office of the first-year experience

Orientation Staff Directory


Orientation Leaders (OLs) are student role models who serve a vital role in the transition of our first-year students from high school to college as well as helping new transfer students adjust to Lehigh. OLs  are dedicated students who possess strong leadership and communication skills, a desire to be part of a team, and pride in Lehigh University. Each Orientation Leader will have a small group of 20-25 first-year students they will work with throughout evoLUtion.

Orientation Coordinators, or OCs, are students who have been OLs for at least a year. They help plan Orientation Leader recruitment and selection, assist in planning spring and August training for the staff and they are available to assist first-year students in the summer by answering questions and giving "student to student" advice..



Orientation Coordinators 2013

Name: Therese Corcoran  
Major: Sociology & Anthropology, Minor in Peace Studies  
College: Arts & Sciences
Graduating Year: 2014
Hometown: Bernardsville, NJ

What is your favorite spot/location on campus?
I work at the rock climbing wall in Taylor Gym and I love it. It's a fun place to meet people, challenge yourself, and get a great workout. Come check it out!

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
The people- Students, faculty, staff, community members. By getting involved on campus and in South Bethlehem, I have met so many amazing people who are changing the world one step at a time.

What is something you wish you knew about college before starting Lehigh?
The semesters fly by- don't waste any of it by trying to fit in. Be YOU, stand out and create your own college experience! 

What clubs and organizations are you involved in outside of Orientation?
I am in Break The Silence,  LU Feminist Alliance, Philosophy Club, on the Women's Rugby team, and help lead Meditation Club. I also work at the climbing wall and the Women's Center! 

Fun Fact:
I recorded some of my music with the owner of Chung King Records, the studio where the Beastie Boys recorded their first albums!

Name: Danielle Gluck         
Major: IBE & Chemical Engineering
College: Engineering & Applied Science
Graduating Year: 2015
Hometown: Morristown, NJ

Name: Eric Goldstein         
Major: Accounting
College: Business & Economics
Graduating Year: 2013
Hometown: Parsippany, NJ

Favorite spot on campus:
UC Front Lawn when the weather is warm and students sit in the Adirondack chairs
 
Favorite thing about Lehigh:
The size- it's not too big, and it's not too small. Everywhere I go, there is a familiar face. But at the same time, there is always an opportunity to meet new people.  It's the perfect size!
 
What is something you wish you knew about college before starting Lehigh?
Lehigh's hills are not as intimidating as they seem.  In fact, they actually turn out to be a blessing in disguise- you never have to go to the gym to work out!
 
Clubs and organizations:
Leadership Lehigh, Best Buddies, Admissions Fellow, Tour Guide, Peer Tutor, Sodexo Student Board of Directors, Challah For Hunger
 
Fun fact:
This semester I am taking jazz dance, singing lessons, and piano lessons!

Name: Addison Jenkins           
Major: Civil Engineering
College: Engineering & Applied Science
Graduating Year: 2015
Hometown: Frederick, MD

Favorite spot on campus:
The Front Lawn. It is the center of campus and I can't think of any other place where you are surrounded by such beauty.  Look north and Packer Church and Packard Lab are right in front of you.  Look west and you can see the beautiful Alumni Memorial Building through the trees or look east to see the stunning Linderman Library.  Look south up the hill and the magnificent University Center is looming high above you.  To me, there is no better place to sit down and do some work or just relax.
 
Favorite thing about Lehigh:
My favorite part of Lehigh is the incredible since of belonging I feel here.  I definitely feel like I have found my second home at Lehigh and a second family in the people I have met here.  The school does a wonderful job of fostering that since of community that brings its students together as one.  Everyone here has at least one thing in common: we are all in love with and so proud of our school.
 
What is something you wish you knew about college before starting Lehigh?
Before coming to college, I wish I had known that everyone was as anxious (if not more) than I was to meet new people.  Being thrown into a new place with thousands of new faces is intimidating for even the most outgoing person.  Had I been more willing to put myself out there in front of people, I probably would have been able to find my way sooner.  The most important thing I have learned at Lehigh is to take advantage of each and every opportunity because you never know when one might turn into something really special.
 
