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Early College Peer Ambassadors promote the Academic Advising Program and support new early college students through their transition to Carolina by servicing as resources for early college students and fostering community. These students serve as a point of contact for incoming early college or dual enrollment students. Are you an early college student and have questions about Carolina, getting involved, being successful in classes? Please reach out to one of our ambassadors to hear a peer perspective!

Meet your 2020-2021 Ambassadors

Mervyn Pais

  • NAME: Mervyn Pais
  • UNC EMAIL: mervyn@live.unc.edu
  • MAJOR: Statistics
  • INTENDED GRADUATION DATE: 2023
  • WANTS TO BE: Actuary
  • HOMETOWN: Elon, NC
  • BUCKET LIST ITEM: Fly a plane.
  • PIECE OF ADVICE FOR INCOMING EARLY COLLEGE STUDENTS: Don’t be afraid to explore classes outside of your intended major/minor, you already have a ton of credits, there is no need to rush.

Alison Gaddy

  • NAME: Alison Gaddy
  • UNC EMAIL: alison8@live.unc.edu
  • MAJOR: Double major in Mathematics B.S. and Studio Art B.A. w/ a minor in Computer Science  
  • INTENDED GRADUATION DATE: 2023
  • WANTS TO GO INTO: Animation (graphic/character design, programming, 3D animation, lighting, movies, gaming, VR, etc.)
  • HOMETOWN: Asheville, NC
  • BUCKET LIST ITEM: Meet Jenna Marbles in California   
  • PIECE OF ADVICE FOR INCOMING EARLY COLLEGE STUDENTS: In regards to when you’ll graduate from UNC Chapel Hill, the common narrative is that you’ll finish in two years instead of four. While this is possible, don’t be discouraged if you find yourself unable to complete your Bachelor’s degree in only two years. Some will have to take three years, and some, like myself, will take four years by choice. If you find that you are really passionate about a prospective job, or if you find a passion for different majors and minors, and if you are fiscally able to, I encourage you to not rush your degree and take advantage of what you can!

  • NAME: Bree Reed
  • UNC EMAIL: breereed@live.unc.edu
  • MAJOR: Psychology
  • INTENDED GRADUATION DATE: December 2020
  • WANTS TO BE: A school psychologist
  • HOMETOWN: Davie County, NC
  • BUCKET LIST ITEM: Meet Joanna Gaines  
  • PIECE OF ADVICE FOR INCOMING EARLY COLLEGE STUDENTS: Don’t be afraid to speak up and advocate for yourself during your transition to college. Always try something if you think you might like it.

Bailey-Nicole Williamson

  • Name: Bailey-Nicole Williamson
  • UNC Email: baileynw@live.unc.edu
  • Major: Media & Journalism
  • Intended grad date: May 2023
  • Wants to be: A columnist for a major newspaper/magazine
  • Hometown: Rowland, NC
  • Bucket List Item: Live in a different country
  • One piece of advice for incoming early college students: Don’t come into college thinking everything is figured out because you’ve already taken college courses. Come in with the expectation that there will be challenges and great opportunities to grow as an individual.

  • NAME: Kainat Aslam
  • UNC EMAIL: aslamk@live.unc.edu  
  • MAJOR: Chemistry and Public Policy  
  • INTENDED GRADUATION DATE: 2021
  • WANTS TO BE: A doctor
  • HOMETOWN: High Point, NC
  • BUCKET LIST ITEM: Go to a BTS concert
  • PIECE OF ADVICE FOR INCOMING EARLY COLLEGE STUDENTS: Especially for science majors, take a semester or two to get used to the environment and academic expectations of classes before jumping into higher level courses… it will serve you well.   

Paola Galvan-Monroy

  • NAME: Paola Galvan-Monroy
  • UNC EMAIL: pgmonroy@live.unc.edu
  • MAJOR: Nursing
  • INTENDED GRADUATION DATE: 2023
  • WANTS TO BE: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • HOMETOWN: Four Oaks, NC
  • BUCKET LIST ITEM: To have a real-life Mario Kart race
  • PIECE OF ADVICE FOR INCOMING EARLY COLLEGE STUDENTS: Please do not feel like you need to rush in order to graduate! Instead, take classes in areas that may seem interesting during your first year; that is how I decided to become a Medical Anthropology minor.

  • NAME: Nancy Bonilla
  • UNC EMAIL: nancycb@live.unc.edu
  • MAJOR: Pre-nursing
  • INTENDED GRADUATION DATE: 2021
  • WANTS TO BE: A NICU nurse
  • HOMETOWN: Henderson, NC
  • BUCKET LIST ITEM: Skydive
  • PIECE OF ADVICE FOR INCOMING EARLY COLLEGE STUDENTS: Take classes you would like to explore on subjects you’d like to learn more about. Since you come in with college credits that cover a lot of gen eds, you have room to explore different subjects/majors/minors.

Fernando Garcia

  • Name: Fernando Garcia
  • UNC Email: ferngarc@live.unc.edu
  • Major: Computer Science with minors in Statistics and Analytics and Biology
  • Intended graduation date: 2023
  • Wants to be: To become a Computer Software Engineer or Software Developer
  • Hometown: Longwood, NC
  • Bucket List item: Visit Japan
  • One piece of advice for incoming early college students: Make time to stop and smell the roses, having completed many or most gen-eds, your time at Carolina can be shorter than most.

Christopher (Chris) Lyn

  • Name: Christopher (Chris) Lyn
  • UNC Email: Lync@live.unc.edu
  • Major: Exercise and Sport Science Fitness Professional with minors in Chemistry and Biology
  • Intended graduation date: 2023
  • Wants to be: Dentist
  • Hometown: Fayetteville, NC
  • Bucket List item: Get certified and wing-suit jump off of a mountain
  • One piece of advice for incoming early college students: Invest in some form of a planner that works for you, and actively practice good time management skills to keep stress at a minimum.