Orientation Volunteers - 2013

The backbone of Orientation 2013! Below is a list of Senior Orientation Volunteers and Orientation Volunteers. They will be helping to provide the best Orientation experience possible! Listed below is their favorite musician or band, favorite superhero, favorite candy, what type of sock they would be if they were a sock, and one thing they recommend students do during their first year.

About

Adriana Natali
Senior Orientation Volunteer
Adriana's favorite artist is Jason Aldean. Her favorite superhero is Captain America. Her favorite candy is Take 5. If she were a sock she would be a sock with a neon green/pink pattern. She recommends that first year students try a club for something you've never tried.

Alyson Manning
Senior Orientation Volunteer
Alyson's favorite band is Imagine Dragons. Her favorite superhero is Batman. Her favorite candy is Twix. If she were a sock she would be warm, fuzzy, purple wool sock. She recommends that first year students get out and explore the city of Rochester - it's a fun and easy way to add to your experience!

Daniel Gorman
Senior Orientation Volunteer
Dan's favorite bands are Arcade Fire, Talking Heads, and the Rolling Stones. His favorite superhero is the recent Christopher Nolan version of Batman. Regarding candy, he likes Hershey Symphony Bars best. If Dan were a sock, then he would be a fluffy red sock. He recommends that freshmen should see a classic film screening at the George Eastman House's Dryden Theatre.

Johan Juan Giovanni Jean Jovan Ivan Hans Jon LoTempio Jr.
Senior Orientation Volunteer
Jon's favorite artists are Mozart and Miles Davis. His favorite superhero is Ironman. His favorite candy is peachrings. If he were a sock he would be an argyle sock. He recommends that first year students join Student Activities.

Lauren Sava
Senior Orientation Volunteer
Lauren's favorite band is City and Colour. Her favorite superhero is Spiderman. Her favorite candy is Reese's. If she were a sock she would be a blue knee-high sock. She recommends that first year students take a class in something they know absolutely nothing about.

Paige Iovine
Senior Orientation Volunteer
Paige's favorite band is VNV Nation. Her favorite superhero is Deadpool. Her favorite candy is Gummi Bears. If she were a sock she would be a long and polka dotted neon colored sock. She recommends that first year students wait until the first snowy day in Rochester (shouldn't be too long), find something to sled with, and go sledding on the hill behind Sue B with your friends. It's awesome.

Veronika Alex
Senior Orientation Volunteer
Veronika's favorite bands are Matisyahu, Robin Thicke, and Robert DeLong. Her favorite superhero is Wolverine. Her favorite candy is Hershey’s Kisses and Reese’s Cups. If she were a sock she would be a pair of argyle crew socks (of course). She recommends that first year students find a good place to study that isn’t your room and find a student organization that you really like and want to be apart of. It’s ok if you shop around for a bit, but once you find a group (or several!) that you really click with, stick with it. You’ll get a lot out of it, you’ll be able to quickly expand the amount of people you know on campus, and you’ll make some really great friends that you otherwise would not have known.

Abigail Zabrodsky
Orientation Volunteer
Abby's favorite bands are Linkin Park, Imagine Dragons, and Muse. Her favorite superhero is Batman. Her favorite candy is Reese's. If she were a sock she would be colored hot pink. She recommends that first year students go on a tower tour to the top Rush Rhees.

Adina Poras
Orientation Volunteer
Adina's favorite band is Dispatch. Her favorite superhero is Superman. Her favorite candy is Reese's. If she were a sock she would be a blue, fuzzy sock. She recommends that first year students go to Wegmans.

Alisa Johnson
Orientation Volunteer
Alisa's favorite band is One Republic. Her favorite superhero is Spiderman. Her favorite candy is Almond Joy. If she were a sock she would be a pink argyle dress sock. She recommends that first year students figure out the tunnels before it gets super cold.

Aliyah Patterson
Orientation Volunteer
Aliyah's favorite band is Maroon 5. Her favorite superhero is Wonderwoman. Her favorite candy is pink Starbursts. If she were a sock she would be a pink, black, and grey cheetah print ankle sock. She recommends that first year students try something new.

Amanda Lai
Orientation Volunteer
Amanada's favorite bands are Kina Grannis and Trading Yesterday. Her favorite superhero is Sailor Moon. Her favorite candy is Twix. If she were a sock she would be a multicolored argyle knee sock. She recommends that first year students bike on the Genesee Trail.

Amy Ige
Orientation Volunteer
Amy's favorite band is Passion Pit. Her favorite superhero is Batman. Her favorite candy is M&Ms. If she were a sock she would be a cozy Christmas sock. She recommends that first year students see the Rochester Philharmonic at Eastman.

Anima Ghimire
Orientation Volunteer
Anima's favorite band is Vampire Weekend. Her favorite superhero is Batman. Her favorite candy is M&Ms. If she were a sock she would be a cheetah printed white sock. She recommends that first year students go to an Eastman Concert.

