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Orientation Steering Committee

Welcome! We've been waiting for you!

We, the 2014 Orientation Steering Committee, are pleased to welcome you to Cornell University!

The goal of the Orientation Steering Committee is to foster a safe environment in which volunteers successfully plan and execute an enjoyable and extraordinary Orientation that builds student leadership, promotes teamwork, gives back to Cornell, and welcomes new students and families to the Cornell Community by encouraging students to cultivate new relationships and increase their independence while exploring their new home.

We look forward to the challenge of meeting your every need to get ready to tackle your collegiate career at Cornell University.


\\filesOrientation Steering Committee Co-Chair

Name: Rachel
Hometown: Melville, New York
College & Major: Biometry and Statistics, CALS
Year of Graduation: 2015
Interesting Facts About Yourself: My absolute favorite color is pink, I love to slalom water ski anywhere I can, and I never lose when I play bananagrams!
Activities at Cornell: Convocation Chair for the Class of 2015, Cornell Ambassadors, Cornell Undergraduate Research Board, CALS Student Advisory Council, Alpha Epsilon Phi
Orientation Volunteer Experience: Orientation Leader 2012, Orientation Steering Committee 2013
Favorite Places at Cornell: The spot where Baker Lab and the Physical Sciences Building connect. I absolutely love the juxtaposition of the older, traditional style building with the new, more modern one.
Favorite Classes or Lecture at Cornell: Applications of Linear Algebra!
Favorite Cornell Memory: Being on campus for reunion this past summer - seeing the campus come to life as alumni filled the residence halls and tents went up all over campus for events, gatherings, and tons of fun. Meeting so many Cornellians at once and hearing all about their Cornell experiences was absolutely fantastic!
Favorite Cornell Tradition or Legend: The legend that says if a couple walks around the entire perimeter of Beebe Lake while holding hands, the two are destined to be engaged!
Advice to New Students: Cornell can be overwhelming at times to all of us; most things feel like they're only going uphill and your work will pile up fast. You'll think to yourself many times, why did I do this? The greatest piece of advice I could tell anyone is to always remember what brought you here - that one thing this outstanding institution has to offer that you could have found no place else; that factor which drove you to choose Cornell. Remember that and keep it as your anchor – because through the late nights studying and piles of snow all year long, your anchor will ground you, remind you why Cornell - why it may not be easy, but it will be worth it.

 

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Orientation Steering Committee Co-Chair

Name: Winnie
Hometown: Boston, MA
College & Major: Policy Analysis and Management, College of Human Ecology
Year of Graduation: 2015
Interesting Facts About Yourself: I love playing board games (especially Taboo) and singing karaoke! When cooking dinner, I like blasting Disney songs to sing along to. I love pretty much all types of food, and I'm capable of eating a LOT of food- no one believes me until they see me scarf off four full plates of food at a buffet/dining hall.
Activities at Cornell: Center Program Specialist at the Cornell Public Service Center, Student Assistant at the College of Human Ecology Alumni Affairs & Development, Cornell Ambassadors, Cornell Tradition Fellow Orientation Volunteer Experience: Orientation Leader 2012, Orientation Steering Committee 2012-2013, Orientation Steering Committee 2013-2014
Favorite Places at Cornell: Martha's and CHE Commons (woot HumEc pride—the new renovations look absolutely amazing)
Favorite Classes or Lecture at Cornell: PAM 2300 Intro. to Policy Analysis (Avery is an amazing professor, and I learned so much—major PAM love) and my FWS on Superheroines and Gendered Violence (in which I got to read comic books and watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer!)
Favorite Cornell Memory: Midnight picnic at the Plantations during the end of freshman year! My friends and I trekked there with only an Iphone Flashlight app to lead our way. I think it was almost a full moon that night as well? We had food, told scary stories and reflected on our year. It was super sweet and made me realize what great friends I've made at Cornell just in one year. Favorite Cornell Tradition or Legend:  Hockey Games! I'm not much of a sports person, but I swear Cornellians are the most spirited fans ever. It's awesome seeing everyone decked in their Big Red gear and cheering on the team together!
Advice to New Students: Don't be afraid to try new things! Embrace failure—it only helps you learn more and will benefit you somewhere down the road. I've failed at joining multiple things at Cornell, but the experiences that I had during the process of trying was totally worth it! And hey—at least I tried, you can only gain, not lose, by trying.

