20. Junior. Sports Management. FC: Beau Mirchoff. Taken.
Max Lloyd will be the first to admit that he’s not the most worldly or intelligent person, but he knows a little about a lot and a lot about a little. That’s always been enough for him as he grew up in the small town, never knowing anything out of its city limits. Life was simple for Max as he grew up. Both of his parents worked their hardest to keep a roof over their heads and a stable life for him and his brother. Though they didn’t have a lot, he never wanted for anything.
He always had a very close relationship with his father. In Max’s eyes, his father was the picture of strength, courage, and wit - all qualities that he’d grown a strong admiration for from a young age. The two bonded over a mutual love of sports, as his father shared his knowledge of soccer with him and urged him into every team he had the time to play for. Though his father had a strong influence on his playing and abilities, Max truly loved it, never once questioning the path he was following. As he got older, however, the pressure built up and in one game, his life was turned around. In the quickest, swiftest motion imaginable, Max’s ankle twisted beneath him as he took a shot and his entire body weight crumbled down on the bone, instantly causing an injury that would end his high school career as a player. As the smile on his father’s face faded to worry mixed with overwhelming disappointed, so did the chances of playing pro.
Max came to Bella Nova University his freshman year, still undecided on what he wanted to make of his life. The outgoing boy went from being the golden star of his high school to nothing more than a whispered name in the halls. This is his fresh start. This is his new chance. Though, he can’t seem to shake the passion he has for the game.
23. Graduate Student. Accounting. FC: Skylar Astin. Taken.
Jason Meyers had never been one to act on instinct. Every choice and decision he made came with a great deal of meditation and debate, turning over the pros and cons in his mind before finally coming to a conclusion. He wasn’t sure where the trait stemmed from, as neither of his parents gave much thought to anything. Both his mother and father worked tirelessly to maintain their lives. Multiple jobs, double shifts, and late nights were all in Jay’s vocabulary at a young age - too young to need to worry about such adult issues, but he was exposed and realized early on that he didn’t want to work to live. He wanted to live to work and enjoy whatever he chose as a career.
A problem arose as Jason grew older, realizing that his range of skills weren’t very broad. He often wondered how it felt to be one of those people with a bestowed gift - to carry a tune, to paint a masterpiece, or to compose symphonies. He was convinced that they were hand picked by some higher power, given this miraculous talent that would bring a cultural wealth to the world. He, on the other hand, had no abilities out of the ordinary. When it came time for college, Jason settled with a major in accounting. He dealt well with numbers and figures and he knew that it would be a career able to bring stability to his life.
Now, three years into his degree, Jay still feels the uneasiness of his choice, but the time and effort he’s put into it is irreplaceable. He’s finally beginning to learn the cruel lesson that life isn’t a process that we walk through with a smile on our faces, it’s a journey filled with puzzles and loops that toss us around. Our only hope is that we land on our feet. Jason’s thoughtful decisions had rarely steered him wrong, but the most important one of his life is starting to tear him down.
22. Sophomore. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. FC: Blake Lively. Taken.
Penelope Brookings has always been a bit of a loose canon. She was brought up in a household very rich in independence and free of judgement. Both of her parents would work long hours, leaving the girl to really experience the art of living for herself and fending with what she had. As an only child, any deflected attention from her busy parents was repaid her with any tangible luxury that she wished. In the eyes of most around her, Penelope was virtually untouchable. She was blessed with an envy-worthy natural beauty and all the affluence around her to boot. With such advantages on her side, Penelope’s confidence grew to a point where it’s hard to shake.
After growing up in a rather small town, there were always comments made to the girl about the prospect of modeling. To most, these comments were just simple musings meant to appease Penelope’s ego, but she was one to take it all seriously, setting her sights on a bright future. She had no doubts that she’d make it. In fact, she saw no reason why she wouldn’t be the next Kate Moss or Heidi Klum. However, Penelope’s parents weren’t too keen on the idea of their daughter packing up and abandoning her opportunity of college in exchange for following pipe dreams. The girl took this as a challenge, resenting the fact that they were never around before, so they should have opinion in the matters of her life now. The first flight out, Penelope maxed out her credit cards and made the mad dash to Los Angeles.
The independence she knew as a child was much different from the harsh reality of being completely alone in such a maze of rejection and stoicism. Every snide remark from bosses and every dashed hope was weighing heavily on Penelope’s confidence, slowly breaking it down from the pedestal it once stood upon. However, she refused to give up. The inevitable phone calls from her parents were pouring in, deriding her failure just as they’d predicted from the start. Penelope took it upon herself to cut final ties with her folks and had a new mission in mind: proving them wrong. With a connection from an old job, she found herself with an application to BNU, but no idea of how to go about the formalities of enrolling. As they say, stick to what you know, as Penelope suited up in her shortest skirt, lowest cut blouse, and let her locks flow as she marched right into the admissions office with a convincing grin on her face and her knees ready to do the only type of begging that she’s familiar with.
