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.

Kaitlyn Sorensen

Kaitlyn Sorensen

College: College of Arts and Sciences (Global Studies)

Email:  sorensenkr@appstate.edu

Ask me about:
-Presbyterian Episcopal Campus Ministry
-Academic Excellence Scholarships
-Cultural, Gender, and Global Studies
-Out of State Student Experience

Hi! My name is Kaitlyn and I’m a freshman from Mechanicsville, VA. I am a Global Studies major and I hope to spend my future working with children around the world. I love to spend time outside hiking, camping, and doing other adrenaline pumping activities. That’s why I chose App State. I’m constantly in awe of the beautiful mountains everywhere I look. I came to App not knowing anyone but have found my home in Watauga. I’m surrounded by so many different people that all want to make a difference in the world. Each day has brought me a new experience and I look forward to the rest of my freshman year. Choosing Watauga has allowed me to find a community that allows me to be myself while becoming enriched by those around me.

Katie Stevens

Katie Stevens

College: Walker College of Business

Email: stevenskd@appstate.edu

 Ask me about:
-Appalachian Symphony Orchestra
-Academic Excellence Scholarships
-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!

Bella King

Isabella King

College: Undecided

Email: kingij@appstate.edu

Hello! My name is Bella, and I am a freshman Wataugan from Cary, NC. I’m still undecided about what I want to major in, but I love to read about and discuss every subject you can imagine! I love being at App for so many different reasons and being a part of Watauga has only enhanced my experience! At first, I thought that not knowing what I wanted to major in would separate me from everyone else, but all my fellow Wataugans are so welcoming and accepting that I really feel like I belong here. Choosing to be a part of this community is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I truly believe that I’m in the place I was meant to be!

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!

Chandler Bartol

Chandler Bartol

College: Beaver College of Health Sciences

Email: bartolck@appstate.edu

Hi! I’m Chandler, and no, I wasn’t named after the character in Friends, even though that would be pretty cool! I am a freshman Wataugan from Charlotte, NC and am extremely passionate about my major, exercise science, which I hope to carry through to graduate school. Before coming to App I created my own non-profit for concussion awareness called The Head First Foundation, and I still balance being the president with life here at school! My passions range from all things athletics (Game Days are my favorite days), drinking endless amounts of coffee, spending time with those around me, and exploring this beautiful place we call home. I grew up visiting these mountains with my family and am so happy to call them home now. I feel the freedom to be able to keep up with my mental health and explore the place we live while at school, which is so important to me. Watauga is such a special program, and I’m grateful to have mentors that are an amazingly vital part of the support system here. Being surrounded by people and professors who not only want to make a difference but also want me to succeed, encourage me to ask questions and express my opinions has made me feel more at home than ever. Ask me questions about how I knew Watauga was the best choice for me as soon as I stepped on campus. Come check it out yourself, and let’s grab a coffee when you do!

Michael Corts

Michael Corts

College: Hayes School of Music (Music Education)

Email: cortsma@appstate.edu

Ask Me About:
-Music Education in Watauga
-The Hayes Young Artist Scholarship
-NC Governor’s School

My name is Michael Corts, and I am a freshman Music Education major in Percussion from Garner, North Carolina.  I have been a percussionist for five years, starting my freshman year of high school. Coming to college, I looked at expanding my knowledge and skill level in a comfortable environment filled with a beautiful community of friends that included friends as well as professors. In Watauga, one doesn’t need to worry about tolerance, acceptance, and companionship. I am a 2017 North Carolina Governor’s School Alumn, and through this, I encountered a new way to learn through a community of inquiry rather than through a textbook. Watauga has continued that journey of thought through its interdisciplinary studies. As I continue through college, I know that the friends I make in Watauga, as well as the studies provided, will ensure my success as a Musician and Scholar!