Meet the S.M.A.R.T. Mentors

Nicole Baugh

Year at Elon: Junior
Major: Elementary and Special Education
Hometown: Tucker, Georgia
Campus Involvement(s): Teaching Fellows, America Reads Tutor, General Biology Teaching Assistant
What advice would you give to incoming students: Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it.                                                            
In my spare time I like to: I'm really passionate about music so in my free time I love listening to music and discovering new artists and songs. I also really love to sing.
Favorite place to eat on campus: Colonnades


Gabrielle Beamon

Year at Elon: Sophomore
Major: Strategic Communications
Minor: Dance
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Campus Involvement(s): Black Student Union, PRSSA, Communications Fellow, One Sixteen Bible Study
What advice would you give to incoming students: Always know that there is someone to help you. If it means driving you to the doctor, to talk to, and to cry with.
In my spare time I like to: Watch movies on Netflix
My favorite place to eat on campus: Qdoba


Maria Bishop

Year at Elon: Junior
Major: Finance and Accounting
Hometown: North Carolina
Campus Involvement(s):  Leaders in a Global World LLC, Beta Alpha Psi, Rotaract, Phoenix Capital
What advice would you give to incoming students: Do not procrastinate and take advantage of professor's office hours.                  
In my spare time I like to: Hang out with friends, go to the gym, listen to music, and photography
My favorite place to eat on campus: Irazu/Varsity


Ozelle Bower

Year at Elon: Sophomore
Major: Strategic Communications & Media Analytics
Minor: Spanish
Hometown: Oakland, California/ Levuka, Fiji
Campus Involvement(s): CREDE SC, Elon TV, ESA Community Service Fraternity
What advice would you give to incoming students: Don't be scared to get involved right away. That is how you make the most of your time at Elon and make a lot of great friends. When you surround yourself with activities and things you like, you will find people that also have similar interest and will make stronger connections with.
In my spare time I like to: Go to the gym or even for a run. Keeping active helps me clear my mind of all the stressors that come with being a college student
My favorite place to eat on campus: Colonnades


Kendall Brewer

Year at Elon: Sophomore
Majors: Creative Writing & Cinema
Minor: Art
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Campus  Involvement(s): Twisted Measure (cappella group), College Democrats, EVERY reading/event for the English department
What advice would you give incoming students: Get involved ASAP! You'll meet so many people if you just make the leap to go to club meetings, events, and auditions. Even if you don't like any of things your sign up for, it's worth it to meet people and get a feel for Elon.
In  my spare time I like to: I watch so many movies, there's a reason I'm a Cinema major. I also write music, poetry, and fiction. Also, I draw and paint.
My favorite place to eat on campus: Lakeside
 

Sydney Brown

Year at Elon: Sophomore
Major: Strategic Communications & Media Analytics
Minor: Spanish
Hometown: Oakland, California/ Levuka, Fiji
Campus Involvement(s): CREDE SC, Elon TV, ESA Community Service Fraternity
What advice would you give to incoming students: Don't be scared to get involved right away. That is how you make the most of your time at Elon and make a lot of great friends. When you surround yourself with activities and things you like, you will find people that also have similar interest and will make stronger connections with.
In my spare time I like to: Go to the gym or even for a run. Keeping active helps me clear my mind of all the stressors that come with being a college student.
My favorite place to eat on campus: Varsity


Yamilex Bueno

 

Year at Elon: Senior
Major: Finance and Marketing
Hometown:  New York
Campus Involvement(s):  Chi Upsilon Sigma, Lunch Buddies Volunteers, SPDC student worker
What advice would you give to incoming students: Be open to the college experience and focus on finding the things that you truly enjoy. Once you have explored, it will be easier to find your place on campus.
In my spare time I like to: I like to relax and watch movies or go outside and enjoy Elon’s beauty. I go to the gym and attend campus events
My favorite place to eat on campus: Colonnades and Varsity


Xena Burwell

Year at Elon: Junior
Major: Cinema & Television Arts
Minor: German Studies, International Studies
Hometown: Bowie, Maryland
Campus Involvement(s): Residence Life, Campus Employment, Spectrum LGBT Ally, Phoenix Vision
What advice would you give to incoming students: Practice self care. It is easy to get stressed out with courses, extracurriculars, and social responsibilities and forget to take care of yourself. Make sure at the end of the day that you and your personal health is at the top of your priority list.
In my spare time I like to: Watch movies and eat Fruit Loops
My favorite place to eat on campus: McEwen


