Meet Our Students

Want to know what it's like to be a member of Watauga Residential College? Read about some of our students below and feel free to email them! They'd love to talk with you more.

Syd Shadrick

Girl in flowers

College: College of Education

Email: shadrickse@appstate.edu


I'm involved in
-ACES
-Zeta Tau Alpha
-App Ed
-Watauga Residential College
-The Wilson Scholars Program

Hello! My name is Syd and I am a first year Wataugan from Lake Zurich, IL. I am a Special Education major and Spanish minor. I am also currently involved in ACES (Appalachian Community of Education Scholars), am a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, and am a Wilson Scholar and look forward to becoming even more involved on campus.  Appalachian was my first choice for college and I have loved every second of being here. Membership in Watauga has helped me to build a community and family that I would not otherwise have so close by and I know that I have already made friendships that will last a lifetime. Life in the LLC (Living Learning Center) with Watauga has broadened my exposure to different views, personalities and beliefs in the most positive way possible. Living among other Wataugans has helped me to branch out at Appalachian and become more involved with leadership and service opportunities than I ever imagined before coming here .

Katie Stevens

Katie Stevens

College: Walker College of Business

Email: stevenskd@appstate.edu

 I'm involved in
-Appalachian Symphony Orchestra

Scholarships:
-Academic Excellence Scholarship
-F.P. "Bodie" Bodenheimer, Jr. Leadership Scholarship
-Jack and Julie Allen Scholarship

Hello! My name is Katie and I am from Marietta, Ga. My interests range from hiking and enoing to paddle boarding and wake surfing. I never can resist a good book and I love trying out new pieces on my violin (the Living Learning Center has a music room for all you musicians out there, as well as a library for reading and study).  Fun fact, I am the BIGGEST App State football fan in the world and have been since birth.  I chose the Watauga Residential College because of the welcoming community it held:  everyone from the professors to the mentors were ready to assist me in any way and support me as an individual.  As an out-of-state student this sense of community within a large university was very refreshing.  The classes Watauga offers its students vary in interests and subjects that help to supplement any major as well as broaden views of the world around us.  Feel free to reach out with questions and Go Mountaineers!

David Brashier

Man in woods

College:  College of Arts and Sciences (Humanities)

Email: brashierdw@appstate.edu

I'm involved in
-Watauga Residential College
-The Appalachian Newspaper
-Reformed University Fellowship (RUF)
-Epsilon Tau Pi
-App State Rotaract

Hey all! I'm David, a Wataugan and English major. Reading, writing, and the craft of putting thoughts to paper are my passions, and Watauga has proved a great outlet for such skills. As a humanities major, I appreciate thinking critically and understanding varied perspectives. Watauga is a perfect environment for this, and the people I've met and the experiences I've gained in the program have broadened my view of people, and the world around me. As an out-of-state student, adjusting to a new community and North Carolina has been an interesting learning experience. Watauga's community-engaged spirit has allowed me to learn all kinds of things about the Boone area, and it's place in the state as a whole. I also have extensive circles of involvement on campus. To unwind, I love backpacking, mountain biking, and all sorts of outdoor activities the High Country has to offer. Though all this keeps me very busy, such student engagement is what makes the Watauga Residential College a diverse and strong community for Appalachian.

Daniel Faber

Man in between trees

College: Undecided

Email: faberdk@appstate.edu

Hey everyone, my name is Daniel Faber. I’m a first year Wataugan from Greensboro NC and I’m currently an undecided major. Believe it or not there are tons of people in college who still have no idea what career they want to pursue in life, and that’s totally normal! Watauga is such a unique community because it can help you explore your own passions while interacting with tons of people from varying backgrounds. I personally think the best aspect of Watauga is the inclusivity; I can’t walk ten feet from my room without bumping into someone I know and striking up a conversation. We all live together in the Living Learning Center, which I absolutely love because it allows for late-night movies fitting a dozen people in a dorm room. The classes are great too, mostly because of the professors. It’s such a strange/satisfying feeling to be able to approach your professors (or even Watauga’s director) so easily on a first-name basis. With all that being said, I’d be glad to help answer any questions about Watauga you may have as an undecided major, so feel free to email me anytime! Go Neers!

