Resident Advisors

Get to know the resident advisers in each of the halls.

MEET OUR RESIDENT ADVISORS

Alexandra-Barbat

Alexandra Barbat

Pronouns: she/her
Class/Year: Third-year
AOC: Political Science and Economics
My favorite New College memory is: I was stressing over an essay in the nook when a couple friends walked by. We decided to take an impromptu improv break, and I’m so glad we did! I was able to get back to work feeling so relaxed, and had a really great time!
My favorite thing about living on campus is: I love how easy it is to meet people on campus. I’ve made really good friendships, deepened my relationships with people, and accidentally became involved in clubs just by hanging around campus and running into people. It’s an amazing and totally unique experience!
My hidden talent is: I can wake up seven minutes before class starts and still make it on time.
My hobbies are: Reading, improv, goofing around with my friends, and going to cafes downtown.
My dream job is: Intellectual Property Attorney
If I woke up as an animal I would be: A caterpillar! It’s a 2-for-1 deal! And they’re pretty.

Rowan-Brower

Rowan Brower

Pronouns: she/her
Class/Year: Fourth-year
AOC: Chemistry
My favorite New College memory is: I love staying up to watch the sunrise during COUP.
My favorite thing about living on campus is: All of the hammocks and trees.
My hidden talent is: I can whistle like a bird.
My hobbies are: My hobbies include going to the gym, taking naps, watching Netflix, food and going to see sunset.
My dream job is: My dream job is to be a solar cell engineer.
If I woke up as an animal I would be a: I would choose to be a Rowan tree because we need more trees in the world.

Sarah-Darancou

Sarah Darancou

Pronouns: she/her
Class/Year: Third-year
AOC: Chemistry
My favorite New College memory is: I love getting dressed up for walls and COUP! My friend does the best make-up and always makes sure everyone looks the part.
My favorite thing about living on campus is: I love being so close to events and activities. Being able to walk over to Ham, Z-Green, or the bay is a perfect way to relax!
My hidden talent is: I can whistle pretty well!
My hobbies are: I love to lay in bed and watch Netflix when I’m feeling lazy and dance with my friends when I have energy!
My dream job is: My dream job would be making fancy soaps and candles, anything that smells good!
If I woke up as an animal I would be a: I would be a house cat so I could take naps in the sun all day.

Kallie-Delis

Kallie Delis

Pronouns: she/her
Class/Year: Third-year
AOC: Political Science
My favorite New College Memory is: Hosting the first two-day Star Wars celebration at New College was some of the most fun I’ve ever had. I hope to keep the event going each year and make it a New College tradition to be passed on! It’s always great to share your passion.
My favorite thing about living on campus is: Having friends be so easily accessible and being able to spend time with them on a regular basis is a really great perk to living on campus.
My hidden talent is: I can paint my nails pretty well – people always ask me where I get them done, but I do them myself. I’m also a pro at quoting Star Wars.
My hobbies are: Playing video games, watching “The West Wing,” painting my nails, hanging out with my dogs, writing.
My dream job is: I think I would love to be a writer on a TV show, or for movies. I just love TV and movies so much, it would be awesome to be part of creating them.
If I woke up as an animal I would be a: I would love to be a dog. As a dog, I would get to sleep a lot, and go on walks with some of my favorite people. Everyone would share their food with me if I gave them a heartbreaking look. And no matter how mussed up my hair would get, I would always look adorable.

Sara-Friend

Sara Friend

Pronouns: she/her
Class/Year: Fourth-year
AOC: Philosophy
My favorite New College Memory is: Meeting all the awesome first-year students during my first Orientation as an RA!
My favorite thing about living on campus is: Getting to be close to academic buildings and resources and getting to be a resource to others here!
My hidden talent is: I can do three cool tongue tricks!
My hobbies are: Teaching students to tap dance and thinking about the world!
My dream job is: Something to do with connecting with and empowering young people!
If I woke up as an animal I would be a: wallaby, because I love to hop around!

Maya-Holt-Teza

Maya Holt-Teza

Pronouns: she/her
Class/Year: Third year
AOC: Computer Science
My favorite New College Memory is: My favorite memory at New College would have to be singing in College Hall’s music room with the New College Chorus for the first time. The acoustics are beautiful, sound resonates and travels easily, perfect for choir music.
My favorite thing about living on campus is: Living close to/with my friends.
My hidden talent is: Self-defense.
My hobbies are: Singing, dancing, reading, sewing and napping.
My dream job is: A family and divorce lawyer.
If I woke up as an animal I would be a: A cat, they seem to have a lot of fun. They sing, they do acrobatics, they nap they’re a little doofy, but they are solid companions.

