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Introducing the Ascend Lead Team

2017-2018 LEAD BIOS

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Alex B - Alex is a senior double majoring in Secondary Education and Biology. While her hometown is Santa Cruz, California, she has found her BC home through tutoring at her former PULSE placement and health coaching in OHP.  In her spare time, she enjoys the three Rs: reading, running, and researching new restaurants/recipes to try.  She looks forward to leading an Ascend group this year!

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Alex K - Alex is a senior concentrating in Marketing and Entrepreneurship in CSOM, as well as majoring in Communication. She was born in Greece, raised around the world, and now resides in Kansas City. She's a UGBC senator, a member of 4Boston, and the event chair for Marketing Academy. In an alternate universe, Alex is a DJ traveling the globe and petting all the dogs. She's so excited for Ascend and the chance to meet you all!

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Alexis H - Alexis is a senior political science and environmental studies double-major from Thousand Oaks, California! She dances with DOBC and Synergy Hip Hop Dance Company in addition to teaching spin & cardio kickboxing at the Plex (#fitness). Some of her most favorite things include reggaeton, rainy days, and smiling at cute dogs. Fun fact: her ice cream order has been the same for the past 15 years - chocolate with white chocolate chips.

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Alexis K - Alexis is a senior communications major with a biology minor interested in medicine from Belmont, Massachusetts. She spends her free time volunteering at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and kicking around a soccer ball with her super fun roommates. She can’t wait to participate in Ascend this year!


Ali - Ali is a senior from Hiram, Maine studying nursing.  In her years at BC, she’s been involved with Jumpstart, Golden Eagles Dance Team, Student Nurse’s Association, Nourish BC, Jamaica Magis, study abroad, and (best for last) Ascend!  When not in class or at the hospital, she can usually be found in her Iggy apartment procrastinating her studies (do as I say, not as I do).  She is sooo excited to be an Ascend lead this year and can’t wait to meet all the awesome first-year women!


Allison - Allison is a junior majoring in Economics from Boston, MA. Some of her hobbies/interests include traveling, dancing, reading, baking, taking pictures, or hanging with friends. She loves fashion and makeup, NPR radio, and chocolate croissants. She is so excited be a part of Ascend this year!


Courtney - Courtney is a junior in CSOM studying Finance and Computer Science and originally from Milwaukee, WI. She spends her time on campus as a secretary for the First Year Service Program, a tour guide and panelist for SAP, and as a member of the Women's Ultimate Frisbee team. She loves exploring the city during the weekends and if you ever need someone to go with you to try a new restaurant, she's your girl.


Dana - Dana is a senior nursing major originally from Parsippany, New Jersey, technically now living in Houston, Texas, but residing for the most part in good ol' Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Someone allowed her to be the Co-President of the Public Health Club, and she also volunteers at Perkins School for the Blind as her 4B placement. She enjoys hiking, sunsets, and relatively short walks on the beach because those can be tiring. She super pumped for Ascend this year!

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Danielle E - Danielle is currently a senior at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management where she is majoring in Marketing and Operations Management. She is from Lagos, Nigeria and her freshman year she lived in Cushing on Newton. Her hobbies include eating, sleeping, traveling and exercising. She loves fashion and going to art museums. She is the oldest of three children. Her favorite animals are kittens and dolphins!

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Danielle J - Danielle is a senior in CSOM majoring in Operations Management and Management & Leadership. She is from Indianapolis, Indiana and divides her time on-campus between MABC, taking photos for The Gavel, and an independent entrepreneurial research project. When she isn't working, you can find her thinking about her next travel destination - as of this past summer, she has been to 16 different countries and hopes to go to many more. She is excited to spend her last year at BC as a part of the Ascend program!


Divya - Divya is a junior majoring in Biology, hoping to eventually go to medical school. She's originally from Portland, OR and loves a good cup of stumptown coffee. However, she'll have to do with chocolate bar coffee, and 9 out of 10 times you'll probably spot her standing in line for a caramel latte. When she's not in class, she works in a biology research lab where she works with fruit flies or she is rewatching Greys Anatomy for the 10th time. She lives next to a dog park and probably missed the Comm Ave. bus because she was too busy petting a dog. Her guilty pleasure is listening to Justin Bieber and she loves to play the piano. She can't wait to be a part of Ascend this year!


