Orientation Leaders are an integral part of the Orientation experience for new Hokies and Hokie Families.  Our student leaders are selected each year through an application and interview process.  We select individuals who are enthusiastic about Virginia Tech, excited to assist new Hokies with their transition to campus, and are willing to serve as a mentor for other students.  With the First-Year Orientation Team, we have new Orientation Leaders (the OLs) and returners who serve as Student Orientation Coordinators (the SOCs).  Learn more about our current leaders below and click here if you’re interested in becoming a member of our team!

First-Year Student Orientation Coordinators

Gwendolyn Coleman

Gwendolyn Coleman

Major: Biology
Favorite place on campus: The Ag Quad
Favorite Hokie tradition: The Game Ball before Homecoming
Why did you apply to work for New Student Programs? I wanted to give back to the school that gave me countless opportunities. The best way I could think of doing that is dedicating my time to ensure that new students are welcomed into the University feeling excited, cared for and supported.

 

Ariana Mollers

Ariana Mollers

Major: Public Relations
Dream Job: To be the next JK Rowling
Favorite place to eat on-campus: West End for Sunday Brunch
The most helpful advice I received as a new Hokie: Meet as many people as you can. You can never have enough friends or know enough people here at Virginia Tech. Each person has an amazing story to tell and can help you become the person you are meant to be. Just as well, you also have a story that can help shape every person you connect with.

Christian Ritter

Christian Ritter

Major: English: Literature & Language
When I am stressed, this helps me relax: I take a walk around campus with my camera.
Favorite Blacksburg Restaurant: Joe's Diner
What do you love most about being a Hokie? I absolutely love seeing students get involved with whatever they're passionate about. There are so many opportunities for students to get involved, whether it be with academics, clubs, or organizations, and it's amazing to see Hokies be the most they can be by pursuing their interests. Our community truly is filled with spirited Hokies and I love being a part of it!

Tara Shockley

Tara Shockley

Major: Human Development
Favorite Quote: “If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.” - Maya Angelou
The most helpful advice I received as a new Hokie: Be open to new experiences and don't be afraid to try something new.
What do you love most about being a Hokie? Being a part of community that reaches far beyond the Blue Ridge Mountains.

 

Danny Strock

Danny Strock

Major: Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise
Dream Job: Surgeon
Favorite Blacksburg Restaurant:Gillie’s
Why did you apply to work for New Student Programs? I love helping others, especially in times of trouble or transition. I understand how important the first year of transition for college students is, and I want to help be a mentor for during this period. New Student Programs is an amazing resource that helped define my own transition.

 

First-Year Orientation Leaders

Kayleigh Amorese

Kaleigh Amorese

Major(s): Food Science and Technology
Favorite Blacksburg Restaurant: Bull and Bones
Favorite Place on Campus: Deet’s
The most helpful advice I received as a new Hokie: Allow for a transition period. Know that finding yourself and your place here may take time, but that it is so worth it.

 

 

Elijah Bar-Forchion

Elijah Bar-Forchion

Major: Business IT and Marketing
Favorite Hokie tradition: Hokie Stone
The most helpful advice I received as a new Hokie: Get involved in more things than just your academics
What do you love most about being a Hokie? The pride every single one of us carries and the fact that just about everyone embrace the "No Hokies Left Behind" saying.

 

 

Hollis Brown

Hollis Brown

Major: Marketing Management
When I am stressed, this helps me relax: Going to ballet class
Favorite Blacksburg Restaurant:Lefty’s
What do you love most about being a Hokie? The community, it's more than just a school-- we're a family.

 

 

Hadley Carter

Hadley Carter

Major: Marketing
Dream Job: Owning my own wedding venue
Favorite Hokie tradition: Ut Prosim
The most helpful advice I received as a new Hokie: Leaving your mark on Virginia Tech has nothing do with student organizations, involvement, or awards. It has everything to do with being a difference maker in each individual's life that you come across in your Hokie experience.

 

Kobe Copeland

Kobe Copeland

Major: Marketing
Dream Job: Talk show host
Favorite TV Show: Big Brother
The most helpful advice I received as a new Hokie: If there's a position you want or organization you want to join, go for it! Don't let fear hold you back from finding a new passion or meeting new people.

 

 

Joshua Crews

Joshua Crews

Major: Chemistry
Dream Job: Working as a research and development scientist at NASA
Favorite Hokie tradition: Redesigning the class ring every year and the experience of Ring Premier and Ring Dance.
The most helpful advice I received as a new Hokie: Don't be scared of failure. You will probably fail at some point during your time at Virginia Tech. Failure doesn't mean you're not good enough; it means you're not afraid to push yourself.

