Orientation Assistants

Meet Your OA

Get to know our 24 Orientation Assistants!

Adam

Adam
Major: political science
Hometown: Waterloo, NY
Involved in: ACME, Quidditch, Political Science Association

Advice “Join a club even if you aren't sure that you will like it. It's not an obligation, and who knows, you might love it!”

Angel

Angel
Major: psychology
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, NY
Transferred from Dutchess Community College
Involved in: Alpha Phi

Fun Fact “I skipped the first grade.”

Favorite thing about Cortland “The people"

Cassidy

Cassidy
Major: biomedical sciences
Hometown: Pleasantville, NY
Involved in: A Capella, NRHH, ASAP, RA

Favorite thing about Cortland “The professors are great! They are so supportive of their students in and out of the classroom and are always available for help.”

Charlie

Charlie
Major: athletic training
Hometown: Barrington, IL
Involved in: Varsity Women's Ice Hockey, Outdoor Pursuits, SAAC, Athletic Training club

Fun Fact “I listen to screamo music when I workout.”

Favorite thing about Cortland “How active the campus is, especially with athletics."

Chester

Chester
Major: business economics
Hometown: Vestal, NY
Involved in: SGA, College Against Cancer

Advice “Get involved. Get out of your residence hall and do something. Join a club, go to bingo, participate in events.”

Colleen

Colleen
Majors: childhood/early childhood education
Hometown: Centerport, NY
Involved in: Alpha Sigma Alpha, Active in the Community, SAB, SAFER

Favorite thing about Cortland “[T]he endless opportunities to grow as an individual. Students are encouraged to take risks and try new things.”

Eryn

Eryn
Major: criminology and political science
Hometown: Marathon, NY
Involved in: NRHH, RA, SPECTRUM, Pi Sigma Alpha, Alpha Phi Sigma

Advice “Keep your doors open! It is the easiest way to make friends!”

Gloria

Gloria
Major: community health
Hometown: Queens, NY
Involved in: SGA, Pan African Student Association

Fun Fact “I was born in Ghana- West Africa.”

Favorite thing about Cortland “Our campus looks beautiful in the Fall!"

Jena

Jena
Major: biomedical sciences
Hometown: New Brockton, AL
Transferred from Enterprise State Community College and Troy University
Involved in: Physics Club, Chemistry Club, EMS

Advice “Always be true to yourself, but allow room for personal  growth.”

Jesse

Jesse
Major: childhood/early childhood education
Hometown: Stormville, NY
Involved in: RA, Tour Guide, It's On Us, Education Club, Best Buddies Club

Fun Fact “I can't wink either eye.”

Favorite thing about Cortlandthe constant activity on campus. There is always something to do here, I never get bored!"

Jessica

Jessica
Major: archaeology
Hometown: Vestal, NY
Involved in: Colleges Against Cancer, History Club, Hall Council, Honors Program

Favorite thing about Cortland “[A]ll of the opportunities that it offers, not only academically, but also to get involved on campus and in the community.

Advice “Step out of your comfort zone, try new things, and meet new people. It is the best way to make life long memories. ”

Katera

Katera
Major: international studies
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Involved in: SAB, Gospel Choir, Women of Color, ACME

Advice “Don't start college with a lot of expectations; stay open minded.”

Kelly

Kelly
Major: international studies
Hometown: Oceanside, NY
Involved in: Adirondack Trail Blazers, EMS, ASL Club, Physics and Chemistry Club, Hall Council, PLTL

Favorite thing about Cortland “The culture; I feel accepted, happy and like I belong here.”

Loren

Loren
Major: adolescence education mathematics
Hometown: Staten Island, NY
Involved in: Swim Club, Frisbee Team, Education Club, Math Club

Fun Fact “At home you could always catch me bike riding. I currently own over 10 bikes. ”

Lyndsey

Lyndsey
Major: adolescence education social studies and history
Hometown: Malverne, NY
Involved in: Rock Climbing Club, Outdoor Adventure Club, Colleges Against Cancer, Habitat for Humanity, EMS

Favorite thing about Cortland “The Rock Wall.”

Olivia

Olivia
Major: recreation management
Hometown: Hampton Bays, NY
Involved in: Recreation Association, Inclusive Recreation Club, Outdoor Pursuits, Women's Varsity Tennis Team

Advice “Just be yourself, you'd be surprised how welcoming SUNY Cortland is to everyone!"

Raheema

Raheemah
Major: exercise science
Hometown: Bennington, VT
Involved in: Spectrum, National Society of Leadership and Success, Varsity Track and Field, RA

Fun Fact “I've lived on three continents.”

Favorite thing about Cortland
“the opportunities”

Rissa

Rissa
Major: childhood/early childhood education
Hometown: Bridgetown Barbados
Transferred from Tompkins Cortland Community College
Involved in: Ambassadors Club, Club Tennis

Advice “Never leave what you can do today for tomorrow.”

Sadat

Sadat
Major: sport management
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Transferred from Onondaga Community College
Involved in: Know Your Roots Club, RA

Fun Fact “I have 4 older sisters...and I love watching comedy and horror movies.”

Sarah

Sarah
Major: art and international studies
Hometown: Garrison, NY
Involved in: Art Exhibition Association, Women's Rugby

Fun Fact “I've traveled to at least 11 countries.”

Advice “Don't worry, everything will work out in the end.”

Shai'an

Shai'an
Major: community health
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Involved in: RA, Ambassadors Club, NRHH, DRAMA, Black Student Union, National Society of Leadership and Success

Favorite thing about Cortland “The different types of people you get to interact with.”

Ursula

Ursula
Major: physics
Hometown: Lake Grove, NY
Involved in: Nu Sigma Chi, RHA, Physics Club, SGA, Actively Involved in the Community, The Big Event, Physics Lab TA

Advice “Find a balance between involvement and classes. Don't over or under involve yourself.”

Vicky

Vicky
Major: business economics
Hometown: Middletown, NY
Transferred from Mount Saint Mary College
Involved in: Alpha Sigma Alpha, RA

Fun Fact “I am bilingual; I speak Spanish and English.”

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