Aviva Schaffer
Orientation Volunteer

Brittany Porter
Orientation Volunteer
Brittany's favorite musical artist is Adele. Her favorite superhero is Batman. Her favorite candy is Gummie candies. If she were a sock she would be a lime green fuzzy sock (perfect for Rochester winters!). She recommends that first year students get involved right away. Go to the Activities Fair during Orientation and sign up for anything that sounds fun! If you don’t end up sticking with everything that’s fine, but trying new clubs/activities is a great way to meet people and figure out what you do like! Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone!

Courtney Astemborkski
Orientation Volunteer
Courtney's favorite musical artists are Justin Timberlake and Adele. Her favorite superheroes are the Powerpuff Girls. Her favorite candies are Twix and Cheetos. If she were a sock she would be a pink and navy blue Polka dot trouser sock. She recommends that first year students go to the top of Rush Rhees on a Halloween tour.

Deanna Peterangelo
Orientation Volunteer
Deanna's favorite band is Billy Joel. Her favorite superhero is Daredevil. Her favorite candy is Swedish Fish. If she were a sock she would be a metallic blue sock with a shine. She recommends that first year students try something you would never have thought of trying otherwise.

Eli Robbins
Orientation Volunteer
Eli's favorite band is Pink Floyd. His favorite superhero is Batman. His favorite candy is Reeses Cups. If he were a sock he would be a black dress sock. He recommends that first year students try out as many clubs as possible.

Elise LaCarrubba
Orientation Volunteer
Elise's favorite band is Nirvana. Her favorite superhero is Nightwing. Her favorite candy is Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. If she were a sock, she would be a green crew sock. She recommends that first year students join a club.

Ellen Boland
Orientation Volunteer
Ellen's favorite band is The Postal Service. Her favorite superhero is Batman. Her favorite candy is chocolate covered peanuts. If she were a sock she would be toesie socks with pink/white stripes. She recommends that first year students try to run for SA/Senate/Hall Council or a club executive board and get involved.

Emily Fitzgerald
Orientation Volunteer
Emily's favorite band is Cold Play. Her favorite superhero is Catwoman. Her favorite candy is Gummi Worms. If she were a sock she would be green ankle socks. She recommends that first year students don't get overly engrossed in school work, and take the time to bond with your friends.

Emmaline Heiken
Orientation Volunteer
Emma's favorite band is Death Cab for Cutie. Her favorite superhero is Captain Underpants. Her favorite candy is Snickers. If she were a sock she would be a ninja knee sock. She recommends that first year students stay in and play 'never have I ever' with your hall at least once.

Eun Hee "Hannah" Lee
Orientation Volunteer
Hannah's favorite bands are The Fray and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Her favorite superhero is Batman. Her favorite candy is blow pops. If she were a sock she would be a black ankle length sock. She recommends that first year students be involved in at least one club and go to Java's.

Gaelynn Petry
Orientation Volunteer
Gaelynn's favorite band is Bon Jovi. Her favorite superhero is Ironman. Her favorite candy is chocolate. If she were a sock she would be fuzzy blue socks. She recommends that first year students sled down the hill behind Sue B.

Harshita Mira Venhazesa
Orientation Volunteer
Harshita's favorite band is Imagine Dragons. Her favorite superhero is Naruto. Her favorite candy is Yummi Bears. If she were a sock she would be an awkward multicolored sock. She recommends that first year students don't take more than they can handle.

Hayley Forrest
Orientation Volunteer
Hayley's favorite band is Justin Timberlake. Her favorite superhero is Superman. Her favorite candy is M&Ms. If she were a sock she would be a purple and pink argyle knee-high sock. She recommends that first year students check out all the clubs and activities they are interested in even if it's something new.

Francis "Hua" Zhou
Orientation Volunteer
Hua's favorite band is Queen. His favorite superhero is Batman. His favorite candy is M&Ms. If he were a sock he would be a warm, blue sock. He recommends that first year students check out the different clubs and organizations.

Hui Miao
Orientation Volunteer

Jessica Kurtis
Orientation Volunteer
Jessica's favorite bands are Thriving Ivory and Train. Her favorite superhero is Super Grover. She doesn't have a favorite snack, because she like all of them. If she were a sock, she would be a plaid one. She recommends that first year students partake in as many activities before and after Orientation as they can, because you can meet so many interesting people and make lots of new friends who stick with you.

Jessica Rose
Orientation Volunteer
Jessica's favorite artists are Macklemore, Beyonce, Adele, Michael Buble, and Sara Bareilles. Her favorite superheroes are Batman and Iron Man. Her favorite candy is every kind of M&M's. If she were a sock, she would be a purple ankle sock because you can dance in them and they're short. She recommends that all first year students follow their passions, especially when it comes to joining clubs, because becoming a part of an extracurricular activity enables you to meet more people, especially upperclassmen, and to enrich your time at the U of R through something other than academics.