Dorothy - Dorothy is biology major from Los Angeles, California. She is in the University Chorale of Boston College and advocates for global health equity with GlobeMed at BC. Her absolute favorite food is hot cheeto puffs, which are literally impossible to find. She loves Ascend and is super excited to meet all of you!


Eilis - Eilis is a senior Finance and Entrepreneurship major from Brooklyn, New York. She works in the library at BC and TAs for an Entrepreneurial Management class. She loves going out and about in different cities, especially her two hometowns of New York and Boston.  She is excited to be a part of Ascend this year!


Elizabeth - Elizabeth is a junior majoring in Political Science with a double minor in International Studies and Hispanic Studies. She's from St. Paul, Minnesota, and is involved with organizations like the Common Tones, the University Chorale, Bystander, SAP, Arrupe, and Campus Ministry around campus. Elizabeth is more of a Bapst girl than an O'Neill girl and can't wait to have a kitchen in 2000 so she can have friends over for dinner. She's thrilled to be a part of the Ascend family this year and is looking forward to getting to know all the powerhouse women in the program!

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Erica H - Erica is a Junior double major in Economics and Communications from Westport, Connecticut. She runs track and cross country on BC's Women's varsity team. She is also a part of the Student Ambassador program at the McMullen Museum of Art. Erica loves to read and swim (although I'm pretty bad at swimming), and yoga! She can't wait to be a part of Ascend this year and meet everyone!

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Erica O - Erica is a senior in LSOE double majoring in Applied Psychology and English, and double minoring in History and Special Education and is originally from Easton, MA.  Erica is in the dance group, Full Swing, and swing dances all night long.  When not dancing or studying, you can find her in Dunkin Donuts or at Hillside buying Iced Teas, watching Disney movies endlessly, and eating late night mozzarella sticks.  She can't wait to be a part of Ascend!


Jenna - Jenna is a junior Psychology BS major and Management and Leadership minor. She comes from the grand city of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts and when she isn’t in class she’s usually running endless laps around the Res, waiting in line at the Chocolate Bar (for her 5th cup of the day obviously), or knitting while watching Netflix. She is super excited to meet all the incredible first-year women!


Juli - Juli is a Junior studying Political Science and Economics from Buffalo Grove, IL. In her free time she can be found serving as a GED tutor at the Suffolk House of Corrections and volunteering on campus with the BC Student Admissions Program. Other passionate pastimes include swimming, yoga, and drinking copious amounts of coffee! She is studying in Copenhagen, Denmark at the moment but can’t wait to get back to Boston and for an awesome year with Ascend!


Karolina - Karolina is a senior nursing major from Parsippany, New Jersey, currently living in Rubenstein Hall. She just returned from studying abroad in Parma, Italy, and is also a part of 4Boston this year, where she volunteers at an elementary school. You can always find her at the res, Trader Joe’s, or at Hillside with a (large) cup of coffee. She's so, so excited to be a part of Ascend this year!


Kate - Kate is a senior biology major from Tucson, Arizona - and no, she's still not used to the cold.  In addition to Ascend, she's a member of Timmy Global Health and the Mendel Pre-Med Society on campus.  When she's not hanging out with her roommates at Hillside, you can find her running the res or trying out a new class at the Plex. She's so excited to meet her first year women!


Kathryn - Kathryn Zimmermann is a senior in the Lynch School of Education studying applied psychology and human development. She hopes to get a PhD in development psych and work in public policy, because politics are so fun, right? Right now she can be found trying to apply to grad schools, playing excessive amounts of Just Dance with her roommates while she's supposed to be applying to grad school, and going to great lengths to pretend she's not totally obsessed with all of the new Taylor swift songs. She is very excited to be an ascend leader, and hopefully, inspire first-year women!


Kim - Kimberly is a senior studying Economics and Political Science. Originally from Ridgewood, NJ, Kim now calls Florida “home”. Because she’s never had coffee, you can often find Kim in Hillside spending more money than her flex-dining plan should otherwise allow on iced chai lattes. Kim loves reality tv, listening to music her friends have deemed as “sad”, and going to 5pm yoga on Fridays. Not ready for her eventual graduation in the spring, she has mastered the art of distraction and denial. She is excited to come back as an Ascend Lead for a second year and even more excited to meet you!


Ky - Ky is a junior whose majoring in Psychology B.A. and hoping to get into the fifth year program. She enjoys playing the violin in Boston College’s Symphony Orchestra and giving all her money to Sephora. She is usually running around trying to get her life together due to procrastination syndrome. She is excited to make memories with her Ascend group this year!


