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.

We encourage you to send questions to admissionambassadors@davidson.edu for a student-oriented perspective on life at Davidson.

In addition, feel free to reach out to one of our Senior Fellows profiled below.

Senior Admission Fellows 2020-2021

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Kim Bako Senior Admission Fellow and International Admission Fellow

Kim Bako '21

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Harare, Zimbabwe

Major: Global Health (through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies)

Campus Involvements: African Dance Ensemble, Human Subjects Internal Review Board, Chidsey Leadership Fellow and Minority Association for Pre Med Students

#WhyDavidson: The amazing support system! As an international student, my transition to the US and Davidson would have been really hard if it wasn't for the members of the Davidson community who took care of me. Davidson has really kind and caring people who took the time to check up on me and help me adjust. For that, I am forever grateful.

Fun Fact: My last name means 'cave' in my native language, Shona.

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: Ben and Jerry's strawberry ice cream on a hot summer's day!

Kim also serves as an International Admission Ambassador.

Email Kim at kibako@davidson.edu.


 

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Laura Collins '21

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC

Major: History

Campus Involvements: Editor-in-Chief of Davidson History Journal, Volunteer at Ada Jenkins Center

#WhyDavidson: The relationships I have made with friends, faculty, and staff!

Fun Fact: This summer I ran 12 miles in 12 hours.

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: Carburritos

Email Laura at lacollins@davidson.edu.


 

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Veronica De La Mora

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Major: Sociology

Minor: Intended Gender and Sexuality Studies

Campus Involvements: Vice President of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., Social Media Coordinator for The Jay Hurt Hub, Organization of Latinx American Students (OLAS), Rusk Eating House

#WhyDavidson: Community is something very important to me and at Davidson, that isn't just an empty word. The sense of community Davidson has is one of the best I have experienced, even when just visiting as a senior in high school. I knew that Davidson would find all the ways it could support me and cheer me on during my time here, but I also know that the community of Davidson is always with me even post-grad. Oh, and the breakfast sandwiches! 

Fun Fact: During my four years at Davidson, I have been the only student named Veronica.

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: Once a semester, the Sociology majors and professors have a lunch together to discuss courses for the upcoming semester, and we get this really amazing pizza with garlic knot twists as the crust from the Davidson Pizza Company. 

Email Veronica at vedelamora@davidson.edu.


 

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Taylor Drake '21

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hometown: Maryville, TN

Major: Memory Studies (through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies)

Campus Involvements: President of an LGBTQIA+ affinity group You Are Not A Stranger Here (YANASH), Editor for the Davidson College History Journal, Peer Research Consultant for the Library, Archivist of the Davidson College Jewish History Project, Frequent writer for the Davidsonian

#WhyDavidson: While bustling around New York City for an internship with a non-profit the summer before my junior year, I randomly ran into a Davidson alumni from the class of 2015. We exchanged numbers and got dinner the next week. Over dinner, we connected over similar experiences on campus, our favorite professors, and our passion for service. I love that my Davidson experience will never be limited to my four years on campus. Well after I graduate, wherever I am in the world, I know I'll still call Davidson home--and possibly run into a fellow wildcat!

Fun Fact: I hosted the first (and second) annual Davidson College Drag Show!

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: The Kale Caesar Salad from The Pickled Peach is sublime.

Email Taylor at tadrake@davidson.edu.


 

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Alexandria Marsicovetere '21

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Indian Land, SC

Major: Hispanic Studies

Minor: Education Studies

Campus Involvements: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Catholic Campus Ministry, College Crisis Initiative, Communications Consultant, Chidsey Leadership Fellow, William Holt Terry Fellow

#WhyDavidson: Waking up in the pulse of care and commitment to change that runs through Davidson College continues to inspire me and push me to new heights. Learning that "quick" solutions are not always the best answers and critical questions are more often the stepping stones to change and tools by which to get there has been a lesson consistently strengthened and put into action throughout my Davidson experience, couched in a community of support and genuine care for others.

