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Meet our Samford Tour Guides!  These students lead our weekly campus tours.  Here you can meet each of our tour guides and hear about their personal experiences at Samford.  Feel free to click on a tour guide’s name to send an email message.
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    Victoria Batson

    Hometown: Clarksville, TN
    Major: Economics and Finance
    Fun fact: My favorite food is Chocolate-covered Strawberries
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    Favorite experience: STEPSING!

    Advice: Spend the night with a current student! It lets you see how genuine the students and community really are, and it's what convinced me that Samford was the place for me!

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    Taylor Biedermann

    Hometown: Cumming, GA
    Major: Early Childhood Elementary Education
    Fun fact: I love the color coral!
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    Favorite experience: My Favorite Samford Experience/Tradition would be Welcome Back Week in the fall. There is nothing better than reuniting and catching up with friends after summer to celebrate the start of another school year!

    Advice: Get involved and don't be afraid to meet new people! Getting involved on campus opens so many other doors and opportunities. Invest and get to know people around you. The community you find in college is such a big part of your experience! Be present and enjoy the current season of your life.

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    Lindsay Buechter

    Hometown: Dunwoody, GA
    Major: Communication Studies
    Fun fact: My favorite vacation spot is Hilton Head Island, SC
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    Favorite experience: My favorite SU Experience is participating in Step Sing.

    Advice: Start your college search as early as possible! I did my first college tour as a freshman in high school. Make a list of everything you are looking for in a college, and do as many tours as you can.

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    Spencer Cast

    Hometown: Orlando, FL
    Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders
    Fun fact: I am shamelessly addicted to Chipotle.
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    Favorite experience: My favorite SU experience was studying abroad in France this past summer. Even though I wasn't directly on Samford's campus, I was encouraged by professors and wonderful new friends that I grew so closely with on the trip. I am so grateful to the University for providing such an amazing experience... in a different country!

    Advice: When preparing for college, everyone told me to be careful of committing to too many different things in college. I took that to heart and was committed to nothing my first year on campus. My advice is to find some things that you are super passionate about and allow yourself to be fully immersed in those passions.

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    Liann Cates

    Hometown: Atlanta, GA
    Major: Nursing
    Fun fact: My dream job is to become a bridal consultant on Say Yes to the Dress at Kleinfield in NYC!!
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    Favorite experience: My favorite SU experiences would include tailgating before football games, Step Sing, and Homecoming week because they create unity on our campus!

    Advice: Do not be afraid of trying new things your freshman year because you may discover new passions that you never knew you had! Even if it is completely out of your comfort zone, do it!

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    Taylor Chadwell

    Hometown: Memphis, TN
    Major: Accounting
    Fun fact: I have a twin sister.
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    Favorite experience: Being a Connections Leader. I loved getting to know the leaders and the new students.

    Advice: Get plugged into an organization or group right away. Even if you do not stick with that organization or group, you will get to meet many people, and it will make the transition from high school to college smoother.

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    Josh Chitwood

    Hometown: Tampa, FL
    Major: Biology/Pre-Med
    Fun fact: My dream is to own my own medical practice and still have time for medical missions.
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    Favorite experience: My favorite experience is Connections weekend. It the weekend before classes begin in the Fall, and it is a blast. The entire weekend is dedicated to welcoming the new Freshmen to Samford University and getting to know their classmates. Everyone wanted to get to know me and show me around, it was a truly unique and wonderful experience.

    Advice: I would say if you're interested in Samford University come to campus and experience all Samford can offer you. As a student I really enjoy telling prospective students about campus life, academics, and the spiritual atmosphere that make up my Samford story.

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    Cameron Cross

    Hometown: Buford, GA
    Major: Journalism and Mass Communication
    Fun fact: I was a baby model growing up.
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    Favorite experience: My favorite Samford experience would have to be living in the freshman dorms every year so far in college. I have had the privilege of serving as a freshman boys Resident Assistant for the last two years. It is awesome getting to pour into freshman on a daily basis.

    Advice: Learn time management really fast. This may sound silly, but here at Samford we have so many incredible things to get plugged into. You will be very tempted to want to try everything that you can get involved in on campus. Take it from a guy that played on twenty four different intramural teams my freshman year, that is the most stressful thing you can do to yourself. My advice would be to choose a couple things you really want to get involved in, then put everything you have into those things.

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    Marty Desforges

    Hometown: Birmingham, AL
    Major: Human Development and Family Life Education
    Fun fact: My dream job would be to be to work at Walt Disney World and be a Disney princess.
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    Favorite experience: Samford Gives Back- I worked the color me rad run and got to be on stage and spray people with color spray. It was awesome.

