I am a dynamic, energetic, and innovative higher education professional who enjoys working with students, nurturing the leadership potential in students, and bringing quality learning experiences to campus. My favorite style/philosophy of leadership is servant leadership as my ultimate goal is to serve. I have 12 years of experience working in a higher education environment researching, creating, promoting, and implementing programs and services that garners retention, progression, and graduation of students. I occasionally teach freshman seminar and serve as a co-chair the Presidential Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity at KSU. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration degrees from Kennesaw State University. I am a proud first-generation college graduate born and raise in the Metro Atlanta area. In addition, to working at this wonderful university, my hobbies and interest include reading, writing, film, and of course being a huge comic book nerd.
I leave you with one of my favorite quotes:
"I tell my students, 'When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.'“-Toni Morrison
Mentor Programming Assistants
Check out our awesome student staff members working with the Odyssey Peer Mentoring Program!
My name is Sydney Smith. I am pursuing a degree in Information Security. I plan to go into Homeland Security after earning my degree. I enjoy writing, dancing, and anything that allows me to express my creativity. I love to interact with people, which is one of the reasons I am apart of the Odyssey Peer Mentoring Program.
My first semester at KSU, I had a mentor who helped me better navigate the ropes attending KSU. In fact, she introduced the thought of being a Mentor Program Assistant to me based off of our interactions and my interests that we discussed being in the Odyssey Peer Mentoring Program. Mentorship is something I would encourage everyone to get involved in.
My name is Ayaa Woday. I am currently pursuing a degree in biology with a concentration in pre-med as well as a minor in public health education. I am an undergraduate research assistant conducting research in beta cell function in relation to physical activity levels. I aspire to be a cardiologist with my own practice.
Mentorship has been a part of my life since I arrived at Kennesaw State University. As a freshman, I did not have directionality in my life until my mentor, who had the same career aspirations as me, was able to give me insight on how to optimize my success on the undergraduate level. She introduced me to academic resources, networking opportunities, and organizations to be involved in. I believe that sharing your success with those who need some guidance and encouragement is what mentorship is all about!
Instagram: A.y.a.aaa, Facebook: Ayaa Wo
My name is Emily Harris. I am currently pursuing a degree in Integrative Studies with a focus in Leadership and a minor in Asian Studies. Working with Odyssey and many other student associations has ignited my passion for working with students. I aspire to get my masters in Higher Education Administration and go on to work in Student Affairs.
My mentor has been a big part of my life since my Junior year. She has helped me further realize my goals and put them into action. I have never in my life had someone who has put in so much time an energy into me being successful not only in my professional life but in my personal as well. My mentor has changed my life for the better which is something I never thought possible. I believe that mentoring is all about creating a relationship in which both persons can learn and grow together. I wish that everyone could find a mentor that positively affects them like mine has.
Rachel TakacsMy name is Rachel Takacs. I am currently a senior at Kennesaw State University, pursuing my Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology, with a concentration in Cultural Diversity Studies. I am a member of the Dean’s List, the President’s List, and The Society of Collegiate Leadership and Achievement. My main research interests in sociology revolve around Gender Studies, LGBTQIA issues, and class and race inequality.
In both my personal and professional life, mentoring has always played a large role. As the oldest of the girls in my family I was able to develop leadership skills very early on. I was also able to become cognizant of how one’s actions affects the actions of those around them, and those who look up to them; therefore, I have always tried to live my life with dignity and respect. Professionally, I have worked as a Teacher’s Assistant which allowed me to mentor my peers on an educational and professional level. Both of these experiences greatly shaped me as a person and made mentoring a central focal point in my life.
Instagram, Twitter, Facebook: rachelltakacss
Hello my name is Tiana Mason. I am a senior at Kennesaw State University. I am a communication major with a double minor in film studies and professional writing. My passion is media productions and I aspire to be a professional filmmaker .
I serve as a mentor programming assistant for the Odyssey Peer Mentoring Program and I have served as an mentor for many of my amazing peers at Kennesaw State University for the past three years. I also serve as Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Student Mentoring Association. I am a member of other organizations such as official Communication Studies honor society of the National Communications Association. I serve as a lead editor for MoMENTum the School of Communication Media and Entertainment Studies Production Team.
“The Odyssey Peer Mentoring Program is an amazing, dynamic platforms for the students of KSU to bond and meet new people in a positive and exciting environment. A good mentor gets to know their mentee in a free, positive environment and then provides them with all the tools and resources they need to reach their best self.“
- Tiana Mason
Spring 2016- Spring 2019