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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..

Kevin: SIX FLAGS

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

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!