Jack Crockett

Jack Crockett

Major(s): Sociology, Criminology, Political Science
Dream Job: F.B.I. Special Agent
Favorite place on campus: Lane Stadium
What do you love most about being a Hokie? Virginia Tech has created so many unique aspects of being a part of this community tucked away in the mountains of SWVA. Being a part of a community that passionately buys into the traditions, "Ut Prosim", and friendly personality around here constantly reaffirms why I'm here each day. You can meet a current, future, or past Hokie and instantly bond with them over so many similar aspects of Virginia Tech. It's incredible.

Samantha DiBiaso

Samantha DiBiaso

Major(s): Public Relations and Religion & Culture
Favorite Quote: "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain."
Favorite Place on Campus: The Duck Pond
What do you love most about being a Hokie? As a Hokie, I have learned to take every opportunity given to me and truly embrace our motto of Ut Prosim. I love that every day as a Hokie I meet someone new, or make a connection with someone that I may not have before. There's more to it than just being a Hokie, which is what I love about it most. Being a Hokie helps you to explore who you are, figure out your goals, and prepare yourself to live out our motto of Ut Prosim. I love being a Hokie.

Isabel Dowty

Isabel Dowty

Major: Animal and Poultry Sciences
Dream Job: Receiving my DVM and practicing vet medicine (or winning the lottery and using the money to open an animal shelter)
Do you have any hobbies or hidden talents? Woodworking
What do you love most about being a Hokie? You can be walking in an airport and yell "LET'S GO!" and there will be several people that know how to respond. I think that's why I love saying I'm a Hokie. It does not matter where you go, you always have a community of people that love and support you. And understand exactly what a Hokie is.

Lauren Farrar

Lauren Farrar

Major(s): Music Performance and Multimedia Journalism
Dream Job: Political Journalist
Favorite Hokie tradition: Football games!
The most helpful advice I received as a new Hokie: Enjoy your time here, because it goes fast.

 

 

 

Cameron Fleming

Cameron Fleming

Major: Management
I energize/motivate myself by: Making others smile
Favorite place to eat on-campus:Qdoba in Turner
Favorite Quote: "Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are." John Wooden

 

 

Aubrey Galbraith

Aubrey Galbraith

Major: Packaging Systems and Design Engineering
Dream Job: Professional Wakeboarder
I energize/motivate myself by:Surrounding myself with positive people.
What do you love most about being a Hokie? My 30,000+ member family.

 

 

 

Mahna Ghafori

Mahna Ghafori

Major: CMDA (ECON)
Do you have any hobbies or hidden talents? I have a black belt with gold tip in Martial Arts!
I energize/motivate myself by: Going hiking or in nature and looking at positive, beautiful things. I love to be active.
Why did you apply to work for New Student Programs? I wanted to give back to Virginia Tech, after Virginia Tech gave me so much. I wanted to serve this incredible University and spread my positivity.

 

Briana Hila

Briana Hila

Major: Finance
Do you have any hobbies or hidden talents? I love to paint and draw.
The most helpful advice I received as a new Hokie: "You will find your place in this big school, just be patient, it won't happen overnight."
Why did you apply to work for New Student Programs? Ever since Orientation the summer before freshman year, I had "become an orientation leader" on top of my goals list. I fell in love with Virginia Tech those two days that summer, and truly learned what the campus could offer me, and all that I would be able to do with my time here. I wanted to give back to Tech by helping other incoming Hokies really fall in love and see how great this campus is.

Tristan Jilson

Tristan Jilson

Major: Wildlife Conservation
Dream Job: National Geographic Photographer
Favorite Hokie Tradition: 3.2 for 32
Why did you apply to work for New Student Programs? "We can’t give advice to our younger selves...so instead we give advice to younger people and it feels good." Also, being able to convey to incoming students that they made the right decision in choosing Virginia Tech.

 

Trey Kerr

Trey Kerr

Major: Psychology
Dream Job: Clinical Psychologist by day, rapper by night
Favorite Hokie Tradition: Relay for Life
Why did you apply to work for New Student Programs? The community that is NSFP is in-explainable. I will never again meet such a diverse, caring, and inspiring group of individuals. I applied because i saw this even before I was a part of it.

 

Wonjae Kim

Wonjae Kim

Major(s): Biological Sciences and Environmental Horticulture
Favorite Quote: "You see things; and you say 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, 'Why not?'" ~ George Bernard Shaw
Do you have any hobbies or hidden talents? I play the cello and I am a percussionist. I also really like plants.
Why did you apply to work for New Student Programs? The person that stands here today would not exist if it weren't for the emotional, physical, and mental support offered to me by Virginia Tech. This is my way of giving back to the University as well as sharing my experiences to incoming students.

Austin Koch

Austin Koch

Major(s): Economics (College of Science), Psychology
Favorite TV Show: Parks and Recreation
Favorite place on campus: The Pylons
The most helpful advice I received as a new Hokie: Always stay open to new friendships! The first people you meet on campus don't have to be your best friends.

