Williams Firsts Student Board

WILLIAMS FIRSTS STUDENT COORDINATOR

Name:  Michelle Lopez
Class year:  2021
Pronouns:  she/her
Hometown:  Bronx, New York
Area of academic interest/Major: American Studies, Latinx Studies
Williams activities:  Elementary education, Williams Firsts,
Come talk with me about: anything! Talk to me if you’re interested in education, NYC, how to navigate Williams, what being First means, the list goes on! I’m always here for you!

WILLIAMS FIRSTS BOARD MEMBERS

Name:  Amy Martinez
Class year:  2023
Pronouns:  she/hers
Hometown:  Murfreesboro, TN
Area of academic interest/Major: Psychology & Public Health / Pre-Medicine
Williams activities:  Vista, CLiA Mindfulness Program, Psychology Research Assistant, Matriculate Advising Fellow
Come talk with me about: Transitioning from a public high school to a PWI, imposter syndrome, being pre-med, memes, tiktok, Cole Sprouse *heart eyes*, and literally anything else that comes to mind.

Name:  Emily Kondo
Class year:  2023
Pronouns:  she/her/hers
Hometown:  Waipahu, Hawaii
Area of academic interest/Major: Biology & Political Science
Williams activities:  Mt. Greylock After School tutoring, Matriculate Advising Fellow
Come talk with me about: Literally anything but I’m a sucker for bad science jokes and all kinds of tiktok

Name:  Izaki Metropoulos
Class year:  2022
Pronouns:  He/Him/His
Hometown:  Chicago, Illinois
Area of academic interest/Major: Comparative Literature
Williams activities:  Firsts Board, Program in Teaching, Williams Opera Workshop, Williams Transfers
Come talk with me about: Your alignment (bonus points if you identify as Chaotic Good), academic interests (Comparative Lit is inherently interdisciplinary– so hit me with any Div 1 or 2 subject and we’ll have a good conversation), horror flicks and manga, Romanticism, academic struggles (I’m a former high school dropout, I’ve seen it all), any music genre (especially if ya like jazz), mental health and wellness, school or personal finances, the big life questions, dank memes, religion and politics, bees, why Peppa Pig is the apex predator, the inevitable heat death of the universe– seriously, whatever it is, I’m down! 

Name:  Kevin Molina
Class year: 2024
Pronouns: he/him/his
Hometown: Aurora, IL
Area of academic interest/Major: Undecided (currently taking classes in AMST, LATS, and English; I’m thinking about CS as well)
Williams activities: Firsts Board, VISTA, QuestBridge
Come talk with me about: Memes, self-improvement, self-discipline, inspiration/motivation, being an FGLI student, mental health, introversion, shyness, and, most importantly, anything! I’m “all ears” whenever you want to talk about whatever is on your mind, whether it is through text, Zoom, or in-person! I’m always willing to hear you out – don’t be afraid to reach out! 🙂

Name:  Krysten Ortega
Class year: 2022
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Hometown: Miami, FL
Area of academic interest/Major: Political Theory, Art History, Latina/o/x Studies
Williams activities: Firsts Board, WCMA’s Agents for Creative Action
Come talk with me about: Anything! I love talking about art, music, astrology, Queer culture, Latinidad, politics, pop-culture/social media, and of course, my home city of MIA. But, I also genuinely love learning new things and hearing from people with different interests, so really anything. As a FGLI student myself, a student whose dealt with issues ranging from imposter syndrome and shyness to academic overload and financial aid stress, please feel welcome to learn from my varied experiences and lend yours, as we both navigate the ever-evolving space that is Williams in the most comfortable and healthy way possible. 

Name:  Rose Tchuenkam
Class year:  2023
Pronouns:  she/her/hers
Hometown:  Douala,Cameroon
Area of academic interest/Major: Undecided (Physics/Japanese Double major)
Williams activities: Firsts Board, Kusika, Margins
Come talk with me about:  Anything! I love food, dancing and if you are getting into Kdramas or rom-coms just come to me. I have a whole list for you lol.

Name:  Samantha Luna
Class year: 2024
Pronouns:  she/her/hers
Hometown:  Queens, NY
Area of academic interest/Major: Undecided (maybe American Studies with concentrations Justice and Law!)
Williams activities: Firsts Board, Ritmo Latino, VISTA
Come talk with me about: Anything at all. Food, movies, music, social justice, what it’s like attending Williams, dancing, conspiracy theories—anything. Tell me all of your stories! 🙂

Name:  Shirley Lin
Class year: 2023
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Flushing, NY
Area of academic interest/Major: Economics, Chinese, and Environmental Studies
Williams activities: Williams College Alumni Relations Office, Chinese American Student Organization (CASO), Margins
Come talk with me about: LIFE! Being First-Gen! & everything in between! If you need someone to rant to or grab a meal with, please feel free to reach out 🙂 

Name:  Vanessa Quevedo Barrios
Class year:  2021
Pronouns:  She/her/hers
Hometown:  Nuevo Casas Grandes MX and Littleton, CO
Area of academic interest/Major: Chemistry and Arabic
Williams activities:  Firsts Board, CISA (Coalition for Immigrant Student Advancement)
Come talk with me about: Anything! I am here if you want to talk about classes, life at Williams and in general, navigating difficult situations, family, puns, and anything else that I may have missed! 

Name:  William Huang
Class year:  2024
Pronouns:  he/him/his
Hometown:  Great Neck, NY
Area of academic interest/Major: Undecided (possibly Chinese and Chemistry dual major with a concentration in biochemistry)
Williams activities:  Firsts Board, CASO (Chinese American Student Organization), AASiA (Asian American Students in Action)
Come talk with me about: imposter syndrome, how to navigate complex family dynamics, ways of improving productivity, college life—the sky’s the limit. I believe in a safe and nonjudgmental environment, so please feel free to reach out to me anytime!