Bryn Mawr College



Sophie Byvik ’17


Major: English
Minor: Art History
Departments you can ask me about: History, Russian
Professors you can ask me about: Jane Hedley, Jamie Taylor, Steve Levine
Extracurriculars: Judo, yoga, cycling
Past Dorms: Brecon

I am always happy to talk about scheduling, registration and the course catalogue. Also Penn classes! And the writing center. This summer I learned to knit! My first scarf is getting longer every day. Lately, I’ve been knitting while listening to a myriad of podcasts and watching The Great British Bake Off. I spend entirely too much (not enough) time this summer listening to the blues. I love book history and hope to be…a librarian.

Office Hours: Thursdays 8-9pm
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 Audrey Lin ’18
Major: Computer Science (intended)
Departments you can ask me about: Chinese
Professors you can ask me about: Shizhe Huang
Extracurriculars: Chaverim a cappella, Liberty in North Korea, Athena’s Guide blog, IVCF, RCF, admissions tour guide/office assistant
Past Dorms: Brecon

Born in LA, raised in Beijing, but Taiwanese by blood. I’ve been swimming competitively and singing in choir since middle school and continued during my freshman year here. My hobbies include photography, blogging, and exploring the city. Green tea flavored foods, bubble milk tea, and epic movie soundtracks give me life.

Office Hours: Mondays 9:30-10:30pm
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Nayanthi Peiris ’18


Major: Undecided (Math?)
Undecided (Econ?)
Departments you can ask me about: Religion
Extracurriculars: Bryn Mawr for MLAR, Bryn Mawr College South Asian Students, Dining Services
Past Dorms: 
Merion, Denbigh

I spend most of my free time watching TV, baking (when at home) and reading. I’m from Colombo, Sri Lanka and I hate travelling (which is a great combination!). I would love to talk about transitioning to another environment, the perfect that Harry Potter, TV shows and anything else!

Office Hours: Tuesdays 7:30-8:30pm
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Bryce Lewis ’16


Major: Computer Science
Minor: Philosophy
Extracurriculars: Iron Owls Barbell Club, Owl Investment Group
Past Dorms: 
Pem West, Brecon, Denbigh

Hi!  My name is Bryce, and I’m a senior hailing from sunny San Diego.  A bit about me: I’m a competitive Olympic Weightlifter and the co-president and founder of Bryn Mawr’s Iron Owls Strength Club.  My favorite things include Lord of the Rings, asparagus, documentaries, the ocean, and everything sci-fi.  I also have a soft spot for terrible puns, so if you run across a spectacularly terrible one, feel free to share it with me.

I’m spending Fall 2015 interning in San Francisco, but I look forward to coming back to Denbigh in the Spring!

Office Hours: Sunday 8:30-9:30am
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Frankie Leech ’16


Major: Biology
Minor: Computational Methods (?)
Departments you can ask me about: Math
Extracurriculars: BMC Gardening
Past Dorms: 
Haffner, Rhoads South

I am starting graduate school this fall through the 4+1 Program at UPenn. I love running and strong coffee. I enjoy gardening (on campus). Interesting factoid: I won a pie eating contest my first year! Come see me if you want to talk about grad school, time management or have any coffee recommendations :)

Office Hours: Thursdays 8-9pm
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Chanel Williams ’16



Major: Cities
Departments you can ask me about: German, Sociology
Professors you can ask me about: David Cast
Extracurriculars: Track & Field, Hall Advisor, Co-President of the Class of 2016 (SGA)
Past Dorms: Pembroke West, Denbigh, Rockefeller, Erdman

My name is Chanel Williams and I am a senior. I enjoy reading historical fiction as well as learning about the history of cities. I also enjoy swimming and scuba diving. I am from the Bahamas, so I appreciate the sun and beautiful beaches.

Office Hours: Tuesday 9-10pm
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New Dorm

Noura Jaber ’17


Major: Physics
Departments you can ask me about: Physics, math, Arabic
Professors you can ask me about Any physics, D. Blank, any Arabic, R. Washington, P. Kasius, G. Armstrong
Extracurriculars: BMC Spokes, S.TEAM
Past Dorms: Merion, Erdman

Hi, I’m a junior majoring in physics. My academic interests are robotics, electrical engineering, and physics. My personal interests include hobby electronic circuits, pugs, knitting and crochet, and spoken word.

