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2017 - 2018 Reinhardt Orientation Leaders

2017 - 2018 Reinhardt University Orientation Leaders

Reinhardt Orientation Leaders assist new students in their transition to becoming a part of the Reinhardt family. During our SOAR days, our Orientation Leaders will escort you and your family around campus giving you a sense of what campus life is like! At Eagle Bound and throughout your freshman year, Orientation Leaders will get you plugged into a variety of campus organizations as well as help you form life-long friendships within the Reinhardt community! We are excited to welcome you as one of our newest Reinhardt Eagles! See you soon!


Kristen Holder

Kristen Holder

Class Year: Senior

Major: Business Administration

My major is business administration with a concentration in management. I am from Perry, Georgia. I love the endless opportunities at Reinhardt University. At Reinhardt, you can be whoever you would like to be. If you want to be an all “A” student, you can be. If you want to be active, you can be. If you want to be the student who naps every chance they get, you can be. Who you can be is strictly up to you. At Reinhardt, you can be involved in more than you think-you set the pace. Besides orientation, I have been involved in Georgia Phi Beta Lambda, the Student Government Association, the Reinhardt University Leadership Academy, the Judicial Council, as well as I am a member of the women’s golf team. My advice to incoming students is find opportunities. You cannot wait for an opportunity to come forth-you have to get up and seek them. College is a crucial step for an individual. At Reinhardt, you can be anything, but at Reinhardt, you will be family. GO EAGLES!


Karyn Arnold

Karyn Arnold

Class Year: Sophomore

Major: Biology

My major is biology. I am from Stockbridge, Georgia. I love RU because at Reinhardt, I know that I am not just a number to the faculty and staff. They genuinely care about my well-being and my success and that brings that family atmosphere, which makes me feel comfortable on campus. Besides orientation, I am a cheerleader. My advice to incoming students is don't be afraid to ask for help! The professors tell you their office hours so that you can come to them for help. They love to help you succeed!


Jordan Beach

Jordan Beach

Class Year: Senior

Major: Communications

My major is communications. I am from Canton, Georgia. I love the people that make Reinhardt the community that it is. I immediately felt welcomed and a sense of belonging when I first came here, and since then, I've made some of the best friends I've ever had. I'm involved with CARES Peer Mentoring, Judicial Council, Executive Board, and I'm the Vice President of the Student Activities Counsel. I enjoy attending campus worship and spending time with friends. My advice to incoming freshman is that their college experience has the potential to be whatever they want it to become. The more energy you put into exploring various areas of interest, the more connected you'll feel, and the more you'll learn about who you are and who you want to become.


Michelle Bonin

Michelle Bonin

Class Year: Senior

Major: Sociology

My major is criminal justice and social services. I am from Roswell, Georgia. I love the support you get from the Reinhardt Family. The small community at Reinhardt helps to be able to love, care, support, and thrive together. I love the RU family! On campus, I attend campus worship. To incoming students, you make your own experience at Reinhardt. Whether you are on a sports team, an honors student, or play in the band there are so many opportunities to get involved and get active on campus!


Omar Romero-Cruz

Omar Romero-Cruz

Class Year: Junior

Major: Sociology and Criminal Justice

My major is criminal justice and sociology. I am from Chicago, Illinois. I like how Reinhardt is a beautiful campus, it’s just a relaxing place to be, especially when you have papers to write. Besides being an orientation leader, I am a RU Captain, I am involved in A.L.A.S., A.D.S.A., S.B.S., Reinhardt Wind Ensemble, Screaming Eagle Marching Band, and work study with Reinhardt Central. My advice to incoming students is that in college and in life expect the unexpected. You never know who is going to be you're friend, who you're going to work with or work for. Be active don't just sit around, go out make new friends, and get involved. Build connections with your friends, professors, people you work with. Oh, and go to class.


