The Office of Student Success is led by a dynamic and vibrant team of professional, paraprofessional, and student staff members. The truth is we love Rollins and we loved our years at college, and we want you to have an incredible experience like we did!
Hello! Welcome to the Student Success team. I am Meghan Harte, Executive Director for Student Success, and I am incredibly excited to get to know you this fall. A little bit about me…I grew up just outside of Ann Arbor, MI in Hell, MI. Yes, that’s right: Hell. I can’t make this stuff up. I graduated from Central Michigan University in 2004 with a B.S. in psychology and minors in human growth and development and political theory. I earned my Masters' in education from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI. I loved living so close to Lake Michigan for three years. Those of you who have been to the Great Lakes can understand my love for them those of you who have not need to vacation on the Lakes! I moved to Winter Park, Fla. in June 2007 (just in time for the Florida summer) to serve as the assistant director of Multicultural Affairs here at Rollins College. I have a passion for multiculturalism, identity development, and the concept of unbuntu , “I am who I am because you are who you are.” I joined the Explorations team in 2008! Other things you should know about me…I love my family more than anything in the world. They are the smartest and funniest people in my life, and I am lucky they like me! I have an adorable niece who I love to visit, and I have a puppy named Lola who rocks! I am lucky because I have so many amazing friends all across the country. I... talk a lot, am quite sarcastic, don't take much to seriously, require a sense of humor to be around, am brutally honest. I am extremely realistic and yet a hopeless romantic at heart(but don't tell anyone that). I love... animals and little kids, expensive chocolate, all types of shoes, wearing skirts in the summer, blue jeans and t-shirts, toe nail polish, getting my hair washed, reading huge books for fun, sailing, the feeling of new socks, the smell of fresh bread, Greek food, traveling, laying on the beach, sunshine, huge snowflakes, rainbows, full coolers in the summertime, the smell of suntan lotion, and then the smell of aloe vera, getting sand in my shoes, flip flops, the color brown, candy, popcorn at the movies, road trips, fountain pop, calendars, office supplies, building snowmen, stargazing, swimming, hot tubs, traveling, expensive hotels, geckos, needing a passport, popsicles, small towns, outdoor malls at Christmas, candy canes, peanut butter, the mall in the middle of the week, driving when its sunny, conference calls, sleeping in, the food network, finger painting, fudge, the sand dunes, golfing, laughing, target, the zoo, stationary, mascara, post cards, fresh flowers, the smell of fresh cut grass, waffles.... I don't know what else there is to say...
Hi! I’m Gabe Anderson, Explorations’ Assistant Director. I grew up outside Orlando in the world famous Oviedo, famed for the chickens who hang out downtown (strangely, their spot is right next to Popeyes—I don’t think anyone ever told them what goes on in there) and for the fact that in some halcyon past we were known as “The Celery Capital of the World.” Yep, and my first high school used to have the “Celery Feds” as its mascot. I don’t know what that means, because the twin pillars of internet research, Google and Wikipedia, are strangely silent on the matter.
Despite my inability to handle cold weather, I decided to brave the fierce winters in the farthest, chilliest, most northern reaches of our great country, aka Richmond, VA to attend the University of Richmond. (Don’t let me fool you—Richmond is actually a lovely place.)While I was there I studied economics and math; went abroad for a semester to Khon Kaen, Thailand; played with our varsity and club soccer teams; and went on two volunteer trips to New Orleans to help rebuild in the aftermath of Katrina.
After I graduated, I came back to Florida where I saved up enough money working construction and landscaping to move to Raleigh, where I survived another winter, started mountain biking, and saved up enough money to travel the world for 5 months. I ended up spending 2 months in sunny London, and 3 months split between Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, and Burma. I then proceeded posthaste back to Winter Park, where I spent the next year as Rollins’ AmeriCorps volunteer (think Peace Corps, in the U.S.). My term ended in July, and now I’m excited to be with Explorations!
I loved my time in college because of all the opportunities I had to try out new experiences (like living in rural Thailand, doing nuclear physics research while living with a crew of 5 Bulgarians, being president of my residence hall), meet new people from all over the world, and learn new skills (like speaking Thai, rock climbing, calculating the marginal benefit and cost for any activity, and writing impossible-to-diagram run-on sentences with entirely too many clauses). I hope you will similarly love your time at Rollins, and will do whatever I can to make sure you do!
Hi! I’m Jessica Yost and I am a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Success. I graduated from UCF in 2009 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology – and now I’m in the Master’s Mental Health Counseling program here at Rollins and I LOVE IT! Come talk to me about it if you have any interest! The transition from a big university to a private college was pretty significant; Rollins really does an amazing job of giving personal attention to each of its students.
College is such a wonderful experience of personal exploration and growth. I hope you take on the opportunity to study abroad (I went to Ireland!) as well as settle in to this beautiful school. I feel privileged to work on a team that is so involved with you all – and I look forward to seeing you around!