Office Hours: Sunday 8-9pm
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Sarah Pennebaker ’18


Major: Political Science
Minor: Psychology
Concentration: Political Economic Development
Departments you can ask me about: Political Science, Economics, Psychology
Professors you can ask me about: Anyone in PolySci, most in Psych
Extracurriculars: Cello/Orchestra, Yoga, Yalah Bi-College Bellydance
Past Dorms: Pem East, Rhoads South

Office Hours: Mondays 8-9pm
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Soumya Venkateswaran ’18


Major: Cities (intended)
Minor: Art (intended)
Other departments you can ask me about: Spanish
Professors you can ask me about: Martin Gaspar, Isabel Averrill
Extracurriculars: South Asian Students (SAS), MLAR (Main Line Animal Rescue)
Past Dorms: Rock

I’m a sophomore from Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. I love Bollywood, dancing, and funnel cake! My weakness is Chinese all-you-can-eat buffets, and in my free time I like to watch a lot of Ellen, explore the city, and spend time with my family and friends. Ask me about being vegan and gluten-free on campus!

Office Hours: Sundays 8-9pm
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Pembroke East

Blair Broad ’16


Major: Psych
Concentration: Pre-med
Extracurriculars: Night Owls A Capella, Hillel
Past Dorms: Pem West, Erdman, Pem East

Hey there! I am an aspiring doctor and would be willing to answer any questions about the pre-med process. I am also a volunteer EMT. When I am not watching live surgeries on YouTube, I am most likely crying from laughter as I watch Impractical Jokers (my latest addiction). Please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time!

Office Hours: Thursday 9-10pm
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Palak Bhandari ’16


Major: Growth + Structure of Cities
Minor: International Studies
Departments you can ask me about: Cities, Spanish & International Studies
Professors you can ask me about: Cities, International Studies, and Spanish Professors
Extracurriculars: South Asian Women, Self-Care @ BMC
Past Dorms: Pem West, Brecon

Hi everyone! My name is Palak Bhandari and I am one of the peer mentors in Pem West. In addition to being a peer mentor, I am also involved South Asian Students and am the Self-Care @ BMC intern. I am into Bollywood & Bhangra music, Legos and badminton! In my free time, I love eating Indian food and watching The Mindy Project and Top Chef.
Fun Fact: I was the star and inspiration for an independent film.

Office Hours: Wednesdays 9-10pm
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Pembroke West

Lizzy Muhammad


Major: International Studies
Concentration: Gender and Equality
Departments you can ask me about: Spanish, Political Science, English, Chinese
Professors you can ask me about: Rescorla, Briggs, Schneider, Weidman, Arribas, Chiang
Extracurriculars: Horseback riding, Night Owls a cappella, Judo
Past Dorms: Pem West – my goal is to be a lifer!

Hello, hello! My name is Lizzy and I use she/her pronouns. I am a sophomore who is originally from West Philly so if you want to do non-touristy things in the city let me know. I love ANIMALS! One of my favorite parts of spending time in Thailand this summer was petting the animals: goats; elephants; exotic birds and snakes you name it! I love to sing, dance (for fun), and try new foods! You can ask me anything I’m a pretty open book. So stop by anytime! :)

Office Hours: Wednesday 4-5pm
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Rasha Younes ’16
Major: Anthropology
Minor: Psychology, Creative Writing
Departments you can ask me about: English, Arabic, French
Professors you can ask me about: Peter Briggs, Beth Vzwiak, Leslie Rescorla, Earl Thomas, Torday, Manar, Benjamin Cherel, Zainab Saleh, Anjali Thapar
Extracurriculars: Track + Field, Customs, HA, Writing Center, Dining Hall, Dance, Debate
Past Dorms: Radnor, Pem East

I’m an international student from Lebanon who loves to dance and read and stuff.  I enjoy meeting people and learning about their cultural experiences.  I’m a believer that lots of hard work and some charm can get you places.

