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Admission Senior Fellows

Meet this year’s cohort of Senior Fellows, students who work in the Office of Admission throughout the school year and provide on campus interviews, co-host admission and financial aid information sessions, and support the office in all of its initiatives. They’re eager to meet you and answer your questions, so please do not hesitate to reach out to them if you have a question about life at Bates!


AJ Bakshi
High School/Hometown: Beaver Country Day School; Chestnut Hill, MA
Majors/Minors/GECs: Economics (Major),
Philosophy and Asian Studies (Double Minor)
Activities/Involvement: Varsity Golf Team, Investment Club
Favorite Moment at Bates: Winning a point against All-American Ben Rosen in tennis.


Fredrick Cheng
High School/Hometown: Kipp King
Collegiate High School; San Leandro, CA
Majors/Minors/GECs: Chinese (Major), Education (Minor), Physics and Knowledge
of the Public Good (Double GEC)
Activities/Involvement: Asian American Students in Action, Student Volunteer in
LPS, Intramural Basketball/Volleyball, Bates Civil Action Team, (BCAT), Stories from the Dinner Table Participant
Favorite Moment at Bates: 
time with friends and Bates faculty and staff at our annual Harvest Dinners.


Gabby Chua
University High School; San Francisco, CA
Majors/Minors/GECs: Biological Chemistry (Major),  The Human Body and English (Double GEC)
Activities/Involvement: CAMP Mentor, St.Mary’s Nutrition Center Volunteer, Trinity Jubilee Health Clinic Volunteer, Barista at The Ronj, Club Med Member, Public Health Initiative Member
Favorite Moments at Bates: Watching
the Parents Weekend a cappella concert
(the largest one of the year!) with my dad and my friends he adopted for the weekend because their own parents couldn’t make it.


Rob Flynn
School/Hometown: Bedford High School; Bedford, NH
Majors/Minors/GECs: Politics and Economics (Double Major), English (GEC)
Activities/Involvement: Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization, Varsity Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, Member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Volunteer in the Lewiston School District, Outing Club 
Favorite Moment at Bates:
 Winning an All-American title in track and field my first year. One of my professors made me a cake to celebrate. I think he was honestly more proud of me than I was.


Jacqueline Forney
School/Hometown: Bloomington High School; Bloomington, IN
Majors/Minors/GECs: Politics (Major), Rheotric (Minor), Knowledge, Action and the Public Good (GEC)
Activities/Involvement: Varsity Volleyball, Bonner Leader Program, Athletics Committee, Office of Admission Tour Guide
Favorite Moment at Bates: 
Eating lunch in Commons everyday, thoughtfully prepared by Vegan Bar Chef, Mike Landry.


Samantha Grant
School/Hometown: Brooks School; North Andover, MA
Majors/Minors/GECs: Sociology (Major), Public Health and Philosophy and Psychology (Double GEC)
Activities/Involvement: CBB Dempsey Challenge Coordinator, Stories from the Dinner Table Participant, Youth Mentor at Poland High School
Favorite Moment at Bates:
 A tie: My first year AESOP trip and our annual Harvest Dinner in the fall.


Riley Hopkins
School/Hometown: Cony High School;
Augusta, ME
Majors/Minors/GECs: Dance and
Psychology (Double Major), Film and Media Studies (GEC)
Activities/Involvement: College Guild
Volunteer, Dance Instructor, Bates
Student Newspaper, Student Choreographer, Design Team Member for P.A.R.T. (Prevention.Action.Response.Team)
Favorite Moment at Bates:
My AESOP trip to Acadia National Park as a first year student. Camping and hiking for four days with only eight other people really allowed us to bond and see what the Bates community is all about.


