2021 Orientation Leaders

 

Drew Philo

Wild One

Emilee Saigh Headshot

Year: Fourth Year

Major(s): International Affairs

Hometown: Dacula, GA

Campus Involvement: Visitors Center, Phi Slam, Wesley Foundation, Double Dawgs, IM Sports

Favorite UGA Tradition: Light up Sanford! Our transition from the 3rd to 4th quarter during home football games is my favorite UGA tradition because it gives me chills every time and reminds me that I’m a part of something so much bigger than myself—the Bulldog Nation.

Piece of Advice for Incoming Students: College is good but also really challenging. Don’t be disappointed when you are met with hard times or difficult obstacles. Instead, find the good in each and every moment!

 

 

Griffin Boykin

Turnt Two

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Year: Third Year

Major(s): Biochemical Engineering

Hometown: Jesup, GA

Campus Involvement: Dawg Camp Discovery Counselor, Greek Life, National Society of Leadership and Success, AiCHE, UGA RISE

Favorite UGA Tradition: Lighting Up Sanford right before the 4th Quarter.

Piece of Advice for Incoming Students: When you make this transition, be patient and intent in the relationships you will make. Don’t try to get so overly involved that you miss out on key relationships that will help you both here at UGA and in your profession. You will face challenges, but those challenges are going to make the good times here at UGA so much better. The main piece of advice I have is to take it one day at a time. It’s easy to get caught up in the future and what it entails, but be in the moment. The little moments and memories will make you fall in love with UGA and the people around you. Ultimately, they will lead to big successes if you allow them to manifest. Remember, be 1% wiser than you were yesterday and you can do anything you put your all into! Never be afraid to reach out because we are always here for you!

 

 

Vidhi Patel

Triple Threat

Emilee Saigh Headshot

Year: Third Year

Major(s): Cellular Biology

Hometown: Athens, GA

Campus Involvement: Arch Society, Whatever It Takes, Greek Life, Boys and Girls Club of Athens, and Rotaract

Favorite UGA Tradition: Snellibrating with friends.

Piece of Advice for Incoming Students: Allow yourself to make mistakes, as long as you acknowledge and learn from the experience. Growth isn’t an instant process nor is it tangible; it comes from positive and negative experiences. Approach life with an open mindset and be prepared to learn through all the moments.

 

 

Maggie Ruland

Fantastic Four

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Year: Third Year

Major(s): Journalism & Sport Management

Hometown: Long Island, NY

Campus Involvement: UGA Miracle, UGA Athletic Promotions, Grady Sports Media, Milledge Avenue Running Club, Pandora Yearbook, Involvement Ambassadors, and Greek Life

Favorite UGA Tradition: Ringing the Chapel Bell! Students, staff, alumni and local Athens residents ring the bell after any personal victory. You are able to hear the bell ring across campus after every win for Georgia Football. Everybody is celebrating being part of the Bulldog Nation!

Piece of Advice for Incoming Students: Embrace your experience! Every triumph, challenge and simple joy happen for a reason. Make the most of your time here and live in the moment!

 

 

Katie Kimbell

Firework Five

Emilee Saigh Headshot

Year: Fourth Year

Major(s): Sociology

Hometown: Johns Creek, GA

Campus Involvement: UGA Visitors Center, Greek Life

Favorite UGA Tradition: Ringing the Chapel Bell.

Piece of Advice for Incoming Students: Entering into the vibrant, fast-paced, successful culture of UGA, it is so easy to believe you will only be good enough once you have something to offer. Once you’re involved in enough clubs, you’re getting good enough grades, you have enough friends, etc. But this mentality is so exhausting and ultimately defeating, because there’s always something more we could be doing. So, take it from a Senior who’s tried to do it all: you already have amazing things to offer, just because you’re you. Follow your enthusiasm when you are deciding what to get involved with at UGA. You don’t have to prove yourself. We are so glad you’re here.