Office Hours: Thursdays 4-5pm
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Nehel Shahid ’18 


Major: Undecided (Economics? Int’l Studies? Math?)
Minor: Refer to above Crisis
Other departments you can ask me about:Political Science, Computer Science
Professors you can ask me about: Richard Stahnke, Saleha Jillani (Haverford), Michael Tratner, Daniel Torday, Seoung Oh, Amanda Weidman, Lisa Saltzman
Extracurriculars: Bryn Mawr College South Asian Students (SAS), Owl Investment Group, Main Line Animal Rescue (MLAR)
Past Dorms: Merion

Hiya! I’m a very undecided sophomore, but that’s all just part of the experience of being at a liberal arts college. I’m originally from Karachi, Pakistan, so you’re going to hear me obsess over South Asian stuff a lot. I love chocolate, peanut M&Ms, old people music (think 60s rock), adorable animals and meeting new people!

Office Hours: Wednesday 4-5pm
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Rhoads North

Bara Almomani ’16


Major: Biology
Minor: Neuroscience
Concentration: Pre-med
Departments you can ask me about: Biology
Professors you can ask me about: Karen Greif, Amy Myers, Deepak Kumar, anyone in Biology
Extracurriculars: Project Nur, Yallah, Art Club
Past Dorms: Rhoads North, Merion

Anything related to cognitive science excites me!  I’m originally from Jordan, lived in Abu Dhabi, UAE for 12 years, and then moved HERE for school :).  Come to me if you need advice for adjustment to a new place, trying yummy food, or a walk.

Office Hours: Sunday 9-10pm
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Rhoads South

Aly Robins ’17


Major: English
Concentration: Creative Writing
Minor: Politial Science
Departments you can ask me about: English, Creative Writing, Political Science, Classics, Greek
Professors you can ask me about: Robert Germany, Marissa Golden, Alice Lesnick, Bethany Schneider, Emily Weissbourd, Michael Tratner, Nomi Eve, Carrie Robbins
Extracurriculars: Shakespeare Performance Troupe, Conflict Resolution Committee
Past Dorms: Pembroke West, Merion

When I’m not mentoring, I’m running the Shakespeare Performance Troupe and thinking about corgis, all while watching an impressive amount of television. Occasionally, I dabble in cross-stich and ukulele. I can help you with organization, time management, and all mentor things under the sun. Also, one time, I accidentally saw a Vampire Weekend concert and didn’t realize it.

Office Hours: Wednesdays 9-10pm
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Joie Waxler ’15


Major: Political Science
Minor: Biology
Concentration: Public Health
Other departments you can ask me about: Dance
Professors you can ask me about: Sharon Ullman, Michael Allen, Greg Davis, Peter Brodfuehrer
Extracurriculars:All of the dance things, sexplanations
Past Dorms: Brecon, Rock, Denbigh

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens and fluffy, furry animals, in general, baked goods and public health. These are a few of my favorite things. I am a political science major and a biology minor and I am very involved in the dance department. I have traveled abroad through Bryn Mawr three times and a few times before college. Caramel Creams are my favorite candy and I keep a bulk supply in my room year round. I am also a tour guide and can be referred to for non-profit internships.

Office Hours: Wednesdays 8:30-9:30pm
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Izi Silverstein ’18



Major: Dance and Psychology (intended)
Minor: Gen Sex (intended)
Departments you can ask me about: Dance, Sociology, performing arts department in general
Professors you can ask me about: Linda Caruso Haviland, Bridget Nolan
Extracurriculars: Theater (Shakespeare Performance Troupe), Dance, Eating lots of Chocolate
Past Dorms: Brecon, Rhoads North

Hi, my name is Izi and I’m a sophomore majoring in Dance and possibly Psychology. I’m a huge musical theater nerd (please talk to me about musicals). I also like gymnastics, queer rights, and taking lots of naps.

Office Hours: Fridays 4-5pm
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Rachel Heiser, Academic Support and Learning Resources Specialist

Rachel Heiser received her Bachelors from James Madison University before she moved back to her roots in Pennsylvania to receive her Masters in Counseling Psychology at Temple University.  She began work at Drexel University and served as a counselor, advisor and the Assistant Director for the Center for Academic Success.  Now at Bryn Mawr College, she works closely with students, staff and faculty to assist students in reaching their personal definition of academic success and college life balance.  When she is not immersed in the Owl community, she enjoys seeing live music and theater, traveling, having outdoor adventures, cooking and spending time with family and friends.


July 2016