Lia - Lia is a senior Secondary Education and English major from Medfield, MA. She's involved in Lynch Honors and Word of Mouth, Boston College's public speaking/storytelling club. She loves books, brunch, and dogs, and she's pumped for Ascend this year. If you see a girl desperately trying to eat while rushing across campus, say hi! It's Lia and she's running late for class. 


Lindsay - Lindsay is a senior from Southborough, Massachusetts studying Economics and Finance. She loves to keep herself busy during the week with Women in Business, volunteering at the Campus School, running the res, and hanging out with friends. She is so excited to be an Ascend lead and can't wait to get to know everyone!


Maria - Maria is a junior nursing student from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Go Steelers!). She is involved in the environmental club EcoPledge, 4Boston, Strong Women Strong Girls Mentoring, and is a nutrition health coach in the Office of Health Promotion. She is usually lounging around the Rat, drinking their New England Coffee and munching on a chocolate croissant. She is thrilled to be a member of Ascend this year!


Maya - Maya is a senior studying Applied Psychology and Human Development with minors in Special Education and Women and Gender Studies. She is from South Orange, NJ and studied abroad in the Philippines last fall. Maya is a mentor for Strong Women Strong Girls and loves spending time outside, preferably with dogs. She can usually be found in the Chocolate Bar, drinking tea and chatting with friends!

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Mi Jin - Mi Jin is a senior from Queens, New York, studying Finance with a minor in Applied Psychology and Human Development. She enjoys running around the Reservoir and is currently training for her first half marathon. On weekends, she likes to explore different cafes in Boston. She’s very excited to be a Lead this year! 


Michelle - Michelle is a senior studying English and Psychology, and works for the Neurobiology of Eating and Eating Disorders lab here on campus. Having grown up moving around often, she now splits her time between Washington, DC and Lima, Peru. You can often find her reading or studying in hillside or stokes, with a hot latte and croissant in hand!


Morgan - Morgan is a senior nursing major from New Canaan, Connecticut. When she's not at the hospital, she is volunteering at Marian Manor, a nursing home in South Boston. You can usually find her people-watching in hillside or watching crime shows with her roommates. She participated in Ascend and loved the program, and is excited to be a lead this year!

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Olivia H - Olivia (known as Liv to anyone that knows her) is a senior Psychology B.S. major with a Medical Humanities minor. When she thinks of home, Newtown, CT comes to mind. Olivia spends the majority of her free time dancing with BC's Dance Ensemble and day dreaming about her golden retriever, Chester. Her three must-haves are: quality time with quality friends, NPR TinyDesk concerts, and fun socks. She is stoked to spend her last year at BC with Ascend!!

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Olivia M - Olivia is a junior in the Lynch School of Education majoring in Secondary Education & English with a minor in Special Education. She is Army ROTC here on campus (HOOAH!) and the Ministry of Sillywalks, BC's premier Monty Python fan club and on her own search to find the Holy Grail. You can usually find her in one of the dining halls, napping in public places, reading Buzzfeed articles, or all three at once! She can't wait to be a part of Ascend and meet more of the incredible women on this campus! :) 

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Olivia S - Olivia is a senior from Long Island, New York studying Applied Psychology/Human Development and Economics. She is a member of Cura and participates in off-campus volunteer programs in her free time. Olivia loves trying new things and recently started boxing! She’s super excited to meet her Ascend group this year! 


Paulina - Paulina is a senior Biology and Economics student from Holmdel, New Jersey. Paulina has wanted to be a dentist since she was twelve years old. She loves sports, ice cream, and all things Bruce Springsteen. She is also obsessed with dark chocolate! When she’s not watching Grey’s Anatomy, Paulina can usually be found nagging her friends to floss, napping in her room, or wandering around Wegmans. She is thrilled to be leading Ascend this year! 


Rachel - Rachel is a senior Psychology major and management minor from Madison, New Jersey. She is a part of the running club on campus and in her free time she loves exploring boston with friends. She loves the beach and being out doors! After she graduates she is excited to live in New York City.


Tara - Tara is a senior Communication major from Barrington, IL, a suburb of Chicago. She is a coordinator on Campus Activities Board in their Trips & Excursions division. If there is a dog on campus, you can bet Tara is right there petting them and taking some pics to gawk over for the next couple days. She is so excited to be part of Ascend this year!