrace the new environment.

Owen White
Jackson, OH
Geographic Information Science
Advice for new students: As a first-time student in computer science classes, I often felt lost during assignments, no matter how much time I spent on them. Going to office hours was a great and flexible way to ask questions, check my work, and learn more from experienced students and professors.

Paulina Nori
Aguascalientes, Mexico
Chinese and International Business
Advice for new students: The most important piece of advice I would give to new students is to join at least one club and stick with it throughout college. You will meet individuals with the same interests as you and will become friends in no time.

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Prithivi Geetha Krishnamoorthy
Oakwood, OH
Biology and Philosophy
Why Ohio State: I came to Ohio State because the campus is beautiful, the academics are paced well, and it is a prestigious school.

Sophia Exline
Columbus, OH
Economics and Actuary Science
Advice for new students: The most important advice I would give to new first year students is to try to get involved. It is important to make your own social circle outside of the classroom.

Tate White
Jackson, OH
Geographic Information Science
Ohio State surprises: I am surprised at how small a big campus can feel. I was intimidated coming to such a large university from a small, rural town, but Ohio State has an abundance of opportunities to get involved with what you are passionate about and connect with people from diverse backgrounds that truly make Ohio State feel like home.

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Wynne Poticher
Willoughby, OH
Psychology and Anthropological Science
Motivation: Something that motivates me to excel at Ohio State is my family. I am a first-generation student, so I am paving the path for my siblings and cousins. I will be the person they can look to for information and questions. I want to succeed not only for myself but for the future generation.