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First Year Advising and Exploration

The Knight Watch Program is a one (1) semester program designed to provide specialized academic support to first year students with a UCF Cumulative GPA between a 2.0 and 2.59 at the end of their first semester. Participation in the Knight Watch Program is mandatory.

Knight Watch students are expected to complete the following requirements:

  1. Attend one (1) 45-minute academic advising appointment with their assigned FYAE academic advisor
  2. Meet with their assigned Knight Watch Peer Mentor for a total of two required meetings during the semester they are placed in the Knight Watch Program


Students are required to attend at least one (1) 45-minute academic advising appointment with their assigned FYAE academic advisor BEFORE the withdrawal deadline during semester in which they are placed in the Knight Watch Program. The FYAE academic advisor will provide each student with an individualized plan of action to support the student's successful transition into their following semester at UCF.

During the advising appointment, the FYAE Academic Advisor will:

  1. Discuss areas of concerns regarding students Knight Watch status and suggestions for improvement
  2. Provide tentative schedule planning for the subsequent semester
  3. Review of students General Education Program (GEP) progress, and major/minor requirements
  4. Provide referrals to additional campus resources as appropriate

Please keep in mind that FYAE walk-in advising does not fulfill this requirement.

To schedule an academic advising appointment, please call the FYAE office at (407) 823-3789 during normal business hours.

First-year students who participate in the Knight Watch Program may be eligible for scholarship opportunities. More information about the scholarship opportunities for Spring 2018 program participants, including eligibility criteria and the application process can be found here: Knight Watch Program Scholarship Info.

Apply here for the Knight Watch Program Scholarship.

Students placed in the Knight Watch program will work with an assigned Knight Watch Peer Mentor throughout the semester. Knight Watch Peer Mentors are current upperclassmen UCF students who are highly involved on campus, and have successfully navigated the university academically and professionally. Knight Watch Peer Mentors are trained to help their mentees succeed by guiding Knight Watch students through the UCF student perspective and experience.

Specifically, Knight Watch Peer Mentors will:

  1. Connect students to available campus engagement opportunities based on students individualized needs and interest
  2. Help students create and accomplish academic goals for the given semester
  3. Keep students accountable throughout the semester though collaborative and regular communication

Knight Watch students will want to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to connect with other undergraduate students who are trained as Peer Mentors, and committed to supporting their success at UCF!

Students must schedule a meeting with their assigned Knight Watch Peer Mentor by visiting

Don't know who your Knight Watch Peer Mentor is? Check your Knights e-mail for this information, or e-mail

Mariam Raza
Senior Knight Watch Peer Mentor

Major: Psychology and Political Science

Classification: Senior

Campus Involvement: First Year Advising and Exploration, Mental Health Association of Central Florida, Psi Chi ΨΧ: International Honor Society in Psychology, Pi Sigma Alpha ΠΣΑ: National Political Science Honor Society, Tau Sigma ΤΣ: National Honor Society, and Pakistani Students Association

Hobbies/Interest: Traveling, trying various cuisines, learning about cultures, enjoying the outdoors, visiting theme parks, petting cuddly cats, community service, and reading

Career Aspirations: School Psychologist

Fatima Bawaney

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Classification: Sophomore

Campus Involvement: Lead Scholars Academy, EXCEL, Multicultural Association of Pre-Health Students, Hearts for Homeless Orlando

Hobbies/Interest: My interests and hobbies include playing tennis, going to the beach, running, and reading

Career Aspirations: Orthopedic medicine

Katherine Biggs

Major: Political Science

Classification: Senior

Campus Involvement: Rock Climbing Club, LEAD Scholars, Pi Sigma Alpha

Hobbies/Interests: Painting, the Supreme Court of the United States, rock climbing, reading, law, yoga, ballet

Career Aspirations: Judge and eventually a justice at the Supreme Court

Patrick Blanchette, Jr

Major: Biology

Classification: Junior

Campus Involvement: Jammin’ Knight (in the UCF marching band), UCF Concert band, and the Honors Congress

Hobbies/Interest: Reading, bicycling, jogging, and video games

Career Aspirations: To become a wildlife biologist

Grace Bundz

Major: Marketing

Classification: Freshman

Campus Involvement: Love Your Melon: Treasurer, Campus Activities Board Concerts and Marketing Boards, Volunteer UCF Marketing Board, Campus Crusade for Christ, and LEAD Scholars

