Freshman Programs

Peer Leaders

Freshman Board Directors

Dylan KearneyDylan Kearney is a Junior majoring in Public Relations and Marketing and Political Science. Dylan's past involvement in The Student Government Association includes participation as a Freshman Forum member and an at-large senator for Student Affairs.

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman programs means so much to me because it is hands-down the best way to surround yourself with friends and future leaders on this campus. The people I met in Freshman Programs inspired me to be the best that I could be, and challenged me to change the way I see our campus. It is an amazing opportunity to find out so much about yourself as a leader, while also making amazing friends that you will keep throughout college. I'm so excited to be a part of these programs this year! 


Zack ZieglerZack Ziegler is a sophomore majoring in Finance and International Affairs. Previously, Zack was a member of Freshman Board.

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman Programs is a family of passionate freshmen who humbly and passionately serve to better this school and the Bulldog community.

 


Freshman Connect Directors

RipkenRipken Gorman is a senior majoring in Political Science, Religion, and Sociology.  Previously, Ripken was a Personal Advisor for Freshman Forum.

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

To me, Freshman Programs is the epitome of what this university does to take care of its students. It is the opportunity for students to mentor other students, while everyone involved learns how to a become better leader, how to more positively impact the dynamic world around them, and how to grow as an individual. Freshman Programs offers a community, and the chance engage with people of diverse thought processes and shared visions. There is truly nothing quite like it.


TaniaTania Toledo is a junior majoring in Marketing and International Business. Previously, Tania has served as a Freshman Connect member and as a Connect Fellow.

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman Programs is where I found my community my freshman year, and my passion for it has continued to grow. I love helping build a community for incoming freshman and helping them find their place on campus as student leaders. Through my years in Freshman Programs, I have created wonderful memories, lasting friendships, and have been challenged and motivated to become a better individual. Freshman Programs holds a special place in my heart, and I am thankful for the experiences and relationships that I have made along the way.


VictoriaVictoria Wright is a junior and first-year graduate student majoring in Environmental Economics and Management. Previously, she has served as a Freshman Connect member and as a senator for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. 

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman Programs is a place to grow. It is a place to learn who you are, learn what you can bring to conversations, and learn how to adjust to UGA. It is a place to be yourself and expand your understanding of both UGA and SGA.


Freshman Connect Fellows 

Emma GaldsmithEmma Goldsmith, Sophomore

Major/Minor: Journalism and Political Science/Spanish

Previous SGA Experience: Freshman Connect Member

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

I truly love mentoring and having a first-hand role in inspiring them to flourish. I discovered that the ultimate goal is to turn the people you're mentoring into their own personal kinds of mentors, which just starts the cycle all over again. By the end of my time last year in Freshman Connect, I knew I wanted it to be a part of my sophomore year as well, so I'm unbelievably excited to be working as a Fellow for the program this year!


 

GaneshGanesh Prabakaran, Sophomore

Major/Minor: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/Spanish and Exercise and Sports Science

Previous SGA Experience: Freshman Connect Member

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman Programs allows me to foster interaction to our future leaders on campus. Being able to serve as a mentor allows me to give back to something that gave so much to me!


Juliann Marmal


Saachi Hingorani


Sonia Rao


Freshman Forum Directors

KaitlynKaitlin Lutz is a junior majoring in Marketing. Previously, Kaitlin served as a member of Freshman Forum, and as a Personal Advisor for Freshman Forum.

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman programs means diverse family, weed-like growth, and beautiful passions.

 

 


GioGio Guillermo is a senior majoring in Human Development and Family Science (Pre-Occcupational Therapy). Previously, he served as a Peer Advisor for Freshman Forum.

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman Programs, specifically Freshman Forum, has truly been a staple of my college experience. It has given me not only practical leadership skills and opportunities but some of my best friends as well. There is no community on campus where I feel most at home than I do in Freshman Forum.

 


Mitch HoganMitch Hogan is a senior majoring in Finance and is doing a certificate in Personal and Organizaitional Leadership. Previously, Mitch was a member of Freshman Forum and served as a Personal Advisor for Forum.

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman Programs is an incredible way for freshmen to jump start their time in college. There is no better way to meet a ton of people just as passionate as you are with such diverse interests. Seeing how Freshman Programs has affected the lives of students has been incredible. It is a place that you can truly create a family while building yourself up as a leader. I owe so much of my college experience to Freshman Programs, specifically Freshman Forum. This was where I was able to find my place Freshman year. It gave me the confidence that I needed to succeed by surrounding me with leaders who wanted to invest in me and get to know me. It showed me that people did care about the success of others here. Without Freshman Programs, it would have taken me forever to figure out my place and my passions. It allowed me to accelerate my growth and narrow down my scope for what I wanted to accomplish with the little time I have at UGA.


Freshman Forum Personal Advisors

Avery WhiteheadAvery Whitehead, Junior
Major/Minor: Political Science and Public relations/Minor in Women's Studies.
Pursuing a Public Affairs Professional Certificate with an emphasis in Public Affiars Communications

Previous SGA Experience: Freshman Forum Member

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman Programs, more specifically Freshman Forum, means embracing every type of human. 70 people, all with differing backgrounds, stories, and homes, come together with unfailing support for one another.


Davis Ray


Erin CaplanErin Caplan, Junior
Major/Minor: Public Relations/Leadership in Student Affairs

Previous SGA Experience: Freshman Forum Member 

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

I always say Freshman Forum attracts the best kind of people, and I mean it. My Monday nights are forever made better because I get to see all the people I love in one place!

 


HaidiHaidi Al-Shabrawey, Junior

Major: International Affairs and Political Science

Previous SGA Experience: Freshman Forum Member

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman Forum opened up the doors to many of the opportunities I have been involved in on campus. I credit forum for being the catalyst to an incredible and rewarding college experience thus far. More importantly, it gave me many beautiful friendships. The relationships forged through freshman programs have been long lasting and meaningful.


Keegan Householder


Lauren Sigler


Mitchell HuttonMitchell Hutton, Junior
Major: Marketing

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman Programs is a way for me to serve as a mentor and a friend to people who are in a huge transitional stage of their life. It brings me great happiness knowing that I helped people transition into the greatest days of their lives!


Rachel CarsonRachel Carlson, Junior

Major: Psychology and Political Science

Previous SGA Experience: Freshman Forum member

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman Programs means the beginning of your involvement at UGA. It is the greatest way to make connections to people and organizations across campus while learning what it truly means to be a Bulldog.

 


Sgae Royston


Seth EdawrdsSeth Edwards, Senior

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Previous SGA Experience: Freshman Forum Member

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman Programs are the best way to meet the most amazing future leaders at UGA. it allows first year students to stick their toes into the water of leadership at UGA and in the Athens community.


Suchi PatelShuchi Patel, Junior

Major: Cellular Biology

Previous SGA Experience: Freshman Connect Member

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman programs have opened a door in my life where I can passionately culture my love for service, friendships, perspectives, mentorship, and most importantly pure joy.

 


Ty JonesTy Jones, Junior

Major/Minor: Advertising/Fashion Merchandising

Previous SGA Experience: Freshman Forum member, Freshman Forum Personal Advisor

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman Programs to me means home. A place to come to with your joys and sorrows, and fellowship with people who love you, building lasting memories and relationships at a time where everything is new and uncertain. Freshman Programs is a place of refuge durig the turmulous times of freshman year, as well as a facilitator of the growth experienced when beginning college.