OWLs

Orientation Week Leaders 2019


OWLs are volunteer upper-class students who are dedicated to making the First-Year Orientation Week warm, welcoming and fun! With support from the Office of Campus Life, we are dedicated to providing an environment that is informative, fosters social connection, and supports physical and emotional well-being for new students on campus.

Our team hosts a vast array of on-campus events to engage first-year students and help get them acquainted to campus. We also organize several off-campus excursions to give students a little taste of what the local Lewiston/Auburn community has in store for them!

OWLs are passionate about our school and are committed to helping each incoming student find confidence and excitement in their new Maine home.

We can’t wait for your arrival in August! If you have any questions, feel free to email us at firstyearstudents@bates.edu! We’d be more than happy to help!


Meet the Team:

Shae Gwydir ‘20- Student Director 

Hometown: Port Jefferson, NY

Major/ academic area of interest: Dance, Rhetoric and Education

What’s one thing you didn’t pack for move-in that you really needed? Stain remover! I took it for granted back at home.

Favorite Commons meal? Mac and Cheese or fruit pizza!

Where did you live your first year? I lived in Adams Hall. I loved how close it was to Commons and to Merrill gym (since a lot of my dance classes were located there). My room also had an AWESOME view of the puddle!


Avery MacMullen ‘20- Assistant Student Director

Hometown: New Haven, CT

Major/ academic area of interest: Mathematics

What’s one thing you didn’t pack for move-in that you really needed? I went to Walmart on move in day and bought a ton of stuff that I hadn’t packed in my car — shower caddy, snacks, extra toiletries, etc. 

Favorite secret study spot on campus: A magician never reveals her secrets

Where did you live your first year? Parker 202. I met some of my best friends at Bates on my hall of Parker 2 my first year. Get to know the people around you! 


Gemma Rubi ‘20- Assistant Student Director

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Major/ academic area of interest: Spanish and Gender Studies

Favorite secret study spot on campus: OIE (Office of Intercultural Education)

Where did you live your first year? Milliken House. It was a nice, small house that allowed me to get to know the first-years there well and it was across the street from campus. 

What was your favorite part of your Orientation experience? Chase Hall pizza hang out! 


Nana Baffoe ‘22

Hometown: Accra, Ghana

Major/ academic area of interest: Sociology and Politics

What’s one thing you packed for move-in that you’ve never used?  Literally any clothing that’s not fall/winter friendly lol

Favorite Commons meal? Baklava, Mississippi Mud Pie, Thumbprints….do desserts count?

What’s one thing you didn’t pack for move-in that you really needed? A speaker


Isabel Honigman ‘22

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Major/ academic area of interest: Undecided but Politics, Education, and Dance

What’s one thing you packed for move-in that you’ve never used? A can opener

What was your favorite part of your Orientation experience? The Lewiston food tour was super fun and yummy. I also enjoyed getting to know my First Year Center (FYC).

Best class you’ve taken at Bates and why? Perspectives on Education (EDUC 231) because it opened my eyes to the equity issues in education and sparked my interest in the educational studies minor.


Moud Yousry ‘20

Hometown: Cairo, Egypt

Major/ academic area of interest: Philosophy and Economics

What’s one thing you packed for move-in that you’ve never used? My Crocs actually

Best class you’ve taken at Bates and why? Contemporary Arab American Literature; felt as though I was learning about myself and I was really challenged by the professor but she was awesome.

What was your favorite part of your Orientation experience? Bingo…still lost tho


Ke’ala Brosseau ‘20

Hometown: South Burlington, VT

Major/ academic area of interest: Politics and History

Favorite secret study spot on campus? Hathorn study room with the big window (shhhhh!) 

 

What’s one thing you didn’t pack for move-in that you really needed? Command strips! 

What was your favorite part of your Orientation experience?  Urgh S’mores—incredible 


Seren Parikh ‘22

Hometown: Lexington, MA

Major/ academic area of interest: Mathematics

Favorite Commons meal: General Tso’s chicken

Favorite secret study spot on campus: Whichever lounge in PGill that is unoccupied.

What’s one thing you didn’t pack for move-in that you really needed? Extra snacks- saves you several Walmart runs.


Julia Maluf ‘21

Hometown: New York City, NY

Major/ academic area of interest: Interdisciplinary Major (Psychology and Education)

Best class you’ve taken at Bates and why? Perspectives on Education. It introduced me to education classes at Bates, which are all amazing. I especially love doing field work at schools in Lewiston.

Favorite secret study spot on campus: 4th floor Roger Williams

What’s one thing you didn’t pack for move-in that you really needed? Scissors!! I forget every year :(


Jack Fruechte ‘22

Hometown: Edina, Minnesota

Major/ academic area of interest: History and Studio Art

Best class you’ve taken at Bates and why? My first year seminar (Beyond Nelson Mandela: South African History). It allowed me to grow tremendously as a writer and helped me discover what I wanted to major in. Professor Otim taught the material in an engaging and interesting way each class. This type of teaching brought me to greatly admire professor Otim and take classes from him during other semesters. 

What’s one thing you packed for move-in that you’ve never used?  A bathrobe

Where did you live your first year? Adams 4th floor. I liked being able to come home to a quiet room but still had the ability to hang out with my friends in the common room and play pool. 


Annie Canning ‘20

Hometown: Mount Vernon, New York 

Major/ academic area of interest: Politics

Favorite Commons meal: Buffalo Chicken Pizza is in my top 10

What’s one thing you packed for move-in that you’ve never used? Fancy clothes! Bates is a pretty casual place and you don’t need a lot of formal clothes, except for Gala and the Snowball in December. 

Where did you live your first year? 280! I liked the abundance of natural light in the dorm, as well as the common spaces and study rooms. The laundry room is pretty nice, too!