Student Success Leaders

Each first-year seminar has an upper-class student mentor called a student success leader, or SSL, who attends your seminar, helps you with advising, and answers academic questions. Once you have been assigned your seminar over the summer, your SSL will get in touch with you to discuss how to build your schedule for the fall and to answer any questions you have about academics at Hollins.

Kasey Copeland

Hello everyone! My name is Kasey Copeland, and I will be your SSL for the seminar with Professor Amy Gerber-Stroh! I am a rising junior working on my film major and creative writing minor. I currently live in Virginia, but I was raised in Florida for most of my life. I haven’t been on campus since my freshman year, so I look forward to getting reaquainted with the Hollins campus alongside many other formerly remote students. Feel free to stop by and say “hi” if you spot me wandering around on campus! I adore my island in Animal Crossing way too much, and I have been known to binge watch cartoons from when I was younger (specifically Scooby Doo). Please feel free to email me at copelandkc@hollins.edu, with any questions, concerns, or joys! I look forward to meeting and getting to know you all!


Elizabeth Dion

Hey, Class of 2025! My name is Elizabeth Dion, and I’m going to be the SSL for Professor Bohland’s first-year seminar! I am a rising senior and a theatre and international studies double major from Woodbridge, VA.  I love riding my bike around the loop, hammocking, thrifting at the Goodwill down the street, and enjoying the veggie nuggets in Moody! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out through my email at dionea@hollins.edu. I’m so excited to welcome you to campus and to our community this fall!


Aqsa Fazal

Hi, everyone! My name is Aqsa Fazal. I am getting a B.S. in biology with a minor in chemistry. I am the cochair for ACCENT and the treasurer for Pre-Medical Sciences Club. I am originally from Pakistan, but I have been living in Fredericksburg, VA, for the past 11 years. I love to travel and read. If you need to see me on campus, you can find me studying aka sleeping in Dana. I am very excited and looking forward to being your SSL! If you have any questions, you can email me at fazala@hollins.edu.


Selden Frissell

Hi, class of 2025! I’m Selden Frissell, and I am going to be the SSL for Professor Martens’ political printmaking first-year seminar in the fall. I’m a junior French and studio art double major. I am from Savannah, Georgia, but I’ve come to consider Hollins as my second home. You can find me outside, enjoying Hollins’ lovely campus and soaking up the sun. Odds are, if you’re in the VAC late at night, you’ll run into me. If you’re truly lucky, you’ll find me walking my cat, Schroder (not pictured), which is his least favorite activity. I love watching movies and knitting, sometimes at the same time. If you have any questions about anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at frissellsd@hollins.edu. I love meeting new people, and if you see me around campus, please don’t hesitate to talk to me; I’ll talk to a brick wall if it stands still long enough!


Fiona Grannan

Howdy! My name’s Fiona Grannan, and I’ll be your SSL for Interpersonal Relationships with Professor Han! I’m from Indiana, but I’ve found home at Hollins, and I hope you will, too. I’m a rising sophomore and a psychology and studio art student. I love to write poetry, paint, and print. You can usually find me in the VAC or getting Greenberry’s with my friends (the hazelnut truffle latte is the best, don’t let anyone fool you). If you have any questions, feel free to reach me at my email, grannanf@hollins.edu. Don’t be afraid to get in contact with any questions you may have! I’m so excited to get to meet you all in the fall, and I hope we can work together to ensure a great first semester! See you soon!


Kath Ham

Hello, class of 2025! My name is Kath Ham, and I’ll be your SSL for Reimagining Ancient Women with Professors van Eerden and Salowey. I am a rising senior who hails from Saint George, Utah, but considers Hollins my home. I am a creative writing major, and I’m also getting a musical theatre performance certificate. Over this year, I’ll be working on a creative writing honors thesis. I’m very active in the music and theatre departments at Hollins–I’ve been in a lot of the shows we’ve put on and am a member of our theatre society, APO, as well as being in the Mountain Laurels, our Appalachian music ensemble. You can usually find me practicing in Presser or hanging out in Swannanoa. In my off time, I try to read as much as possible. I have strong passions for Greek mythology, musical theatre, fantasy and horror, video games, podcasts, and Dungeons and Dragons. I can’t wait to get to know all of you! If you have any questions about Hollins, ever need help with anything, or just want to chat, please reach out to me at hamdk@hollins.edu. This is going to be a great year! See you all in the fall.


