Meet Your Orientation Leaders for 2018

Orientation Team Leaders

Jenny James

Jenny James

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Campus Involvement: StEPP Mentor; APhA-ASP OTC Literacy Co-Chair; Member of American Society of Consultant Pharmacists; Undergraduate Teaching Assistant; and Member of Alpha Lambda Delta (Freshman Honors Society)

Favorite Things to do in Free Time: In my free time, I enjoy trying new food places with friends, going on walks when it is nice out, laughing at memes, and sleeping!

Advice for Incoming Students: Remember that everyone here wants you to succeed, so don’t be afraid to reach out for help when you need it. While you are studying hard for classes, don’t forget to have some fun. Go out and explore the city, join organizations, and get out of your comfort zone. Make the most out of your college experience and you will be sure to have a great time!

Kyle Lord

Kyle Lord

Hometown: Ridley, PA

Campus Involvement: President of Phi Kappa Psi; Member of PT Club; Intramural Sports; and Employee at the ARC.

Favorite things to do in Free Time: I like to hang out with friends, listen to music, and watch random videos on YouTube.

Advice for Incoming Students: Take classes seriously, no matter if it's your first year or your last. Grades at any school are important, but that's especially true at this school, so make sure your grades are as good as they can be so you don't look back years later and have regrets.


Orientation Leaders

Daniyal Chaudhry

Daniyal Chaudhry

Hometown: Jersey City, NJ

Campus Involvement: Vice President of the Video Game Development Club

Favorite thing to do in free time: I like to play soccer as well as FIFA, hang out with friends, and explore the city for new food places.

Advice for Incoming Students: Definitely take advantage of the things like peer tutoring and the writing center. They may seem tedious, but they are extremely helpful. However, also take time to enjoy the college experience, get involved with different clubs, plan adventures with your friends around the city, and make your experience memorable.

Olivia DeLorenzo

Olivia DeLorenzo

Hometown: Hillsborough, NJ

Campus Involvement: Former President of Alpha Lambda Delta (Freshman Honors Society); Member of the Cross Country and Track Team; Employee at the ARC; Member of the Pre-Medical Society; and Researcher in the Pearce Lab on Huntington's disease

Favorite things to do in Free Time: I enjoy napping, cooking and eating food!

Advice for Incoming Students: College is an amazing opportunity to discover who you are and what you are capable of. Get involved, make new friends, get out of your comfort zone and enjoy one of the most formative periods of your life.

Sammi Donovan

Sammi Donovan

Hometown: Lindenhurst, NY

Campus Involvement: SEA-PHAGES Lab Teacher’s Assistant; Alpha Chi SGA Representative; Global Medical Brigades; Historian for Alpha Lambda Delta (Freshman Honors Society); Tutor for Chemistry and Biology; Member of Pre-Medical Society and American Medical Students Association.

Favorite Things to do in Free Time: I love being in the kitchen, baking and cooking for my roommates. And when it’s nice out, I like walking around to see all of the different dogs in Philadelphia!

Advice for Incoming Students: Come to college with an open mind! You never know who you’ll get along with until you get to know them. Be friendly to everyone and don’t be afraid to talk to strangers because everyone is in the same boat as you!

Kaitlyn Gaynor

Kaitlyn Gaynor

Hometown: Berlin, NJ

Campus Involvement: Resident Advisor; Senior Resident Advisor; and Member of the USciences Softball Team

Favorite Things to do in Free Time: I like getting frozen yogurt or ice cream, making dinner with friends, reading good books, staying up late watching One Tree Hill and Gilmore Girls, and traveling to new places. I also like to sleep when I'm not doing any of those things!

Advice for Incoming Students: College can be a tough transition from high school; make sure you're keeping up with your grades and getting involved early on. At the same time, make sure you take time away from studying and school to explore the city, meet new people, and be spontaneous- don't be afraid to try new things! The friends you make now will be with you for the rest of your life so find fun things to do with them when you're not focusing on school. Stay on top of your work and classes, but also enjoy your college years!

Joana Gjidede

Joana Gjidede

Hometown: Drexel Hill, PA

Campus Involvement: USciences Student Ambassador; SSHP Secretary; PCP Student Council Representative; StEPP Mentor; Circle K Representative; and SGA Senator.

