Navigators are your guide for the first year experience! They represent FYE at various marketing functions, host weekly walk-in hours for students, and support the office with communication efforts and monthly events. Navigators  use their college experience to help navigate you through the first year!

What is a Navigator?

Navigators are current students on campus who want to help students in their first year at UA navigate campus life and the transition to college. These students are available to answer questions, provide connections to campus resources, and serve as a peer mentor. Navigators can be reached daily via email!

Email FYE Navigators

Schedule a Success Consultation

Do you need assistance preparing for the semester? Do you want to improve your college experience? Do you want to become the best student you can be? Schedule a Success Consultation today! Success Consultations are your opportunity to outline semester requirements, set goals for the future, gain a peer mentor for your UA experience, and more. You can make the consultation all about what you need as you strive for excellence in all you do!

Schedule Success Consultation

Talk to a Navigator Now!

Navigators are available for Virtual Office Hours on Monday through Friday from 10 AM – 4 PM. Visit their Virtual Office Hours at the link below for your questions, advice, and other guidance needed!

Ask a Navigator Now!

How to Join:

  1. Click the Ask a Navigator Now! button above.
  2. Log-in using your myBama Credentials.
  3. Enter Code 36861.
  4. Join the virtual Navigator Office Hours!

How do I become a Navigator?

Be the Navigator of the first year experience by serving as an ambassador for the First Year Experience office! Navigators will represent FYE at various marketing functions, host weekly walk-in hours for first-year students, and support the office with communication efforts and monthly events. Use your college experience to help navigate students through their first year!

Expectations and Position Responsibilities

  • Navigators should be willing to share their experience and be passionate about supporting new students.
  • Navigators need to have completed at least one semester at UA.
  • Navigators must be enrolled at UA for the 2021 – 2022 academic year.
  • Navigators will host 5 office hours per week at a set schedule as walk-in Compass Talk times for a student to visit the office without an appointment.
  • Navigators will support and attend a minimum of 3 FYERI associated events per semester such as Get On Board Day, Class Presentations, Monthly Seminar Series, and other promotional opportunities.
  • Navigators will serve as student leader support for Welcome Home Block Party.
  • Navigators will host Welcome Week Information Stations in the first week for fall and spring classes.
  • Navigators will attend a monthly team meeting for professional development, discussion of experiences, and support brainstorming of new initiatives for the office.
  • Navigators will remain in constant communication with the office of First Year Experience and Retention Initiatives.

Timeline and Commitment

Application Opens: March 1, 2021
Application Due: March 31, 2021
Interviews: April 5 – 9, 2021
Notification of Selection: April 16, 2021
Mandatory Virtual Welcome Event: April 23, 2021 at 4 p.m. (Please indicate during interviews if you are unable to attend)
Mandatory Navigator Retreat: August 17, 2021 from 3 – 5 p.m.
Monthly Meetings: Schedule determined when Navigators are selected
Weekly Office Hours: 5 hours per week on a set schedule for fall 2021 and spring 2022 in the FYE Lounge


2021-2022 Navigator Application

Applications for Navigators are due on March 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

Meet the Navigators

Navigators are here to be your guide and support you through your first-year at UA! Learn more about each Navigator and their available hours by visiting their profiles below.

Zach C. - Navigator

Zachary Collins, Sophomore

Hometown: Montgomery, AL
Major: Finance
Office Hours: Fridays from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Campus Involvement: BRIDGE, BRIDGE Builder, Arabic Club
Advice: Create your own narrative and never feel pressured to do things because of others!

Joseph D. - Navigator

Joseph Drake, Sophomore

Hometown: Foley, AL
Major: Communication Studies
Office Hours: Fridays from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Campus Involvement: A-Team, C&IS Student Executive Council
Advice: Step out of your comfort zone because when you do your will soar! 

Josh G. - Navigator

Josh Gage, Senior

Hometown: Plymouth, MI
Major: Marketing & Finance
Office Hours: Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m .
Campus Involvement: Fraternity, Sports Analytics Club, Honors College
Advice: Don’t wait for life to happen!