Clubs and organizations:
ASA, Admissions Ambassadors, Camp Hawk counselor, student work study, intramural sports
 
Fun fact:
My favorite movies are Forrest Gump and The Phantom of the Opera.

Name: Kaitlin Keller           
Major: Chemical Engineering
College: Engineering & Applied Science
Graduating Year: 2014
Hometown: Chandler, AZ

Favorite spot on campus:
My favorite spot on campus is definitely the front lawn. When I saw it the first time coming to Lehigh, it just embodied everything I wanted in a college campus. I especially love it in the spring and fall and to sit in the chairs because it is just a nice break to have from all the work. Since I am from Arizona, I never have enjoyed a true fall and spring until coming to Lehigh so the lawn is the perfect place for me to experience that.

Favorite thing about Lehigh:
My favorite thing about Lehigh is the tradition. Coming from Arizona, there really wasn't anywhere that held so many traditions. It makes me me feel important and apart of history in so many ways and that what I do has an impact and that it matters. With the tradition comes a community and there is always people that are there for you and care about you. 

What is something you wish you knew about college before starting Lehigh?
The one thing I wish I knew about college before coming here was that you really don't have as much free time as you expect that you will. I am great at time management, but after a while there it limited time to even manage because I am so busy. Of course, I wouldn't have it any other way!

Clubs and organizations:
I was on the Varsity Track and Field team for my first two years, then became heavily involved in Orientation as I am now. I am a Chemical Engineer also so at this point in my college career, I am very focused on that. 

Fun fact:
I interned for Merck pharmaceuticals this past summer and plan to again this next summer!

Name: Alyssa Warrick
Major: Bio Engineering
College:
Engineering & Applied Science
Graduating Year: 2014
Hometown: North Potomac, MD

What is your favorite spot/location on campus?
My favorite spot is the UC front lawn during the spring time!

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
The endless opportunities to get involved and find a niche.

What is something you wish you knew about college before starting Lehigh?
I wish I knew how cool it is to get to know your professors. They are so willing to help students out and are usually doing exciting research outside of class time.

What clubs and organizations are you involved in outside of Orientation?
Greek Life, Admissions Ambassadors, Greek InterVarsity, Biomedical Engineering Society, Society of Women Engineers

Fun Fact!
When I was born, I was the loudest baby the nurse had heard in 17 years of working in labor and delivery.



Name: Ko Yazaki  
Major: Accounting & Finance
College:
Business & Economics
Graduating Year: 2014/2015
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

Favorite spot on campus:
Lookout Point

Favorite Thing about Lehigh:

Chicken Finger Friday

What is something you wish you knew about college before starting Lehigh?
I wish I had known all of the new and exciting experiences that were coming my way and that I had no reason to be nervous about coming to Lehigh.

Clubs & Organizations:
Global Union, Student Senate, PSP, Brown and White, and Photography Club

Fun Fact:
I love the food network.

Orientation Leaders 2013

Orientation Leaders (OLs) are student role models who serve a vital role in the transition of our first-year students from high school to college as well as helping new transfer students adjust to Lehigh. OLs are dedicated students who possess strong leadership and communication skills, a desire to be part of a team, and pride in Lehigh University. Each Orientation Leader will have a small group of 20-25 first-year students they will work with throughout evoLUtion.



Elif Anda

Name: Elif Anda
Major: Undecided
College: Arts and Sciences
Graduating Year: 2016
Hometown: Marlboro, NJ

Why did you choose Lehigh?

Academics are stellar and campus is beautiful – what more could you want?

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Step out of your comfort zone once in a while and put yourself out there – you never know who you’ll meet or what you’ll find.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
The fact that it all looks like Hogwarts!

What are you involved in?
I just got here so being an OL is the first of many clubs I hope to be a part of.


 

Jimil Ataman

Name: Jimil Ataman
Nickname: Jam
Major: History and Anthropology
College: Arts and Sciences
Graduating Year: 2014
Hometown: Eagle, ID

Why did you choose Lehigh?
The perfect blend of athletics and academics

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Be yourself! The Lehigh experience is only as amazing as you make it!

