We have eight Peer Leaders that are dedicated and enthusiastic about leading Boazies to success. They are students, just like you, available to help with registering for classes, finding fellow honors students, connecting with a tutor in a tough subject, having a difficult conversation, making healthy choices in the college transition, and so much more! Stop and talk to one of these amazing leaders to find out what resources they would love to share with you! 


Isabel is a junior from Richardson, Texas and is studying marketing and advertising with a minor in arts management. This girl is involved, spending time outside of Boaz in Program Council, Alternative Breaks, and AKPsi. She dreams of starring in a Broadway musical (go big or go home)! Additionally, her favorite SNS is sopapilla cheesecake and her favorite WUW is hashbrown casserole - YUM! She is passionate about Boaz, musical theater, floral scents, and trying new food. She wants to provide incoming students with the same welcoming experience that she had as a first-year student.

Isabel Costian |
Commuter ambassador

Hometown: Richardson, TX

Year: Junior

Majors: Marketing

Favorite Boaz Event: Soup Night

Dream Job: Broadway Actress

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Giana is from Orlando, Florida and is majoring in math and finance with minors in history, law and legal reasoning. She is involved in Young Americans For Freedom, the university Honors Program, and Rho Phi Theta. She loves taking Ferris, the RCD's dog, on walks and is also passionate about math, Harry Potter, and Shark Tank. She is excited to welcome first-year students at SMU this year!

GIANA ORTIZ |
Honors Mentor

Hometown: Orlando, FL

Year: Sophomore

Majors: Math + Finance

Favorite SNS: Chocolate Poke Cake (yum!)

Where You'll Find Her In Boaz: Study Rooms

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Madeline is a sophomore from Woodinville, Washington. She is studying Economics and Statistics with a minor in Computer Science. Madeline is passionate about Boaz, her dog, and tap dance. One day she would love to be a travel blogger, but in the meantime she is involved in AKPsi on campus. Her favorite Boaz memory from her first year was going to Zumba with fellow Boazies, and her favorite Boaz event was Soup Night.

Madeline is a sophomore from Woodinville, Washington. She is studying Economics and Statistics with a minor in Computer Science. Madeline is passionate about Boaz, her dog, and tap dance. One day she would love to be a travel blogger, but in the meantime she is involved in AKPsi on campus. Her favorite Boaz memory from her first year was going to Zumba with fellow Boazies, and her favorite Boaz event was Soup Night.

Madeline Battalio |           
Honors Mentor

Hometown: Woodinville, WA

Year: Sophomore

Majors: Economics + Statistics

Favorite WUW: Cinnamon Rolls

Fave Sports Team: Boaz Intramural Soccer Team 

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Johanna is a sophomore from Rockwall, Texas and she is studying a little bit of everything — she is majoring in English and Human Rights with minors in Spanish, Psychology, and Law + Legal Reasoning. Not only is Johanna a Peer Academic Leader for Boaz, but she serves as the Director of Recognition for the Housing Unification Board, a SEAL officer, a Caswell Fellow, and a RLSH Student Worker. She also spends time tutoring and with Antioch Church Ministry. Outside of eating fruit dip at Sonday Night Snacks or one of Madison’s casseroles at Wake Up Wednesday, Johanna’s favorite Boaz memory is meeting her best friend in Boaz.


Johanna Pang |           
Peer Academic Leader (PAL) 

Hometown: Rockwall, TX

Year: Sophomore

Majors: English + Human Rights

Passions: Education Reform, Star Wars + Poetry

Where You'll Find Her In Boaz: Her Room

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Caroline is a sophomore from Wichita Falls, Texas. She is working on majors in Biological Sciences and Psychology with a minor in Spanish. She is passionate about all forms of helping others, including volunteering. When she isn’t serving as a project leader for Mustang Heroes, as a general member of Program Council, or as a part of Alpha Chi Omega, she can be found watching sports. Her favorite sports teams are the University of Texas Longhorns and the USWNT soccer team. Caroline’s favorite memory in Boaz is standing around at Home Sweet Boaz on the first night in Boaz and talking to some random girls about going to Zumba on campus. Fast forward a little bit and those girls became her best friends!