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Name: Bianca
Hometown: Wichita Falls, TX
College & Major: School of Industrial and Labor Relations
Year of Graduation: 2015
Interesting Facts About Yourself: I'm afraid of sitting in circles; I don't know what it is but something about everyone in the circle being able to see me at all different angles, but I can't see all of them, freaks me out. I am secretly a rapper. I am going to be Secretary of State one day. I am addicted to instagram shopping and going to the gym. When I speak a lot of the time people think I'm yelling, I'm just a very loud, loud person.
Activities at Cornell:  Alpha Xi Delta, Class Councils, Convocation Committee, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, Cornell Republicans   Orientation Volunteer Experience:  Orientation Leader 2012, Orientation Steering Committee 2012-2013 Favorite Places at Cornell: Catherwood Library, Human Ecology Commons
Favorite Classes or Lecture at Cornell: GOVT 1817 Introduction to International Relations, ILRHR 2660 Essential Desktop Applications
Favorite Cornell Memory: Homecoming Freshman year-- being able to get onto the field before the game with the rest of the class of 2015 is something I will never forget. All of us standing in Red, cheering on the football team at our first game was quite an experience, and then being herded off the field like cattle so we wouldn't receive a penalty, not something that will happen again.
Favorite Cornell Tradition or Legend: Going outside of the dorms freshman year the night before the first day of finals start and screaming your head off to release all your frustrations! Slope Day!
Advice to New Students: Talk to anyone and everyone! The first year at Cornell, whether you're a freshman or a transfer student is the time for you to venture out and meet new people and try new things. It's a fresh start, talk to your professors, talk to your neighbors, talk to everyone to ensure that your transition to Cornell goes smoothly; there is always someone around to help you. Take advantage of your orientation experience; its there to help you break out if you're shyness or to give you more opportunities to put yourself out there if you're outgoing. Take classes you never thought of taking, join some clubs that appeal to your various interests, and most importantly, have fun!  

\\filesName: Rachel S.
Hometown: Roslyn, NY
College & Major: School of Industrial and Labor Relations
Year of Graduation: 2015
Interesting Facts About Yourself: I was in Spain when they won their first ever FIFA World Cup. My favorite holiday is Halloween. I'm obsessed with apples and am a big fan of apple juice boxes. I'm so clumsy that I trip up stairs and over air. I can recite all the lines to Easy A, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and You've Got Mail. I also wish that John Hughes directed my life.
Activities at Cornell: ILR Ambassadors, Cornell Concert Commission, Alpha Chi Omega
Orientation Volunteer Experience: Orientation Leader 2012, Orientation Steering Committee 2013
Favorite Places at Cornell: Catherwood Library, Ives Hall, ILR Quad (I spend a lot of time in and around Ives), the slope when the sun is setting, and the bubbles at Milstein Hall
Favorite Classes or Lecture at Cornell: FWS: Vindicating the Villain, ARCH 3402 Architecture as Culture System, SOC 2208 Social Inequality, ILRLR 2300 Argumentation and Debate
Favorite Cornell Memory: One of my favorite Cornell memories was when Ithaca was just finally getting above 30 degrees last Spring Semester, I went exploring around the Plantations with some friends and it was so beautiful. Everything looked so untouched and it was so quiet. It was such a nice time to go and explore the campus. Another one of my favorite memories was during August Orientation 2013 at Night at the Johnson. The Cosmos exhibit was open and it was so awesome to just sit on the benches and view it at night!
Favorite Cornell Tradition or Legend: Harry Potter Night at Risley Hall, it's not a long-standing tradition, but it's an amazing sight to see. My favorite legend is if you refuse to kiss someone on the suspension bridge at midnight, it will collapse.
Advice to New Students: Take advantage of everything Cornell and Ithaca has to offer!! There are an abundance of resources that are here to help students from Gannett to the Knight Institute. There are so many wonderful things to do in and around Cornell. There are festivals in the Commons and the Farmer's Market. I really believe it's important to venture off Cornell's campus once in a while and take a break from school.

