The Carpe Juvenis Team


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Marian Rose Bagamaspad

Marian Rose is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine and believes that the words you speak are the company you keep. She is a thrift store connoisseur, amateur carpenter, and tea lover. With an eternal crush on college, she aspires to dedicate her career to higher education counseling.

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Aysia Woods

Hoping to be the next Anthony Bourdain, Aysia is a senior studying anthropology, journalism and sustainability at The George Washington University. Her goal in life is to inspire people to travel, anywhere and everywhere. In her spare time, Aysia enjoys dining, pretending to be an interior decorator, watching Vice, and doing yoga. Check out pictures from her adventures on Instagram!


Vanit Sharma

►Expat by Nature ►American by Upbringing ►British by Birth ►Indian by Blood ►Kenyan by Kinship ►Aspiring Foreign Affairs Journalist by Virtue



Shilpa Kancharla

Shilpa enjoys writing, dancing, drawing, swimming, and of course…eating. Learning languages and about cultures is a passion of hers, and ignorance is my enemy. Shilpa will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall, and she hopes to see you all around! Tweet at her!

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Hannah Cohen

Hannah is a senior at St. Lawrence University pursuing a Government major with a minor in Global Studies. Outside the classroom, she enjoys spending time with friends, travelling, talking politics, and devouring all types of (vegetarian) cuisine. After graduation, she hopes to move to Washington, D.C. and pursue a career in public policy.

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Alex Kummert

Alex is completing his degree in Communication from Saint Mary’s College of California in the Bay Area. When not at one of his numerous on-campus jobs or academic responsibilities, Alex can frequently be found putting a pen to paper or fingers to a keyboard somewhere. An accomplished public speaker, Alex has spoken at a TEDx conference and has had some of his Stand-up Comedy featured on “Good Morning America” in early 2012. You can find Alex loudly espousing seemingly comedic styling’s wherever people are around.

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Alex Borden

Alex Borden is currently a senior at The George Washington University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Creative Writing. Alex’s interests include astrology, Instagramming her food, bad dancing, and making people laugh.

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Liz Jester

Liz is a world traveler, excessive giggler and little sister who wants to change the world through words. As a 20-something trying to navigate post-grad life, she stays balanced by meditating, and has recently begun her own clumsy version of yoga. She is equal parts obsessed with classic rock, elephants and the moon, and she wants to share her journey through youth in hopes it will entertain, inform or inspire you.

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Whitney Cain

Whitney is currently finishing up her senior year at the University of Washington pursuing her business marketing degree in the Foster School of Business. You can often find Whitney madly typing away on her computer either working on scripting epic tweets for her social media marketing internship or drafting a marketing plan for the start up she co-founded, Minyawns. Whitney has always had a knack for fashion and even runs her own fashion blog,


Victoria Friend

Victoria Friend is currently a student at the Overlake School in Redmond, Washington. As an aspiring author, she can almost always be found with her nose in a journal, or in a book.

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Amora Miller

Amora is a 19 year old (almost 20) college student majoring in communications in New York. Amora has been writing for as long as she can remember. She hopes to work in the fashion industry after graduation, in the magazine business, or in public relations. Other than that, she tends to figure things out as she goes along.

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Natasha Donovan

Natasha is a recent graduate from the University of British Columbia with a degree in the mysterious and delightful field of anthropology. She is currently completely a publishing certificate at Capilano University. She is an aspiring freelance writer and illustrator. She can often be found reading, hiking, or trail-running. Among (many) other things, Natasha hopes to one day thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail, swim with manatees, write and illustrate a children’s book, and maybe eventually learn how to do taxes properly.

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Alvina Lai

 Aspiring photographer and writer, Alvina is working on her dual degree in Photography and Literary Studies in New York City’s the New School University. When she’s not writing for Carpe Juvenis, she’s working on writing and photo projects about ethnicity and gender. During her free time, Alvina enjoys visiting museums, attending city festivities, and eating croquettes. Follow her on Twitter!


Helen Gaynor

Helen is a senior at the George Washington University studying Anthropology and International Affairs with a Global Health concentration. Her passions include traveling, reality television, public health, the Philadelphia Eagles, and designer shoes. She hopes to pursue a career in ethnographic, health-related research.

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Donna Ra’anan-Lerner

Donna is a George Washington University senior studying Political Science and Philosophy. A vegetarian, Libra, and terrible tennis player, Donna is fascinated by the power that the media has in our lives. If you ask Donna about obscure cinema, women’s rights, environmental policy or ice cream, don’t expect her to stop talking anytime soon!

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Connor Frost

Connor Frost sings, plays guitar, and manages the band Dizzy Bats from New York City.  In late 2014 he started up his booking collective, “Fu’s Who”.  Connor is originally from Westchester County, NY and currently resides in Jersey City, NJ.

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Melissa Minton

Melissa is currently completing her senior year at the George Washington University, majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications. She is a Scorpio and an aspiring magazine editor with a love of fashion, news, reality television, and yoga.

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Bassim Eledath

Bassim is a junior studying in the U.A.E with a strong writing background. He currently serves as the Press & Publications Officer at Online Model UN, Middle East Media Chair at and President of When he’s not too busy buried in his books, Bassim is either found watching sitcoms or eating at unorthodox times.


Taylor Rondestvedt

Taylor is currently completing her senior year at Wellesley College, studying History, Economics and Sociology. A hopeless bookworm, she once got lost for several hours at The Strand, but when she’s not reading, she likes browsing the “Foreign” section of Netflix and dreaming about the next trip she wants to take. She spends all her money on used novels at the local bookstore, plane tickets and coffee, and she’s looking forward to her next big adventure: post-grad life.

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Casey McAnarney

Casey is a student at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington who endeavors to study English. When not pouring all of her free time into books and writing, she loves to watch films, spend time with friends and family, and indulge her taste-buds in different types of food.


Paola Sierra

Paola is a student at Bentley University aspiring to pursue a degree in Information Design and Corporate Communications (concentration in Public Relations) with two minors in English and Psychology. She is an avid painter, blogger, and Starbucks sipper with a passion for stirring up vegan and vegetarian recipes. Her goal is to travel as much as possible and eventually land a job in the magazine industry.

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Angela Guido

Angela is a graduate of UC Davis with a degree in English. She is a big believer in spending time with family and friends. When not exploring new work opportunities, she is out trying all the food she can, traveling and watching Must See TV.

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Maggy Lehmicke

Maggy is a junior journalism major and tennis player at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with concentrations in psychology, English and Russian. When she’s not competing, she’s busy working for the student newspaper or browsing Pinterest. Besides writing, she enjoys reading anything from fashion magazines to autobiographies and has a severe case of wanderlust. Her goals in life include sailing across the Pacific and writing a novel.

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Nicolette Pezza

Nicolette is an aspiring journalist pursuing her studies at Monmouth University. You can find her playing her guitar, writing, daydreaming about traveling the world, or indulging in one of her many addictions (namely Twitter, pizza, and cheesy romance movies).  Nicolette hopes to leave her mark on the world of journalism and while doing so travel the world and positively impact the lives of those around her.

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Raven Moore

Raven is a junior at the Pennsylvania State University pursuing a degree in Sociology with a minor in Business. In her spare time, she enjoys reading a wide variety of books, writing, and listening to tons of music. When Raven isn’t working on her latest writing project, you can find her on various social media sites tweeting random thoughts and pinning her favorite recipes on Pinterest.