Interview with an Inceptor: Jose Mendoza

What is your hometown and where did you go to high school?  What is your current year and major at Georgia State?

My hometown is Atlanta, Ga. I have lived in this city my entire life. I attended Alpharetta High School my freshman year of high school. Due to transportation difficulties I then transferred to Tri-Cities High School. I am currently a Freshman here at Georgia State University. My major is Spanish with concentrations in Language and International Business.

What made you want to come to Georgia State?

I decided to attend Georgia State because it was close to my house and I enjoy the city life. Also I had friends who were here at Georgia State, so I wasn’t as scared to come because I knew they were here and if I needed anything I could just contact them. Most importantly, I decided to come to this institution because it’s very diverse and I wanted to be in an environment like the one we have here.

What was your Incept: New Student Orientation experience like?

Well, I did the overnight Incept. My experience was amazing. I was really afraid of not being able to make friends, but that didn’t happen. All the other students were very excited and outgoing so I was able to communicate with them. All of my questions were answered and we were given advice by the 2011 Incept team on how to adapt to Georgia State’s learning environment and what this institution had to offer.

How did you manage that feeling of being overwhelmed?

I managed my feeling of being overwhelmed by using my time wisely and doing all of my work on time. If you wait until the night before an assignment is due, this can be very stressful. There were moments when I did have a lot of work to do, but I also gave myself time to relax and enjoy time with my family which helped me aswell.

What was your first semester like?

My first semester of college was awesome. I met many people and I was involved in several organizations. My least favorite class was Math and it wasn’t because I didn’t like math, but because it just took a lot of my time. I did have a lot of work and I did write many essays but I feel like that was part of this awesome experience I had because I was doing everything I was suppose to do and at the end I ended receiving all A’s for my classes.

 

What other activities besides being an Inceptor are you involved in?

I joined the Student Alumni Association and soon after this I became a Board of Director for this organization. I also became part of the Latin American Student Association, which I met many Latino people and I felt like these people opened my eyes to see how important my culture was. Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting was another organization I joined.

What are some of your interests outside of your Georgia State classes and involvement (favorite movies, activities, etc.) ?

I really enjoy sports. I love running miles and miles without stopping. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends. As I’ve stated, college can be a bit stressful and hard a times, but going home and seeing my parents especially my mother calms me down and helps me relax. I like trying new things all the time, so anything outside of school would be great.

Why did you want to become an Inceptor?

I wanted to become an Inceptor because I wanted to show the diversity here at Georgia State. I also wanted to help other students, especially incoming freshman with this whole new experience they were about to encounter. And of course I wanted to be an Inceptor because many students apply to be part of this, but only 17 get to make the team, so this is such an accomplishment.

What’s the most fun thing about the college experience?

I think the most fun thing about the college experience is living a whole different life from your previous school years. You are now on your own and you don’t have people telling you what you do. I personally enjoyed getting out of class early and going out for lunch with my friends or going out for a walk to the park.

What’s one thing about college you didn’t expect or you wish someone had told you about?

When you’re in high school, everyone thinks that college is all about partying and freedom. However, I can personally say that is a big NO. I had to study a lot and I had way more homework than I did in high school. Sometimes I had to stay up late studying for exams and reading chapters for my next class etc.

Finally, what is your favorite thing about Georgia State that you think other students should really take advantage of?

My favorite thing about Georgia State is that you can always find any group of organization to be part of. Every student should get involve around campus and make new friends. I think college years are the best years of your school career.

Interview with an Inceptor: Cindy Caba

What is your hometown and where did you go to high school?  What is your current year and major at Georgia State?

On January 15th ,1993 I was born at a birthing center in the Bronx, New York. I moved to Waterbury, Connecticut around the age of five and lived their until I was 12. I graduated from Henry County High School located in McDonough, Ga. Thanks to the Dual Enrollment Program, I am currently a sophomore and my major is Biology but I plan on changing it to Anthropology while taking the requirements for Medical school.

What made you want to come to Georgia State?

I decided to attend Georgia State because of their constantly, improving Science department. I also love the city life and knew it would be enjoyable to attend an Urban City collage. Georgia State is a great school in totality, and the university is always looking for ways to make the school experience and education that much better. In addition, I did not want to stray to far away from home.

What was your Incept: New Student Orientation experience like?

