Orientation Assistants

Meet Your OA

Get to know our 24 Orientation Assistants!

Asha

Asha
Major: early childhood and childhood education
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Involved in: CRU, International Cafe, Residence Life, C.U.R.E.

Fun Fact “I love climbing trees. If it was an Olympic sport, I would dedicate my life to train for it.”

Advice "Take advantage of the opportunities you have - the opportunities to go to college events and the opportunities to stay in to do work."

Brian

Brian
Major: adolescence education earth science
Hometown: West Islip, NY
Involved in: Geology Club, RA

Advice "Get to know the faculty and staff on campus! They can be really helpful and provide you with great opportunities."

Brianna

Brianna
Major: sociology
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Involved in: Alpha Sigma Alpha, Tour Guide, National Honor Society for Leadership and Success

Favorite thing about Cortland “The atmosphere. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming. It is honestly a second home to me.”

Caroline

Caroline
Major: communication and media studies
Hometown: Averill Park, NY
Involved in: Cortland State Television, College Singers, Cortland Dance Company

Favorite thing about Cortland “The people! There is always someone to help you whether it be students or faculty. Since the day I got to SUNY Cortland there was such a welcoming and supportive atmosphere."

Fun Fact “I know how to play the ukulele, and I am trying to learn how to play the guitar!”

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Danielle
Major: speech and hearing science
Hometown: Oneonta, NY
Transferred from SUNY Plattsburgh and College of Mount Saint Vincent
Involved in: NSSLHA, Transfer Network Team, National Society of Leadership and Success, Kappy Delta Pi

Fun Fact “I have a twin sister.”

Dean

Dean
Majors: athletic training
Hometown: Rensselaer, NY
Involved in: Ambassadors Club, Tour Guide, Honors Program

Favorite thing about Cortland “The people.”

Advice “Do not be afraid to meet new people.”

Erik

Erik
Major: early childhood and childhood education
Hometown: Lindenhurst, NY
Involved in: Resident Assistant, ASAP tutor

Advice “You might not adjust to college right away. Just be patient. Introduce yourself to people, join clubs, and work hard in the classroom!”

Freddy

Freddy
Major: sport management
Hometown: New York, NY
Involved in: Ritmo Latino, Men of Value and Excellence, Sport Management Club, La Familia Latina

Favorite thing about Cortland “The energy and spirit at the College starting with President Bitterbaum, who makes himself accessible to all students."

Jake

Jake
Major: early childhood and childhood education
Hometown: Limestone, NY
Involved in: Resident Assistant, previously involved in track and field

Fun Fact “I'm the first one in my entire family to attend college.”

Jena

Jena
Major: biomedical sciences
Hometown: New Brockton, AL
Transferred from Enterprise State
Involved in: Physics and Engineering Club, SUNY Cortland EMS, Teaching Assistant

Fun Fact “I built a semi-autonomous prosthetic hand.”

Jeremiah

Jeremiah
Major: athletic training
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Involved in: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, SPECTRUM

Favorite thing about CortlandThat no matter how nervous you think you may be about finding your place or figuring out what you want to do, every person you meet contributes to your eventual realization of your purpose.

Jessica

Jessica
Major: early childhood and childhood education
Hometown: Binghamton, NY
Involved in: Education Club, previously involved in track and field

Advice “Come to Cortland with an open mind and ready to try new things.”

Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn
Major: biochemistry
Hometown: Hamilton, NY
Involved in: Biology Club, Chemistry Club, Jiu Jitsu, National Society of Leadership and Success, Snowboarding, Rock Climbing

Fun Fact “I have 16 pets - 4 dogs, 3 cats, 1 fish, and 8 chickens.”

Kashaun

Kashaun
Major: exercise science
Hometown: Middletown, NY
Involved in: Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, previously involved in baseball

Advice “Learn how to balance school and your free time. ”

Katera

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

Favorite thing about Cortland “The professors are the best thing about SUNY Cortland.”

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

Kayla

Kayla
Major: speech and hearing science
Hometown: Monsey, NY
Transferred from Ithaca College and Rockland Community College
Involved in: Transfer Buddy, Compass, Green Dot, EOP tutor

Advice “Utilize the resources that are on campus for you."

Kyle

Kyle
Major: physical education
Hometown: Hauppauge, NY
Transferred from Suffolk County Community College
Involved in: Adapted PEM, Goal ball club, Wheelchair Sports

Favorite thing about Cortland
“The Student Life Center - it has everything you can think of to keep you and your friends entertained.”

Leah

Leah
Major: fitness development
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Involved in: Caribbean Student Association; Know Your Roots; Curly, Kinky and Coily; Outdoor Adventure Club

Favorite thing about Cortland “The diversity on campus and being able to communicate with different cultures."

LeAndra

Le'Andra
Major: teaching english as a second major
Hometown: Queens, NY
Involved in: Club Swim; Women of Color; Curls, Kinks and Coils

Fun Fact “I can say the alphabet backwards really fast.”

Advice “Do not feel like you won't fit in here. You will find your place in this welcoming school."

Megan

Megan
Majors: fitness development and coaching
Hometown: East Rochester, NY
Transferred from Slippery Rock University
Involved in: Nu Sigma Chi, Fitness Supervisor

Fun Fact “I am a first degree black belt in Taekwondo.”

Marissa

Rissa
Major: early childhood and childhood education
Hometown: Bridgetown, Barbados
Transferred from Tompkins Cortland Community College
Involved in: Resident Assistant

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

Favorite thing about Cortland “How available and helpful faculty and staff always are.”

Sonia

Sonia
Major: psychology
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Involved in: Student Activities Board Music Chair, Open Mic Host, Tour Guide, Family Weekend Volunteer

Advice “Manage your time wisely. DO NOT leave your work for the last minute.”

Favorite thing about Cortland “All the fun activities, clubs, and opportunities it offers.”

Ursula

Ursula
Major: physics
Hometown: Lake Grove, NY
Involved in: Nu Sigma Chi, Physics and Engineering Club, SGA, Actively Involved in the Community, Cortland Dance Company, Women's Ultimate Frisbee, Student Justice, Lab TA

Advice “Take advantage of every opportunity you can, especially if it's free.”

Veronica

Veronica
Major: anthropology
Hometown: Bronx, NY

Fun Fact “I started my natural hair journey 3 years ago and have learned to cherish and love my hair as part of my ancestry ever since.”

Favorite thing about Cortland “The professors are easy to talk to; even if it's a big lecture hall, they still make it feel like it's a small classroom.”

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