\\filesName: Alexa
Hometown: Wall, NJ
College & Major: Biological Engineering, College of Engineering
Year of Graduation: 2015
Interesting Facts About Yourself: I love pumpkin foods; pumpkin pie has been my favorite food since I was little and my mom always makes it fo me for my birthday instead of cake. I absolutely love Christmas and I could listen to Christmas music all year round. I'm also obsessed with Disney and love to watch Disney movies and sing along with the songs.
Activities at Cornell: I am the Vice Regent of Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity, Philanthropy Chair of Alpha Xi Delta, a member of Pandora Dance Troupe, and an undergraduate research assistant at Butcher Cardiovascular Bioengineering Lab in Weill Hall
Orientation Volunteer Experience: Orientation Leader 2012, Orientation Supervisor 2013
Favorite Places at Cornell: Synapsis Cafe in Weill, Fourth Floor Stacks in Uris, the couches on the catwalk in Duffield
Favorite Classes or Lecture at Cornell: My favorite non-engineering class was HD 1150 Intro to Human Development. My favorite engineering class was probably BEE 2600 Principles of Bioengineering
Favorite Cornell Memory: Freshman year, I had a bunch of friends in my engineering classes, one of whom I actually met through my orientation group. Since we were all in most of the same classes, we all had the same lunch break, and would migrate together from class to Oakenshields to each lunch together almost every day. On Fridays, one of my friends and I would barely eat any real food, and then have a huge class of milk and a plate of cookies. It was so great getting to hang out with my friends, listen to Happy Dave's quality playlist and just relax between classes.
Favorite Cornell Tradition or Legend: I love the story about the pumpkin on top of the clock tower, and I really wish I knew how it got up there. I also really like the legend that if a couple walks around Beebe lake holding hands, they are destined to be engaged.

\\filesName: Arthur
Hometown: Bedford Corners, Westchester County, NY
College & Major: CALS, Communications
Year of Graduation: 2015
Interesting Facts About Yourself: I may or may not have been a finalist on the second season of VH1's Flavor of Love.
Activities at Cornell: Student caller at the Cornell Annual Fund, writer at The Thread magazine, intern at the LGBT Resource Center.
Orientation Volunteer Experience: JOL January 2013, OS August 2013
Favorite Places at Cornell: The bathrooms in the basement of Milstein Hall, which are decked out with neon lights and funky decor as though they were on Ibiza.
Favorite Classes or Lecture at Cornell: Hip Hop: Beats, Rhymes, and Life; Indian Buddhism; Social Persuasion and Influence.
Favorite Cornell Memory: The nights I would spend with my friend Mariya lounging about on the hidden patio that's squeezed behind Schwartz and Sheldon Court.
Favorite Cornell Tradition or Legend: The 161 Faces project. I've flirted with the idea of roaming around Collegetown on a messy Saturday night and photographing 161 of the most spectacularly sloppy students. My version will be called "161 Faces of Ratchet."


