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. Sign up for an Ask a Wildcat conversation with some of the students profiled below. These 30-minute student-to-student Q&As are designed for high school juniors, seniors, and transfer students.

You are also welcome to send questions to admissionambassadors@davidson.edu for a student-oriented perspective on life at Davidson.

Summer Admission Ambassadors 2021

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Shawn An '24

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hometown: Harrisburg, NC

Majors: Biology

Minors: Hispanic Studies

Campus Involvement: President of Korean Students Association, Orientation Team Mentor, Hall Counselor, Actor in theater department, Tour Guide, Commons student-employee.

#WhyDavidson: For a while, I only knew of Davidson through the classical music radio station (WDAV 89.9); however as I was researching small liberal arts colleges, Davidson appeared on my radar. Ironically, it was the last potential school I found even though I live thirty minutes away. Fast forward, and I had the opportuntity to participate in the July Experience program in the summer of 2019 where students got to take college courses with professors and experience a compressed version of Davidson student life. I loved everything about my experience and Davidson community, so I ended up applying ED 1 and I haven't looked back since.

Fun Fact: I still hold the record for highest career free throw percentage in the history of my high school's varsity basketball program.

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: The Calamari at Antico Italian Restaurant! (Huntersville)

Email Shawn at shan@davidson.edu


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Kelsey Chase '24

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Concord, NH

Majors: Political Science (intended)

Minors: Hispanic Studies

Campus Involvement: Kuykendall Scholar, Davidsonian, Warner Hall Recruitment Chair, Davidson Debate, Davidson Non-Profit Consulting, SiDES (Spanish in Elementary Schools)

#WhyDavidson: I toured Davidson relatively late in the college admissions process, as I always saw myself going to a school in the Northeast or in California and was initially hesitant about going to school in the South. However, I also wanted a school that was warmer in location that New Hampshire and was close to a city, and the only school on my list that fit both those attributes was Davidson, so I visited in Janurary. During my visit, I absolutely fell in love with the school not only because of its fantastic Political Science programs (such as Davidson in Washington), but because of how warm, passionate, and down-to-earth the students were. I could tell that the students genuinely wanted to change the world for the better, and weren't just focused on their personal goals. I had been looking for a community that cared about social impact as much as I did, and I found it at Davidson.

Fun Fact: I am deaf with cochlear implants, which means that I can stream anything directly into my sound processors via Bluetooth -- no headphones or AirPods required!

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: During the many rainy days in Janurary, I love to eat the grilled cheese and tomato soup at the Pickled Peach. However, if coffee counts, definitely Good Drip on Main Street -- best coffee I've ever had!

Email Kelsey at kechase@davidson.edu


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Veronica De La Mora '21

Pronouns: She/They

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Majors: Sociology

Campus Involvement: Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., Social Media Coordinator for The Jay Hurt Hub, Senior Admission Fellow ('20-'21), 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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Max Dominguez '22

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hometown: St. Charles, IL

Majors: English

Pre-Professional Track: Pre-Law

Minor: Economics

Campus Involvement: Senior Admissions Fellow, Vice President of Union Board, Humanities Program Fellow, Treasurer of Davidson Filmmakers, William Holt Terry Scholar, Cats Connect Mentor, Mock Trial, Cold Open

#WhyDavidson: I was lucky enough to stay for an overnight visit at Davidson in my senior year of high school. I came to campus very nervous, and I was stunned by the level of warmth and intentionality that I was shown. Everyone I met, students and professors alike, engaged me in lively conversation and wanted to know about me as a person. After I left that weekend, I felt that Davidson was a place where I could be happy challenging myself in my academics and extracurriculars, all while being supported by the people around me. Every day that passes here continues to confirm my initial impression.

Fun Fact: I have a genetic mutation that make my left eye two different colors. It's called "heterochromia," which is what I would call my band if I had any musical talent whatsoever.

