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Biology Bootcamp Mentors for 2016

During the program, you will have a Mentor who has been successful in BISC160 and BISC162. During the program, they are there to help you figure out how the University works, guide you through some of the Bootcamp lecture material and help make sure things go smoothly.

Bootcamp 2016 Mentors

HannahHannah Adair
Mentor: 2016
Year: Junior
Major: Pharmacy

Hometown: Brownfield, TX

I did not attend Biology Bootcamp and was less prepared for the class than the people who did. I ended up really loving the course and all of the people in the Biology department, it just took me a little while to find the right studying techniques. I am really excited to meet the incoming 160 class and share all of my studying tips. I hope I can help the transition into this class go as smoothly as possible, and make the Bootcamp experience an enjoyable one!

KarliKarli Anders
Mentor: 2016
Year: Sophomore
Major: Pharmacy
Hometown: Gloster, MS
Minor: Environmental Studies

I attended Biology Bootcamp in 2015 and can say that it mentally prepared me for the fall.  My advice to students is to come to class with a positive attitude willing to work hard.

MadisonMadison Bandler
Mentor: 2015-2016
Year: Junior
Major: Biology
Minor: Spanish, Chemistry
Other: Pre-med
Hometown: Decatur, IL

I was a participant in Biology Bootcamp, faced with the daunting task of completing BISC 160/162. I had no idea on that first day of Bootcamp that I was in a room with people who would eventually become my best friends and study partners. Thanks to the connections I made and skills that I learned during bootcamp I have gone on to be successful in all of the science classes I have taken here at Ole Miss. I hope to meet all of you and help to make your experience as outstanding as mine was!
MichelleMichelle Basha
Mentor: 2016
Year: Sophomore
Major: Biology
Other: Pre-Med
Hometown: Clarksdale, MS

My advice to incoming freshman is that hard work and dedication pay off, and it is definitely worth it in the end. It is also important to utilize the resources offered to you by the department.

Amanda Amanda
Blackwell

Mentor: 2015-2016
Year: Junior
Major: Studio Art
Minor: Chemistry, Spanish
Other: Pre-Med
Hometown: Pascagoula, MS

I thoroughly enjoyed Bio Bootcamp (2014) as a camper and took home a lot of great lessons for the classroom and everyday college life. I hope to be able to share the things I've learned and help incoming students take advantage of the many resources Bio Bootcamp has to offer!
BetsyBetsy
Crosswhite

Mentor: 2015-2016
Year: Junior
Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry
Other: Pre-Med
Hometown:Tupelo, MS

In 2014, I participated in Biology Bootcamp in order to prepare myself for BISC160. Bootcamp equipped me for the course by initiating study groups, introducing material, and assisting in study skills. Last year, I served as a mentor for the program, and I loved getting to help other students and watch them grow throughout their freshman year.
RichardRichard
Easterling

Mentor: 2016
Year: Sophomore
Major: Biology
Hometown: Madison, MS

My advice for any freshmen is to get involved with at least one club or organization that you're interested in and try to go out of your way to meet the older students, because they are a well of very valuable knowledge that can be extremely useful when it comes to picking classes and helping navigate your way through college.
ChristopherChristopher Garrell
Mentor: 2015-2016
Year: Junior
Major: Forensic Chemistry
Hometown: Raleigh, NC

I thought Bootcamp was great at helping me make good study habits like making practice tests and going to SI. I also made some great friends.
LaurenLauren Greif
Mentor: 2016
Year: Sophomore
Major: Chemical Engineering
Other: Pre-Med
Hometown: Hernando, MS

My advice to freshman starting school in the fall is to stay on top of studying, always go to office hours and never underestimate the difficulty level of BISC 160. If you’re studying really hard but your grade isn’t reflecting that then change what you’re doing, don’t get stuck in a rut. Take advantage of all the advice in biobootcamp, I promise it’s worth it.
NoahNoah
Kippenbrock

Mentor: 2016
Year: Sophomore
Major: Biology
Minor: Business, Chemistry
Hometown: Carbondale, IL

My advice is to read the announced biology chapters in preparation for lecture. This will allow you to better understand the discussed material and take better notes.
KaylaKayla Ladner
Mentor: 2015-2016
Year: Junior
Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry
Other: Pre-dental
Hometown: Pass Christian, MS

I attended Biology Bootcamp in 2014, and I am so excited to be able to mentor this year! I plan to go to Dental School after graduating from Ole Miss in 2018. I enjoy being involved on campus, and I am a part of the Honors College where I serve as an ambassador and Greek Life!
HaydenHayden Malone
Mentor: 2015-2016
Year: Junior
Major: Biology

