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Preston Residential College

Resident Mentors

Our 2022-2023 Resident Mentors work to create and maintain our well-known sense of community in Preston. 

Layla Walkaraj

Layla Walkaraj  (she/her), 1st Floor East

Layla Walkaraj is a sophomore Nursing major from Goose Creek, SC. She plans to get her doctorate and become a Nurse Practitioner. Layla enjoys reading, going to the beach, technical theater, and horseback riding. Around Preston, she can be found studying in one of the study rooms or at any Preston Ambassadors meeting. Outside of Preston and on campus she is involved in HOSA and Off Off Broadway. She can’t wait for her second year at Preston and to be a first year RM! 

Bakari Jackson

Bakari Jackson (he/him), 1st Floor West

Bakari Jackson is a junior Political Science major from Saint George, SC. On campus, Bakari is involved with the Air Force ROTC program, Association of African American Students (AAAS) and is a proud member of the MIGHTY Kappa Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated. In his free time, Bakari enjoys bowling, exploring nature, listening to music, politics and reading. This will be Bakari's third year in Preston. He looks forward to beginning his second year as a Resident Mentor and building community among this year's residents! 

Reagan White

Reagan White (she/hers), 2nd Floor East

Reagan White is a senior from Warsaw, VA. She is double majoring in Accounting and Finance. She plans to pursue law school and become a Corporate Lawyer. Reagan enjoys reading, hiking, playing tennis, and spending time with friends. One of her favorite things about Preston is chilling on the front porch with everyone. She is so excited to be a returning Preston Resident Mentor and cannot wait to welcome you to the Presty family! 

Caleb Buford

Caleb Buford (he/him), 2nd Floor Center

Caleb Buford is a sophomore with a major in Political Science. He currently lives in Manning, SC, as he’s resided in numerous locations from being an Army Brat. During time of leisure, he enjoys exercising, listening to music, and hanging out with friends. This year will be Caleb’s first experience being part of the Preston community along with being a Resident Mentor. Although he is a little nervous, he’s very excited to meet incoming residents and experience a great time with them! 

Bsmla Berber

Bsmla Berber (she/her), 2nd Floor West

Bsmla Berber is a junior psychology major from Greenville, SC. She is on a pre-med track and has a minor in medical humanities and culture. She is passionate about mental health and serves as a mental health ambassador for UofSC. One fun fact about her is that she moved to America from Egypt when she was five years old! In her free time, Bsmla likes to read and listen to true crime podcasts. This will be Bsmla's third year living in Preston and she is very excited to meet everyone! 

Clara-Anne Macleod

Clara-Anne Macleod, 3rd Floor East  

Clara-Anne Macloed is a junior English major with a focus on secondary education. This is her second year as an RM and third year in Preston! Clara-Anne loves reading, going on walks, and ejoys coffee in all forms. She enjoys being outside even if it's just laying in the sun and enjoy spending time with the people that she loves. Clara-Anee can't wait to meet all of you and show you how wonderful Preston is! 

Alex Tetor

Alex Tetor (he/him), 3rd Floor Center  

Alex Tetor is a sophomore from Goose Creek, South Carolina. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Criminal Justice. Alex is involved with SGTV News 4 on campus and hopes to one day be a newsroom producer. In his free time, you can find him binge-watching movies, tailgating football games, or hanging out with his friends. He is very excited to meet all the new residents this year! 

Tristan Johnson

Tristan Johnson, 3rd Floor West  

Tristan is a sophomore from Hardin, IL studying Political Science with double minors in French and Women’s & Gender Studies. She is involved in several Preston organizations including Y-IMPACT and Preston Prism as well as being an executive member of the UofSC Women’s Club Rugby team. In her free time she enjoys watching hockey and football, reading, and listening to music. 

 


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