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
The trees!

What are you involved in?
LU Track and Field, Meditation Club President and Founder, Anthropology Club President, Emerging Leaders, Philosophy Club, Climbing Club


Meghan Barwick

Name: Meghan Barwick
Nickname: Barnuts
Major: Journalism, Art Studio Minor
College: Arts and Sciences
Graduating Year: 2015
Hometown: Parsippany, NJ

Why did you choose Lehigh?
Aside from the beautiful campus, this school provides me with great opportunities to learn and experience different things.

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Try everything once – you never know what you’ll love; and attend campus events and speakers when you can – Lehigh brings so many interesting people and events to campus.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
Everyone at Lehigh is extremely intelligent and they all work hard to learn and study.

What are you involved in?
Climbing Club, Brown and White, Art, Architecture and Design Club, Meditation Club, Choral Union, The Goblet Magazine

 

Rebecca Bednarz

Name: Rebecca Bednarz
Nickname: Becca
Major: Journalism
College: Arts and Sciences
Graduating Year: 2015
Hometown: Morristown, NJ

Why did you choose Lehigh?
I loved the prospect of its rigorous academics, perfect size, endless opportunities, and tight-knit community.

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Get involved; don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone!

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?

There are always so many things to do on and around campus. It doesn’t hurt that it looks like Hogwarts either!

What are you involved in?

Phi Sigma Pi honors fraternity, Brown and White staff, Intern at Office of International Affairs

 

Maggie Boyle

Name: Maggie Boyle
Major: Undecided
College: Business and Economics
Graduating Year: 2015
Hometown: South Brunswick, NJ

Why did you choose Lehigh?
I loved that Lehigh wasn’t too far from home, had great academics, and for some reason, I just immediately felt at home here.

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Jump right in! Join clubs that you’re interested in, introduce yourself to people you may not usually have and be confident and stand behind decision you make!

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
I love the community feel when you walk around campus and how you always find a familiar face yet can always meet someone new as well.

What are you involved in?

Leadership Lehigh Phase I Coordinator, MERGE, Alpha Phi Omega, Student Leadership Trainer


Cailee Cassidy

Name: Cailee Cassidy
Nickname: Caildog
Major: Math
College: Arts and Sciences
Graduating Year: 2016
Hometown: Bridgewater, NJ

Why did you choose Lehigh?
I felt the most at home here.

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
In the first few weeks, sit next to new people whenever you can, introduce yourself and get to know them. This is one of the only times you can do that where it’s not a little bit creepy.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?

I’m never bored!

What are you involved in?

Greek Life


Whitney Challenger

Name: Whitney Challenger
Major: Accounting and Finance
College: Business and Economics
Graduating Year: 2015
Hometown: Jefferson, MA

Why did you choose Lehigh?
It felt like home, great academic reputation, lot of ways to get involved!

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Give new opportunities a chance! There’s a lot to experience if you put yourself out there.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
The campus, the people, and the fun times!

What are you involved in?
Phi Sigma Pi honors fraternity, Philharmonic Orchestra, University Productions, Work Study, Accounting Club


Jonathan Chang

Name: Jonathan Chang
Nickname: Jon
Major: Computer Science and Business
College: Business & Engineering
Graduating Year: 2016
Hometown: Miami, FL

Why did you choose Lehigh?
I chose Lehigh because it has a beautiful campus, great academics, and the CSB program.

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
There are a lot of opportunities for students here at Lehigh. Take advantage of them, but don’t try and do them all at once.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
One of my favorite things at Lehigh is Late Night Lehigh @ Lamberton Hall.

What are you involved in?
International Multimedia Resource Center – Staff, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Association of Computing Machinery, Intramural Sports Orientation Staff


Hanna Cho

Name: Hanna Cho
Major: Behavioral Neuroscience
College: Arts & Sciences
Graduating Year: 2014
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Why did you choose Lehigh?
Beautiful campus

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Be open-minded and take risks. There’s always something to learn.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
Keeps working hard to diversify the campus.

