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Smith Hall Resident Advisers

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Minta Ray (Head Resident), Knoxville, TN

Major: Medicine, Health, and Society; Minor: French

Organizations: The Afterschool Program, Nashville Navigators, Volunteer at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital

Favorite Quote: "Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt." -John Muir

About Me: I love any and all outdoor adventure, but long distance backpacking is my favorite--I've hiked over 600 miles of the Appalachian Trail and am always recruiting new adventure buddies. I also love dipping my toes in as many world culture as possible, playing the piano, running, and knitting. My favorite part of living in the college halls is watching the community grow and change from year to year and the ways in which students get to be a direct part of that. I also enjoy getting to see Dr. L and Buster every day! My personal life's passion is restoration of justice, especially in healthcare; my long term goal is to practice medicine and help to facilitate healing in underserved communities.


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Grayson Rutherford, Dallas, TX 

Major: HOD and History

Organizations: Tour Guides, Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, TA for Intro to Marketing, VanderBIKES, VINES

Favorite Quote: "The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.”—Jack Kerouac

About Me: I am interested in US politics, music history, cinema, and entrepreneurship. I enjoy traveling with friends, exploring Nashville, and eating the best grilled cheese the world has to offer. I hope to enter the management consulting field upon graduation and earn an eventual MBA.


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Dallas Wilson, Denver, CO

Major: HOD; Minor: Business & Economics

Organizations: VSVS, BSA, REVAMP, Hidden Dores, Project I Am

Favorite Quote: "Reclaiming my time." - Rep. Maxine Waters

About Me: I like to play video games, drink coffee, and take naps.


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Dawning Welliver, Hershey, PA

Major: Music Performance; International Development; Arabic

Organizations: Blair Orchestra Library, Nashville Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program

Favorite Quote: "Where there is love, nothing is too much trouble and there is always time" - Abdu'l-Baha

About Me: I love nature and being out in the world, I love music of all kinds, and I have an adventurous - sometimes reckless - spirit. I love all the people here in WAM, and am endlessly fascinated with learning about the interests and passions of everyone here. I love long walks, long drives, and long conversations with friends or strangers and will try (almost) anything, so I invite anyone and everyone to come by Smith 3 and stay awhile.


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Cokie Young, Columbia, TN

Major: Neuroscience & Spanish; Minors: Scientific Computing

Organizations: MEDLIFE and AMIGOS, Casa Azafrán (teach English)

Favorite Quote: “When we reject the single story, when we realize that there is never a single story about any place, we regain a kind of paradise.” - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

About Me: I'm an avid Beyoncé fan and a lover of traveling, Zumba, and avocados. My favorite thing about living in the College Halls is the strong sense of community—no one is a stranger and there is always opportunity to cultivate greatness. People are my passion, especially when it comes to equality. I hope to someday take my passion to the medical field in order to help reduce health disparities that so many have to overcome every day.