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Meet your 2014 START Leaders

START Leaders are current OSU students who will be greeting you when you arrive at your START session. They will be helping you get acquainted with campus resources, explaining important OSU policies and academic expectations, and assisting you throughout your time at START.

Our START Leaders are extemely excited to get the summer started, but in the meantime, learn a little more about them below.

Alex PowellAlex Powell

Major: Agricultural Sciences

Year: Senior     Hometown: Sutherlin, OR

What do you remember most about your START Experience? I could not believe how nice everyone was! I am still in touch with many of the people I meet that weekend. My experience at START gave me confidence to make friends and find my way around this huge campus.

Mason Love

Mason Love

Major: Psychology

Year: Senior      Hometown: Beaverton, OR

What have you learned most through your college experience? My most significant experience to date would be the experiences I've had volunteering at Community Outreach. It has really put in perspective how great an opportunity I have here at OSU. It has been a humbling experience that has taught me to not take what I have for granted and really pushed me to step out of my comfort zone and seek new challenges.

Olivia VollanOlivia Vollan

Major: Liberal Arts and Minor in French

Year: Junior     Hometown: Lake Oswego, OR

What advice do you have for parents? College is an amazing and exciting new experience for your students. It’s okay to be sad or nervous they’re leaving, but it’s much easier to be excited about where their future will take them!


Lauren BarryLauren Barry

Major: Public Health: Health Promotion and Health Behavior with an option in Nursing and a minor in Pyschology

Year: Senior     Hometown: Milwaukie, OR

What is the most significant experience you have had at OSU? Club Soccer has been my most significant experience at Oregon State. Participating has given me recruitment abilities, financial and scheduling experience, time management skills, and most importantly, lifelong friends and one great support system. I have also been able to help plan soccer tournaments out of state as well as all over Oregon.

Lisa RosenthalLisa Rosenthal

Major: Merchandising Management with a minor in Business and Entrepreneurship

Year: Junior    Hometown: Salem, OR

What do you remember most about your START Experience? START was a foundation for me on campus, giving me perspectives on how the community feels and what it can look like. It opened up my hope for all the other amazing interactions I could have with students from around the world. My favorite part was sitting in a circle on the grass in front of the MU with my group leader, we learned a lot of valuable information.


Caitlin SletteCaitlin Slette

Major: Sociology with an option in Crime and Justice with a minor in Psychology

Year: Junior     Hometown: Twin Falls, ID

What advice do you have for parents? It is important to talk on a regular basis, but it is also an important time for students to explore and get caught up in all of the first year activities, so don’t be suprised when they don’t call as often as you originally planned. I try to call my parents once a week to keep them updated and that work out well for us. Even a quick test message or picture of home can be a great way to keep homesickness’s away.

Rachel CauseyRachel Causey

Major:  Health Management and Policy

Year: Senior      Hometown: Roseburg, OR

What clubs/Organizations are you involved in on campus? I am a member of a sorority allowing me to participate in multiple philanthropies on campus such as Color Me Chi O and Anchor Splash. I am also a member of the American College of Health Care Administrators.

Elijah Wilson

Elijah Wilson

Major: Environmental Science

Year: Senior      Hometown: Cottage Grove, OR

What clubs/organizations are you involved in on campus? I have been involved with the Forest Products Society (FPS) club where I hold the position of Vice President. I am also a member of the International Forestry Student Association (IFSA). I am currently part of the Leadership Academy (LA) through the College of Agriculture. I am also an Alumni of IE3 internships program and Oregon Abroad. I have been involved with two different research projects through the Wood Science Department in the College of Forestry.

Bailey JenksBailey Jenks

Major: Agricultural Science

Year: Sophomore     Hometown: Browns Valley, CA

What is your favorite event/activity at OSU?

My favorite event on campus are the baseball games. They are a great way to enjoy the sunny spring weather, plus everyone loves a good ball game! It’s also a good excuse to get out of your residence hall and relax, enjoy time with friends, and support fellow students!

Eddie CardenasEddie Cardenas

Major:  Pre-Business with an option in Marketing and a minor in New Media Communications

Year: Sophomore     Hometown: Modesto, CA

What is the most significant experience you have had at OSU? My most significant experience here at OSU so far has to be attending my first OSU football game. I remember going to the game and being super excited to cheer on the school I had chosen to attend. I learned the traditions that OSU has with every game and it made me very proud to be a part of Beaver Nation.

Sammi OlsonSammi Olson

Major: General Science

Year: Senior    Hometown: Eugene, OR

What do you remember most about your START Experience? I remember meeting tons of new people, one of which is now my best friend! START is a great opportunity to start forming bonds with other new students, especially ones who could be classmates throughout the year.

Mariela CarrilloMariela Carrillo

Major:  Public Health

Year: Sophomore     Hometown: Stanfield, OR

What advice do you have for being successful your first term at OSU? Give it all you got when it comes to your academics and have fun. Also stepping out of your comfort zone your very first term it’s key to starting off to a strong year. 

