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Fall 2014 Residence Halls Assistants




RA

Name: Madison Bartell

Major: Musical Theatre

Year: Sophomore

Building: Rocky I, 2nd floor

Other Organizations: Dance Department

What is your favorite thing about your residence hall? Lots of residents = lots of enthusiasm!

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at Western so far? Long all day rehearsals for Legally Blonde the Musical that should have been boring, but ended up being really fun because of my fellow cast members.

What are you most looking forward to this year? Opportunities to learn and do what I love!

What advice do you have for the students? Go to events.

Favorite Quote: "Who's to say I can't do everything? Well I can try."






RA

Name: Clancey Blume

Major: Art

Year: Sophomore

Building: Rocky II, 4th floor

Other Organizations: BLGT Club and Radio Club

What is your favorite thing about your residence hall? My favorite thing about Rocky is how close it is to the college.

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at Western so far? I have a lot of great memories from all of the dances last year. Especially the Welcome Back Dance, Pool party, and Valentine Dance.

What are you most looking forward to this year? I am excited to meet all of the residents on my floor. I am also looking forward to all of the fun events planned for this year!

What advice do you have for the students? My advice for all the students is to think before you take action. Treat others how YOU would want to be treated!

Favorite Quote: "If you can't say something nice... don't say nothing at all." - Thumper, Bambi






RA

Name: Celeste Cox

Major: Elementary Education

Year: Sophomore

Building: Snowy Range, basement & 1st floors

Other Organizations: Ambassador and Women's Soccer Team

What is your favorite thing about your residence hall? I really enjoy the people who are in my residence hall. We have so many people who are from different places and it really helps not only me, but my residence to get out of their shell just a little bit more every day and make friends with their neighbors. It really makes me happy to see that they are feeling comfortable here at Western.

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at Western so far? I have really enjoyed being a part of the teams and clubs here at Western because it has helped me gain friends that I will have for a lifetime as well as the experiences and memories that have been made within these groups.

What are you most looking forward to this year? I'm most looking forward to the memories that are going to be made whatever they may be. This being my last year at Western, I want to make every moment count so I'm just looking forward to what this year will bring.

What advice do you have for the students? Join clubs! I know that if it wasn't for the teams and clubs that I have been a part of these last two years, I wouldn't have gotten out of the shell I was in. It has helped me gain friendships I won't forget as well as the opportunities that have come my way because of the things that I have been a part of.

Favorite Quote: "Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it." - Mia Hamm






RA

Name: Leo Dietchler

Building: Aspen Mtn., most of 2nd floor

Other Organizations: Peer Tutor Center

What is your favorite thing about your residence hall? I love how new it is!

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at Western so far? My favorite memory of Western is when I won free housing for the spring semester!

What are you most looking forward to this year? I'm looking forward to meeting all kinds of new friends.

What advice do you have for the students? My advice for the students is to know how to time manage... It's your best friend.

Favorite Quote: "Don't cry because it's over but smile because it happened." - Dr. Seuss






RA

Name: David Frias

Major: Dance

Year: Sophomore

Building: Aspen Mtn., 1/2 of 3rd floor

Other Organizations: Radio Club, RHA, Urban Club

What is your favorite thing about your residence hall? The students that make up the residence halls.

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at Western so far? Going through the difficult classes and times, and finishing strong.

What are you most looking forward to this year? Finishing strong.

What advice do you have for the students? Never look down when the going gets tough.

Favorite Quote: "The performing artist is one who delicately goes out on a limb."






RA

Name: Kelsie Garrard

Major: Elementary Education

Year: Sophomore

Building: Wind River Hall, 3rd & 4th floors

Other Organizations: Student Ambassadors, Phi Theta Kappa, Honors Club

What is your favorite thing about your residence hall? I absolutely love having my own personal room, but still having roommates. The kitchen is great, and so is the living room area. The activities that Wind River does are awesome! And, it is the newest Residence Hall. All in all, it is fabulous!

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at Western so far? My favorite memory is from my first semester. I lived at Aspen at the time, and it was 11:30 at night. Some friends and I decided that we wanted McDonalds, but we didnít want to drive. So we walked, knowing that it was open 24/7. By the time we realized how far away it was, we were already half way there and could not give up. When we got to McDonalds it was after midnight and we learned that only the drive-thru is open after midnight. Ridiculous!! We had just walked the whole way for nothing because they would not let us walk through the drive thru!! Then a car told us that a bus was coming, and McDonalds had to open. So we waited for a very long time (2 hours to be exact) until that bus came... and then we snuck in. Unfortunately all the people on that bus were old, and we totally got caught. But it was totally worth it!

What are you most looking forward to this year? I am so excited for this year! I am thrilled to be an R.A. and be able to meet new people! I look forward to being able to help others with their college experience, and to make it the best adventure of their lives!