What are you involved in?
Prison Project, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, University Productions, Lead INSANITY Workout


Neal Cousino

Name: Neal Cousino
Major: IBE – Industrial Engineer
College: Engineering
Graduating Year: 2015 (5-year plan)
Hometown: Sylvania, Ohio

Why did you choose Lehigh?
I wanted to get out of the Midwest and I was looking for a relatively small school where I could get a more intimate education.

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Be sure to venture down into south side and across the bridge with your friends to see and taste all that Bethlehem has to offer.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?

For a school of our size we have A LOT going on here.

What are you involved in?
I serve as the president of running club and I am a member of club CREATE.


Brittany Cutrona

Name: Brittany Cutrona
Nickname: Britt
Major: Undecided
College: Engineering
Graduating Year: 2016
Hometown: Frackville, PA

Why did you choose Lehigh?
Lehigh is a great engineering school. Also, my dad is originally from the Lehigh Valley so I wanted to experience it for myself.

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Push yourself outside your comfort zone as much as possible. There are so many fun opportunities here at Lehigh! All you have to do is put yourself out there!

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
Walking around the beautiful campus and thinking, “I live here!”

What are you involved in?
Gaming Club, American Chemical Society, Alpha Omega Epsilon, work-study at Fairchild Martindale Library

 

Guylendy Dormevil

Name: Guylendy Dormevil
Nickname: Lendy
Major: Undecided
College: Business and Economics
Graduating Year: 2016
Hometown: Norwalk, CT

Why did you choose Lehigh?
The education and post-grad job connections/

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Get involved and be open to meeting new people!

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
Beautiful campus!

What are you involved in?
RHA, Field Hockey Club, NABA (National Association of Black Accountants)


Kara Falcone

Name: Kara Falcone
Major: English and Secondary Education
College:  Arts and Sciences
Graduating Year: 2015
Hometown: Duxbury, MA

Why did you choose Lehigh?
I chose Lehigh for the awesome education program, beautiful campus, and great people!

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! Try new things and never miss Sunday brunches at Rathbone.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
The amazing people I’ve met here!

What are you involved in?
Her Campus Lehigh, Club Field Hockey, Colleges Against Cancer, Reading Rocks, and Greek Life.


Marissa Feinman

Name: Marissa Feinman
Major: Mechanical Engineering
College: RCEAS
Graduating Year: 2014
Hometown: Suffern, NY

Why did you choose Lehigh?
Lehigh encourages engineering students to be involved in activities outside of your college.

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Don’t be afraid to join groups out of your comfort zone because you may interact with other people that you normally wouldn’t meet around campus.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
The close-knit community of students and the clubs and activities I’m involved in

What are you involved in?
Echoes Acappella group, University Choir, SWE, Global Citizenship Program, Phi Sigma Pi honors fraternity


Hannah Feragen

Name: Hannah Feragen
Major: IDEAS àMechE, Product Design
College: Engineering
Graduating Year: 2013 (staying for master’s)
Hometown: Wyndmoor, PA

Why did you choose Lehigh?
I loved that I could pursue all of my interests without having to choose.

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Give everything a shot. Just because you think something is going to be a certain way, doesn’t mean it definitely will be. You might be surprised.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
The size, I’m constantly meeting new people while still seeing familiar faces.

What are you involved in?

Greek Life, Society of Women Engineers, Work Study


Spencer Freund

Name: Spencer Freund
Nickname: Spence the fence
Major: Materials Science & Engineering
College: Engineering
Graduating Year: 2016
Hometown: Southbury, CT

Why did you choose Lehigh?
I enjoyed how the strong engineering program was set up, and I fell in love with the campus when I visited.

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
If you are struggling academically, don’t be afraid to get a tutor or go to office hours. College can be hard so it’s okay to ask for help.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
The wide variety of opportunities and clubs available to students.

What are you involved in?
Gaming Club, Engineers without Borders, American Chemical Society, Improv Club, Orientation, work study in the Financial Services Lab.


Raven Gaddy

Name: Raven Gaddy
Nickname: Rae
Major: Global Studies & Africana Studies
College: Arts & Sciences
Graduating Year: 2015
Hometown: Hartford, CT

Why did you choose Lehigh?
Amazing academics mixed with school spirit and pride.