Jingwen "Ava" Dong
Orientation Volunteer

John DeCourcey
Orientation Volunteer
John's favorite band is Marina & the Diamonds. His favorite superhero is Aquaman. His favorite candy is Oreos. If he were a sock he would be a blue sock. He recommends that first year students go to the club fair, and sign up for organizations, and get involved.

Kayon Elles
Orientation Volunteer
Kayon's favorite band is Linkin Park. Her favorite superhero is Thor (because he is sooo cute). Her favorite candy is Lindor Chocolate Truffles. If she were a sock she would be a safe boring pair of black cotton socks. She recommends that first year students go to Dinosaur BBQ, because it is amazing.

Kyra Bradley
Orientation Volunteer
Kyra's favorite band is Big Bang. She enjoys Olympic Figure Skating and chocolate covered pretzels. She is quite good at looking and sounding American. She recommends that first year students go to the public market.

Lan "Joanne" Zhou
Orientation Volunteer
Joanne's favorite band is Westlife. Her favorite superhero is Spiderman. Her favorite candy is marshmallows. If she were a sock she would be a blue sock. She recommends that first year students try as many activities as they can and enjoy life.

Laura Lyons
Orientation Volunteer
Laura's favorite band at the moment is Passenger, but that changes, sometimes, so forever and always it will be Rascal Flatts. Her favorite superhero is Aquaman, and her favorite candy is Junior Mints. If she were to be a sock, She'd be an orange and yellow zigzag athletic sock. And her advice to the incoming class of 2017 is to join a group that does something you love, be it a sport, something artistic, or any other random activity. The upperclassmen in the group will become some of your most trusted ‘advisors,’ and they and your classmates who join with you will become some of your closest friends with whom you’ll share 4 years of treasured memories by the time you graduate.

Motunrayo "Tutu" Olaniyan
Orientation Volunteer
Tutu's favorite band is Three Days Grace. Her favorite superhero is The Flash, because he walks cheetahs. Her favorite candy is Crunch Bars. If she were a sock she would be an ankle-sock with black and white stripes with green toes and heel. She recommends that first year students get to become great friends with their hall.

Natasha Chainaiu
Orientation Volunteer
Natasha's favorite band is OAR. She enjoys Olympic Swimming and Snickers. She is quite good at making people smile. She recommends that first year students go lounge on the quad.

Nicholas Giangreco
Orientation Volunteer
Nicholas's favorite band is New Found Glory. His favorite superhero is Superman. His favorite candy is Heath. If he were a sock he would be a white sock with a red collar. Nicholas recommends first year students take the challenging courses you want to take but don't think you could handle or do well in--chances are you'll surprise yourself.

Pamela Barnett
Orientation Volunteer
Pamela's favorite band is John Mayer. Her favorite superhero is Wonderwoman. Her favorite candy is Sourpatch Watermellon. If she were a sock she would be a fuzzy lime-green sock. She recommends that first year students explore Park Avenue.

Rebecca Goldberg
Orientation Volunteer
Rebecca's favorite band is Green Day. Her favorite superhero is Superman. Her favorite candy is Sourpatch Kids. If she were a sock she would be a purple knee high sock with elephants. She recommends that first year students go to an acapella concert.

Sade Richardson
Orientation Volunteer
Sade's favorite band is the Band Perry and her favorite musicians are Jah Cure and Sean Paul. She enjoys writing poetry, jewelry making, giving back to the community and planning events. She is originally from Trinidad and Tobago. She recommends that first year students take a Halloween tour of Rush Rhees and spend time at the Douglass Leadership House.

Samantha Lish
Orientation Volunteer
Samantha's favorite artist is Justin Timberlake. Her favorite superhero is Batman. Her favorite candy is Hershey's Cookies and Cream Bars. If she were a sock she would be a blue and white striped fuzzy knee sock. She recommends that first year students get wonderfully lost in the stacks.

Sanuja Bose
Orientation Volunteer
Sanuja's favorite band is Bon Iver. Her favorite superhero is Ironman. Her favorite candy is Godiva chocolates. If she were a sock she would be an invisible sock. She recommends that first year students rid themselves of Senioritis quickly.

Sarah Schur
Orientation Volunteer
Sarah's favorite band is One Republic. Her favorite superhero is Batman. Her favorite candy is Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. If she were a sock she would be a fuzzy socks with bunnies on them. She recommends that first year students get involved and do all the things even if you don't think you will like them at first.

