Maya Baranoff ‘25

Hometown: Arlington, MA

Major/Minor: Undeclared

How has the Marshall Center added to your Wheaton experience? The Marshall Center has continued to be a great place I can always go to if I have questions or need to know

where to turn to. Through the center, I’ve met some of my closest friends and met some amazing mentors.

What do you like best about Wheaton? The friends and networking I have done

here will last me a lifetime!

Are you involved in any clubs, or organizations, or serve in a leadership role on-campus? I am Vice President of Tulip House, secretary of the Feminist Association at Wheaton 

and I work in the Wallace Library as a Supervisor Access Services Assistant

Favorite Snacks: Popcorn

Favorite Movie: Legally Blonde

Favorite Book: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Favorite Quote: Women belong in all places where decisions are being made” RBG

Favorite Musician: Taylor Swift

Favorite Phone App: tik tok

Favorite real-life and fictional hero: real life: Malala Yousafzai fictional: Scarlet Witch

Must-haves when moving into college: headphones, reusable water bottle, fan (if you’re not in Pine you’ll need it)

 

Samantha Benegas ‘25

Hometown: Brooklyn NY

Major/Minor: Double Major: Early Childhood Education & Sociology Minor: Psychology

How has the Marshall Center added to your Wheaton experience? The Marshall Center is such a welcoming space. This is the space where I go to feel cared about and heard.

What do you like best about Wheaton? My favorite part about Wheaton is the people. Everyone is so friendly and willing to help.

Are you involved in any clubs, or organizations, or serve in a leadership role on-campus? Posse Scholar, Secretary for LSA 2022-2023

Favorite Snacks: Doritos, gummy bears, Ecuadorian candy, ice cream

Favorite Movie: Avengers

Favorite Book: My Underground American Dream By Julissa Arce

Favorite Quote: “God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers”

Favorite Musician: Aventura

Favorite Phone App: Tiktok

Favorite real-life and fictional hero: Real Life: My grandma Fictional: Iron Man

Must-haves when moving into college: anything and everything that makes you feel at home.

 

Dalwin Corcino ‘23

Hometown: Bronx, NY

Major/Minor: Ind. Healthcare Policy

How has the Marshall Center added to your Wheaton experience? Since my first year, the Marshall Center has become a safe space for me to connect with the staff and other students of color to establish a support group that has gotten me this far. Having a space where other students who either hold similar identities or share similar experiences has supported me in accomplishing so much throughout my time at Wheaton.

What do you like best about Wheaton? Wheaton is truly a student-led campus, this has allowed me to explore my strengths and weaknesses and grow in those areas, while also learning new skills that serve as assets to my personal growth and professional success.

Are you involved in any clubs, or organizations, or serve in a leadership role on-campus? President, Student Government Association  – Senior Advisor, Community for Advancing Healthy Masculinities – Co-President, First Generation Theme House  – Human Resources, Paraiso Latino – Admissions Intern – Peer Coach Intern – Dining Services Student Worker”

Favorite Snacks: Twizzlers and Vanilla Oreos

Favorite Movie: The Wolf of Wall Street

Favorite Book: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz

Favorite Quote: “I’m not here to waste my time trying to prove my worth to people who don’t believe in it. I’m just here to do the job” – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Favorite Musician: Bad Bunny

Favorite Phone App: Instagram

Favorite real-life and fictional hero: Real Life: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) Fictional Hero: Superman

Must-haves when moving into college: Fan, Snacks, and something that’ll remind you of home

 

Darren Gir ‘24

Hometown: Queens, NY

Major/Minor: Business management: healthcare management concentration/ economics

How has the Marshall Center added to your Wheaton experience? Ensured me of opportunities and empowering my voice. Has helped me achieve many projects towards OIEB.

What do you like best about Wheaton? The scenery on a nice day. I also love the architecture of upper campus.

Are you involved in any clubs, or organizations, or serve in a leadership role on-campus? Ohm Initiative, Deal office strategic initiative

Favorite Snacks: pringles

Favorite Movie: interstellar

Favorite Book: great gatsby

Favorite Quote: “The worms grows great when people plant trees in whose shade they shall never sit in.”

