Meet the 186 South College Team!

A Little About Our Editors…

Lauren Mottel ’23

Lauren Mottel is a senior Biomedical Engineering major from Hockessin, DE. She has a wide breadth of interests, such as astronomy, film, poetry, photography, traveling, and mythology. During her time at UD, she hopes to study abroad (A/N: Achievement Unlocked!) and to pursue each avenue of her interests to the best of her ability. She currently conducts drug delivery research down at BPI on STAR campus. Outside of lab, you’ll find her marathoning Studio Ghibli, playing her kalimba, or nursing a London fog on the Brew HaHa patio.

Felicia Seybold ’23

Felicia is a Senior Applied Molecular Biology and Biotechnology major from Dover, Delaware.
She loves reading and writing as much as she loves macromolecules, so she also has an
English minor. As a professional hobby collector, she loves making most forms of arts and
crafts, reads copious sci-fi and fantasy novels, and is currently learning how to play guitar. Most
of her days she is completing her upper level practicum classes in laboratories on and off
campus, but she can occasionally be found at the Stomping Grounds cafe in Trabant fueling her
coffee addiction.

A Little About Our Writers…

Chris Hope ’23

Chris is a senior double majoring in Linguistics and Three Languages. He has written for 186 South College since his first semester, and is excited to see this last year play out! He is also involved in other groups on campus, namely HTAC and WVUD.

Alex Stone ’23

Alex is a senior Biological Sciences major from Woodbine, Maryland. She is minoring in Spanish for Healthcare and has a passion for languages. Aside from writing for 186 South College and managing the social media for the blog on the Honors Instagram, (@ud_honors), she spends her time as an “English as a Second Language” tutor and as a Writing Fellow. In her free time you can find her reading, cooking, or watching the Great British Baking Show—a show that will always make her smile!


Nadya Ellerhorst ’24

 Nadya is a junior from the mystical land of Cincinnati, Ohio, double-majoring in International Relations and Russian Studies with minors in Journalism and Museum Studies. If you just can’t get enough of her 186 South College musings, she also writes for the Mosaic section of The Review, the University of Delaware’s independent student newspaper. As much as she adores typing away, Nadya is also a Delaware Diplomat, an iBuddy mentor and Council Member, a member of Academic Competition Club, Vice President of Russian Club at UD, and Sister Cities of Wilmington’s Marketing Intern. When she’s not attempting to meet her various academic and extracurricular obligations, Nadya enjoys watching films with “Fresh” ratings on Rotten Tomatoes (and those without), getting lost in art museums, and indulging in excessive amounts of bubble tea.

Yamini Vyas ’24

Yamini is a junior MIS major from Wilmington, Delaware. On campus, she is involved in Women in Business, the Indian Student Association, Active Minds, and the Accounting Students Association. In her free time, she likes to re-watch shows like Friends and New Girl, spend time with her friends and family, and write random excerpts regarding just about anything that comes to mind. If nothing else, an important take-away from this bio is that she has a deep love for all kinds of pastas and noodles.

Raktim Basu ’24

Raktim is from balmy Chester Springs, PA, with a major in the oh-so-longly-named Applied Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (Biotech for the sane) and minors in Biochemistry and Global Studies! Raktim is involved in a variety of RSOs, the most notable ones being RSA (Resident Student Association), HENS (Honors Engaging in Neighborhood Service), and Galadrim and Critical Failure, UD’s tabletop roleplaying clubs! If he’s not looking at weirdly shaped organic molecules, he’s probably shuffling his Magic deck for the next duel of Commander, sharpening his pencil for the next game of D&D, or taking a nice walk around campus!

Grace Kearns ’25

Grace is a sophomore Honors student from Pittsburgh, PA. She is majoring in Media Communication and is pursuing a minor in Journalism. Outside of class, Grace is a member of the MelUDees a Capella group, a Community Engagement Scholar, and is a sports media intern with Hens All-Access. She loves baking, watching New Girl, and trying new restaurants around Newark with her friends.

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