Destiny Carter

Year at Elon: Sophomore
Major: Elementary Education
Minor: African-African American Studies
Hometown: Kannapolis, NC
Campus Involvement(s): BSU, volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club
What advice would you give to incoming students: First year is all about the struggle of finding yourself, so no matter how hard it may seem it will be fun and things will get better.
In my spare time I like to: Read, hangout with friends, and shop
My favorite place to eat on campus: Chikfila


Anthony Chapman

Year at Elon: Sophomore
Major: Broadcast Journalism and Economics
Minor: Spanish
Hometown: Chicago/ Roanoke Rapids
Campus Involvement(s): Odyssey Scholar, Vice President of Phi Beta Sigma
What advice would you give to incoming students: My advice would be to ease into your first year and don’t worry about being involved in everything under the sun. You’ll have more than enough time to find the things that are most appealing to you.
In my spare time I like to: Play basketball, listen to music, hangout with friends, play 2K, go to the gym, watch hulu/netflix
My favorite place to eat on campus: Colonnades


Devon Cross

Year at Elon: Junior
Major: Human Services Studies
Minor: Psychology
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Campus Involvement(s): I Am That Girl, Alpha Kappa Psi (business fraternity), Elon Volunteers, America Reads.
What advice would you give to incoming students: Be open minded and willing to try anything that seems interesting to you that Elon has to offer in terms of clubs, organizations, and extracurriculars! Don’t be afraid to ask questions
In my spare time I like to: Read, watch crime shows, volunteer at the animal shelter or Burlington housing authority, be with kids!
My favorite place to eat on campus: Nowhere (or Greenworld)


Cara DePan

Year at Elon: Sophomore
Major: Environmental Science
Minor: French, Human Service Studies
Hometown: New York
Campus Involvement(s): S.M.A.R.T., Student Alumni Ambassadors, Student Union Board, Inter-Residence Council, Sigma Kappa Sorority, L.E.A.D. Program, O-Team
What advice would you give to incoming students: Don’t be afraid to sign up for things that you are unfamiliar with at the first Org. Fair. Any uncomfortable feelings you have are only temporary because once you've found your niche here you will love Elon and Elon will love you (sappy, sorry). Feel things out and try to find where you work best and who you work best with. Make friends with your teachers and respect them. They are genuinely smart people and having a strong relationship with your professor could benefit you when you're applying for things and need recommendations. Try to go to as many events that interest you even slightly because they are great places to meet new people.
In my spare time I like to: Forage for food with my friends and eat by Lake Mary Nell on blankets/or in hammocks (I live in Global). I also like to look for places nearby to go hiking. My friends and I have yet to go fishing, but that's something I am trying to do. I like to get ahead on work so I can be as lazy as I want the night before the big assignments. I love kicking a soccer ball around and planning fun things to do during the week.
My favorite place to eat on campus: McEwen on Thursday nights
 

Maya Eaglin

Year at Elon: Sophomore
Major: B.F.A. in Television and Cinema Arts, Concentration in Broadcast
Minor: Leadership
Hometown: Washington, DC
Campus Involvement(s): Elon Local News and Leadership Fellows
What advice would you give to incoming students: Hard work will pay off. If you get involved and stay focused, you can achieve your goals here.
In my spare time I like to: Relax, eat, hang out with friends, listen to music, explore a town, shopping and watch movies.
My favorite place to eat on campus: Lakeside


Brianna Elder

Year at Elon: Sophomore
Major: International Studies: Regional Concentration: Africa
Minor: Italian Studies, Poverty and Social Justice
Hometown: Northern Virginia
Campus Involvement(s): Kappa Delta, Black Student Union, SMART, National Council of Negro Women
What advice would you give to incoming students: You will feel overwhelmed your first couple of weeks and that's okay. Join all kinds of organizations at the beginning of the year and determine which select few you want to stick with for your four years at Elon. Take time for yourself. Decompress. Relax.
In my spare time I like to: Binge watch Netflix, go see movies
My favorite place to eat on campus: McEwen, Colonnades


Samii Foster

Year at Elon: Sophomore
Major: Psychology
Minor: Communications and Entrepreneurship
Hometown: Washington, DC
Campus Involvement(s): Truitt Center Student Worker, BSU, Gospel Choir, Sisterhood Circle
What advice would you give to incoming students: Never be afraid to be yourself and don't shut yourself in. Having a good group of friends are what make your college experience worth while.
In my spare time I like to: Spend time with friends, listen to music, blog, watch movies, read
My favorite place to eat on campus: Chick-Fil-A


