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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

Aarohi Shah (WCAS ‘16), Peer Adviser (2nd year)
Tyler Pager (Medill ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Alexandra Woodhouse (MEAS ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)

What is the best dining hall concoction?

Aarohi: Does hot cookie bar count?

Tyler: Hot cookie bar (Editor’s Note: apparently it does count, Aarohi).

Alexandra: That time the chef from Finland (?) came and made salad with amazing avocado in it

Jon Bricker (WCAS ‘16), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Kevin Rosenthal (MEAS ‘16), Peer Adviser (2nd year)
Katie Nodjimbadem (Medill ‘15), Peer Adviser (1st year)

What do you remember most about Wildcat Welcome?

Jon: All of the ENUs and breakout sessions to discuss them.

Kevin: March through the arch!

Katie: March through the arch and the class picture!

Teresa Balistreri (Medill ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Forest Polchow (Transfer ‘15), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Evan Rosati (MEAS ‘16), Peer Adviser (2nd year)

What was your favorite thing about YOUR Peer Adviser?

Teresa: They have been super available all year and were so enthusiastic about Northwestern. They were our friends and leaders during WW, they weren’t super authoritative - they let us joke around and have fun.

Forest: She did a great job of giving an unbiased opinion about Northwestern’s opportunities.

Evan: He is one of the sweetest guys I’ve ever met and always knew the right things to say. Even last year when I was a first time PA, he was always the perfect resource. He helped me become acclimated to Northwestern and helped be succeed as a Peer Adviser.

Mike Fuentes (WCAS ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Natalie Robinson (WCAS ‘15), Peer Adviser (2nd year)
Esteban Doyle (MEAS ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)

What is your favorite Northwestern memory?

Mike: Dillo Day!

Natalie: Homecoming 2013. Even though we didn’t win, it was the most school spirit packed into one three-hour game that I’ve ever experienced. #gocats

Esteban: My favorite Northwestern memory would have to be going through Wildcat Welcome. The whole week went by so fast, but it was a great time. I met my roommate, the guys on my floor, my PA group, and some of those people became my closest friends here. I felt comfortable here, and knew right away that Northwestern was going to be a second home for me.

Alek Rinholm (MEAS ‘16), Peer Adviser (2nd year)
Cory Borgman (SOC ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Michaela Kastelman (WCAS ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)

What is the best dining hall concoction?

Alek: If I had to pick, probably grilled chicken at Sargent!

Cory: Chicken parm sandwich, or really any of the special sandwiches that they make, with a side of the home made potato chips. Then for the second plate some pasta or the lyonnaise potatoes that Sarg makes (yes I know, a lot of carbs). Ending with a make your own chipwich with the soft serve machine or on of their special cup cakes. MMMMMM.

Michaela: Sargent’s M&M Brownies duh!

Jen Reese (WCAS ‘16), Peer Adviser (2nd year)
Jordan Susskind (MEAS ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Kieara Reed (SESP ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)

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

Jen: Beach, movies, Dr. Who, Froyo, eating, crafting, paint fights!

Jordan: I love hiking and running with friends. I also love exploring the city (whichever one is nearest) and shopping doesn’t hurt either. Frankly I’m content with just sitting in a room with friends joking around.

Kieara: Eat, swim, shop, play board games, go to an arcade, anything!

Nevil George (MEAS ‘16), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Alex Qin (BSM ‘16), Peer Adviser (2nd year)
Iris Hsu (SOC ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)

What do you remember most about Wildcat Welcome?

Nevil: EssentialNU about diversity - that was awesome.

Alex: When my PA kids bought me a football jersey from the campus bookstore with the #7 to celebrate the end of Wildcat Welcome since we were Group 7 ☺

Iris: Chilling in Millenium Park!

Nick Prose (SOC ‘16), Peer Adviser (2nd year)
Bryan Berger (MEAS ‘16), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Noah Star (WCAS ‘16), Peer Adviser (1st year)

What was your favorite thing about YOUR Peer Adviser?

Nick: Right off the bat, she made herself extremely available to us and was so helpful and welcoming. Plus, she fostered a great environment and some of the people in my PA group are my best friends to this day!

Bryan: The e-mails that he sent to us over the summer were funny and got us pumped for Northwestern!

Noah: He sensed that I was feeling disconnected from the group when I was too scared to admit it. He then helped me out by becoming my friend and leveraging that with the rest of the group so I could fit in. What a guy!

Carlin McCarthy (Medill ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Sophie Truscott (WCAS ‘17), Peer Adviser (1st year)
Ronak Patel (WCAS ‘15), Peer Adviser (2nd year)

What is your favorite Northwestern memory?

Carlin: #toughone My favorite Northwestern memory has been all the times my friends and I have ended up just sitting around and talking. Sometimes it’s serious like how we grew up and why that’s shaped us or what we want to do with our lives and sometimes it’s just because we need a break to sit down, make fun of each other and laugh. I’ve built really strong friendships this way and you can’t put a grade or GPA on that.

Sophie: The first football game - seeing everyone dressed in Northwestern purple!

Ronak: Woo-au Luau 2012! It is a spring Willard tradition that involves chocolate pudding wrestling in a inflatable kiddie pool placed in the sorority quad followed by a mass sprint to south beach to wash of all the pudding.