Shawn Bihler
Orientation Volunteer
Shawn likes show tunes, but if he had to pick a favorite band, it would be The Fray. His favorite superhero is Green Lantern. His favorite candy is Butterfinger. If he were a sock, he would be a black no-show because it is both classy and comfortable. He recommends that first year students take a random class in each semester their first year. It will alleviate stress and open your mind to other things that you might end up loving.

Shivali Mukerji
Orientation Volunteer
Shivali's favorite artists are Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie and Ed Sheeran. Her favorite superhero is Iron Man. She can't decide what her favorite candy is. If she were a sock, she would be a red ankle length sock. She recommends that first year students not just sit around in their rooms and wait for things to happen. Be proactive and keep yourself busy 24/7.

Sukanya Roy
Orientation Volunteer

Susan Talbot
Orientation Volunteer
Susan's favorite artist is Taylor Swift. Her favorite superhero is Superman. Her favorite candy is Peanut M&M's. If she were a sock, she would be a pink patterned ankle sock. She recommends that first year students get involved in at least one or two clubs and run for positions in those clubs.

Susannah Scheffler
Orientation Volunteer
Susannah doesn't have a favorite band, but she loves anything she can dance to. Her favorite superheros are all of the Incredibles. Her favorite candy is popcorn. If she were a sock she would be a knee-high yellow and navy striped sock (go Jackets!). She recommends that first year students lay on the quad the first warm day of spring.

Tianyi Liu
Orientation Volunteer
Tianyi's favorite band is The Script. Her favorite superhero is Batman. Her favorite snack is Lay's potato chips. If she were a sock, she would be a rainbow sock. She recommends that first year students explore downtown Rochester and visit Eastman while it's warm, because the good weather doesn't last long.

Wasiq Yousaf
Orientation Volunteer

Wentao Wang
Orientation Volunteer
Majoring in Business I am a rising senior (Class of 2014). I am from China, majoring in business and minoring in Social Psychology. In 2012, I studied abroad at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and at the Queen Mary College, the University of London, UK. In Melbourne, I was selected to be the main female character in the Chinese theater group’s twentieth anniversary drama. Welcome!

Xiayan "Eric" Huan
Orientation Volunteer
Eric's favorite band is Linkin Park. His favorite superhero is Ironman. If he were a sock he would be a red, orange, and black sock. He recommends that first year students hang out with him.

Yang Yang
Orientation Volunteer
Majoring in Music Greetings boys and girls! I’m involved with many music-oriented clubs such as NJR and OBOC. Other then music, I’m a big fan of adventures, such as skiing, backpacking and world traveling. I’ve been to a lot of place around the world, I really enjoy experiencing different cultures and languages. My Advice: Join some clubs that you’re interested in trying out. Take some humanity courses outside of your major to expand your knowledge. Don’t be afraid to join a group conversation in your hall or class.

Yaomin Pan
Orientation Volunteer
Majoring in Financial Economics and International Relations Hi all, my name is Yaomin Pan, also go with Yao. I’m a rising junior and a Financial Economics and International Relations double major. I was born in Guangzhou, China, then went to high school in By field, Massachusetts. I’m going to be the Student Representative for the Chinese Student Association, the Business Manager for the Model United Nation Club and a student mentor for the school’s Transition Program. When I'm free I like to play tennis, watch movies, and practice guitar. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns via email or Facebook over the summer. Welcome Class of 2017! My Advice: Check your email on a regular base. You can get a lot of useful information from your advisors and mentors' emails; Talk to and make friends with your hall mates and participate in your hall programs actively. Your hall mates will be your very first group of friends on campus; Step out of your comfort zone and join the organizations and clubs that you are interested in. Start building your own network and finding your passion from there.

Yi "Louise" Lu
Orientation Volunteer

Yixin "Rachel" Li
Orientation Volunteer
Yixin's favorite band is The Smiths. Her favorite superheroes are Captain America, the Flash, and Ironman. Her favorite candy is Reese's. If she were a sock she would be a RAINBOW sock! She recommends that first year students climb the roof of the library (on a tour).

Yuan "Aries" Liang
Orientation Volunteer
Aries's favorite band is Tokio Hotel. Her favorite superhero is Thor. Her favorite candy is chocolate pretzels. If she were a sock she would be a red, short sock. She recommends that first year students don't take too many courses and enjoy their life.

Zeina Elhaj
Orientation Volunteer
Zeina's favorite artist is Ed Sheeran. Her favorite superheroes are the Power Puff Girls. Her favorite candy is Starburst. If she were a pair of socks, she would be green and blue stripy toe socks. She recommends that first year students get out and explore the city of Rochester, because it has a ton of cool places that they should get to know, since they will be spending the next four years here.

Zenobia Smith
Orientation Volunteer
Zenobia's favorite artist is Adele. Her favorite superhero is Storm. Her favorite candy is Kit Kat bars. If she were a sock she would be a fluffy, pink, slipper sock. She recommends that first year students go to a track meet.