Joy Etheridge

Joy Etheridge

Class Year: Senior

Major: Music Education and Sacred Music

My majors are music education and sacred music. I am from Griffin, Georgia. I am involved in The 'Hardt Breakers (the all-Female a Capella Group), Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, and Pi Kappa Lambda. I enjoy walking on hiking trails here at Reinhardt University and attending all the shows and recitals at the Falany Performing Arts Center. What I love about Reinhardt is the support and love you receive not only from other students, but also from the faculty and staff. Your fellow friends will support you in every way possible, and the faculty and staff at Reinhardt will mentor and push you to become the best you can possibly be. You will not receive one on one attention anywhere else the way it is provided here. My advice to incoming students is to be safe, be smart, take risks and live your life to the fullest. It is so easy to get caught up in the freedom of being on your own and not keeping up with the responsibilities it entails. Keep your head in the game! Stay focused, stay determined, and don't lose sight of your dreams. A huge part of Reinhardt is making sure you achieve your goals and become successful, but you have to work for it. Work first, work hard, play hard later. GOOD LUCK!


Brittany Gaddy

Brittany Gaddy

Class Year: Senior

Major: Music Education and Music Performance

My major is music education and instrumental performance. I am from Fayetteville, Georgia. At Reinhardt University, I have been involved with Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, and Chamber Winds, multiple small Woodwind ensembles (Quintet, Quartet, Trio, and Duet), Orchestra, Choir and pit orchestra for Opera and Musical Theater productions. I have also served as a Reinhardt Captain giving tours around campus to prospective students. I enjoy participating in outdoor activities and in campus ministry as well as getting to know people intentionally. I also admire the fact that the Reinhardt community truly is family no matter what area of study you choose or organizations with which you are involved. My advice to incoming is be courageous and find your place in the world as an individual, as a team member, and as a leader. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved and do things that will challenge you, grow you and shape you into the person you were created to be. Remember this: if you are comfortable, then you probably aren't growing to fulfill your potential. If you're uncomfortable, then you're growing and this is YOUR time to grow. Lastly, be blessed and enjoy what you do!


Nikki Johnson

Nikki Johnson

Class Year: Sophomore

Major: Music Education

My major is Music Education. I am from Woodstock, Georgia. I am involved in Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, the 'Hardt Breakers, and Opera. I love this school because not only are we a family at Reinhardt, but we all hold ourselves to a high standard of excellence. Your professors, deans, and friends will support you to be the best you can be and celebrate your successes, whether they are big or small. I know that when I graduate in 2020, I will leave equipped with the knowledge and experience I need for a bright future and lifelong friends to see me through it all. My advice to incoming students is find something you love to do on campus and make friends with the people you meet. Whether it is students within your major or in a club you love, they will become your people. These friendships will last a lifetime!


Adrienne Lawrence

Adrienne Lawrence

Class Year: Senior

Major: Music Education

My major is music education. I am from Kennesaw, Georgia. I love that I can be a part of so many opportunities and outreaches that directly or indirectly impact the community at large. The staff and professors encourage students to think beyond their normal ideals and explore all the world has to offer. Other than orientation, I am involved in the Student Government Association, African Descendants Student Association, Anime Club, and the Screaming Eagle Marching Band. My advice to incoming students is never be afraid to take on new challenges. College is a big step and you will meet new people and new experiences. Don't let anything hinder you from enjoying your time in college and always be willing to try new things.


Talyn Owens

Talyn Owens

Class Year: Junior

Major: Sports Studies

My major is sports studies with a minor in biology.  I am from Rome, Georgia.

I love how RU is family-oriented. Whenever there is a crisis or there is something to celebrate the university comes together as a unit and we support one another. I am involved in: SAC, Student Government Association-Senate, Orientation, the Greek Life committee, D.R.E.A.M.S., RU Captain, Work study with athletics (football team) as well as the practicum with the Athletic Trainers. My advice to the incoming students: only you can make your Reinhardt experience special; get involved and go to events. RU has something for everyone, but you have to get out of your dorm room and step out of your comfort zone to find what's right. It's okay to try something new. You may just find out something about yourself that you never knew. Be spontaneous!


