First Year Council

Applications are now open for Campus Admitted First Years!

There is an application process in order to become a member of FYC. The application can be found at the link below. Applications are due Friday, January 18 at 5pm. We will let you know by Monday, January 21 whether you have been accepted.


FYC meetings will take place bi-weekly on Tuesdays from 7:30-8:45pm. The first meeting is on January 22 in the Upper Lounge of Eustace-Cole Hall. Additionally all newly accepted FYC members will meet on January 29.  

If you have any questions, please contact Jackie Heymann at We look forward to receiving your application!


The First Year Council (FYC) was established to build leadership skills for a nominated pool of first-year students within the Honors College. The nomination process takes place within the first few weeks of the fall semester.

First Year Council leaders attend bi-weekly workshops that assist them in their transition to the new college environment. These workshops are intentionally designed to assist FYC leaders to successfully navigate the academic, personal, social, and professional aspects of their college lives. Depending on the need of the FYC cohort, several faculty and non-faculty guest speakers are invited to share their knowledge and experience around holistic themes such as leadership development, career advancement, research opportunities, diversity and inclusion, and service learning, among others.

Contact: Jackie Heymann

  • Taylor Chantry


    Major and Minor(s): Political Science and Pre-Law
    Hometown: Arlington Heights

    • The thing I am the most excited to do at MSU is meet new people! New people will show me new experiences and the diversity present here at MSU.
    • My favorite food is cereal
    • I am passionate about equality, the environment, documentaries, coffee, reading, and writing.
    • Strengths: Restorative, Harmany, Individualization, Futuristic, Input
  • Sabrina Ruff


    Major and Minor(s): Anthropology
    Hometown: Parker, Colorado

    • My favorite book is Ms. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH 
    • My hobbies are Playing drums, watching movies, hanging out with friends
    • My favorite food is Mac n Cheese
  • Kathleen Fallon

    Major and Minor(s): International Relations and French
    Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

    • The thing I am most excited to do at MSU is get Involved -- I'm really looking forward to participating in MSUMUN and No Lost Generation!
    • My favorite food is Korean Barbecue
    • I am passionate about learning new languages and about different cultures
    • Strengths: Arranger, Discipline, Responsibility, Harmony, Futuristic
  • Madison Sewick

    Major and Minor(s): Neuroscience and Psychology
    Hometown: North Shores, MI

    • I am passionate about volunteering! I spend part of my summer working at Camp Courage, which is a camp for kids that have lost a loved one.
    • My favorite book is Fahrenheit 451
    • My favorite food is General Tso's Chicken
    • Strengths: Achiever, Focus, Input, Intellection, Learner
  • Ryan Bandalene

    Major and Minor(s): Business
    Hometown: Sylvan Lake, MI

    • I am passionate about MSU!
    • My favorite food is chicken fingers
    • My hobbies are racket sports and guitar
  • Savannah Finley

    Major and Minor(s): Chemistry
    Hometown: Lapeer, MI

    • The thing I am most excited to do at MSU is to learn and make new connections with people
    • I am passionate about art and science
    • A fun-fact me is I have six siblings
    • Strengths: Achiever, Restorative, Command, Futuristic, Input
  • Maria Katrina Fajardo

    Major and Minor(s): Neuroscience
    Hometown: Troy, MI (born in Manila, Philippines)

    • My favorite food is any Filipino dessert with ube in it.
    • I am passionate about the natural sciences, music, and languages
    • My favorite book is "The Strangeness of Beauty" by Lydia Y. Minatoya
  • Matthew Salo

    Major and Minor(s): Chemical Engineering 
    Hometown: Marquette, MI

    • A fun fact about me is I lived in Europe for 7 years.
    • My favorite book is the Crucible
    • My hobbies are playing soccer, skiing, and hanging out with friends
  • Sanawer Aujla

