Student Academic Advisers (SAs)
SAs: the in-hall academic support crew for new students!
Student Academic Advisers (SAs) are some of Whitman College's best students, and they are excited about the work they do! The SAs support you as you transition to a new academic environment the summer before and throughout your first term at Whitman. SAs are trained to offer academic advice, guidance regarding on-campus resources, and study halls and programs on topics that can improve study skills and confidence. Be sure to connect with your SA!
If you have any questions about our Student Academic Adviser (SA) program, please contact Janet Mallen.
Meet Your SAs
Hey everyone! My name is Caitlin Barnes and I am a Student Academic Advisor in Jewett Hall. I am so excited to help new students navigate college academics and reach their goals! I have tons of tips and tricks for writing essays. I’m passionate about criminal justice reform and empowering youth! I’m undeclared as far as a major, but I hope to minor in Hispanic Studies. I live in the Bay Area and my favorite activity is definitely running in the rain. Can’t wait to meet you all!
Hi everyone! My name is Zac Bentz! I’m from Eugene, OR, and I’m an SA in Jewett Hall. I adore this program and this school, and I cannot wait to be a resource for you (yes, you!) as you make your transition to college! I love to talk film and music, I love to write and to learn, I love to find and build community, and I look forward to doing all of those things together with you this fall!
Hi Everyone! My name is Ankit Bhattarai and I am from Kathmandu, Nepal! I have not declared my major yet, but I am thinking of majoring in Econ/Math with a minor in Computer Science. I love playing soccer, cricket, and table tennis. Excited to meet with all of you!
Hello! My name is Xaaran Dolence! I am from Vancouver, Washington, and I am an SA in Jewett. I am planning on majoring in either Psychology or Biology, but I’m interested in many subjects, including Art History and French. I am affiliated with Greek life on campus, so feel free to ask me questions about that. Lastly, I’m a black belt in taekwondo! I look forward to meeting everyone and working with you!
Hello everybody! I am Ken Fritzell, and I am from Appleton, Wisconsin, and I’m an SA in Anderson Hall. At the moment, I am thinking of majoring in Econ/Math with a possible Computer Science minor as well. I am involved in the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) and Whitman Investment Company, and for fun, I love scuba diving, traveling, board games, and the outdoors. I can’t wait to meet and work with all of you, and help with the transition to college academics!
Hi! My name is Jess Lilly and I am a Prentiss SA. I’m honestly not sure where I’m from—I grew up in Germany, my parents are from the US East Coast, I spent my first year of college in Scotland, and currently, when I go ‘home,’ I go to Utah. I am a rising junior and a Sociology and Physics-Pre-Engineering double major. When I’m not doing schoolwork, I like to spend my time playing volleyball, running, reading, singing, and hanging out with friends. I look forward to meeting everyone!
Hey Whitties! My name is Maria Martinez and I’m from Naples, Florida. I’m one of the Student Academic Advisors for Anderson Hall residents. I’m an aspiring English major, which means I LOVE to read books! If you ever find the desire to have stimulating conversations or find yourself in the need of direction, I'd be more than willing to talk to you! I cannot wait for the fall semester!
Hello! I am Jaqueline (Jackie) Meza and I am from Seattle, Washington. I am an SA for Anderson! I am currently undecided on my major, but I am leaning towards BBMB or possibly doing pre-bioengineering. I enjoy animals, making bracelets, trying new foods, and drinking coffee! I am beyond excited to getting to know all the new incoming students and am ready to share this journey called college with each and everyone!
Hi there! My name is Jon Na! If you need help with Econ, Psych, Chinese, or Writing, I’m your guy. I plan on double majoring in Psych and Econ. Fun facts about myself are that I am a dog person, enjoy comedy and partake in any facet of it on campus, and am also a big fan of Sonic the Hedgehog. I also think of myself as having an incredibly expansive knowledge of pop culture, so make sure to bring me along for trivia night. My special skills are that I am proficient at the cello and am quite the experienced Lego builder. In my free time, I enjoy getting caught up in the latest movies and shows and brewing a nice cup of tea. I’m looking forward to being able to help people in a more direct and visible way to what I’m used to and making new friends. I often host tea times in my room, so stop on by if you ever want some!
My name is Sinéad "Shin - ade" Pyle. I am a rising Junior and a Politics and German Studies double major. On-campus, I have been an SA in Anderson hall, as well as an RA (Residential Assistant) in Jewett hall. I am also a member of the First Generation/Working Class Club (fg/wc Club) and was a Virtual Fly-In leader this summer for our first-generation and/or working-class first years.
I am currently living in a house in Walla Walla for the semester, however, I call Ashland, Oregon home. In a COVID-free world, my favorite activities include getting coffee with friends, skiing, working on my car, making forts, and napping in the residence halls and snacking.
My name is Kali Natarajan, and I’m one of the SAs for Jewett Hall. I’m from Liberty Lake, Washington. I am thinking of majoring in Environmental Economics – learning about the environment has always been a passion of mine. I am so excited to be an SA and help incoming freshmen!
Hi! My name is Grace Newman, I’m from Juneau, Alaska and I’m an SA in Lyman House. I am planning to major in BBMB and minor in Mathematics, and I am on the Pre-Optometry track. I love Nordic skiing, tennis, softball, the ocean, stargazing, and all things Harry Potter. I am excited to help all the new students with their transition to college academics!
Hi! My name is Jasmine Razeghi and I’m from Houston, Texas. I’m an SA for Anderson Hall. I’m a Politics major with a Global Studies concentration here at Whitman. I love writing (anything!) and reading (almost anything!). I’m always up for coffee or tea time to just chat and hang out. I am pumped to work together towards a great school year and I can’t wait to get to know each one of you!
Hello! My name is Wako Soma. I’m one of the Student Academic Advisors for Prentiss. I am from Belmont, California and I love anything related to gymnastics! A little bit about me: I work at the Outdoors Program and love doing sports, such as tennis. I have yet to declare a major, but I am thinking of majoring in Psychology and minoring in Biology. I am so excited to see everyone and I can’t wait to get to know you all!