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Breathe! College is a lot better when you don’t stress yourself to death! Enjoy the experience.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
Lehigh Men’s Basketball! – GO HAWKS! UC Front Lawn Springtime

What are you involved in? Manager of Lehigh Men’s Basketball, Office of Multicultural Affairs


Matthew Gordon

Name: Matthew Gordon
Nickname: Matt
Major: Molecular Biology
College: Arts and Sciences
Graduating Year: 2016
Hometown: West Caldwell, NJ

Why did you choose Lehigh?
I liked the atmosphere of the campus when I visited.

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Be yourself! Focus on what you have to do, and the rest will eventually follow.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
The crepe lady at cort!

What are you involved in?
Improv Club, Badminton Club, Recreational Tennis, Biological Research


Sarah Grust

Name: Sarah Grust
Nickname: Grust
Major: Finance
College: Business and Economics
Graduating Year: 2016
Hometown: West Windsor, NJ

Why did you choose Lehigh?
Strong business school and close proximity to home.

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Try new things and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! Everyone is in the same boat, so be friendly!

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
The school size (smaller classes) and the positive atmosphere. Everyone at Lehigh loves it here!

What are you involved in?
ASA, Greek Life


Kylie Gray

Name: Kylie Gray
Nickname: Ky
Major: English
College: Arts and Sciences
Graduating Year: 2014
Hometown: Haddon Heights, NJ

Why did you choose Lehigh?
Lehigh had everything I was looking for and it just seemed to fit!

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Be open to new experiences – you just might learn something about yourself!

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
The school and students challenge me to be the best I can be.

What are you involved in?
Track and Field, TRAC Program, Sports Information, Women’s Center


Amanda Grossjung

Name: Amanda Grossjung
Major: English/Theatre
College: Arts and Sciences
Graduating Year: 2015
Hometown: Hopewell Junction, NY

Why did you choose Lehigh?
I chose Lehigh for the wonderful 5-year Education Program and the beautiful campus!

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
One piece of advice I would give to first year students is to not be afraid to try new things! There are so many great opportunities here! I mean, YOLO!

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
The community! I can walk around campus and see so many people I know! It’s awesome!

What are you involved in?
The Mustard and Cheese Drama Society, The acapella group “Off the Record,” RHC, RHA member, Green Action.



Sam Hau

Name: Sam Hau
Major: Undecided
College: Engineering
Graduating Year: 2016
Hometown: Holland, PA

Why did you choose Lehigh?
Lehigh has the perfect combination of academics and a community feeling.

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Lehigh is what you make out of it. Get involved and make the most out of your time here!

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
The people you meet.

What are you involved in?
RUF/Fencing


Celeen Hefele

Name: Celeen Hefele
Major: Economics and English
College: Arts and Sciences
Graduating Year: 2016
Hometown: Lake Hopatcong, NJ

Why did you choose Lehigh?
It’s a small school that can let me have a big future.

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Believe in yourself and don’t give up. Even though some days it may feel too overwhelming, there is always a solution to your problem.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
The feeling that I am part of one huge family and everyone is here to support me.

What are you involved in?
Lehigh Dancin’, Model UN, Business Careers in Entertainment Club, Greek Life


Hannah Hodges

Name: Hannah Hodges
Nickname: Han Solo
Major: undecided
College: Engineering
Graduating Year: 2016
Hometown: McLean, VA

Why did you choose Lehigh?
Looks like Hogwarts, small enough that you know people.

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Try everything! Don’t be afraid of it taking up too much time you meet so many people.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
The crepe lady in lower cort, her crepes get me through 4 o’clocks.

What are you involved in?
Greek Life, Snowboarding Club


Tamara Huson

Name: Tamara Huson
Major: Biology & Global Studies
College: Arts & Sciences
Graduating Year: 2015
Hometown: Long Valley, NJ

Why did you choose Lehigh?
The campus is beautiful, the academics are top-notch, and the people are great.