Adrien Merrilles

Adrien Merrilles

Class Year: Sophomore

Major: Sports Studies with a Biology Minor

My major is sports studies with a minor in biology. I am from Austell, Georgia. I love how Reinhardt is a small school that is very welcoming and makes your feel like your apart of a family! I love how when you step on campus you’re always greeted by smiling faces of our peers and professors. Other than orientation, you can catch me on the soccer field, as I play soccer at RU. My advice to incoming students is college can be whatever you want it to be! If you try to get out, attend events, and meet new people you will build friendships that will last a lifetime and you will have a great college experience! Make sure you stay focused in your classes, because everything you do now will set you up for your future! Most importantly, don't forget to have fun! You don't get these years back!


Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams

Class Year: Sophomore

Major: Mathematics and Secondary Education

My majors are mathematics and education. I am from Riverdale, Georgia. I enjoy going to different events around campus. There's a lot of things going on around campus from athletics and plays/recitals events to clubs and student based events. I love Reinhardt because it was something I'd never expected. When they say small things can have the biggest impact, they are not lying. Reinhardt is a place where everyone can and will thrive at their best. Whether you’re an athlete, musician, or just someone who attends Reinhardt, you'll have a spot where everyone will know your name. I feel so at home and more than just a student that has to graduate in four or five years to the faculty and staff. Its home and I know I'm wanted and loved.
Other than orientation, I am a D.R.E.A.M.S. member and a cheerleader. My advice for incoming students is I challenge you to go out and make new friends and get out there. Do not go into your college experience excluding yourself from this huge world. Reinhardt opens doors that can and will lead you down the path to success where you will be able to soar like the true eagle you are. There will be bumps in the road and its okay. Asking for help is always a good way to make friends and meet new people. All you can do is try to be a better version of yourself every day.


Kayla Thomas

Kayla Thomas

Class Year: Sophomore

Major: Music Education

My major is music education. I am from Powder Springs, Georgia. On campus, I am involved in RU Chamber and Concert Choir, and the female a Capella group, 'Hardt Breakers.
I love that Reinhardt is small yet so diverse. You can meet people from all walks of life and know them by name. I also love that each student can receive the individual attention they deserve in the classroom. Professors are always there to help. My advice to incoming student is that college is what you make it so have a good attitude in everything you do. Also, get involved! It will add to the overall experience you have and is a great way to meet new people on campus!


Savannah Teague

Savannah Teague

Class Year: Senior

Major: Early Childhood Education

My major is early childhood education. I am from Alpharetta, Georgia. Reinhardt is a home away from home. The people that attend Reinhardt have the same ambitions as you to succeed and have a great time while doing it. Reinhardt celebrates our differences and is an inclusive environment that caters to the needs of our diverse campus. Besides being an orientation leader, I am a tutor in the CSS, I worked for Residence Life, I am a C.A.R.E. member, and I was in SGA Senate and Student Activities Counsel. To incoming Reinhardt students, don't hesitate to try something new. Success begins at the end of your comfort zone. It's okay to be awkward and struggle at first. We all do and everyone here wants to be a part of your growth. Get involved. Say hi to the person sitting next to you. Ask someone how you can get involved on campus. Be whatever you want to be. Reinhardt will supply you with the tools to become successful, you just have to ask for them.


Dominque Xiong

Dominque Xiong

Class Year: Junior

Major: Music Education

My major is music education. I am from Hoschton, Georgia. I am involved in the RU Wind Ensemble. I also enjoy going to events on campus with friends. Reinhardt is a place of vision, a place for peace, a place of empowerment. We may not be perfect here - but you will find friends here who will be with you through thick and thin. There are programs designed to push you towards your career goals. There are professors that inspire you to stay dedicated to being not only the best student you can be, but the best person you can be. Hope and hard work for a better tomorrow begin at places like Reinhardt! My advice to incoming students is that life is hard, and we do what we can. All the advice you've heard over the years is likely to be true to an extent. Sometimes, you'll have to 'just let go,' like when dealing with fears or maybe unhealthy relationships. Other times, peace of mind comes when you decided to hold on to things that often are tested - like personal beliefs. In the end, embrace what it means to be you!