A group of Brescia Sophs.

Orientation Leaders

When you begin your journey at Brescia this fall you will welcomed to the community by our enthusiastic, friendly and helpful student leaders called Soph Peer Mentors.

Sophs are upper-year mentors who have dedicated themselves to welcoming incoming students to Brescia and the greater Western community. Your Brescia Sophs are your leaders, resources, supports and friends throughout Orientation Week and the rest of the year. The week before Orientation Week you will be contacted by your Soph via your Western email to get the introductions started!

Between the Brescia, Huron, King's and Western's campuses, there are approximately 800 Soph leaders divided into Residence, Affiliate, Faculty, Off-Campus, Charity and Info teams.

To learn more about each of our Soph Peer Mentors, check out the bios below! 

If you have any questions regarding the Orientation Team, contact the Student Life Centre at bucstudent.life@uwo.ca or the Head Soph at orientation.coordinator@bucsc.ca


 

Sarah S., Head Soph
Name: Sarah Sequeira, Head Soph
Soph Name: Blinding Lights
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Honours Specialization in Food Science & Technology with a Minor in Political Science
Year: 4
Languages: English
Places Lived: Mississauga and London, Ontario
Special Interests: Spending time with family and friends, listening to music, watching Netflix, and baking.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program, Brescia University College Students' Council (BUCSC), Students' Human Ecology Association (SHEA), and Sport Nutrition Athlete Project (SNAP)
Advice to your first year self: I would tell my first year self that it is OK to step outside of my comfort zone. I did not get involved in clubs or teams during my first year at Brescia, and it is something I regret. The clubs and teams that I joined in later years helped me feel part of the Brescia community and I have made so many lifelong friendships through them.

Lauryn B., Programming Assistant
Name: Lauryn Bikos, Programming Assistant
Soph Name: Fail Rail
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Honours Specialization in English with a Major in Political Science
Year: 3
Languages: English
Places Lived: London, Ontario
Special Interests: All sports, piano, reading, writing and traveling!
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program, Brescia Writing Centre Volunteer, Researcher for Red Zone Research team at King's University College
Advice to your first year self: Talk to everyone! Professors, Sophs, staff, other Brescia students and students from other Western campuses - it truly is a community. Professors, Sophs, and staff are here to help and guide you through this transition, and other students are in the same boat as you. Have fun, meet new people, and be yourself!

Vivian Ng, Programming Assistant
Name: Vivian Ng, Programming Assistant
Soph Name: Fearless
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Honours Double Major in Family Studies and Psychology
Year: 3
Languages: English
Places Lived: Markham and London, Ontario
Special Interests: Musical theatre, Netflix, photography, baking, playing piano and ukulele, singing, arts and crafts, and traveling.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program, Disney Club, Peer mentor for Brescia Bold, and Western Rock Climbing Club
Advice to your first year self: Take your courses one step at a time, make sure to take time for yourself and build wellness and self-care into your schedule.

Abby S.

Name: Abby Syrja
Soph Name: Stitch
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Honours Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics with a Minor in Psychology
Year: 3
Languages: English
Places Lived: Thunder Bay and London, Ontario
Special Interests: Dance, skiing, hiking, traveling and cooking!
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program, This is London Dance Company, and SNAP
Advice to your first year self: It's OK to feel nervous about all of the transitions and new experiences that come with moving away from home. Take advantage of as many opportunities as you can, join sports/clubs you enjoy, explore campus events, and study hard but also leave time for fun because university flies by. Don't be afraid to talk to other people and put yourself out there; lifelong friends are made in university.


Alessia DeMattia
Name: Alessia DeMattia
Soph Name: Bad & Boujee
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Major in Sociology with a Minor in Religious Studies and Dance
Year: 4
Languages: English
Places Lived: Chatham and London, Ontario
Special Interests: Dancing, baking/cooking, bike riding, and spending time with family.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program and Hip Hop Western
Advice to your first year self: Don't be afraid to take chances because the next four years will be life-changing. At the beginning of first year, it can be intimidating which can leave you feeling lonely, this is when you have to find people who can support you. Being away from home for the first time leaves you away from your support system, developing friendships within the Brescia community can help you to build a new one. My friends at Brescia have been there for me throughout these past four years and I am so glad to have met them.

