Student Orientation Assistants (SOAs)

A staff of highly-trained students (SOAs), along with faculty advisors and personnel from a variety of offices lead and assist with CUSTOMS sessions. Clerical staff assist the office during the summer CUSTOMS sessions.

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Anthony Burton

Major: Pre-Law

Hometown: Jackson, MI

Campus Involvement: ROTC, Pre-Law Society, NSLS

Hobbies and Interests: Motivational Speeches, Play Writing, Volunteering

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts”


photo of Ally CherryAlly Cherry

Major: Marketing

Hometown: Halls, TN

Campus Involvement: Fraternity and Sorority Life, Honors College, Student Government-Freshman Council, Collegiate FFA

Hobbies and Interests: Sports

“It’s very important to surround yourself with people you can learn from.” –Reba McEntire


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Ashley Clark

Major: Biology

Hometown: Evansville, IN

Campus Involvement: Fraternity and Sorority Life

Hobbies and Interests: Playing Soccer, Drinking Sweet Tea, Laughing Uncontrollably

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson


photo of Landon ClarkLandon Clark

Major: Marketing

Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement: Fraternity and Sorority Life, National Society of Leadership and Success

Hobbies and Interests: Hiking, Sports, Community Service, Music

“To infinity, and beyond” –Buzz Lightyear


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DeShun Coleman

Major: Leisure Sports and Tourism Studies

Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement: Fraternity and Sorority Life, Collegiate 100 Black Men of MTSU, Scholars Academy of MTSU, Blue Elite

Hobbies and Interests: Basketball, Listening to Music, Hanging with my Fraternity Brothers, Watching Sports


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Cameron Comer

Major: Criminal Justice

Hometown: Antioch, TN

Campus Involvement: Fraternity and Sorority Life, Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, Student Government Association

Hobbies and Interests: Reading, NBA 2K17, Intramurals/sports, hanging with family and friends


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Isaiah Cunningham

Major: Entrepreneurship

Hometown: Nashville, TN

Campus Involvement: Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity Inc.

Hobbies and Interests: Videogames, Working Out, Reading, Making Music

“If you never quit, you never fail” – J. Cole


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Jeremiah Daniels

Major: Finance

Hometown: Spring Hill, TN

Campus Involvement: Blue Elite, Fraternity and Sorority Life

Hobbies and Interests: Long Walks on the Beach, Fishing, Hunting, Hiking

“If you ain’t first, you’re last.” –Talladega Nights


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Malcolm Dorsey

Major: Social Work

Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement: SGA: Election Commission, Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity Inc., MTSU Black Pre-Law Society

Hobbies and Interests: Bowling, Listening to Music, Sleeping

“What does not kill you, only makes you stronger” Friedrich Nietzsche


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Taylor ElGouhary

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies (K-5)

Hometown: McMinnville, TN

Campus Involvement: MTSU Dance Team, Baptist Collegiate Ministry

Hobbies and Interests: Dancing, Serving Others Through the Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Pizza, Coffee, Pretending I Know What I’m Doing

“I am not an early bird or a night owl. I am some form of permanently exhausted pigeon” –Unknown


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Anna Flora

Major: Child Development and Family Studies

Hometown: Kingsport, TN

Campus Involvement: Fraternity and Sorority Life, Blue Elite, Student Worker

Hobbies and Interests: Going for Coffee, Online Window Shopping, Watching Movies, Making Spotify Playlists


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Eli Fowler

Major: History

Hometown: Benton, TN

Campus Involvement: Fraternity and Sorority Life

Hobbies and Interests: Historical Documentaries, Classic Movies, Reading, Collecting Records

“Yeah, well, that’s just, like, you’re opinion, man.” – The Dude


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Hailey Hall

Major: Biochemistry

Hometown: Kingston, TN

Campus Involvement: Fraternity and Sorority Life, Young Life, SNMA, Pre-scripts

Hobbies and Interests: Exploring Coffee Shops, Hiking, Stargazing

“I’m a child of the moon being raised by the sun in a world walked by stars and a sky drawn with flowers.” –Zara Ventris


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Jaylen Haluska

Major: Exercise Science

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Campus Involvement: MTSU Club Tennis Team, MTSU Rec Center Program Assistant

Hobbies and Interests: Working Out, Tennis, Socializing, Singing

“Every saint has a past. Every Sinner has a future.”