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Talk to everyone – everybody is new and looking to make friends. Also, explore campus and Bethlehem; there’s a lot you can miss if you don’t step out of your comfort zone.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
It feels like home.

What are you involved in?
Colleges Against Cancer – Relay for Life, The Epitome, Alpha Phi Omega


Adam Kafka

Name: Adam Kafka
Major: Computer Science
College: Engineering
Graduating Year: 2016
Hometown: Newton, MA

Why did you choose Lehigh?
Broad scope and depth both academically and socially

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Be active and do what you love. Use this to find a community of people you can relate to and hang out with.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
The great people I have met so far and the many I have yet to meet.

What are you involved in?
Ultimate Frisbee, Philosophy Club, Chess Club


Sophie Kravet

Name: Sophie Kravet
Major: Global Studies
College: Arts and Sciences
Graduating Year: 2015
Hometown: Larchmont, NY

Why did you choose Lehigh?
As soon as I walked on campus, I got the feeling that everyone loved it here!

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Get involved in as much as you can! Lehigh provides once in a lifetime opportunities.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
Really friendly professors and a comfortable learning environment.

What are you involved in?
Break the Silence, V-Day, Greek Life


Vineet Krishnan

Name: Vineet Krishnan
Nickname: Neety
Major: Accounting/Finance
College: Business and Economics
Graduating Year: 2015
Hometown: Horsham, PA

Why did you choose Lehigh?
It was close to home, had strong academics, and had a really nice campus.

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Don’t just sit back and watch time go by. Find something you really like and more often than not you’ll meet other people with similar interests and have a much more fulfilling college experience.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
Going to football games and supporting my team with my friends.

What are you involved in?
Greek Life, Club Basketball, Peer Value Educator, Finance Club


Malavika Kurup

Name: Malavika Kurup
Nickname: Mals
Major: Industrial Engineering
College: Engineering
Graduating Year: 2014
Hometown: Mumbai, India

Why did you choose Lehigh?
Because it offered a variety of strong academic programs and because of the size of its student body. It was exactly what I was looking for,

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
You play a very important role in making your own college environment a positive one. So smile at everyone you see, even if you don’t k now them. Maybe someday you could be friends with them, or you could just really make someone’s day just by this small gesture.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
Bed Races! And traditions like it that Lehigh holds on to. I think they’re what really unite the campus community.

What are you involved in?
RHA, Leela-Indian Fusion Dance, Council of Student Presidents, Teaching Assistant for CSE002


Min Jun Kim

Name: Min Jun Kim
Nickname: Minni
Major: Sociology
College: Arts and Sciences
Graduating Year: 2016
Hometown: New York City, NY

Why did you choose Lehigh?
Because of the beautiful campus and my acceptance into IBE.

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Why you came to Lehigh is not necessarily why you will stay: Lehigh has a lot to offer so always try new things.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
There are always going to be people who will help you with what you need.

What are you involved in?
Club Basketball, Eckardt Scholars Program, Marketing Club, Women’s Center


Toby Lee

Name: Jooyoung Lee
Nickname: Toby
Major: Fine Arts
College: Arts and Sciences
Graduating Year: 2016
Hometown: Fairfax, VA

Why did you choose Lehigh?
Honestly it was because they offered my family and me financial aid and I didn’t want to burden my parents too much (Last child of 5).

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
It gets better even though you might have a rough first week or semester, you will find it getting easier and look for help if you need it from the health center, your OL, or faculty staff.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
The random people you meet on campus and the help and support the school has to offer.

What are you involved in?
Gaming Club, Tae Kwan Do


Kirsten Leskowich

Name: Kirsten Leskowich
Major: Chemical Engineering
College: Engineering
Graduating Year: 2016
Hometown: Walnutport, PA

Why did you choose Lehigh?
Close to home, “mini” Ivy League, loved the atmosphere of the campus.

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Be the same person you were yesterday, a month ago, even a year ago, because other people want you – not you trying to be someone else.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
The programs and professors and authorities who truly guide you to success by graduation day.