My incept experience was something to remember. I was overwhelmed at first with all the information given to me.  However, it was extremely informative and solidified my reasons behind choosing to attend Georgia State.  The people chosen to represent Georgia State did a wonderful job at doing so.

How did you manage that feeling of being overwhelmed?

Whenever I am overwhelmed I start to organize and take everything one moment at a time.  I prioritize things by their importance at the time. The schedule of the day was given and I utilized it to ease my mind.  I find that I am often overwhelmed when I do not know what the outcomes of things are or their meaning. Everything is okay when a structured, well thought out schedule is involved.

What was your first semester like?

My first semester at Georgia State was interesting. I did not take advantage of all the opportunities given and if I could take that back I would. I took on a heavy workload and was not prepared mentally for it. It was a learning experience. I met new people and encountered all types of good and bad situations. Although I was told about what may or may not happen during my first semester I still feel as if that was all wasted. I made the experience my own and hope to grow from it.

What other activities besides being an Inceptor are you involved in?

I am currently not involved in any activities except being an inceptor. I do plan on taking on and internship this semester and shadowing some professions. I also want to take on a couple of volunteer projects in order to give back to the community.

What are some of your interests outside of your Georgia State classes and involvement (favorite movies, activities, etc.)

Outside of Georgia State I enjoy watching movies and eating. I love all types of movies and all type of food. I also enjoy being adventurous and trying new things. I love being outdoors and traveling.  I can be easily entertained with reality television shows and Law and Order.  Overall, I can enjoy relaxation when needed and adventures.

Why did you want to become an Inceptor?

I wanted to become an inceptor once I attended orientation. I seen the past inceptors and looked up to them for guidance and knowledge. They are true leaders and faces of Georgia State. I am a proud panther and I want future new students to see me in the same light.

What’s the most fun thing about the college experience?

The most fun thing about the collage experience is you get to be an adult without actually being an adult. You are on your own making decisions but you do not have bills or any real adult problems. The collage experience gives you a taste of the real world. I also feel like you make the most memorable experiences and the truest, life long friends in collage.

What’s one thing about college you didn’t expect or you wish someone had told you about?

One thing about collage I did not expect would be the differences people really have, especially when it comes to living styles. Living on campus with “strangers” has really has given me a reality check. I could have never imagined some of the things my roommates consider their “norm”.  I wish someone would have stressed that everyone was not raised with the same morals. Attending Georgia State has introduced me to the different aspects people consider life.

Finally, what is your favorite thing about Georgia State that you think other students should really take advantage of?

My favorite thing about Georgia State is the diversity. I love meeting new people and learning about new cultures. The person sitting next to you in class could have been born in a different country. It’s up to you to go out and meet new people and hear their story. When I first came to Georgia State I have heard about other cultures but I never really experienced first hand. I now have tried new food and have learned about the difference people can have, outside the classroom. I would encourage other students to go outside of their normal friends and meet people of different life styles, religion, culture, etc. 

Interview with an Inceptor: Sonia Flowers

What is your hometown and where did you go to high school?  What is your current year and major at Georgia State?

I am from a small city in Cobb County named Powder Springs where I attended McEachern High School. I am a freshman at Georgia State majoring in Psychology but I plan on changing my major to Speech with a concentration in Public and Political Communication.

What made you want to come to Georgia State?

State was honestly not on my list of schools to go to until I came on a tour just to see what it was like down here. I fell in love with it and applied and was ecstatic when I received my letter of acceptance.

What was your Incept: New Student Orientation experience like?

My Incept experience was very tiring! I had had a sleepless night the night before and had to get up extra early for it to be summertime. However I met some great people who I’m still friends with and my Inceptor definitely made a positive impact on my view of State.

How did you manage that feeling of being overwhelmed?

I just took it all in and accepted everything. I gave everything a chance and made some great friends to be able to share my experience with.

What was your first semester like?

My first semester was great! I met some cool, interesting, new people; was a part of the Color Guard; and became an Inceptor! The classes weren’t as hard as I thought they would be so I did pretty well academically. I definitely won’t forget my first semester and the people I met.

What other activities besides being an Inceptor are you involved in?

I am a part of the Color Guard but that is it for my first year. Next year I plan on joining Spotlight because I think it would be fun to help plan events that students will have fun at. I am also thinking about joining the Student Alumni Association because I am constantly hearing good things about them.