Tate Hurley

Hi, class of 2025! My name is Tate Hurley, and I will be the SSL for environmental issues in Appalachia with Professor du Bray. I am a rising sophomore from Texas, studying international studies and fine art. At Hollins, when I am not at the barn with the horses or on the climbing wall, you can catch me in my hammock or crafting with friends. The Roanoke area has tons of fun places to explore, as well, and I hope you can enjoy it as much as my friends and I do. A year ago, I was in the same place as you, nervous, yet excited, for this new experience. I cannot wait to meet you all and help you navigate all the great things Hollins has to offer. If you need to talk or have any questions, please contact me at hurleytk@hollins.edu. Happy summer, and welcome to Hollins!


Hanna Ko

Welcome, class of 2025! My name is Hanna Ko, and I’m super excited to be the SSL for Professor Richter’s first-year seminar. This fall, I’ll be a senior, and I’m pursuing a communication studies and business double major. I hail from Severna Park, Maryland, but Hollins is like a home away from home for me. In my free time, I love to make digital art and play video games, and you might occasionally find me taking a nap somewhere on campus. I can remember how overwhelming transitioning to Hollins was when I was a first year, so I really want to be there for you. Feel free to email me at koh@hollins.edu if you have questions or want to chat!


Zahin Mahbuba

Hi, class of 2025! My name is Zahin Mahbuba, and I am in the class of 2022. My parents are from Bangladesh, but I grew up in Vietnam, and I live in Malaysia. I am majoring in international studies with a minor in economics! I am a career connector and an admission ambassador, too. As for activities, I am the secretary of the chess club, and I help organize super fun events with the Cultural and Community Engagement (CCE) department. You can always find me on the second floor of the library cozying up in a beanbag, or in the Carvin kitchen cooking up a storm with my friends! I love taking walks when the sky is clear with the stars out at night. It is a GREAT way to get your exercise and enjoy the beauty of the Hollins campus at night. I can’t wait to meet you all and welcome you to the Hollins family! If you have any questions or just want to chat, please do email me at mahbubaz@hollins.edu. Once again, I’m super excited to share a semester with you all!


Joey Mathis

Hi, class of 2025! I’m Joey Mathis, and I’ll be Professor Bratic’s SSL for his first-year seminar. I’m a rising junior, communication studies major, and Spanish minor. This is my second time as an SSL, and I can’t wait to show you what I love about our school. I’m from Saint Cloud, Florida, so Hollins is a little bit like my home-away-from-home. On campus, I am involved with Black Student Alliance, Sexuality and Gender Alliance, and the oldest literary magazine on campus: Cargoes. You can usually find me in the library or a common room, but I also like to explore the Roanoke area. I love reading, listening to music, and napping. I am so excited to meet you all in the fall! In the meantime, feel free to email me at mathisja@hollins.edu if you have any questions about Hollins, this class, or me!


Maggie McCroby

Hello, class of 2025! My name is Maggie McCroby, and I am going to be the SSL for Professor Lynch’s first-year seminar. I have grown up in Worcester, Massachusetts, but now live in Basye, Virginia. I am a current rising senior at Hollins, majoring in art history and political science. On campus, I am part of the Model Arab League and Model United Nations team, while also holding the treasury position for a developing club called the Hollie Collie Crafters! When I am not in class, you can find me in the VAC working on the second floor, studying outside, FaceTiming my sister, or crafting on the front porch of Main with friends. I work closely with the GPS faculty to produce stronger programs for future students. When not at Hollins, I spend time with family or out hiking in the woods near my home. I am so excited to spend my fall semester with you during my final time at Hollins! I understand how overwhelming coming into college can be, so please reach out if you have any questions or even just to talk at mccrobymm@hollins.edu. I cannot wait to meet you and welcome you to campus!


Jaiya McMillan

Hey everyone! My name is Jaiya McMillan, and I can’t wait to be the SSL for Professor Nuñez’s What is a Nation? seminar! I’m a rising junior studying a mix of Spanish, history, and philosophy. I was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, but now I call Jackson, Mississippi, home. This past year, I was involved in Student Government Association, Model UN/Model Arab League, and I was an SSL for a different seminar! When I’m not sitting outside reading, you can find me studying in the library or making art with my friends. It’s hard for me to believe that not that long ago, I was sitting in your place, anxiously awaiting the start of my first year here, but I truly cannot wait to meet all of you and show you how great Hollins is. If you have any questions (and I seriously mean any) please feel free to contact me at mcmillanjb@hollins.edu. Have a great summer, and I’ll see you soon!


