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First Year Advising and Exploration

The Knight Watch Program is a semester based program designed to provide specialized academic support to first year students with a GPA between a 2.0 and 2.59. 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 once a month during the semester they are placed in the Knight Watch Program (A total of 3 meetings are required).

Advising

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.

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 knightwatch.simplybook.me.

Don't know who your Knight Watch Peer Mentor is? Check your Knights e-mail for this information, or e-mail Simone.Teel@ucf.edu.

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Mariam Raza
Senior Knight Watch Peer Mentor

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Cassandra Allen

Major: Health Science Pre-Clinical

Classification: Senior

Campus Involvement: National Council of Negro women (NCNW), Zeta Phi Betta Sorority, Inc.

Hobbies/Interest: TV/Movie watching (especially dramas and comedies), eating, cooking, and doing random things

Career Aspirations: To become a pediatrician

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Fatima Bawaney

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Classification: Sophomore

Campus Involvement: EXCEL, LEAD Scholars Academy, SGA Marketing Team, Hearts for Homeless Orlando, Multicultural Association of Pre-Health Students, and International Medical Outreach

Hobbies/Interest: Recreational tennis, swimming, cycling, reading and writing fictional stories

Career Aspirations: Orthopedic medicine

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Danya Belnour

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Classification: Senior

Campus Involvement: LEAD Scholars Academy and Research and Mentoring Program

Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, learning about other cultures, and nutrition

Career Aspirations: Doctor

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Patrick Blanchette, Jr

Major: Biology

Classification: Junior

Campus Involvement: Honors Congress, American Chemistry Society at UCF

Hobbies/Interest: Playing the saxophone, reading, and video games

Career Aspirations: To become a wildlife biologist

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Kate Cousins

Major: Psychology

Classification: Senior

Campus Involvement: Honors College, Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society, Peer Advisor at the Psychology Advising Center

Hobbies/Interests: reading, watching cartoons, cooking healthy meals, playing with and caring for animals

Career Aspirations: To become an academic advisor and eventually earn a master’s degree in the counseling field.

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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

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Kayanna Fraser

Major: Health Sciences

Classification: Senior

Campus Involvement: National Council of Negro Women, KoRT Leadership and Development Program, SLS 1501 Peer Mentor, Access Peer Mentor

Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, dancing, and DIY projects

Career Aspiration: Physician Assistant

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Rebecca Genestan

Major: Public Administration

Classification: Senior

Campus Involvement: National Council of Negro Women and Organization for Public Administration

Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, sleeping, hanging out with friends, and working out

Career Aspiration: To be a corporate recruiter for an amazing organization

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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!)

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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

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Kaisha Johnson

Major: Psychology

Classification: Senior

Campus Involvement: First Year Advising and Exploration Peer Advisor

Hobbies/Interests: Bowling, roller-skating, and watching crime documentaries

Career Aspiration: To become a licensed mental health counselor working with young adult populations

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Georgina Mensah

Major: Health Sciences

Classification: Junior

Campus Involvement: LEAD Scholars Academy, African Student Association, Pre-Pharmacy Society

Hobbies/Interests: Reading, going to the beach, and cooking

Career Aspiration: Pharmacist

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Gabby Morford

Major: Event Management

Classification: Senior

Campus Involvement: Pegasus Palooza, Rosen College Peer Outreach Mentoring Program, Rosen College Leadership Council, CMAedu at UCF, Knights Wake

Hobbies/Interests: Water sports, hanging with friends, going to the beach, shopping, working and making money

Career Aspirations: To work in the entertainment industry, work with high profile professionals, and get to travel the world

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Jacob Mungai

Major: Health Sciences

Classification: Junior

Campus Involvement: Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Men of Integrity, LEAD Scholars Academy, Undergraduate Physical Therapy Association, African Student Association

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

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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

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Gerold Thelemaque

Major: Film

Classification: Sophomore

Campus Involvement: LEAD Scholars Academy, Screenwriting Club, and Knight Thon committee

Hobbies/Interests: Writing, singing, bowling, going to the gym, and zip lining

Career Aspirations: Film screenwriter and producer

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Clayton White

Major: Computer Engineering

Classification: Junior

Campus Involvement: Hack@UCF, Honors College, LEAD Scholars Academy, EXCEL, Undergraduate Researcher at Center for Microgravity Research

Hobbies/Interests: Building and experimenting with electronics, laser cutting and 3D printing, running, and being outside

Career Aspirations: To be an entrepreneur and executive of an engineering firm

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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

Contact Simone Teel
Email Simone.Teel@ucf.edu
Phone 407-823-3789
Location Howard Phillips Hall, 116