Naomi G. - Navigator

Naomi Ginn, Sophomore

Hometown: Lake Havasu, AZ
Major: Psychology
Office Hours: Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Campus Involvement: Legacy Scholars, Pre-Law Association
Advice: Go through the list of all clubs and organizations on campus and learn about them. Join as many as you want, you can always leave the ones that don’t fit later.

Ethan H. - Navigator

Ethan Hurst, Sophomore

Hometown: Piperton, TN
Major: Mathematics & Computer Science
Office Hours: Tuesdays from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Campus Involvement: Randall Research Scholar’s Program Mentor, STEM Path to MBA, ACM Club, Club Swim Team
Advice: Go out of your way to make friends! That can grant you more benefits that you will realize at first!

Dequiala K. - Navigator

Dequiala Kelly, Junior

Hometown: Savannah, GA
Major: Human Development: Pre-Med Track
Office Hours: Mondays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Campus Involvement: Lucy’s Legacy, Project Health, Red Cross
Advice: You can’t move forward if you are always looking backward; it’s okay to mess up, just believe in yourself and keep pushing!

Carli-Jo K. - Navigator

Carli-Jo Kickert, Senior

Hometown: Nashville, TN
Major: Communication Studies
Office Hours: Mondays from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Campus Involvement: Boxing Club, Campus Student Employee
Advice: Find a new spot on campus to study, take classes, and hang out so that you’re not stuck in your room all the time!

Daisy O. - Navigator

Daisy Ozdych, Junior

Hometown: Royal Oak, MI
Major: Accounting
Office Hours: Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Campus Involvement: Freshman Forum, Avanti, Honors Fraternity, Sorority Exec, Campus Student Employee
Advice: Step outside of your comfort zone! Try something your high school self would have never even thought of trying!

Ava P. Navigator

Ava Powell, Sophomore

Hometown: Boise, ID
Major: Bio/Marine Science: Pre-Vet
Office Hours: Tuesdays from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Campus Involvement: Member of Sorority, Her Campus Editor, Freshman Forum
Advice: Just because you pursue one thing your first year does not mean you are stuck with it for all four years, it’s okay to change!

Hope S. - Navigator

Hope Saunders, Sophomore

Hometown: Haymarket, VA
Major: Criminal Justice
Office Hours: Wednesdays from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Campus Involvement: A-Team, Lucy’s Legacy Mentor, New View Mentor, Legacy Scholars
Advice: Everything will be okay at the end of the day!

Alex S. - Navigator

Alex Sedlmayr, Sophomore

Hometown: Huntsville, AL
Major: Mathematics
Office Hours: Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Campus Involvement: A-Team, Women in Math, Women in Physics, Society of Physics Students, Alabama International Relations Club
Advice: It’s okay to mess up as long as you learn from your mistakes!

Celia S. - Navigator

Celia Simpson, Sophomore

Hometown: Hoover, AL
Major: Marketing
Office Hours: Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Campus Involvement: Peer Mentor, Member of Sorority, CMAEDU, RUF lead team, Choir, Paddle Board Club
Advice: Pick one club or campus organization to get involved and fully commit. You are only going to get our what you put into your college experience; aim for quality experiences over quantity of experiences!

Will S. - Navigator

William Skull, Sophomore

Hometown: Mobile, AL
Major: Management Information Systems
Office Hours: Mondays from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Campus Involvement: Crimson Tide Productions, BFSAA Ambassador, Collegiate 100, ROTC
Advice: Establish a routine, then stick to it!

Abby S. - Navigator

Abby Sterling, Junior

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Major: News Media & English
Office Hours: Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Campus Involvement: Member of Sorority, Italian Club, Student Alumni Association, Ignite UA, Honor Societies
Advice: Although at times things may be tough, it is important to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that it is okay to ask for help!

Nathan W. - Navigator

Nathan Walton, Senior

Hometown: Pelham, AL
Major: Finance
Office Hours: Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Campus Involvement: Honors Fraternity, Alabama Finance Association, Alabama Insurance Society, Club Tennis, A-Team, Bama Transfer Mentor
Advice: Get involved and don’t hesitate to reach out to your peers and mentors!