What are some of your interests outside of your Georgia State classes and involvement (favorite movies, activities, etc.) ?

I really just like sitting back and watching some good comedies with friends. I love all Will Smith movies including the action-packed movies like I Am Legend. You can also find me singing and dancing around my room whenever my roommate isn’t home because it is a fun way to express myself.

Why did you want to become an Inceptor?

I wanted to become an Inceptor because my Inceptor made such a positive impact on me and I wanted to be able to do the same thing for incoming students and be there for anybody who needs help whether it is at Incept or later in the year. Inceptors just have such a positive aurora about them and I really want to be a part of such a prestigious program.

What’s the most fun thing about the college experience?

The people you meet. I am not much of a club/party girl, but I have the most fun when I’m with my friends and we’re all just laughing, having a good time, and enjoying each other’s company. In college, you meet some of your life friends and State has somebody for everybody.

What’s one thing about college you didn’t expect or you wish someone had told you about?

I didn’t expect buying textbooks to be such a hassle. I knew that I would have to buy my own but I never listened to how expensive they were. I also never realized how expensive school was and that my parents told me to stay focused in high school so I could receive more financial aid. I should have listened to my parents.

Finally, what is your favorite thing about Georgia State that you think other students should really take advantage of?

My favorite thing about State is the people. There are so many different types of people here and they all bring something different to the school. Students should definitely take advantage of the networking possibilities and meet new people because you never know when you may need them.

Interview with an Inceptor: Aftab Dinani

What is your hometown and where did you go to high school?  What is your current year and major at Georgia State?

My hometown is Snellville, Georgia and I went to an high school in Gwinnett County by the name of Brookwood High School. My current year is a Sophomore/Junior status and my major at Georgia State University is Pre-Nursing.

What made you want to come to Georgia State?

What made me want to come to Georgia State University is the diversity of the school, the downtown setting, and feedback from other GSU alumnis.

What was your Incept: New Student Orientation experience like?

My “Incept: New Student Orientation” experience was an experience like that of any other freshman would have gone through. I was excited when I recieved my acceptance letter to the school; However, I was just a high school graduate ready to escape the household and become a successful student at the prestigious Georgia State University!

How did you manage that feeling of being overwhelmed?

I managed the feeling of being overwhelmed because of the Inceptors, my family, and  my friends telling me that it’s a new beginning in life and I would eventually get accustomed to it.

What was your first semester like?

My first semester was average at Georgia State University. I was not involved on campus, did my homework in classes, left them and set time for recreational activities most of my freshman days spent here. I wish I was more involved.

What other activities besides being an Inceptor are you involved in?

Other activities I am involved with on campus are: Omega Gamma Delta (member of the Atlanta colony-not affiliated with Georgia State University), Student Alumni Association (Board of Director),  ICE ( member of Indian Cultural Exchange), and LASA ( member of Latino American Student Association).

What are some of your interests outside of your Georgia State classes and involvement (favorite movies, activities, etc.) ?

Some of my interests outside of Georgia State classes are: playing basketball or any other sport in the Recreation center, Outdoor Adventures’ activities on my floor (LLC group), and watching movies involving comedy and action like The Hangover or Horrible Bosses.

Why did you want to become an Inceptor?

I wanted to become an Inceptor to give back to the Georgia State University community. I believe that if people help to give you an experience of a lifetime that it is necessary and kind to give back, volunteer, or do anything that helps someone get their day made.

What’s the most fun thing about the college experience?

The most fun thing about the college experience is the life-long friends you make. Personally, the first week I was here I went knocking on every door to make new close friends away from home.

What’s one thing about college you didn’t expect or you wish someone had told you about?

One thing about college I didn’t expect was how accepting the students are at the school. There are so many opportunities I wish I was aware about my freshman year on campus.

Finally, what is your favorite thing about Georgia State that you think other students should really take advantage of?

My favorite thing about Georgia State University that I think other students should really take advantage of is that of getting involved in the organizations at the school. I believe the college experience/process is a growing one. The job market is definitely factored around the whole “It’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know.” aspect.

Interview with an Inceptor: Kris Raybon

What is your hometown and where did you go to high school?  What is your current year and major at Georgia State?