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Jacob Harrell

Major: New Media Communication

Hometown: Columbus, GA

Campus Involvement: Fraternity and Sorority Life, James E. Walker Library Student Technology Assistant, IFC Executive Board

Hobbies and Interest: Rock n’ Roll, Moped Riding, Listening to and Writing Music, Interior Design, Going to Concerts

“’I am your O.G., and will be respected as such’ - Kanye West” -Evan Dunne


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Ross Harvell

Major: Geology/ GIS

Hometown: Millington, TN

Campus Involvement: Fraternity and Sorority Life

Hobbies and Interests: Hunting, Hiking, Camping


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Emilie Hendren

Major: Public Relations

Hometown: Ripley, TN

Campus Involvement: Fraternity and Sorority Life, Panhellenic Exec, Blue Elite, PRSSA, College Republicans

Hobbies and Interests: Coffee, Football, Cleaning Out my Email Inbox

“I know God’s working so I smile” –Philip Lutzen Kirchen


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Brooke Hughes

Major: Art Education

Hometown: Thompson’s Station, TN

Campus Involvement: Fraternity and Sorority Life, Art Education Student Chapter

Hobbies and Interests: Music: Guitar/Singing in the Car, Spending Time with Friends, Being Active/Outdoors, Running

“Wherever you are, be all there.”


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Emily Johnston

Major: Organizational Communication

Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement: Fraternity and Sorority Life

Hobbies and Interests: Drinking Coffee, Being Outside, Traveling

“Choose joy.”


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Joshua Loomis

Major: Biology: Pre-Dental

Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement: Fraternity and Sorority Life, IFC, Delta Delta Sigma

Hobbies and Interests: Watching College Basketball and Football, Playing with my Dog Bella, Reppin’ True Blue at MT Sporting Events

“There’s a snake in my boot” –Sheriff Woody


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Jordan McBride

Major: Organizational Communication

Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement: Fraternity and Sorority Life, Relay for Life Committee

Hobbies and Interests: Netflix, Eating Carbs, Petting Puppies, Traveling 3 Hours for a 30” Pizza

“Surround yourself with pizza, not negativity”


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Delanie McDonald

Major: Public Relations

Hometown: Carthage, TN

Campus Involvement: SGA (Freshman Council), Honors College, Women’s Chorale, College Republicans

Hobbies and Interests: Reading, Photography, Music/Singing, Animals

“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.” –Jojo Moyes


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Gerard McQueen

Major: Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Studies

Hometown: Clarksville, TN

Campus Involvement: Fraternity and Sorority Life, Greeks Advocating Mature Management of Alcohol (GAMMA)

Hobbies and Interests: Working Out, Watching Netflix, Hanging

“The most basic need is to connect and to feel connected.” –Bornay Brown


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Macie Mussleman

Major: Industrial/ Organizational Psychology

Hometown: Collinwood, TN

Campus Involvement: Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Government Association, Student Life Committee, Signature Events Committee, Greek Week Committee

Hobbies and Interests: Watching/Quoting Movies, Road Trips, Taking BuzzFeed Quizzes, McDonalds, Anything with My Friends, Organizing, Music, Concerts, Music Festivals

“I am one with the force and the force is with me”


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Tia Nelson

Major: Accounting

Hometown: Chattanooga, TN

Campus Involvement: Omega Phi Alpha, Accounting Connections

Hobbies and Interests: Singing, Bowling, Watching Vlogs

“Everything happens for a reason.”


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Baylee Nemeth

Major: Criminal Justice

Hometown: Woodbury, TN

Campus Involvement: Student Programming and Raider Entertainment, Game Room

Hobbies and Interests: Soccer, Sudoku, Puzzles, Binge-Watching Netflix Series, Spending Time with Friends and Family

“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love, and to be greater than our suffering.” –Ben Okri


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Lexi Norsby

Major: English

Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement: Fraternity and Sorority Life, “Collage”

Hobbies and Interests: Dance, Reading, Writing

“Just keep swimming” –Dori


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Madison Oler

Major: Recording Industry: Music Business

Hometown: Orland Park, IL

Campus Involvement: Omega Delta Psi, CMA Edu, AMP Entertainment

Hobbies and Interests: Baking/Cooking, Shopping, Working Out, Netflix, Going to Concerts

“One day she finally grasped that unexpected things were always going to happen in life. And with that she realized the only control she had was how she chose to handle them. So, she made the decision to survive using courage, humor and grace. She was the queen of her own life and the choice was hers.”