22. Junior. Communications. FC: Max Irons. Taken.
Jamie Reese never had many expectations pinned upon him. He was never told that he could be a superhero, a doctor, or even the president. He was lucky if his parents gave him a compliment when we scored a run in his little league game. Actually, he was lucky if his parents showed up to watch him play. It’s arguable that you can’t long for something that you’ve never known and you can’t miss something you’ve never experienced, but Jamie is aware of the falsity in that assumption. As hard as he fought to catch their positive attention, his parents were presistent in their apathy.
It didn’t take Jamie long to stop caring and to stop trying. He began to show that same lack of regard towards life. His rebellious acts started as nothing more than the stereotype of most teenagers - drinking, parties, the occasional hook-up. It wasn’t that Jamie experienced any sort of exceptional rush of adrenaline or artificial high from acting out, but it was a distraction and sense of excitement that he couldn’t get anywhere else.
His growing sense of carelessness brimmed into a night of risks that landed Jamie in a situation that he wasn’t expecting. It was simply in the place and wrong time, but that excuse wouldn’t be enough to make the handcuffs on the boys hands disappear. A year of the boy’s life was spent in the solitude of grim reality, forcing him to reevaluate certain priorities in his life. Even a year behind bars couldn’t shake Jamie’s annoyance towards his parents or his yearning for excitement. Still, his choice to come back to Bella Nova and focus on school work was on change that he never thought he’d see in himself.
19. Sophomore. Psychology. FC: Dylan O’Brien. Taken.
To say Isaac had a rough childhood was an understatement. Jumping from foster homes all over the east coast until he was thirteen was not the ideal life for him. Isaac was grateful that finally he was in a stable home with a family that cared about him. Nothing good could ever last for too long for Isaac, so it wasn’t a surprise when his ‘father’ walked out on his family who was already hanging by a thread after his adoptive sister Charlie moved out a few months previous. That left a fifteen year old, alone in New York City to discover the world on his own. Isaac realized that everything had changed and he began rebelling against everything he knew, and started getting into drugs, and the violent ways of his friends. He ended up turning into something he never wanted to be, and he would consider it the darkest time in his life.
Coming up on his Junior year in high school, the future wasn’t looking good for him. His foster mother taking notice, she decided it would be best to send Isaac to Bella Nova. He was against it completely, but she felt that it was her last hope to help her son get his life back together. One of the first people Isaac met was a boy named Alex, who looked a lot like him. The twins, along with their sister tried to unravel the secret of why the twins were separated at birth. Learning all about his real family, Isaac was devastated to find out that his real mother was dead, and his father had given him up at birth due to severe medical problems he had as a baby. Uneasy about the situation, Isaac was sure Bella Nova was no longer a good idea for him. He thought that now it would only hurt him more instead of help.
It didn’t take long for Isaac to change. He wasn’t living in a toxic environment anymore, and he started to have faith in himself again. More importantly, he was able to connect with his real family and even a girlfriend. Isaac found purpose in his life again, and he was finally glad that his mother chose Bella Nova for him. It has brought the light-hearted, friendly boy back. Though he still finds himself struggling to stay clean, trying to avoid the fights he finds himself in and rocky patches in his relationship, Isaac is finally happy again.
19. Sophomore. Sports Law. FC: Annie Clark. Taken.
All Marilyn Hudson ever wanted was a happy ending. Everything was in line for her growing up. Marilyn never had anything to complain about. Her parents seemed to make life simple, and carefree. While one part of her was content with living their family’s very small, country lifestyle there was something in her that always wanted to get out. When her older brother, Spencer Hudson had the opportunity to go to school in San Diego, she was immediately jealous. The only thing that kept her grounded in Maine was not being able to leave her mother’s side while she was sick in the hospital. After Lillian died, Marilyn felt that there was nothing left for her in Maine besides the constant reminder of losing her mother.
Though it wasn’t on the best terms, Mari was happy to be reunited with Spencer. Once again, Mari loved everything and everyone in her life. During her sophomore year, Mari did have a secret. She had been secretly dating Spencer’s best friend, Zac, from Maine. The two were in love, and they didn’t know how to tell Spencer. One day, the siblings received a tragic phone call from a friend saying that Zac had died in a car accident. Mari and Spencer have never been the same since. It tore Marilyn apart, that it seemed as if every time she got close to someone they would disappear from her life. It took a toll on the girl, and caused her to distance herself from everyone she knew, even Spencer.
From that moment on, everything about her was different. Her attitude became very pessimistic, and she was a very hard person to get along with under any circumstance. There were very few exceptions to that, one of them being a boy she started dating in hopes to get over Zac. Once again in her life, everything seemed to be looking up for her until an argument led him to hit her. Feeling more scared and alone than she ever had before, Mari digressed even further. Now, though she’s trying to find a way back to her former-self, Marilyn is having a hard time.
23. Graduate Student. Anthropology. FC: Teresa Palmer. Taken.
It’s a known fact that as children, we’re egotistical and believe that the life we live, our surroundings, and our habits are of the norm. We never consider the alternatives. Growing up, Halston Forester assumed that every set of parents followed in the same suit as hers - lenient, permissive, and a bit apathetic when it came to their techniques of guidance. The idea of bedtimes and chores were lost on the young blonde every time her friends spoke of such silly things.
