Meet the 186 South College Team!

A Little about Our Editors…

Hayley Whiting ’21

Hayley is a senior Honors student from Newark, Delaware with a double major in English Education and French. She aspires to become a high school English teacher, has been lucky enough to study abroad in Paris for one semester, and hopes to go back to France to teach English at some point! On campus, she works as a writing tutor in the Writing Center and is the Vice President of Secondary Educators of Tomorrow. She also loves spending time with her twin sister, Jenna; watching films; playing the piano; reading; and snuggling with her cats.

Abhigna Rao ’22

Abhigna is a quirky and vivacious junior who hails from the small but noble town of Morris Plains, New Jersey. She has majors in Neuroscience and Communication, but that schedule wasn’t nearly heavy enough, so she’s also working towards a minor in Public Health. On campus, she serves as the Director of External Communications for the Resident Student Association and enjoys being a Munson Fellow for the Honors College. She also loves working UD Decision Days as part of the Honors Student Recruitment Team and being able to speak to prospective students and their families about how the Honors College has shaped her college experience. When she’s not off buying WAY too much coffee in the Perkins Scrounge or sleeping through her 27 morning alarms, you may find her studying through three meal periods at CR or fixing a satisfying mug of whipped cream in the comfort of her room (and for her sake, hopefully a little hot chocolate too)!

A Little about Our Writers…

Carlos Benito ’22

Carlos is a junior Biological Sciences major. He has a broad range of interests from entrepreneurship to ecology, and plans to apply to medical school following his four years at UD.  He spends time pursuing his entrepreneurial goals as a Delaware Innovation Fellow and pursues his musical passions by playing trumpet in the 8-bit orchestra. He enjoys spending time with his sister, a UD grad, and is lucky to be surrounded by such passionate and caring classmates, friends, and family.

Brittany Connely ’22

Brittany is an Honors junior from Olympia, Washington. She is a pre-med student majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Public Health. Her goal is to not only become a doctor and help others but also travel all around the world and explore. When she’s not stressing out over her classes, Brittany can be found helping out in the community, hanging out with her Tri Delta sisters, and dancing around her room to her favorite songs. Brittany loves her three-year-old cat Meow Meow, her favorite music group Stray Kids, and iced coffee from Dunkin’ (which she has on the daily). She is excited about experiencing and learning about many new things throughout the rest of her time in Delaware.

Jenny Gloyd ’22

Jenny is a Biochemistry major from Columbia, Maryland. She loves chemistry and all things medicine. If she’s not talking about the cool new thing in science, she can be overheard singing in practice rooms or at a USingers Rehearsal, as music is one of her passions. When she finds time, she enjoys painting and watching shows, like Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Grey’s Anatomy. She is excited to be a part of the community and show school spirit!  

Chris Hope ’23

Chris (left) is a sophomore from Philly majoring in Linguistics and looking into doubling with Three Languages (Italian, German, and TBD). He hopes to get into translation and wants to study abroad. Chris is involved with multiple RSOs, such as Il Circolo Italiano and the Misfits, and he co-hosts a show on WVUD’s “the Basement.” He can usually be found watching half-hour-long videos analyzing movies he’s never seen or playing guitar in his room (though if you can’t find him, just play some Panic! at the Disco or Lorde, and he’ll find you).

Lauren Mottel ’23

Lauren Mottel is a sophomore Biomedical Engineering major from Hockessin, DE. She has a wide breadth of interests, such as astronomy, film, poetry, photography, traveling, and mythology. On campus, Lauren is involved in several RSOs, like the Society of Women Engineers, Club Swimming, and Assistive Medical Technologies. During her time at UD, she hopes to study abroad and to pursue each avenue of her interests to the best of her ability. Some of Lauren’s favorite things include the MCU, iced coffee, ramen, Game of Thrones, and movie awards season. You’ll often spot her at the pool, in her room watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine, or in line at Einstein Bagels at the ISE Lab. Lauren is also the social media manager for the Honors blog, so catch her posts on the Honors College Instagram (@ud_honors).

Lauren Wrightstone ’23

Lauren Wrightstone is a sophomore Communications major from West Grove, Pennsylvania. She enjoys reading, writing, and hanging out with her friends. She loves her dog (Finn!) and misses spending time with him. Her favorite musician is Hozier. 

Clara Kinken ’23

Clara is a sophomore from Davidson, North Carolina, with a double major in Three Languages (French, German, and Italian) and French/Political Science. She is working towards a career in diplomacy or international law, which she hopes will allow her to live and work around the world. On campus, she’s involved with a variety of different groups and clubs, including World Scholars, Epsilon Eta, UNA-UD, Wesley Foundation, Make it Count, The Review, and more. When she happens to have some free time, some of her favorite activities are swimming, sailing, skiing, reading, and, of course, writing.

Alaka Deshpande ’23

Alaka is a sophomore Neuroscience and Biology major on the pre-med track from Wilmington, Delaware. On campus, she is involved in club swim, UNICEF, Lori’s Hands, and Community Engagement Scholars, and she is a research assistant at the ABC lab. In her free time, she loves being outdoors, reading, listening to one of her favorite podcasts, bingeing her favorite Netflix shows, cuddling with her cat, or buying an iced coffee from Dunkin’.

Shrinidhi Dandibhotla ’24

Shrinidhi is a freshman from Lansdale, Pennsylvania. She is majoring in Neuroscience to start, with a possible double major and minor in the future. She recently just joined many campus organizations, including Resident Student Association, the Honors Blog, and the Medical and Molecular Sciences Club. She is a very social person, loves to volunteer in her community, and is super excited to be a Blue Hen!

Nadya Ellerhorst ’24


Nadya is a freshman from the mystical land of Cincinnati, Ohio, with a major in International Relations—and hopefully an additional major in Russian and minor in Journalism down the road. While it’s a bit strange attending a mid-Atlantic university from the comfort of her Midwestern home, she is beyond excited to contribute to the Honors blog. Aside from 186 South College, she participates in QUEST, is a Senior Reporter for The Review (shout-out to her Mosaic buddies), and is a Marketing Intern for UD’s Master Players Concert Series. When she is not attempting to meet her many academic and extracurricular obligations, Nadya enjoys watching films with “Fresh” ratings on Rotten Tomatoes (and those without) and indulging in excessive amounts of bubble tea.

Rachel Gray ’24

Rachel Gray, born in China and raised in New Castle, Delaware, is a freshman currently majoring in Mathematics (BS). She is looking towards double majoring in Mathematics Education (she thinks it’s possible) and possibly minoring in Psychology. She has three dogs she loves to spoil, including Daisy, a dachshund/corgi mix, pictured here. She loves fishing, reading, and learning new things and can do anything with a little caffeine in her system!

Abigail McGraw ’24

Abigail McGraw is a freshman Environmental Engineering major. She is from Virginia Beach, VA, and has lived there her whole life. Abigail is a member of E-52, a student theatre group at UD. She has always loved theatre, especially the technical side, and will not hesitate to strike up a conversation on the topic. Besides academics and extracurriculars, she loves kayaking in her local waters, playing Animal Crossing, and re-watching The Office. During quarantine, she has picked up both roller skating and skateboarding and has yet to break a bone (knock on wood). She is excited to connect with the UD community this year, online and in person, and can’t wait to come to campus!

 

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