    Major and Minor(s): Pre-med
    Hometown: Calgary, Canada 

    • I am passionate about traveling the world and learning about different cultures
    • My favorite book is Gone Girl
    • My hobbies are volleyball, painting, and watching Netflix
  • Sara Cook

    Major and Minor(s): Zoology/Pre-Vet
    Hometown: Grosse Ile

    • The thing I am most excited to do at MSU is meet new people and make new friends
    • My favorite food is my mom's turkey pot pie
    • A fun fact is I am a third degree black belt
    • Strengths: Achiever, Discipline, Competition, Significance, Input
  • Prakhyat Rohatgi

    Major and Minor(s): Human Biology
    Hometown: St. Joseph, MI

    • The thing I am most excited to do at MSU is Research! Make friends and connections!... and of course have fun!
    • I am passionate about dissections
    • My hobbies are listening to music, playing soccer, playing Tabla, and watching movies
    • Strengths: Focus, Restorative, Communication, Relator, Intellection
  • Danielle Duggan

    Major and Minor(s): Neuroscience
    Hometown: Birmingham, AL

    • The thing I am most excited to do at MSU is discover how my passions can influence people for the better
    • I am passionate about music, the improvement of societal empathy, and alliteration
    • My favorite book is The Stand by Stephen King
    • Strengths: Responsibility, Restorative, Developer, Input, Learner
  • Gigi Kennedy

    Major and Minor(s): Chemistry (Pre-med)
    Hometown: Cantion, Ohio

    • Three things I care about are: My dogs, my family, Grey's Anatomy

    • If I could solve one world problem, it would be: That people stop fighting with eachother just because people look different and believe different things

    • My favorite East Lansing food is: Dairy store ice cream
  • Brianna Hicks

    Major and Minor(s): Human Biology
    Hometown: Farmington Hills

    • The thing I am most excited to do at MSU is leave my spartan footprint, positively impacting the lives of those I encounter and making a difference at the university.
    • I am passionate about biology and equality for all
    • My favorite book is the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • Larissa Ford

    Major and Minor(s): Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Hometown: Laramie, Wyoming

    • The thing I am the most excited to do at MSU is meet many interesting people and learn as much as possible
    • My favorite food is creamed eggs on toast
    • My hobbies are hiking (and getting lost), climbing trees, binge watching tv-shows, playing games, and petting other people’s animals.
    • Strengths: Ideation, Input, Intellectualization, Learner, Strategic
  • Troy Distelrath

    Major and Minor(s): James Madison
    Hometown: St. Claire, MI

    • The thing I am most excited to do at MSU is attend basketball games and sit in the student section. I've been coming to MSU games since before I was one, so it's sitting amongst my fellow Spartans that makes me realize my dream became a reality.
    • My favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird
    • My hobbies are: Tennis, Basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, Reading, Writing
    • Strengths: Achiever, Significance, Connectedness, Individualization, Learner
  • Ping-Hsu (Josh) Wu

    Major and Minor(s): Communication
    Hometown: East Lansing, MI

    • The thing I am most excited to do at MSU is go to a football game
    • My favorite food is anything Japanese
    • My favorite book is The Things They Carried
  • Grace Gargiulo

    Major and Minor(s): Pre-Vet
    Hometown: Leonia, NJ

    • The thing I am most excited to do at MSU is get involved in research and create close relationships with my peers and professors.
    • My favorite food are sweet potatoes
    • I am passionate about endangered species and animals in need
    • Strengths: Responsibility, Restorative, Woo, Positivity, Strategic
  • Maria Kloboves

    Major and Minor(s): Animal Science
    Hometown: Solon, MI

    • My favorite food is apples and peanut butter
    • I am passionate about animals, health and medicine
    • My hobbies are running, talking, reading, and looking for dogs on campus.
    • Strengths: Achiever, Discipline, Restorative, Input, Intellectualization
  • Kate Frieden

