Ask a Wildcat
Hearing perspectives from students who are living and breathing the current Davidson experience is one of the best ways to get to know this community.
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Senior Admission Fellows
Christine Ahn '23
Hometown: South Korea
Major: Political Science and Educational Studies
Campus Involvements: Pan Asian Student Association (PASA), Davidson International Association (DIA), Self-Instructional Language Partner
#WhyDavidson: I wanted to go to a liberal arts college where I could explore different subjects and receive a holistic education. I come from a small high school so I liked the idea of being in smaller classrooms where I could form relationships with my classmates and professors.
Fun Fact: I had pet salamanders! I caught them, kept them for a month or two, and then let them back into the wild.
Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: Masala Mastee
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Jaimelee Felipe '23
Hometown: Kahului, Hawaii
Advising Track: Engineering
Campus Involvements: Resident Advisor, Physics tutor, Society of Physics Students President, Women in Physics President, Better Together Interfaith Club President, BILI Interfaith Fellow, Union Information Desk, Dance Ensemble, Strategies for Success Mentor, Mindfulness, Pan Asian Student Association (PASA), Skate Club, Catholic Campus Ministry
#WhyDavidson: I didn’t know much about Davidson and didn’t visit the school before I got here, so I didn’t have any expectations. All I knew was that Davidson gave enough financial aid so that I didn’t need to be in a lot of debt when I graduate, which is what I cared about the most being a student who identifies as first generation and low income. But as soon as I got here, I felt welcomed by the Davidson community both on and off campus. During my freshman year, an alumni I met in the town invited me over to Thanksgiving at her house and let me stay with her when COVID began and students got sent home, my professor offered to take students out for lunch for those who live far from campus and couldn’t go home during Fall break, and many upperclassmen students helped tutor and mentor me. This helped me feel welcomed, seen, and supported on campus. There are so many reasons as to why Davidson from supportive alumni, active student body, caring professors, intellectually stimulating conversations, dedication to service, and fun events. I can’t imagine myself anywhere else.
Fun Fact: I really love spicy food!
Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: Hello Me
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Katherine Kosoff '23
Hometown: Lawrenceville, New Jersey
Advising Track: Pre-Physician's Assistant
Campus Involvements: Senior Admission Fellow, Ada Jenkins Volunteer Teacher, Davidson SK8S, Vice President of the Pre-PA Society, Vice President of the EMT Club
#WhyDavidson: I first toured Davidson in the summer going into my senior year of high school. I expected the campus to feel empty absent the buzz of the school year but was surprised that it was a hub of activity with students and faculty conducting research and running summer programs. Dr. Bernd, a biology professor, stopped our tour to introduce herself and to ask about our interests. I was excited that an established biology professor asked me, a prospective student, about my curiosities and passions. I felt in that moment that Davidson would be a place where I could form and maintain close relationships with my professors that would last throughout college and beyond graduation.
Fun Fact: I am SCUBA certified!
Favorite Bite to Eat in Davidson Area: Pickled Peach!
Connect with Katherine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julia Lau '23
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Major: Digital and Screen Media Studies
Campus Involvements: Pan-Asian Student Association (PASA), Bonner Scholars, Questbridge Scholars Network, Media Consultants, Davidson Micro-Aggressions Project, Strategies for Success, Turner Eating House
#WhyDavidson: When I first visited Davidson through Access Davidson, the first thing I noticed was the manifestation of the Honor Code. Walking to Commons and entering the doors, a student was already holding the door open for me, backpacks, laptops, and clothes were laying around the lobby, and the student I stayed with overnight didn’t lock her dorm. All of these things stood out to me because it was the complete opposite of what I had expected a college to be like. Knowing that the students were kind, trusting of one another, and fostered an environment where I felt cared for drew me to Davidson.
Fun Fact: I can sing the alphabet backwards.
Favorite Bite to Eat in Davidson Area: Masala Mastee
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Mandy Muise '23
Hometown: Cary, North Carolina
Minor: Latin American Studies
Campus Involvements: Writing Center Consultant, Large Events Chair for Queers & Allies, Cellist in the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra, Orientation Team Leader, Member of Turner Eating House
#WhyDavidson: Davidson is genuinely a super, super collaborative space. Although academics are rigorous, I have always felt supported both by faculty and by peers. Not only are our tutoring centers an incredible resource, but there’s no stigma around using the resources. The same principle goes for Academic Access and Disability Resources– Davidson isn’t a space of judgement. We rely on each other to grow academically, creating a collaborative community.
