An Orientation Leader (OL) is a student who has been selected to serve as a source of support for new freshmen and transfer students. Students chosen to be OLs have a positive attitude, are leaders within numerous campus organizations, enjoy working collaboratively with diverse groups of people, and of course love UAH! These students are great resources whenever you have questions about UAH's campus, resources, programs, and organizations. During your time at Freshman Orientation, you will have the chance to get to know your entire OL team! We've picked the best of the best for you! Meet the 2020-2021 Orientation Leaders: Addie Smithson Hometown Cullman, AL Major Nursing WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR ORIENTATION EXPERIENCE? My favorite part of my Orientation experience was learning what all UAH had to offer me. Both academically and socially, there were so many things I had no clue about. Meeting actual students and learning about all the events during the year made me very excited to start the school year. Alex Olmeda-Rodriguez Hometown Lajas, Puerto Rico Major Human Resource Management WHAT IS ONE THING YOU FEEL PROSPECTIVE STUDENT SHOULD KNOW ABOUT UAH? UAH is a diverse campus. There are people from all over the world here with different backgrounds, interests, ideas, and hobbies. It is so easy to find others who share the same interests as you and to make friends. Asia Crocton Hometown Gadsden, AL Major Psychology/Sociology WHY DO YOU CONSIDER HuntSVILLE A GREAT LOCATION FOR YOUR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE? After I graduate I would like to secure a job at Huntsville Hospital, so I think Huntsville is the perfect location for me. There are plenty of opportunities for me to get involved and volunteer in the community, and possibly intern at a great company close to UAH! Calista Sylvester Hometown Charleston, SC Major Human Resource Management & Digital Marketing WHAT IS AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY YOU HAVE HAD AS A UAH STUDENT? I have had the opportunity to serve as a College of Business Ambassador. This experience gave me such a deep insight into my college, and really made me realize how much work goes into making our academic colleges what they are. I even got the pleasure of working events, which allowed me to connect with both current and prospective students. David Cleland Hometown Lexington, TN Major Honors Physics HOW IS UAH HELPING YOU ACHIEVE YOUR ACADEMIC/PROFESSIONAL GOALS? UAH is providing me with an excellent learning environment. I have already grown exponentially since coming to UAH. Aside from academics, UAH has taught me valuable life lessons that are vital to life, like time-management, responsibility, diligence, respect, and so many others. I already feel way closer to being ready for the real world since being at UAH. Heather Hunt Hometown Lawrenceburg, TN Major Secondary Education - History WHICH WOW EVENT IS THE MOST FUN AND/OR BENEFICIAL? The Registered Student Organization Fair is such a beneficial Week of Welcome (WOW) event, as it's the easiest way to get involved on campus! Being involved is a great way to meet people, make connections, and expand your interests while at UAH. Jack McBrearty Hometown Dothan, AL Major Political Science & Finance WHAT IS AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY THAT YOU'VE HAS AS A UAH STUDENT? One of the most incredible opportunities I have had during my time at UAH was doing an internship with UAH's Legal Counsel. This experience allowed me to see firsthand what it is like to work in a legal office and what kinds of things I will be doing in my future career. Jason Kuhn Hometown Genoa, IL Major Aerospace Engineering WHY DO YOU CONSIDER HUNTSVILLE A GREAT LOCATION FOR YOUR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE? The area is very young and has an up-and-coming vibe. There are so many fun things to do here in the form of food, coffee, and entertainment, including one of my favorite new places, Top Golf! Josh Wilkerson Hometown Huntsville, AL Major Secondary Education WHAT ARE SOME FUN THINGS TO DO ON CAMPUS BESIDES CLASSES? Playing Intramurals on campus is a lot of fun, and it allows people to form friendships and compete for the Intramural Championship. Justin Hargrave Hometown Northport, AL Major Business Management WHAT STUDENT SERVICE OR DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN THE MOST BENEFICIAL TO YOU AT UAH? The Student Success Center has been a game changer for my success as a student at UAH. Having this service available to me makes understanding and applying my class content so much easier. Karla Liu Hometown Murfreesboro, TN Major Mechanical Engineering WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR ORIENTATION EXPERIENCE? Meeting the OL’s and hearing firsthand experiences of what it’s like to be a student at UAH was my favorite part of my Orientation experience. The fear panel helped build my confidence that UAH was the right choice for me. Kat Sanders Hometown Scottsboro, AL Major Chemical Engineering WHAT IS ONE THING YOU FEEL PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT UAH? UAH is a growing university with so many unique opportunities. Students can do actual research alongside their professors and find co-op opportunities with places like NASA. UAH is such a great place to gain hands-on experience. Kobe Booth Hometown Oxford, AL Major Finance