Eliza Jimenez
School/Hometown: The Ellis School; Pittsburgh, PA
Majors/Minors/GECs: Politics (Major), Educational Studies (Minor), and Knowledge, Action, and the Public Good (GEC)
Activities/Involvement: Tour Guide and Tour Guide Coordinator, Lewiston Public Schools Volunteer, Writing Center Tutor, AESOP Leader, Research Assistant for Education Department, ELL Volunteer Teacher at Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services
Favorite Moment at Bates: 
My favorite time of the school year at Bates is the beginning when everyone is first arriving and settling in. The energy is contagious and you are immediately excited by what the upcoming year holds!


Morgan Leeson
School/Hometown: Salem High School; Salem, VA
Majors/Minors/GECs: English (Major), Color: Sight and Perception and Race, Ethnicity, and Identity (Double GEC)
Activities/Involvement: Career Development Fellow, Dinner Table Facilitator, Peer Writing and Speaking Assistant, Admissions Tour Guide, Co-President of Bates Feminist Collective
Favorite Moment at Bates: 
Sharing my story for the Dinner Table Showcase. I was so afraid to tell my story on stage, but I felt so uplifted and supported by the other storytellers and by the audience.


Jack McWilliams
School/Hometown: Severna Park High School; Severna, MD
Majors/Minors/GECs: English and Economics (Double Major), Education (Minor)
Activities/Involvement: Office of Advancement Student Calling Supervisor, Lewiston Public Schools Volunteer, Varsity Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track
Favorite Moment at Bates:
My times working with a class of first graders throughout a semester during my junior year. The book they made me is still displayed prominently in my dorm room.


Katrina Muñoz
School/Hometown: Bedford High School; Bedford, NH
Majors/Minors/GECs: Neuroscience and Philosophy (Double Major), The Human Body (GEC)
Activities/Involvement: Bates Dance Department, Bates EMS, Health Center Nurse Assistant, Cooking Class Teacher at Lewiston Schools, Student Support Network, Club Med, DJ Society, Bookstore Cashier
Favorite Moment at Bates: 
Walking into Commons on Harvest Dinner night. There are many happy friends and an abundance of delicious food!


Summer Peterson
School/Hometown: Valencia High School; Yorba Linda, CA
Majors/Minors/GECs: Psychology and Japanese (Double Major), The Translated World (GEC)
Activities/Involvement: Sing in The Remedy (on campus band), The Merimanders (a capella), Office of Institutional Research, Analysis, and Planning Intern
Favorite Moment at Bates:
My birthday during my first year on campus. My friends surprised me with cake and fried rice. I was very moved by the incredible gestures from people I had just met months ago.


Olga Revzina
School/Hometown: Walter Johnson High School; Bethesda, MD
Majors/Minors/GECs: Psychology and Religious Studies (Double Major), Asian Studies (Minor)
Activities/Involvement: Dharma Society, Feminist Collective, Information & Library Services Worker, Stories from the Dinner Table Participant
Favorite Moment at Bates: 
Taking a group of students to a self-led meditation retreat near Popham Beach and staying up to play relaxation games.


Ben Roop
School/Hometown: The Bromfield School; Littleton, MA
Majors/Minors/GECs: Neuroscience (Major), Anthropology (Minor), The Human Body (GEC)
Activities/Involvement: Badminton Club, ClubMed, Junior Advisor in Residence Life, Bookstore Interior Decorator
Favorite Moment at Bates: 
Playing laser tag with President Clayton Spencer.

Stephen Rowe
School/Hometown: Mount Vernon High School; Gambier, OH
Majors/Minors/GECs: Politics (Major), German (Minor)
Activities/Involvement: Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Outing Club
Favorite Moment at Bates:
 The moment before you hit the water as you take part in the “Puddle Jump.”


Laura Wolfley-Payán
School/Hometown: Colegio Anglo Colombiano; Bogotá, Colombia
Majors/Minors/GECs: Sociology (Major), Class, Inequity, Poverty, Justice and Public Health (Double GEC)
Activities/Involvement: Latinos Unidos, International Dinner, Bates Staff Appreciation Week Volunteer, Dancing Club
Favorite Moment at Bates:
 Spending endless hours in Commons with my closest friends.