I am from Ellenwood, Georgia, which is a small town inside the metro Atlanta area. I attended and graduated from Martin Luther King, Jr. High school in Lithonia, Georgia. Currently my major is undecided, but I am deciding on environmental science or nonprofit management.

What made you want to come to Georgia State?

My ideal university has always been one that is large with students coming from across the world. Growing up relatively close to Georgia State, I have seen the university transform from a commuter school to a complete campus-based university. From that point I knew that if Georgia State could do such a huge transformation then the possibilities are endless of what I could become as a product of the university. 

What was your Incept: New Student Orientation experience like?

My Incept gave me the first taste to the greatness that Georgia State has to offer. I was welcomed by the sightings of Panther Welcome signs, an excited and helpful Incept and New Student Orientation and Parent Relations team, and over one hundred other students ready to embark on a journey of a lifetime. I toured the campus and got to meet with advisors so I could choose classes that would be suitable for myself. Also I was introduced to a Georgia State University tradition, rubbing Pounce the Panther’s nose for good luck.

How did you manage that feeling of being overwhelmed?

To combat the feeling of being overwhelmed I used to (and still do) relax in the library. With all of the busyness of going to a school in the city, homework, tests, and deadlines, I like to take an hour at least one day out of the week to clear my mind in the library. The library has cushioned seats to relax in and for total quiet and time to think I go to the fifth floor, which is the dedicated quiet floor.

What was your first semester like?

My first semester was awesome here at Georgia State. I lived on campus where I befriended my roommate and other residents in my housing. I also joined an FLC (Freshman Learning Community) where I met and shared all of my classes with about twenty people. Joining an FLC made my big lecture classes seem less intimidating and also gave me the opportunity to easily make friends with whom I often studied with. I also attended many of the football games and events going on during the semester such as Panther Prowl.

What other activities besides being an Inceptor are you involved in?

I am currently a member of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and Student Alumni Association.

What are some of your interests outside of your Georgia State classes and involvement (favorite movies, activities, etc.) ?

A couple of fun facts about me are that my two favorite movies are Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the Die Hard franchise (one through four, but the first one is the best!). My favorite television shows are Law & Order: SVU, World’s Dumbest, and Forensic Files. I am open to listening to any genre of music from classical to rock. Also I enjoy going to parks, museums, amusement parks, and I like to scrapbook.

Why did you want to become an Inceptor?

I wanted to become an Inceptor because I admire how the Incept team welcomes new students to Georgia State and relieves the stress of coming to a new school. I also knew that once I entered college that I would want to take on a leadership position as I did in high school and Incept is the most important leadership role on campus that a student can fulfill. Furthermore I wanted to inspire individuals to take chances while here at Georgia State. I as an Inceptor begin a student’s journey to success, but that student must fulfill it.

What’s the most fun thing about the college experience?

The most fun thing about the college experience is being on your own and growing as a person. The college experience gives you a chance to explore things that you like and helps you to find what makes you happy. You learn about so many things while being on campus. Whether it be instructional or recreational, you are always learning which helps you to shape your opinions and views to allow yourself to stand out from everyone else.

What’s one thing about college you didn’t expect or you wish someone had told you about?

Procrastination is very easy to fall into! College has so much going on that is very easy to get sidetracked and put off important things until the last minute. Find a sufficient balance between academics and social time so that you will not be stuck in college for the rest of your life!

Finally, what is your favorite thing about Georgia State that you think other students should really take advantage of?

Other students should take advantage of the Recreation Center that Georgia State has. The Rec has a numerous amount of activities to do that are all mostly free with tuition and fees. The Rec offers classes to take to keep the “Freshman Fifteen” off, a state of the art gym, and yoga classes to help relieve stress.

Interview with an Inceptor: Casey Vaughan

What is your hometown and where did you go to high school?  What is your current year and major at Georgia State?

Hello everyone, I am Casey Vaughan and I am from a small but growing town about 30 minutes south of Atlanta called Sharpsburg, GA. I went to an AAAA high school called Northgate. I am currently a sophomore here at Georgia State and majoring in Accounting.

What made you want to come to Georgia State?

When I started off my college career, I attended Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL. I only attended one semester until I transferred to Georgia State in the spring of 2011. What made me change my heart for schools is that Georgia State is one of the best business schools in the country. Another reason I wanted to attend Georgia State, was the fact that I was back in Georgia, where I was born and raised, and also could receive the HOPE scholarship. Being in the heart of Atlanta was another motive for me to transfer schools.

