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PJ Amato

Year: Senior

Major: International Affairs

Hometown: Lake Ronkonkoma, New York

Favorite place in Harrisonburg: Court Square Theater - $8 movies in a historic downtown theatre?! What could be better?

Favorite movie: Birdman

Pedro Baiza

Year: Junior

Major: Health Sciences

Hometown: Hampton, Virginia

Favorite class at JMU so far: PSYC 101 because it was easy to relate the material covered in class. This class helped understand the bigger picture to a lot of things I do on a day-to-day basis. It was also interesting learning how things in the brain work and why we do the things we do.

Dream job: Occupational Therapist

Haley Ballou

Year: Junior

Major: Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies

Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia

How did you know JMU was right for you? When I learned about the five years Masters of Education program and also when I visited JMU and experienced that it is really as friendly of a campus as I had heard.

Favorite TV show: New Girl

Casey Behre

Year: Senior

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Hometown: Flemington, New Jersey

Favorite JMU tradition: My favorite JMU tradition has to be Relay for Life. Every year JMU participates in an organized, overnight community walk to fundraise and raise awareness for cancer. It is a powerful night that brings students and community members together.

Favorite song: Confident by Demi Lovato

Karrie Bell

Year: Senior

Major: Hospitality Management

Hometown: Poughkeepsie, New York

What do you love about being a Duke? I always feel like I have a community around that supports me. Between amazing faculty, staff, and friends I know that I always have some one there who wants to see me succeed.

Favorite song: Peace by O. A.R.

Mika Brown

Year: Junior

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Tyson's Corner, Virginia

Favorite class at JMU so far: Italian because I love learning the language and about the culture. Also, the Italian department is filled with amazing professors who really have the best interests for their students at heart.

Favorite movie: The Imitation Game

Nicole Clanton

Year: Junior

Major: Social Work

Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia

Favorite place on campus: The Interfaith Chapel because the view of the mountains is incredible and I love that it is a place welcome to all faiths.

Favorite TV show: Gilmore Girls

Ashley Creighton

Year: Senior

Major: Biology

Hometown: Pittsgrove, New Jersey

Favorite JMU tradition: My favorite JMU tradition is Madipalooza. I love that the event gives the JMU community the opportunity come together and connect with one another.

Dream job: Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Sarah Di Croce

Year: Senior

Major: Integrated Science and Technology

Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia

Favorite class at JMU so far: I absolutely loved my Biotechnology Issues in Science and Technology class that I took my sophomore year. This is the class that made me fall in love with my major and I owe it all to my professor. Dr. Bachmann was super passionate about teaching this class, and he got the whole class excited to learn.

Favorite dessert: Fried ice cream

Gabriel Driver

Year: Senior

Major: Kinesiology

Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia

Favorite place on campus: Center for Multicultural Student Services (CMSS) is a great place for people of different backgrounds to get together and enjoy one another's company.

Favorite movie: The Lion King

Sam Dull

Year: Senior

Major: History

Hometown: Prince William, Virginia

Favorite place in Harrisonburg: George Washington National Park because I love to relax with nature and take pictures of nature with my camera.

Favorite TV show: Grey's Anatomy

Evan Gallagher

Year: Senior

Major: Geographic Science and Media Arts Design

Hometown: Midlothian, Virginia

Favorite place on campus: The Quad is about as JMU as it gets! I never really feel more at home on our campus than when I'm taking in the breathtaking view of the buildings and how happy the students are. There is always such an amazing energy on the quad!

Favorite song: Our Own House by Misterwives

Micah Hodges

Year: Senior

Major: Music Industry

Hometown: Glen Allen, Virginia

Favorite place on campus: Forbes Center for the Performing Arts is the place where I call home and is central to where I attend performances, rehearse everyday, practice my euphonium, attend classes, and do my homework and studying in the computer lab. What I like about it is that there are minimal distractions for me so that I am able to stay focused and take care of my daily tasks.

Dream job: Teaching music at the collegiate or high school level

Lindsay Hogan

Year: Senior

Major: Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies

Hometown: Exton, Pennsylvania

How did you know JMU was right for you? I was looking for a place where I felt like I belonged. I had only a few guidelines. I needed a football team, a five year education program, and a big school with a small school feel. I took a tour on a cold March afternoon, and within five minutes of touring campus, I was in love. I immediately felt at ease walking around campus; there was just something about the atmosphere. I can't explain the feeling, but I knew it was the only place I wanted to apply.

Favorite song: Stubborn Love by the Lumineers

Connor Holt

Year: Junior

Major: Communication Studies

Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia

What do you love about being a Duke? Being a Duke helps me to know that I need to make an impact on people, and to acheieve greatness.

