Victoria Zuber
2nd year at New College
Hometown: Closter, NJ
AOC: Undecided
Advice: “Don’t try to plan anything, and keep an open mind to any opportunity that comes your way. If I hadn’t stepped outside of my comfort zone when I first came to college, I would not have made the amazing relationships or developed the passions that are present in my life today.”

Victoria Zuber

2nd year at New College

Hometown: Closter, NJ

AOC: Undecided

Advice: “Don’t try to plan anything, and keep an open mind to any opportunity that comes your way. If I hadn’t stepped outside of my comfort zone when I first came to college, I would not have made the amazing relationships or developed the passions that are present in my life today.”

Becca Wucker
3rd year at New College
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
AOC: Psychology
Advice: “Not to worry, there are friends here for every type of person. The academics are challenging but very rewarding and certainly not impossible. There is no such thing as a stereotypical ‘New College’ student. There is a place for you here, no matter who you are.”

Becca Wucker

3rd year at New College

Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

AOC: Psychology

Advice: “Not to worry, there are friends here for every type of person. The academics are challenging but very rewarding and certainly not impossible. There is no such thing as a stereotypical ‘New College’ student. There is a place for you here, no matter who you are.”

Clarisse Wilkins
2nd year at New College
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
AOC: Animal Cognition
Advice: “This time in your life (entering college), is both very exciting and rewarding; it truly is what you make of it. The possibilities are endless and it’s up to you to decide what you want your time spent here to be like. New College is like nothing you’ve probably ever experienced before. There’s a lot of freedom and responsibility involved but if you exercise both wisely then not only will your time here be effective, but it could turn out to be one of the most joyous experiences of your life. Seize opportunities when you can, because you may never get the same ones again. Now is the time to find out not only who you are, but also to work towards becoming who you want to be.”

Clarisse Wilkins

2nd year at New College

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

AOC: Animal Cognition

Advice: “This time in your life (entering college), is both very exciting and rewarding; it truly is what you make of it. The possibilities are endless and it’s up to you to decide what you want your time spent here to be like. New College is like nothing you’ve probably ever experienced before. There’s a lot of freedom and responsibility involved but if you exercise both wisely then not only will your time here be effective, but it could turn out to be one of the most joyous experiences of your life. Seize opportunities when you can, because you may never get the same ones again. Now is the time to find out not only who you are, but also to work towards becoming who you want to be.”

Alex Wells
3rd year at New College
Hometown: Fort Myers, FL
AOC: Biology/Chemistry
Advice: “Don’t let anyone tell you that you are not ‘New College’ enough. You got into this school because you are intelligent, individual, independent, and free-thinking. These are the exact characteristics that create points of difference between people and conversely they should be the same characteristics that foster tolerance, acceptance and inclusiveness toward these differences. On a more academic note, I would greatly emphasize the importance of your adviser. This person is going to guide you through your undergraduate experience so you should feel comfortable talking to this person. If you don’t think that your adviser is a good match for you, then don’t hesitate to switch. It took me three tries to get to my current adviser and I absolutely love her. She is the perfect fit for me and now I can’t imagine working with anyone else. Professors don’t take offense to you leaving them to work with someone else; they want what’s best for you.”

Alex Wells

3rd year at New College

Hometown: Fort Myers, FL

AOC: Biology/Chemistry

Advice: “Don’t let anyone tell you that you are not ‘New College’ enough. You got into this school because you are intelligent, individual, independent, and free-thinking. These are the exact characteristics that create points of difference between people and conversely they should be the same characteristics that foster tolerance, acceptance and inclusiveness toward these differences. On a more academic note, I would greatly emphasize the importance of your adviser. This person is going to guide you through your undergraduate experience so you should feel comfortable talking to this person. If you don’t think that your adviser is a good match for you, then don’t hesitate to switch. It took me three tries to get to my current adviser and I absolutely love her. She is the perfect fit for me and now I can’t imagine working with anyone else. Professors don’t take offense to you leaving them to work with someone else; they want what’s best for you.”

Meg Weber
2nd year at New College
Hometown: Gainesville, FL
AOC: Math/English
Advice: “Know that at first everyone is as scared and uncomfortable as you are. Use this to put yourself in their shoes, and know that anyone would be as happy to meet you as you would be to meet them. It’s a small enough school; eventually you’ll know everyone anyway.”

Meg Weber

2nd year at New College

Hometown: Gainesville, FL

AOC: Math/English

Advice: “Know that at first everyone is as scared and uncomfortable as you are. Use this to put yourself in their shoes, and know that anyone would be as happy to meet you as you would be to meet them. It’s a small enough school; eventually you’ll know everyone anyway.”

Delaney Verger
2nd year at New College
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
AOC: Undecided
Advice: “Keep an open mind. What at first may seem extremely daunting, nerve-wracking or difficult for you will change as you become more comfortable here and find the people with whom you fit in and the places where you belong. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you aren’t “New College enough” because you came here for a reason, and that’s all it takes to be deemed ‘appropriate’ for this school.”

Delaney Verger

2nd year at New College

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL

AOC: Undecided

Advice: “Keep an open mind. What at first may seem extremely daunting, nerve-wracking or difficult for you will change as you become more comfortable here and find the people with whom you fit in and the places where you belong. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you aren’t “New College enough” because you came here for a reason, and that’s all it takes to be deemed ‘appropriate’ for this school.”

Dorothea Trotter
4th year at New College
Advice: “Enter NCF with an open-mind and heart. Come in with the attitude that there is something about everyone to like, as opposed to expecting that you will like everything about everyone. Be curious, but cautious. Curiosity is what helps us grow, but caution (in a healthy amount) will protect you and encourages you to remain open for more great experiences.”

Dorothea Trotter

4th year at New College

Advice: “Enter NCF with an open-mind and heart. Come in with the attitude that there is something about everyone to like, as opposed to expecting that you will like everything about everyone. Be curious, but cautious. Curiosity is what helps us grow, but caution (in a healthy amount) will protect you and encourages you to remain open for more great experiences.”

Maiah Taylor
2nd year at New College
Hometown: Miami, FL
AOC: Psychology/Sociology
Advice: “Feel free to experience new things and allow yourself to have fun even with having a busy academic schedule.”

Maiah Taylor

2nd year at New College

Hometown: Miami, FL

AOC: Psychology/Sociology

Advice: “Feel free to experience new things and allow yourself to have fun even with having a busy academic schedule.”

Jo Santiago
3rd year at New College
Hometown: Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
AOC: Legal Psychology/Spanish
Advice: “You might meet your life long friends in the first week, but I found mine throughout the years. Go out there and connect with people on all levels. New College is what you make of it: make it a home, a school, a family. It truly is for everyone.”

Jo Santiago

3rd year at New College

Hometown: Vega Baja, Puerto Rico

AOC: Legal Psychology/Spanish

Advice: “You might meet your life long friends in the first week, but I found mine throughout the years. Go out there and connect with people on all levels. New College is what you make of it: make it a home, a school, a family. It truly is for everyone.”

Emily Ryan
3rd year at New College
Hometown: Courcouronnes, France
AOC: Literature/Gender Studies
Advice: “Don’t be reclusive and stay in your room during orientation week—it’s your biggest chance to get to know other students, and experience New College. Get involved, go to Club Fair and join a club you’re interested in, try new things!”

Emily Ryan

3rd year at New College

Hometown: Courcouronnes, France

AOC: Literature/Gender Studies

Advice: “Don’t be reclusive and stay in your room during orientation week—it’s your biggest chance to get to know other students, and experience New College. Get involved, go to Club Fair and join a club you’re interested in, try new things!”