Hobbies/Interest: Cinematography, Video Editing, Photography, Reading, and Running

Career Aspirations: Social Media Marketing for a Marketing Firm

Christoper Colons

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Classification: Sophomore

Campus Involvement: LEAD Scholars Academy, Multicultural Association of Pre-Health Students, and Volunteer coordinator for UCF Leadership week

Hobbies/Interests: Playing video games, swimming, watching movies/Netflix, reading comics, and bicycling

Career Aspiration: Osteopathic or Allopathic doctor

Latisha Dat

Major: Higher Education and Student Personnel

Classification: Graduate Student

Campus Involvement: The Knight Watch Program

Hobbies/Interest: Exploring different restaurants, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends

Career Aspirations: Working with college students as an academic advisor

Mariah Hoffman

Major: Biotechnology

Classification: Junior

Campus Involvement: LEAD Scholars Academy, Socials Director for the LEAD Student Association, member of LEAD Scholars Knight Thon team

Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with family and friends, relaxing, going to the beach or the pool, coloring, reading, meeting new people and learning new things (My family will host our third foreign exchange student this year!)

Career Aspirations: Tissue engineering or genetic engineering, potentially some pharmaceutical sales, and becoming a professor after having worked for a company for some time (something where I'm able to access and utilize both the science and people-oriented sides of my personality!)

Brittany Jackson

Major: Accounting

Classification: Junior

Campus Involvement: Student Accounting Society, Knight-Thon Executive Board, Lead Scholar

Hobbies/Interest: Reading, Writing, Movies, Podcasts

Career Aspirations: CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and author

Kaisha Johnson

Major: Psychology

Classification: Senior

Campus Involvement: First Year Advising and Exploration

Hobbies/Interests: Watching horror movies and crime documentaries, as well as bowling and roller-skating

Career Aspiration: School Psychologist

Ashanta Merriweather

Major: Biology with a Health Sciences minor

Classification: Senior

Campus Involvement: John T. Washington Honor Society, Volunteer UCF, and LEAD scholars

Hobbies/Interests: Sports, music, cooking, photography, and fitness

Career Aspirations: Physician specializing in emergency medicine

Gabby Morford

Major: Event Management

Classification: Senior

Campus Involvement: Rosen College Leadership Council, Rosen College Peer Outreach Mentoring Program, Country Music Association Education (CMAedu), Knights Wake, Pegasus Palooza, GrammyU Campus Ambassador

Hobbies/Interests: Working, Shopping, Wakeboarding, Volunteer, Hanging out with friends and family

Career Aspirations: My passion lies within the entertainment management industry. Once I graduate in May, I will be moving to Nashville, Tennessee to work for PSAV (Presentation Services) with a position in their National College Leadership Program!

Jacob Mungai

Major: Health Sciences: Pre-Clinical

Classification: Senior

Campus Involvement: Undergraduate Physical Therapy Association, African Student Association, John T. Washington Honor Society, UCF LEAD Scholars, Men of Integrity, and Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society

Hobbies/Interests: Watching sports and playing in the intramural leagues (especially soccer), going to the gym, playing video games, watching TV shows/movies/Netflix, and going to the beach

Career Aspirations: To earn a doctorate in physical therapy, and work alongside professional sports teams

Hailey Steuer

Major: Human Communication

Classification: Senior

Campus Involvement: Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, Greek Ambassadors Program, Order of Omega Greek Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 4EVER Knights, and LEAD Scholars Academy

Hobbies/Interests: Running, traveling, and volunteering

Career Aspirations: To pursue a M.Ed. in Higher Education - Student Affairs/Personnel and work at a four-year university helping students achieve success during their collegiate years

Serin Zachariah

Major: Health Sciences

Classification: Sophomore

Campus Involvement: LEAD Scholars Academy and SLS 1501 Peer Mentor

Hobbies/Interests: Drawing, watching TV, traveling, and photography

Career Aspiration: Physical therapy, optometry, or dentistry

Danielle Turnquest

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Classification: Senior

Campus Involvement: John T. Washington Honor Society, Lead Scholars Academy, National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, Lead Scholars Mentor Program, National Society of Leadership and Success

Hobbies/Interest: Binge watching TV shows and movies, and traveling

Career Aspirations: Speech Language Pathologist

Contact Simone Teel
Phone 407-823-3789
Location Howard Phillips Hall, 116