What are you involved in?
Tutoring through CSO, Engineers without Borders, ACS, SWE, LURAD defense classes, enjoy hunting, running, singing, soccer


James LiSooey

Name: James LiSooey
Major: Computer Science and Business
College: Engineering and Business
Graduating Year: 2015
Hometown: Westfield, NJ

Why did you choose Lehigh?
Combination of mid-size school population, good academics, and focus on interdisciplinary education.

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Lehigh is full of opportunities and first-year students should not wait to get involved

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
Lehigh-Lafayette

What are you involved in?
Greek Life, Peer Value Educator, Club Lacrosse


Kyle Lum

Name: Kyle Lum
Major: IBE Mechanical Engineering
College: Engineering
Graduating Year: 2015
Hometown: Hopedale, MA

Why did you choose Lehigh?
IBE Program, great campus, great academics, and as I’ve found out, great people

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Step out of your comfort zone when you get here; you’ll never be able to make more friends in a shorter time.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
Everything!

What are you involved in?
Orientation, Camp Hawk, Tutoring, Mountain Hawk Parkour, Foosball Club


Emily Macmillan

Name: Emily Macmillan
Major: Bioengineering
College: Engineering
Graduating Year: 2016
Hometown: Point Pleasant, NJ

Why did you choose Lehigh?
I fell in love with the campus, and knew the programs were top-notch

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Never be afraid to try something new! Get involved with everything Lehigh offers

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
There is always something exciting to look forward to!

What are you involved in?
Greek Life, Engineers Without Borders, Society for Women Engineers


Munad Mahinoor

Name: Munad Mahinoor
Major: Computer Science and Business
College: College of Business and Economics
Graduating Year: 2016
Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Why did you choose Lehigh?
Lovely hills and its proximity to NYC were a deal for me.

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Go to office hours, you get the help you need and professors get to see that you care about their course.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
The People!!!

What are you involved in?
Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)

 

Justin Mahoney

Name: Justin Mahoney
Major: Marketing
College: Business and Economics
Graduating Year: 2015
Hometown: Freepont, NY

Why did you choose Lehigh?
Lehigh for me was the perfect balance of academics and athletics.

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Get organized and seek a balance. College is a blend of academic and social activities, do not let the balance tip too far to the wrong side.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
The ease of getting involved in campus life and activities and being surrounded by like-minded people

What are you involved in?
VP of Marketing, Class of 2015; Public Relations Chair, BSU; RHC President, Taylor/UMOJA House; Lehigh Track and Field Team, Sprinter


Carolina Mattsson

Name: Carolina Mattsson
Major: Physics and International Relations
College:  Arts and Sciences
Graduating Year: 2014
Hometown: Göteborg, Sweden

Why did you choose Lehigh?
For its winning combination of strengths in sciences and global issues

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Try something new and unexpected while at college.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
All those opportunities that keep popping up

What are you involved in?
Global Union, Swing Club, Steel City Swingers


Brendan McCullagh

Name: Brendan McCullagh
Major: Computer Science and Business
College: Engineering and Business
Graduating Year: 2016
Hometown: Park Ridge, NJ

Why did you choose Lehigh?
They had so many resources, clubs, and an awesome academic background like no other university!

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and get involved from the get-go in whatever interests you!

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
The personable, kind, and understanding faculty and staff

What are you involved in?
Student Senate, ASA, Men’s Club Volleyball, Leadership Lehigh, CSBA, RHA, RHC, Greek Life


Madison McGahan

Name: Madison McGahan
Major: Behavioral Neuroscience
College: Arts and Sciences
Graduating Year: 2015
Hometown: Roslyn Heights, NY

Why did you choose Lehigh?
I chose Lehigh because of its size and it had the campus feeling I was looking for.

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Try out a lot of different activities and clubs until you find the ones that make you feel at home and comfortable and not give up on finding the right one.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
Community and campus.

What are you involved in?
Greek Life, Best Buddies, I volunteer at the hospital, and member of AMSA


Matthew McGlaughlin

Name: Matthew McGlaughlin
Nickname: Matt
Major: Material Science and Engineering
College: Engineering
Graduating Year: 2016
Hometown: Hershey, PA

Why did you choose Lehigh?
Beautiful, mid-sized school; Great academics, but still relaxed; environment

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Manage your time so you have opportunities to do new things and get involved. Falling behind is very stressful, so be careful.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
The both accepting and highly diverse activities and people to interact with.