It wasn’t until she began to encompass the wisdom and maturity of age that Halston realized the peculiar, off-beat attitudes of her parents. Where most would find the idea of freedom to be appealing, she began to silently resent them for their lack of authority. Had they been more strict, the girl wondered if she’d turn out differently with more of a drive behind her from their fear of disappointment. Halston felt the need to grow up quicker than most her age, taking on a protective role with her younger brother, Holden.
It wasn’t until her sophomore year at the University of Michigan that Halston fell into a passion for her major. The discovery of how factor such as location, economic status, and government can all affect how we evolve as a societal species gave the girl a bit of hope about her situation and reassured her of the fact that she wouldn’t turn out as a copy of her parents. After completing her her bachelor’s degree, she took it upon herself to apply to the same school as her brother, hoping to rekindle their close relationship and possibly find a new peace of mind in the city.
21. Junior. Graphic Design. FC: Nina Dobrev. Taken.
There’s a certain snickering that erupts around the campus of Bella Nova at the mere mention of Valerie Torres. While most would be uncomfortable with the fact that their name reigns in infamy, Valerie is proud of her notoriety that she’s already amassed within her first two years at the school. For most, the name immediately elicits a string of rumors, some that have been proven true and other still up for speculation.
In her freshman year, Valerie was nothing more than a shadow to her older sister, following her around with little complaint. She’d followed the same routine her entire life - listen to Natalie, go with Natalie, do whatever Natalie does. The phrases had become a mantra during her childhood and one she intended to break. All it took to do so was a frat party, a few shots of vodka, and a camera phone for Valerie to come leaping out of the shadow with a vengeance as one of the boys sent a very provocative picture on blast, leaving nothing at all to the imagination.
From that single experience, a slew of events began to be attached to the girl’s name as she found no problem using the reputation she gathered to her romantic advantage. Though many would argue that Valerie attracts the wrong kind of attention, she’s quick to put you in your place with a reminder that any publicity is good publicity. More than anyone, Natalie is the one breathing down Valerie’s neck the most, coming to blows with her newly-liberated younger sister, though Valerie doesn’t chalk it up to her being protective, but rather pure jealousy.
19. Sophomore. Criminal Justice. FC: Luke Bilyk. Original Character.
Riley grew up in a large Italian family. Though most of his immediate family lives back in Italy, Riley has a few aunts and uncles around to keep him entertained with stories. As Riley grew up, he knew he wanted to go to college. It was expected of him, especially since both of his parents had done so themselves. Growing up, he wanted nothing more than to play soccer for NYU, but plans changed the older he got. He started looking across the East coast for schools, but never looked any further. He didn’t want to leave his family – and he definitely didn’t want to go to a college on the other side of the United States.
At least, that’s what he thought before getting the letter signed Bella Nova University. He wasted no time in showing his parents the offer they’d made, and though neither his mother nor father was happy about it, Riley knew he couldn’t turn it down. He researched their law program, and was excited when he was accepted into Criminal Justice. His father had been a cop since Riley could remember, but Riley wanted to be more than just a cop. He wanted to be in the F.B.I, but he knew the chances of that ever happening were slim to none.
On the outside, Riley might look like your average jock, but on the inside, he’s much more. He’s a friendly guy, though sometimes his anger can be a little much, especially after games. His father had always told him he was hot headed like his mother, but Riley had never seen his mother lose her head. He’s intelligent, but doesn’t like showing it except inside of the classroom.
When it finally came time to move into his new home, Riley was both excited and confused. He loved being by an actual ocean that wasn’t always cold, but he missed having the constant atmosphere of family around. Even if he doesn’t have his family there to support him, Riley is determined to be all that he can be at Bella Nova.
21. Senior. Marketing. FC: Alex Pettyfer. Taken.
Brice is the Jock’s jock. It’s almost unhuman how talented he is in every single sport he tries. Whether it’s basketball, baseball, football, anything. It’s like he doesn’t even try, yet he seems to steal the show every time. All the girls want to date him and all the guys want to be him. The attention definitely gets to his head, don’t get that mistaken. Brice is cocky, overly confident, full of himself, and thinks he’s the best thing to ever happen to Bella Nova. His personality is almost bully-like. He’ll say whatever is on his mind, without a hesitation. Crude, rude, out of line comments are almost a guarantee from him. Most of the time, Brice comes off as a jerk.
Plenty of times Brice has encountered brave souls who stand up to him and tell him that he’s out of line. However, the boy frankly doesn’t care. He’s stubborn and hard-headed. When he has an idea in his mind, he sticks to it. The idea that he’s the top dog and above everyone else, seems to be on his mind every second of every day.
Bella Nova is just another place for him to thrive off of haters and get to the top of the throne. Moving from Florida, he’s gotten the taste of the sunny life but is ready for a jaguar pounce. Recruited by the University’s basketball coach, the 20 year old is ready to flaunt all he’s got.