2013 Mentors

Adam Barresse

Email:  abarresse@drew.eduadam b
Major(s):  Philosophy & English (conc. Russian Lit.)
Minor:  Russian
Year in Fall: Senior

I am a rising Senior at Drew, double majoring in Philosophy and English with a concentration in Renaissance Literature.  As a Shakespeare enthusiast, Drew has provided me wonderful productions to attend at the on-campus Shakespeare Theater as well as phenomenal staff members to foster this interest.  I have worked as a student assistant in the English Department for a year now, and upon graduating intend to teach High School English, either through the Teach for America program or by pursuing a graduate degree first.  I hope that this mentoring opportunity provides as much of a learning experience for me as it does for you. Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have.

Andrew Binger

E-mail:  abinger@drew.eduandrew b
Major:  English
Minor:  Spanish & Theatre Arts
Year in Fall:  Graduate

I am a recent Drew graduate.  At Drew, I was quite involved in the theatre department, starring in productions of A Raisin in the Sun and Antigone.  As an EOS student, I worked as a peer counselor for the EOS Program for three summers, served as the Co-Chair of the EOS Student Council, and organized two Salon events in conjunction with the theatre department.  I also worked as a Writing Center tutor.  Perhaps most significant was my involvement in community service and civic engagement at Drew.  I was a member of the Drew Honduras Project for three years, doing service work in Honduras and the Dominican Republic, and helped with Sandy relief in NY and NJ, and worked with victims of homelessness in Washington DC.  I had the chance to participate in a Drew International Seminar to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, and spend a semester in London.  Now I plan to work in education and the theatre world.  I look forward to sharing my experiences with you!

Renata Cunha

E-mail:  rcunha@drew.edurenata c
Major(s):  French and Psychology
Minor:  Sociology
Year in Fall: Senior

One of the most rewarding things I have received while at Drew is the freedom to study many different areas of interest and combining my majors and my minors in one way or another.  I have also been given many opportunities, like taking a class at a female prison, and traveling.  This past year, I went to Quebec with one of my French classes, and in the fall, I will be studying abroad in Paris.  I have also had the opportunity to be a part of the Drew Dance Team and perform at many different events on campus.  I look forward to meeting all of you.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

Megan Day

E-mail:  mday@drew.edumegan d
Major(s):  Political Science and Spanish
Year in Fall: Senior

¡Buenas! I am very interested in International Relations and learning about different cultures and languages. This has led me to participate in many internationally-focused opportunities with Drew, including the United Nations Semester, a Drew International Seminar to South Africa, and a semester abroad in Seville, Spain. I also am a Civic Scholar, sing in the Ubuntu Pan-African Choir, and will be a Peer Mentor for first-years for the 2013-2014 school year. I have had an amazing experience participating in two internships—one in New York City with a women’s human rights organization called MADRE, and another in my home state of Arizona with the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona.  These internships were incredible experiences that helped me solidify my hope to work for a non-profit organization that works on defending human rights when I graduate. I am so excited to meet all of you, and I am more than happy to answer any questions or talk about my experiences with anyone interested!

Kristina Farmer

E-mail:  kfarmer@drew.edukristina f
Major(s):  English and Business Studies
Year in Fall:  Senior

Drew has offered me many opportunities to play on sports teams-Cross Country and Lacrosse- and to volunteer at a wide variety of non-profits as a Civic Scholar.  During my Sophomore year, I worked with Citizen Schools in Newark, NJ to help with their after school program for middle school students.  Drew also offers a wide variety of clubs that have helped me find community; I have found love and friendship from InterVarsity Christian Fellowship-one of the many religious groups on campus.  What am I excited about for my last year at Drew?  I can’t wait for my 3rd year as a Resident Assistant.  I will be working with first years, living on their floor and mentoring them.  I am also excited to do an internship in NYC.  I can’t wait to be a mentor this summer.  I wish I could go back to my High School self and say, “Hey, I know you feel like you’re doing this on your own, but guess what? You’re not! There are so many people out there rooting for you to make it! Keep applying yourself and don’t give up on your hopes for Higher Education!”  Since I can’t go back to the past, I hope to tell this to you.  Please don’t hesitate to ask questions!

Jennifer Feliz

E-mail:  jfeliz@drew.edujennifer f
Major(s):  Sociology and Spanish
Year in Fall:  Graduate

I am a recent Drew graduate.  On campus, I have been a member of Ariel, the Drew Latin Cultural Society.  I worked as a Resident Assistant in the student dorms in 2011, and at the Health Services office. I was also a part of Circle K (a service-based club at Drew through which we made trips to Toms River and Staten Island to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy).  Through Drew, I have traveled to Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Spain.  My study abroad experiences have been the best experiences I have had in college, and I encourage students to take advantage of the opportunities that colleges have to offer.  In my free time, I like to spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and go shopping.  I will be continuing my education in the fall, and plan to be an FBI agent or a lawyer after graduate school.

Billie Holmes

E-mail:  bholmes@drew.edubillie h
Major:  Theatre Arts
Minor:  Creative Writing
Year in Fall:  Senior

Since my first year I have been a resident of the Pan-African theme house, Umoja , as well an active member in Umoja’s sister organization, Kuumba.  My freshman year, a group of friends and I started a dance, poetry and singing group named B.O.O.C.  I have volunteered as an Orientation Member and worked at the Simon Forum, the university gym every year since my freshman year at Drew.  I have served as the Teachers Assistant for the Drew Theatre Collaboration in Newark.  This year, I will be working as a Tour Guide for prospective students at Drew.  Working with prospective students is always an amazing experience!  I am also an active participant in Drew’s theatre and dance productions.  I have been an actor, dancer, writer and stagehand.  I truly enjoy being able to explore the arts, and hope to continue to do so through graduation!  Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions you may have.  I look forward to talking to you!