    Advice: Go with your gut. Wherever you feel most comfortable is where you will thrive the most.

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    Alex Fortanbary

    Hometown: Marietta, GA
    Major: Geography
    Fun fact: The smell of a new book is the best thing in the world.
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    Favorite experience: Step-Sing

    Advice: Be adventurous and ask questions.

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    Karalee Geis

    Hometown: Short Gap, WV
    Major: Political Science
    Fun fact: When first giving a tour of the US Capitol, I got completely lost and convinced the group that they were being given a special underground tour.
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    Favorite experience: The ever-famous "Snowpocalypse"

    Advice: My biggest regret from Freshman year was studying too much for finals. College is so much more than just tests, so embrace the experience.

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    Meagan Hall

    Hometown: Johns Creek, GA
    Major: Sociology
    Fun fact: I met Imelda Staunton (a.k.a. Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter) at a play in London last semester.
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    Favorite experience: Homecoming week is by far my favorite time of the year. All week there are fun things going on around campus and the Homecoming Game is always so exciting!

    Advice: I highly recommend that all students take advantage of the many study abroad opportunities that Samford has. Last Spring I studied in London for a semester and it was one of the best decisions I ever made!

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    Annaleigh Horton

    Hometown: Nolensville, TN
    Major: Communication Studies
    Fun fact: I have been a flower girl in seven weddings.
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    Favorite experience: My favorite memory thus far at Samford was when my freshman class made a giant slip-n-slide down Vail hill after it had been raining all week. We were soaking wet and muddy but we had such a fun time just hanging out together. Get to know the people in your class; chances are, they're pretty awesome!

    Advice: Introduce yourself! College is a time for learning but also for connections. Samford offers many opportunities to grow personally, spiritually, and professionally. Get out there, meet people, make friends, and have fun!

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    Brad Hulker

    Hometown: Franklin, TN
    Major: Accounting
    Fun fact: I have preached a sermon in Brazil.
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    Favorite experience: Winning Step Sing.

    Advice: Don't overcommit to everything. Just involve yourself deeply in a couple things.

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    Lauren Hutchens

    Hometown: Boca Raton, FL
    Major: Jounalism and Mass Communication
    Fun fact: I came to Samford after meeting an SU student in a hot spring in Costa Rica
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    Favorite experience: Step Sing! Step Sing practices are a great way to get to know people within your organization, and there's nothing better than some good, competitive fun.

    Advice: Picture yourself on campus and look around--these are the people you could be spending the next (and best) four years of your life with!

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    Courtney Ingram

    Hometown: Knoxville, TN
    Major: Pharmacy
    Fun fact: I once met Zach Efron!
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    Favorite experience: My favorite samford experience would probably be Step Sing! I loved getting to know people in my organization better and seeing other Samford students performing- which is something I normally wouldn't see!

    Advice: I would say don't be afraid to talk and get to know upper classmen. They are ready to invest in younger students and excited to see the new faces around Samford!

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    Rob Johnston

    Hometown: Homewood, AL
    Major: Religion
    Fun fact: I got to play in the 2011 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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    Favorite experience: Intramural Softball!

    Advice: Stay organized and be ahead of the game. Nothing worse than losing a form right before an important deadline!

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    Grace Mintz

    Hometown: Birmingham, AL
    Major: Elementary Education
    Fun fact: I met Aaron Carter in NYC and started singing "I Want Candy"
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    Favorite experience: Samford homecoming week- whether it's tailgating, parades, football games, bonfires, big concerts, or our school wide dance!

    Advice: Get to know your admissions counselor- they will be your biggest advocate and most helpful source of information!

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    Cole Moffett

    Hometown: Birmingham, AL
    Major: Finance
    Fun fact: Addicted to Cheez-its.
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    Favorite experience: My favorite experience happened the Fall of my Sophomore year. We were playing UTC in football. The winner of the game would be the conference champions for the SoCon. The game ended up going to triple over time and we wont the game on a 40 yard field goal! We ended up storming the field and it was an incredible experience!

    Advice: Come visit on a tour! It's a great way to travel (and skip school) and have a first hand experience with our beautiful campus. Samford is located within Birmingham which is a great city full of life. You won't regret it, I promise!

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    Lauren Oden

    Hometown: Marietta, GA
    Major: Family Studies & French
    Fun fact: My dream job is to be a movie critic because I would get paid to watch movies all day!
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    Favorite experience: My favorite Samford experience is without a doubt Step Sing!! The weeks leading up to Step Sing are crazy, but all the sleepless nights are worth it when you finally get to see all of the performances! I love the history behind Samford's Step Sing and the way it brings students, faculty, and alumni together on campus.

