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Aaron Vance


Hello, and welcome to the University of Louisville! I know you must be as excited as I was to become a Cardinal for the next four years!

I'm a Sophomore Political Science major and an Anthropology minor from Vine Grove, Kentucky, not too far from Louisville. Prior to coming to the University, I always thought I wanted to go to a small school in a small town, but I can say that would have been the wrong choice! U of L is a great school in a great city that I know that I couldn't find anywhere else. There are so many great opportunities in Louisville, and so many things always going on around campus that complements the education I came here for.

Growing up so close to Louisville I could never imagine all the great things that it would hold for me. Getting out and exploring the city and becoming involved in organizations on campus has benefited me in so many ways from meeting new people, to learning so much more, and just having so many memorable experiences, and I encourage you to go out and do the same!

If you have any questions, email me anytime at:


  • McConnell Scholar
  • Greek Life
  • Cards in Action
  • CAPS Leader

    Alex Helbling


    Hello and Welcome to U of L. Congratulations on your decision to study here.  My name is Alex Helbling. I am from Ludlow, KY and am a senior Biology major. I love sports and especially enjoy going to football and basketball games.  When I first arrived here on campus, I wasn't sure what to expect, but quickly fell in love with the University as well as the city. There are countless things to do on campus as well as around the Louisville area. The biggest piece of advice that I could give someone is to get involved, whether that means getting involved in a Greek organization or joining some club on campus. There is something out there for everyone. The more that you get involved with, the more fun you'll have and you'll get a lot more out of your college experience. Trust me, four years isn't that much time so make the most of it.
    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at

      • Greek Life Student
      • CAPS Leader

      Allie Funk


      Congratulations on making one of the best decisions of your life: choosing to be a Louisville Cardinal! I'm a Senior and am a double major in Political Science and Philosophy with a minor in Economics. Post graduation, I am planning to either pursue a graduate degree in International Development or hopefully become a Fulbright Scholar. I am a born and raised Louisville girl and carry the cardinal spirit with me wherever I go. I spend most of my free time with my family, friends and traveling abroad. What advice would I give to incoming students? Don't be afraid to explore and discover new things! At the University of Louisville, you will be opened up to innovative ideas and experiences, so embrace them. College will help you discover and pursue your true passions! Feel free to contact me with any questions you have at


      • Academic Vice President Elect for SGA
      • REACH Tutor
      • Greek Life Student
      • CAPS Leader

      Ben Coffman


      Hey everyone! Let me personally welcome you to the University of Louisville. I'm excited that you've made the choice to spend the next few years of your life here at one of the fastest growing and "on the rise" universities in the US. You've made a great choice. I'm a Senior Political Science major with minors in History and Economics from the small town of Danville, Kentucky. I eventually want to get involved with state or federal politics after I attend law school.  One of the biggest pieces of advice I can give you to enhance your time here at the University of Louisville is to get involved! There are so many different organizations here on campus that are tailored to many different students. By getting involved, you have the opportunity to meet many more students that are just as passionate about the same things that you are! The possibilities are endless for the level of involvement you want to achieve, and the members of these organizations would be more than happy to help you with the huge transition from College to High School.

      Feel free to contact me with any questions you have at Go Cards!

      • Greek Life
      • Interfraternity Council
      • A&S Senator for SGA
      • CAPS Leader

      Bridgette Hildreth

      Welcome to the University of Louisville, land of the Cardinal and white squirrels! Now is the best time to be a Louisville Cardinal!

      I am from Alexandria, KY and graduated from Covington Latin School.  I am a sophomore studying to major in Psychology and minor in Biology, Latin, and Social Change.

      UofL is a welcoming campus consisting of a diverse community of genuine and caring people. I cannot imagine being happier anywhere else. Since my first year of attending the University of Louisville, I've realized that it's hard not to be involved. There are so many encouraging, supportive, and helpful people to guide you toward your prime niche, whether it's in a leadership program, student-led research, on-campus jobs, clubs or RSO's, and any other interest or passion you'd like to pursue further. "To those whom much has been given, much is expected." The University of Louisville offers much more than an academic education in the classroom; some of the most memorable learning I have experienced has been from my peers.

      My biggest piece of advice for new cardinals would be to embrace college with an open mind, to try new things, and to meet new people. Don't be afraid to go out on a limb and do big things! It will be a very rewarding experience! UofL wants you to be a part of the campus community. You are here for a reason! Enjoy your time here, discover and develop your strengths, and be ready for an awesome four-year adventure as a Louisville Cardinal!

      Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you have, I would love to help you!

      My email address is

      • Cardinal Ambassador
      • REACH Ambassador
      • CAPS leader

      Brooke O'Mara

      Hey y’all! Welcome to the greatest university in the nation! I’m a senior. I hope to attain a Bachelor of Science in Communications and attend graduate school to continue my education (at UofL, of course). I’m from a small town in Indiana. There are about 4 times more students at UofL than in my entire hometown, and I can honestly say that stepping outside of my comfort zone and coming to Louisville was the best decision I’ve ever made. I came into college without knowing anyone, so I know how intimidating college can be at first. Luckily, UofL has a place for everyone. There are endless opportunities for each and every one of you, no matter what your interests are.  I hope that I can be of assistance to show you all that this campus has to offer! I know that everyone will fall in love with THE University of Louisville just like I have in my time here.