Favorite things to do in free time: I love working out, seeing all the cute pups in Clark Park, and traveling around for bubble tea with my friends. I'm always down to listen to any kind of music and I'm ALWAYS watching The Office, even if it is my 100th time doing so.

Advice for Incoming Students: College is completely different than high school, but in the best way possible. Make sure you realize how important it is to stay organized and be on top of your school work, and don't stress too much about being in a new environment. Be yourself and find yourself, and you will find so many people to connect with and grow with. You only do college once... so go out, explore the city of Philadelphia, GET INVOLVED, and make everyday count.

Kat Macalalag

Kat Macalalag

Hometown: Toms River, NJ

Campus Involvement: Past President of Alpha Delta; Member of PCP-SSHP (Health System Pharmacy): Member of ACA (Compounding Pharmacy); Member of Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society; Member of Alpha Lambda Delta (Freshman Honors Society); Member of Rho Chi Honor Society; and Member of APhA Operation Heart

Favorite thing to do in free time: In my free time I absolutely love adventuring out into the city with my best friends. I would consider myself a “foodie” so exploring all types of cuisine! I love taking pictures and videos of the beautiful city scenery and then making vlogs about my adventures, and getting rolled ice cream and crepes in Chinatown.

Advice for Incoming Students: Take advantage of the fact that you're beginning a new chapter in your life. If in high school you always wished that you were the outgoing kid when you lived your whole life as a shy kid, go for it! I did the same when I came to the university. Never hesitate to build new friendships to make the best out of your years here at the university. Also, make sure to take advantage of your professors' office hours! They love when you come to them asking for help rather than struggling in the background (or even if you just want to stop by and say hello!). And by reaching out to your professors, you can also develop a great professional network to help you when you get to your graduate/professional years (trust me, I'm there and I'm so thankful for the professors I've become so close with that help me through both pharmacy-related and general life things).

Gabriel (Gabe) Mandanas

Gabriel (Gabe) Mandanas

Hometown: Wantage, NJ

Campus Involvement: Member of USciences Men's Basketball Team and Member of PCA (Pilipino Cultural Association)

Favorite things to do in Free Time:I like to listen to music and play video games with my friends.

Advice for Incoming Students: Do not be afraid to ask for help if you are struggling in any particular subject because courses here are difficult. It is important to speak up when you need the help, and don’t wait until it’s too late!

Trisha Patel

Trisha Patel

Hometown: South Brunswick, NJ

Campus Involvement: Past President of Kappa Phi Gamma; Member of Drug Information Association; and Member of PCP Student Council.

Favorite thing to do in free time: Discovering and testing out new recipes on Pinterest!

Advice for Incoming Students: Don’t be afraid to be yourself! There are so many incredible people here at USciences, that you will definitely find people who you get along with. Put yourself out there, join a new club, and go outside of your comfort zone and you will do just fine!

Steve Simpkins

Steven Simpkins

Hometown: Drums, PA

Campus Involvement: Research Lab; Brother of Delta Chi; Tutor at the Mitchell School.

Favorite thing to do in free time: I like to play music, play games, and learn new things, and hang out with friends!

Advice for Incoming Students: Of course school should come first so make sure you stay on top of your work and study, but also set time aside for you and things you enjoy doing. Join a club, organization, or even a lab you're interested in! School is important but self-health is also important so make sure not to bite off more than you can chew so you can relax or hang out with friends and be able to destress.

Paulida Tes

Paulida Tes

Hometown: Mt. Poconos, PA

Campus Involvement: Member of Phi Sigma Pi; Member of Alpha Lambda Delta (Freshman Honors Society); Honors Program; Member of Student Research Society; USciences Student Ambassador; and Member of APhA-ASP

Favorite thing to do in free time: I love staying on my feet so I'm always looking for new coffee nooks, getting the best deals at center city, or dragging my friends to holiday related events around Philly for impromptu photo shoots!

Advice for Incoming Students: Remember that college is a time of growth and expansion, so take advantage of this time to become the best version of you. You're surrounded by countless like-minded peers and endless opportunities, so it's important not to just build up your resume, but to build up yourself. And don't forget to take care of yourself! It's important to be on top of your work, but it is okay to put time aside for you and your friends and family. Stay in the work zone and grind out your assignments during the day to ensure you have some relaxing time at night!


Randi Miller, Associate Director of Student Life


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