What advice do you have for the students? Get involved! Speak up for yourself, and step outside your comfort zone. This is the time to find out who you really are, and what you really stand for. Donít be afraid to go on that adventure. It is the best, naturally!

Favorite Quote: "When life knocks you down, roll over and look at the stars."






RA

Name: Katie Heying

Major: Musical Theatre

Year: Sophomore

Building: Rocky II, 3rd floor

Other Organizations: RHA, Theatre Interns

What is your favorite thing about your residence hall? I love that the building has so many people! You can meet someone new all the time.

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at Western so far? RA Training at Bear Lake was definitely one of my top moments, but being with all of my friends onstage last semester in Legally Blonde: the Musical was the highlight of my time here so far.

What are you most looking forward to this year? I can't wait to meet everyone on my floor! I have so many fun things planned.

What advice do you have for the students? Always keep your room clean. You may think it is okay to have a little mess, but I promise, you will think more clearly and feel more relaxed in a clean room.

Favorite Quote: "Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious... and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney






RA

Name: Miguel Jarillo-Pedraza

Major: Dance

Year: Freshman

Building: Rocky II, 1st & 2nd floors

Other Organizations: Resident Halls Association (RHA), Radio Club, BLGT, Dance Company

What is your favorite thing about your residence hall? My favorite thing about my residence hall is the different types of people I get to meet especially the exchange students.

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at Western so far? My favorite memory is when I first came to Western and met the faculty. They made feel really welcome and I could tell that they all care about my career. It is nice to feel that I am not just a number here at Western.

What are you most looking forward to this year? I am looking forward to meet new people.

What advice do you have for the students? The best advice that I could give to an incoming student is to get involved and be active in all happenings at western. It is also important to get the best out of college experience.

Favorite Quote: "Take those broken wings and learn to fly!"






RA

Name: JJ Jenn

Major: Technical Theater

Year: Sophomore

Building: Teton, 2nd & 3rd floors

Other Organizations: Baptist Collegiate Ministries, Theater Department, Mustang Radio Club

What is your favorite thing about your residence hall? That there are 24/7 quiet hours, the nontraditional population, and that my partner is RA Philip Sandgren.

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at Western so far? One of my favorite moments in school has to have been the time my friend rode the mustang out front whilst shirtless.

What are you most looking forward to this year? I'm looking forward to becoming an integral part of the core team of staff and students that comprises the administrative backbone of the school's student services division.

What advice do you have for the students? Don't panic, missing your parents is normal, go to class, don't do drugs, don't drink in the halls, find something that makes you happy that isn't related to school, college is the time to do all those things that your parents told you you couldn't do because you were too young, never forget who you are!

Favorite Quote: "Those who want to live, let them fight, and those who do not want to fight in this world of eternal struggle do not deserve to live."






RA

Name: Kris Karns

Major: Musical Theatre

Year: Sophomore

Building: Aspen Mtn., 1/2 of 3rd floor

Other Organizations: (none)

What is your favorite thing about your residence hall? The amazing community atmosphere.

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at Western so far? My favorite memory from Western was the RA retreat to Bear Lake. I really appreciate how much passion the RA team of Fall 2014 has.

What are you most looking forward to this year? Working with the RA's to help make the semester an incredible one for the residents.

What advice do you have for the students? GO TO CLASS!

Favorite Quote: "Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it." - Bill Cosby






RA

Name: Hazuki Kotsugai

Major: Dance

Year: Sophomore

Building: Wind River Hall, 1st & 2nd floors

Other Organizations: International Club

What is your favorite thing about your residence hall? My favorite thing about Wind River is that we have personal room for every resident so they can have their privacy.

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at Western so far? My favorite memory in Western is when RAs went to Bear Lake, Utah. It was so much fun and exciting.

What are you most looking forward to this year? I'm looking forward to get to know new residents and faculties. I'm also very excited for my classes.

What advice do you have for the students? I recommend students to take every opportunity to make friends. RA events are very good start to meet new people and get to know each other.

Favorite Quote: "Do things with passion or not at all."






RA

Name: Chad Kim

Major: Accounting & Oil and Gas Production Technology

Year: Sophomore

Building: White Mtn., basement & 1st floors

Other Organizations: Associated Student Government, International Student Club, Peer Tutoring Center, and Residence Hall Association

What is your favorite thing about your residence hall? 24 hours of freedom to access dorms. Good place to communicate or hang out with other students that I don't know or have never met yet.

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at Western so far? Last 2013 fall semester, Halloween dance party. I wore "Alan" costume from "Hangover" I got the best costume prize!

What are you most looking forward to this year? 4.0 GPA. Having a successful year with ASG, RA, and PTC. Being in good shape haha.