Favorite Musician: pop smoke

Favorite Phone App: Google

Favorite real-life and fictional hero: Carmelo Anthony/Spiderman

Must-haves when moving into college: slides/crocs, socks, speaker

 

Cat Le ‘24

Hometown: Milton, MA

Major/Minor: Major: Public Health Sociology, Minors: Public Policy, Peace and Social Justice

How has the Marshall Center added to your Wheaton experience? The Marshall Center has been a really supportive and safe space for me. It feels like a second home on campus, and I feel comfortable walking in to just hang out.

What do you like best about Wheaton? Wheaton’s small size really allows you to build strong relationships, and the connections I’ve made this past school year bring me a lot of joy.

Are you involved in any clubs, or organizations, or serve in a leadership role on-campus? WHISK President, Davis House Treasurer, Middle Eastern and North African Student Association Treasurer, May Fellows Advisory Board member, a Marshall Center Advisory Board member, Intergroup Dialogue Facilitator

Favorite Snacks: Oreos

Favorite Movie: Turning Red

Favorite Book: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Favorite Quote: “Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know.” -A.A. Milne

Favorite Musician: thuy

Favorite Phone App: Instagram

Favorite real-life and fictional hero: Yuri Kochiyama and Zetian from Iron Widow

Must-haves when moving into college: Reusable water bottle, fan, favorite stuffed animal

 

Elias Stevens ‘25

Hometown: Newark, NJ

Major/Minor: Film & New Media Studies Major, Education Minor

How has the Marshall Center added to your Wheaton experience? The Marshall Center is run by some lovely people, and they have helped me feel grounded in my identity as a POC while here.

What do you like best about Wheaton? The friends and networking I have done

here will last me a lifetime!

Are you involved in any clubs, or organizations, or serve in a leadership role on-campus? Social Media Intern for Marketing & Communications – Social Media/Fundraising Coordinator for the Ultimate Frisbee Team

Favorite Snacks: Craisins, trail mix, GRAPES, Reeses peanut butter cups

Favorite Movie: Whiplash

Favorite Book: The Kite Runner

Favorite Quote: “Pursuing your passion is not a risk – it is an investment in your future” – Me

Favorite Musician: Primrose

Favorite Phone App: Spotify

Favorite real-life and fictional hero: Mr. Geraghty & Jake Sully (Avatar)

Must-haves when moving into college: Craisins

 

Renina Wynn ‘25

Hometown: Providence, RI

Major/Minor: History and Secondary Education 

How has the Marshall Center added to your Wheaton experience? The Marshall Center has helped me not only get a sense of confidence but also interact with people that I wouldn’t normally. I have participated in and also facilitated intergroup dialogue and I’ve had many conversations about power privilege and oppression. I’ve also enjoyed things like Marshall Center study breaks and trips to Boston or the Frida Kahlo exhibit.

What do you like best about Wheaton? I love the different opportunities at Wheaton. At Wheaton, I have been able to live in Renaissance House for most of my time, and this past semester I did Semester in the City which was an amazing experience and I wouldn’t have been able to do that without Wheaton.

Are you involved in any clubs, or organizations, or serve in a leadership role on-campus? I am the outreach coordinator for Renaissance house. 

The semester I will be coming back to Wheaton so I’m hoping to gain some more

 leadership roles, but in the past, I was a part of the sexuality gender, and inclusion 

board, I was also a part of sole, and I worked with Wheaton dining services.

Favorite Snacks: Fruit, particularly strawberries

Favorite Movie: Parasite

Favorite Book: Between The World and Me

Favorite Quote: Live life to the lees

Favorite Musician: Rex Orange County

Favorite Phone App: Spotify

Favorite real-life and fictional hero: My Grandma

Must-haves when moving into college: A fan!! Water, fridge/microwave, 

pan or pot, tape/commands hooks, bins, mattress topper