Meet the Student Leaders

susanSusan Belew

Major/Minor: Intended major is Linguistics, with an intended minor in Psychology

Hometown: Charlottesville, VA

Favorite part of NEST: Meeting some of my closest friends and going off campus to Adventure links for team building activities

Advice for incoming students: Never give up even when you want to the most because you are stronger than you seem and you aren’t alone in this new journey of your life.

Fun fact: I love to eat peanut butter out of the jar in the middle of the night.

 

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Ashlyn Champ

Major/Minor: Psychology

Hometown: Clifton, VA

Favorite part of NEST: My favorite part about NEST

was getting to meet a bunch of people before everyone else moved in! I am still really close friends with a bunch of people that I met through NEST. My favorite activity was tubing, by far!

Advice for incoming students: Have fun, and don’t be afraid to be yourself, college is so much different than high school. Make friends with as many people as you can!

Fun fact: One fun fact about myself is that I absolutely love dogs, I currently have 6 dogs between my parents, 2 of which I consider to be my babies

 

kelseyKelsey Chavers

Major/Minor: Geography/GIS

Hometown: Charlottesville, Va

Favorite part of NEST: Meeting new people!

Advice for incoming students: College can be stressful at times so don’t forget to have fun!

Try to schedule at least two fun things to do a week! UMW offers awesome things to do through the week like bingo and movies!

Fun fact: I do archaeology at Montpelier (former President James Madison’s home) during the summer!

 

jenniferJen Gooden

Major: Undecided

Hometown: Rockville, MD

Favorite part of NEST: Doing the team building activities

Advice for incoming students: Don’t skip class, you miss so much important information you need to know for the tests,

and borrowing a friend’s notes don’t always fill you in on what you missed.

Fun Fact: I have been to Poland and Brazil and in both places I got to see the Pope

 

 

sarah-jSarah Jordan

Major/Minor: Environmental Science and Climate Science

Hometown: Williamsburg, VA

Favorite part of NEST: Meeting new people!

Advice for incoming students: Don’t be afraid to talk to people in your classes! The friendships you make there can last all 4 years and really help your grades!

Fun fact: I have a dog named Zoey! Ask me about her and I’ll show you her modeling portfolio!

 

leachLeah LeBlanc

Major: Environmental Science/Theatre

Hometown: Lexington, Va

Favorite part of NEST: I met so many amazing people through NEST that I grew close to over the course of freshman year In fact, I one of them is rooming with me this semester!

Fun Fact: You will never find me without a cup of tea in the morning.

 

 

 

 

matthewMatthew Lehane

Major/Minor: Major Geography, Minor Urban Studies

Hometown: Arlington, VA

Favorite part of NEST: My favorite part of NEST was tubing down the Rappahannock.

Advice for incoming students: Don’t be afraid to talk with your Professors and get help from them when needed. Also, try to branch out and make new friends especially by going to the many events offered on campus in the fall semester!

Fun fact: In Boy Scouts, I achieved the highest rank of Eagle Scout

 


Emily Matuczinski

Major/Minor: I am currently undeclared but I am on the pre-med track!

emilyHometown: Chesapeake, Virginia

Favorite part of NEST: My favorite part of NEST was being able to learn the layout of campus before classes started, as well as doing the ropes course, developing leadership abilities, and making friends.

Advice for incoming students: Go to your professors’ office hours, even if you understand everything! It is important to establish relationships with your professors, and they can tell you exactly how to succeed in their classes. You should also join lots of clubs, keep your dorm room door open the first week or so, and attend campus events- there’s no better way to make friends and get involved in the UMW community.

Fun fact: I have three chickens and a rabbit!

 

jonathonJonathan Montgomery

Major/Minor: Geography and GIS

Hometown: Springfield Virginia

Favorite part of NEST: Tubing on the river and meeting new people.

Advice for incoming students: Just be yourself and try to have a fun time while balancing school work.

Fun fact: I’ve been told that I somewhat look like Michael Phelps

 

danielleDanielle Radosta

Major: Mathematics/Computer Science

Hometown: Williamsburg, VA

Favorite part of NEST:  My favorite part of NEST was the team-building activities

Advice for incoming students: Don’t be afraid to meet new people!

Fun Fact: If you start singing any Disney song, chances are I will probably start singing along with you!

 

lilleighLilleigh Stevie

Major/Minor: Double major of math and history

Hometown: I grew up in Blacksburg, VA, but have lived in Chantilly, VA for the last 5 years.

Favorite part of NEST: My favorite part of NEST was tubing because it was such a fun, bonding activity with the other people in NEST.

Advice for incoming students: My advice is don’t be afraid to be yourself and be willing to take chances.

Fun fact: I have 6 dogs, 2 Great Danes and 4 Chihuahuas. I also dye my own hair.

 

meganMeagan Wilkinson

Major/Minor: Mathematics major in the elementary education program

Hometown: Richmond, VA

Favorite part of NEST: My favorite part of NEST was getting to know so many new people and tubing down the river with them.

Advice for incoming students: Join interesting clubs on campus, take road trips with friends and be spontaneous! Your four years here will fly by so take advantage of it!

Fun fact: I have seven pet chickens!