Meet the 186 South College Team!

A Little About Our Editors…

Alyssa Schiff ’20

Alyssa is a senior from New Jersey and currently an Environmental Studies major with minors in Global Studies and Ancient Greek and Roman Studies. She is very interested in environmental justice and social justice, and is currently trying to survive the grad school process.  Apart from the blog, Alyssa is also an EnvironMentor, the treasurer for the RSO Strong Like a Girl, and a member of Alpha Phi Omega and Epsilon Eta. When she isn’t complaining about how tired she is, she’s probably watching RIP Vine compilations or taking Buzzfeed quizzes. You can typically find her working at the Writing Center or falling asleep in the basement of Perkins.

Hayley Whiting ’21

Hayley is a junior 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 a member of Secondary Educators of Tomorrow. She also loves films, playing the piano, reading, and snuggling with her cat.

A Little About Our Writers…

Carlos Benito ’22

Carlos Benito is a freshman biological sciences major within the Honors College at the University of Delaware. He has a broad range of interest 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 junior at the UD, and is lucky to be surrounded by such passionate and caring classmates, friends, and family.  

unnamedJenna Newman ’20 (Writer & Social Media Manager)

Jenna is a Communications Interest and International Relations double-major with a minor in Disability Studies. She is from Lawrenceville, NJ. On campus Jenna is on the PRSSA-UD executive board, Social Coordinator for the Baptist Student Ministry, and an Assistant Director at HenMUN VI. She is most looking forward to studying abroad again while at UD, after going to London last Winter session. When she isn’t at a club or doing homework, Jenna enjoys blogging on her personal blog-, reading, and planning her next adventure abroad!

Erin Jackson ’20

Erin Jackson is proud to be a local Delawarean majoring in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Animal Biosciences with minors in Wildlife Conservation and Biology. On campus, she is also involved in undergraduate research, tutoring, Student Alumni Ambassadors, Alpha Zeta (the co-ed professional Ag Frat!), and Ag Ambassadors. She is super passionate about the Honors Program – so much so that she decided to stay in Redding for a second year as a Munson Fellow! She is really into running, biking, hiking, and spending time outside, but probably just as passionate about staying in bed, listening to music, jamming on her ukulele, watching Netflix, and reading.

Sarah Blum ’21

After her first year, Sarah Blum decided to study cognitive sciences!  She is from Pennsauken, New Jersey. She is involved in several organizations like HTAC, Students for the Environment, and P.R.O.U.D. Sarah’s favorite things include her three cats, leggings, iced coffee, and The Office. If you see her around campus, she’s either studying or watching puppy videos on YouTube.

Lorraine Capenos ’21

Lorraine Capenos is an Honors sophomore and Environmental Studies major from Howard County, MD, although she has moved around and enjoys traveling to new places. She is passionate about the environment, self-development, and experiencing all life has to offer. You can usually find her grabbing a bite on Main Street with her friends, hanging with her Alpha Delta Pi sisters, or adoring the campus squirrels on her way to class. She is always up for a great discussion about conspiracy theories, improving the world, or anything that will make her laugh.

Ryan Dean ’22

Ryan Dean is an English major from Smyrna, Delaware. In his time at UD, he aspires to explore the university’s myriad minors to satisfy his creative passions as he develops his writing skills. Besides writing for 186 South College, Ryan is interested in reading, indefinitely recursing through The Office on Netflix, and listening to podcasts. When he isn’t furiously typing out his homework, he may be found facetiming his beloved dog, Mikey. As a native Delawarean, Ryan has always looked forward to becoming a Blue Hen. As such, he intends to make the most of his time here at UD, and is excited to grow both as a writer and a person over the next four years.

Abhigna Rao ’22

Whether it was just scribbles in her Dora the Explorer composition notebook or carnation-pink crayon sonnets spread across the walls of her New Jersey home, Abhigna was always told that she wrote before she walked. Today, she is a proud UD Neuroscience Pre-Med major who wants to go on to earn an MD-PhD in her field. When she’s not rushing across campus in high heels to make it to class on time while still looking great, or sleeping straight through her 27 morning alarms (sorry, roomies!), Abhigna can be found planning out her week down to the minute with her three extremely aesthetic planners, obsessively Febrezing her residence hall lounge, or belting out a classic T-Swift number in the comfort of her dorm. She is so stoked to be a part of the 186 South College Team and cannot wait for what this year has in store!

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 99 and Grey’s Anatomy. This is her first year at UD and she is excited to be a part of the community and show school spirit!  

Nicole Pinera ’22

Nicole Pinera is a freshman Exercise Science major from Dover, Delaware. She aspires to become a physical therapist, but has always had a love for reading and writing and already feels like she’s found a home for her creative pursuits here at 186 South College. When she’s not in class, you can most likely find her spending time with her friends in Redding, at the gym, getting UDairy ice cream from a dining hall (First State Cobbler is her flavor of choice… for now!), or dutifully working on her homework at Morris Library. During her time at UD, she hopes to get more involved with the Honors Program and to find other student organizations that help her explore her passions.


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