Chris AsplundChris Asplund

Major: Exercise and Sport Science (Pre-Therapy and Allied Health option)

Year: Junior      Hometown: San Jose, CA

What is your favorite event/activity at OSU? Intramural sports are a lot of fun to play; I try to participate in at least a couple every term. I have played everything from football to wiffelball to wheelchair basketball. It doesn’t matter if you are playing to win or just to have fun with friends, intramurals are always enjoyable and there is an activity out there for everyone.


Alex Vickery-Holland

Alex Vickery-Holland

Major: History, Spanish and Sceondary Education

Year: Senior         Hometown: Salem, OR

Why did you choose your major? I’m a triple-major studying, History, Spanish and Secondary Education. I’ve always wanted to help people. I had a teacher in high school who really helped me along my own life’s journey and inspired me to do more with my life. If I can inspire a single person to go on and do something good, then I will have become a success.

Laura GordonLaura Gordon

Major:  Human Development and Family Science

Year: Senior      Hometown: Roseburg, OR

What advice do you have for being successful your first term at OSU? Learn about the resources that are available to you before you might need to use them. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! College is a huge time of transition in many areas of our lives, so it’s really important to learn to advocate for yourself and use the many resources that are available at OSU to take care of your needs.


Carter Frantz-GeddesCarter Frantz-Geddes

Major: Environmental Science

Year: Sophomore    Hometown: Salem, OR

What is the most significant experience you have had at Oregon State University? Thus far in my college experience, I would definitely say joining a fraternity, it has taught me valuable life skills, like how to properly balance academic and social responsibilities, as well as important time management skills and how to be a gentleman. It has also made me a more integral part of this university; because we interact and do so much with and for other students and organizations that it really makes you feel like you're a part of something greater.

Melissa Taylor

Melissa Taylor

Major: Industrial Engineering

Year: Junior       Hometown: Oregon City, OR

Why did you choose your major? I really like math and fixing things and understandings how things work so I figured Engineering would be a good fit for me. The reason I chose Industrial is because I want to design tennis shoes for female athletes. I want to work with the materials and make them fit better with the female body.

Andrew EddyAndrew Eddy

Major: Business                   Year: Junior

Hometown: Klamath Falls, OR

What advice do you have for parents? You are going to worry about your students either way, so just remember this….. The next four years are going to mold your child into a well-rounded and successful adult. Take some time to be proud of them!


Xonia Neal

Xonia Neal

Major: Nuclear Engineering              Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Clovis, CA

What is the most significant experience you have had at OSU? September 30, 2013, the first day of classes my freshman year- When I finished my classes at the end of the day I realized that I could do it. Living away from home and living on campus was going to be alright because there were so many supportive people around me.


Magda PonceMagda Ponce

Major: Apparel Design

Year: Junior                  Hometown: Eugene, OR

Why did you choose your major? I chose my major because I adore everything about fashion; the way it looks, how you can express yourself with fashion, and the science behind textiles. Someday I want to be as famous as Ralph Lauren and create clothing that people all over the world want to wear. Clothing can change the way a person feels and I want people to feel confident and content with my clothing line.

Emily ShroyerEmily Shroyer

Major:  Sociology         Year: Senior

Hometown: Lake Oswego, OR

What have you learned most through your college experience? College is a time of finding yourself, figuring life out for yourself by making mistakes and learning from them. I have learned that my potential is endless, and if I set my mind to something I can accomplish anything. This is the time where your dreams can come true. I have learned that college can be tough, there will be bumps in the road, but it is how you handle these setbacks that you really understand who you are and the person you want to become.

Alin LazaroAlin Lazaro

Major: University Exploratory Studies Program           Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Cornelius, OR

What advice do you have for being successful your first term at OSU? Make sure you read the syllabi. This will let you see when everything is due and allow you to form a schedule or to-do list so you can plan ahead and keep up on all your homework.


Brandon McVeigh Brandon McVeigh

 Major: Dietetics

 Year: Senior

 Hometown: Benicia, CA

What clubs/organizations are you involved in on campus? I am involved with the Nutrition and Dietetics Club volunteering over 20 hours of my time. I have also been an intramural official for soccer and football for the past two years. I have also been a part of a Fraternity since 2012.  


Teague TeeceTeague Teece

Major: Agricultural Science and Agricultural Education            Year: Senior

Hometown: Ashland, OR

What do you remember most about your START Experience? When I transferred to Oregon State my START leader was enthusiastic and confident, I knew that this was the type of environment I could excel in. I also love the OSU campus and found that there is something for everyone here. 

Mo Narimatsu

Mo Narimatsu 

Major: Exercise and Sports Science- Pre-Physical Therapy option          Year: Senior

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

What is your favorite event/activity at OSU? If you love sports like I do, participate in intramural leagues hosted by Dixon Recreational Center. You can create your own team or a join one that is already established. It’s a great opportunity to meet new friends and play sports that you love.

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