We know that advising encompasses more than just checking boxes, and our 26 First-Year Advising Mentors (FAMs) are ready to launch first-year students with turbo-charged mentoring.
What Does Your FAM Do?
Your FAM will be an important resource to you throughout your F&M journey. To start, they’ll assist you with onboarding and learning F&M's academic culture. FAMs are also ready to help you add or drop a class and choose that perfect schedule, use Canvas, and more. FAMs will introduce you to the many resources available at F&M, talk about the deep questions of life, and provide tips on where to shop for your new room. Perhaps most importantly, FAMs listen to your story and help you craft a distinctive academic path that suits your interests.
The FAMs can't wait to get you started on your journey at F&M!
Meet the FAMs
The First-Year Advising Mentors for the 2021-2022 academic year represent a wide array of cultures, interests, talents and backgrounds. Read more below to learn about the unique contributions and activities of each member for a sample of the amazing students that the Franklin and Marshall Community is composed of.
Tegan Baldini '23
Hi! My name is Tegan Baldini, and I am a senior from Philadelphia, PA with a double major in Anthropology and English Literature. I work as a tutor at the F&M Writing Center, and I am the Treasurer of F&M's chapter of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity. I am also a member of the Harbaugh Club, Black Pyramid Senior Honor Society, and the Writers House Commune, and I serve on the Common Hour Committee. In my free time I love to read, cook new recipes, and make friendship bracelets! I am looking forward to a fantastic year on campus, and I am so excited to meet everyone!
Sara Beqiraj '25
Hi everyone! My name is Sara Beqiraj and I am a rising sophomore at F&M! I am currently an intended chemistry major and Spanish minor, with a concentration in biochemistry on the pre-medicine track. I am from right outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! I am currently a part of Phi Sigma Pi, Harbaugh, Bilingualism Lab, F&M EMS, Club Volleyball, Club Ultimate, and Lancaster General Health volunteering. This summer I am participating in chemistry research with Professor Morford on-campus, and I am also taking a course to become EMT certified! In my free time, I love being outside, spending time with friends, and baking. I am very excited to meet all of you and help with anything you may need in your transition to college!
Maggie Corson '23
Hi everyone! My name is Maggie Corson and I'm a senior from Wallingford, Pennsylvania. I'm a public health major on the sociology track with a minor in English. On campus, I'm a biology tutor, a tour guide for the admissions office (so I may have met some of you already!) and an advisor for PIT, one of our first-year pre-orientation programs. I'm also involved with research in the public health department and a member of Kappa Delta sorority. I spent this past semester abroad in Switzerland, but I am so excited to be back on campus again this coming fall. Lancaster has become my second home over the years, and I can't wait to help you all acclimate and find your own home here at F&M!
Ben Davis '23
Hey guys! My name is Ben Davis. I’m halfway through my junior year here at Franklin &
Marshall. I’m an anthro major, who’s considering a history minor, and I look forward to getting
to know all of you guys! In terms of my interests, I’m a student athlete, formerly part of the
rowing team, who’s moved on to play rugby, a FAM (obviously), and part of Bonchek Congress.
I also love the outdoors and hope to hold all meetings around our beautiful campus, to best see
what the space has to offer! Look forward to seeing you guys soon!
Genab Diallo '25
Hello! My name is Genab (jay-nab) and I am a sophomore with an intention to major in Public Health on a Sociology track with a minor in Africana Studies! I am from Brooklyn, NY and I am the oldest of 4 kids! As a first generation student, one of the most important things you can have transitioning from high school to college is support! I am ecstatic to be a helping aid to incoming first years and make their transition into their first year as seamless and efficient as possible. See you soon!
Galy Di Giulio '24
Hi everyone! My name is Galy and I am excited to begin my first year as a FAM. I am a rising junior with an environmental studies and public policy joint major. On campus I work for the Center for Sustainable Environment, and am involved in Hillel, Book Club, F&M Votes, and a research project on the Chesapeake Bay. I am also a long time Lancaster resident (12 years) but have lived in three different countries throughout my life.
Glory Edioma '23
Hi all! My name is Glory Edioma and I'm a senior from Newark, New Jersey. I am a Cooperman College Scholar majoring in Public Health (Biology) on the Pre-Med Track. I am involved in several activities both on and off-campus. On-campus, I am a hurdler and sprinter for F&M Track and Field team, and I'm currently conducting Plant Ecophysiology research in Costa Rica with Professor Gotsch this summer. Off-Campus, I worked at a Family practice as a medical assistant in Lancaster, PA the past school year. In my free time, I enjoy watching movies or TV shows, trying new food, reading Manga, and listening to music. I am excited to meet you all.
Sarah Forkin '25
Welcome to F&M!! My name is Sarah and I am from Berks County, PA. I am an intended Neuroscience major on the pre-health track. I am the president of Active Minds and a member of Alpha Delta Pi and the American Sign Language club! I also work at a retirement and assisted living community which is where I spend most of my time when I am home! In the rest of my free time, I love being with my friends, watching Netflix, and exploring the very large world of food!