Maria Gant

Year at Elon: Senior
Major: International Studies and Political Science
Minor: Asian Studies
Hometown: New Haven, CT
Campus Involvement(s): Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Asian Studies Club member, Global Ambassador volunteer, Immigrant & Refugee Outreach Coordinator, Periclean Scholars Class of 2017, EFFECT member, Customer Service Representative at the Office for the Vice President for Student Life
What advice would you give to incoming students: Take advantage of every opportunity Elon can give you. Sometimes you'll have to look hard for it, but opportunities are everywhere here!
In my spare time I like to: Read, meditate, and watch movies/documentaries
My favorite place to eat on campus: Qdoba


Andres Garreaud

Year at Elon: Junior
Major: Music Production and the Recording Arts
Minor: Jazz Studies and Entrepreneurship
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Campus Involvement(s): I work two jobs, one at Media Services in the library and the other at Tap House on the weekends. Both jobs involve tech setup and facilitating events around campus. I also play music on campus and enjoy helping out with sustainability efforts!
What advice would you give to incoming students: Take it easy! Don't feel pressured to commit yourself to too many clubs and organizations at the beginning. Find your new academic groove before adding to your busy schedules!
In my spare time I like to: read, compose music and explore NC!
My favorite place to eat on campus: Einstein’s Bagel Bros


Ethan Gaskins

Year at Elon: Junior
Major: English Education
Minor: African-American Studies
Hometown: Bowie, Maryland
Campus Involvement(s): World Percussion Ensemble, North Carolina Student Legislature, The Writing Center, Martial Arts Club, Laughelongs (Improv Comedy Club), DMAX Club
What advice would you give to incoming students: Elon University can be an amazing place of learning, growth, good friends and unique opportunities if you connect to the right people. The inverse of that being if you don't find the right people, or if you connect to the wrong people, it can be a nightmare.
We're here to make sure that won't be case, because I can honestly say that I love it here.
In my spare time I like to: Love on Jesus, Play video games, Hang out with friends and potential new friends,
Play music (guitar, drumset and other percussion) and make music with friends, Write, Dance, Party (WITHOUT alcohol or drugs)
My favorite place to eat on campus: Varsity


Daniel Gibson

Year at Elon:
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Boston, MA
Campus Involvement(s): Beta Theta Pi Fraternity (PNM), intramurals, SMART, Campus Kitchen
What advice would you give to incoming students: Come into Elon with an open mind. Take advantage of opportunities that are thrown your way and put yourself out there.
Seek help when needed. Faculty and fellow students want to help you when they can.
In my spare time I like to: Play basketball, throw a football around, hang out with friends, hike, visit new places, go into the city, attend sports events
My favorite place to eat on campus:  Qdoba


 

Maritza Gonzalez

Year at Elon: Junior
Major: Journalism
Minor: Spanish, Professional Writing, Political Science
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Campus Involvement(s): Spectrum, SMART, WSOE 89.3
What advice would you give to incoming students: As cliché as it sounds, stay true to yourself and have fun. These next four years are going to go by quickly and - although it is important to stay dedicated to your studies - it is also important to enjoy the time you have in college.
In my spare time I like to: Read, hang out with friends, take photos
My favorite place to eat on campus: McEwen
 


Kaelyn Green

Year at Elon: Junior
Major: Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Minor: Dance
Hometown: Georgia
Campus Involvement(s): NCNW, LEAD, I attend events hosted by BSU and the CREDE. Next year I hope to involved in the American Marketing Association and have another job on campus
What advice would you give to incoming students:
In my spare time I like to: Hang out at the CREDE, watch movies, eat, shop, go to events on campus
My favorite place to eat on campus: Lakeside, Biscuitville


Molly Herman-Gallow

Year at Elon:
Major: Cinema and Television Arts
Minor: Criminal Justice, Human Services
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Campus Involvement(s): Elon 101 TA Leadership Team , Young Life, InterVarsity, LEAF, CinElon, O-Team,
Elon Academy
What advice would you give to incoming students: Be yourself and step outside of your comfort zone. Take risks you feel in your gut are worth taking because the pay off will be amazing. Don't be afraid to reach out to upperclassmen for help and support because that's what they're here for. Make every day the best and know that we've all been through what you're going through. You will get through it!
In my spare time I like to: Horseback ride, watch Netflix, play my flute, eat and eat and eat, hang out with friends, go to Alamance Crossing, take photos, read, enjoy life :)
My favorite place to eat on campus: Acorn


Delaney Hinnant