 

 

Jeff Krysta

Jahffer Krysta

Major: Finance
Do you have any hobbies or hidden talents? Weight-lifting, wakeboarding, swimming, and running.
Favorite place on campus: 3rd Floor of Squires
The most helpful advice I received as a new Hokie: The Hokie community is very accepting of everyone. That being said, don't "try" to fit in, be yourself and you'll end up with those who have the same values as you.

 

 

Marissa Milliron

Marissa Milliron

Major: Chemistry
Favorite Quote: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not." - Dr. Suess
Do you have any hobbies or hidden talents? I know 150 decimals of pi.
Why did you apply to work for New Student Programs? As a nervous incoming student from Ohio, I only knew two people going to Virginia Tech. But after going to orientation and hokie camp, I was no longer nervous. I felt that I already belonged to this community, and I wanted to help give that same experience to all incoming students.

Maddie Mitcham

Maddie Mitcham

Major(s): Geography and International Studies
Dream Job: To work with healthcare infrastructure in developing countries.
Favorite place to eat on campus:Owen’s Food Court
What do you love most about being a Hokie? It is hard to explain what I love most about being a Hokie, but I would have to say it is the support system the Hokie Nation provides. This support system does not stop once you leave Blacksburg, it is a worldwide system. Wherever I may end up in life, I can guarantee that there will be a Hokie or someone else who was impacted by Virginia Tech there.

Spencer Morris

Spencer Morris

Major(s): Political Science and Public Relations
Favorite place on campus: The Drillfield
Favorite place to eat on-campus:Turner-- chicken and waffles, Jamba Juice, and salads...what more could you want?
The most helpful advice I received as a new Hokie: Push yourself outside of your normal comfort zone and try new things! You can be anything you want here at VT, you are give a blank slate and you should take advantage of that!

 

Emily Neal

Emily Neal

Major: Human Development
Favorite Quote: "Write it on your heart that this day and everyday is the best day of the year.”
Favorite Hokie Tradition: Enter Sandman
Why did you apply to work for New Student Programs? I wanted to help new students have an amazing experience just like I have so far.

 

 

Virginia Pearson

Virginia Pearson

Major: Human Development
Favorite TV show: Gilmore Girls
Favorite place on campus: Newman Library Cadet Museum
Why did you apply to work for New Student Programs? I want every freshman student at Virginia Tech to enter this university with confidence, knowing that they have a support group of fellow Hokies behind them at all times; that support group begins with me.

 

 

Akshay Rawat

Akshay Rawat

Major: Business Information Technology (DSS)
Dream Job: Film Director/Cinematographer
Favorite place on campus: Gazebo at the Hahn Horticulture Garden
Why did you apply to work for New Student Programs? I applied to work with with New Student Programs so I could tell all incoming freshmen and their families the best decision they have made in their whole life! Moreover, its important to realize that coming to college is a big step for both students and families. While families have each other to make it through the change, students not so much. And this is where we come in.

Natalie Savino

Natalie Savino

Major: Visual Communication Design
I energize/motivate myself by: Creating different spotify playlists
Favorite TV Show: Grey’s Anatomy
The most helpful advice I received as a new Hokie: A lot changes quickly and before you know it, you'll freshman year will be over. So document everything, write it all down, save ticket stubs, and take lots of pictures.

 

 

Alec Scranton

Alec Scranton

Major(s): Finance (CFP) and Management (EIT)
When I am stressed, this helps me relax: Watching motivational speeches and reading inspirational quotes
Favorite Hokie Tradition: Following in my dad's footsteps
Why did you apply to work for New Student Programs? To make a difference and help foster a community of camaraderie and inclusivity.

 

 

 

Taylor Swan

Taylor Swan

Major: Psychology & Spanish
Favorite place to eat on-campus: West End
Favorite Movie: Bridesmaids
The most helpful advice I received as a new Hokie: Put yourself out there and try new things and get involved!!

 

 

Ashley Winkeler

Ashley Winkeler

Major: Human Development
Dream Job: Sports Analyst
Favorite place on campus: Torgerson Bridge
What do you love most about being a Hokie? I love the school spirit. I could be walking to physics class on a Tuesday afternoon and almost every person I pass is wearing some sort of hokie gear. I love that are school spirit is present not just on game days, but everyday.

 

Vincent Zhao

Vincent Zhao

Major(s): Computational Modeling and Data Analytics (CMDA)
Dream Job: Regional Manager at Dunder Mifflin
When I am stressed, this helps me relax: Good music and a nice hike.
Why did you apply to work for New Student Programs? To inspire and to be inspired by the next generation of Hokies!


Contact Information

New Student Programs (0925)
319 Squires Student Center
290 College Avenue
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: 540-231-3284
orientation@vt.edu


Hours

Monday-Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


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