Amanda Yeo, Brescia Soph
Name: Amanda Yeo
Soph Name: Happily Ever After
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Honours Specialization in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology
Year: 5
Languages: English
Places Lived: Toronto and London, Ontario
Special Interests: Spending time with family and friends, Disney, NBA, planning my life, studying, watching TV, writing, dancing, and mental health strategies.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program, Professional Mentoring Program Mentee and BUCSC
Advice to your first year self: I would give my first-year self four pieces of advice: 1) that school and things are not a big deal and you can handle anything, 2) you only ever get out what you put into something, 3) don't wait for your life to start or you will miss everything in front of you, and 4) you can be happy without a guy in your life.

Angel Tan, Brescia Soph
Name: Angel Tan
Soph Name: Semi-Hurt
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Honours Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics
Year: 2
Languages: Cantonese and English
Places Lived: Toronto, Markham, Newmarket and London, Ontario
Special Interests: Love art (painting especially) and gaming (Valorant, Minecraft, and League).
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program and BUCSC
Advice to your first year self: You did a good job putting yourself out there and joining the student council that you had no intention to join. You met awesome people and made very good connections with them. You could try to connect with your professors more by joining their office hours, even if you don't have any questions.

Bella H., Brescia Soph

Name: Bella Hard
Soph Name: Tazo Expensive
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Honours Specialization Major in French for Teaching with a Minor in Family Studies
Year: 2
Languages: English and French
Places Lived: Sarnia and London, Ontario
Special Interests: Cooking, DIY projects, macramé, watercolour painting, board games, spending time at the beach, and going for bike rides.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program and Boy and Girls Club
Advice to your first year self: Don't be so nervous! Everyone is in the same boat and you will find your people. 


Caitlyn C., Brescia Soph

Name: Caitlyn Clark
Soph Name: Tumbler
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Management and Organizational Studies
Year: 2
Languages: English
Places Lived: Ajax and London, Ontario
Special Interests: Baking, swimming, hanging out with my friends, and watching Netflix.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program and Brescia Residence Council
Advice to your first year self: Have fun and step outside of your comfort zone!


Calandra Payler, Brescia Soph
Name: Calandra (Cali) Payler
Soph Name: Splash Zone
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Double Major in Health Sciences and Psychology
Year: 4
Languages: English
Places Lived: Cambridge, Stratford and London, Ontario
Special Interests: Knitting, crocheting, painting (even though I'm not very good!), and playing games.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program and Brescia Writing Centre Peer Tutor
Advice to your first year self: Stop trying to fit in so much! There is such a diversity of people you'll meet at university, you don't have to stop being yourself to make friends. And when you make friends being true to yourself, those are the friends that will last forever.

Chloe Leguard, Brescia Soph
Name: Chloe Leguard
Soph Name: G.O.A.T.
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Double Major in BMOS Accounting and Economics
Year: 3
Languages: English
Places Lived: Cobourg and London, Ontario
Special Interests: Volleyball, badminton, tennis, canoeing, water skiing, downhill and cross-country skiing, playing the organ, and spending time with friends!
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program, Brescia Students' Council (BUCSC), Junior Varsity Volleyball, Western Habitat for Humanity 
Advice to your first year self: Be calm, take your time and realize that most people are in the exact same, super uncomfortable, but really amazing place that you are! Everything works out in the end and having a good support system is the best way to prepare yourself for the hard stuff.