Fun Fact: If I could have any superpower in the world, it would be to speak every language as language holds within itself a bridge-like power of connection and understanding.

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: Chicken Pho at PhoNam.

Email Alex at almarsicovetere@davidson.edu.


 

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Caroline Matawaran '21

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Richmond, VA

Majors: Sociology and Hispanic Studies

Campus Involvements: Davidson College Symphony Orchestra, Connor Eating House, Spanish Apprentice Teacher

#WhyDavidson: The opportunities available at Davidson are far and wide. During my three years, I’ve been able to conduct research alongside professors, study abroad twice (in Spain and Ghana), and engage in meaningful coursework across disciplines. The support I’ve received from faculty, staff, alumni, and students is unparalleled and has allowed me to explore my interests and push myself beyond what I thought I was capable of. If you have an idea, there are people at Davidson who can make it happen!

Fun Fact: Two summers ago, I interned at one of the largest teaching hospitals in Ghana through the Davidson in Ghana program. I’m not pre-med, but I wanted to explore something outside of my academic interests. It was an incredible experience and a summer I’ll always remember!

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: The white bean hummus sandwich at Pickled Peach.

Email Caroline at camatawaran@davidson.edu.


 

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Emily Rounds '21

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Princeton, New Jersey

Major: Hispanic Studies

Campus Involvements: President of Rusk Eating House, Senior Admission Fellow, Spanish Apprentice Teacher

#WhyDavidson: The people are the reason why I loved Davidson as a prospective student and why I love it four years later. As a prospective student, everyone I met on campus welcomed me and genuinely cared about getting to know me. This has remained true over the last three years of my college experience; the people at Davidson are committed to fostering community and challenging each other to be better.

Fun Fact: I was on “The Cake Boss” for about three seconds in middle school!

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: Birthday Cake from Kindred

Email Emily at emrounds@davidson.edu.


 

International Admission Ambassadors

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Kim Bako Senior Admission Fellow and International Admission Fellow

Kim Bako '21

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Harare, Zimbabwe

Major: Global Health (through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies)

Campus Involvements: African Dance Ensemble, Human Subjects Internal Review Board, Chidsey Leadership Fellow and Minority Association for Pre Med Students

#WhyDavidson: The amazing support system! As an international student, my transition to the US and Davidson would have been really hard if it wasn't for the members of the Davidson community who took care of me. Davidson has really kind and caring people who took the time to check up on me and help me adjust. For that, I am forever grateful.

Fun Fact: My last name means 'cave' in my native language, Shona.

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: Ben and Jerry's strawberry ice cream on a hot summer's day!

Kim also serves as a Senior Admission Fellow.

Email Kim at kibako@davidson.edu.


 

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L Culling '23

Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

Hometown: Wymondham, England

Major: Undecided, but considering math and/or psychology

Campus Involvements: Dance Ensemble, Davidson International Association, Amnesty International

#WhyDavidson: The people! There’s not a single person I’ve met on campus or in the community who hasn’t wanted to help me achieve my goals.

Fun Fact: I can recite the alphabet backwards!

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: It has to be the Union sushi for me. Nothing beats it when I need a pick-me-up!

Email L at lculling@davidson.edu.


 

Miguel Donado ’23

Miguel Donado ’23

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hometown: Cali, Colombia

Majors: Intended Computer Science and Studio Art Minor

Campus Involvements: Brazilian Student Association Marketing Director, Editor at Hobart Park, FIJI fraternity

#WhyDavidson: If I’m being 100% honest, I didn’t know where or what Davidson was a few months before the Common App was due. Thankfully, though, I believed my counselor when she told me that Davidson would be great for me. And thankfully, the Spring before my classes started, I got to visit campus, and fall in love with the Davidson people, and meet a bunch of my current friends. Even if a thousand other students have said it before, I still have to say it again: the reason I came to Davidson is because of the people that are at Davidson. I’m sure other schools have other brilliant, fun, talented students, but I’m sure no community is quite as welcoming and interesting as ours.

