Orientation Assistants

Meet Your OA

Get to know our Orientation Assistants!

Brady

Brady
Pronouns: he/him/his
Major: Coaching
Hometown: Pine Valley, NY
Involved in: Football team

Fun Fact “My nickname is Big Tasty."

Favorite Thing About Cortland "The people and the atmosphere that gets brought to classes and events everyday."

Advice "Make every day count. You only get so many days in college."

Brooke

Brooke
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Major: Inclusive Childhood Education
Hometown: Sherburne, NY
Transferred from SUNY Oneonta
Involved in: childhood education club

Favorite Thing About Cortland "There are so many fun and exciting events to participate in."

Carolyn

Carolyn
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Major: Teaching English as a Second Language
Hometown: Arkport, NY
Transferred from Corning Community College
Involved in: Club Rugby Team and Resident Assistant

Fun Fact “I practice taekwondo."

Cassidy

Cassidy
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Major: Inclusive Childhood Education
Hometown: Campbell, NY
Involved in: Resident Assistant

Favorite thing about Cortland

"My favorite thing about SUNY Cortland is the friendly campus community (students, staff, faculty and all!). I often find myself talking to kind strangers on the bus or before class starts and our conversations always brighten my day."

Chloe

Chloe
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Levittown, NY
Involved in: SGA Financial Board, Psychology Club, MUN Club

Fun Fact “I can play two instruments, piano and violin."

Advice "Use your resources that SUNY Cortland provides. It is vital to be involved because this is your career you are responsible for! SUNY Cortland's resources are constantly here to help in a variety of ways."

Daniel

Daniel
Pronouns: he/him/his
Majors: Political Science
Hometown: Newburgh, NY
Involved in: Student Government, NYPIRG, Cinema Club, Young Democrats

Fun Fact “I spent the spring semester in England. A good amount of that was trying and failing to find a good bagel."

Advice "Don't get burned out. Join clubs, do your schoolwork, hang out with friends but always just make sure you have time for yourself."

Destaysia

Destaysia
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Major: Healthcare Management
Hometown: New York City, NY
Transferred from SUNY Broome
Involved in: Resident Assistant

Advice “Be opened minded, things will change and be new to you but new experiences may be best for you."

Jason

Jason
Pronouns: he/him/his
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Liverpool, NY
Involved in: A Cappella, Psychology Club, Interfaith Crew, Ju Jitsu, College Singers, Pre-Med Club, PRIDE

Favorite thing about Cortland
"I love how everyone basically knows each other."

Jess

Jessica
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Major: Childhood and Early Childhood Education
Hometown: Averill Park, NY
Involved in: Young Democrats, Education Club, Honors Program

Fun Fact “I love to rollerskate!"

Advice "Don't worry if you feel like you don't fit in at first, it takes some time for everyone to find their place -- don't be afraid to reach out!"

Joey

Joey
Pronouns: he/him/his
Major: Business Economics
Hometown: Kampala, Uganda
Transferred from Dutchess Community College
Involved in: National Society of Leadership and Success, Study Abroad office

Fun Fact "I speak numerous African languages in addition to English."

Advice "Stop by the Study Abroad Office! Studying Abroad is the best decision I have ever made in my life, and it has helped me grow personally and academically. Plus, it's a great chance to see what opportunities await you from the different parts of the world."

Jose

Jose
Pronouns: he/him/his
Major: Criminology
Hometown: Ellenville, NY
Involved in: Ritmo Latino, Mr. MOVE, Criminology Club, Student Life Center employee

Fun Facts "I have a fraternal girl twin and I lived in Puerto Rico when I was younger."

Advice “Time management is super important and will allow you to succeed at a high level.  Being able to manage your time wisely and prioritizing things will make college less stressful and a lot more enjoyable!"

Lyndsey

Lyndsey
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Major: Communication Studies
Hometown: St. Johnsville, NY
Involved in: Alpha Sigma Alpha

Favorite thing about Cortland “I love the community. I came to SUNY Cortland barely knowing anyone and by the end of fall semester I already had a great group of friends and people on campus who I knew I could go to for anything!"

Marianne

Marianne
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Major: French and Spanish Adolescent Education
Hometown: Smithtown, NY
Involved in: Ambassadors Club, SCEMS, Ritmo Latino, Spanish Club, Tour Guide, Outdoor Pursuit Trip Leader

Fun Fact “I was born in a foreign country! (Guatemala)"

Terry

Terry
Pronouns: he/him/his
Major: Physical Education
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Involved in: Wrestling, APEM

Advice “Sit in front of the class, it is a known fact that those who sit closer to their professors not only have a better chance to have better grades but also are the most likely to have close relationships with their professors."

Van

Van
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Major: Childhood and Early Childhood Education
Hometown: Ellenville, NY
Involved in: Taekwondo Club, Cortland SDA church, Female Force Club, ASL Club, Spanish Club

Fun Fact "I was born in Puerto Rico and lived there for 10 years of my life!"

Favorite thing about Cortland “I love how there is something for everyone on campus and even off campus."

Yamelli

Yamelli
Pronouns: she/they
Major: Communication Studies
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Involved in: Outdoor Pursuits Assistant Manager, Peer2Peer Mentee

Advice "Keep trying new things. This is the time for you to discover different parts of yourself so if one thing does not go well, try it again or try something different!"