Daniella B., Brescia Soph
Name: Daniella Brownrigg
Soph Name: Crack of Dawn
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Honours Specialization in Psychology
Year: 3
Languages: English and Spanish
Places Lived: London, Ontario and Lima, Peru
Special Interests: I love drawing and painting, I like to sing and enjoy working out (especially when it comes to Zumba or Latin dance lessons). I am a vegetarian as well.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program Brescia International Club, SALSA (Spanish and Latin Student Association), WPA (Westerm's Psychology Association)
Advice to your first year self: Take care of your mental health. You will be exposed to so many new, amazing, terrifying things at university, including personal expectations. Sometimes you will want to push yourself too hard, and you need to know that it is okay to take a break once in a while. It is also okay to write an email to your prof and ask them a question, do not be scared to do so. Make sure you get to know enough people in your classes, to talk to in case you are lost while doing an assignment, or even if you wanna hang out.

Emma M., Brescia Soph
Name: Emma Morris
Soph Name: Starstruck
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Honours Specialization Nutrition and Dietetics
Year: 2
Languages: English
Places Lived: Toronto and London, Ontario
Special Interests: Photography, cooking, swimming and blogging!
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program and Nutrition Ignition!
Advice to your first year self: Take that first step outside your comfort zone; whether it's reaching out to someone new, raising your hand in a lecture, or joining a new club. Take the opportunity to connect with new people, and get involved in the welcoming community Brescia has to offer. Most importantly prioritize your mental health, do activities that fuel you, ask for help, and make the most of the year ahead.

Evelyn Vargas, Brescia Soph
Name: Evelyn Vargas
Soph Name: Smokeshow
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Honours Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics with a Major in Health Sciences
Year: 5
Languages: English and Spanish
Places Lived: Ajax and London, Ontario
Special Interests: Sports, music, baking and movies!
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program, Nutrition Ignition! and Growing Chefs Ontario.
Advice to your first year self: A piece of advice I would give to my first year self is to not be afraid of getting involved in the Brescia community! There are so many clubs/teams to take part in that may interest you, and take advantage of the great services offered at Brescia that support student learning. First year goes by much faster than you think so make the most of it and enjoy every moment here at Brescia. Have fun making amazing memories that will last you a lifetime!

Foluke O'Emmanuel, Brescia Soph
Name: Foluke O'Emmanual
Soph Name: Oh Buoy
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Honours Specialization in Psychology with a Minor in Family Studies
Year: 3
Languages: English
Places Lived: Barrie and London, Ontario
Special Interests: Baking, reading, collecting records, singing, and playing piano.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program and Wellness Peers
Advice to your first year self: Take things one day at a time and appreciate the time you have to make new memories. It goes by really fast, so it helps to have those special memories after. You're here at university for a reason, so don't compare your journey to anyone else's.

 

Georgia Volland, Brescia Soph
Name: Georgia Volland
Soph Name: Ice Age
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Double Major in French for Teaching and Family Studies and Human Development
Year: 4
Languages: English and French
Places Lived: Belle River and London, Ontario
Special Interests: Musical theatre, crafting, and golf.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program
Advice to your first year self: The advice that I would give to my first year self is to not set such high expectations for yourself. The university transition is difficult and you aren't the only one who is experiencing it. You need to approach things at your own pace and learn how to navigate your new lifestyle in university. Don't consume yourself in the idea of what you "should" be doing, but DO enjoy yourself. Your first year is over before you know it so listen to yourself, mentally and physically, and do what is right for you to enjoy your experience and look back at it fondly.

Grace Gillet, Brescia Soph
Name: Grace Gillet
Soph Name: Planking Queen
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Major in Nutrition and Families with a Minor in Health Science
Year: 3
Languages: English
Places Lived: Belmont and London, Ontario
Special Interests: Exercise, running, spending time with family and friends, sewing, volunteering, and the environment.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program, Nutrition Ignition, Brescia University College Students' Council (BUCSC), Run With Us Club, Children's Health Foundation Youth Philanthropy Group Member 
Advice to your first year self: Getting involved on campus, is KEY! The more you get involved, the more resources, connections and friends you will make, which will help you as you grow as an individual and student throughout your University journey. YOU GOT THIS!

