Orientation Volunteers - 2014

The backbone of Orientation 2014! 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 movie or TV show, favorite Lego, favorite candy or snack, the color of their aura, and one thing they recommend students do during their first year.

About

Emma Pollock
Senior Orientation Volunteer
Emma’s favorite movies are Big Fish, Seabiscuit, War Horse, and Captain America. Her favorite Lego set is Captain America Vs. Hydra. Some of her favorite snacks are Sour Patch Watermelon, salt and vinegar chips, and goldfish. Emma’s aura is yellow because she can always be counted on for optimism and encouragement. She recommends that students watch the sunrise on the Genesee in their first year.

Jessica Rose
Senior Orientation Volunteer
Jessica’s favorite movie is The Avengers and her favorite TV shows are NCIS and Grey’s Anatomy. Her favorite Legos are Obi-Wan Kenobi, Chewbacca, and Gimili; she even has them on her backpack! Her favorite candies are Reese’s and anything with chocolate! Jessica’s aura is yellow because she’s always happy, but her favorite color is purple. She recommends that students in their first year explore the tunnel system because it will be their best friend!

Mackenzie Gage
Senior Orientation Volunteer
Mackie’s favorite movie is Green Mile and his favorite TV show is Game of Thrones. His favorite Lego is Star Wars. His favorite candy is Starbursts. Mackie says his aura is periwinkle sky blue cuz he has 'swagger like that.' He recommends that first year students befriend Leslie, the awesome cashier who works at Douglass in the morning. She’s his girl.

Matt McCormick
Senior Orientation Volunteer
Matt’s favorite movie is Big Fish and his favorite TV show is The West Wing. His favorite Lego is the 2x3 yellow block. His favorite candies are Twizzlers and Reese’s products. Matt’s aura is yellow because he’s off the walls with positive energy all the time. He recommends that students in their first year go to DogTown!!

Samantha Lish
Senior Orientation Volunteer
Samantha’s favorite movies are Bridesmaids, Up in the Air, and The Breakfast Club, and her favorite TV shows are Scandal, SVU, and Grey's Anatomy. The spot for Samantha’s favorite Lego is tied between the Disney Princess Legos and the Dinosaur ones. Her favorite snacks are Mint Oreos and fried zucchini. Samantha’s aura is wisteria, a not too bright but not too dark Crayola color. She recommends that students in their first year eat lunch at Au Bon Pain in the Med Center at least once!

Zeina Elhaj
Senior Orientation Volunteer
Zeina’s favorite TV show is Once Upon A Time. She still cries herself to sleep because of the last finale. She’s not really into Legos and hopes nobody smacks her for it. Her favorite candy is a Kit Kat bar. Zeina’s aura is green because it's relaxing and wholesome. Her advice to freshmen and first year students: don’t embrace the idea of remaining in your comfort zone. You don’t want these four years to pass by in some cubicle in the library. Get out there!

Zenobia Smith
Senior Orientation Volunteer
Zenobia’s favorite TV shows are The Good Wife and Scandal. Her favorite Lego is the basic one with eight dots on the top because it’s so darn versatile and amazing. Her favorite kind of chips is sour cream and onion and her favorite candies are Airhead Xtremes. Her aura is blue because she works best when she’s relaxed, loves the soothing sounds of nature, and can have a really soft personality. Zenobia’s advice to first year students is to eat at the Med Center Cafeteria-- she claims it’s the best food around and is way cheaper than other on-campus options!

Adina Poras
Orientation Volunteer
Adina’s favorite TV show is Phineas and Ferb. Her favorite Legos are superheroes. Her favorite snack is pita chips. Adina’s aura is blue because she really likes marine life and the ocean. She recommends that students in their first year get to know the flags in Hirst Lounge!

Adrian Petrou
Orientation Volunteer
Adrian's favorite movie is Black Swan and her favorite TV shows are Saturday Night Live and Parks and Rec. Her favorite Legos are any of the ones Star Wars themed. Her favorite candy is sour gummy worms but crunchy Cheetos are her absolute favorite snack. Adrian's aura is probably "Crayola macaroni and cheese," but purple best describes her because there are so many unique shades and she wouldn't want to be defined by just one! She recommend first year students go to Jay's Diner late at night.

Alanna Hardy
Orientation Volunteer
Alanna’s favorite TV show is Boondocks. The Batman Lego is her favorite. Her favorite snack is yogurt. Her aura is orange because she’s not quite a red and not quite a yellow. Alanna recommends that first year students wake up a few hours before their class to get food and watch a few episodes of their favorite show.