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: For off-campus options I have to go with Mandolino's (the "Smoke on the Water" pizza is incredible), but for on-campus I'll shout out the Spicy Chicken Quesadilla at Davis Café. I probably order that four times a week. It's an addiction.

Email Max at madominguez@davidson.edu


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Grace Gardella '23

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Darien, CT

Majors: Religious Studies

Minor: Intended Digital Studies

Campus Involvement: Vice Moderator of UKirk, Warner Hall Eating House, Union Board

#WhyDavidson: As a prospective student, Davidson’s campus tour felt the most authentic and genuine to me. I loved how Davidson talked so proudly and transparently about who they are as a college. I also appreciated how current students I chatted with showed genuine concern for me which was a preview of the caring and supportive college community I am so grateful to call my home today!

Fun Fact: My twin sister is 7 minutes younger than me but 5 inches taller than me!

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: Alino's Pizzeria in Mooresville

Email Grace at grgardella@davidson.edu


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Mira Hartshorn '21

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Pocono Mountains, PA

Majors: Biology

Pre-Professional Track: Pre-nursing

Minor: Public Health

Campus Involvement: Bonner Scholars, Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., Pre-Nursing Society, Union Board, Davidson Delilahs Acapella, Strategies for Success

#WhyDavidson: When I participated in the fly-in program, Davidson quickly made me feel welcome, as if I had been a part of their community already for years. So many fellow students, professors, and even staff members have shown how dedicated they are to my success and wellbeing via their mentorship and help in finding community. Yet, #WhyDavidson really comes down to the small personal everyday stories and experiences, so feel free to reach out to me for some!

Fun Fact: I probably buy more kids size shoes than adult shoes because my feet are just that tiny.

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: Getting Las Meras Tacos in Huntersville never fails to instantly make any day better!

Email Mira at anhartshorn@davidson.edu


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Macy Lawton '22

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Trumbull, CT

Majors: Anthropology and Environmental Studies (Natural Sciences Track)

Campus Involvement: President of the Nuances (a cappella), Davidson College Chorale, Head Orientation Team Leader, Social Chair of Rusk Eating House, Data Collector for the College Crisis Initiative (C2i), Carnegie Guest House student employee, Publicity Chair for Patterson Court Council, Senior Admissions Fellow.

#WhyDavidson: As a prospective student, I learned quickly that Davidson students, faculty, staff, alumni, and families look out for one another and care about maintaining a tight-knit and supportive community. From seeing my professors in the audience at Chorale concerts to supporting classmates at athletic events, people really show up for each other without any kind of obligation or personal interest. Davidson people are some of the most caring and genuine people I've ever met -- this was really apparent to me from the first time I visited campus and is still true to me as I begin my senior year!

Fun Fact: I spent two weeks living at a bat sanctuary in the rainforest in Australia in 2018!

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: The milk bread from Kindred, a Colorado Turkey Grinder from Davis Café (on campus), and Cinnamon Bun ice cream from Ben & Jerry's!

Email Macy at malawton@davidson.edu


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Annabel Lewis '23

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO

Majors: Biology and Hispanic Studies

Pre-Professional Track: Pre-Med

Campus Involvement: Davidson College Chorale, Student Philanthropy Associate, Hispanic Studies AT, Spanish in Davidson Elementary School, Orientation Team Member, Tour Guide, Rusk Eating House, Davidson Democrats

#WhyDavidson: My dad went to Davidson, so I was convinced I didn't want to go here and wanted my own college experience. But I shadowed a Chorale rehearsal and was "adopted" by some biology major seniors who took me to Live Thursday and a genetics class the next morning. I loved the personal experience, and I ended up applying ED.

Fun Fact: My brother will be attending Davidson in the fall! I'm super excited to have him on campus, since home is so far away for me.

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: The Pickled Peach! I'm obsessed with their white bean hummus sandwich.

