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Ananya is a junior majoring in Journalism with a double minor in English and WGSS. She’s from India but has lived in Saudi Arabia for most of her life. Ever since she could talk, Ananya was fascinated with stories, especially when they highlighted political conflicts and social change. At UR, she’s a writing consultant, part of the Humanities Fellows Program and a member of will*. During her free time, Ananya enjoys making Spotify playlists, crying over football (soccer) matches and making her signature fried rice for her friends.
Amy is a sophomore double majoring in Biology and Journalism. She grew up in Virginia at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. On campus, Amy works at Parson’s Music Library and is the Vice President of Operations for Alpha Sigma Kappa, UR’s sorority for women and gender minorities in STEM. In her free time, Amy enjoys going to concerts, reading, thrift shopping, and finding new brunch spots with friends. She has a passion for science writing and hopes to make the science world more accessible to readers through journalism.
Jenna Lapp '25
Jenna is a sophomore majoring in journalism. She grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, but loves going to the beach when she can. Jenna is a first-generation student and came to UR undecided in her major, but began pursuing journalism after randomly taking News Media and Society her freshman year. Now, she could not imagine herself doing anything different. She enjoys playing tennis, doing puzzles and spending time with her friends and family. Jenna loves plants, and on warm days you can typically find her lying in her hammock by Westhampton Lake.
Catie Meister '25
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Catie is a business administration major with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Leadership studies. She is from New York City and loves to read, workout and go on walks in her free time. She has interned at M&T Bank, and attended a boarding school in Newport Rhode Island for highschool, where her love for journalism began.
Kalina is a first-year Politics, Philosophy, Economics, and Law major from Denver, Colorado. She is passionate about exploring the outdoors and her work has been published by several major outlets. On campus, Kalina is a fellow with the Gary McDowell Institute and does research in political science.
Kelsey is a freshman planning to major in journalism and global studies. She developed an interest in international politics after being lucky enough to take an incredible environmental policy course in high school. As a result of growing up in the scenic town of Royal Palm Beach, Florida, Kelsey has a huge love for the outdoors and is always at her happiest when she is out for a long trail run or reading a book outside on a sunny day. When winter weather forces her inside, Kelsey passes time by taking afternoon naps and hand-curating some of the world’s best Spotify playlists.
Julia Abbott '24
Julia is a junior double majoring in English and Spanish. She is from New Jersey and came to Virginia to get slightly warmer weather. Julia spends a lot of her free time reading and listening to music. When she is home, she is almost always with her dogs.
Jaize Francis '25
Jaize is currently a sophomore planning on double-majoring in Spanish and Africana studies. She grew up in the neighborhood of Harlem and lived in New York City for her whole life before moving to Richmond to attend college. Her interests include creative writing, editing pictures, visiting thrift stores and doing her makeup. She enjoys doing photoshoots and going on dventures with her friends in her spare time.
Jimmy is a sophomore from Hagerstown, Maryland, double majoring in Journalism and Leadership Studies. When not attending sports games or writing articles, Jimmy is a mentor in the Peer Advisors and Mentors program, is a tour guide and tour guide training captain for the Office of Admissions, is a Supervisor in the student call center and is the Vice President of the oldest a cappella group on campus, the Richmond Octāves. Jimmy has a passion for sports, especially Spider basketball and he loves interviewing and working with people. In the future, he hopes to go into broadcasting and create his own podcast for The Collegian.
Son Tran '25
Son is a sophomore from Hanoi, Vietnam. He is currently pursuing a major in accounting and a minor in journalism. He loves watching (almost) any sports, cooking, and traveling the world. In his free time, Son enjoys solving crossword puzzles, listening to the radio, and reading magazines. He started writing for The Collegian because of his passion for helping others stay informed and highlighting unique people and stories at UR that go unnoticed. After college, he hopes to work either for an accounting firm, for a news outlet, or in a position that combines both business and journalism
Ahona Anjum is a first-year majoring in Business Economics and minoring in WGSS. She is passionate about gender equality and education and has been actively involved in taking initiatives for these causes both on and off campus. In her free time, Ahona loves doing adventure sports, traveling and watching movies!
Ethan Swift '24
Ethan is a junior majoring in computer science. He was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and lived there his whole life before moving to Richmond. His interest in photography began in middle school and developed through his work for different student media organizations. In Ethan’s free time, he enjoys hanging out and doing photo shoots with friends and family.
Katie Castellani '23
Katie is a senior from Sudbury, Massachusetts and is majoring in journalism with a minor in business administration. Katie has been working with The Collegian since her sophomore year. Katie started out as a PR and Marketing associate and then started writing for the news and features sections last year. When she’s not studying or working on any articles Katie likes to hang out with friends and explore new places in Richmond. Some fun facts about Katie are that she’s been competitively riding horses since she was six years old and has an identical twin sister.
Helen Mei '26
Helen Mei is a first-year student from Shanghai, China. She is very glad to be the new social media/magazine editor in the Collegian and looks forward to working with everyone in the following year. She plans to double major in Rhetorics and Communication Studies and Psychology, with a minor in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her new year's resolution is to start going to the gym and work harder to create more fun posts for The Collegian’s Instagram followers. In her free time, Helen enjoys taking photos, cooking and singing (She is always down for karaoke) ;)
Annabelle Zong '26
Annabelle Zong is a first-year at the University of Richmond, double majoring in Communication and Marketing. This semester she works as the co-editor of the Social Media section of the Collegian with Helen. Annabelle said she hopes to have a great collaborative semester working with Helen.