      Feel free to contact me anytime at


      • Greek Life
      • CAPS Leader

      Corey Feger

      Hi everyone! I know I won't be the first or last to say this, but... Welcome to the University of Louisville!! And congratulations on choosing to attend one of the best colleges in Kentucky!


      My name is Corey, and I'm a junior Sociology major pursuing minors in Women's and Gender Studies and LGBTQ Studies, which is a program unique to UofL! I'm originally from London, a small town in Southeast Kentucky. If your first year experience is anything like mine was, then you're probably already feeling like you've found a second home. The very beginning of your college career is an amazing time full of fantastic opportunities, and you'll meet people who you'll remember for the rest of your life. There's something for everyone here, and I'm more than happy to help give advice, find you resources, or to just listen to how things are going for you so far! Don't hesitate to contact me if you need anything at all, but in the meantime... Go CARDS!

      • LGBT Ambassador

      • CAPS Leader

      Devon Cox

      Hello, and welcome to the University of Louisville!

      My name is Devon Cox. I am a senior majoring in History, with minors in Latin and Cultural Studies. I am originally from the small town of Madisonville, Kentucky, but I've been lucky enough to call Louisville my home for the past three years. I couldn't have picked a more perfect place to be! Choosing UofL was one of the best decisions I've ever made. There are so many opportunities to make friends, learn from amazing professors, and get involved on campus! There is something for everyone here at UofL and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! With that being said, my first bit of advice is to get involved! Join an RSO, volunteer in the community, or simply make an effort to get to know new people. College is the time where you put yourself out there, and find things you're passionate about! There's no better place to do that than at UofL!

      I'm proud to be a student at the University of Louisville, and I'm so excited to share my experiences and advice with you! If you have any questions, feel free to email me anytime!

      • Diversity Recruitment
      • Greek Life
      • CAPS Leader

      Grant McKenzie

      Hello my new friends, and welcome to UofL! My name is Grant McKenzie, I’m a Senior Biology and History double major, and plan to attend medical school upon graduating this wonderful university. I am from a small town in eastern Kentucky that you probably have never heard of called Russell. I graduated from a high school of 600 total students, and had a hand in just about everything possible in high school. My transition from high school to college was a challenging one, but looking back it was one of the greatest times of my life. I had the opportunity to meet so many great people and get involved in so many great organizations. My best advice to you is don’t be afraid to try something new or do something that you may never have done in high school. You have a limited number of semesters in college, so you want to make the most of them!

      Feel free to contact me for advice or to ask me any questions at

      • Greek Life
      • CAPS Leader

      Jessica Williams


      Hey guys! Welcome to the University of Louisville! I'm a senior triple major in Spanish, Political Science and Latin American and Latino Studies. I'm originally from the good ole NKY, but now Louisville is where I call my home. I love me a good GIF, some West Wing, cat videos, Harry Potter references and traveling abroad! Anyhow, let me congratulate you on choosing the University of Louisville. There has never been a better time to be a Louisville Cardinal with all of our sports success and recent developments on campus! Here you will meet people and make lifelong friends, memories and experiences. If you have any questions, concerns, want to show me a hilarious cat video or whatever- hit me up! Although I am currently studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain I will be back in time for the beginning of classes this Fall 2014 and can still answer any questions you may have via email until then! I'm here to help you in any way that I can, and  I want to ensure that you have the best college experience possible! I can't wait to meet you and help you get involved on campus! Remember there is something for everyone here at UofL. GO CARDS!


      My email is
      • Greek Life
      • CAPS Leader

      Lauren Curtis


      Hey Cardinals! Welcome to the University of Louisville. You've made an awesome decision in your choice to go here, I know that it is one of the best I ever made! Louisville has given me so many opportunities and experiences, and I'm not just talking about the University. The city itself is amazing and has many nooks and crannies waiting to be explored!

      I am a Senior majoring in Secondary Education with a concentration in Biology. Even though Louisville has become my home over the past three years, I'm originally from Erlanger (a small city in NKY). After college I'm hoping to do Teach for America, and explore the world!

      I know the transition from high school to college can be challenging (I know it was for me), but it's also exciting and fun! Even though it will have it's ups and downs, you are about to enter some of the best years of your life. UofL has so many ways to get involved on campus, and I encourage you to do so! Getting involved is one of the most rewarding experiences of college!

      If you need any help, or have questions about anything, I'm always here! Contact me at:
      • REACH SI Leader
      • CAPS Leader

      Magen Copher


      Hi there! I hope you’re enjoying being a Card as much as I do! Being at the University of Louisville is one of the many great choices you will make. As a junior here at UofL, I am majoring in Social Work with a minor in Political Science. I’m originally from Georgetown Kentucky, a town small enough to make Louisville seem like New York City. That’s why I love it here so much; Louisville has so much to offer.  When I’m not taking advantage of UofL’s awesome recreation center or library space, I enjoy visiting the malls and catching a movie. I am spreading my wings when it comes to campus involvement and at this point, I’m ready to plunge head first. You should join me! I can help you find awesome opportunities on campus.

