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Nighthawk Network

We’re going to make this place your home.

As a first-year mentorship program, Nighthawk Network aims to develop a connection between new students and current students at the University of North Georgia (UNG). This organization is designed to help first-year students make a smooth transition into the college atmosphere. The program is designed to ensure that students don’t feel alone during the ups and downs of their first year.

Nighthawk Network is a structure of support for first-year students. The new students are assigned mentors that serve as a part of the organization and have been successful during their time at UNG. These mentors maintain communication through weekly emails and general check-ins, so they can be used not only as a source of knowledge for life on campus, but as a guide for the first-year experience.

Meet Your Mentors

The organization provides many opportunities for students to connect with others during their first year. The mentors help create safe spaces for new students to explore their interests and make the appropriate next steps to get involved.

Oreva Aki

 International Affairs major

What advice would you give to first-year students
Make your freshman year count, meet new people and get out of your bubble, but don't let your grades slip.

Isabella Arcila

Isabella Arcila

Criminal Justice major

What advice would you give to first-year students?
Talk to the person next to you in class, make a friend because you never know, they could be really cool and fun and smart!

Nick Carruth

Physics and Engineering major

What advice would you give to first-year students?
College might be different than what you've dealt with before, but just keep ahead with your work.

Saucey Dalton

Saucey Dalton

Criminal Justice major

What advice would you give to first-year students?
Be yourself

Tyler Farney

Tyler Farney

Business Management major

What advice would you give to first-year students?
Every semester is brand new, and if one just didn't go your way or you didn't get to try out everything, the next one chance is always right around the corner.

Olivia Ferrara

Biology major, Chemistry minor

What advice would you give to first-year students?
Get involved! it will make your first year so much more rewarding and it will create bonds that you will last throughout your college experience.

Hannah Garren

Hannah Garren

Marketing major

What advice would you give to first-year students?
Get involved! It's key to really making Dahlonega feel like home!

Erin Hagebusch

Erin Hagebusch

Nursing major

What advice would you give to first-year students?
Definitely get involved in whatever club/sport/organizations interest you. Get out there and meet new people.

Jordan Harris

Jordan Harris

Biology major, Chemistry and Mathematics minor

What advice would you give to first-year students?
Do not take on too much your first year. Time management is critical – invest in a planner. Once you find your balance each semester, take on one or two new things and find your balance again.

Elizabeth Hendy

Elizabeth Hendy

Early Childhood/Special Education

What advice would you give to first-year students?
Becoming more involved on campus. It opened me up to a whole new group of people outside of my regular "bubble". Getting involved completely changed my college experience for the better!

William Oliver

William Oliver

Middle Grades Education major

What advice would you give to first-year students?
You do not have to conform to be happy. Be yourself and find people who appreciate that.

Christian Maldonado

Christian Maldonado

Nursing major

What advice would you give to first-year students?
Don't be afraid to be yourself. College is such a diverse place with so many different types of people, so don't be afraid to come out of your shell. Odds are you won't be as weird as me, and I still have friends.

Rachel McGuire

Marketing major

What advice would you give to first-year students?
Never be afraid to be yourself. You were made so uniquely and with a specific purpose. We're all a little weird, so be confident in who you are because we need you.

Twilight Moody

Twilight Moody

Political Science / Pre-Law major

What advice would you give to first-year students?
Take advantage of the resources UNG has. It is a campus where you have many opportunities to walk outside and enjoy nature, go on a hike, or go rafting.

Nikki Rollins

Nikki Rollins

Business Management major

What advice would you give to first-year students?
Not only get involved but use all the amazing FREE resources our university provides for us.

Mallary Ruiz

Mallary Ruiz

Psychology major

What advice would you give to first-year students?
Don't stress. It's easier said than done, but it all works out in the end.

Claudia Santillan

Claudia Santillan

Psychology major

What advice would you give to first-year students?
Follow your heart and smile because it is contagious!

Andrew Sohn

Andrew Sohn

Psychology major

What advice would you give to first-year students?
Enjoy the time you have, meet new people, smile a little more, get out more and stay on campus on the weekends to acquire the optimal college experience

Abby Thomas

Abby Thomas

Marketing and Public Relations major

What advice would you give to first-year students?
Get out of your dorm room. Have memorable experiences with your friends and try new things. The memories you make will last forever.

Alex Wilbanks

Alex Wilbanks

Secondary History Education major

What advice would you give to first-year students?
The only way to get involved is to get out of your dorm and go to organization meetings on campus! Also enjoy your pre-reqs while you can.

Sam Young

Sam Young

Marketing major

What advice would you give to first-year students?  
Become comfortable in the uncomfortable. You will miss out on experiences because of fear and putting yourself in those situations can be more rewarding than you can imagine.

Yearly Events

The Nighthawk Network provides various opportunities for students to connect with others, relieve stress, and receive encouragement from their mentor. The events are held throughout the year and advertised through the weekly emails that mentors send to their mentees.

Speed Friending

This event is typically held in the fall semester. Students are encouraged to attend this event to meet new friends and get acquainted with the mentors through fun and meaningful interactions. Students are provided with snacks and do activities that are geared toward getting to know one another.

Throwback Thursday

This event is typically held in the spring semester, where students get a chance to play all the games they used to play in elementary school. We encourage students to enjoy this event as a way to meet others and have fun.

Comfy Ball

This event is typically held in the spring semester. Students are invited to attend this ball in their comfy clothes and enjoy an opportunity to de-stress with the Nighthawk Network.

Monthly Events

The monthly events are focused on improving morale and providing encouragement for students. Themes vary from month to month.

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