What are you involved in?
RUF, Piano Lessons, Eco-Reps, Latin Dance Club


Anna Meenen

Name: Anna Meenen
Major: Finance
College: Business and Economics
Graduating Year: 2016
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Why did you choose Lehigh?
Because of its academic reputation, great people, and it looks like Hogwarts.

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Remember you can meet great people anywhere – Lindy, Johnny’s, in class…they’re everywhere!

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
Rathbone brunches every weekend

What are you involved in?
Greek Life, Club Lacrosse, Circle K

 

Marlee Milkis

Name: Marlee Milkis
Major: Undecided
College: Arts and Sciences
Graduating Year: 2016
Hometown: Lansdale, PA

Why did you choose Lehigh?
It just felt right when I visited.

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Take advantage of the resources your professors offer: go to office hours!

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
How can I pick?!

What are you involved in?
Best Buddies, LVAMSA, Leadership Lehigh, Musical – Urinetown, RHC, LUFA, Spectrum

 

Aliza Molgora

Name: Aliza Molgora
Major: Undecided
College: Arts and Sciences
Graduating Year: 2016
Hometown: New York City, NY

Why did you choose Lehigh?
As cliché as this may sound, the possibilities here are actually endless. From the majors to clubs, you can achieve anything here.

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Join clubs! It’s the best way to shine on campus and meet great people who share common interests with you outside of school work.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
The stairs! Just kidding…I do love, love our beautiful campus though!

What are you involved in?
Lehigh Melismatics, reporter/photographer for Brown and White, tutor at Broughal Middle School, and now a proud OL!


Jane Mousseau


Name: Jane Mousseau
Nickname: Moose
Major: Journalism
College: Arts and Sciences
Graduating Year: 2016
Hometown: Maplewood, NJ

Why did you choose Lehigh?
The atmosphere motivates me to do my best.
 
What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Meet as many people as you can! Never be afraid to say help or introduce yourself.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
All of the fabulous people that live in M+M 3rd floor.

What are you involved in?
Brown and White staff, Club Field Hockey, Leadership Lehigh, University Productions

 

Victoria Mulligan

Name: Victoria Mulligan
Major: Undecided
College: Arts and Sciences
Graduating Year: 2016
Hometown: Demarest, NJ

Why did you choose Lehigh?
I loved the laid-back vibe of the campus.

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Stay away from Hawk’s Nest! The food is not as good as you think it is.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
It’s easy to find an outlet here to make friends.

What are you involved in?
Leadership Lehigh, Women’s Crew.


Matthew Nadler

Name: Matthew Nadler
Nickname: Matt
Major: Chemical Engineering
College: Engineering
Graduating Year: 2015
Hometown: Marlboro, NJ

Why did you choose Lehigh?
Great academics and close to home

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Get involved early and meet as many new friends as possible.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
The sense of community between students

What are you involved in?
Greek Life, Challah for Hunger, Chabad, AICHE'


Sebastian Nicewicz

Name: Sebastian Nicewicz
Nickname: Seabass
Major: Finance and Economics
College:  Business and Economics
Graduating Year: 2015
Hometown: Mechanicsburg, PA

Why did you choose Lehigh?
Reputable business school and rich history

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone. Still make smart decisions but you only get to be a freshman once.

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
Beating Lafayette in anything, especially fencing.

What are you involved in?
Track and Field, Student-Athlete Council, Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society


Catherine O’Grady

Name: Catherine O’Grady
Major: Computer Science and Business
College: Engineering and Business
Graduating Year: 2015
Hometown: Crestwood, NY

Why did you choose Lehigh
The size, the academics, and the welcoming atmosphere.

What is one piece of advice you would give to first-year students?
Get involved! It is a great way to meet people while pursuing something you are passionate about!

What is your favorite thing about Lehigh?
All the wonderful people I’ve met.
 
What are you involved in?
America Reads/Counts, Phi Sigma Pi, Orientation


Katherine Oliver