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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.

Krish Suresh (WCAS ‘15), Peer Adviser (3rd year)
Ayla Goktan (BSM ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Dan Leahy (SOC ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Ben Jones (MEAS ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)

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

Krish: Eat, workout, spend time outdoors, play music, go longboarding, watch tv, watch a movie, anything really!

Ayla: Go to the lakefill, go to a coffee shop, eat food, laugh, frolic (aka skip down the sidewalk or in a field in sun, rain, snow, you name it), go to the beach, stay up late talking, watch movies, hug, etc. YAY FUN!!!!!

Dan: Go swimming! See a musical! Get food! Go driving! Get TSno (ask me about it I will explain it to you very passionately)!

Ben: Eat ice cream, play Frisbee, soccer, basketball, floor hockey, poker, go on bike rides, go swimming, have a good talk, go sledding/ice skating or have snowball fights in the winter!

Kevin Wang (WCAS ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Clayton Shuttleworth (SOC ‘16), Peer Adviser (2nd year)
Abhi Veerina (WCAS ‘16), Peer Adviser (1st year)

What do you remember most about Wildcat Welcome?

Abhi: Zombie Dance Party with my PA LaTisha!

Clayton: I remember clearly the introductions we did at the very beginning of the week. Everyone was really nervous, and our PA led us through really silly intros, so we all got to laugh with each other (and at ourselves) in a really fun and welcoming way. I still remember a lot of the introductions and do my best to remind my good friends about them as often as possible..


Anna Baran (WCAS ‘16), Peer Adviser (2nd year)
Neil Dalvie (MEAS ‘16), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Jon Corin (BSM ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)

What was your favorite thing about YOUR Peer Adviser?

Neil: He was confident in being a fantastic role model for me.

Anna: My favorite thing about my PA was that his enthusiasm was honestly contagious. The best part was that it was completely genuine because he genuinely loved NU and really wanted to make us feel welcome, excited, and at ease during Wildcat Welcome.

Jon: He was always available to support me, answer questions, and just hangout if I was bored or feeling lonely!

Aakash Shah (WCAS ‘16), Peer Adviser (2nd year)
Kevin Nigarura (WCAS ‘16), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Jules Cantor (SOC ‘15), Peer Adviser (1st year)

What is your favorite Northwestern memory?

Jules: My favorite Northwestern memories are the little things like staying up until 3 am working in the library with my best friends, or days on the beach during spring quarter. I don’t necessarily have one “WOW this is college kind of moment,” but will always remember the moments where I’ve felt at home with people I’ve come to care greatly about.

Kevin: Block 10 of my freshmen year Dance Marathon. The energy was incredibly contagious and I have never felt closer to the Northwestern community than when the final amount of money was announced for Danny Did.

Aakash: My favorite memory includes all of my closest friends surprising me in my dorm room at midnight on my birthday. It felt nice that all of those people were there for me!

Amakie Amattey (WCAS ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Kelly Satterlee (MEAS ‘15), Peer Adviser (3rd year)
Calvin Dorsey (WCAS ‘16), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Nicole Reed (SESP ‘15), Peer Adviser (1st year)

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

Amakie: Walk on the lake front path (lake shore drive), eat, wander around the city until something interesting happens (this doesn’t take long in Chicago)

Kelly: Hang out in downtown Chicago, try new restaurants, binge watch movies/shows on Netflix.

Calvin: Watch stand up. Chill on the beach. Eat at new restaurants.

Nicole: Go bowling, watch Netflix, eat, cook, bake