Meet the Suffolk Orientation Leaders

The 2021 Suffolk University Orientation Leaders are dedicated to promoting the diversity, strengths, and virtues of our community. As mentors and positive role models, they aim to build lasting connections with the incoming students in their orientation groups.

Meet the Orientation Leaders

Head shot of Morgan Mitcheson.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Class of: 2023
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Psychology
Minor(s): N/A
Honors: Yes
Home city/town: West Bridgewater, MA
Country of Origin: United States
Languages: English
Clubs: Rampage Show Choir, Healthy Minds

Before I graduate, I want to:

Get an internship, walk to the Esplanade with as many friends as possible

I chose Suffolk because:

Suffolk has an amazing location and it had a variety majors available to me.

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

we have a wonderful community with something for everyone

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

Going to Maria's Taqueria every Tuesday with my friends.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

the ability to balance school work, activities and my friends.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

Be yourself and get involved, good people and opportunities will come! Don't stress about fitting in with others, you will find your place.

Head shot of Collin Smith

Preferred Pronouns: He/They
Class of: 2022
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): History/Theatre
Minor(s): N/A
Honors: Yes
Home city/town: Hopedale, MA
Country of Origin: United States
Languages: English
Clubs: Theatre Department Productions, Performing Arts Office

Before I graduate, I want to:

Watch a show in the Modern Theater and sit in the Performing Arts Office swing chair.

I chose Suffolk because:

I immediately felt at home here. Suffolk has opportunities that excited me and people who enthusiastically support me.

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

diversity and inclusion are at the core of the Suffolk community. From professors and administrators down to students, Suffolk welcomes and embraces attributes which make people unique.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

working in Orientation & New Student Programs at one of the two Orientation Team Leaders for the class of 2024.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

to research, write, and direct a historical play with support from the History and Theatre departments.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

try new things and push yourself. There may be interests you find that surprise you and friends who help you grow, but you won't find these things alone in your room. Get out there and make the most out of this opportunity!

Headshot of Abby Thornhill.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Class of: 2023
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Biochemistry
Minor(s): Forensic Science
Honors: Yes
Home city/town: Portland, OR
Country of Origin: United States
Languages: English
Clubs: Forensic Science Society

Before I graduate, I want to:

visit the Museum of Fine Arts.

I chose Suffolk because:

Suffolk was in the heart of Boston and had a Forensic Science program.

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

Suffolk accepts and welcomes all.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

meeting the best friends of my life.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

helping me find myself and grow as a person, student, and friend.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

try new things and put yourself out there because you never know what you'll discover. Take classes in a subject you don't know anything about, sit with strangers in the dining halls, join clubs, go to on-campus social events. College is what you make of it and you get out what you put in.

Headshot of Britney King.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Class of: 2023
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Global & Cultural Communications
Minor(s): Women & Gender Studies
Honors: Yes
Home city/town: Middletown, CT
Country of Origin: United States
Languages: English
Clubs: Alpha Sigma Alpha

Before I graduate, I want to:

Ride the Blue Bikes around the city!

I chose Suffolk because:

I've always wanted to live in a city and Suffolk's location in the heart of Boston really appealed to me as an incoming freshman. I also felt that I would be able to find my place here after seeing how inclusive and diverse the students were when I first toured the school.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

Meeting my best friends!

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

Suffolk has given me the opportunity to grow as a leader and become more confident through different club positions and on-campus job opportunities.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

Step out of your comfort zone and put yourself out there! Whether that means starting a conversation with someone unfamiliar in your dorm building or joining as many clubs that interest you, you will end up getting the most out of your college experience by doing things that scare you.

Headshot of Daniel Neutze.

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His
Class of: 2023
College: Sawyer Business School
Major(s): Corporate Accounting & Finance
Minor(s): N/A
Honors: No
Home city/town: Guatemala City
Languages: English, Spanish
Clubs: SUFC

Before I graduate, I want to:

Go to a Patriots Game.

I chose Suffolk because:

I love Boston and wanted to live in the city and Suffolk gave me that.

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

I love it here.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

Hanging out with my friends.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

To meet a wide variety of people.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

Some advice I have is to just take it easy, relax and be yourself. It might take a while but you will find the place where you fit in.