Gabrielle Cogan

E-mail:  gcogan@drew.edugabrielle c
Major(s):  Psychology and Women’s & Gender Studies
Minor:  Dance
Year in Fall:  Sophomore

Originally from Vermont, I am now a rising sophomore pursuing a double major in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies with a minor in Dance.  At Drew, I sing in the Coral Union, perform and choreograph for the biannual dance shows, am a board member in the Drew Honduras Project and spend as much time as I can with the amazing people I have met on campus.  Through Drew, I have traveled to the Dominican Republic.  I am not quite settled on what I plan to do with the rest of my life, but my top ideas at present are to be an arts therapist, or to counsel and work with women in domestic violence situations.

Inez Neto

E-mail:  ineto@drew.eduinez n
Major(s):  English & French
Minor:  Writing
Year in Fall: Senior

Since my first year, I have been an active member in the Drew Literary Magazine as a literary reviewer and a published poet.  I am a Resident Assistant in the student dorms, and will be working as a Peer Mentor to first-year students this fall.  I am a Writing Center tutor and a Writing Fellow, and work with students from different disciplines to refine their writing skills.  I will complete an Honors Thesis in French this year, and work in the French department as an assistant.  Drew has provided me with many opportunities, and Summer College is one of them.  I look forward to combining my RA and tutoring skills in order to serve as a mentor this summer.  Feel free to ask me any questions!

Helena Rivera-Hidalgo

E-mail:  erivera@drew.eduhelena r-d
Major(s): Economics and Mathematics
Year in Fall: Junior

From freshman year, I committed my time to working on campus and actively participating in Drew Women’s Rugby Football Club, for which I am the Treasurer.  I plan to take advantage of the many opportunities Drew offers, and will join the Wall Street program during the spring 2014, and the newly-created program, Drew Investing Group: The Fund, which will begin in fall 2014.  As a mentor, I hope to help you learn as much as possible about the college atmosphere and the importance of a liberal arts education.  I take great pleasure in helping my peers prepare for exams, and I will often tutor my peers in classes I have taken in college.  From helping my classmates, I have developed useful skills to convey ideas in a clear manner, which I will use and further improve in this exciting program.  Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions you may have.

Kevin Walpole

E-mail:  kwalpole@drew.edukevin w
Major:  Spanish
Minor:  Biology; pre-med
Year in Fall: Graduate

I graduated from Drew this Spring with a major in Spanish and a minor in Biology.  As a pre-med student, I took all the required courses for medical school, and I am proud to say that I will be attending medical school in Philadelphia this coming fall.  Through Drew, I studied abroad in Spain, Greece, and Turkey.  I was also a member of the Drew varsity soccer team, and served as captain of the team for my Junior and Senior seasons.  I firmly believe that a liberal arts education provides students with opportunities to accomplish their goals through an educational system that provides an especially broad scope of experience and knowledge.  I am excited to work as a mentor to promote this passion for liberal arts education.  I am always willing to discuss my experience and answer any questions.  Please don’t hesitate to ask!

Omaru Layee Washington

E-mail: owashington@drew.eduomaru w
Major: Economics
Minor: Mathematics and Statistics
Year in Fall: Senior

I am an active member of the Drew African Student Association (DASA) and the Drew Economics and Business Society (DEBS).  I tutor peers in economics, mathematics, statistics and even chemistry.  I am an adventurous, culturally curious individual, and spend most of my holidays and summertime traveling and playing the cello.  Last summer, I traveled to Liberia (my home country), Guinea, and Mali for economics and business studies and community services.  I am devoted to learning more about other countries’ economics and development, especially poverty, politics and entrepreneurship.  After Drew, I plan to obtain an MBA in investment banking and global finance, then work at, and eventually set up my own investment banking and finance firm.  I look forward to sharing the experience and opportunities found at Drew. Please feel free to ask me questions!

Samantha Wilkerson

E-mail: swilkerson@drew.eduSamantha Wilkerson
Majors: English & Women’s and Gender Studies
Minor: Dance
Year in Fall: Senior

Since my first year, I have been an active member in the Drew Dance Show.  I worked as a Resident Assistant during my sophomore year.   I have gotten several internships through Drew at the Morris County Superior Court and Family Promise, and have worked on campus in the Library and the Women and Gender Studies Department.  Traveling has been an awesome part of my Drew experience; I have traveled to Washington, D.C., Honduras, and the Dominican Republic.  I am also an active participant in many humanitarian groups on campus, and am going to be the Senior Coordinator of the Volunteer Resource Center and a Board Member of the Drew Honduras Project this year.  I take great pleasure in helping others and giving back to the Drew community and the world at large. I have really grown through my experiences at Drew, and I would love to share them with you.  Please do not hesitate to ask me any questions!

Roxanne Williamson

Email:  rwilliamson@drew.eduroxanne w
Major:  Psychology
Minor:  Anthropology
Year in Fall: Graduate

At Drew, I was a member of the medieval reenactment club, That Medieval Thing, and performed in dinner theater shows and full blown medieval faires (including a human chessboard).  When not running around in costume, I worked at the Art Department and tutored statistics.  I recently interned at Dress for Success Morris County, which provides business clothing and interview/career support to women.  I have helped professors with their research projects, and have conducted my own research as well.  I recently showcased my work in an undergraduate poster session at the Eastern Psychological Association’s March Conference in New York City! I plan to go on to graduate school for social work or clinical psychology, and am looking to acquire professional work experience in the meantime.