What was your Incept: New Student Orientation experience like?

My Incept: New Student Orientation experience was a unique one. It was unique in the fact that my orientation at JSU was more like a “traditional” orientation. The leaders performed skits to lighten the mood and had some new students get on stage and help perform a skit in front of peers and didn’t make kids get out of their comfort zones. But at GSU it was very different. The Incept program shows what Georgia State is truly about: diversity. I was amazed at how diverse just my orientation peers not even thinking about the other 30,000+ students at the school. There were people from Japan, Afghanistan, Iraq, New York, China, and of course a lot of Georgia “peaches” plus many more other countries and states. The Inceptors made it important to appreciate all kinds of people and to not discriminate against any stereotype.

How did you manage that feeling of being overwhelmed?

The way I handled being overwhelmed is to just slow everything down. You only feel overwhelmed because you are nervous and thinking too much. Everyone has this perception to think college is so hard, but the university would not allow students into their school if they did not think you were qualified to do well and succeed. Also, staying positive and optimistic about your future as a student helps calm you down as well. You have to remember others are going through the same thoughts as well, so get to know your neighbors and/or peers as quickly as possible.

What was your first semester like?

My first semester in college, I focused on getting good grades at JSU, but didn’t have much fun. I would go to class then go straight back to my room and watch T.V., do homework, and play video games. When I transferred to GSU, I was determined to get more involved on campus. I started off the semester by joining Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.

What other activities besides being an Inceptor are you involved in?

Since joining Pi Kappa Phi in the spring of 2011, I had been getting more involved on campus. I volunteered to help the new students move into residence halls. I volunteered to do Ask-Me-Booths on the 2 days that I was able to. Also, I helped with the Freshman Convocation. I participate in Greek Intramurals as well.

What are some of your interests outside of your Georgia State classes and involvement (favorite movies, activities, etc.)

Since Atlanta is such a big city, there are many interests that I have outside of on-campus activities. When I am not in class, you will most likely find me either in the recreation center or inside the Special Interest Housing or as most people know it as the Greek Housing. In there I am usually watching ESPN with my fraternity brothers. Watching movies on Netflix is another interest I have newly obtained. I use to seldom watch movies before I came to college, but have caught up a little bit over the past few years. Sports have always been a big part of my life. I have played soccer for the past 15 years of my life and gave it up after high school but still play every once in a while at the rec. center.

Why did you want to become an Inceptor?

I wanted to become an Inceptor because I really wanted to get more involved on campus. The more involved you are on campus the more you feel like you belong at that school and help solidify your decision to pick the great GSU. Another reason, is that I wanted to help inform the new students coming to GSU about all the “hot” spots around campus.

What’s the most fun thing about the college experience?

The college experience is much different than high school. The most fun thing about college is…that’s tough, because there are many fun things. But hands down the most fun thing about college is the freedom to do whatever you want, when you want. You can cook yourself food or watch T.V. at whatever time of day you want without having to wake up anybody because more than likely your roommate will be up as well. You can also sleep however long you want but I would advise not to over sleep any classes.

What’s one thing about college you didn’t expect or you wish someone had told you about?

One thing I wish someone would have told me going into college is how to register for classes. My first semester at JSU, I signed up for a Monday, Wednesday, Friday class at 8 am. Now if you are considered a night-owl like I am, getting up before noon is a struggle, but before 8? That’s just a nightmare. Then when I came to Georgia State, I signed up for all my classes on 2 days. So that means I had 15 hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Again, I took another 8am class for who knows what reason. I finally learned my sophomore year.

Finally, what is your favorite thing about Georgia State that you think other students should really take advantage of?

My favorite thing about Georgia State that you should not take for granite is the state of the art recreation center and I personally think everyone should take advantage of it, especially because it is already paid for with your student fees. When not in class or studying in the library, why not just go take a dip in the pool or relax in the hot tub? Or would you rather take a dance class, because the rec. center has that as well. Are you competitive like me? Well you can go play a pickup game of basketball here also, there is almost always enough people playing basketball to play a game. Not good at basketball? Yes you are, well at least compared to me you are, but don’t worry you can rock-climb, wrestle, play soccer, volleyball, badminton and even indoor cricket just to name a few. All this and I didn’t even mention working out, with 2 floors of machines and weights there is always enough space to get “swole”. To show off even more, the rec. center is also very family friendly with the game room, which includes a Wii, table tennis, billiards and many more.   