Zoe Raba

Hello, class of 2025! My name is Zoe Raba (but I also go by Steve!), and I am elated to be your SSL for Professor Trowell’s seminar class! I am a rising sophomore double majoring in psychology and creative writing. Some of my favorite things to do on campus are taking walks when it is cool, gazing up at the clouds or stars, depending on the time of day, and exploring all of the different books available in the library! When I am not caring for my plants or doing science in Dana, I can be found reading, writing, binging Netflix or YouTube, or just talking about anything having to do with the Marvel Cinematic Universe! I have two cats at home that I love to talk about and share pictures of, so if you are ever missing your own animals, hit me up! I can’t wait to be able to meet all of you and get you all started on your journey through Hollins! I am always up to chat, and you can reach me through my email, rabazl@hollins.edu, or, to eliminate some of the imposed formalities, you can message me on Snapchat (winternindroid) or Discord (NoSwearsStevo#3588)! I am open to any questions you have about academics or campus life, or if you just want to talk and have a friend waiting for you when you arrive, I’m here! Stay safe, and hydrate before you diedrate!


Naomi Rajoo

Hello, class of 2025! My name is Naomi Rajoo, and I am looking forward to being your SSL for Professor Jégousso’s seminar on Anglophone Haitian literature. I am a rising junior majoring in film. I am from Mauritius, an island from the Indian Ocean, known for the extinct dodo bird and the tasty food. I love movies, animals, and cakes. In my free time, you can probably find me looking at squirrels or ducks around campus, complaining about having to speak English, or filming/editing in the VAC (the art building)! I am thrilled to meet you all and introduce you to the Hollins community. If you have any questions, or just want to talk, please feel free to message me on rajoon@hollins.edu! Enjoy your summer vacation, and see you soon


Kendall Sanders

Hi, class of 2025! My name is Kendall Sanders, and I will be your SSL for Professor Turner’s seminar: Gender, Sexuality, & Hip Hop! I’ll be a senior this upcoming year, and I call Little Rock, Arkansas, my home. As a sociology major, you’ll most likely run into me in Pleasants (technically my second home). I love spending time with my friends at Hollins and finding ways to relax within my busy schedule. I will be serving as a tutor for the Writing Center in the library if you ever need a paper doctored or if you just want to come and say hi! I am obsessed with Hamilton, Marvel, and any cheesy romance novel with a Black female protagonist. In true Taurus fashion, I love to eat, sleep, and immerse myself within my Sims town or Animal Crossing island. I’m so excited to meet you guys, and if you have any questions, you can email me at sanderskr@hollins.edu. I can’t wait ‘til you get here, and I can show you all we have to offer!


Tyler Sesker

Hey, everyone! My name is Tyler Sesker, and I am going to be your SSL for Professor Schumm’s first-year seminar! I am a rising senior majoring in gender and women’s studies, with a social justice minor. I am from Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and in my free time, you can find me reading, listening to music, or hanging with friends. I am on the university’s volleyball team, as well as on the council of our Black Student Alliance. I cannot wait to meet everyone and introduce you to everything there is to love about Hollins! Please feel free to reach out at any time with questions or just to say “Hi”! I am on Facebook, and my email is seskerts@hollins.edu. Enjoy your summer vacation!


Finn Webster

Howdy! My name is Finn Webster, I’m a sophomore from Tennessee, and I’m thrilled to be working with Professor Matthew Burnside as your SSL! I’m a student of art and environmental science with a love for storytelling in all its forms. Outside of class at Hollins, you might see me milling around campus looking at birds, trees, and wildflowers, or inside catching bugs to let out, or hanging around beneath the big willow oak behind Tinker hall. A couple hobbies of mine are weaving and gardening, though art making ends up being something I always return to for filling my days. My favorite color is red, I love cheap stationery, and I have more recommendations for things to read/watch/listen to than I know what to do with. My email is websterfq@hollins.edu — you’re always welcome to drop me a line. I can’t wait to meet you all in the fall!