Success Mentor

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Grayson Anders

Email: ganders2@radford.edu

Originally from: Wytheville, VA

Undergraduate degree: Communication Sciences & Disorders with a minor in Special Education from Radford University

Earning a Masters in: Speech-Language Pathology

Why Radford: I chose Radford University for the close-knit community, program I am in, and the geographic location. I am a legacy student - my parents, as well as my brother attended Radford!

I like being a Success Mentor because I get to be a friend to those who need someone to talk to. I enjoy supporting them both inside and outside of school.

When I am not busy with school I can be found snuggling my pup, shopping, hanging with my friends & fiancé, or planning my wedding. I love to travel and try new things. I stay very busy outside of school, but I always make sure to find time for myself.

 

 

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Phoebe Dubois

Email: pdubois@radford.edu

Originally from: Midlothian, VA

Undergraduate degree: B.S. in Psychology from James Madison University

Earning a Masters in: Experimental Psychology

Why Radford: I chose Radford University because they are the only school in Virginia that offers a Masters program in Experimental Psychology. 

I like being a Success Mentor because I get to be someone safe for undergraduate students can come talk to. They can come to me for advice about their education, their friendships, and the transition from high school to campus.

When I’m not busy with school I am usually spending time with my friends and their pets, getting food and shopping around the Christiansburg area.

 

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Odion Edionwele

Email: oedionwele@radford.edu

Originally from: Suffolk, VA

Undergraduate degree: B.S. in Psychology from Virginia State University

Earning a Masters in: Social Work

Why Radford: I chose Radford because of the great social work program and for the various opportunities available to graduate students. 

Being a Success Mentor means being able to give support and offer guidance to those who need it. It allows me the opportunity to give back because someone else has done the same for me.  

When I’m not busy with school, I am likely watching a movie or trying new foods 

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Abby Erdman

Email: aerdman@radford.edu

Originally from: Roanoke, VA

Undergraduate degree: Music Therapy from Radford University

Has a Masters in: Music Therapy from Saint Mary of the Woods College. Also works at Radford as an adjunct instructor in the Music Therapy Department. 

Why Radford: Radford holds a special place in my heart. The professors here are committed to the success of the students who actively pursue success. I have been offered many opportunities professionally because of the relationships I established with faculty here in undergrad.

Being a Success Mentor means helping students take ownership of their experience here at Radford. College is what you make of it — if you are committed to pursuing growth, you can do that here at Radford. I love hearing students’ stories and ambitions so I can connect them to resources that will help them during their time here.

When I’m not busy with school, I am out and about being active (running, roller derby, and rugby), listening to and making music, and spending time with my husband and family.

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Katelynn Flandreau

Email: kflandreau@radord.edu

Originally from: Macclenny, Florida 

Undergraduate degree: Sociology and Ciminology from Virginia Tech.

Earning a Masters in: Counselor Education

Why Radford: I chose Radford because I took a year off and started working for NRVCS. A lot of my coworkers had gone to Radford University for either their master’s in counseling or social work and I had heard rave reviews! It has surpassed my expectations in all the best ways. I have had the best experience as a graduate student and can’t wait for all the wonderful things the rest of my education here will bring me.

Being a Success Mentor means being an advocate for students. I had a really hard time in undergrad trying to find my way and I would’ve loved to have had this resource. I want to be able to help students make the best of their undergrad experience because there is so much at this school to offer. It can become easy to get lost in the immense world that is college, so I want to be a guiding arrow for students to help point them in the direction that is right for them.

When I am not busy with school you can find me playing with my dog and cat! I have a very cuddly and excited 3-year-old German Shepherd named Blue and a very sassy 2-year-old cat named Luna. They are best buds (even if they don’t want to admit it).

 

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Rachel Huges

Email: rkhughes@radford.edu

Originally from: Dinwiddie, VA

Undergraduate degree: Psychology with a Minor in Family Studies from James Madison University. 

Earning a Masters in: Counselor Education with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Why Radford: I chose Radford because of the great Counselor Education Program and for the faculty and staff. I felt welcome and wanted as soon as I talked to my advisor for the first time. 

Being a Success Mentor means being available for students to talk. This can be to solve academic problems, or just someone to listen to and help find campus resources. I have been through an undergraduate program and understand the stress and confusion of figuring things out. My role is to help make that transition simple and enjoyable. 

When I am not busy with school you can find me cuddled up bing watching period dramas, going for nature walks, or painting. 

 

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Laken Lucas

Email: llucas17@radford.edu

Originally from: Newport, VA

Undergraduate degree: B.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders from Radford University

Earning a Masters in: Communications Sciences and Disorders

Why Radford: I chose Radford for both undergrad and grad school because my mom went here, it’s close to my home, and it’s the perfect size for me! I love how caring the professors are and how they know so much about each student individually.

Being a Success Mentor means being a listening ear or friend to anyone who may need extra support or just someone to talk through things with! It’s always great to have a second opinion on things and that’s what I’m here for! 

When I am not busy with school, I am hanging out with my friends, family, boyfriend, and dog! I love being outside, traveling, and trying new places! 

 

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Asira Nimukuze

Emailanimukuze@radford.edu

Originally from: Roanoke, VA

Undergraduate degree: Social Work from Radford University

Earning a Masters in: Social Work

Why Radford: I chose Radford University because it was close to home. 

Being a Success Mentor means that I am willing, or I have the desire of helping other people to be successful in their life.

When I am not busy with school I like to be outdoors, traveling, or trying a new restaurant 

 

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Rebekah Skinner

Emailrskinner3@radford.edu

Originally from: Chestertown, MD

Undergraduate degree: Human Development with a minor in Leadership and Social Change from Virginia Tech

Earning a Masters in: Counselor Education with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Why Radford: I chose to pursue my Master’s Degree at Radford University because of the incredibly positive remarks I had heard about the Counselor Education graduate program. I also love the New River Valley and knew I wanted to stay in the area. 

Being a Success Mentor allows me to help and encourage Radford students through the college experience. Navigating through all that college is can be difficult and daunting. If I am able to provide accountability or support for someone through the process, then I am more than happy to help. 

When I am not busy with school I enjoy spending time outside in nature and playing the piano. 

 

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Josh Tuggle

Email: jtuggle5@radford.edu

Originally from: Gretna, VA

Undergraduate degree: Communication Sciences & Disorders from Radford University

Earning a Masters in: Speech-Language Pathology

Why Radford: I choose Radford because it feels like home! Since I went to undergrad here as well, I was familiar with my current program and the faculty that would be teaching my classes. I love the area, and it is close to my family!

Being a Success Mentor is about supporting undergraduate students in their transition to college, providing resources to help students facilitate success, and being there for someone when they need advice or guidance.

When I’m not at school, you can find me writing or rewatching a favorite movie! I also enjoy cooking, visiting Bisset park, blasting 90s music, and hanging out with my friends.

 

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Sierra Ward

Email: sward4@radford.edu | 

Originally from: Winchester, VA

Undergraduate degree: Psychology fromvRadford University

Earning a Masters in: Counselor Education with a focus on Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Why Radford: I loved the campus look/atmosphere (especially all the tree’s!) and the fact that class sizes were smaller. It was important to make connections with my professors and that close knit feel here made all the difference. It was also not too far from home. I appreciate the location. 

Being a Success Mentor means that I get to be a supporter, advocator and motivator for students. I get to help them be the best they can be and make the most of their time in college! I am a friend they can lean on who will help them believe that they can do everything that they set their minds to.

When I am not busy with school, I am busy everywhere else! I love traveling, live music and festivals, being crafty and creative, hanging out with my friends and two pups, hiking, reading self-development books or binging a Netflix series! I don’t stay still for too long!