 

 

Will Harris

Saucy Six

Emilee Saigh Headshot

Year: Fourth Year

Major(s): International Affairs

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Campus Involvement: Student Government Association, Dawg Camp, Black Male Leadership Society, Arch Society, Desk Assistant at Tate Student Center, YDUGA

Favorite UGA Tradition: The Iron Horse! Although it’s a bit of a drive from campus I have had so many chances to pour into others and be poured into while stargazing and watching the sunrise out at Iron Horse. It has given me some of my fondest memories and closest friends. Iron Horse is the best!

Piece of Advice for Incoming Students: Never get discouraged! College is full of ups and downs and countless disappointments. However, don’t allow anyone or anything to discourage you from pursuing what you feel is meant for you on this campus. Failure is a common stop on the path to greatness, and the lessons you learn will take you even farther than you ever thought possible!

 

 

Ella Baxter

Stellar Seven

Emilee Saigh Headshot

Year: Third Year

Major(s): Political Science & International Affairs

Hometown: Alpharetta, GA

Campus Involvement: Dawg Camp, Student Government Association, Involvement Ambassador, Next Generation, Greek Life

Favorite UGA Tradition: Lighting up Sanford at the beginning of 4th Quarter (also called Krypton), it is so cool to see all the fans illuminate the stadium!

Piece of Advice for Incoming Students: Lean into challenges and don’t be afraid to grow into the person you are meant to be.

 

 

Nick Edwards

Epic Eight

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Year: Fourth Year

Major(s): Psychology & Graphic Design

Hometown: Kennesaw, GA

Campus Involvement: Breaking the Shackles, the Catholic Center, Developmental Psychology Research Assistantship, Honors Program

Favorite UGA Tradition: Ringing the bell because it’s like all of campus gets to celebrate your victories along with you.

Piece of Advice for Incoming Students: Try not to stress too much over the future and enjoy every moment as it comes. Each new experience is a good story waiting to happen.

 

 

Madison Polk

Fine Nine

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Year: Third Year

Major(s): Political Science & Human Development and Family Science

Hometown: Lithonia, GA

Campus Involvement: Student Alumni Council, University Housing (RA), Georgia Daze, Honors Program

Favorite UGA Tradition: Snellibrating!

Piece of Advice for Incoming Students: Comparison is the thief of joy. College can be overwhelming due to the fact that you are surrounded by greatness all around. It is so important to remember your own worth, believe in your passions, and trust your unique journey.

 

 

Bryson Henriott

Perfect Ten

Emilee Saigh Headshot

Year: Third Year

Major(s): Political Science & Public Relations

Hometown: Vidalia, GA

Campus Involvement: RISE (Rural Students Igniting Success in Education), Student Government Association, Involvement Ambassador, Greek Life, Applied Politics, ILA (Institute for Leadership Advancement), Extra Special People, UGA Social Media Ambassador (Digital Dawg), ALL Georgia, RUF, UGA Mentor Program

Favorite UGA Tradition: Krypton and Light up Stanford at the beginning of the 4th quarter of a night football game. It is so incredible to feel the energy and sense of community among the students and fans with the marching band playing Krpyton, the fans shining their flashlights, and the red lights illuminating Stanford.

Piece of Advice for Incoming Students: Be comfortable not being comfortable. Constantly get out of your comfort zone and explore all UGA has to offer. Do not let your time at UGA just pass by, get involved, make those connections, create those lasting friendships, and in the process you will grow as a person. Also, realize your story and voice is unique and do not be afraid to use it, but also be willing to listen and take in the perspectives of others.

 

 

Natalie Exley

Elite Eleven

Emilee Saigh Headshot

Year: Fourth Year

Major(s): Management

Hometown: Roswell, GA

Campus Involvement: Younglife, Greek life, Freshman Forum (freshman year).

Favorite UGA Tradition: Lighting Up Sanford right before the 4th Quarter.