Email Annabel at anlewis@davidson.edu


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Ellie Lipp '22

Hometown: Birmingham, AL

Majors: Psychology

Pre-Professional Track: Pre-Law

Minor: Anthropology

Campus Involvement: Resident Advisor, Turner Formal Chair, Davidson Disability Alliance President, Dance Ensemble President, Students Against Sexual Violence Vice President, Bhangra Member, BLU Member, Voice Student, Belk Scholar, Tour Guide.

#WhyDavidson: I fell in love with the Davidson community over my scholarship weekend as a high school senior. Every student I spoke to was genuine, kind, and passionate about a wide variety of topics. The academic freedom to explore multiple disciplines also made me excited to be a Wildcat! More importantly, I find a new reason to love Davidson every day. Whether it is an interaction with a staff member, a conversation with a peer, or a lovely walk around campus, the Davidson community always reminds me why I am happy I chose Davidson!

Fun Fact: I grew up as a competitive irish dancer, traveling around the country for different irish festivals and competitions! Oh, I also didn't know that pickles and cucumbers were the same thing until about a month ago.

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: I love anything from Sabi! Especially the Pacific Fried Roll, it is unmatched in my opinion.

Email Ellie at ellipp@davidson.edu


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Cheyanne Morris '23

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Miami, FL

Majors: Public Health

Campus Involvement: Posse Scholar, Honor Council, Women’s Track and Field, Writing Consultant, Admissions Tour Guide, Resident Advisor, STRIDE Peer Mentor

#WhyDavidson: The emphasis of the Honor Code drew me to Davidson. Not only was the mutual trust between faculty and students clearly acknowledged but also the social implications of the Code. Students can leave their belongings in public spaces or complete exams from their bedrooms without any worries. Community trust is an integral part of my Davidson experience and an aspect that I truly appreciate.

Fun Fact: I have been growing pineapples and papayas in my backyard for over 3 years.

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: I love Famous Toastery’s stuffed French toast. My custom order comes garnished with chocolate chips, strawberries and topped with powdered sugar and a drizzle of maple syrup. The central location makes it a prime spot for Davidson students.

Email Cheyanne at chmorris1@davidson.edu


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Hailey Tsuda '24

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Mountain View, CA

Majors: Biology

Pre-Professional Track: Biology

Minor: Public Health

Campus Involvement: Social Media Manager for The Davidsonian, Club Sailing, Warner Hall Eating House, Writing Consultant in the Writing Center.

#WhyDavidson: When I toured Davidson, I was struck by how curious and dedicated the community was; those traits are still my favorite things about this school! All of my professors have made active efforts to get to know me as a student but have also taken the time to learn about my interests beyond their class. Similarly, my peers are passionate about the things that they are learning about and want to share those interests with you. That’s what I love about Davidson!

Fun Fact: I grew up with pet chickens.

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: You can't go wrong with Whit's!

Email Hailey at hatsuda@davidson.edu


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Samuel Waithira '24

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Hometown: Githunguri, Kenya

Majors: Economics and Finance

Campus Involvement: Bonner Scholar. Treasurer, Davidson African Students Association, Community Engagement Chair, Black Student Coalition, Orientation Team Leader, Tour guide, Fashion club member, and Davidson International Association member.

#WhyDavidson: As an international student coming into a new academic system, I needed a college with a strong support system. Davidson outstands all colleges with its efficient resources and programs that offer needed assistance to every student. The close-knit college community is highly supportive, and reassuring. Lastly, with Davidson's small population and huge resources, it is easier to get opportunities. Concisely, Davidson is a bundle of opportunities!

Fun Fact: I can wiggle half my nose.

Favorite Bite to Eat in the Davidson Area: Biryani at Masala Mastee.

Email Sam at sawaithira@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)

Pre-Professional Track: Premedicine

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: Computer Science

Minor: Studio Art

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

Campus Involvements: Member of Warner Hall Eating House, South Asian Student Association, Davidson International Association, Club Squash, Patterson Court Council Scholarship Chair, Data Collector for the College Crisis Initiative at Davidson, Economics Research Assistant

#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

Pre-Professional Track: Pre-Business and Prelaw

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

Pre-Professional Track: Premedicine

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