Interview with an Inceptor: Betty Chow

What is your hometown and where did you go to high school?  What is your current year and major at Georgia State?

My home town is the nearby city of Norcross, GA. I attended and graduated from Berkmar High School in Gwinnett County. I am currently a sophomore and a Social Work major at Georgia State University.

What made you want to come to Georgia State?

I have always wanted to attend Georgia State University. It is a great school with a fantastic location and various opportunities for all of its students. I originally came to Georgia State to pursue a degree in Nursing but later on changed my major to Social Work.

What was your Incept: New Student Orientation experience like?

My experience with Incept was quite delightful. As a transfer student from Georgia Perimeter College, I was ready to involve myself with a 4-year institution. Incept made the transition smooth and gave me all the basic knowledge I needed in order to be successful here at Georgia State University. My Inceptor was also very welcoming and made sure all my inquiries were answered.

How did you manage that feeling of being overwhelmed?

The transition was indeed overwhelming but I think the excitement of finally attending Georgia State took that feeling away. I took all the information given to me slowly so I wouldn’t feel too overwhelmed.

What was your first semester like?

My first semester was difficult but rewarding. I had to balance the commute to class, along with a full class schedule, and a full practice schedule for Cross Country. In the end, I was successful in both academics and athletics.

What other activities besides being an Inceptor are you involved in?

For the fall semester, I was a Panther Pacer for the Georgia State Cross Country team. I am also an orchestra member with the Lilburn Christian Church Orchestra back in my hometown.

What are some of your interests outside of your Georgia State classes and involvement (favorite movies, activities, etc.) ?

I enjoy trying a variety of different foods including sushi, Hispanic foods, and more. During my free time, I enjoy playing video games, going to Dave and Buster’s, and just goofing off with all of my friends. I also enjoy running and doing various physical activities every once in a while. Music is an important part of my life, so I will be listening to music most of the time. My absolute favorite movie is Mulan by Disney and my favorite TV show is Criminal Minds on CBS.

Why did you want to become an Inceptor?

I wanted to become an Inceptor so I could help people in their transition to college and to Georgia State University. I believe the job is very important and essential to the understanding of college. I enjoy helping people and interacting with them so this opportunity is perfect to accomplish that.

What’s the most fun thing about the college experience?

I think the most fun thing about the college experience is the interaction you get to have with other people. College gives you the opportunity to make lifelong friends who are goal-oriented and have similar interests like you.

What’s one thing about college you didn’t expect or you wish someone had told you about?

As a commuter, I didn’t expect college to be so difficult to adapt to and to create a decent schedule that can work with both classes and traffic related incidents. I wish someone had told me how to avoid traffic better and to make a schedule that wouldn’t exceed my physical limits.

Finally, what is your favorite thing about Georgia State that you think other students should really take advantage of?

The students should really take advantage of the location and opportunities offered to them here at Georgia State University. As a college that is in the middle of Atlanta, the location is ideal in order to pursue a degree. The university is close to thousands of companies and corporations which can better improve the opportunities students have for volunteer work, internships, and jobs. Georgia State offers many opportunities that other universities cannot offer their students. Undergraduates just need to have initiative and the will to use the opportunities given to them.

Interview with an Inceptor: McHenry Moseley


What is your hometown and where did you go to high school?  What is your current year and major at Georgia State?

I’m from Lilburn, Georgia in Gwinnett County, and I went to Parkview High School. Currently, I’m a Freshman here at Georgia State, and I’m majoring in Broadcast Journalism.

What made you want to come to Georgia State?

The location is what attracted me the most. I think Atlanta is such a great city with so many things to do. Also, the diversity that at GSU is something I liked a lot.

What was your Incept: New Student Orientation experience like?

It was overwhelming. I was really excited about starting college, but I was so nervous about meeting new people as well. Although, it was nice to meet other students that shared those same feelings. I also remember how cool I thought the Inceptors were.

How did you manage that feeling of being overwhelmed?

