Meet the First Year Mentor Team!

MFMikaela Fairman
Mikaela is in her junior year at Salem State and is a double major in elementary education and geography. She is also part of the 4+1 program. She is involved with Future Educators of America, and she holds the E-Board position of treasurer. Mikaela believes that keeping organized and building relationships with different groups of people are great ways to be successful during first year. She loves exploring the Salem area, watching Netflix and hanging out with her friends in her free time.


KBKaitlynn Bartley
Kaitlynn is majoring in English with a minor in secondary education as a senior at Salem State University. She is also a writing tutor, subject tutor, and a tutor in residence for the Summer Bridge Academy over the summer. To start your first year off on a successful note, Kaitlynn says to get a planner and use it! One of Kaitlynn’s favorite things about Salem State is living on campus and hanging out with her friends in the residence halls. She loves dogs, books, hugs and bad jokes.

StellaStella Willis
Stella is currently an education major with a minor in political science as a junior at Salem State. She is hoping to be accepted into the Social Work program. She is also the President of the Alliance on campus, and involved with the Community Service Group and the Women’s Center. Stella believes connecting with faculty, clubs and volunteer opportunities is a great way to be successful during your first year. Stella enjoys hiking, swimming, and talking about social justice issues.


AngelinaAngelina Benitez
Angelina is in her junior year at Salem State University. She is a double major in Spanish and Dance with a concentration in Secondary Education. This is her second year as a First Year Mentor and Secretary for Repertory Dance Theatre. To be successful in your first year, Angelina believes it is important to have an open mind, get a planner and go to first year events! One of her favorite memories at Salem State was attending a paint night program held in Bowditch Hall. She loves participating in Repertory Dance Theatre and she loves to read and draw as well.

PatrickPatrick Braley
Patrick is a psychology major and a sophomore at Salem State. He is involved in the gender & sexuality Alliance, and holds leadership roles in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He is also a desk receptionist in Marsh hall. To achieve success during your first year, Patrick suggests joining a club, where you can connect with other students and make new friendships! One of Patrick’s favorite things about his first year was his first year seminar class. Patrick is interested in music, psychology, body language, reading, and spending time with his friends.

KO (2)Kelly O’Loughlin
Kelly is in her senior year at Salem State. She is a double major in Technical Theatre and History. Kelly is in the Honors Program, and is involved in theatre department productions. She plans to be involved with the Student Theatre Ensemble this upcoming fall semester. Kelly believes that asking lots of questions will help lead you to success during your first year at Salem State! One of Kelly’s favorite things to do is to go to downtown Salem to get coffee at Front Street Coffee House with friends! Kelly likes to read, swim, and take long drives.

SBShelbie Barney
Shelbie is a junior psychology major with a minor in political science. She is in the sorority Theta Phi Alpha, and she also works as an Admissions Ambassador. To achieve first year success, Shelbie says to take your first year one day at a time, as you have plenty of time to accomplish and experience everything you want to while you’re here! Shelbie loves to read, write, and listen to music. She enjoys sitting out on the quad in front of the library, where she feels you really get a sense of the tight-knit Salem State community!

JBJenna Bekeshka
Jenna is in her sophomore year as a criminal justice major, and she is considering minoring in social work and psychology. She thinks that a great way to be successful in your first year is to become familiarized with all of the academic resources, such as the writing center, peer tutors and the library. College can be a significant academic shift, but there are so many campus resources to help you out! Jenna loves being a part of the Salem State community and expanding her knowledge through great experiences.

APAshley Paron
Ashley is in her sophomore year at Salem State. She is a major in Elementary Education. During her first year, Ashley was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta. Ashley would like first year students to know that no matter what their brain is telling them, they will make friends, and plenty of them. She was so scared moving into a dorm and being a loner, but now she gets to live with her best friend that she met here! Her interests include painting, makeup, music, and being with her friends.

Hunter is in his junior year at Salem State. He is a Biology major with a concentration in Biomedical Sciences. Hunter is a member of the Commonwealth Honors Program. Hunter became a first year mentor because he believes the FYE office provides great resources for first year and transfer students. To achieve first year success, Hunter would like first year students to know that college won’t be as easy as high school, so he would advise them to work hard and make sure that they actually study for exams. Hunter is also a huge Patriots fan!


KathrynKathryn McCarthy
Kathryn is in her senior year at Salem State and is a double major in Early Childhood Education and Sociology. She has been involved with FAB since her freshman year. Kathryn’s advice to first year students is to come into the new experience with an open mind and positive attitude.With both of those, you can do anything you put your mind to! One of Kathryn’s favorite things about her first year was taking an Education Learning Community! She enjoys sports and theatre, and she loves field hockey, softball and baseball.


hannahHannah Newcombe
Hannah is a sophomore and a geological science major. She is an honors student from the class of 2019. The clubs on campus she is involved with include the community council, chemistry society, first year advisory board, WMWM Salem, and the honors program advisory council. Hannah advises first year students to join clubs! That way you can meet new people that have common interests with you and you will make new friends. Her personal interests include knitting, rock collecting and random acts of kindness. She is also a first degree black belt.

Jennyfer FredericoJennyfer
Jennyfer is a sophomore who is a double major in Psychology and English. She is part of the Urban Arts Theater, which is an expression of diversity and cultural awareness through arts such as spoken word poetry, dance, step, music, and drama. She is also part of the Multicultural Student Association organizations. Jennyfer would like first year students to know that although transitioning from high school to college is hard, there are many resources on campus to help them get comfortable. Jennyfer is interested in writing and dancing.


Dara Clowser
Dara is a junior whose major is Psychology, but she is planning to switch to social work. Dara has worked as an office assistant in the FYE office, and this is going to be her first year working as a first year mentor. Dara is a member of the Salem State Ice Hockey Team and Lacrosse Team. To achieve first year success, Dara would tell students to be open to everything and anything, and to become active and social on campus. Also, most importantly, Dara tells students: go to class!



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