Meet the 2013-2014 Mentoring Team!
Our mentors are a group of college students dedicated to giving access to higher education to students from all backgrounds. They are some of the most talented college students from across the country who attend institutions like Harvard University, Rice University, Wesleyan University, and Swarthmore College, among others. Mentors support mentees throughout the college process helping them develop college lists, write college essays, and secure financial aid. Our mentees from past cohorts have been highly successful — they’ve been admitted to institutions like Columbia University, University of Chicago, Georgetown University, and Yale University, among others.
Name: Sadichchha Adhikari
College: Wesleyan University
My name is Sadichchha Adhikari. I was born and raised in Nepal, but currently live in New York City. I attend Wesleyan University and I am a freshman. When I started college, I had no idea what I was doing or what I wanted to do with my life, and most people don’t until much later. The plethora of classes available here led me to East Asian art, food and languages, and the sciences at Wesleyan led me to medicine. I am also the art director of Unlocked Magazine (here at Wes) and treasurer of Model United Nations. I love travelling and meeting new people so hopefully I will have a job (after I graduate) that allows me to do both. I wanted to become a mentor because, besides my college counselor, I did not have anyone to help me with my applications or tell me what to do. I would love to be that person for someone because I know that having someone to help will make this process a lot easier.
Name: Sandia Ashley
College: Oberlin College
My name is Sandia Ashley, and I am a freshman at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. My major is currently undeclared but I am leaning heavily towards pursuing a double major in Creative Writing and Comparative American Studies with a minor in Theatre. During my time at college I would like to study abroad in a Spanish speaking country for a semester, and I also hope to put together a collection of poetry and short stories. I’m thrilled to be a mentor this year; it’s something I wanted to do so that I could provide support throughout the college application process to those that might not have someone else to turn to. I know how difficult and stressful the process can be at times, and I would like to be someone you can turn to with any type of questions, concerns, and good news! I’m excited to be a part of the upcoming application period!
Name: Ashley Berry
College: University of Texas — Austin
Ashley is a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin and plans to major in English. She chose to become a mentor because she personally had a great experience as a mentee with the program and would like to help others reach their college goals. Ashley is interested in the college search and selection process, essay writing and editing, and helping students secure financial aid.
Name: Hope Brinn
College: Swarthmore College
Hope Brinn is a sophomore at Swarthmore College and a graduate of Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, Delaware. She is studying education policy with the hopes of reforming the US education system to provide equal educational opportunities to all. Hope has a strong belief that all students regardless of background deserve high quality resources to allow them to gain access to college. In college, she works with the College Access Center of Delaware County and the Good Food Project. For fun, she enjoys watching Modern Family and reading about the college admissions process.
Name: Kellie Brue
College: University of Chicago
I am more than excited to be able to be a mentor as apart of this program. I am currently a first year at the University of Chicago. I plan on majoring in biology and pursuing a pre-medical undergraduate education. My goal is to attend medical school and later on become a surgeon. I chose to become a mentor, as I said in my application, because I don’t want anybody else to be as alone as I was during my college application process. I want to make myself available to my mentees and let them know that if they have any questions I will do anything I can to help them. This is such a great opportunity for me to help others. I am very excited to be a mentor!
Name: Andrew Dorrance
College: Swarthmore College
I’m a sophomore at Swarthmore College, and I’m going to major and minor in a mixture of English, Spanish, and maybe art history. My other interests include psychology, music, theater, and education. I found the college search incredibly daunting, but looking back I realize that it didn’t need to be. I love getting to share my experiences with other students about anything college related. High school seniors always have such enthusiasm for their futures, and there is nothing like working with them during this exciting time in their life.
Name: Jeffrey Guo
College: Yale University
My name is Jeffrey Guo. I’m a native Southern Californian who’s braving the New England for the first time as a freshman at Yale. I’m pursuing a double major in physics & economics, though I hope to go to law school on the way to becoming an educator or lawyer after my four years in New Haven. I want to be a mentor because I know just how confusing the college application process is. It’s not just that there’s a lot of hoops to jump through, it’s also that everyone who knows you’re applying to college has their own two or three (or, in some cases, two hundred) cents that they want to throw in. And that, more often than not, turns an already-stressful process into one that’s downright insane. That’s where I want to step in–I want to help streamline the college application and choice process because there’s no reason such a momentous and joyous decision should have to be buried by anxiety and stress.