Bri-Hyvarinen

Bri Hyvarinen

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Class/Year: Second-year
AOC: Psychology
My favorite New College memory is: My favorite memory is spending my ISP at the on-campus preschool. I loved learning about teaching, giving lessons, and getting to know the kids. I loved working in the garden with them, and teaching the kids about the different types of plants and how to take care of them!
My favorite thing about living on campus is: My favorite part about living on campus is being able to hang out in the hammocks anytime of the day or night (tip: the rainbow hammock is the most comfortable!).
My hidden talent is: I am REALLY good at backing into a parking space and parallel parking,
My hobbies are: I love spending my free-time outdoors, so I love hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, and snowboarding!
My dream job is: Preschool teacher (but being paid a livable wage).
If I woke up as an animal I would be a: I would choose to be a caterpillar. They hold so much potential to grow and become new versions of themselves.

Mackenna-Jensen

Mackenna Jensen

Pronouns: She/Her
Class/Year: Fourth-year
AOC: Marine Biology
My favorite New College Memory is: The evening I became acquainted with my fiancé. We walked to the bay at 3am and for 5 hours.
My favorite thing about living on campus is: Being so close to on campus events and my classes!
My hidden talent is: I can do a head stand. I can tuck my thumbs behind my hand. I can describe Harry Potter things very well for games like “Heads Up”!
My hobbies are: Ballet, yoga, reading, watching YouTube and Netflix, napping and attempting to water color paint.
My dream job is: Working at a sea turtle hospital.
If I woke up as an animal I would be a: house cat. They get love, food, and to play all day. They also get to sleep and lay in the sun. They are cute and snuggly, but also fierce little beings.

Sarah-Lane

Sarah Lane

Pronouns: she/her
Class/Year: Second-year
AOC: History, hopefully with a slash in education
My favorite New College memory is: Probably the time my friends and I did a photo shoot at Ringling of some outfits that we created. We were a quite a sight to behold.
My favorite thing about living on campus is: I appreciate how close everything is and I love the beauty of the little things on campus.
My dream job is: As of right now, a middle school history teacher. I’ve actually wanted to be a teacher since I was 4 years old.
If I woke up as an animal I would be: A pterodactyl, because I think it would be really neat to soar above a prehistoric world.

Melissa-Mahadeo

Melissa Mahadeo

Pronouns: she/her
Class/Year: Third-year
AOC: Psychology/Religion
My favorite New College memory is: My favorite NCF memory is the first time I saw the sunset at the bay.
My favorite thing about living on campus is: Living on campus has allowed me to grow both personally and academically with my friends.
My dream job is: I would want to be the owner of an authentic Guyanese cuisine restaurant.
If I woke up as an animal I would be a: I would want to be my sister’s cat because he was picked up off the streets of Miami as a sick three-week-old kitten and now he has his own iPad, cooling water fountain, and all the food and catnip he could ever dream of. He also has no responsibilities and sleeps all day.

Jesus-Olive

Jesus Olive

Pronouns: He/Him
Class/Year: Third year
AOC: Philosophy/Computer Science
My favorite thing about living on campus is: Living right beside my friends.
My hobbies are: Sailing. Soccer.

Bianca Jean-Philippe

Bianca Jean Philippe

Pronouns: she/her
Class/Year: Thirdyear
AOC: Humanities
My favorite New College memory is: Ah! So on the night of Gatsby, in my Nike sneakers and fancy dress, I ditched the party to ride on the back of a friend’s moped (this was my first-ever moped ride) and it was a-maaaa-zing. Oh, my God, the pitch-black night overhead, the amber softly-lit buildings, the open road, the wind whipping my hair and chilling my arms. A-maaaaaa-zing.
My favorite thing about living on campus is: The Writing LLC! Living with writers and getting to talk about the craft with people who really understand it.
My hidden talent is: I’m not modest enough for that. Hell, I brag about stuff I can barely do.
My hobbies are: Gym, gym, gym, gym, gym! 😀 Obstacle Course Racing. Pushing myself to the limits. Reading. Writing. Brainstorming. Researching. Experiencing.
My dream job is: Professional Author.
If I woke up as an animal I would be: A migratory bird. So I could see the world. Or at least all the areas that line up with our flight pattern. Mossy cliffs with dark plunging sides. Burning champagne colored cities at night. Sun-kissed, barefoot children playing in the highlands. Salty seaspray flecking my face. Wind combing my weathers. The promise of the open sky. Seems like it’d be a good life.

Jared-Plasencia

Jared Plasencia

Pronouns: he/him
Class/Year: Third-year
AOC: Chemistry/Biology
My favorite New College memory is: My favorite New College memory entails making many new friends and learning about things I never heard of before (eg. Magic The Gathering).
My favorite thing about living on campus is: I like the atmosphere on the campus.
My hidden talent is: I would not say hidden, but I can play percussion
My hobbies are: I like to play Magic the Gathering, play jazz in the New Cats jazz band, and play video games
My dream job is: I wish to become a doctor
If I woke up as an animal I would be a: An octopus, because then I could see and taste things at the same time, with my tentacles, which is a cool idea but also… camouflage.