What advice do you have for the students? Study hard and Play hard :) Two years is not that long, hope you guys will appreciate your time at Western after you graduate western. Welcome to the WWCC. Go MUSTANGS!

Favorite Quote: "A tiny change today brings a dramatically different tomorrow."






RA

Name: Trevor Knight

Major: Pre-Wildlife Biology & Secondary Education

Year: Sophomore

Building: Aspen Mtn., 1st & part of 2nd floors

Other Organizations: ECO-Club, RHA, Radio Club, B-LGT

What is your favorite thing about your residence hall? The events and small town community within the residence halls.

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at Western so far? Catching wild birds on campus and different classes.

What are you most looking forward to this year? Graduating!!

What advice do you have for the students? Get to know your instructors on a personal level. It can make the difference between class you can't wait to get out of and a class you look forward to going to.

Favorite Quote: "The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful." - Jules Henri Poincare






RA

Name: Philip Sandgren

Major: Pre-Medicine

Year: Sophomore

Building: Teton, basement & 1st floors

Other Organizations: 1st Floor Organizations: ASG, LDSSA

What is your favorite thing about your residence hall? In Teton we have the married couples along with non-traditional students and traditional students. I feel this is a great environment because we each bring something fun to the Residence hall.

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at Western so far? Western provides many ways for students to get involved. I feel many students are able to find clubs or programs that help them feel comfortable here. My favorite times here at Western are when I have found myself involved in these clubs.

What are you most looking forward to this year? I have a strong desire to get to know people on a friend level. I look forward to meeting new people and building a trustworthy relationship.

What advice do you have for the students? It is very important we understand that we are here to learn and prepare for a career, but we also must understand having fun is a major part of this process. We must enjoy our time here because it allows us to fully focus on our studies. Get involved!

Favorite Quote: "Prepare and Prevent to Avoid Repair and Repent."






RA

Name: Kelsey Tomlinson

Major: General Studies

Year: Sophomore

Building: White Mtn., 2nd & 3rd floors

Other Organizations: Speech and Debate, RHA

What is your favorite thing about your residence hall? My favorite thing about White Mountain is how much space there is in each room. It doesn't feel like you're trapped in a box.

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at Western so far? Last semester, I was in the Desert Dance Theatre (aka Spring Dance Concert/Company) and it was easily the best experience I've had at Western. We ended up becoming like a little family and became super close friends. I couldn't have asked for a better way to end my year.

What are you most looking forward to this year? I'm looking forward to all the new faces and talents coming in with the freshman class.

What advice do you have for the students? Actually go to your classes; some professors take attendance. Also, be willing to talk to strangers, otherwise your year won't be nearly as fun as it could be.

Favorite Quote: "Why worry? If you've done the very best you can, worrying won't make it any better." - Walt Disney






RA

Name: Aubrey Weber

Major: Theatre

Year: Sophomore

Building: Rocky I, 3rd & 4th floors

Other Organizations: Theatre, Radio Club

What is your favorite thing about your residence hall? You're close to your residents, and it's easy to get to know your peers.

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at Western so far? Working with the Theatre department and the RA staff in general, I have made so many friends and feel right at home.

What are you most looking forward to this year? The events planned for the future, it's going to be a lot of fun!

What advice do you have for the students? Never give up, open yourself up to new situations and you'd be surprised how well it works out.

Favorite Quote: "Don't wait for your ship to come in... swim out to it."






RA

Name: Yiqi Xu

Major: Nursing

Year: Sophomore

Building: Snowy Range, 2nd & 3rd floors

Other Organizations: International Club, RHA

What is your favorite thing about your residence hall? There are a couple of international students in Snowy. We have a lot in common!

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at Western so far? The RA training.

What are you most looking forward to this year? Pass all my classes, and be a friendly RA.

What advice do you have for the students? Don't wait studying for tests until the night before.

Favorite Quote: "We learn from failure, not from success."






2014 Alternate Residence Halls Assistant




Name: Natasha Loyola

Major: Pre-Medicine

Year: Sophomore

Building: Alternate RA

Other Organizations: Spanish Club

What is your favorite thing about your residence hall? One thing I love about the residence halls is how you have an opportunity to actually become independent and it is a great way to start your life as a young adult. Another thing that I love is how you meet all sorts of new people and it is a great place to make new friends.

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at Western so far? My favorite time at Western was probably the Valentine's Day dance.

What are you most looking forward to this year? This year I'm looking forward to meeting the new residents and helping anyone who needs help.

What advice do you have for the students? Some advice I have for the students is to make the best out of any situation and to learn how to balance homework and social life.

Favorite Quote: "Opportunity, don't wait for the ship to come."







 


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