Alia Clark
Orientation Volunteer
Alia’s favorite movie is Pitch Perfect. Her favorite legos are the yellow ones. Her favorite candies are Reese’s cups. Alia’s aura is either blue or yellow because she’s a YellowJacket who bleeds those colors. She recommends students in their first year join groups that are interesting to them even if they have never done anything like it in the past.

Alyssa Lemire
Orientation Volunteer
Alyssa’s favorite movie is Lord of the Rings and her favorite TV show is Game of Thrones. Her favorite Lego is Harry Potter. Alyssa’s favorite snack is frozen yogurt. Her aura is green because it’s energetic, positive, and bright. She recommends students take as many pictures as possible during their first year!Brittany’s favorite TV show is American Horror Story. Her favorite Legos are the Harry Potter ones. Brittany’s favorite snacks are Thin Mints, BBQ Pop Chips, and Scooby Doo fruit snacks. She likes green, but can’t really explain why. She recommends that students get involved right away by going to the Activities Fair and signing up for anything that sounds fun!

Brittany Porter
Orientation Volunteer
Brittany’s favorite TV show is American Horror Story. Her favorite Legos are the Harry Potter ones. Brittany’s favorite snacks are Thin Mints, BBQ Pop Chips, and Scooby Doo fruit snacks. She likes green, but can’t really explain why. She recommends that students get involved right away by going to the Activities Fair and signing up for anything that sounds fun!

Brooke Brehm
Orientation Leader

Ellen Grinnell
Orientation Volunteer
Ellen’s favorite movie is Remember the Titans. She’s not into Legos, so she doesn’t have a favorite. She loves chocolate! Her aura is pink because it’s happy, sweet, and friendly. Ellen recommends that in their first year, students attend a performance or sporting event!

Eugenia Zeng
Orientation Volunteer
Eugi’s favorite TV show is Game of Thrones. Her favorite Lego is Batman. Her favorite candies are Kit Kats! Eugi’s aura is pink because... just because. She recommends that students go to an a cappella concert during their first year.

Gina Fabio
Orientation Volunteer
Gina's favorite movie is Pacific Rim and her favorite Lego is the Star Wars lego game (which totally counts). Her favorite candy is Starbursts. Gina is best described by the color purple because purple is awesome. She recommends that freshmen do something off campus like see a musical at the Auditorium Theatre, catch a concert at the Armory, or go have dinner at the Distillery.

Heidi Bai
Orientation Volunteer
Heidi’s favorite movie is Despicable Me and her favorite TV show is Grey’s Anatomy. Her favorite Lego is Spongebob. Heidi’s favorite snacks are milkshakes and gummies. She has an orange aura because she’s ambitious! Her recommendation is for students to walk through the cemetery to Coldstone Creamery in their first year!

Jamie Rudd
Orientation Volunteer
Jamie’s favorite movies are Moonrise Kingdom and Across the Universe, and her favorite TV show is Glee. Her favorite Lego is Yoda from Star Wars. Jamie’s favorite candies and snacks are M&Ms, corn chips, almonds and Craisins. Her aura is blue because it’s very versatile; it can be relaxing, professional, and fun, it just depends on the shade! She recommends that student go to the Fringe Festival in their first year!

Katie Mead
Orientation Volunteer
Katie loves all Disney movies. Her favorite Legos are the classic ones. Her favorite candy is Twix. Katie’s aura is orange because it’s very bright and fun! She recommends that students in their first year get to know their professors because it makes classes more interesting.

Katie Ward
Orientation Volunteer
Katie’s favorite TV show is Grey’s Anatomy. Her favorite Lego set is Dumbledore’s office. Her favorite candy is Twizzlers! Katie’s aura is pink because she’s happy and sweet (she actually is!!). She recommends that in their first year, students take classes that are not for their major.

Linda Shackles
Orientation Volunteer
Linda’s favorite Movie is Lilo and Stitch. Her favorite Legos are in the yeti set. Her favorite candy is Mr. Goodbar. Linda’s aura is yellow because she comes off as energetic and outgoing, but blue best describes her because she prefers to be as tranquil as possible (Rochester colors ftw!). She recommends that students in their first year leave campus every now and then to visit downtown Rochester and places like Magnolia’s Deli and Cafe!

