Alexa MeinhardtAlexa Meinhardt

2014 Orientation Leader

Year:

Freshman

Major:

Biology

Hometown:

Lititz, Pennsylvania

 

First Year Residence Hall:

Redding

 

Hobbies:

Cooking and baking, talking, reading, shopping, dancing, spending time with friends and family, volunteering and working with children.

UD Involvement:

Student Alumni Ambassador, UDance, Science for the Common Hen, Blue Hen Leadership Program, Zumba Club enthusiast.

Most exciting UD memory:

Participating in the ‘90s themed flash mob for UDance! A big group of students involved with UDance organized a flash mob on The Green around lunchtime on a weekday, and crowds of people gathered to watch us bust out some moves from the ‘90s. It was the first time that I really felt like I was a part of something bigger than myself here at UD!

Advice for a new student:

Don’t be afraid to get involved or approach someone and see if they want to get together sometime! Everyone is just as scared as you are, and someone has to make the first move.  Opportunities won’t simply come to you like they used to—it may take a little time, but you will definitely find your niche.  Most importantly, always try to keep a positive attitude and think of the big picture…there’s always UDairy ice cream to cheer you up!

Advice for their parents:

Text your students whenever they have a big exam or interview, and make sure you know they always have your full support.  Even though they’ll find a new life in college, it’s important that they know you are there for them.  Also, care packages are a must (even if your students insist they don’t need one!).

How I decided on my major:

I have always been interested in genes and DNA, so I considered studying forensics; I soon realized that I wanted to work with people, as well.  Studying biology will allow me to combine my two loves—DNA and babies.  With a degree in biology, I can further delve into the field and study genetics, but there is still a lot of room for growth if I decide to switch paths. 

Favorite TV show:

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (Mariska Hargitay/Olivia Benson is my idol)

Favorite song:

”I’m Ready” by AJR

Favorite spot on Main Street:

The Barnes & Noble Café at the UD Bookstore

Plans after college:

I hope to attend graduate school to pursue a degree in genetics.  With that, I would like to become a genetic counselor and help couples make sure their child is born safe and healthy as well as prepare them for any possible risks.