    Major and Minor(s): Psychology
    Hometown: Northbrook, IL

    • My favorite food is potstickers
    • The thing I am most excited to do at MSU is become involved in undergraduate research
    • A fun fact about me is that I (almost) won a regional poetry competition!
    • Strengths: Restorative, Empathy, Harmony, Individualization, Intellectualization
  • Maria Berry

    Major and Minor(s): Animal Science
    Hometown: Grand Blanc, Michigan

    • My favorite food is watermelon
    • I am passionate about gender equality, supporting the arts, my faith
    • A fun-fact about me is our family raises sheep!
    • Strengths: Responsibility, Empathy, Futuristic, Input, Learner
  • Sameera Mahimkar

    Major and Minor(s): Neuroscience
    Hometown: Shelby Township

    • My favorite food is Biryani
    • My favorite book is Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
    • My hobbies are Indian Bollywood dancing, swimming, listening to music
    • Strengths: Restorative, Empathy, Harmony, Positivity, Futuristic
  • Hanah Parag

    Major and Minor(s): Lyman Briggs
    Hometown: Haslett, MI

    • My favorite food is pizza
    • A fun fact is I am an only child
    • The thing I am most excited to do at MSU is learn new things and make lots of new friends!
    • Strengths: Belief, Restorative, Harmony, Relator, Learner
  • Mitchell Salisbury

    Major: Business Management
    Hometown: Wayland, MI

    • My favorite food is pizza
    • I am passionate about sports
    • A fun-fact about me is I've visited over 30 D-1 colleges and universities
    • Strengths: Arranger, Responsibility, Communication, Harmony, Context
  • Jacob Caurdy

    Major and Minor(s): Mechanical Engineering
    Hometown: Brighton, MI

    • My favorite food is steak
    • My favorite book is Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
    • My hobbies are reading, lifting and playing rugby
    • Strengths: achiever, individualization, input, intellection, learner
  • Mimi Anagli

    Major and Minor(s): Film Studies and Professional Writing
    Hometown: Walled Lake, MI

    • My favorite food is my mom's chili con carne with fried plantain and rice
    • A fun-fact about me is my siblings and I were all born in different countries
    • I am passionate about inspiring people and making a difference through film
    • Strengths: Restorative, Empathy, Futuristic, Input, Intellection, Learner
  • Manasi Desai

    Major and Minor(s): Human Biology and Neuroscience
    Hometown: Troy, MI

    • The thing I am most excited to do at MSU is meet people from all over the world
    • I am passionate about health care
    • My hobbies are piano, viola, and baking
  • Aastha Bahl

    Major and Minor(s): Neuroscience
    HometownRochester Hills

    • I am passionate about teaching
    • My favorite food is chocolate chip cookies
    • A fun-fact about me is I am lactose-intollerent, but I still love to eat ice cream
    • Strengths: Restorative, Individualization, Relator, Ideation, Intellection
  • Victoria Cao

    Major and Minor(s): Computer Science
    HometownRochester Hills

    • I am passionate about life
    • A fun-fact about me is I can eat 10 farlic knots plus pasta
    • My favorite book is 100 Years of Solitude
  • Maddie Eischer

    Major and Minor(s): Genomics/Molecular Genetics and Apparel/Textile Design
    HometownSouth Lyon, MI

    • My favorite foods are pasta, strawberries and ice cream
    • I am passionate about women's rights and animal welfare
    • My hobbies are sewing, drawing, reading, doing yoga and playing golf!
    • Strengths: Achiever, Command, Maximizer, Input, Strategic
  • Bridget Owens

    Major and Minor(s): Nursing
    Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI

    • A fun fact about me is I love to travel with friends and family
    • My favorite book is Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
    • My hobbies are playing golf, reading, and spending time with friends and family


  • Amar Taj

    Major and Minor(s): Electral Engineering
    Hometown: Gilgit, Pakistan

    • My favorite food is Achar Gosht
    • A fun-fact about me is I'm a mountaineer
    • My hobbies are cricket, volleyball and stage acting
    • Strengths: