Challenge Counselors

Christian Arnett

Hometown: Americus, Ga.
Class: Junior
Majors: Electrical Engineering

I'm a rising 3rd year Electrical Engineering Major from Americus, Georgia. I graduated high school in Ellaville, Georgia. I enjoy playing basketball, video games, and watching anime.

Ivanska Báez

Hometown: Gurabo, Puerto Rico
Class: Junior
Majors: Aerospace Engineering

Hi everyone! I'm Ivanska, born and raised in PR and a rising 3rd year AE student working on some research this summer. In my free time, I like watching movies, the most random of tv shows, reading and enjoying a nice cup of coffee. I was in your position a few years ago and honestly it was definitely one of the impacting experiences I've had at Tech. I'm really looking forward to seeing you all!

AunJrae "AJ" Barnes

Hometown: Albany, Ga.
Class: Junior
Majors: Building Construction

I’m pretty chill and understanding. Some topics about other may be unknown to me but I am always willing to learn and help. Card game lover and I enjoy ping pong as well.

Devin Dukes

Hometown: College Park, Ga.
Class: Senior
Majors: Business Administration

My name is Devin Dukes. I am a 5th Yr. Business Administration major. I like to eat, sleep, workout, and play video games. Upon graduation, I would like to become a consultant.

Kolbie Johnson

Hometown: Baton Rouge, La.
Class: Senior
Majors: Computer Science

Hi! I am a rising 4th year CS major from Louisiana. I'm also a 4th year on the dance team Goldrush. We dance at all of the football and basketball games as well as compete at nationals. I am so excited to be a counselor this year! I did challenge my incoming 1st year and loved it. It really helped me meet some great people that I am still friends with 3 years later. I'm so excited to meet some of the newest Yellow Jackets!

Jordine Jones

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Class: Senior
Majors: Industrial Engineering

Hey! I’m Jordine. I’m from ATL and I love to explore new food places. My challenge experience was some of my best times at Tech, I hope y’all have the same experience.


Kieran Lane

Hometown: Douglas, Ga.
Class: Senior
Majors:Electrical Engineering/Marketing Certificate

My name is Kieran Lane and I'm from Douglas, Georgia. I have wanted to attend Tech since I was 7 years old. On campus I am mostly involved with the Nu Beta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., where I serve as the Director of Social Action. My hobbies include making music and staying active. I'm excited to meet everyone!

Chris McCrary

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Class: Junior
Majors: Architecture

What's up! My name is Chris, and I'm a rising third-year student studying architecture here at GT. I participated in Challenge in 2019 and it was one of the most memorable and fun times I've had here at GT. On campus, I'm a part of the Black Student Recruitment Team, GTSBE, the Impact LLC, as well as AAMI (African American Male Initiative). Outside of school, I love hanging with friends, cracking jokes, listening to music, photography, and watching sports. I'm excited to meet you all this summer and help making a lasting impact during your time at Georgia Tech!

Kellie Monzon Cruz

Hometown: Tucker, Ga.
Class: Sophomore
Majors: Computational Media

Hey! My name is Kellie Monzon Cruz. I'm a rising second-year student majoring in Computational Media with Media and Interaction Design threads. Outside of school, I spend my time taking walks, watching shows/movies, and spend plenty of time with friends. As a former Challenge participant, I had a great experience and made many friends and memories. I'm hoping to make it as great of an experience for you as it was for me!


Jaida Morgan

Hometown: Long Island, NY
Class: Junior
Majors: Industrial Engineering - Supply Chain

Hey guys! My name is Jaida and I’m a third year industrial engineering major with a concentration in supply chain engineering. On campus, I am a member of the Georgia Tech Society of Black Engineers and I will be serving as the membership chair for the African American Student Union. I also work on campus as an assistant in the North Avenue Housing Office. During my free time I enjoy watching horror movies, doing hair, and going out to eat at some of my favorite places around campus. As a former challenge participant I made lasting friendships and found a lot of people and resources who could support me during my time here at Tech. I look forward to seeing you all in a couple weeks!


Aimée Ogando

Hometown: Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic
Class: Sophomore
Majors: Civil Engineering

Hello everyone I am Aimée Ogando! I am a second year Civil Engineering major from Distrito Nacional, Dominican Republic and I am very excited to be a Challenge Counselor this year! I love watching sports (specifically Formula 1 and the NBA), traveling, learning new things, and meeting new people. At Georgia Tech I am involved with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), the Hispanic Recruitment Team (HRT), FASET, SMILE, Construction Engineering Association (CEA) and Student Government Association (SGA). I am really looking forward towards the summer to help you all adapt seamlessly to Tech and meet interesting, awesome incoming students. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, doubts, want to chat, or simply rant! Go Jackets!


Rachael "Chi Chi" Onyewuenyi

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Class: Senior
Majors: Biomedical Engineering

Hello guys! My name is Chi Chi Onyewuenyi and I am a fourth-year biomedical engineering major pre-health. I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA but my family is originally from Owerri, Nigeria. I love to play basketball and explore new places in Atlanta with my friends. I am always ready for a Sunday brunch downtown! I hope you all feel free to hit me up with any questions about Tech or life in general. I'm very excited to be a challenge counselor this summer! I can't wait to meet the incoming freshman!

Zora Ponder Jones

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Class: Senior
Majors: Business with a concentration in Marketing

Hi everyone! My name is Zora Ponder-Jones and I'm a rising 4th year Business major with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in German. At Tech I'm a part of the African American Student Union, Georgia Tech Society of Black Engineers, German Club, and Women's Club Volleyball Team. Outside of school I like to make and edit videos, go on hikes, and travel. I really enjoyed and benefitted from my Challenge experience and I hope you all will feel the same!

Ricardo Rivera

Hometown: Chatsworth, Ga.
Class: Junior
Majors: Biomedical Engineering

What's up everyone, my name is Ricardo Rivera and I am a rising second year majoring in Biomedical Engineering. I come from a small town in north Georgia called Chatsworth, where I worked as a part-time contractor. On campus, I am mostly involved with some of the clubs that revolved around BME. I would also love to attend events that would help shape a better community. On my free time, I watch anime, play video games, and stream(wow what a nerd). Through my time in the Challenge program, I realized all nerds are welcome since chances are you will find other with the same interest. I made long-lasting memories and friendships through this program, and I really hope all of you will too! I am looking forward to seeing what all the new members will bring this year, and I cannot wait to help guide you through it! Go Jackets!

Kemuel Russell

Hometown: St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
Class: Junior
Majors: Biology

Hello everyone. My name is Kemuel Russell and I am a rising junior majoring in Biology with minors in Psychology and Spanish on the Pre-Health track. I am from a small island called St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands, but I have been living in College Park, GA for some time. My involvements on campus include: African American Student Union, Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students, Student Hospital Connections, Doctors Without Borders, and many more. During my free time, I enjoy painting, sports, playing videogames, watching anime, and taking care of my plants. Looking forward to an amazing summer with you all.

Ruston Shome

Hometown: Chattanooga, Tn.
Class: Sophomore
Majors: Computer Science

Hi Darlings! My name is Ruston Shome, and I am a rising Second Year studying Computer Science here at Tech. During my time here so far, I’ve been involved in FSLO, as a Poll Worker for the on campus precinct, and as part of the Gold Route. Outside of school, I love playing saxophone, reading and drinking tea, and working in community advocacy events. Even though Georgia Tech can be difficult at times, I’m incredibly proud of you all for making it this far and confident that we can build the support and community you need to thrive here. I’m so excited to meet all of you and help y’all grow into amazing jackets this summer!!


Jzi Taylor

Hometown: Locust Grove, Ga.
Class: Jophomore
Majors: Computer Science

I’m a rising second year Computer Science major, from Locust Grove, GA. On campus, I’m involved with marching band and Greek life. I also really enjoy long boarding, playing tug-o-war with my dog, watching anime, and lifting weights! Im really excited for Challenge this summer, there’s a plenty of fun planned and I can’t wait to meet you all as you transition to life on Ga Tech’s beautiful campus. Go Jackets!

Isabella "Bella" Tenenbaum

Hometown: Marietta, Ga.
Class: Junior
Majors: Civil Engineering

Hello! I'm Isabella Tenenbaum. While I have grown up in Marietta, I have spent a good amount of time in many parts of the Southeast. I spend most of my free time rock climbing, knitting, cooking, sewing, or growing plants. I love sharing my hobbies so feel free to chat with me about them! On campus, I am a part of the Naval ROTC unit. I can't wait to meet all of you this summer!

Tara Thompson

Hometown: Fayetteville, Ga.
Class: Junior
Majors: Computer Science

Hey everyone, my name's Tarah and I'm a rising 3rd year majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Korean! On campus, I'm involved with the Building for Equity and Sustainability VIP, where we research how to combat inequities in our community and beyond. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to music and watching foreign films and dramas. As a former Challenge student myself, I look forward to meeting you all and helping ease your Tech transition!

Alejandro Vasquez

Hometown: Houston, Tx.
Class: Junior
Majors: Biomedical Engineering

What's up, my name is Alejandro Vasquez and I am a rising third year majoring in biomedical engineering and minoring in Computing and Intelligence. Outside of school, I love to hoop, play soccer, play guitar, and explore the city. When I did challenge, I met some of my best friends, learned about Tech, and made great memories. I look forward to meeting you and help in making this summer memorable!


Jasmine Chrisp

COE 2001, CS 1371, MATH: 1551, 1552, PHYS 2211 

Drop-in Tutoring Availability: 

Monday & Wednesday

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tuesday & Thursday

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Additional Virtual Availability:

Mondays & Wednesdays 

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm via BlueJeans