Orientation Assistants

Meet Your OA

Get to know our 23 Orientation Assistants!

Alliyah

Alliyah
Major: Political Science and Africana Studies
Hometown: Queens, NY
Involved in: Women of Color, Spanish Club, Caribbean Student Association

Fun Fact “I studied for a year abroad in Ghana!"

Advice "Never be afraid to try new things, you never know where it might lead you."

Ashley

Ashley
Major: Speech and Hearing Science
Hometown: Lowville, NY

Transferred from Jefferson Community College
Involved in: NSSLHA

Favorite Thing About Cortland "The professors are all so approachable, and all more than willing to help their students."

Caroline 2019

Caroline
Major: Communications and Media Studies
Hometown: Averill Park, NY
Involved in: CSTV, Cortland Dance Company, COR 101 Teaching Assistant, Resident Assistant

Advice “Get involved! I always say, there is something for everyone here at Cortland!"

Cassy

Cassy
Major: Biology
Hometown: Westchester, NY
Involved in: Ambassadors Club, Biology Club

Advice “Take advantages of all the resources here on campus. These are free to us to use! Everyone is here to help!"

Favorite thing about Cortland

"Cortland is a welcoming environment by all the faculty members and student body."

Danielle 2019

Danielle
Major: Teaching English as a Second Language
Hometown: Suffern, NY
Involved in: Student Activities Board, SUNY Cortland Orchestra, Figure Skating Club

Fun Fact “My driver's license says I have hazel eyes, but they are actually yellow!"

Emma

Emma
Majors: Early Childhood and Childhood Education
Hometown: Berkshire, NY
Involved in: Phi Kappa Phi, National Society of Leadership and Success

Fun Fact “I used to be in a Christian band where I played the drums!

Advice "Get to know your professor's and advisors as soon as possible!"

Erik 2019

Erik
Major: Early Childhood and Childhood Education
Hometown: Lindenhurst, NY
Involved in: Resident Assistant, TLC tutor

Advice “You will have so many experiences during your time here. Remember to reflect on them and figure out how you can grow from them.

Fun Fact "My current dream job is to someday be a superintendent of a school district."

Eric V

Eric
Major: Sociology
Hometown: Port Washington, NY
Involved in: Student Government Association, Interfaith Crew, PRIDE

Fun Fact “I was president of my high school's Gay Straight Alliance, and hope to work with LGBT youth in the future."

Advice "Be active! Go to events, join clubs, make new friends"

Genesis

Genesis
Major: Psychology and Sociology
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Involved in: Fashion Club, the Student Activities Board, and works at Union Station in Corey Union

Favorite thing about Cortland
"There is always something fun to do here! Club activities and events are always going on, and are a great way to make friends.

Hannah

Hannah
Major: Adolescence Education - Earth Science
Hometown: Kingston, NY
Involved in: Geology Club, Resident Assistant, Intramural Flag Football

Advice "Always be yourself, and you will attract the type of people that you will be the most comfortable around.

James

James
Major: Communications
Hometown: Suffern, NY
Involved in: The Dragon Chronicle, Curly Kinky Coily Hair Club, CSTV

Favorite thing about CortlandThe people! You can meet a new kind of person every single day at Cortland."

Fun Fact "I lived in Georgia for eight years of my life before moving to New York."

Janeice

Janeice
Major: Biomedical Sciences
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Involved in: Spanish Club, Peer 2 Peer Mentor Program

Advice “Work smarter, not harder, and remember to always make time to have some fun!

Fun Fact "My astrological sign is a Leo."

Janiris

Janiris
Major: Teaching English as a Second Language
Hometown: Hancock, NY
Involved in: Education club

Fun Fact “I played volleyball for six years."

Advice "Don't be too hard on yourself during your first year of college."

Jasmiri

Jasmiri
Major: African American Studies
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Involved in: Omega Phi Beta, Equal Opportunity Program tutor, and Students Active for Ending Rape

Favorite thing about Cortland “The faculty and staff here do everything they can to ensure that Cortland is an inclusive environment for everyone."

Jessica 2019

Jessica
Major: Early Childhood and Childhood Education
Hometown: Averill Park, NY
Involved in: Young Democrats, Education Club, Habitat for Humanity

Advice “Familiarize yourself with the resources available on campus."

Kaitlyn 2019

Kaitlyn
Major: Sport Management
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Involved in: Sport Management club

Advice “Try to start conversations with new people with a compliment! Having friends during your time here will benefit you tremendously."

Le Andra 2019

Le'Andra
Major: Business Economics
Hometown: Queens, NY
Involved in: Resident Assistant and Swimming Club

Fun Fact “I once punched a raccoon in the face."

Advice "Try not to compare your time in high school to your college experience...it's time to start fresh!"

Marissa 2019

Marissa
Major: Community Health
Hometown: Apalachin, NY Transferred from SUNY Brockport
Involved in: Eta Sigma Gamma, and Tau Sigma Honor Society

Fun Fact “I am allergic to my pet cat! Her name is Lady."

Megan 2019

Megan
Major: Physical Education
Hometown: East Rochester, NY Transferred from Slippery Rock University
Involved in: Nu Sigma Chi sorority

Fun Fact “I snuck into an Ariana Grande concert, and met her!"

Advice “Push your hardest through the rough times, and in the end you will be better off for it."

Sabrina 2019

Sabrina
Majors: International Studies and Business Economics
Hometown: Niagara Falls, NY
Involved in: Ambassadors club, Peer Tutoring, Student Activities Board, Phi Beta Delta honor society

Favorite thing about Cortland “The inclusive environment here is unlike anywhere else. I was so nervous when I first came here, but soon found so many different ways to get involved"

Sonia

Sonia
Major: International Studies
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Involved in: La Familia Latina, Student Activities Board, Diversity Conference, Ambassadors Club

Fun Fact “I was born in the Dominican Republic, and have performed at Madison Square Garden twice."

Favorite thing about Cortland "How everyone on campus pushes you to be a better student!"

Vanessa

Vanessa
Major: Adolescence Education - English
Hometown: Candor, NY Transferred from Tompkins Cortland Community College
Involved in: Brothers and Sisters in Christ (BASIC), Transfer Network Team, English Club

Fun Fact “I have a green belt in the Korean martial art of Tang Soo Do.”

Advice "Be involved and willing to try new things, but don't forget who you are and who you want to be in the process!"

Violanny

Violanny
Major: Sociology
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Involved in: TLC Office Staff Member

Advice “School comes first! Be sure to always get your academic work done first, before participating in anything else."

Fun Fact "I love both drawing and writing...the actual act of writing that is!