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Robert Anderson

Year: Senior

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Favorite place in Harrisonburg: The Farmers' Market because I always find some tasty food and great conversation.

Favorite movie: The Sandlot

Alex Balderson

Year: Senior

Major: Kinesiology

Hometown: Tappahannock, Virginia

Favorite class at JMU so far: HUM 200 was a class on American archetypes and it was the one class that I enjoyed reading for because we read a lot of comic books.

Favorite dessert: Cookies and cream ice cream

Drew Balderson

Year: Senior

Major: Kinesiology

Hometown: Tappahannock, Virginia

How did you know JMU was right for you? When I looked at my brother in church and we both said "JMU!"

Favorite TV show: Good Eats

Mazna Bilal

Year: Senior

Major: Engineering

Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia

Favorite JMU tradition: JMU blows the cannon after every touchdown. It still scares me even though I know it's coming.

Favorite song: Let Me Love You by DJ Snake and Encore

Jonathan Britt

Year: Junior

Major: History

Hometown: Farmville, Virginia

What do you love about being a Duke? The beautiful campus can't be beaten.

Dream job: High school teacher

Dan Buhl

Year: Senior

Major: Kinesiology

Hometown: Broadway, Virginia

Favorite class at JMU so far: Exercise Physiology because it is very practical to what I want to do and it is fascinating how the many different systems in the body are able to function as one unit no matter what conditions they are exposed to.

Favorite song: Keep Your Head Up by Andy Grammer

Allison Cherundolo

Year: Senior

Major: Hospitality Management

Hometown: Warrenton, Virginia

Favorite place on campus: The second floor of the Student Success Center because it's a hub for everything I'm involved in. I can always count on seeing a friend.

Favorite TV show: Friday Night Lights

Zachary Gordon

Year: Senior

Major: Theater and Independent Scholars

Hometown: Arlington, Virginia

Favorite JMU tradition: 1787 August Orientation

Dream job: Chef

Emily Hall

Year: Senior

Major: Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies

Hometown: Midlothian, Virginia

Favorite JMU memory: My sophomore year of college, it snowed like at least eight inches. My friends and I went sledding at the Arboretum and completely wiped out. Two of us were literally buried in snow. I've never been so cold or laughed so hard.

Favorite dessert: Chocolate chip cookies

Drew Holt

Year: Junior

Major: Marketing

Hometown: Ellicott City, Maryland

Favorite place on campus: I love the field in front of Festival because there is always a sunset that makes the sky look like a painting.

Favorite TV show: The Office

Rubana Hossain

Year: Senior

Major: Biology

Hometown: Woodbridge, Virginia

Favorite place in Harrisonburg: White Oak Lavender Farm is a great way to be in nature and relax. Also, they have great ice cream.

Favorite TV show: House

Halee Jones

Year: Senior

Major: Sociology and Biology

Hometown: Port Clinton, Ohio

Favorite place on campus: I love the art of the DNA strand that was synthesized here that runs all the way up the Bioscience Building.

Favorite song: I Want to Feel Alive by the Lighthouse and the Whaler

Meghan Laban

Year: Senior

Major: International Affairs and Political Science

Hometown: Gainsville, Virginia

What do you love most about being a Duke? I love how supportive the entire JMU community is of one another and knowing someone will always be there for me is really comforting.

Dream job: U.S. Diplomat

Brie Lewis

Year: Junior

Major: Biology

Hometown: Annandale, Virginia

Favorite class at JMU so far: Cellular Molecular Biology was a lot of dense material but it was fun and interesting. Dr. Monroe was sensational and lab kept me engaged! I really enjoyed getting to genetically modify E.Coli cells to glow under UV light!

Favorite song: Tears Dry on Their Own by Amy Winehouse

Amy Lutick

Year: Senior

Major: History

Hometown: Wall, New Jersey

Favorite JMU memory: Studying abroad in Florence, Italy

Favorite TV show: Friends

Kimber Mapili

Year: Junior

Major: Biotechnology

Hometown: Woodbridge, Virginia

Favorite place to study: I really value the quiet floors and abundance of study tools in Rose Library.

Dream job: Providing primary eye care to developing countries

Alex Mendoza

Year: Senior

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Manassas, Virginia

Favorite JMU tradition: Singing the Fight Song

Favorite movie: Raising Arizona

Will Miller

Year: Junior

Major: Media Arts & Design

Hometown: Newport News, Virginia

Favorite place on campus: I love the atmosphere of the Student Success Center. It's a great place to study, hang out, or just chill with friends.

Favorite song: Where You Are by Christopher Jackson

Ryan Nigro

Year: Junior

Major: Computer Information Systems

Hometown: Commack, New York

Favorite place to study: Memorial Hall

Dream job: Developing software for mechanical prosthetics 

Emma Ohlsson

Year: Junior

Major: Nursing

Hometown: Richmond, Virginia

How did you know JMU was right for you? The people here really helped me come out of my comfort zone and grow into the person I wanted to be through getting and involved and regaining confidence in myself.

Favorite movie: She's the Man

Kelly Oler

Year: Junior

Major: Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies

Hometown: McLean, Virginia

Favorite place on campus: I discovered the ISAT rooftop garden while taking one of my science classes.

Favorite song: Blessings by Chance the Rapper

Dyer Pace

Year: Junior

Major: Communication Studies

Hometown: Martinsville, Virginia

Favorite place on campus: Carrier Library is my second home at JMU.

Favorite song: Uptown Girl by Billy Joel

Valerie Pagan

Year: Senior

Major: Health Sciences

Hometown: Ashburn, Virginia

Favorite place in Harrisonburg: I've found people that are like my family at the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad.

Favorite song: Come As You Are by Nirvana

Jonathan Pruden

Year: Senior

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Wilton, Connecticut

Favorite place to eat on campus: Top Dog

Favorite TV show: Game of Thrones

Melanie Southard

Year: Senior

Major: Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies

Hometown: Eastampton, New Jersey

Favorite place to eat on campus: Get Your Green on in the Student Success Center

Favorite movie: Tangled

Jordan Stafford

Year: Senior

Major: History

Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia

How did you know JMU was right for you? The overall atmosphere of the campus and Harrisonburg is so special. Everyone is extremely friendly and always willing to help each other out.

Favorite movie: WALL-E

Johnna Stoup

Year: Senior

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Hometown: Hagerstown, Maryland

Favorite place in Harrisonburg: I frequently check Kline's ice cream flavors to get the best ice cream.

Dream job: Audiologist

Lizzet Suarez

Year: Senior

Major: Health Sciences

Hometown: Leesburg, Virginia

Favorite class at JMU so far: Infectious Diseases made me want to live in a bubble the first couple of weeks, but I really did learn a lot in the class! That class opened my eyes to the field of public health and made me realized that my true passion was in working with others to prevent diseases before they happen.

Favorite dessert: Warm brownie topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup

Bobby Walker

Year: Senior

Major: Biology

Hometown: Lima, Peru

Favorite place to eat in Harrisonburg: Food.Bar.Food

Favorite movie: Star Wars

Angelica Walters

Year: Senior

Major: Health Sciences

Hometown: Bealeton, Virginia 

What do you love most about being a Duke? It feels like I'm part of one big purple and gold family. We're all so different but at the end of the day, we all love our school and we all want to do big things after we leave JMU.

Favorite movie: Secret Life of Pets

Erica Wood

Year: Junior

Major: Health Sciences

Hometown: Charlottesville, Virginia

How did you know JMU was right for you? I knew when it was the only application that I was constantly checking the status of.

Favorite movie: The Sound of Music