For Students

Orientation Leaders

Meet your Orientation Leaders (OLs)! They will be providing assistance in planning and facilitating Sprog programs. In addition, Orientation Leaders will serve as a mentor and resource for incoming students. They will help you connect with and navigate SU services to help you be successful.


Mara Strohl Mara Strohl (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Flower Mound, TX

Class of 2025

Major: Psychology

Minors: Political Science, Spanish

Campus Involvements: Student Government, Methodist Bible Study Group, Intramural Tennis, Pirates in Progress

Fun Fact: I played Varsity Tennis for four years and placed #1 in my district!


Aidan Gomez (He/Him/His) Aiden Gomez

Hometown: San Antonio, TX

Class of 2025

Major: Sociology

Minor: Political Science

Campus Involvements: Student Government, SU Native, Pirates for Pride, Resident Assistant (RA)

A bit more about me: I tend to be super introverted, but everyone at Southwestern made me feel so welcomed during my first semester. I made so many friends during my Sprog and Welcome Week!


Kaily Edwards Kaily Edwards (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Houston, TX

Class of 2025

Major: Biology

Minor: Business

Campus Involvements: Zeta Tau Alpha, Gardening Club

 I wish I could tell my First-Year self: It’s okay to drop a class, and it’s okay to get less than an A! Grades don’t define you, and you should always put yourself and your well-being first.

Harper Randolph Harper Randolph (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Lilburn, GA

Class of 2025

Major: Music

Minor: Psychology

Campus Involvements: Pirates in Progress, Greek Life, Pirate Host, SU Singers

Best advice for starting college: Take time to explore campus, and say yes to as many things as you can first semester. You’ll never know where you’ll find your people.



Izzie Haerle Izzie Haerle (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Class of 2023

Major: Communication Studies

Minor: Sociology

Campus Involvements: Alpha Xi Delta

Favorite SU Tradition: Pirate Training! I loved getting to know the other first-years in such a fun way!

Vanessa Villarreal Vanessa Villarreal (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Georgetown, TX

Class of 2025

Major: Business

Minors: Education, Economics

Campus Involvements: Upward Bound, Captain’s Academy, Zeta Tau Alpha, Latinos Unidos, Women’s Soccer Team 

My offering to Monstrance: On my way to my statistics exam, I offered Monstrance a banana!

Adrian Badillo Adrian Badillo (He/Him/His)

Hometown: Taylor, TX

Class of 2025

Majors: Political Science, English

Campus Involvements: Captain’s Academy, Hispanics and Latinx Organization (HALO), Latinos Unidos, Kappa Sigma, Wind Ensemble

I wish I could tell my First-Year self: Being scared and nervous is normal and there are many other students that are in the same boat. Step one to being less nervous is getting out of your room!

Miranda Farrar (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Class of 2025

Major: Kinesiology

Minor: Health Studies

Campus Involvements: Coalition of Chronic Illness, Pirates for Pride, Alpha Delta Pi, Pirates in Progress

Favorite Study Spot: The Library patio (AKA “the latio”)




Daniel Haley Daniel Haley (He/Him/His)

Hometown: Edmond, OK

Class of 2025

Major: Computer Science

Minors: Data Science, Psychology

Campus Involvements: Men’s Tennis Team Captain, Tennis Representative on Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Honor Code Council

Fun Fact: I have a pet tortoise at home.


Kate McCourt Kate McCourt (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Durango, CO

Class of 2025

Majors: Business, Studio Art

Campus Involvements: Pirates in Progress

Best advice for starting college:  Don’t be afraid to reach out to others.




Keya Matthew Keya Matthew (She/Her/Hers)

Hometown: Bangalore, India

Class of 2023

Major: Biology

Minor: Animal Studies

Campus Involvements: Honor Code Council, Pi Delta Phi, Asian Student Association (ASA), Cat Partners

Favorite SU Tradition: Late night breakfast during finals!