WHICH WOW EVENT IS THE MOST FUN AND/OR BENEFICIAL? My favorite Week of Welcome (WOW) event is the Charger Takeover! This event allows UAH students to go to Target and grab items at a discounted price. Kristin Knight Hometown Cedar Park, TX Major Nursing WHY DID YOU CHOOSE UAH? I chose UAH because of all the opportunities that the campus offered me. Having lived in Texas my entire life, I was so excited to try something new! I love the campus and the fact that it’s a smaller school without missing the opportunities of a larger school. When I toured UAH, I felt very welcomed and knew that I could find my home in Huntsville. Luke Worley Hometown Belleville, IL Major Biology WHAT IS AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY THAT YOU'VE HAS AT A UAH STUDENT? I had the opportunity to be a part of the Student Government Association my sophomore year. I was a College of Science Senator, which allowed me to advocate for my fellow peers and to help bring resolutions to fix problems on campus. Mac Taylor Hometown Austin, TX Major Art History & History WHAT ARE SOME FUN THINGS TO DO ON CAMPUS BESIDES CLASSES? Every Friday night The Association for Campus Entertainment (ACE) shows a movie, including popcorn and a drink, for free. I usually try and go every week! There are also different art galleries around campus, which provides art shows for me to visit. Madison Galbreath Hometown Fultondale, AL Major Mechanical Engineering HOW IS UAH HELPING YOU ACHIEVE YOUR ACADEMIC/PROFESSIONAL GOALS? I strongly believe UAH is helping me to develop into a business professional, and I will be prepared to use my degree after graduation. I have gained so much interview experience, and now know what interviewers are seeking for in an employee. UAH is helping to grow into a well-rounded individual, and I greatly appreciate it. Michael Richards Hometown Cincinnati, OH Major Exploratory Studies WHAT IS AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY THAT YOU'VE HAD AS A UAH STUDENT? As a part of Freshman Forum, I had the opportunity to be on a committee that drafted our very own bills. We voted on two bills to move up to the student government board to be discussed and again voted on. I think this experience was so cool, because even as freshmen we were given the opportunity to voice our opinions and influence real changes to be made on campus. Olivia Shadowen Hometown Lexington, KY Major Aerospace Engineering WHAT ARE SOME FUN THINGS TO DO ON CAMPUS BESIDES CLASSES? I tend to find myself at the University Fitness Center center working out when I am not in class. Working out has really helped both my physical and mental health. I also really enjoy going to eat with my friends on campus. We use meals as way to get a break from studying and stress. Plus, it allows us to hang out and enjoy each other's company! Perry Stone Hometown Madison, AL Major Graphic Design WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO HANG OUT OFF CAMPUS? I love going to Piper and Leaf to study and drink tea! I also like shopping at Bridgestreet and watching movies at the Cinemark. Priv Sriman Hometown Roswell, GA Major Aerospace Engineering WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR ORIENTATION EXPERIENCE? My favorite part of my Freshman Orientation experience was meeting other students during the late night activities, as well as getting to know the orientation leaders! Riley Kirby Hometown Milton, FL Major Aerospace Engineering WHAT IS ONE THING YOU FEEL PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT UAH? UAH is what you make of it. UAH can help you become who you want to be, but you need to believe and invest in yourself. Get involved by joining a club that interests you. Try new things and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. UAH has so much to offer from clubs, to classes, to free study sessions. Keep your goals in sight, and enjoy your time at UAH because there is so much to discover. Ryan Jones Hometown Overland Park, KS Major Nursing WHAT IS AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY THAT YOU'VE HAD AS A UAH STUDENT? One amazing opportunity I have has as a UAH student is participating in the Alternative Break Trips. I've gotten to go to Atlanta and Washington D.C. and do service ranging from urban gardening, to holding mock interviews, to playing tetris with furniture. The education portion on sustainability, poverty, and American History is so rewarding, but the best part is spending a break with people that are also service oriented. Sebastian Hozan Hometown Hendersonville, TN Major Chemical Engineering WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO HANG OUT OFF CAMPUS? My favorite place to hang out off campus is Monte Sano State Park. I like being able to take a break from school, and spending time in the mountains is a great stress reliever. Will McCormick Hometown Polk City, IA Major Computer Engineering HOW IS UAH HELPING YOU ACHIEVE YOUR ACADEMIC/PROFESSIONAL GOALS? UAH is helping me achieve my academic goals by offering options for me to get help in my classes, like Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) sessions and tutors. UAH is helping me with my professional goals by making internships easier to get, by holding job fairs and connecting me with employers though the Handshake software. Handshake, is a program that allows students to track job openings and events offered by local companies.