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Resident Assistants

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2019 Resident Assistants

Benjamin Allen

Hey guys! I’m a junior at UT Martin majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology and minoring in Spanish. I am a member of the University Scholars Organization and The Ned Ray McWherter Institute at UT Martin. The past two semesters I served as a Supplemental Instructor for biology 130 and 140. Starting this fall, I will begin working as a chemistry TA. For the past year and a half, I have been conducting research on animal behavior. Most of my time lately has been divided among studying, researching, working, shadowing physicians, and volunteering at a local after-school care for k-12 kids. I like just about everything ranging from Netflix to anything outdoors. I’ll be taking the MCAT and applying to medical school next summer, and I’m really excited! This will be my second year as an RA, and hopefully you all will have as amazing of a time as I did. I look forward to meeting you guys!

Cassie Alsept

Hello, friends! I’m a rising senior at Carnegie Mellon University, and I’m on track for a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Engineering Studies! Once I graduate, I hope to get into a doctoral program for Clinical Psychology. At CMU, I tend to spend most of my activity time with my dorm’s House Council, in which I am President of Communications, and with my friends doing hack-a-thon programs and hack-a-song programs. I enjoy singing (as an alto), creative writing, and watching gaming Youtubers and animations. I enjoy Asian candies and I’m also a Disney nerd- so maybe I can find a way to organize an event around those for you! I attended GSSE in 2015 as a Physics student, and I remember it as my first steps to feeling like an adult. I hope you like it here as much as I did, and I’m super excited to meet all of you! 

Harrison Crawford

Hi guys! I’m a sophomore at the University of Central Florida, where I’m a member of the Burnett Honors College, National Scholars program, and LEAD Scholars. My major is Interdisciplinary Studies – Life and Physical Sciences, which enables me to take all the classes I will need for medical school. Before I went to GSSE in 2016, I wanted to be a writer, but I had such a great time studying biology with Dr. Sumrall that I decided to pursue medicine. At UCF I serve as the vice president of the Neptune Community, treasurer of Castles for Knights, and as a TA for the freshman honors symposium. I’m spending the month of May 2019 in Intabazwe, South Africa, where I will be working with rhino conservationists and coordinating a project to protect the local orphanage. I also applied to 15 universities my senior year, so I’m more than happy to answer any questions you might have about the college application process.

I would encourage all of you to make extensive use of the T-Recs courts and intramural fields, explore the campus, and most importantly, learn as much as you possibly can. This is your chance to absorb the college experience (without paying tuition!), so be sure to make use of it.  You’re gonna have a great time, and we’re all here to help you enjoy GSSE as much as we did.

Cordell Davis

“What’s up, y’all! I am a rising senior this fall at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and I am currently majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I am originally from Memphis, TN. At RPI, I am an event manager for the Black Student Alliance and a member of the National Society of Black Engineers. During my leisure time, I like to design clothing, DJ, and play basketball. participated in GSSE my junior year in high school and it was an exciting experience. I look forward to meeting all of you!”

Macy Dishman

Hey guys! I’m a rising senior at ETSU in Child Psychology. I’m originally from McMinnville, TN, and I currently live in Johnson City. I’m hoping to pursue a masters in School Counseling after I graduate in 2020. Most of my life is dedicated to singing and to dogs. I’m a second soprano in the East TN Belles Women’s Choir at ETSU, as well as a first soprano in ETSU’s all female student-led acapella group, Harmonium. I’m the president of Alpha Lambda Delta honors society at ETSU. I spend most of my time volunteering for ALD, playing with dogs at the animal shelter, studying, or working on music. I attended GSSE in 2016 for chemistry, and this will be my second year as an RA for GSSE. I can’t wait to meet you all! 

Justin Du

Hello GSSE 2019 Scholars! I’m Justin, a rising sophomore at Yale University, and a prospective Economics and Biology double major (maybe pre-med, we’ll see!). On campus, I love finding ways to make an impact on campus, be that through helping organize Yale’s Hackathon, volunteering at the free clinic, or just chatting with suitemates and friends in the dining hall! It’s so humbling to be able to come back to GSSE this summer to try to make the experience for you all as great as it was for me. I’m happy to chat with you about your GSSE courses (let me know when your final project presentations are!), give advice on college applications (ew!), or just chat and relax through frisbee, ping-pong, and GSSE’s amazing activities! See you all soon!