Fun Fact: I lived in Brazil for 7 years and at one point my Portuguese got so fluent one of my school friends wouldn’t believe my nationality

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: I’m a sucker for Union’s BLT. Or a Bad Daddy’s burger in Birkdale when I’m feeling extra.

Email Miguel at midonado@davidson.edu.


 

Sanjam Gujral ’23  International Admission Ambassador

Sanjam Gujral ’23

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Kolkata, India

Majors: Economics and Psychology

Campus Involvements: Member of Warner Hall Eating House, South Asian Student Association, Davidson International Association, Club Squash

#WhyDavidson: Coming from a small high school, I knew that personal connections are very important to me. The community at Davidson, inside and outside the college, made me gravitate towards it! Ever since day one, I haven’t had a negative experience with anyone, in fact everyone I have met has always helped me in some way. Moreover, the opportunities for personal growth inside and outside the classroom appealed to me. While there’s no doubt that Davidson has exceptional professors, the students are all so driven and ambitious that it makes the environment at Davidson very enduring. Even outside the classroom, opportunities for service like the ADA Jenkins Center, have helped me become a part of something bigger than me!

Fun Fact: I’m training to be a barre instructor!

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: Burrito Bowls at Chipotle.

Email Sanjam at sagujral@davidson.edu.


 

Sathish Karthikeyan ’23

Sathish Karthikeyan ’23

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hometown: Coimbatore, India

Major: Economics and Computer Science

Campus Involvements: International Orientation Leader, Davidson Men’s Basketball Team Manager, Davidson International Association Co-Sponsorship Chair, South Asian Student Association

#WhyDavidson: The tight-knit community! I have met some of the most diverse and amazing people in my life at Davidson. Everyone helps you become better in what you want to do and they’re always there to support you.

Fun Fact: I can sort of speak six languages.

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: Spinach and Artichoke dip at Brickhouse

Email Sathish at sakarthikeyan@davidson.edu.


 

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Kaye Mao '21

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Guangzhou, China

Majors: Economics and Political Science

Campus Involvements: Resident Advisor, Pre-Law Society President, Chinese Culture Club

#WhyDavidson: I chose Davidson for its close-knit community!

Fun Fact: I know five languages (I’m fluent in about 2.8 of them…)

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: Build-Your-Own Bowl at Davidson Icehouse

Email Kaye at kamao@davidson.edu.


 

Sude Sement

Sude Sement ’23

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey

Major: Intended Economics and Computer Science

Campus Involvements: Member of International Education Committee, Vice-President of Davidson International Association, Vice-President of Club Sailing, Club Swimming Executive Board, Rusk Eating House.

#WhyDavidson: Davidson students are more than just students on campus. They are people who know that small things can create change and work to make these changes happen. I wanted to be one of these inspiring people too!

Fun Fact: I am ambidextrous!

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: Grasshopper Whitser from Whits!

Email Sude at susement@davidson.edu.


 

Chenlu Qin ’23

Chenlu Qin ’23

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Nanjing, China

Majors: Mathematics and Chemistry

Campus Involvement: Alternative Break Trips (through Center for Civic Engagement), Timmy Global Health Trip/Club, Chinese Teaching Assistant, College Farm Volunteer

#WhyDavidson: I chose a liberal arts college because I favor small class sizes and a strong sense of community. I was drawn to Davidson by an English professor who taught at a summer program in Shanghai and an upper-class Davidson student whom I got to know during high school theatre activities--it turned out that every faculty, staff, and student I've met at Davidson is as caring and inspiring as they are.

Fun Fact: Freshman Flickerball is the first team sport I've ever participated in; my team unfortunately lost every single game...but I really enjoyed the experience.

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: Spicy Mongolian Beef at Sabi Asian Bistro

Email Chenlu: chqin@davidson.edu