Jas-Prophet

Jas Prophet

Pronouns: She/Her
Class/Year: Second year
AOC: Biochemistry
My favorite New College Memory is: My favorite New College memory is my first service project. Even though the staff and I laughed about how the event was “poorly orchestrated,” I learned the importance of community. I also learned that plastic water bottles take 450 years to degrade. Who knew right?
My favorite thing about living on campus is: I like the connections and familiarity. It’s easier to socialize with everyone. Everything is also in close proximity.
My hidden talent is: Well, it wouldn’t be hidden if I told you …
My hobbies are: I like to color, journal and ponder life’s deepest mysteries. Most of my time is spent studying, doing puzzles or event planning.
My dream job is: Being a Resident Advisor of course!!!!!!!!!!! 😀
If I woke up as an animal I would be a: Great Plains Wolf. I am fiercely loyal and quick to protect others. I am strong, tenacious, and intuitive. I prefer solitude but don’t mind joining a solid team from time to time.

Lauren-Rodriguez

Lauren Rodriguez

Pronouns: she/her
Class/Year: Third-year
AOC: Marine Biology
My favorite New College Memory is: Walking down to the bay at night and watching the bioluminescence.
My favorite thing about living on campus is: Being able to wake up and just walk to my friends’ rooms when we want to hang out.
My hidden talent is: Binge watching an entire show in a week and also maybe singing.
My hobbies are: Camping, scuba diving, the Democracy Matters club, volunteering/working with animals.
My dream job is: Veterinarian for Exotics and Marine Life.
If I woke up as an animal I would be a: manatee, because they’re adorable and eat all day long and that’s all I’ve ever wanted in life.

Hope-Sparks

Hope Sparks

Pronouns: she/her
Class/Year: Fourth-year, I’m a thesis student!!!!
AOC: Psychology!
My favorite New College Memory is: My favorite New College memory would either be throwing Newstock (a campuswide music festival), or filling out my thesis prospectus paperwork.
My favorite thing about living on campus is: My favorite thing about living on campus is being around so many smart and creative people. There’s nothing like living on a college campus and I wanna take full advantage of it.
My hidden talent is: I can crack my wrist on demand!
My hobbies are: sticking it to the man!
My dream job is: Researching for a think-tank to help stick it to the man.
If I woke up as an animal I would be a: I would be a sloth because they’re my favorite animal, they’re smarter than people think, they’re resourceful, and because they know how to relax (something I’m working on).

Jennifer-Sunwoo Ha

Jennifer Sunwoo Ha

Pronouns: she/her
Class/Year: Fourth-year
AOC: Computer Science
My favorite New College memory is: Going to the bay at night and looking out at the stars!
My favorite thing about living on campus is: The fact that my friends are always a few steps away.
My hidden talent is: Cracking my bones on command(?)
My hobbies are: Bullet journaling, doodling, watching Netflix and online shopping.
My dream job is: Something in the Computer Science field.
If I woke up as an animal I would be a: I would choose to be a dog so that I can nap all day long.

Lily-Tanner

Lily Tanner

Pronouns: She/her
Class/Year: Second year
AOC: Biology
My favorite New College Memory is: My favorite NCF memory is when my roomates and I had a picnic by the bay made up entirely of weird snacks and stuff we liked as kids and watched the sunset.
My favorite thing about living on campus is: I really like being around all the other students and having more time to work with and get to know each other.
My hidden talent is: I can make a shadow animal iguana with my hands.
My hobbies are: I love hiking, cooking, drawing, kayaking, making models (mostly airplanes), honestly I enjoy most things 🙂
My dream job is: I know it sounds cliche, but definitely an astronaut. If that doesn’t work out I’d like to be an ecologist or a recycle pick-up person.
If I woke up as an animal I would be a: I would be a hummingbird because they can fly crazy fast (up to 60mph!!). They are also super colorful and consume up to half their body weight in sugar daily. Sounds pretty good to me 🙂

Marcela-Zapata

Marcela Zapata

Pronouns: She/Her
Class/Year: Second year
AOC: Marine Biology/ Mathematics
My favorite New College Memory is: Watching the sunset at the Bayfront for the very first time.
My favorite thing about living on campus is: Having such a close-knit community all around.
My hidden talent is: I wish :/
My hobbies are: Reading, sailing and stargazing.
My dream job is: Marine Habitat Rehabilitation
If I woke up as an animal I would be a: Sea turtle because they are my favorite animal and the ocean is a place I would love to explore.