Logan Miller

Hey guys! I’m a rising Sophomore here at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and I am majoring in microbiology. After getting my Bachelors, I plan on going to medical school to become an oncologist and medical researcher. On campus, I’ve been involved in UT Recycling’s game day clean-ups, AED pre-health honor society, Roosevelt Club and the Portuguese language club CLIP. Over my freshman year, I’ve developed a growing passion for photography and I look forward to spring so I can start kayaking, hiking and whitewater rafting again. In the meantime, I’ve been busy with classes, watching shows with my friends, and reading a mix of non-fiction and sci-fi in my free time.

Back in the summer of 2016, I attended Governor’s School like you guys are about to do.  It was honestly one of the best months I’ve had so far and it was what made me start to seriously consider UT Knoxville for college. I am looking forward to meeting all of you and ensuring that you will have a fantastic month here on Rocky Top that you won’t forget.

Taylor Payne

Hey guys! I am a senior at the University of Tennessee here in Knoxville. I grew up not too far away in Johnson City, TN. I am double majoring in chemistry and Spanish and am part of the Chancellor’s Honors Program. For the past three years, I have been doing chemical research in the Sharma group at UT. We use a light scattering technique to detect physiological levels of neurotransmitters for the early detection of disease. I also volunteer each week at Centro Hispano de Knoxville, translating documents and helping out in the office. Once I graduate from UT, I am going to graduate school to earn a PhD in chemistry, and I want my career to focus on research. I spend my free time riding my bike, hiking, playing guitar, and listening to music. This will be my third year as an RA and as a chemistry TA for Governor’s School. I am very excited to get to know you and share this experience with you this summer!

Erika Sudbrink

Hey, y’all! My name is Erika Sudbrink. I was born and raised in Newport, TN. I am a graduate from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a B.S. in Audiology and Speech Pathology and a minor in Hispanic Studies. Next fall, I am moving to Chapel Hill, NC to attend graduate school for speech pathology at UNC! I have served as a resident assistant for UTK for three years and through this opportunity, have learned and grown from so many wonderful people. A few fun facts about me: I love yellow starbursts, enjoy hiking, Dalmatians are my favorite dogs, and I like to go to the gym in my free time. I am so excited to get to work with you all this upcoming summer! Go vols!

Nyamal Tuor

Hey everyone, I’m Nyamal Tuor and I’m a rising senior at Yale University majoring in American Studies! My concentration is in the Public Humanities, which basically means urban studies and documentary filmmaking. On campus, I occupy my time singing with my a capella group, planning and executing events and discussions for our Women’s Center, reading, and working on films. I also spend my time helping South Sudanese-Americans learn more about the college application process as a first generation mentor and tutor. I plan on going to law school for international law after this.

Anyway, I’m from a small town north of Nashville, my favorite color is green, my favorite number is three, I used to sing operatically, and I accidentally acquired three cats that are now living with me at my college apartment.

Kayla Williams

Hello all! I will be a rising senior this fall at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. I was born and raised in Memphis, TN. I am majoring in Mathematics with a minor in Education. I have been a part of the Pride of the Southland Marching Band for three years, and I have also served as an equipment manager and music librarian. Once I graduate, I plan to teach math at a middle school in Knoxville. During my free time, I enjoy doing anything that involves music, participating with Volunteers for Christ (a campus ministry), and exploring Knoxville. I am so thrilled to meet each one of you this summer at the GSSE.

Andrew Wu

Hello, hello! I am a rising sophomore at Duke University down in Durham, North Carolina. I’m currently pursuing a double major in Economics and Computer Science as well as a certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. I’m originally from Memphis, Tennessee and attended GSSE in 2017 and took the Math class with Remus, who is still possibly one of my favorite professors, even now. At Duke, I’m currently a tour guide for our Admissions Ambassador Program, an exec board member of our Science Olympiad Team, work at a research lab that focuses on modeling human knowledge, as well as at the Duke Annual Fund. Outside of academics, I enjoy just spending time with friends, hanging out in the gardens and the forest we have here, playing ultimate frisbee, watching movies and TV shows and just enjoying the things around me.

That being said, I’m so glad to be able to come back to GSSE and spend another fun-filled summer at Knoxville! If you have any questions please reach out to me! Otherwise, I’m excited to meet you all this summer!

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