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Paige Phillips

Major: Organizational Communications

Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN

Campus Involvement: Fraternity and Sorority Life, Blue Elite

Hobbies and Interests: Crafting, Event Planning, Making People Happy

“I just like to smile, smiling is my favorite” –Elf


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Storm Prescott

Major: Nursing

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Campus Involvement: Student Nurses Association

Hobbies and Interests: Hiking, Hanging Out with My Dog, Singing Horribly in the Car

“Think of all the beauty you still have around you and be happy” –Anne Frank


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Heather Quintanilla

Major: Biology

Hometown: Winchester, TN

Campus Involvement: Pre-scripts, SNMA, Fraternity and Sorority Life

Hobbies and Interests: Harry Potter, Volunteering, Netflix

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou


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Jasmine Riddle

Major: Child Development and Family Studies

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Campus Involvement: Fraternity and Sorority Life

Hobbies and Interests: Food, Food, Eating Food, Cooking Food, FOOD, Sports, Basketball, Football, Rugby, Nascar, Food


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Rahsaan Robinson

Major: Music Business

Hometown: Peachtree City, GA

Campus Involvement: Fraternity and Sorority Life, Crash the Commons Committee

Hobbies and Interests: Listening to Music, Hanging Out with Friends, Traveling

“Reach for the stars so if you fall, you land on a cloud.” –Kanye West


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Anne Marie Sceals

Major: Athletic Training

Hometown: Brownsville, TN

Campus Involvement: Fraternity and Sorority Life, Raiderthon Miracle Ambassador

Hobbies and Interests: Playing Intramurals, Being Outside, Music (Piano and Guitar), Hanging Out with Friends

“If you’re not first, you’re last”


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Maegen Schwartz

Major: Business Management

Hometown: Jefferson County, TN

Campus Involvement: Fraternity and Sorority Life, SGA - Freshman Council, Honors College, MT Engage Program

Hobbies and Interests: Watching Netflix, Reading, Working Out Occasionally

“Who run the world? Girls.” –Beyoncé


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Chelsey Simerly

Major: Nursing

Hometown: McMinnville, TN

Campus Involvement: Fraternity and Sorority Life, Student Nurse Association, Recruitment Counselor (Former)

Hobbies and Interests: Going to the Lake, Baking, Hiking, Kayaking, Going to Concerts

“Life is a journey. Sometimes you have to just let it happen. Embrace the adventure of the unknown. It’s what makes life worth living.”


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Hannah Spurlock

Major: Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology

Hometown: Pleasant View, TN

Campus Involvement: Fraternity and Sorority Life, NSSLHA, NSCS, Raiderthon

Hobbies and Interests: Shopping, Working Out, Trying Out New Ice Cream Shops

“Be a friend to everyone” –My Mom


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Britney Turner

Major: Biology

Hometown: Jackson, TN

Campus Involvement: SNMA, Pre-Scripts

Hobbies and Interests: Shopping, Going to the Park, Watching Movies

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud” –Maya Angelou


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Nick VanDeWalker

Major: Commercial Songwriting

Hometown: Portage, MI

Campus Involvement: AMP Entertainment, Former member of the MTSU Track Team

Hobbies and Interests: Writing/Performing Music, Working Out, Long Walks on the Beach

 “Be anything but predictable”


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Brianna Walker

Major: Aerospace-Flight Dispatch

Hometown: Maryville, TN

Campus Involvement: Fraternity and Sorority Life, Air Traffic Control Organization, MTSU Flight School Dispatcher

Hobbies and Interest: Playing with my Puppy

“All you need is faith, trust, and a little pixie dust”


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Hollie West

Major: Film and Video Production

Hometown: Nashville, TN

Campus Involvement: College Democrats of MTSU, MTSU Creative Writing Group, MTSU Film Crew, MTSU Women in Film and Television

“Life is great” –Dad


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Abigail Williams

Major: English and German

Hometown: Louisville, TN

Campus Involvement: S.P.A.R.E (Student Programing and Raider Entertainment), Student Government Association

Hobbies and Interests: Reading, Listening to and Playing Music, Dancing, Researching Different Cultures, Learning New Languages

“We are all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?” –Steven Moffat

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