\\filesName: Omoye
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY however, I reside in Texas
College & Major: Animal Science (Pre-Vet) Nutritional Sciences Minor
Year of Graduation: 2015
Interesting Facts About Yourself: My Temple Run Score is top 1%. I love basketball.
Activities at Cornell: CALS Ambassador, Co-Chair of Nigerian Students Association, Event- Coordinator for Les Femmes de Substance Orientation
Volunteer Experience: Orientation Supervisor August 2013, Orientation Leader August 2012
Favorite Places at Cornell: Extension bridge by the gorges, Where Baker and Physical Sciences meet, Cornell Plantations
Favorite Classes or Lecture at Cornell: Animal Reproduction Lab, Critical Thinking with Michael Chen
Favorite Cornell Memory:  My tango instructor saved the last dance of the semester for me!
Favorite Cornell Tradition or Legend: Slope Day, Climbing the Clock Tower, Going to Homecoming Football Game


\\filesName: Tommy
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
College & Major: Physics, Arts and Sciences
Year of Graduation: 2015
Interesting Facts About Yourself: My mom, who works for NASA, is BFFLz with Bill Nye '77 and last time she saw him he asked for my number so we could hang out when he came to Cornell. Jealous?
Activities at Cornell: I'm currently a Crew Chief in Training with CUEMS, a Mascot with the Big Red Bears, a player on the Cornell Paintball Team, a member of Cayuga's Watchers, and a member of a fraternity.
Orientation Volunteer Experience: Orientation Leader 2012, Orientation Supervisor 2013
Favorite Places at Cornell: If I don't have homework, then anywhere at night where I can see the stars. If I do, Green Dragon Cafe so I can pull an all-nighter while having an entire room to myself and eating free day-old bagels.
Favorite Classes or Lecture at Cornell: I decided it's kind of cheating to say Intro to Wines (HADM 4300, should definitely be a requirement) so I'm going to go with GOVT 3635: Human Rights and Global Justice. Professor Anna Marie Smith is one of the best and most interesting professors I have ever had.
Favorite Cornell Memory: Freshman year, meeting all the fun and crazy people I lived with. I loved meeting new people basically every night for the first few months just by hanging out in the High Rise 5 lounges and getting to know some pretty crazy people that I never would have met otherwise.
Favorite Cornell Tradition or Legend: All of the 161. I have never in my life seen a list of so many fun things to do. If you're an incoming student, be sure to print it off before you arrive so you can jump right on it!

\\filesName: Tyler
Hometown: Flower Mound, Texas
College & Major: Biology Major, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Year of Graduation: 2015
Interesting Facts About Yourself: I'm really good at mental math. In high school I used to compete in it, and I actually placed 4th in the state of Texas. I also played soccer for 10 years before switching to competitive swimming for 3 years.
Activities at Cornell: I am a member of the Cornell Premed Society, Vice President of Delta Kappa Epsilon, and a waiter at Plum Tree. I also play almost every intramural sport possible.
Orientation Volunteer Experience: I was an Orientation Leader after my Freshman year, then an Orientation Supervisor after my Sophomore year before becoming a member of the OSC for this year.
Favorite Places at Cornell: McGraw Tower, DKE Tower, Physical Sciences Building, Olin Library, Arts Quad, and Libe Slope.
Favorite Classes or Lecture at Cornell: My favorite class at Cornell so far was definitely Linear Algebra for Engineers (MATH2940). I'm a math nerd, and I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of taking the Engineering version. I also really enjoyed Organic Chemistry (CHEM3570,3580). People might think I'm crazy for enjoying it, but to me it was just like a giant puzzle to solve.
Favorite Cornell Memory: So far, my favorite Cornell memories have to be going to all the home lacrosse games. I grew up watching Cornell lacrosse, so I love being able to watch them play live and root for them in person. Go Big Red!
Favorite Cornell Tradition or Legend: My favorite tradition is definitely the 161 Things to Do List. I have a printed out version where I'm slowly making my way through the list, but every new student should try to do as many as possible from the list before graduating!

