2018 Opening Days Leader Profiles

Opening Days leaders are a diverse group representing all parts of the Willamette community in their interests and activities. They are actors and athletes, transfer and international students, Greek and independent, and represent all different ages and years of students.

The one thing these leaders all share is their desire to meet and assist new students. The leaders are carefully selected during a competitive application process in February of each academic year. After their selection, they complete a Spring Training and then return to school in August for intensive training and preparation before Opening Days begins.

Besides leading the new students during Opening Days, these leaders are also responsible for planning all the events and programs that occur during Opening Days. Every leader is a member of one of the OD committees, each responsible for planning different events.

We are currently in the process of hiring our leaders for 2018. Click here to apply! Check back in April to meet our new Opening Days Leaders!

Jump to my Opening Days group leader:
Alexa Anderson

Alexa Anderson

Year
Junior
Major
English
Favorite thing about WU

The intensely strong community of passionate people that you meet every single day, whether it's in your hall, in class, or in choir.

Animal that best describes your personality

A dog, because I am very friendly, loyal, affectionate, and I love to sleep

Mariam Baig

Mariam Baig

Year
Senior
Major
Women and Gender Studies
Favorite thing about WU

Blitz the Bearcat!

Animal that best describes your personality

Elephant. They're always looking out for others/keeping others in consideration and helping out however they can, plus they have a memory that won't quit -- just like mine!

Nell Crittenden

Nell Crittenden

Year
Senior
Major
Politics/Sociology
Favorite thing about WU

How the communities that are created by peers and faculty foster safe spaces, awareness and a sincere sense of belonging.

Animal that best describes your personality

Black Bear. Pretty chill most of the time, tenacious when I gotta be.

Caspar Croft

Caspar Croft

Year
Junior
Major
Physics
Favorite thing about WU

The open and friendly atmosphere that permeates campus.

Animal that best describes your personality

Crab, because they always seem to be relaxing and doing their own thing.

Maggie Mellecker

Maggie Mellecker

Year
Senior
Major
Psychology
Favorite thing about WU

I love that Willamette provides so many opportunities to interact with such a variety of people. Since my first year I;ve been able to learn about different cultures, as well as become a part of many sub-communities on campus.

Animal that best describes your personality

I'd say I'm most like a bulldog because I'm very loyal and loving, and I just love to lay around with friends.