Haley Simm, Brescia Soph
Name: Haley Sim
Soph Name: Pogo No-Go
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Honours Specialization in Community Development and Criminal Justice with a Major in Psychology
Year: 3
Languages: English, French (conversational), and American Sign Language (conversational)
Places Lived: London and Komoka, Ontario
Special Interests: Baking, drawing, painting, cooking, learning new languages, playing with my puppy, studying/learning new things I am passionate about, watching crime shows, musicals, and many more things.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program, Professional Mentoring Program Mentee, Sisters of St. Josephs, and Lstar.
Advice to your first year self: I would tell my first year self that no matter what you go through, even if you really want to go back and change it and do it differently, everything happens for a reason, whether it be an unfortunate or successful opportunity, and whether you want to hear it or not, it will all work out. You have the strength and the supports to get through it, even though it may not always seem that way, you can do. Do not give up because you have so much potential in this world, and I know there are so many things to explore and so many opportunities ahead of you.

Hannah Hodder, Brescia Soph
Name: Hannah Hodder
Soph Name: Monkey Business
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Major in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Psychology
Year: 4
Languages: English and French
Places Lived: Woodstock and London, Ontario
Special Interests: Music, dancing, hiking, reading, basketball, and volleyball.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program
Advice to your first year self: Be open to new and exciting opportunities and don't be afraid to put yourself out there. Join clubs and organizations! Especially some down at main campus, because you never know when that opportunity will present itself again!

Jasmine Garland, Brescia Soph
Name: Jasmine Garland
Soph Name: Vitamin D(iss)
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Major in French for Teaching
Year: 3
Languages: English and French (conversational)
Places Lived: St. Catharines and London, Ontario
Special Interests: Knitting, baking, gardening, classic literature, crafts, 70s/80s/90s music, and Disney movies.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program, Knitting Club and French Club.
Advice to your first year self: I would tell myself to not be afraid to put myself out there and go to events. There are so many wonderful people to meet at university, and you may find a lifelong friend!

Summer G., Brescia Soph
Name: Jiaying (Summer) Guo
Soph Name: Adventurer
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Honours Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics 
Year: 3
Languages: English, French and Mandarin
Places Lived: London, Ontario
Special Interests: Playing the clarinet, baking, cooking, and playing ping-pong.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program, Nutrition Ignition!, Middlesex-London Food Policy Council (MLFPC), Brescia Student Ambassador
Advice to your first year self: Don’t be shy to make new friends! Don’t be afraid to ask questions! If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere. If you can dream it, you can do it! I’m sure you will love this new journey in Brescia :)

Jordynn B., Brescia Soph

Name: Jordynn Bryan
Soph Name: Twister
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Double Major in Consumer behavior and Psychology
Year: 2
Languages: English
Places Lived: Oakville and London, Ontario
Special Interests: Staying active by working out and going on bike rides and hikes, and watching Netflix and Youtube.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program, Varsity Basketball, Brescia Multicultural Club
Advice to your first year self: Not everything turns out as planned and that's okay. Also whatever the outcome is, trying your best is good enough and it's necessary to take some time to rest!

 

Julia S., Brescia Soph

Name: Julia Sudgen
Soph Name: Soup-er Girl
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Food and Nutrition
Year: 2
Languages: English
Places Lived: Markham and London, Ontario
Special Interests: I love to cook and bake! I took a pastry art and culinary course with a local college through my high school. 
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program, Brescia Residence Council and Middlesex-London Food Policy Council (MLFPC)
Advice to your first year self: The school year will be much better with a big community of friends! Don’t be afraid to join extracurriculars or reach out to other people in your programs! As well, don’t be afraid to ask for help. If your struggling with a concept, chances are others are too! Profs and TAs are usually very nice about answering questions during office hours/tutorials if you show them you care about doing well!


