About Fresh U

Fresh U is an online publication for freshmen, by freshmen. We’re focused on content meaningful to freshmen, something overlooked by general college websites or school newspapers. This isn’t just an online destination for freshmen — Fresh U gives students the opportunity to become published writers and to be involved in the process of running their own publication their first year of college.

Meet The Team


Tamira Amin | Editor-in-Chief

Tamira Amin is the Editor-in-Chief of the University of Minnesota chapter. Currently majoring in indecision. After years of endless reading, penning short stories, and public speaking, she is sure about one thing: writing. If you can't find her crying over her responsibility, than she's most likely watching Netflix documentaries.

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Megan Smith | Managing Editor

Megan Smith is the current managing editor of the Fresh U chapter at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where she plans to major in graphic design and minor in communications. In years past, Megan worked as a managing editor of her high school paper, and the art director and editor-in-chief of her high school literary magazine. When she isn't working on editing articles or reading up on the latest news, she's either working on an art project, hiding out with her current read, or trying to teach herself to play the ukulele.

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Jacob Skoda | Campus Publisher

Jacob is a Bioproduct and Biosystems Engineering major, who has dedicated his life to mainstreaming sustainable environmental consumption practices while simultaneously tearing down the post-romantic conception of modernism within the human hyper object as defined by Timothy Morton. He is surprisingly attractive for a nerd and is the life of every party. He is also involved with the CFANS Dean's Engaged Leadership Program and works as an office assistant for the Alumni Service Center. If you see him around campus don't be afraid to holla-back, as he enjoys any type of communication, including but not limited too: snapchats, facebook fights, twitter rants, personal bios, emoji talk, meme/gif warfare, etc....

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Ra'wi Mahamud | Social Media Editor

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Jacob Schoeneck | Life Editor

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Alissa Barthel | Style Editor

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Alex Werner | Sports Editor

Alex is the current sports editor for Fresh U - University of Minnesota Twin Cities chapter. As a freshman, she is studying Journalism and Anthropology and hopes to one day write for the likes of FSN or ESPN. When she isn't busy writing articles or keeping up on Gopher Athletics, she likes to bake cupcakes and listen to Florence + the Machine.

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Emily Allen | Art Director

Avid coffee drinker and vegetarian Emily Allen is a freshman at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities who would like to thank YOU for reading this bio. Because you have proven a keen interest in Emily Allen by bothering to acknowledge her bio, you deserve to know that she prefers reading a good book to suffering a 5k and would rather listen to swing jazz than contemporary music. Rock on, bio reader!

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