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Nathan Lamp (Transfer ‘15), Peer Adviser (2nd year)
Parth Dalal (WCAS ‘16), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Camille Goldstein (WCAS ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)

What is the best dining hall concoction?

Nathan: In Hinman, when they have grilled cheese sandwiches, I put tomatoes, spinach, and pesto mayo on them, and eat with a side of french fries, with pesto mayo for dipping. #pestomayo

Parth: Plexican

Camille: The broccoli and cheddar quiche is my personal favorite.

Gauri Rangrass (Medill ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Christian Rozolis (MEAS ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Victoria Kuritza (Transfer ‘15), Peer Adviser (2nd year)

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

Gauri: lakefill, going to chicago, going to new restaurants

Christian: Play frisbee, play basketball, watch movies, going out to eat in Evanston, relax on the lake fill, relax on the beach, going into the city for Bulls or Cubs games

Victoria: Sporting events, dinner, bowling, beach day, sailing, breakfast, movies, six flags, lunch, exploring Chicago, brunch, pretty much anything that involves food :)

Margaret Kuo (WCAS ‘16), Peer Adviser (2nd year)
Daniel Ngai (WCAS ‘15), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Elianna Landau (WCAS ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)

What do you remember most about Wildcat Welcome?

Margaret: My Peer Adviser, Cassie Zhang! I still aspire to be her

Daniel: Walking around campus a lot with my PA group

Elianna: Millennium Park and the activity where you gave everyone high fives and hugs

Sanchita Kanthadai (SESP ‘16), Peer Adviser (2nd year)
Jahmeelay Jean-Leger (WCAS ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Jane Dickerson (SOC ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)

What was your favorite thing about YOUR Peer Adviser?

Sanchita: His sense of humor!!

Jahmeelay: My favorite thing was that although he was pretty chill and all, I could still see him as a human being with quirks which made him a little more approachable. He definitely took time to ask me how I was doing and was somehow able to stand our PA group and our perpetual lateness pretty well.

Jane: He is super sassy and has really cool hair. Also, his name rhymes with safari.

Grace Kapov (WCAS ‘15), Peer Adviser (3rd year)
Michael Stern (Medill ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Steven Tyler (WCAS ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Maryssa Sklaroff (SOC ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)

What is your favorite Northwestern memory?

Grace: I really enjoyed homecoming weekend this year. Friday, October 4 I got to meet Mike Greenberg and hear the Mike and Mike radio show get recorded live from Deering Meadow. Saturday, I got to watch the recording of the college gameday show from the Lakefill, and then saw a terrific game between Northwestern and Ohio State. The result was unfortunate, but I really enjoyed being a part of such school spirit and enjoying so many awesome events having to do with my passions for sports and Northwestern.

Michael: Waking up at 4 AM to show my Purple Pride at ESPN’s College Gameday, seeing some of my favorite sports journalists (who happen to be alumni of this University), and standing in the student section at the game watching our football team give all they could against Ohio State.

Steven: When they have cookies, cover them in nutella, and then put soft serve ice-cream in between them to make a nutella ice cream sandwich. Bonus points for bananas. (EDITORS NOTE: this sounds absolutely amazing)

Maryssa: Ski Trip 2013

Purple Nation: Some Amazing NU Alums

So we know that you’re all amazing people because you are now Wildcats (duh). But what you might not realize is how even MORE amazing you will be after you graduate as a fully grown Wildcat!

For some inspiration on where an NU degree can take you, check out these Wildcat alumni you might not have known were part of the family below.

Virginia “Ginny” Rometty, CEO of IBM, BS Computer Science and Electrical Engineering (1979)

In January 2012, Ginny became the first woman to head IBM as president and CEO. In 2012 she was named Fortune Magazine’s #1 Most Powerful Woman in Business. Before that, though, she was a Computer Science and Electrical Engineering major in our very own McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science!

Michael Wilbon, ESPN Commentator, BA Journalism (1980)

Michael Wilbon is a current ESPN analyst and co-host of the ESPN show Pardon the Interruption. He began working for the Washington Post as a summer intern while still attending NU. Before all of that, he was writing for our very own Daily Northwestern (which we still think is his greatest professional accomplishment, tbh).

Veronica Roth, Author of the Divergent trilogy, BA Creative Writing (2010)

While most students spend their winter break relaxing and catching up on Netflix, Veronica spent her break as a senior writing the first book in what would become a trilogy - Divergent (pretty #casual). By the time she graduated she sold the movie rights and had signed a publishing deal to write two more books. Perhaps Northwestern was the utopia she needed to write this dystopian novel! Check out this NU news story from 2010 about her!

Sheldon Harnick, Lyricist, BA Music (1949)

Northwestern offers lots of ways for students to get involved with theatre, and every year students create beautiful adaptations of classic plays. But before these plays become classics, someone’s gotta write them - and that’s where Sheldon Harnick comes in. In 1964 he wrote the lyrics to one of Broadway’s most cherished musicals, Fiddler on the Roof. Sheldon has earned both the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award during his career - not too shabby!

Don’t see anyone in your dream job on there? Check out a crazy-long list of other Wildcats that once called NU home, here and you’ll get a taste of just how diverse and accomplished our global alumni are!

Maddy Kossik (WCAS ‘16), Peer Adviser (2nd year)
Steven Bennett (WCAS ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Miles Kurtz (MEAS ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Chris Paul (SOC ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)

What is the best dining hall concoction?

Maddy: HOT COOKIE BAR FTW

Steven: Fresh salads

Miles: When they have cookies, cover them in nutella, and then put soft serve ice-cream in between them to make a nutella ice cream sandwich. Bonus points for bananas. (EDITORS NOTE: this sounds absolutely amazing)

Chris: Chocolate covered waffle

Bryan Huebner (WCAS ‘16), Peer Adviser (2nd year)
Ryan Alva (SOC ‘16), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Bryn Dougherty (WCAS ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)

What do you remember most about Wildcat Welcome?b>

Bryan: Six flags!!!!!!! I went on my first roller coaster there!

Ryan: Meeting my PA the night before at Finding Nemo and talking to him at Kafein for 3 hours.

Bryn: Millennium Park with my PA group!

Sowa Imoisili (WCAS ‘16), Peer Adviser (2nd year)
Andy Linder (Transfer ‘16), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Michaela Ritz (SOC ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Meghan Morris (Medill ‘15), Peer Adviser (3rd year)

(Meghan was #abroad in the spring, so she gets her own picture)

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

Sowa: Loud sing alongs to throw-backs from middle school, exploring new places, dancing (poorly), discussing the ups& downs of life in general

Andy: Play golf, go to a movie, go out to eat (in Evanston, Flat Top!), cook/bake, go for a run

Michaela: Biking/ hiking/ general outdoor nonsense (volleyball, lawn games, tag, etc), going to concerts/ music shows, bonfires, getting ice cream, wandering around Chicago neighborhoods, knitting, watching movies…

Meghan: Picnic on the lakefill, make up dances, stalk Morty, etc

David Hong (SESP ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Emma Gordon (SOC ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Michael Hopkins (Bienen‘17), Peer Adviser (2nd year)

What was your favorite thing about YOUR Peer Adviser?b>

David: She’s very willing to listen. Although she has so much wisdom, she was always willing to listen and make one feel important whenever one spoke his/her mind.

Emma: Seeing him around campus!

Michael: How he made me feel comfortable on the first day of Wildcat Welcome and was very honest with us about his opinions on everything!