Julia W., Brescia Soph

Name: Julia Weir
Soph Name: Mystery Girl
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Honours Double Major in Sociology and Childhood and Social Institutions
Year: 2
Languages: English
Places Lived: London, Ontario
Special Interests: Watching and being a part of live theatre, being active outdoors with family and friends, reading, baking, listening to music and swimming.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program, Brescia Writing Centre, Disney Club
Advice to your first year self: Do not be afraid to ask someone else, whether it is a professor or peer, to look over your assignment drafts to help edit them and provide advice to further improve your work. The Writing Centre's services were extremely helpful with this and are very approachable!


Kaylee Johnson, Brescia Soph
Name: Kaylee Johnson
Soph Name: Daylight Savings
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Honours Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics with a Minor in French Studies
Year: 3
Languages: English and French
Places Lived: New Zealand, France, Canada
Special Interests: Baking and cooking, crafts, volleyball, and fitness.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program, Junior Varsity Volleyball, Western Rock Climbing Club, SHEA
Advice to your first year self: Don’t be afraid to try new things, join new clubs and reach out and meet new people.

Kristyn A., Brescia Soph
Name: Kristyn Alves
Soph Name: Ranger
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Honours Specialization in Psychology with a Major in Family Studies
Year: 3
Languages: English
Places Lived: Thamesville and London, Ontario
Special Interests:
The outdoors, especially on sunny days!
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program and Brescia University College Students' Council (BUCSC)
Advice to your first year self: Keep an open mind, take risks and get involved!

Lauren Tennant, Brescia Soph
Name: Lauren Tennant
Soph Name: Undercover
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Double Major in Psychology and French for Teaching
Year: 3
Languages: English and French 
Places Lived: London, Ontario
Special Interests: Traveling, sports, baking and hiking.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program, Salsa Club, and recreational basketball team
Advice to your first year self: You truly are not alone, try saying hi to at least one new person a day.

Leanne D., Brescia Soph
Name: Leanne De Souza
Soph Name: Waldo
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Honours Double Major in French for Teaching and Genetics
Year: 4
Languages: English and French
Places Lived: Mississauga, Brampton and London, Ontario
Special Interests: Dance (contemporary, ballet, jazz, hip-hop), cooking, movies and spending time with friends and family.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program, Brescia University College Students' Council (BUCSC), Hip-Hop Western
Advice to your first year self: Stand out and don't be afraid to get involved. You have a larger impact than you know, so don't let perceived limitations restrain you from joining extracurriculars. You would be surprised how getting involved will help in the future. Go for it!

Madison Smith, Brescia Soph
Name: Madison Smith
Soph Name: Tinkle Bell
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Major in Family Studies with a Minor in French
Year: 3
Languages: English and French
Places Lived: Kingsville, Petrolia and Camlachie, Ontario, and Florida, USA
Special Interests: Cooking, crafts, singing, making sculptures and musicals.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program, Brescia Residence Council, Brescia Student Ambassador and the Acapella Project.
Advice to your first year self: Experience everything you can and never take a moment for granted.

Maiyah Tsaprailis, Brescia Soph
Name: Maiyah Tsaprailis
Soph Name: Wings
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Honours Double Major in Consumer Behaviour and Psychology with a Certificate in Diversity and Family Studies
Year: 4
Languages: English and Greek (beginners)
Places Lived: London, Ontario
Special Interests: Reading at the beach, playing instruments (piano, guitar and uke), music, sports, dance, and photography.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program and the Western Hellenic Society.
Advice to your first year self: Put yourself out there and just try things even if it is out of your comfort zone as those opportunities could be gone the next moment (ex. When covid hit for me, I thought about all the activities I should've just went to).

