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Meet some of our current mentors

Melissa Browning, Class of 2020Melissa Browning '20 

Melissa Browning is a sophomore Honor Scholar studying English Writing, Education, and History. She became a mentor because she struggled to find her place at DePauw and wanted to help students who might also have a similar experience. After time, she found where she belonged and believes that everyone can find their niche here. 

Melissa's favorite building on campus is the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media because she has memories of meeting her mentor group there in her first year at DePauw and now holds her own mentor group meetings there. 

Melissa is also a tutor in the W-Center and is Director of Campus Events for DePauw’s Dance Marathon. In her free time, she plays intramural flag football and volleyball and is a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She intends to study abroad and compete as a rider this spring in DePauw's Little 5.

Drew Harris, Class of 2020Drew Harris '20 

Drew Harris is a sophomore Honor Scholar studying Cellular and Molecular Biology. She believes that her mentor played a fundamental role in ensuring that her transition to DePauw was as smooth as possible. She recalls that her mentor was a constant source of encouragement, and she looked to her for advice and comfort. Drew shares, "I wanted to be a mentor to pay the experience forward. I am passionate about ensuring that every student on this campus feels valued, appreciated and respected. I want my mentees to know that they should not have to face the challenges of their first year of college alone.”

Drew's favorite part of being a mentor so far is simply establishing and growing in friendships with the other mentors. Mentor training provided her with an entirely new group of friends. She said, “I am very fortunate to be surrounded by such an incredible body of leaders at DePauw.”

Drew is also an Admission Ambassador for the Office of Admission and is involved in the Sustainability Leadership Program. After graduation, she currently intends on attending Indiana University Medical School to pursue study in cardiology.


Ines Hayouna, Class of 2018Inès Hayouna '18

Inès Hayouna is a senior studying both Music in the School of Music and French and Philosophy in the College of Liberal Arts. She became a mentor “because I believe the program truly does help first-year students adjust and foster lifelong relationships within the DePauw community.”

Inès loves helping guide first-year students through New Student Orientation. She really enjoys meeting incoming first-year students and their parents and making them feel welcome.  

After DePauw, Inès is moving to Boston to work for Teach for America. She says she looks forward to the next adventure but will miss DePauw and the memories she made here.


Kobby Van Dyck, Class of 2020Kobby Van Dyck '20

Papa Kobina (Kobby) Van Dyck is a sophomore Science Research Fellow who studies both Physics and Cellular Molecular Biology.  Kobby applied to be a mentor because he wanted to help first-year students have a smooth transition to DePauw and enjoy their first year. His favorite memory so far in the program is when he dressed up as Pokemon’s Pikachu for a fun competition during mentor training (and won).

Kobby is also involved in DePauw Student Government, African Students Association, Astronomy Club and in Beta Theta Pi fraternity. After DePauw, Kobby plans on attending graduate school for biomedical engineering.


Giselle Villegas, Class of 2020Giselle Villegas '20

Giselle Villegas is a sophomore Computer Science and Spanish double major. She became a mentor because her own transition to college was difficult, and she wanted to share what she learned with new first-year students in hopes of making their transition smoother than hers. Giselle really enjoyed meeting her mentees for the very first time during New Student Orientation and developing relationships with them throughout the year. 

Giselle is a Stone Scholar mentor, a Compton Intern for Peace and Social Justice, a Civic Fellow, Vice President of La Fuerza Latina, a member of the Women in Computer Science club, and an Eco-Rep for the Sustainability Leadership Program. While at DePauw, Giselle intends on studying abroad in Spain.