    Advice: Make the most out of your time in college. It will fly by before you know it! Find the organizations/clubs that you're truly passionate about and invest in them. Don't feel like you have to be involved in everything on campus. The beauty of Samford is that there are TONS of opportunities available, you just have to find the ones that are right for you.

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    Jake Petty

    Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ
    Major: Economics
    Fun fact: In a perfect world, I would play in an Eric Church cover band in downtown Nashville till I turned 50 years old. I would then begin playing golf on the Senior PGA Tour.
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    Favorite experience: Tailgating. Tailgating has become a staple of my Saturday afternoons in the fall. All the different groups across campus bring food and live music, and the student body gets so into it! I absolutely did not expect for students to take tailgating so seriously, but I am overjoyed that they do. The homecoming tailgate was my favorite experience so far at Samford because all the floats, music, food, and people came together in stride on the same morning. I'll never forget it!

    Advice: The people you surround yourself with in college mold you for the rest of your life. You will not find a better community of people than here at Samford. It is not just the education that you're paying for at this school. You will be poured into by godly people of all ages, and will be built up in an unbelievably tight-knit family.

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    Elizabeth Poulos

    Hometown: Fayetteville, NC
    Major: Pre-Med Science and Religion
    Fun fact: I am a certified scuba diver who is terrified of fish.
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    Favorite experience: My favorite Samford experience was definitely studying abroad in Costa Rica over Jan-Term of my freshman year. Not only did I live and learn the Spanish language, I realized just how far Samford's education can take me outside of the classroom. I would go again in a heartbeat!

    Advice: While visiting colleges, try to find a school where you feel like you already belong. Your school will become your new home, and its students become your new family. If you can easily see yourself walking across the campus, sitting in the library, or even grabbing coffee with a friend, chances are that you have found where you're going to succeed academically, socially, and even spiritually.

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    Stephan Reach

    Hometown: Birmingham, AL
    Major: Pharmacy
    Fun fact: I love pizza! It's my favorite food, but I unfortunately don't eat it everyday.
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    Favorite experience: Step Sing 2014! I was in Dudes-A-Plenty and I made tons of friends and learned a lot about myself and classmates. It was a blast!

    Advice: Always pursue God's will for your life. If you are seeking to fulfill His plans then nothing can keep you from your goal. You will have no excuses or regrets. Also, enjoy the process of building the foundation of your life! Bow Wow Bulldogs and God bless!

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    Tate Rogers III

    Hometown: Tampa, FL
    Major: Accounting
    Fun fact: MVP of high school state championship game.
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    Favorite experience: Tailgating with the whole student body on Saturdays and going to the football game afterwards.

    Advice: The best part of Samford is all of the great people you get to meet.

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    Lauren Sims

    Hometown: Wildwood, GA
    Major: Journalism & Mass Communication/Spanish
    Fun fact: I try to rescue every animal that I think needs a home.
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    Favorite experience: My favorite Samford experience has been living in the freshmen girls' dorm, Vail, as a Resident Assistant! Creating a community on a hall of girls that had no connections beforehand is so awesome! I've loved getting to know each one of my girls through hall activities, CAF meals, and just hanging out on the hall.

    Advice: Everyone's advice is always to get plugged in, and that's great! I would also suggest that you remember that the little things are important as well- get some rest, separate your lights in darks in the washing machine, call home often, never go to the Caf alone, and don't be intimidated by upperclassman.

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    Lauren Speakman

    Hometown: Auburn, AL
    Major: Nutrition/Dietetics
    Fun fact: I have been to over 20 different countries.
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    Favorite experience: My friend and I participated in a Easter Egg scavenger hunt that was facilitated by the secret society on campus, and at the end we got to see them in person!

    Advice: Get to know your admissions counselors! They will be your biggest help in applying for scholarships. My relationship with my admissions counselor was one of the reasons I ended up at Samford because it showed me how friendly the Samford community is!

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    Mary Kate Thomas

    Hometown: Memphis, TN
    Major: Marketing
    Fun fact: My freshman year roommate was named Ashley, so we were MaryKate and Ashley.
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    Favorite experience: Living in Vail Freshman year - I got to meet so many people and the community really lifted me up!

    Advice: Don't worry about choosing a college, it'll choose you!

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    Hannah Beth Wilbanks

    Hometown: Lawrenceville, GA
    Major: Nursing
    Fun fact: My favorite place to be is the beach.
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    Favorite experience: Participating in all of Samford's great traditions including Step Sing.

    Advice: Visit campus and imagine what it would be like to live there and be a student there.

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