Maria G., Brescia Soph
Name: Maria Gale
Soph Name: Wipeout
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Double Major in Health Science and Psychology
Year: 4
Languages: English
Places Lived: Oshawa and London, Ontario
Special Interests: Soccer, skiing, tennis, yoga, piano and singing.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program, UWO Choir, Purple Yogis, Hip Hop Western, UWO Ski/Snowboard Club
Advice to your first year self: Manage your time effectively when studying for exams and try to have a work-life balance. Also, take care of yourself by eating well and exercising.

Maria M., Brescia Soph
Name: Maria Munera
Soph Name: Flower Power
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Honours Specialization in English Language and Literature
Year: 3
Languages: English and Spanish
Places Lived: Niagara Falls and London, Ontario
Special Interests: Reading, writing, roller skating, knitting and making Spotify playlists.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program and Brescia University College Students' Council (BUCSC)
Advice to your first year self: Give yourself unconditional love! Don't compare yourself to others; everyone is going through a different life journey. No one in first year knows exactly what they are doing and that's okay. Life is full of possibilities and you are capable of doing anything you put your mind to.

Melodie Y., Brescia Soph
Name: Melodie Yeung
Soph Name: Breakaway
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Honours Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics
Year: 2
Languages: English and French
Places Lived: Richmond Hill and London, Ontario
Special Interests: Dancing, working out and baking.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program 
Advice to your first year self: Everyone in first year is trying to make friends, and as scary as it is, be the first one to reach out; chances are, they’re scared too! Also, make sure to take time to take care of yourself; your grades are important, but your well-being is too!

Nicole Hibbs, Brescia Soph

Name: Nicole Hibbs
Soph Name: Risky Renter
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Double Major in Political Science and Leadership
Year: 4
Languages: English
Places Lived: Caledonia and London, Ontario
Special Interests: Playing board games, gardening, and watching and playing sports.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program, Brescia University College Students' Council (BUCSC)
Advice to your first year self: Don't be afraid to be who you are and do what you love. But, also don't be scared to try something new. Join a new club, try a new sport, or take the course that interests you.


Raghad, Brescia Soph
Name: Raghad Abou Jemei
Soph Name: Rolling in the Deep
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Food and Nutrition
Year: 2
Languages: Arabic and English
Places Lived: The United Arab Emirates and Canada
Special Interests: Watching TV shows, going to the gym, and going for walks.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program and Brescia University College Students' Council (BUCSC)
Advice to your first year self: Don’t worry too much, sometimes it can be all in your head. 

Rianna, Brescia Soph

Name: Rianna Halkic
Soph Name: Lilac
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Double Major In Psychology and Sociology
Year: 5
Languages: English and Bosnian/Serbo-Croatian
Places Lived: London, Ontario
Special Interests: Reading, baking, running and listening to music and podcasts.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program, Thriving at Brescia and Brescia Psychology Association
Advice to your first year self:
Learn to prioritize your time, and take care of yourself in the process! Try your best, but also allow room to make mistakes and discover the paces that are necessary to grow from.


Sarah A., Brescia Soph
Name: Sarah Andrusiak
Soph Name: Jaws
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Double Major in History and Family Studies
Year: 3
Languages: English
Places Lived: Chatham and London, Ontario
Special Interests: Dance, soccer, working out, and walks in the summer with friends and family.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program, Residence Flag Football, Women in Fitness Club, Relay for Life
Advice to your first year self: Ensure time management is a top priority. Balancing between school, the social aspects and taking care of yourself is so crucial. Don’t be too hard on yourself though; you’re going through so much change! 

Tehreem
Name: Tehreem Fatimah
Soph Name: Poppy
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her
Academic Program: Honours Specialization in Psychology
Year: 3
Languages: Urdu and English
Places Lived: Hamilton and London, Ontario
Special Interests: Books, reading, gardening, music and photography.
Clubs/Sports/Organizations Involved In: Brescia Orientation Program, Brescia Bold Course Peer Mentor, Psychology Student Association (Western), Pakistani Students Association ( Western) 
Advice to your first year self: Everyone around you is just as nervous and anxious as you are, so just get involved and don't be afraid to make new friends.