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The Wildcat Welcome Board of Directors hosted our final Google Hangout of the summer. They chatted about the first few weeks at Northwestern, what to expect as a new student, what you should be utilizing when you’re here and talking about their own excitement for Wildcat Welcome and the start of the year. Take a look as you prepare to start Wildcat Welcome in just 4 days!

Dan Loizzo (WCAS ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Phil Toomey (WCAS ‘15), Peer Adviser (2nd year)
Wendy Roldan (MEAS ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)

What is your favorite Northwestern memory?

Dan: My favorite Northwestern memory is after a PA group reunion, all the members of my PA group and I got into a snowball fight against our PA.

Phil: Homecoming this past year was my favorite memory. After participating in the parade, I spent the entire morning with friends at College GameDay. Then, I got to watch a great football game vs Ohio State when we were both undefeated (sadly we lost). It was such a vibrant atmosphere and exciting time to be a Wildcat. Everyone had so much school spirit, and it was a day where I saw a lot of old friends comeback for the homecoming activities.

Wendy: My favorite Northwestern memory was my first football game! Cheering on our Wildcats, singing the fight song and experiencing purple pride all over campus was amazing. #GoCats!

Agustin Chacin Marin (WCAS ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Jenny Spaulding (SOC ‘16), Peer Adviser (2nd year)
Jaime Tomlin (WCAS ‘16), Peer Adviser (1st year)

What was your favorite thing about YOUR Peer Adviser?

Agustin: She is a great support system

Jenny: My PA, Jane Gilmore, was very down to earth and gave me an honest impression of students at NU. From the beginning, she acted as though we were already good friends, which made me feel comfortable to be my corky self in our group. Jane made me feel about leaving my parents since I already trusted her and knew she was awesome.

Jaime: My PA was phenomenal because she made herself available to us. She was always encouraging of the ways in which we were making the right choices for us, and worked hard to validate the decisions that we were making if we came to her with questions, even if they were different from the choices that she had made. She also made herself available as not only a mentor, but a friend, and so it’s fun to catch up with her over frozen yogurt and a cup of coffee. She really cared about the things we were doing and the choices we were making and made sure that we knew how much she cared especially through our freshman year, but also beyond!

Pratap Jayaram (MEAS ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Alexandra Urquiola (BSM ‘16), Peer Adviser (2nd year)
Ben Hwang (WCAS ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)

What do you remember most about Wildcat Welcome?

Pratap: Karaoke Night in the Louis Room

Alexandra: UM IT WAS THE BEST. But for reals, as a freshman I loved the Bienen BBQ at the very end of the week. I got to meet all the new students & felt really comfortable, & as a returner, the same, because it was like the marker of the end of a long, important journey. For my group, it kind of symbolized that we had made it through the first step & this was a way of celebrating what was to come.

Ben: Feasting on extra Giordano’s pizza at Millennium Park thanks to my PA’s majestic social skills

Elena Dansky (WCAS ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Adam Logeman (WCAS ‘15), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Vasiliki Valkanas (SOC ‘15), Peer Adviser (3rd year)
Kayla Goldenberg (SESP ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)

What are some fun things you like to do with friends?

Elena: explore Chicago, cook, see live music, laugh.

Adam: I love playing sports (Football, Basketball, Soccer, Frisbee, Etc). I also love speech (I am on the speech team) I do enjoy a good old game of FIFA, Cards against Humanity, Qwelf, Scattegories, Euchre and 500. I love playing music, I play the upright bass, and jazz and orchestral music is a ton of fun with friends.

Vasiliki: Most of the time we just end up watching movies, hanging out and talking but we do try to plan more exciting activities every so often. Some of my favorites are having a BBQ, going into the city or - best of all - going to karaoke!

Kayla: I like to go to the lakefill or beach and just chill out and talk. It’s also really fun to just walk around downtown, get some andy’s, see a movie, etc. I’ve also had some really fun movie nights in my residence hall with girls/guys on my floor. There are also so many fun/exciting events happening all over campus!

Ushi Naha (WCAS ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Caroline Gold (SESP ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Kathleen Zhou (MEAS ‘16), Peer Adviser (2nd year)

What is the best dining hall concoction?

Ushi: Root Beer float!

Caroline: Vanilla soft serve sandwiched between 2 Sargent chocolate chip cookies and lined with rainbow sprinkles. Doesn’t get better.

Kathleen: I don’t have any food in front of me to inspire me right now, but hot cookie bar + vanilla ice cream + coconut flakes = pure bliss.