Eveland Davis

Girl in front of garden

College: College of Fine and Applied Arts

Email: davisee2@appstate.edu

I'm involved in
-Watauga Lunch Committee
-A figure drawing club each Friday
-the American Sign Language club
--the Swing Dance club

Hello! My name is Eveland. I'm a first year Wataugan and a studio art major at ASU. Some of my hobbies include drawing, cooking, watching movies, and trying new foods. For me, Watauga has opened my eyes to several cultures and views around the world and within my class. Through thought provoking discussion-based class, I am given the opportunity to hear the thoughts and opinions of my amazing peers who enlighten me each day. Not only has my experience here taught me much about others, it has taught me most about myself and about my purpose in the world. I believe WRC has molded me into a more accepting, well rounded, and open minded individual. Most people I have had the pleasure of meeting here also possess these same amazing qualities making it effortless to connect with everyone. Coming to college, I knew that I wanted a community where my talents and ideas were celebrated and I have definitely found that in Watauga.

Ayah Hatcher

Girl in front of flowers

College: Beaver College of Health Sciences

Email: Hatcheras@appstate.edu

I'm involved in
-Willie C. Fleming Scholar
-Intervarsity
-BSA (Black Student Association)
-Watauga Residential College

Hey! My name is Ayah Hatcher and I am a freshman in the Watauga Residential College. I plan to major in Nursing with a minor in Spanish. I am originally from Chicago, IL but now live in Raleigh, NC. I love volunteering, listening to music, going to football games, and eating. So anytime you need a dinner date, I am your girl. I love Watauga! It helped my transition into college go smoother than I was expecting. The professors are so engaged in making sure you succeed, and the mentors are an extremely valuable advantage that comes with being a Wataugan as well. My time being at App and being a Wataugan has given me a family here on campus, and the diverse number of people I have met has been astonishing. 

Kayleigh Long

Kayleigh Long

College:  College of Arts and Sciences (Environmental Geology)

Email: longka2@appstate.edu

Hello there!  My name is Kayleigh Long and I'm a freshman in the Watauga Residential College from Roxboro, NC.  While I was searching for colleges, I knew the key to a successful college experience was "finding my tribe."  After spending a day with Watauga as a high school senior, I realized I had found my people.  The Watauga Residential College recruits a diverse class of students from different backgrounds and promotes an environment of respect, acceptance, support, and community.  This attitude is not only shared among the students but runs through the faculty who are more than willing to go out of their way to provide support.  This is why I'm proud to be a Wataugan and I would love to tell you more about it!

Brendan Bethea

Boy in front of tree

College:  Honors College/Watauga Residential College 

Email: betheabr@appstate.edu

I'm involved in
-Watauga Residential College
-Honors College

Hey, my name is Brendan.  I am a Freshman from Raleigh, North Carolina.  I am majoring in Biology.  I first heard about Watauga from Clark Maddux at an Inside App event and, immediately, I was interested. I was drawn to Watauga by the welcoming and unique environment that the WRC has to offer. During my senior year of high school, I had the opportunity to sit in on a couple of Watauga classes. I was still deciding where I wanted to go to college and those experiences sold me on both App and Watauga. What I found when I visited, and what I continue to find in Watauga, is an exceptionally close-knit community of diverse people and experiences. I’ve met some of my best friends in Watauga and the WRC has provided me with a support system that has made my transition into college very easy. My experience at Watauga has made my time here at App better than I could have imagined and I’m excited for the rest of my journey with the Watauga Residential College.

Kathryn Stranathan

Girl on rocks

College: College of Arts and Sciences (Social Sciences)

Email: stranathankr@appstate.edu

I'm involved in
-Reformed University Fellowship (RUF)
-BootstrAPPs
-Appalachian Student Entrepreneurs (ASE)
-Watauga Social Media / Official "Wataugrapher"

Let me tell you a secret: Appalachian wasn't my first choice. When I started the college search, I wanted to find somewhere new. Having grown up only two hours away in Charlotte, I had been to Boone many times before. Appalachian was on my radar, but I wasn't a die-hard Mountaineer (not yet). Then I went to an Open House event. I met Clark & a few freshman Watauga representatives, and I walked up the stairs to the LLC for the first time. I saw the abundant garden spreading out before me, a firepit where people could gather, and the building standing tall at the top of the hill; its Hogwart-esque tower rising toward the sky. I turned around and faced a mountain (Howard's Knob) standing as a magnificent backdrop to the Appalachian Skyline. I thought to myself, "I could live here." Less than a month later I had claimed my spot in the Watauga program. Here I am now in my freshman year, and day after day, I get to walk down those stairs outside the LLC and think to myself, "I can't believe I actually live here." On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I participate in engaging discussions about everything from the nature of our existence to the practices of meditation and yoga. Then on the the weekends, I can go places like Beacon Heights or local pumpkin patches with my new Watauga friends. It's my greatest adventure yet, and I'd love to tell you more about it.