I tried to not let it affect me and I just took all the information that I was given one at a time.

What was your first semester like?

My first semester was great. I liked being on my own and sort of making my own decisions. I also met a lot of new friends which has made college a lot of fun.

What other activities besides being an Inceptor are you involved in?

I was part of the Emerging Leaders Freshmen Learning Community my first semester and I am also a member of the Student Alumni Association. And I love going to the Student Recreation Center and doing some rock climbing or playing racquetball.

What are some of your interests outside of your Georgia State classes and involvement (favorite movies, activities, etc.)

I love to hang out with my friends and listen to music. I pretty much like all types of music (including country) and I like going to concerts. My favorite movie is definitely We Are Marshall. I highly recommend it. I also love the outdoors, and I like to go hiking or camping whenever I can. 

Why did you want to become an Inceptor?

I thought the Inceptors looked so cool when I first saw them even though I had no idea what their job was. I thought it would be nice to have a positive influence on not just students that are younger than me but all of my peers as well.

What’s the most fun thing about the college experience?

Definitely the freedom. I like the independence and living in the city.

What’s one thing about college you didn’t expect or you wish someone had told you about?

I never realized how expensive books were so I think it would have been nice to know that especially since most instructors require them.

Finally, what is your favorite thing about Georgia State that you think other students should really take advantage of?

I really love the endless amounts of opportunities we have here at Georgia State. There is literally a club for anything, not matter what your interests are. I would say take advantage of these because it is a great way to make new friends and make connections.

Interview with an Inceptor: Chauncey Walker

What is your hometown and where did you go to high school?  What is your current year and major at Georgia State?

I was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and then I moved to Douglasville, Georgia when I was in sixth grade. I attended Chapel Hill high school in Douglasville. I am a Freshman Journalism major with a concentration in telecommunications and a minor in theatre.

What made you want to come to Georgia State?

When I decided to stay in Georgia for college Georgia State was my first choice. Being that I was born in the city, it has always had a special place in my heart. So, the fact that I was going to be able to attend school in the heart of Atlanta was a no brainer, I knew State was my only option. The thought of being able to attend classes and be involved in organizations along with all of the attractions the city has to offer definitely excited me.

What was your Incept: New Student Orientation experience like?

The Incept process was definitely exciting, entertaining, and a lot of information was given, but overall it was an enjoyable learning experience.

How did you manage that feeling of being overwhelmed?

I think between the help of my mom and the Inceptors help I was able to remain calm. The Inceptors were very helpful and gave me lots of good information and advice to make me feel comfortable about coming to State. Also, having my mom there was a big help since we are really close, having her be there to support my choice in coming to Georgia State made me feel more at ease with my decision in coming to State.

What was your first semester like?

My first semester was definitely an enjoyable experience. At times, I felt a bit overwhelmed and nervous about not knowing where to go or what I should do. I met many new people and made tons of connections. Since, I work on campus it made it easier for me to adapt to the school and meet new people.

What other activities besides being an Inceptor are you involved in?  

I am a part of a performing arts company called the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta, which is a company that acts, sings, and dances. We do shows all around Atlanta and travel to different states and recently we went to China to perform. I am also a part of an organization called BFAM, which stands for Bobby’s Family, and it is a community service organization that is in the memory of Bobby Tillman, that focuses on keeping the peace and preventing violence in the world.

What are some of your interests outside of your Georgia State classes and involvement (favorite movies, activities, etc.)?

My favorite movies are Save the Last Dance, The Notebook, and Lion King, I know all of the words by heart and I can watch each of them a million times and still go through the same emotions every time. I enjoy going bowling, and laser tag, and I am a beast at both so I accept all challenges.

Why did you want to become an Inceptor?

I became an Inceptor, because I thought it would be a great opportunity to get involved on campus and a wonderful leadership opportunity to have. I wanted to be able to be a good role model for students and create a positive impact in their lives and I knew that being an Inceptor would be a great way to do that.

What’s the most fun thing about the college experience?

I would have to say the most fun thing about college is attending all of the events held on campus. For example; Panther Prowl, karaoke nights, game nights, all of the sporting events, and plaza time. I enjoy being around all of my fellow panthers and just having a good time.

What’s one thing about college you didn’t expect or you wish someone had told you about?

