Village Fellows

Please meet the 2018 – 2019 Honors and Scholars Village Fellows.


Isaac Asemota

My name is Isaac Asemota. I am a sophomore majoring in Nutrition Science. I am a Christian and I hope to become a medical doctor in the future. Both of my parents were born and raised in Nigeria, but I was born in North Carolina and I live in Fayetteville, NC. I have two sisters and one brother. I enjoy drawing, playing guitar, and reading. On campus, I enjoy worshipping and fellowshipping with EveryNation, a campus ministry we have here. My favorite colors are peach and teal. My favorite foods are meatpie and fufu. My favorite animals are currently whale sharks, lemurs, dolphins, and red-eyed tree frogs.

Adia Caviness

Adia Caviness from Ramseur, North Carolina hopes to major in Communication and International Studies with a minor in Agroecology. Additionally, she has a passion for serving people which is seen through her service at CSLEPS and eStreet College Student Ministry. She has particular passion for serving minority groups. Therefore, her long term goals are to help these groups through the avenues of the Justice Department or educational system. Her hobbies include reading, Netflixing, and spending time with family and friends. Furthermore, her extroverted, high energy personality leads her to enjoy communicating with any and everyone. She is ready and excited to learn and grown alongside her peers of the 2018-2019 Honors and Scholars Village within the greater community of NCSU.

Bartolome Cisneros

Hello friends, my name is Bartolome Cisneros and I am currently a Sophomore in Animal Science. I served this year as Honors Village Fellow and am glad to say that I will be serving again as an Honors-Scholars Village Fellow. Having previously served in the Quad Area Council as well as in NC State’s Student Senate, I am looking forward to using my experience to help continue the Quad’s tradition of having a friendly and welcoming community and hope to extend that to all students coming to the Quad. If you have any questions or want to reach out, my email is
Sarah Dawod Hi my name is Sarah Dawod. I am a Senior, in the Honors Program, pursuing a self-designed degree in Neurobiology, and double minoring in Health, Medicine, and Human Values and Psychology. I was born in Chapel-Hill and grew up between Yonkers, NY and Cairo, Egypt. When I am not studying in the back of Clark Offices, I am usually out and about serving in one of my many other roles. In my free time I enjoy reading Russian Literature, enjoying beautiful scenery in the quad, listening to various forms of Folk Arabic Music, writing, and, most of all, mentoring. I also love grabbing coffee! Therefore, please feel free to reach out to me at I look forward to serving you all as an Honors and Scholars Village Fellow!
Allison Garrett Howdy! My name is Allison Garrett, and I am an Environmental Science major. I am a rising sophomore who enjoys archery, animals, and helping people. I’m from New York, and I have a twin who also goes to NC State! I grew up in a pretty small town, so coming to such a big school was definitely an adjustment. However, I can’t imagine myself any place other than NC State now! I try to live my life by my favorite quote from Maya Angelou: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Through the Scholars program, I’m able to apply this quote to life as I have the opportunity to meet new and interesting people who participate in fun/enlightening events with me and other scholars!
Cody Holtman Greetings! My name is Cody Holtman and I am a rising sophomore in Engineering here at NC State. I come from Wake Forest, North Carolina, which is not where Wake Forest University is located, so I am not far from home. I am a current member of the Honors Program here on campus and have had the opportunity to participate in two seminars so far. I have lived in the Honors Quad throughout my first year and look forward to sharing my experience with all incoming first-year students. If anyone wants to seek me out upon their arrival at school, I will more than likely be on the volleyball court for a large amount of time at the beginning of the year. Welcome to NC State, and Go Pack!

Noah Jabusch

I’m a first-year studying physics and math, with a minor in Spanish, and a member of the Honors program. I’m delighted to be working as a Village Fellow in the Fall. When not spending time typing assignments in LaTeX, I enjoy watching YouTube, especially 3Blue1Brown and CGP Grey, going to Cookout with fellow quad-lings, or just hanging out in the lounges or outside the HVC. I also work for Technician newspaper, and I love discussing current events, whether on-campus or across the globe. I look forward to meeting many new and returning Village residents in the fall!

Grace Johnston

My name is Grace Johnston and I am pursuing a B.S. in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Human Biology and a minor in Biomanufacturing. I am part of the Scholars Program here at NC State.  I was born in California, but have lived in Raleigh for most of my life. I am also in Biology Club, Student Wolfpack Club and Student Alumni Association. Being Canadian and American, hockey is a big part of my life so I am a huge Carolina Hurricanes fan! I am very excited to serve as an Honors and Scholars Village Fellow for the 2018-19 year!

Nikhil Kaul

My name is Nikhil Kaul and I am currently a sophomore majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Statistics. I am originally from New Delhi, India, but I moved to Cary, North Carolina at the age of 4, and have proceeded to do all my schooling in the Raleigh/Cary area. Before college, I played snare drum in the marching band and was on the varsity tennis team. When I’m not doing academic work, I enjoy sleeping and going to the gym. I love all of pack sports, and try to make it out to every game when I have the chance. I’m looking forward to a great year at NC State and the University Honors Program!

Mark Klose

I am Mark Klose, originally from North Andover, Massachusetts. I am part of the Benjamin Franklin Scholars Program, seeking degrees in Industrial Engineering and Science, Technology, and Society. Although I originally came to NC State as part of the University Scholars Program, I am excited to be one of the Honors-Scholars Fellows for this upcoming year. Over the summer, I will be an Orientation Leader for New Student Programs (follow my twitter! @NCStateOL26). When I’m not in my super-awesome classes or representing this amazing University, you can find me playing trumpet in the Jazz Ensembles or playing Pickleball at the nearby community courts. I cannot wait for next year! Go Pack!

Christian Okoth

I’m a second-year studying English and Communication. The 2018-2019 school year will be my second year as a member of the University Honors Program as well as living in the village. Apart from the program, I am also involved in the English disciplinary honors program and the GLBT Center on campus. I like to spend my time in the Quad hammocking outside and doing homework on the benches. I’m a big news junkie and I write for the Technician as well as poetry in my free time. One of the most important things to me is community, and I am looking forward to adding the new additions to the program to this new community of UHP and University Scholars.

Sasha Pereira


I am originally from Charlotte, NC. While I am currently an Engineering major, I plan on switching to Biological Sciences and minoring in Computer Programming. On campus, I am a Doris Duke Conservation Scholar, a member of Wolfpack Environmental Student Association, and a volunteer for the Daniel Center, Museum of Natural Sciences, and the Wake County Animal Center. I am very passionate about topics like environmental conservation and promoting diversity in STEM fields. After I graduate from NC State, I plan on pursuing my PhD in a biologically-related field. In my free time, I like to garden, go trail running, and watch nature documentaries.