Hometown: Huntsville, AL

I am a biology major and I am especially interested in genetics. My advice to incoming biology students is to work hard from day one, playing catch up is never fun or easy!
Jack Jack Mason
Mentor: 2016
Year: Sophomore
Major: Biology
Other: Pre-Med
Hometown: New Albany, MS

If I had one piece of advice for incoming freshmen it would be to make to sure to stay organized and on top of all your assignments. Even little things really add up in the end. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask! Best of luck during your first year.
JordanJordan Maury
Mentor: 2015-2016
Year: Junior
Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry
Other: Pre-Med
Hometown: Louisville, MS

I attended Bio Bootcamp in 2014 and found it to be an extremely rewarding experience. I credit a lot of my success in the BISC160/162 courses to the week I spent at Bio Bootcamp learning how to be a productive college student. My biggest advice is to be attentive at all times during lecture.
JackieJackie McGrath
Mentor: 2016
Year: Sophomore
Major: Biology

Hometown: Columbus, MS

Sophomore. Get involved, make friends with people who you'd normally never even speak to, and go to office hours!!! And have fun!!
SierraSierra Mohair
Mentor: 2016
Year: Sophomore
Major: Pre-Pharmacy
Hometown: Olive Branch, MS

The best advice I have for incoming freshmen is if you see study habits are not working for you, find a different approach quickly. Don't be afraid to develop a relationship with your teachers, either. DON'T GIVE UP!
ColtonColton Necaise
Mentor: 2016
Year: Sophomore
Major: Biology, Spanish
Other: Pre-Med
Hometown: Hattiesburg, MS

Hi! Pulling from my time in bootcamp last year, my advice to freshman is to think like a professor. Think about what you would ask, and then study what and why it would be on the exam!
DavisDavis Odle
Mentor: 2016
Year: Sophomore
Major: Engineering

Hometown: Union City, TN

Advice to Freshman: Don't stress out about the little things this upcoming year. Enjoy your first time as a college student, and make the most out of the amazing experience you are going to have at Ole Miss.

LeeAnnLee Ann Passarella
Mentor: 2016
Year: Sophomore
Major: Business
Other: Pre-Med
Hometown:

College is the busiest time of your lives, always make time to study!

EleliaElelia Phillips
Mentor: 2016
Year: Junior
Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry, Psychology Hometown: Columbus, MS

The best advice I can offer the incoming freshman is to stay determined and not get discouraged.  This course is challenging and will often make you doubt yourself, but staying determined and not giving up can take you a long way.  Never be afraid to go to office hours or ask for help because it will pay off in the end.
HughHugh Sherrill
Mentor: 2015-2016
Year: Junior
Major: Business
Other: Pre-Dental
Hometown: Pensacola, FL

I learned study and time management skills from Biology Bootcamp two years ago. This year as a mentor I am looking forward to leading students in the right direction in order to be successful biology students. Stay on top of your work and use available resources like SI sessions and office hours.
MartiMarti White
Mentor: 2016
Year: Sophomore
Major: Pharmacy

Hometown: Southaven MS

My advice for bootcampers is this- anyone can succeed in this course if you set your mind to it and aren't afraid of a little elbow grease.
MarquitaMarquita
Wilkerson

Mentor: 2016
Year: Senior
Major: Biology
Hometown: Byram, MS

My advice to incoming freshman is "Things are going to happen. Your attitude in solving unexpected problems will dictate your experience throughout the semester. Take it one day at a time and enjoy the ride. It will be over before you know it."
WaleshaWalesha Yates
Mentor: 2016
Year: Junior
Major: Pre-Pharmacy
Hometown: Olive Branch, MS

My advice to upcoming freshmen is to go to as many office hours and SI sessions as you can!!! You will always learn something when you go!!

Supplemental Instruction

The University of Mississippi supports the Supplemental Instruction (SI) program. This nationwide program is implemented in courses where students struggle with learning how to learn material in courses. Often, it is associated with science and math courses, but some Universities support SI in writing courses too. We incorporate SI into Bootcamp because it will be associated with BISC160 and BISC162. In any SI session you will be led by a "near peer" who has been successful in the course and can help you figure out ways to really master Biology

Bootcamp 2016 SI Leaders

TreyTrey Dickinson (Mentor 2014-2015): I am a senior biology major from Braxton, Ms planning on entering physical therapy school. I was a Bio Bootcamp participant in 2013 and a mentor in 2014 & 2015. Attending Biology Bootcamp really helped me prepare for and succeed in BISC160. My advice to incoming freshmen is to study hard, go to SI, and use your time wisely. BISC160 is really doable with the right mindset and work ethic.

 

TaylorTaylor Ferris (2015): I am a rising junior and a biochemistry major with a classics minor. For incoming freshman, I would recommend not underestimating any class until you feel comfortable with college because it is easy to fall behind and challenging to catch up, especially in BISC160

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