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2017-2018 HSP Mentors

The Hilltop Scholar Mentors work closely with the HSP directors and faculty to develop and plan service and leadership events and to assist the incoming freshmen in their transition to SMU and the Hilltop Scholars Program. Mentors will work with assigned groups of HSP students to help build community and create lasting relationships.

Hilltop Scholars Mentor: Layne Anderson, Junior, Major: Finance, Minor: Creative Writing

Layne Anderson

Junior
Major: Finance
Minor: Creative Writing
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Fun Fact: I'm just a girl who loves leather jackets, Jane Austen, and froyo a little too much.
Favorite Quote: "You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore."  - Andre Gide

 

Hilltop Scholars Mentor: Matthew Brink, pictured with young child; Sophomore, Majors: Marketing and Advertising

Matthew Brink

Sophomore
Majors: Marketing and Advertising
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Favorite Quote: "Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." - Mark Twain

 

 

 

Hilltop Scholars Mentor: Griffin Camacho, Junior, Major: Vocal Performance, Minors: History and Musical Theater

Griffin Camacho

Junior
Major: Vocal Performance
Minors: History and Musical Theater
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Favorite Quote: "Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music." - Ronald Reagan

 

 

 

Hilltop Scholars Mentor: Nathan Ciatti, Sophomore, Majors: Business Management and Public Policy

Nathan Ciatti

Sophomore 
Majors: Business Management and Public Policy
Hometown: Frisco, TX
Favorite Quote: "Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be." - John Wooden

 

 

 

 

Hilltop Scholars Mentor: Tyler Ciavarra, pictured with Ben Stiller; 14th Grade, Major: Business

Tyler Ciavarra

14th Grade
Major: Business
Hometown: Richmond, TX
Favorite Quote: "I can't really talk right now, I'm on my way to a volcano." - Ben Stiller

 

 

 

 

Hilltop Scholars Mentor: Victoria Fennell, pictured with a camel; Sophomore, Major: Biochemistry (Premed), Minors: Math and Spanish

Victoria Fennell

Sophomore
Major: Biochemistry (Premed)
Minors: Math and Spanish
Hometown: Huntsville, AL
Fun Fact: I have been to over 20 different countries!
Favorite Quote: "To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist." - Oscar Wilde

 

 

Hilltop Scholars Mentor: Neha Husein, Junior, Majors: Human Rights and Marketing

Neha Husein

Junior
Majors: Human Rights and Marketing
Hometown: Carrollton, TX
Favorite Quote: "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. - Wayne Gretkzy" - Michael Scott

 

 

 

Hilltop Scholars Mentor: Meredith McBee, Junior, Majors: Fashion Media and Marketing, Minors: Advertising and Journalism

Meredith McBee

Junior
Majors: Fashion Media and Marketing
Minors: Advertising and Journalism
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Fun Fact: If I could eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would be popcorn!

 

 

 

Hilltop Scholars Mentor: Hope Rasmussen, pictured with a small chameleon; Junior, Major: Biological Sciences (Premed),  Minor: Philosophy

Hope Rasmussen

Junior
Major: Biological Sciences (Premed)
Minor: Philosophy
Fun Fact: I am an animal whisperer. I went camping in Arkansas on a family vacation when I was 5 years old, and I befriended a bobcat when my parents were preoccupied.

 

 

 

Hilltop Scholars Mentor: Alicia Swart, Class of 2020, Majors: Finance and French, Minor: Archaeology

Alicia Swart

Class of 2020
Majors: Finance and French
Minor: Archaeology
Hometown: The Woodlands, TX
Favorite Quote: "Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness."

 

 

 

Hilltop Scholars Mentor: Priya Young, Sophomore, Major: Economics, Minor: Public Policy and International Affairs

Priya Young

Sophomore
Major: Economics
Minor: Public Policy and International Affairs
Hometown: The Woodlands, TX
Favorite Quote: "We're almost there, but nowhere near it. All that matters is that we're going." - Lorelai Gilmore