Fun Fact: I have an emotional support animal on campus!
Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: Ms. Christine's lemon-raspberry muffins at the farmer's market (How Sweet It Is)!
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Tasos Pagounas '23
Hometown: Ioannina, Greece
Majors: Biology and Computer Science
Campus Involvements: Center for Career Development Student Ambassador, Davidson's International Association (DIA), Athletics Ticket Office Representative, Intramural Sports
#WhyDavidson: As an international student coming from a rural part of western Greece, I didn't know much about studying in the United States. Through the recommendation of an advisor, I found out about Davidson, a place I had only heard about through a video game because of Steph Curry. At Davidson, I found a warm and welcoming community, based on trust and mutual respect that instantly showed me how much it values diversity and multiple perspectives. I immediately felt like a valuable member of a well-organized and prospering academic environment. Furthermore, I had the opportunity to meet students and professors that helped me realize how I would fit in and develop here, both academically and personally. Lastly, as a liberal arts school, Davidson has allowed me to familiarize myself with different academic disciplines and interact with people from many different backgrounds. These are just some factors that save Davidson a special place in my heart!
Fun Fact: I have slept overnight in 5 different airports.
Favorite Bite to Eat in Davidson Area: Never order dessert at Brickhouse because we will be heading to Whit's right after instead.
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Christian Peterson '23
Hometown: Maple Grove, Minnesota
Majors: Political Science and French and Francophone Studies
Campus Involvements: President and Band Director of the Davidson College Pep Band, French Language Tutor for the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), French and Francophone Studies Assistant Teacher, Senior Admission Fellow, Pre-Law Society Member, Pi Delta Phi Member
#WhyDavidson: I attended Davidson’s July Experience program after my junior year of high school. I got to live on campus for three weeks, take two classes with Davidson professors, and sign the Honor Code. To say that I fell in love would be a complete understatement. After completing the program, I decided to apply Early Decision as soon as I could. A Davidson student showed up at my front door on the day I received my acceptance letter, and the Davidson community has shown me nothing but kindness and acceptance ever since. Choosing Davidson to be my home for four years has been one of the best decisions of my life, and I know that even after I graduate I’ll always be proud to call myself a Wildcat.
Fun Fact: I was bitten by a shark in high school and wrote about it in my college application!
Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: Uncle Maddios Pizza Joint in Huntersville. It's absolutely scrumptious and right next to the closest Target!
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Ben Sempowski '23
Hometown: Durham, North Carolina
Advising Track: Premedicine
Campus Involvements: Lead Senior Admission Fellow, Infectious Disease Chair of the Health Justice Committee, Member of the Davidson Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research, Developmental Neurobiology Research, You Are Not A Stranger Here (YANASH) LGBTQ+ Affinity Group, Lighting and Scenic Designer with Department of Theatre
#WhyDavidson: I had the opportunity during my senior year of high school to come and do an overnight visit at Davidson and it was this experience that largely allowed me to realize that Davidson was the place for me. During that visit I was welcomed into the campus community and got to meet and interact with so many amazing students who were so eager to tell me about all the amazing things they do on campus and were so genuinely excited that I was considering coming to Davidson. They loved hearing about my interests and were always so excited to connect me with their friends or professors that had similar interests. I knew in that moment that if I were to come to Davidson, I would be welcomed into a kind, supportive community that would push me to become the best version of my self!
Fun Fact: I love to cook and am often the chef of my friend group; I even cooked a full four course meal for 12 people over parents weekend last year!
Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: I love going out for brunch and getting the classic eggs benedict from Toast! You also can't go wrong with a toasted turkey sandwich with voodoo chips from Pickled Peach!
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Eboni Thomas '23
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Minor: Communication Studies
Campus Involvements: Davidson Cheerleading, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Bonner Scholars, Honor Council Defense Advisor, Mental Health Advisor, Black Student Coalition (BSC)
#WhyDavidson: I fell in love with the care and time Davidson spent making sure that each student finds their place. The atmosphere is welcoming, the professors are understanding, and you can always find a place of community.
Fun Fact: I have been a cheerleader for 12 years!
Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: Ice House has great burgers for vegetarians and vegans!
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