Hey y'all! My name is Kat Gunther and I'm a senior from Tampa, Florida. I am majoring in Neuroscience on the Pre-Med track. I am on the softball team here at F&M, and I am involved in SALC, ROTARACT, and neuroscience summer research. Last year, I was a Brooks College House Advisor, so I am very excited that I get to continue with this mentoring role. When I am home, I love spending time with friends and family at the beach. In my free time at school, I enjoy going on walks around Lancaster, hanging out on Hartman, or watching movies with my friends. I can't wait to meet everyone!
Shanay Jones '23
Hi! My name is Shanay Jones, I am a senior and a Public Health (Sociology) Major here at Franklin and Marshall College. I am a member of the First Generation Diplomats organization and the Badminton club. When I am not engaging in my studies, you can find me at the ASFC gym or going for a morning run on the track. I am a Certified Personal Trainer as well as a CrossFit athlete. I am passionate about all things fitness and nutrition. If you are looking to get started with a fitness routine but don’t know where to start, feel free to reach out and I would love to speak with you! I look forward to meeting you all! Welcome to F&M!
Maeva Kounga '25
Hey everyone! My name is Maeva Kounga and I am a sophomore originally from outside of Philly, currently residing in Middletown, Delaware. I’m an intending neuroscience major and Spanish minor on the premed track! At F&M I’m on the executive board of S.I.S.T.E.R.S. and the Black Student Union, I’m a member of Alpha Delta Pi, FAMs and I work in the admissions department. Outside of academics and extracurriculars, I love hanging out with my friends, listening to music, and going to the gym. I can’t wait to meet all of you!
Monicque Landell '24
Hello everyone! My name is Monicque and I am a junior here at F&M majoring in Public Health on the Sociology track with a minor in Africana studies. I am from New Haven, CT and the youngest and only girl out of three children! As a proud first-generation Jamaican - American student, the most important part of transitioning not only to college but through college, is support across many areas! I am eager to be aiding incoming first-year students during their journey at F&M in order to make it as smooth and less nerve-racking as possible! See you soon!
Hidy Li '23
Hey everyone! My name is Hidy Li, a senior from Beijing, China, and a Psychology & Anthropology double-major. On campus, I am a peer mentor at F&M's International Center and a member of the Harbaugh Club. I love good food, movies, traveling, playing on my guitar... I am so excited to welcome you to the F&Mily! As a FAM, I am here to answer any questions you have regarding life on campus, and hopefully, a source of continual help throughout your first year. Can't wait to meet you soon!
Jason Li '24
My name is Jason Li, international student from Chengdu, China. I am a double major in Math and CS, and Econ Minor. The president of club ultimate frisbee, the president inter fraternity council, current finance chair of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, and summer tour guide. Looking forward to working with you. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Xiangning (Teresa) Li '24
Hi everyone, my name is Xiangning Li, and you can also call me Teresa. I’m from Shenyang, China. I’m a junior majoring Business, Organization, and Society and minoring International Studies. Now I am a peer mentor in the international center and a house manager in Brooks College House. I’m also the Public Relation Officer in ISAB and the Parliamentary in Brooks House Congress. I like traveling, diving, and watching TV series. I’m looking forward to meeting you and feel free to contact me about anything in F&M! I will try my best to help.
Abby Lienhard '23
Hi, welcome to F&M! My name is Abby Lienhard and I am a senior from Allentown, PA. I’m a chemistry major with a minor in applied mathematics. On campus, I sprint and jump for the Track and Field team, work at the registrar’s office, and complete research in the chemistry department. In my free time I like to try new coffee shops downtown, surf, or read on the quad. I can’t wait to get to know you!
Jensen Macaulay '23
Hi everyone! My name is Jensen and I am from Lebanon, New Jersey. I am a senior double majoring in Environmental Studies and Sociology. At F&M, I am on the softball team and a member of Rotaract Club, a community service organization on campus. In my free time at school, I enjoy exploring Lancaster and hanging out with my friends. At home, I love to spend time outside running, hiking, and playing with my dog.
Curtis Mark '23
Hey everyone! My name is Curtis Mark, and I am a senior at F&M hailing from New Jersey. I am a Cooperman scholar majoring in public health and biology with a minor in chemistry on the pre-med track. On-campus, I am actively involved in club volleyball, F&M Board of Trustees, Phi Sigma Pi, SAS Accessibility Services, IMPACT, in addition to conducting HIV and Stem cell transplant research with Professor Ssentongo. This summer, I will be working as a medical assistant for a pain physician in Lancaster and conducting neuromodulation clinical research for chronic pain patients. I am elated to meet you all, and welcome to F&M!
Zoe Peloso '25
Hi! My name is Zoe Peloso. I am a rising sophomore studying premed! I danced and was a Girl Scout for 14 years, and work at an assisted living. I can’t wait to meet you all and help out in any way I can!!