One thing I did not expect was all of the work that came along with college. I knew it was going to be a lot of work then what I was used to, but I was not expecting the amount I received my first semester of school.

Finally, what is your favorite thing about Georgia State that you think other students should really take advantage of?

My Favorite thing about Georgia State is the opportunities that are afforded to us. Being that the school is in downtown Atlanta there are so many opportunities available to the students that they should definitely take advantage of. Georgia State loves their students and wants them all to succeed.

Interview with an Inceptor: Robert Bodwell

What is your hometown and where did you go to high school?  What is your current year and major at Georgia State?

I was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. I went to high school about fifteen minutes away at Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. It was a public school, but you had to audition for a specific area in order to be accepted; I majored in photography and digital media. I am currently a freshman and majoring in Managerial Science.

What made you want to come to Georgia State?

The reason I chose to attend Georgia State University is the location and reputation. I have a passion for business, and Atlanta is a fantastic business city. I wanted to put myself in the middle of one of the fastest growing “business” cities while also attending a top-notch business school where I could learn all of the things that I will need to succeed in the business world. Georgia State fit into that description perfectly, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.

What was your Incept: New Student Orientation experience like?

My experience with Incept was pretty unique. Being from Florida, I had to fly into Atlanta in order to attend, so I decided to participate in the overnight experience to avoid flying back and forth in the same day. Another thing that made it unique was that I came without a friend or family member. Most people knew at least one person going through the process with them, but I knew absolutely no one. So, of course, it was a little scary, but the Inceptors did a great job of making me feel comfortable and giving me ways of meeting other people with games and icebreakers. I guess their efforts had enough of an impact on me to make me want to do the same thing for others because here I am as a 2012 Inceptor.

How did you manage that feeling of being overwhelmed?

I went through it by talking to other people. I was a part of a Freshman Learning Community, so that was a great way to find people going through the same things that I was going through. I credit a large part of my success to being in that particular FLC.

What was your first semester like?

I had a lot of fun during my first semester. Everything was new, so every day brought a new adventure. I managed to adapt very well despite my bad days where I just wanted to get on a plane and go home. But, once I realized how well I was doing in class and how many friends I was making, I realized that there was nothing that I wanted more than to continue doing what I was doing. I look back and see that my first semester molded me into a better person, one who is highly motivated to succeed and willing to work hard to reach my goals.

What other activities besides being an Inceptor are you involved in?

I was a member of an Intramural Flag Football Team where I played quarterback for the team. The majority of the team was made up of people that I knew well before the team actually got together, so it was a lot of fun to get to know them in this setting even though we only won one game out of five.

What are some of your interests outside of your Georgia State classes and involvement (favorite movies, activities, etc.)

I am a sports fanatic. I absolutely love football and basketball; my favorite teams are the Miami Dolphins and the Miami Heat because they were my home teams growing up. And no, I am not a Miami Heat bandwagon fan; I have been a fan of the Heat since 2004. I also am a big fan of movies. I have a pretty large collection of Blu-ray movies that continues to expand. And although it is hard to pick a favorite, I would have to say that it is The Departed.

Why did you want to become an Inceptor?

Being an Inceptor is like being a celebrity. You get to meet so many important people and so many people know your name. I enjoy meeting, and talking to, new people, so being an Inceptor gives me the opportunity to do that on a much larger scale. It also gives me the opportunity to be a role model and help new students become comfortable with, and learn to appreciate, all that Georgia State has to offer.

What’s the most fun thing about the college experience?

The most fun thing about college is all of the opportunity. There is always something to do, whether it is for leisure or to develop a skill, so you’re never bored. There are so many things to explore that will expand your horizons to unthinkable places. College gives you the tools to grow as a student as well as an individual.

What’s one thing about college you didn’t expect or you wish someone had told you about?

I wish someone had told me how hungry I was going to be all of the time. It seems like I am always looking for somewhere to eat. Luckily for me, the options in and around campus are plentiful. That is the advantage of learning within a metropolitan campus environment.

Finally, what is your favorite thing about Georgia State that you think other students should really take advantage of?

What I love about Georgia State is the diversity of the student body. It gives you the chance to interact and learn from people that are emerged in a culture that is vastly different than your own. I’ve learned as much from random people met around campus as I have from my actual classes. I would urge other students to explore and try to understand various culture because you don’t have to go far to do just that.