Name: Ladiella Henderson
College: Rice University
Hello. My name is Ladiella Henderson. I am a freshman, a rising sophomore, at Rice University; I was matched through Questbridge. At the moment, I am a computer science major who is also a pre-med. I plan on becoming a pediatrician. In my free time when I’m not volunteering, I play Sudoku, read, or watch TV. I want to be a mentor because I want help guide people through the college process.
Name: Caroline Kirkwood
College: Boston College
Caroline Kirkwood is a sophomore at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA. She is majoring in International Studies and English. Her future will hopefully include working abroad as a journalist. She is a writer for her school’s newspaper The Heights and a member of the varsity women’s rowing team. In her free time Caroline is a totally foodie always trying to try as many new cuisines as possible, Ethiopian is currently at the top of her list. Caroline knows from experience the difficulties and surprises that can come from the college experience but cannot wait to guide her mentee through one of the most exciting times in his or her life.
Name: Sean Lee
Sean will graduate from Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, CA. He plans to study political science or philosophy in college, and law school may be in his not-so-distant future. Sean was a mentee in the first year of the Blog’s Mentoring Program and is excited to be able to give back to the program. He hopes to share the insights and tips he gained in his college adventure with the next wave of lonely, lost souls in the world of college admissions.
Name: Jose Luis
College: Pomona College
Jose Luis spent his childhood transported between the vibrancy and warmth of Northern Mexico and the diversity and vastness of Phoenix, Arizona. He is now a first-year student at Pomona College in Claremont, California, where he is majoring in Public Policy Analysis. He is especially interested in education policy and hopes to work in providing more awareness of available opportunities for America’s youth.
Name: Ashni Mehta
Ashni is a senior at the Wardlaw-Hartridge School in NJ. She isn’t sure where she’ll be attending college in 2013-2014, but she plans to study mathematics with the hopes of earning a Ph.D. and entering either academia or a research-based field. She also hopes to study gender studies and languages. She is a former mentee, and after experiencing the mentoring program, decided to become a mentor.
Name: Joshua Peck
College: Swarthmore College
Remember the question, “teacher, why do we need to know this?” The answer: college. Truthfully, college is the only way to ensure that the studying you do during high school is nurtured and properly valued by employers who will be looking to see that you know what you know. Studying biology at Swarthmore College will not only be beneficial in bettering my employability as a researcher, it has been empowering to my individual growth as a person. Acquiring knowledge creates the confidence and credibility needed to confront the huge challenges facing society today. I don’t want to use what I’ve gained just to capitalize on the current system, I want change it. But before you can change anything, you must first understand how it works. As a mentor, I hope to help others unlock their true potential by passing on the know-how to overcome the hurdles standing in their path. I want to empower others to feel empowered in taking control of their own destiny, and in doing so, shaping the shared destiny of the planet.
Name: Jada Sacco
College: Vassar College
I am a freshman at Vassar College pursuing a major in Film Production with a correlate in Hispanic Studies. My decision to become a mentor was motivated by my experience with the National College Match, a program facilitated by QuestBridge, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping low-income, high-achieving students gain admission and full four-year scholarships to the nation’s most selective colleges. As a National College Match recipient, I am committed to QuestBridge and organizations like The Collegiate who strive to make college applications navigable and admission possible.
Name: Auzzie Sheard
College: Pomona College
My name is Auzzie Sheard IV, and im currently going to Pomona College! I’m planning on majoring in history and then going on to a physical therapy program. I chose to become a mentor because, I would not be where I am now, with out the help of others. I just want to give others the same help I got.
Name: Francesca Simoni
College: Harvard University
I am currently a senior at Charlotte High School, a medium-sized public school in Port Charlotte, Florida. This fall, I will be heading to Harvard University, the college that I applied early and was blessed to have been accepted to. As of now, I am looking into majoring in economics with a focus on either finance or international business. However, I understand that I am only sixteen-years old and that chances are I will change my major in college. I decided to become a mentor for this program because I know how important it is to have someone supporting you throughout the college admissions process.
Name: Jennifer Tran
College: Trinity College
Jennifer Tran is a current high school senior at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, NY and will be attending Trinity College in Connecticut this fall. Like many other first generation Americans, for Jennifer, gaining admission into a good college was always a dream that often amounted a lot of stress and sacrifices. Jennifer chose to become a mentor in order to help such students to not only fulfill their dream, but in a fashion that is not as stressful and confusing. Later in life, Jennifer aspires to make a strong impact in the automotive industry and urban environmental technology.
Name: Kit Wu