Caroline is a sophomore from Wichita Falls, Texas. She is working on majors in Biological Sciences and Psychology with a minor in Spanish. She is passionate about all forms of helping others, including volunteering. When she isn’t serving as a project leader for Mustang Heroes, as a general member of Program Council, or as a part of Alpha Chi Omega, she can be found watching sports. Her favorite sports teams are the University of Texas Longhorns and the USWNT soccer team. Caroline’s favorite memory in Boaz is standing around at Home Sweet Boaz on the first night in Boaz and talking to some random girls about going to Zumba on campus. Fast forward a little bit and those girls became her best friends!

Caroline Presson |           
Peer Academic Leader (PAL) 

Hometown: Wichita Falls, TX

Year: Sophomore

Majors: Biological Sciences + Psychology

Dream Job: Physician with Doctors Without Borders

Favorite SNS: Lemon Cake 

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Viraj is a sophomore from El Dorado, Arkansas. Viraj is majoring in Biological Sciences and Health & Society with minors in Psychology and Neuroscience. Viraj is passionate about academics, athletics, and overall wellness. Viraj loves the sopapilla cheesecake at Sonday Night Snacks and the breakfast tacos from Wake Up Wednesday. When he isn’t in Boaz, Viraj is serving on the Executive Board of the Indian Student Association or working as a tutor. His favorite Boaz memory is eating Torchys in the Boaz Family Room during finals week.

Viraj is a sophomore from El Dorado, Arkansas. Viraj is majoring in Biological Sciences and Health & Society with minors in Psychology and Neuroscience. Viraj is passionate about academics, athletics, and overall wellness. Viraj loves the sopapilla cheesecake at Sonday Night Snacks and the breakfast tacos from Wake Up Wednesday. When he isn’t in Boaz, Viraj is serving on the Executive Board of the Indian Student Association or working as a tutor. His favorite Boaz memory is eating Torchys in the Boaz Family Room during finals week.

Viraj Vora |           
Peer Academic Leader (PAL) 

Hometown: El Dorado, AR

Year: Sophomore

Majors: Biological Sciences + Health & Society

Where You’ll Find Him in Boaz: Classroom

Dream Job: NBA Player 

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Ru is a sophomore from Traverse City, Michigan studying dance and creative computation. She dreams of becoming an Imagineer at Disney or a professional dancer one day. She loves Sonday Night Snacks, especially the fruit dip or lemon cake, and fondly remembers when she received her Boaz pin at the Boaz Pinning Ceremony.

Ru is a sophomore from Traverse City, Michigan studying dance and creative computation. She dreams of becoming an Imagineer at Disney or a professional dancer one day. She loves Sonday Night Snacks, especially the fruit dip or lemon cake, and fondly remembers when she received her Boaz pin at the Boaz Pinning Ceremony.

Ru Ferguson |           
Student wellness champion

Hometown: Traverse City, MI

Year: Sophomore

Majors: Dance + Creative Computation

Passions: Disney, the environment, art

Favorite Boaz Event: Sonday Night Snacks FOREVER! 

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Nia is a sophomore from Little Elm, Texas studying Human Rights and International Studies with minors in Arabic, Public Policy and International Affairs, Economics, and Anthropology. When she isn’t studying, Nia is involved in the Antioch Church Ministry and Student Alliance Against Human Trafficking. Nia is passionate about reading, cooking, and playing Monopoly Deal. If you’re looking for Nia in Boaz, you should check the second east study lounge first!

Nia is a sophomore from Little Elm, Texas studying Human Rights and International Studies with minors in Arabic, Public Policy and International Affairs, Economics, and Anthropology. When she isn’t studying, Nia is involved in the Antioch Church Ministry and Student Alliance Against Human Trafficking. Nia is passionate about reading, cooking, and playing Monopoly Deal. If you’re looking for Nia in Boaz, you should check the second east study lounge first!

Nia kamau |           
Student wellness champion

Hometown: Little Elm, TX

Year: Sophomore

Majors: Human Rights + International Studies

Dream Job: Human Rights Lawyer

Favorite WUW: Biscuits + Gravy Casserole 

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