      I’m here to be a helping hand! So please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions. My email address is

      • CAPS Leader

      Mitchell Payne


      Hey guys! My name is Mitchell Payne and I am a senior here at the University of Louisville. I am finishing my last year at UofL and I am majoring in Marketing with International Business and Communication minors. Originally, I am from Fort Thomas, Kentucky; which is about ten minutes from Cincinnati in Northern Kentucky. What I like most about going to school in Louisville is the environment and atmosphere. Whether you are talking about the University of Louisville or the city of Louisville, it is hard not to touch on the infectiously positive feeling here. If I could give one piece of advice to first year students it would be to challenge yourself. It is important to challenge yourself academically in your courses equally as much as it is to challenge yourself socially to open-mindedly meet new people. Louisville has been such an amazing place for me to call home the past few years and I hope that you will be able to say the same a few years from now.


      If you have any questions feel free to email me at:
      • Greek Life
      • CAPS Leader

      Natalie Shields


      Hello Cards!! Welcome to The University of Louisville. I am a junior Political Science/Justice Administration. I come from a small town called Glasgow, Kentucky. While UofL has been a HUGE change for me I have loved every second of my transition to the big community that makes up UofL. The best advice I can give you is be excited about your opportunity to join the Cardinal Family and let yourself be open to all the amazing opportunities that this campus has to offer you. I'm here to help you become involved and answer any questions that you have! I was in your shoes and would love to be able to help you prepare! I can't wait to meet you!

      Send me an email at if you have anything you're curious about or have any questions
      • Cardinal Host
      • Greek Life
      • CAPS Leader

      Sabine Eid


      Hi and welcome to the University of Louisville!

      My name is Sabine Eid and I am a junior majoring in Biology in hopes to continue Med School here at UofL. I am from right here in Louisville, Kentucky and have always been a Cardinal fan! There is nothing I enjoy more than cheering on the Cards, no matter what sport! Louisville has grown so much in the past few years and you have made one of the greatest decisions of your life to attend this University.

      The best piece of advice that I have for you is to get involved. You may think that you have all the time in the world to get involved in different things, but time flies in college! Be sure to get involved in things that are interesting or new to you from your very first few weeks here!

      If you have any questions or concerns at all I am here to help you, so please do not hesitate to ask!

      Can’t wait to meet all of you! GO CARDS!

      My email is:

      • Cardinal Host
      • Greek Life
      • CAPS Leader

      Sarah Baer

      Hey everyone!!!

      My name is Sarah Baer and I am SO happy you chose to be a card! I was born in Louisville and have lived here majority of my life. I went away my first semester of college, and I missed Louisville like crazy. I thought I was ready to be far away. Wrong! I never expected to love UofL as much as I do, but Louisville is such a cozy place and I am so pleased to call it my home. Now, I am a junior working toward my Bachelors of Science in Geography and Geosciences. My biggest advice to you is to take your time getting acclimated to college life! UofL has so much to offer, go out of your comfort zone and try new things! Join clubs and organizations, make as many friends as possible, always remember to stay positive and try not to let little things get you down.

      If you need anything at all, please feel free to contact me!
      • CAPS leader

      Tylar Setser


      Hey y'all and welcome to the best four years of your life! My name is Tylar Setser, I'm a Junior here at UofL majoring in Psychology and minoring in Philosophy. I am originally from Morehead, KY and though I love my roots in Eastern Kentucky I am more than grateful that I've been able to call Louisville my home for the past three years!

      ​Before falling in love with the University I fell hard for the city itself! There are so many amazing things to get into- a few of my favorites being Waterfront Wednesdays, Church Hill Downs, Bardstown Road and NuLu. When I'm not exploring the town I try to stay actively involved on campus.  My best advice to you is to use these years to figure out your passion and interests then find the organization that best fuels that spark! Involvement is the best way to meet new people and being the only person from my high school to come to UofL, I promise thats the truth!

      Louisville stole my heart and I hope it does the same for you! Welcome and Congratulations! Go Cards!!

      If you have any questions then I bet I have answers! Feel free to shoot me an email at
      • Greek Life
      • CAPS Leader

      Zach Adams

      Hey everyone! Welcome to the greatest university in the nation, the University of Louisville!

      My name is Zach Adams and I want to congratulate you on becoming a Louisville Cardinal! I am a senior in route to gain a Bachelor of the Arts in English. I am from a small town in western Kentucky called Cadiz, so I know what it is like to leave the comfort of a quaint town and enter the busy city that is Louisville. I love going to football and basketball games to cheer on the CARDS with friends. Whenever I am not cheering for the CARDS I enjoy going to Bardstown Road, the Waterfront, and playing music around Louisville.

      One piece of advice I would give to an incoming freshman would be to look into all the different organizations that the University of Louisville has to offer and get involved on campus! The student body here is amazing and it has seriously become my home away from home.

      If you have any questions at all email me at:
      • CAPS leader