Piece of Advice for Incoming Students: Give yourself grace. You are new to this season of life, as is every other new student, so be gentle with yourself and don’t expect perfection out of yourself. Keep your eyes on your own race, and don’t try to measure yourself based upon the pace of those around you. The more grace you give yourself, then the more grace you will extend to others, which in turn will allow you to celebrate others and their successes without comparison.

 

 

Jay Ivey

Dynamite Twelve

Emilee Saigh Headshot

Year: Fourth Year

Major(s): Agricultural Communication

Hometown: Danielsville, GA

Campus Involvement: Arch Society, Trio Student Support Services (SSS) Peer Mentor, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (Act), & MANNRS

Favorite UGA Tradition: Freshman Welcome.

Piece of Advice for Incoming Students: College is not always sunshine and rainbows. There will be difficult times and times where you may feel that you have failed. However, as long as you keep moving and learn from those difficult times, there are no such things as failures!

 

 

Mason McClintock

Thriving Thirteen

Emilee Saigh Headshot

Year: Third Year

Major(s): Public Relations

Hometown: Alma, GA

Campus Involvement: The Dean William Tate Society, The UGA Agency: vice president, event coordinator, and model, The UGA Accidentals, Resident Assistant, Georgia 4-H Student Worker, UGA Socratic Club, UGA Auxiliary Services Student Partner Program, 2020 Dawg Camp staff, First-Year Forum

Favorite UGA Tradition: Snellibrating! Snelling Dining Commons is open all night during the week, so I love to go get midnight breakfast food with my friends after a long night out or studying!

Piece of Advice for Incoming Students: You are not defined by the pages that have led you to this new chapter in your life. Be who you want to be right now, and it’s OK if who that is changes later.

 

 

Jeremiah de Sesto

Fearless Fourteen

Emilee Saigh Headshot

Year: Third Year

Major(s): Management Information Systems & International Affairs

Hometown: Davao City, Philippines

Campus Involvement: Senator for the Student Government Association, President of Next Generation UGA, Undergraduate Chair for the University Council, Office of the Dean of Students Ambassador, Member of Atlas Business Society, Involvement Ambassador for the Engagement, Leadership, & Service Center, Staff Assistant for The Backpack Project, Student Mentor for the Freshly/ Wesley Foundation, Greek Life, Honors Program

Favorite UGA Tradition: Calling the Dawgs at a UGA Football Game!

Piece of Advice for Incoming Students: UGA is a campus that’s not only big in size, but big in opportunity. Getting involved in a club or organization is a great way to to find communities on campus, while being a part of something you truly love to do!

 

 

Carley Hale

Feisty Fifteen

Emilee Saigh Headshot

Year: Fourth Year

Major(s): Exercise and Sport Science

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Campus Involvement: VP of University Traditions of the Student Alumni Council, Co-chair of the allied health professions committee of the College of Education Ambassadors, Rho Tau, SGA senator for the MFECOE seat, Greek Life

Favorite UGA Tradition: My favorite tradition is ringing the Chapel Bell to celebrate victories small and big!

Piece of Advice for Incoming Students: Your time at the University of Georgia will be some of the best years of your life. That being said, they will not be without their hard days, and its on those days that you have the opportunity to grow, learn, and come out of this University a better version of yourself!

 

 

KB Bryant

Super Sixteen

Emilee Saigh Headshot

Year: Fourth Year

Major(s): Communication Sciences and Disorders

Hometown: Marietta, GA

Campus Involvement: Arch Society, Destination Dawgs Peer Mentor, National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association, On-Campus employment, Next Act

Favorite UGA Tradition: Snellibrating! Snelling Dining Hall serves breakfast at midnight, and it’s so fun to go with your friends and have some super yummy food! (The french toast sticks are the best!)

Piece of Advice for Incoming Students: Lean into every experience and your people! While UGA is great for so many reasons, what truly makes this place home is the people you meet along the way. Getting to meet and grow with some of the most incredible people you know is quintessential to your college experience!