Freshman Programs

Peer Leaders

Freshman Board Directors

Ben McMichael is a Junior majoring in Public Relations and Marketing, and minoring in Spanish.  This year, Ben is a freshman Board director.  Last year, he was a senator in SGA and served a Freshman Board Mentor.

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

I feel as if Freshman Programs are what help make UGA "home" to the chosen incoming freshmen. Freshman Programs gives these new students a support system, and allows them to start making connections with people they otherwise never would have met.

 


Savannah Bishop is a junior majoring in Advertising.  This year, Savannah is a director of Freshman Board.  Her previous involvement with Freshman Programs and SGA includes serving a Freshman Board member and as a Greek Life Senator.

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman Programs is very important to me because it was the first organization I became a part of when I came to college. Being part of Freshman Board gave me the opportunity to meet so many people and I have just stayed with SGA ever since. SGA is an organization unparalleled at UGA. It is leadership for students by students. Everything SGA does is to make UGA a better place for all of its students.


Freshman Connect Directors

Amaa CharaniyaAmaan Charaniya is a Junior majoring in International Affairs & Economics and Minoring in International Business.  Previously, Amaan was a member of Freshman Board and also served as a Connect Fellow.  This year Amaan serves as a Freshman Connect fellow.

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman Programs is important to me because it's a chance for Freshman to get on campus and immediately get connected. I believe that being a freshman is one of the most difficult things you can do and Freshman Programs is a way to make that transition easier.


Anita Rajaraman is a Senior majoring in Management with an emphasis in Supply Chain.  Previously, Anita has served as a Freshman Connect member and as a Director of Freshman Connect.  This is Anita’s second year serving as a Freshman Connect Director.

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman Programs to me is an opportunity to mentor Freshmen and acclimate them to the SGA environment as well as the general UGA environment! Freshman Programs is the bomb and I love being a part of it!


Kathleen Brennan is a Junior majoring in English and minoring in Entertainment Media Studies.  Previously, she has served as a Freshman Board member and as a Franklin Senator.  This year she serves as a Freshman Connect Director. 

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman Programs is an opportunity to begin your leadership experience at UGA but also make friends you'll have for the next four years and life.


Freshman Connect Fellows 

Aumber Sharma, Sophomore
Major: Finance and International Affairs

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshmen Programs is where the future leaders of our campus and our nation truly begin their journeys. It allows me to make an impact by facilitating the growth of these students, as well as growing myself.


Eddie Jordhal, Sophomore

Major/Minor: Risk Management and Insurance/Finance

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshmen programs have allowed me to become a resource for the newest class of bulldawgs. I love helping freshmen find their place on campus and I am so blessed to be working with them!


Jacob Gilman, Coming Soon


Tania Toledo, Sophomore
Major: Marketing and International Business

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman Programs is where I found my place on campus and the types of people I wanted to surround myself with, and now I am able to be a part of that journey for another group of freshman.

 


Freshman Forum Directors

Bryant Anthony is a senior majoring in Risk Management and Spanish.  This year, he is a director for Freshman Forum. Previously, Bryant served as a member of Freshman Forum, and as a Peer Advisor for Freshman forum.

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman Programs represents family. It is a program that strives to be a support system for first-year students as they navigate through their freshman year.


Taylor Canderday is a senior majoring in Mass Media Arts and minoring in Film Studies.  This year, Taylor is a director of Freshman Forum.  Previously, she served Freshman Forum member, and the following year served as a Peer Advisor.

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman Programs means the world to me. As a first year student, getting involved with Freshman Forum was an invaluable experience. I got to meet so many mentors that helped guide me through my freshman year and I made some of my best friends to this day through the program. Freshman Forum is all about getting plugged into the Athens community through servant leadership while undergoing personal leadership development. Being a part of a Freshman Program is one of the best things students can do their freshman year.


Zachary Chattham is a Junior majoring in Public Relations & History.  Previously, Zachary was a member of Freshman Forum and also served as a Personal Advisor.  This year, Zachary serves as a Freshman Forum Director.

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman Forum to me means one thing - community. It's home. This is the organization that made UGA feel like home my freshman year, and I've loved it ever since. Being able to lead such a diverse, passionate, and competent group of rock stars is an honor, and I can't wait to watch each of them grow into campus and community leaders who'll make a lasting impact.


Freshman Forum Personal Advisors

Ashitha Rajeurs, Senior
Major: Biology and Psychology

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Being able to be a part of Freshman Programs, specifically Freshman Forum means the world to me because it's my chance to invest and pour into the first years in a way upperclassmen did with me my first year at UGA. The first year of college is so instrumental in many aspects of college life. I love being able to listen to their stories, offer advice, be a shoulder for them to lean on, and a friendly face to help push each of them to achieve their best each and every day.


Brittany Galuskin, Sophomore
Major/Minor: Public Relations/Leadership in Student Affairs

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman Programs means foundations to me. The year in the program makes people realize how capable they are as well as how wanted they are.

 


Dakota Martin, Junior
Major: Agricultural Education

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman programs offers me the opportunity to experience community through fostering new relationships, investing in my role as a peer mentor, and discovering a passion for serving Athens-Clarke County.

 


Darby Miller, Senior
Major: Marketing

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

EVERYTHING!

 


Gio Guillermo, Junior
Major: Human Development and Family Science, Pre-OT

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman Programs is a place where you are surrounded by passionate leaders who truly have a heart for serving the students of this University. Being a part of Freshman Forum has connected me with some of my closest mentors and friends, and it is a platform that allows people to share and celebrate each other’s' stories. I would not be the person or leader I am today if it were not for the lessons I've learned through Freshman Programs and its people!


Jacquelyn Faye, Junior
Major/Minor: Political Science and International Affairs/Women’s Studies

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman Programs is an opportunity for freshman to discover their leadership style and then utilize that style to give back to the campus and the larger Athens community. It is an honor to be able to pour my heart into these students and see them grow as leaders and human beings!


Jesse Kerzner, Junior
Major/Minor: International Affairs and Criminal Justice/Spanish

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman Programs means relationships, service, community, and tons of fun. It provides the opportunity to spread the UGA love. It is a family that develops authentic connections, while serving the community. Freshman programs truly brings out the best in everyone involved and I am so excited to be a part of them, as they are a part of me. Go Freshman Programs! Go Dawgs!


Kaitlin Lutz, Sophomore
Major: Marketing

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman Programs means love for one another and the world around us.


Ripken Gorman, Junior
Major: Political Science and Religion

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Visionary student leaders that UGA has to offer. It is the chance to combine perspective, experience, and a common desire to be better people for ourselves and those around us, all while working to refine and improve this institution that means so much to us. I get the chance to see and help others find the greatness within them, while they help me do the same, and that is something truly special.


 

Sahl Hakim, Senior

Major: Biology and Psychology

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

I look forward to Mondays soley because of Freshman Forum.  It gives me a chance to see the people I love the most.



Stephanie Colwell, Sophomore
Major: English

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Freshman Programs means everything to me.  I would be who I am today without it.  It's my family. 


Ty Jones, Sophomore
Major: Advertising

What does Freshman Programs mean to you?

Growth, Acceptance, Family.