Hi, I’m Alexa Gordon and I’m a graduate assistant in the Office of Student Success. I recently graduated from Rollins in 2013 with a BA in Theatre Arts. Currently, I am a graduate student at the University of Central Florida in their Educational Leadership program. I absolutely loved my time as a Rollins student. Whether I was stage managing at the Annie Russell Theatre, improvising with the Rollins Improv Players, or exploring the city of London during a field study with my friends, Rollins afforded me countless opportunities to succeed. I even met my husband here! Rollins truly is the perfect place to grow, learn, and play. Go Tars!
Hi there! I’m Shilpa Setlur and I am one of the many wonderful Student Coordinators here at the Office of Student Success. I am currently a Junior majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Studio Art. One day I hope to change the world with my cures to genetic disorders, but in the mean time being here at Rollins is pretty great. I am a part of variety of organizations on campus including: Quidditch club, Non Compis Mentis, Student Success, and OMA. Along with the variety of involvement on campus, I find time to enjoy my hobbies, which are rocking climbing, rowing, drawing, watching Netflix, hanging out with friends, being a goofball, eating, and playing with my dog of course. Clearly Rollins is the place to be! It is my home away from home. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Hey there! I'm Lauren Clark, and I'm a Student Coordinator here at the Office of Student Success working in with the Communications and Development team. I really do have the best job on campus because I get to work with such an amazing group of people, and I get to meet so many great people around campus.
I was born in Seattle, but I moved to West Palm Beach and really grew up in both places. I'm currently a Junior majoring in Music, concentrating on Composition/Music Theory and Conducting. I'm also a member of Sigma Alpha Iota and a former peer mentor. Although all of my classes activities on campus keep me busy, I still make time to watch BBC shows and Disney movies on Netflix, doodle, and bake food for my friends that I find on Pinterest. Some of my favorite things include black coffee, ethnic food, yellow things, Infinity Blade, henna, puppies, and tie dyeing. I even tie dyed my sheets and pillow cases for my dorm!
A major highlight from my experience here at Rollins is when I took a class about health and human rights...in South Africa! It was the trip of a lifetime, and I'm so thankful that Rollins gave me the opportunity. I hope that you'll come to Rollins and take advantage of similar opportunities
Hello! My name is Patrick Smith and I am a Psychology Major and plan to go all the way for my Doctorates in Clinical Psychology. I have wanted to come to Rollins ever since I was seven years old. I came to the gym once for a Taekwondo Tournament and ever since I have been striving to come here. Speaking of Taekwondo, I am a third degree black belt and have been doing Martial Arts for 15 years. Of those 15 years, I taught for four of them. Because of which, I started a Self Defense Club here on campus in order to promote safety and personal defense. I hope to continue on with helping people and striving to make the campus safer and improving campus life!
Hey All! My name is Renee de Verteuil and I am SO excited to get to know every one of you this fall! I’m a Senior, psychology major, here at Rollins College and I would love to eventually work in the child developmental field of psychology. I was born and raised in Trinidad (it’s the most southern island of the Caribbean for those who have no clue) and moved to Florida (because I cannot STAND the cold) to attend Rollins. I love food, music, friends, my amazing family (who I miss a lot- but I do have an awesome back-up family here at Student Success!), cute children, elephants, Indian food, Bob Marley and shoes. I dislike snow and the color purple… Oh and 8am classes. In my spare time I spend every sunny minute laying out and working on my tan. The dark, rainy, overcast minutes are spent sleeping, eating, hanging out with friends, babysitting, sleeping, or eating. Rollins has been an amazing home away from home for me; from my psychology faculty to my sisters in Chi Omega there is always a welcoming smile around the corner and I can’t explain how excited I am to share this with all of you!
Hey there! My name is Elie Gottlieb and I’m a Student Coordinator here in the Office of Explorations. I’m currently a junior and it’s quite literally unbelievable seeing as it feels like yesterday I was meeting my RCC and enjoying the life of a first-year student here at Rollins. After coming into college as an environmental study major, I did what over 60% of Rollins students tend to do when they get to college: change their major. I made a 180 flip in major choice after enjoying my RCC, “What Is Truth?” I’m currently a double major in Philosophy and Psychology and am part of the 3-2 Accelerated Management Program -- I wouldn’t have it any other way! I’m also deeply involved on campus. I’m an FSL Allie, a Rollins College Democrat, (let’s keep politics out of this though!) and social chair for Chi Psi Fraternity. Coming from a hectic, hustle and bustle city in Miami, FL, I absolutely love Winter Park and the surrounding Orlando area. Similar to the charming persona Winter Park personifies, Rollins offers students a remarkably welcoming space with professors who genuinely care about their students’ education. I can’t wait to meet you in the fall and I hope you enjoy your time here at Rollins just as much as I have!
Hi everyone! My name is Sammi and I am double majoring in Psychology and Religious studies here at Rollins. Being born and raised in San Francisco, the transition into college in Florida was a big one, but I could not be happier with my choice- and I hope to play a part in giving all of our incoming first-years the same amazing experience that I had! I love to keep busy and stay involved on and off-campus. In the past, I have been involved with a variety of philanthropic work involving special needs children, which is very close to my heart. More recently I have become more involved on-campus by becoming a Student Coordinator (yay!) and joining the Rollins Entertainment Programs (REP) executive board. I cannot wait to get to know you all this Fall!