Andrew Petti '23
Hello All, My name is Andrew and I am a Senior at F&M. At Franklin and Marshall I am double majoring in Anthropology and Classics. Throughout my time at F&M, I have played Men's Rugby, participated in the Orchestra as well as the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. My leadership roles include President of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity (ZBT) on campus and Recruitment Director for Young Americans for Liberty (YAL). You may see me at the Barshinger Performing Arts Center as I am a Sound Technician which is one of many jobs students may obtain at F&M. I look forward to working with you!
Nick Pine '24
Ben Schmidt '25
Hey, my name is Ben Schmidt and I am a rising sophomore FAM! I am from Coopersburg, PA and am intending to double major in B&MB (biochemistry and molecular bio) and music. I am looking forward to being a FAM because as a first-generation student myself, I knew I had a lot of questions going into my first year of college. I hope I can help alleviate some of that stress of the unknown through my position as a FAM!
Kristie Sears '25
Welcome to F&M! My name is Kristie Sears and I am from East Orange, New Jersey. I am a first generation college student and am a prospective History and Anthropology major. On-campus, I am a House Advisor for Weis College House and a part of Choomies, our k-pop dance club. I participate with our Ware Institute for Civic Engagement and I also volunteer at the local animal shelter. In my free time, I am drinking boba, watching youtube, and hanging out with friends. I am excited to get to know you all!
Mackenzie Shirk '23
Welcome to F&M! My name is Mackenzie and I am a senior here at F&M. I am double majoring in Spanish and English and want to be a high school teacher after I graduate. I am from Lancaster and love to show off my home to anyone who loves food, nature, and adventure. If I'm not riding my bike all over Lancaster with ice cream in hand, you can find me in the Dance Studio or hanging out with friends. I'm also currently working on getting my Doula certification. I love spending time outside enjoying nature so if you see me around Hartman green please stop and say hi! I look forward to seeing you all around campus!
Nicholas Tewell '23
My name is Nicholas Tewell and I am a senior from Mechanicsburg, PA. I am on the Pre-Med track, with a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. I am also pursuing a minor in Spanish. I am a member of the school's Division 1 varsity wrestling team. I am also involved in numerous on-campus organizations including the Student-Athlete Leadership Committee, Student-Athlete Conduct Committee, Diplomat Christian Fellowship, and a tutoring program for local elementary school students. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, whether that is hiking or hammocking. I also enjoy playing video games with friends.
Rosy Turner '24
Hi! My name is Rosy Turner and I'm a junior at F&M from Amherst, Ohio. I am joint majoring in BOS and Public Policy and minoring in Economics. I love staying involved on campus, there's so much to do here! I'm on the Eboard of the Asian American Alliance Club (AAA), social chair of Kappa Delta Sorority and captain of the Women's Club Soccer Team. In my free time you'll see me in the gym or cheering on our sports teams at home games! I'm very excited to meet all of you!
Tess Wallace '23
Welcome to F&M! My name is Tess, and I am majoring in Anthropology with an applied mathematics minor. I am involved with Kappa Delta and Ware College house government on-campus. I enjoy cooking, baking, painting, and walking downtown with friends in my free time. My favorite place to study on campus is upstairs of Blueline. I can't wait to meet you!
Emma Weber '25
Hi! My name is Emma Weber and I am a (rising) sophomore here at F&M! This is my first year as a FAM and I couldn’t be more excited to meet and work with the rising first-years. I am an intended psychology and Italian double major with a large focus on developmental psychology. On campus I am involved in MUS, our music honor society, and The Poor Richards, F&M’s oldest and only co-ed acapella group! I am also the current treasurer for PR as well. Outside of school I enjoy music, reading, going to concerts/Broadway shows, and watching tons of movies and TV shows. So far, I have loved my time at F&M and I hope I can help make the class of 2026’s first year memorable!
Julia Weber '23
My name is Julia Weber and I am a senior from Westchester, NY. I am a Psychology major with a minor in Spanish. I am a member of Alpha Delta Pi, Hillel, and a First-Year Advising Mentor. In my free time I love to go on walks with my dog, listen to music, and hang out with my friends! My favorite thing to do on campus, in the spring in particular, is sit on Hartman Green with my friends.
Skylar Zachian '25
Hi everyone! My name is Skylar Zachian and I am a sophomore from Villanova, PA with an intended major in English on the Creative Writing track. Outside of the classroom, I am a member of the F&M Dance Team, F&M Players, and The Harbaugh Club; I am a Recruitment/Initiate advisor and Fellowship Head for Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, I write for The College Reporter, and I look forward to mentoring for the CURB pre-orientation program this summer. I love dancing, listening to music (especially Conan Gray and Olivia Rodrigo), and spending sunny days on Hartman Green with friends. I am so excited to be here for you as you make your transition into the F&M community. Don’t hesitate to reach out!