2013 Edge Staff

Megan Carroll

Senior Edge Mentor
Major(s): Junior Cognitive Science and Psychology
Hometown: Rehoboth Beach, DE
Hobbies/Interests/Clubs: Blue Hen Ambassador, Resident Assistant, and SOS Victim Advocate on campus (and a Summer College '09 & '10 alum!)
Advice for Incoming Edge Students: I would advise incoming Edge students to get ready for the time of their lives and some of their fondest memories in the making!

R├╝baai Gupta

Edge Mentor
Major(s): Biological Sciences with a Concentration in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Hometown: Hockessin, DE
Hobbies/Interests/Clubs: Acting, Dancing, Swimming
Advice for Incoming Edge Students: Keep an open mind and free spirit! Some of these opportunities and new experiences might surprise you.

Diana Knieste

Edge Mentor
Major(s): Physics Education
Hometown: Long Island, NY
Hobbies/Interests/Clubs: Traveling, working with children, baking poorly, singing, acting, astronomy, hockey, coffee
Advice for Incoming Edge Students: Try to get the most out of every aspect of this program! Be outgoing, make new friends, study hard for classes, and enjoy your time here! Learn as much as you can from the Edge Mentors to prepare yourself for school down the road.

Maria Knieste

Edge Mentor
Major(s): Choral/General Music Education - Piano Concentration
Hometown: Dix Hills (Long Island!), New York
Hobbies/Interests/Clubs: Playing piano, singing, reading, working out, following NHL hockey
Advice for Incoming Edge Students: Make sure to treat your body well! Homework, studying, and socializing are important, but make sure you're sleeping enough, eating healthily, and staying active - you'll feel less stressed and become a better student in the long run!

Laura Ma

Edge Mentor
Major(s): East Asian Studies and Communication Interest
Hometown: Elkton, MD
Hobbies/Interests/Clubs: Volleyball, Tennis, Making Bracelets, Eating ethnic food, Popping bubble wrap, playing Egyptian Ratscrew, Traveling, Giving tours of UD, babysitting, and hanging out with my family
Advice for Incoming Edge Students: You've already proved yourself to be awesome by actively investigating what college will be like by applying to Edge. Now you just need to get to ready to share your awesome with the rest of us. Keep an open mind and mentally prepare yourself for a summer of fun and hard work! The two can go together, surprisingly.

Tony Ohanessian

Edge Mentor
Major(s): Music Education (Instrumental)
Hometown: Elkton, MD
Hobbies/Interests/Clubs: UD Marching Band, UD Symphony Orchestra, UD Wind Ensemble, Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps
Advice for Incoming Edge Students: Don't be too stressed about your coursework for the summer. You'll learn so much about yourself and create so many memories outside of the classroom!

Josh Sarnecky

Edge Mentor
Major(s): English and Psychology
Hometown: Bear, DE
Hobbies/Interests/Clubs: Reading (especially anything Stephen King), writing, watching movies, playing video games, watching the Packers, community service and fundraising
Advice for Incoming Edge Students: College is all about time management; you have to find a good balance between studying and having fun. The worst you can do is sacrifice one element of college life for the other. Both are vital if you want to get the most out of college and Edge!

Emily Sklar

Senior Edge Mentor
Major(s): Biology Education
Hometown: Newark, DE
Hobbies/Interests/Clubs: Reading, baking, random dance parties, and NCIS
Advice for Incoming Edge Students: Come to Edge with an open mind, you are about to learn a lot both in and out of the classroom! Get ready for the best summer of your life!

Gabe Szczepanek

Edge Mentor
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: Pottstown, PA
Hobbies/Interests/Clubs: Music, Sports, Anything and Everything Science, Computers, Outdoors
Advice for Incoming Edge Students: College may seem to be a whole new chapter of life, the end of which is hard to imagine as you are only just approaching the starting line. But trust me, it ends up going by pretty quickly when you are in the midst of it. Make sure to take every opportunity you can to try new things, go a little bit out of your comfort zone, because an integral part of college is maturing and developing as an individual, and discovering the many different flavors of our world is the only way to finding out what combination of those flavors make up who you are.

Eric Szot

Senior Edge Mentor
Major(s): Biological Sciences
Hometown: Long Valley, NJ
Hobbies/Interests/Clubs: Philosophizing, music, movies, and hiking
Advice for Incoming Edge Students: "Nothing great has ever been achieved without enthusiasm" - Ralph Waldo Emerson.