Headshot of Hannah Graves.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Class of: 2022
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Sociology
Minor(s): Psychology
Honors: Yes
Home city/town: Greenfield, MA
Country of Origin: United States
Languages: English
Clubs: Ram Supporter & McNair Scholar

Before I graduate, I want to:

Travel to & attend a research conference with my peers in the McNair Scholars Program.

I chose Suffolk because:

I was inspired by how enthusiastic Suffolk students are about this school. My tour guide is who "sealed the deal" for me when I was considering attending Suffolk, as it was so clear that she was truly proud of herself and this campus. I wanted to share that same sense of pride and become a part of the Ramily.

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

I am surrounded by folks who care about inclusion and diversity.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

Meeting one of my best friends at a campus event.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

To be proud of my identity as a first generation college student.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

I would suggest that every student gets involved on campus. It is an amazing way to feel connected to your campus and to take pride in your college experience! I also suggest that students should be proud of asking for help/support, especially from on-campus resources.

Headshot of Heloisa Rigonatti.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Class of: 2023
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Undergraduate Law, Psychology
Minor(s): N/A
Honors: No
Home city/town: Lynnfield, MA
Country of Origin: United States
Languages: English, Portuguese

Before I graduate, I want to:

Watch the sunset on the esplanade.

I chose Suffolk because:

Suffolk has a great central location that allows for so many opportunities.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

Getting late night milkshakes from Black Seed with friends.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

form meaningful connections with professors and students.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

Try something new and never be afraid to ask, because if you don't ask the answer is already no.

Headshot of Jasmine Theodore.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Class of: 2023
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Public Relations
Minor(s): N/A
Honors: Yes
Home city/town: Jakarta, Indonesia
Languages: English, Indonesian

Before I graduate, I want to:

Visit all historic sites in Boston.

I chose Suffolk because:

It is in the heart of Boston and it is very diverse.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

Bonding times with my dorm roommates.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

Learning more about different cultures.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

You always have a space in Suffolk, take your time to figure out who you are and what you want. College journeys are different for everybody and that's the beauty of it.

Headshot of Johana Parada.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Class of: 2023
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Law Undergraduate & Criminal Justice
Minor(s): N/A
Honors: No
Home city/town: Revere, MA
Country of Origin: United States
Languages: English, Spanish
Clubs: Book Club

Before I graduate, I want to:

be able to study abroad on Suffolk Madrid campus.

I chose Suffolk because:

it is located in Downtown Boston.

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

it has a very welcoming community where I can feel comfortable and has a safe space to be myself.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

my supervisors and I used to be scheduled to work together on Fridays for one semester. I remember that those were my favorite times because we laughed and share stories.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

create good connections with staff and faculty members through my work-study at the Division of Student Success.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

Don't worry about tomorrow, try to live day by day and just be yourself.

Headshot of Julia Polyak.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Class of: 2024
College: Sawyer Business School
Major(s): Management
Minor(s): N/A
Honors: No
Home city/town: Andover, NJ
Country of Origin: United States
Languages: English
Clubs: Program Council, Journey Leadership Program

Before I graduate, I want to:

Get dinner in the North End and go on the swings in the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

I chose Suffolk because:

of the awesome location and the amazing people I met during the application process.

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

we stand up for what's right and take pride in our community.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

Running through the Common with my friends and exploring the city.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

the opportunity to travel abroad for the Global Gateway program.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

Get out there! Meeting new people can be super scary, but some of the best friends I have made I met waiting in line at the dining hall or at new students events.

Headshot of Kayla Coll-Santana.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Class of: 2023
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Public Relations
Minor(s): Product Innovation & Brand Marketing
Honors: Yes
Home city/town: Boston, MA
Country of Origin: United States
Languages: English, Spanish
Clubs: Alternative Spring Break, College of Arts & Sciences Honors Program

Before I graduate, I want to:

Complete an internship!

I chose Suffolk because:

I get to be close to my family and friends, while still being able to venture off my own and be independent. Here, no one but myself has control over what I want to study and where I want to pursue as a future career, and I have had nothing but support from the people here on campus.

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

I have found a place where I truly feel that I belong, where I can walk into a classroom and see that people look like me. At Suffolk, I am not afraid to embrace my culture or other parts of my identity- I can be myself, unapologetically.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

Going to the Hard Rock Café and to the Paradise Rock Club with friends.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

Develop my leadership skills through being an Orientation Leader and running Alternative Spring Break.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

People are going to be just as nervous as you will be when you first step foot onto the Suffolk campus, and that's okay! Also, don't try to change yourself for the sake of others, you are here for you and your education, not someone else's.