Motunrayo "TuTu" Olaniyan
Orientation Volunteer

Neesha Desai
Orientation Volunteer
Neesha’s favorite TV show is Pretty Little Liars. She loves building houses with Legos. Pretzel M&Ms are her favorite snack. A color that describes Neesha best is blue; she likes clear blue-sky days. She recommends students in their first year take a trip to Wegmans.

Nick Wachter
Orientation Volunteer
Nick’s favorite movie is Pacific Rim and his favorite TV show is Once Upon A Time. His favorite Legos are space ones. His favorite candies are peach rings. Nick has a green aura because green is a color that represents safety and harmony and he likes to think of himself as a peaceful person. His advice for students in their first year: pull an all-nighter with your friends and don’t do anything academic in that time period.

Nina Dennis
Orientation Volunteer
Nina’s favorite TV show is Gilmore Girls, and the Harry Potter films are her favorite movies. Her favorite Legos are in the Hogwarts set. As far as candy goes, she’ll have all kinds of gummies. Nina’s aura is yellow because she’s cheerful. She recommends students go to the top of Rush Rhees library in their first year.

Peter Snell
Orientation Volunteer
Peter’s favorite movie is Christmas Vacation and his favorite TV show is Weeds. His favorite lego is the wrecking ball from the construction set. Peter’s favorite candies are watermelon sour patch kids. His aura is green but he thinks blue best describes him because it conveys a sense of calm and contentment. He recommends new students explore the city because there are a lot of new things to find out there.

Rebecca Goldberg
Orientation Volunteer
Rebecca’s favorite movie is Fever Pitch. Her favorite Lego is Spongebob. Her favorite candy is Sour Patch Watermelon, but she also loves to snack on frozen yogurt and ice cream. He aura is Purple! Rebecca recommends that students go to an a cappella concert in their first year.

Samantha Lienert
Orientation Volunteer
Samantha’s favorite movies are Endless Love, Silver Linings Playbook, and Flipped, and her favorite TV shows are The Fosters and Dr. Phil. Her favorite Legos are the Ninja Turtles ones. Her favorite candies are raspberry-filled dark chocolate bars. Samantha's aura is purple because it’s partly sassy and partly compassionate and adventurous. She recommends that students in their first year reach out to lots and lots of different people to try and find out where they fit in at Rochester.

Sarah Yvonne Bodell
Orientation Volunteer
Yvie’s favorite TV show is Breaking Bad. Her favorite Legos are in the helicopter set. Her favorite kind of chips is Pringles. Yvie’s aura is yellow because she loves to be out in the sun! She recommends that students sled on the hill behind Danforth in their first year.

Shannon Hughes
Orientation Volunteer
Shannon’s favorite TV shows are Into the Universe, Planet Earth, and Breaking Bad, and her favorite movies are the Harry Potter ones. Her favorite snack is trail mix. Shannon’s aura is blue because she’s compassionate towards other people’s feelings. She recommends that students in their first year to the Rush Rhees scavenger hunt around Halloween to get an idea of how to navigate the library and to check out the beautiful view from top.

Sophie Forman
Orientation Volunteer
Sophie’s favorite movie is Frozen and her favorite TV show is Game of Thrones. He favorite Lego set of a fire station. Sophie’s favorite snack is chocolate covered pretzels and ice cream. Her aura is orange because she’s funny and sweet. She recommends students go to on campus events like Halloween in Rush Rhees and Holi in their first year!

Suneet Waghmarae
Orientation Volunteer
Suneet’s favorite movie is The Dark Night. His favorite Legos are the rectangular ones. Suneet’s favorite candies are pink Starbursts. His aura is orange because it’s the color of the sunset and his name is Suneet! He recommends that students become friends with the Panda Express chef during their first year.

Thomas Haughey
Orientation Volunteer
Thomas’ favorite TV show is Entourage. His favorite Lego is Batman. Thomas likes to snack on Mega Stuffed Oreos. His aura is red because it’s vibrant and fun! He recommends that students get a garbage plate in their first year.

Yatong Ge
Orientation Volunteer
Yatong’s favorite movie is Run, Lola, Run, and her favorite TV show is House of Cards. Her favorite Legos are the Harry Potter ones. Yatong’s favorite candy is a Kit Kat bar! Her aura is yellow because she’s warm and positive. She recommends students in their first year to take a trip to the Career Center because it’s never too early to start planning ahead!