\\filesName: Zena
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
College & Major: Arts & Sciences - Information Science
Year of Graduation: 2015
Interesting Facts About Yourself: I was one inch shy of becoming a Top Angular in the state of Michigan (I caught a 21" largemouth bass). I have two middle names one from each side of the family. I started knitting this summer, and I think simple jokes are hilarious. "What did Batman tell Robin before they got in the car?" …… "Get in the car!"
Activities at Cornell: I am a member of the Track and Field Team as well as a Meinig Scholar.
Orientation Volunteer Experience: Orientation Leader 2012; Orientation Supervisor 2013; Orientation Steering Committee 2013-2014
Favorite Places at Cornell: Honestly, Cornell's Campus is so beautiful that I appreciate it all. My favorite thing about Cornell is that through all the seasons there is still so much beauty to be seen on campus.
Favorite Classes or Lecture at Cornell: My favorite class so far is DEA 1110 - Making a Difference by Design. That class opened my eyes to to see how design influences all aspects of life and is used in multiple ways to create a social change.
Favorite Cornell Memory: The 11/11/11 sale at the campus bookstore. It was a mini Black Friday fiasco that my friend and I were apart of. We left the store with 2 sweatshirts, 2 long sleeve shirts, and 2 t-shirts for a $11 each! And it was my birthday so it was a pretty awesome time.
Favorite Cornell Tradition or Legend: Hearing the story about the pumpkin on top of the clock tower. I am still amazed how someone was able to do that without anybody else seeing it happen.


\\filesName: Alek
Hometown: Media, PA
College & Major: Engineering- Chemical Engineering
Year of Graduation: 2016
Interesting Facts About Yourself: If you ask me what my initials are you'll probably have to keeping ASKing (Alek Stephen Korzeniowski). In addition to this, if I'm not out playing sports or getting injured you can usually find me watching countless varieties of crime shows on TV.
Activities at Cornell: Zeta Psi Fraternity, Cornell Club Ultimate Frisbee, OSC, Cornell Republicans, AIChE
Orientation Volunteer Experience: Orientation Leader and Orientation Assistant August 2013, Red Carpet Society Spring 2013
Favorite Places at Cornell: Libe slope, Mattin's Cafe in Duffield Atrium, A.D. White Library
Favorite Classes or Lecture at Cornell: Anthropology of Parenting ANTHR 3305 or Intro to Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship in Engineering ENGRI 1270
Favorite Cornell Memory: Definitely the Cornell vs. Harvard hockey game my freshman year. It was amazing to see and experience such a great tradition of Cornell big red spirit while witnessing hundreds of people throwing all sorts of sea creatures and fish onto the ice before the game accompanied by the passionate chants ringing out throughout Lynah rink.
Favorite Cornell Tradition or Legend: Favorite Cornell tradition is by far Slope Day as it is a great way to celebrate the end of the year before finals.

\\filesName: Bobby
Hometown: North Wales, Pennsylvania
College & Major: Psychology and History Double Major, Arts and Sciences
Year of Graduation: 2016
Interesting Facts About Yourself: I am a juggler literally and figuratively! I love spending my summers in Stone Harbor, New Jersey. I am a huge fan of top forty jams, the Food Network, and walking backwards.
Activities at Cornell: I am a Campus Tourguide/Information Specialist, Programming Coordinator of the Residential Student Congress, Vice Chair of the Peer Review Board, and a member of Alpha Xi Delta.
Orientation Volunteer Experience: I loved being an Orientation Leader for the Class of 2017!
Favorite Places at Cornell: I love relaxing on the top of Libe slope or under a tree on the Arts Quad especially during the crisp fall weather or start of spring.
Favorite Classes or Lecture at Cornell: Introduction to Psychology aka Psych 101
Favorite Cornell Memory: Running up the 161 steps of the Cornell Clocktower with full backpacks with some great friends from my Freshman floor. We made up just in time for the 6 o'clock chimes show starting off with "Call Me Maybe" and closing with our Alma Mater. The view of the campus was incredible, and we celebrated after the show by trekking to our first dinner together on West.
Favorite Cornell Tradition or Legend: As a Big Red hockey fan, I love the Cornell traditions of chanting "Sive sive sive", bundling up in red for a game, and of course throwing fish into the ice when playing our rival Havard.