Favorite TV show: Bachelor

Brittany Howard

Year: Junior

Major: Communication Studies and Media Arts & Design

Hometown: Ashburn, Virginia

Favorite JMU tradition: Taking pictures with the James Madison statues on campus

Dream job: Puppy Bowl Referee

Mariah Joseph

Year: Junior

Major: Athletic Training

Hometown: Roanoke, Virginia

Favorite place on campus: The view from the ISAT patio is stunning, I love watching the sunsets from up there. It's also a good place to go when I want to get away with my thoughts.

Favorite dessert: Pineapple upside down cake

Helai Karim

Year: Senior

Major: Choral Music Education

Hometown: Fairfax, Virginia

Favorite place on campus: Student Success Center because of everything it offers for students. It's a great place to study, eat, hang out with friends, and there are so many resources that I love taking advantage of.

Favorite song: Stop This Train by John Mayer

Laura Keegan

Year: Senior

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Damascus, Maryland

Favorite class at JMU so far: Psychology of Learning has definitely been my favorite class at JMU so far. I was able to directly apply what I learned in class to my everyday life, and I can already tell that the course material will stay with me for years.

Favorite song: I Was Here by Beyonce

John Lobdell

Year: Junior

Major: Communication Studies

Hometown: Boxford, Massachusetts

How did you know JMU was right for you? I remember standing on the sun dial one afternoon when I visited my sister as a high school student, and looking down the front of the buildings at the top of the quad, and remember not wanting to spent the next four years anywhere else.

Favorite movie: Step Brothers

Emily McCann

Year: Senior

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Hometown: North Massapequa, New York

Favorite place in Harrisonburg: Bluetique is my favorite place to shop! I love following their trends, and shopping is a way I like to unwind when feeling stressed.

Dream job: Speech Language Pathologist in a rehabilitation center

Molly Murphy

Year: Junior

Major: Nursing

Hometown: Mechanicsville, Virginia

Favorite place on campus: When I am feeling lost, confused, or overwhelmed I love going to the Arboretum to clear my mind. It is a beautiful, peaceful place that never fails to make feel refreshed.

Favorite dessert: Cake batter ice cream

Ada Okafor

Year: Senior

Major: Justice Studies

Hometown: Hampton, Virginia

What do you love about being a Duke? I love that the JMU Justice Studies Department provides me with the foundation and the skills that I will need to excel when I go out into my professional field.

Favorite song: You and I by John Legend

Zyanya Otal

Year: Senior

Major: Biology

Hometown: Charlottesville, Virginia

Favorite place in Harrisonburg: Purcell Park is an absolutely beautiful place to run, have a picnic, walk your dog, or just get away for a bit and think. The best part is the giant tree right by the lake!

Favorite TV show: The Office

Macy Pniewski

Year: Senior

Major: English

Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia

Favorite place in Harrisonburg: Heritage Cafe is a small coffee shop/bakery in Downtown Harrisonburg with a very 1950s feel. The atmosphere is warm with jazz constantly playing, everything served on dainty china, and a kitchen right behind the counter that looks like it was transplanted from a real house. Everything about it is delightful.

Favorite movie: Singin' in the Rain

Mariellen Poynter

Year: Senior

Major: Nursing

Hometown: Chesapeake, Virginia

How did you know JMU was right for you? I was sitting at CHOICES slightly overwhelmed. I took a moment and just looked around soaking in the excitement, Exit 245 began to sing, everyone was smiling and I just knew I wanted to be that happy all the time.

Favorite movie: WALL-E

Eddie Reyes

Year: Senior

Major: Computer Information Systems

Hometown: Leesburg, Virginia

Favorite place in Harrisonburg: Funky's because skating and falling with people is by far one of the best way of making lasting friends.

Dream job: Commercial Dancer

Doug Schilling

Year: Junior

Major: Quantitative Finance and Math

Hometown: Douglassville, Pennsylvania

Favorite place on campus: Without a doubt, I love UREC the most out of any place on this campus. With the recent expansion, it seems like there is nothing that this place doesn't have. Any time I need to blow off some steam, relax in the hot tub, or ball with some friends, I know UREC will never let me down. It is hands down the absolute best place to be on campus at any given time.

Dream job: CFO of Disney World

Nathan Sese

Year: Junior

Major: Health Science

Hometown: Falls Church, Virginia

Favorite place in Harrisonburg: The Farmer's Market is always a nice shopping experience and a good place to get to know the Harrisonburg residents.

Favorite movie: The Truman Show

Cooper Weinberger

Year: Senior

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Brookeville, Maryland

Favorite class at JMU so far: PSYC160-Life Span Human Development! It was fascinating to learn how all humans go throughout life in a relatively similar way. It also helped me decide to major in Psychology. Plus, Professor Duvall is an amazing instructor and often relates story-telling with psychological concepts.

Favorite dessert: O'Neill's cookie skillet