Headshot of Lucia Vilches

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Class of: 2023
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Psychology
Minor(s): Sociology
Honors: Yes
Home city/town: Portland, OR
Country of Origin: United States
Languages: English, Spanish
Clubs: Pasion Latina

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

Suffolk's values align with my personal values.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

The chance to start a new path when I changed my mind about what I wanted to study.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

Take advantage of all the resources available and get involved in any way that interests you!

Headshot of Maura Sullivan.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Class of: 2024
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Broadcast Journalism
Minor(s): Social Media
Honors: No
Home city/town: Wilmington, MA
Country of Origin: United States
Languages: English
Clubs: HER Campus, Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority

Before I graduate, I want to:

Study abroad!

I chose Suffolk because:

Suffolk offered phenomenal opportunities for not only my academics, but for my own personal growth. The staff truly cares and made me feel so welcomed every visit to campus. I knew that I belonged at Suffolk from the second I stepped onto campus.

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

The community is vibrant and diverse and Suffolk is filled with the most amazing people that I have ever met. Every student has grit, integrity, and encourages each other to become the best version of themselves.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

Snowball fight in the Boston Common during the blizzard in January 2021!

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

Being given several opportunities to explore my passions and have support throughout my Suffolk journey! A personal favorite would be filming a few episodes of Movie Checklist in Studio 73!

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

Come to Suffolk knowing that you will be truly valued here by everybody around you. This is your opportunity to re-write your story, and discover who you want to be. Take advantage of the incredible resources that Suffolk has to offer, and be a leader.

Headshot of Melina Karpouzis.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Class of: 2023
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Theatre
Minor(s): N/A
Honors: No
Home city/town: Ashland, MA
Country of Origin: United States
Languages: English, Greek
Clubs: Suffolk Performing Arts Group

Before I graduate, I want to:

See as many musicals in the theater district as possible.

I chose Suffolk because:

The small class sizes, brilliant professors, and being in an amazing city.

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

We are hard working, driven, accepting, and extremely inclusive.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

Going with my friends to get lobster tails at Bova's really late at night.

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

Being able to branch out and get out of my comfort zone while having an amazing support system.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

Explore as much of the city as you can. Talk to people and put yourself out there! Lastly, utilize every opportunity Suffolk has to offer.

Headshot of Omar Rodriguez.

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His
Class of: 2023
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Public Relations
Minor(s): Marketing
Honors: Yes
Home city/town: Miami, FL
Country of Origin: United States
Languages: English, Spanish
Clubs: Program Council, Journey Leadership Program

Before I graduate, I want to:

go to Salem on Halloween weekend!

I chose Suffolk because:

it fosters the diversity and opportunities necessary to thrive and succeed in today's world, and I mean that!

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

the community of Suffolk is defined by acceptance and belonging.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

enjoying the boat cruise with my newly found friend!

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

the ability and skill set to network with professionals in and around Boston.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

College gives you the ability to truly be yourself or even reinvent yourself, don't let that go to waste. Take advantage of every opportunity to grow and become the best version of yourself YOU want to be. It's cliché, but it's so true.

Headshot of Patrick Taylor.

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him/His
Class of: 2024
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Criminal Justice & Philosophy
Minor(s): N/A
Honors: No
Home city/town: Chicago, IL
Languages: English

Before I graduate, I want to:

Complete an internship.

I chose Suffolk because:

Boston is one of the best cities on earth, the school is incredibly diverse and it caters to all of my needs.

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

it reinforces my big aspirations and helps me achieve them.

Headshot of Skylar Ahern.

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Class of: 2024
College: College of Arts and Sciences
Major(s): Theatre
Minor(s): N/A
Honors: No
Home city/town: Southbury, CT
Country of Origin: United States
Languages: English
Clubs: Performing Arts Office

Before I graduate, I want to:

study abroad in England!

I chose Suffolk because:

The smaller community is perfect for building relationships with professors and students!

I'm proud to be a Suffolk student because:

I love being a part of such a wonderful community where I can feel free to explore new parts of myself and know that I can always find support.

My favorite Suffolk memory is:

The Performing Arts Office's juggling event!

One opportunity Suffolk has given me is:

So, so many opportunities to get hands on experience and learn about my field.

A piece of advice I have for new students is:

Go to events! You never know who you'll meet and the friendships you can form where you least expect!