\\filesName: Joe
Hometown: Vestal, N.Y.
College & Major: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Communication Major
Year of Graduation: 2016
Interesting Facts About Yourself: I love Breaking Bad, How I Met Your Mother, Selena Gomez, and eating. My favorite breakfast cereal is Captain Crunch (the original, none of that Crunchberry nonsense) and my favorite animal is the dolphin, ever since I swam with them this past summer.
Activities at Cornell: Mascot with the Cornell Big Red Bears, CALS Student Ambassador, Communications Intern with the Cornell Sustainability Office, and avid intramural sportsman (especially soccer and water polo) Orientation Volunteer Experience: Orientation Leader Fall 2013 Favorite Places at Cornell: Trail around Beebe Lake, Physical Sciences Building, Cornell Plantations
Favorite Classes or Lecture at Cornell: PMA 2800- Introduction to Acting. It's such an entertaining, quirky, close-knit class that you can't help but lower your inhibitions and have fun.
Favorite Cornell Memory: Going sledding down Libe Slope with my friends one snowy night during my freshman year, using flattened cardboard boxes and cafeteria trays as makeshift sleds. Needless to say, I wiped out pretty badly, but it was definitely worth it.
Favorite Cornell Tradition or Legend: The entire list of 161 things to do while at Cornell; it's a crazy list, but many of the suggested activities are actually worth trying, such as taking a midnight picnic in the plantations or going to a hockey game and harassing the other team.

\\filesName: Manny
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
College & Major: Arts & Sciences, Biology Major
Year of Graduation: 2016
Interesting Facts About Yourself: Play intramural sports (soccer, basketball, and inner tube water polo), conduct research at Love Laboratory, member of CASPHA, and activity coordinator for Cornell Music VS
Orientation Volunteer Experience: Orientation Leader 2013
Favorite Places at Cornell: Space between the Physical Sciences Building and Baker Lab, and the Collaborative Center in Mann Library
Favorite Classes or Lecture at Cornell: Even though I'm in the middle of it right now, I can already say that Spanish 2070, Spanish for the Medical and Health Professions, is my favorite class. Just being able to learn and have fun simultaneously is great, and Mónica (the instructor) just makes it even better.
Favorite Cornell Memory: Being from SoCal, I'd never experienced a true snowfall as the only snow I'd ever seen was artificial stuff from local snowboarding mountains. So during the first snow of the season, somehow all of the Californians from my freshman dorm and other surrounding dorms went outside and had a snowball fight. It was awesome.
Favorite Cornell Tradition or Legend: Yelling at midnight on the first day of first round of prelims.

\\filesName: Sandeep
Hometown: Flushing, NY
College & Major: Computer Science, College of Engineering
Year of Graduation: 2016
Interesting Facts About Yourself: I sleep with my pillow on top of my head. I love eating double chocolate chip cookies. When I'm stressed out I like to just drive my car without any destination (I generally like cars). If I were to meet someone who is currently dead, it would be Abraham Lincoln. Favorite shows: Mentalist, Suits, House of Cards and Person of Interest. I'm always about doing something efficiently.
Activities at Cornell: Peer Advisor Orientation Volunteer Experience: Orientation Leader 2013
Favorite Places at Cornell: Duffield & on top of Olin Library (overseeing arts quad)
Favorite Classes or Lecture at Cornell: Python (it's a computer language), Perception, Cognition & Development (FWS), Archery (yet to take)
Favorite Cornell Memory: I first went to Olin Hall and Uris Hall, looking for Olin and Uris libraries during my first semester of freshman year. Glad there wasn't a Mann Hall.
Favorite Cornell Tradition or Legend: Dragon Day - I imagine a duel between the architecture students' Dragon and the Engineers' Phoenix when they meet.

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