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Peer Advisors

Gabrielle Alava

Major: Communication Studies
Favorite Spot on Campus:
The Lakefill
Advice for my First Year Self:
Everyone transitions to NU and develops friendships at different paces. Don’t worry about comparing your experience to your peers. Be present, appreciate where you are, and don’t be afraid to try new things.

Caroline Bates

Major: Radio/Television/Film
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Favorite NU Class:
Introduction to Photography with Pamela Bannos
Favorite Spot on Campus:
CRC Screening Room
Advice for my First Year Self:
Try as many different positions on a film set as you can! Find out which jobs you love the most. The more you know about the work other people are doing, the better director you will be in the future.

Mark Berry

Major: Theatre
Hometown: Alexandria, VA
Favorite NU Class: Any class taught by Barbara Butts!!
Favorite Spot on Campus: The Lakefill
Advice for my First Year Self: It's okay to relax and take time off. You have so much time at Northwestern, make time for yourself and enjoy the experience.

Wes D’Alelio

Major: Theatre
Hometown: Boxford, MA
Favorite NU Class:
Creating the Musical
Favorite Spot on Campus: The piano at Willard
Advice for my First Year Self: Be on top of your sleep schedule so you don’t miss a 9am dance class.

Sunnie Eraso

Major: Theatre & American Studies
Hometown: Livingston, NJ
Favorite NU Class: Language in Asian America (so far!)
Favorite Spot on Campus: The upstairs lobby of Wirtz--it has a great view of the sunset!
Advice for my First Year Self: That I didn't need to rush to become the "final version" of myself--it's good to take the time to explore all the things I could become!

Sarah Geltz

Major: Theatre
Hometown: Torrance, CA
Favorite NU Class: Creating the Musical
Favorite Spot on Campus: Norbucks
Advice for my First Year Self: Your transition to college is such an individualized journey, so try not to spend too much time comparing yourself to the people around you because as cheesy at it sounds, you will eventually end up exactly where you're supposed to be.

Delaney Glassner

Major: RTVF/Computer Science
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Favorite NU Class: Satire in Times of Crisis
Favorite Spot on Campus: The lakefill at night, with the moon above the Chicago skyline (cheesy I know)
Advice for my First Year Self: Don’t be afraid to change your mind, especially about your major

Kate Hancuch

Major: Major(s): Economics and Communication Studies Minor(s): Psychology Other: Integrated Marketing Certificate and Digital Media Module
Hometown: Medina, MN
Favorite NU Class: Psych 110 with Renee Engeln!
Favorite Spot on Campus: Anywhere on the lakefill!
Advice for my First Year Self: Spend more time enjoying different classes. Picking a major does not need to happen overnight.

Max Johnson

Major: Communication Studies
Hometown: Amery, WI
Favorite NU Class: Community Integration of Labeled People
Favorite Spot on Campus: Deering Library
Advice for my First Year Self: I wish I would have known that everyone else was just as desperate to make friends as I was and that it wasn't something I needed to be overly anxious about!

Julianna Lee

Major: Radio/Television/Film
Hometown: Brentwood, TN
Favorite NU Class: RTVF 384 - Introduction to Sound Post Production
Favorite Spot on Campus: The rocks by north beach and the spac parking lot
Advice for my First Year Self: It can take (lots of) time to settle in and find what (major) makes you happy and comfortable!

Kandace Mack

Major: Theatre and Creative Writing
Hometown: Omaha, NE
Favorite NU Class: Acting
Favorite Spot on Campus: The little hidden garden next to Main Library and Annie May Swift
Advice for my First Year Self: Keep your mind as open possible. You’ll come in with expectations about college or friendships or life in general, but I promise if you just go with the flow it’ll work out in ways that you’d never expect, but in ways that you’ll hopefully love!

Devon Pollock

Major: RTVF and Psychology
Hometown: Half Moon Bay, CA
Favorite NU Class: Marriage 101
Favorite Spot on Campus:
The lakefill
Advice for my First Year Self:
You do not need to have everything figured out just yet.

Nico Sagnelli

Major: Radio/Television/Film and Economics
Hometown: Bethany, CT
Favorite NU Class: Intro to Screenwriting with Erik Gernand
Favorite Spot on Campus:
The lakefill!
Advice for my First Year Self: No one really know what they're doing, so never be afraid to ask questions, try new things, and fail! That's the only way to succeed.

Maya Schnake

Major: Theatre
Hometown: Glendale, WI
Favorite NU Class: Circus Arts
Favorite Spot on Campus: The garden outside of Deering
Advice for my First Year Self: The friends you make in the first month won’t necessarily be your friends all year even if it feels like that and that’s okay!

Alexa Takeuchi

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders/Global Health Studies
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA
Favorite NU Class: Food & Performance (Performance Studies course taught by Dr. Lori Baptista)
Favorite Spot on Campus: Standing on the lakefill facing toward the Chicago skyline.
Advice for my First Year Self: It's easy to take on too much during your first year at NU. Focus your time and energy on what truly makes you happy!

Sydney Tennill

Major: Theatre and Political Science
Hometown: St. Peters, MO
Favorite NU Class: Directing for the Musical
Favorite Spot on Campus: Norbucks
Advice for my First Year Self: It's okay to not have everything figured out right away.

Michael Tinney

Major: Theatre + Pre-med
Hometown: Mbabane, Eswatini
Favorite NU Class: SOC-208 Race and Society, Prof. Quincy Stewart
Favorite Spot on Campus: SS Bienen Lobby
Advice for my First Year Self: Please don't pretend that you are doing okay when you aren't. Seek help before you need it most.

Sarah Welford

Major: Theatre
Hometown: Danvers, MA
Favorite NU Class: Fundamentals of Stage Directing
Favorite Spot on Campus:
The Lakefill
Advice for my First Year Self: I wish I had known not to put so much pressure on myself to always get things "right." I've found that college is about exploring and being open to making mistakes!

Adam Wysocki

Major: Theatre
Hometown: Rolling Meadows, IL
Favorite NU Class: Introduction to Drawing
Favorite Spot on Campus:
Lincoln 7th Floor
Advice for my First Year Self: Don't internalize the success of others as a lack of accomplishment or ability

Emily Zhang

Major: Theatre and Psychology double
Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
Favorite NU Class: So far, either Creative Drama or Acting Sequence (haha)
Favorite Spot on Campus: VERY not uniquely the lakefill!! Specifically on the rocks as close to the water as I can get- it's always breathtaking and clears my busy mind every time
Advice for my First Year Self: I would say to always build and aim for realistic productive study habits rather than never meet the "ideal" standards! It's okay to take a break and go grab food in Evanston with a friend before finishing that reading!