Want to connect about your first year? Ready to make plans for your future on campus? Got questions? Just to want to talk to someone? Compass Talks are your opportunity to set up individual meetings with FYE staff to discuss goal setting, involvement opportunities, challenges or successes you are facing during your first year, and anything else you want to talk about during our meeting. Compass Talks are a great way to gain a mentor at UA!

Schedule a Compass Talk

To schedule a Compass Talk, select from our staff members below. Clicking their name will take you to their scheduling page where you can select an appointment according to common availability.

Christina Gooden

Trying to make UA feel like home? I was as an out of state student who knew no one coming into college. Come talk to me about your goals and interests to see where you would benefit most from connection opportunities on campus. Let’s talk about involvement, fears, struggles, or your college bucket list items.

John Tilley

It can be hard adjusting to college and finding your place at UA. My first year didn’t exactly go the way I thought it would, but getting involved helped me meet other people and made campus feel more like home. Come talk to me about ways to get involved, tips for staying organized, or how to get more out of your student experience.

Caroline Cumbest

Balancing new responsibilities, relationships and coursework is a lot to tackle in your first year of college. Coming to UA from a small community was a big adjustment for me but connecting with others who were experiencing similar challenges and had common interests, made a big campus feel like home. I would love to meet you and talk more about finding community on campus while exploring your interests inside and outside of the classroom. I’m cheering for you!

Trey Dickey

Looking to make a mark or leave a lasting legacy? When I came to UA, I wanted to leave my mark on campus. Thankfully, there are endless ways to get involved on campus and make an impact in the UA community, Alabama, or the world. You can talk with me about your biggest dreams, and I would love to have the opportunity to be a small part of your legendary story.

Carrie Harris

Looking for strategies to be successful? I was the first in my family to go to college so I love coming to work every day knowing I can help students navigate the highs and lows of college. You can talk to me if you need help with study strategies, time management, a lecture on the importance of sleep, or pictures of my doggos! 

Chelsea Ratcliff

Feeling excited, scared, confused, or a multitude of other feelings? Me too during my college days! From building confidence in personal leadership to getting a grasp of tactics to be a successful student, I know you are one of UA’s many legends and it is my goal to be your champion of support along the way.