Meet Your Orientation Leaders for 2016

Aimee EstrelladoAimee Estrellado
Hometown: Piscataway, NJ

Campus Involvement: Library Student Worker, Student Ambassador, Biology Tutor, Alpha Lambda Delta: Freshman Honor Society, Co-President for Circle K, Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Favorite thing to do in free time: I like to go the gym (sometimes for the studio classes like Butts and Guts and Yoga), go out to eat with friends, have Netflix binges, and explore around Philly. There's always something new to do or try in the city!
Advice for Incoming Students: It's okay to be selfish. By that I mean - it's okay to put yourself first. I believe college is a time for personal growth and to discover what you really want in life. It's good to be open to experiences and to try to get out of your comfort zone because you may learn new things about yourself. Of course make time for friends and family, but at the end of the day this part of your life is about you. Work hard, take chances, and enjoy because four to six years here can fly by faster than you think.


Joana GjidedeJoana Gjidede
Hometown: Drexel Hill, PA

Campus Involvement: Representative for PCP Student Council, Representative for SSHP, and Student Ambassador.
Favorite thing to do in free time: I really enjoy reading, playing with the dogs that visit campus, and taking day trips or exploring the city, probably for new places to eat. When none of that is happening, I'm probably hanging out with friends!
Advice for Incoming Students: College can be a lot to take in when you first arrive, but you have to make the most of it! Study well in advance for exams, don't be afraid to ask for help, and learn as much as you can. Projects, essays, and exams will take up a majority of the year and should be prioritized, so you'll to find ways to manage your time well, even if that means cutting out Netflix for a while! Even though your GPA comes first, it's also important to get involved on campus with whatever interests you and to try different things; you never know what will surprise you. New friends and new experiences make for the best memories!


Blaine HummelBlaine Hummel
Hometown: Lebanon, PA

Campus Involvement: Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, Residence Hall Council.
Favorite thing to do in free time: My favorite things to do are to hang out with my friends and play video games or go on a walk off campus.
Advice for Incoming Students: This is a great school to go to and it puts you in an amazing city. Get active on campus and do what you like whether it's athletics or other clubs and organizations. Go off campus and explore what's around USciences. College is what you make of it, so make it great and memorable.


Isaac HutchinsonIsaac Hutchinson
Hometown: Naugatuck, CT

Campus Involvement: Service Manager for Goodman Hall, Student Government Association Member, Keytones A cappella Member.
Favorite thing to do in free time: Play video games or go to the Athletics Recreation Center (ARC).
Advice for Incoming Students: Get out and enjoy college! You make your year, so don't spend it in bed.


Ron LodiseRon Lodise
Hometown: Bensalem, PA

Campus Involvement: Alliance, Pilipino Cultural Association
Favorite thing to do in free time: Play videogames, take walks and pet animals I meet along the way.
Advice for Incoming Students: Explore the city as much as you can, and don't be afraid to try new things :-)


Jimmy LyJimmy Ly
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Campus Involvement: Asian Students Association, Pilipino Cultural Association, Alpha Phi Omega, Intramural Volleyball
Favorite thing to do in free time: Binge watch Netflix, hang out with friends, watch anime, play piano, shop online, shop in person, watch people shop, eat with friends, watch people eat.
Advice for Incoming Students: College is a complete 180 from high school. You are presented with many opportunities and challenges. Depending on how you handle them will determine your own path of success. College is a crucial time period to discover or rediscover yourself. In doing so, try to have fun and don't be afraid to do things out of your comfort zone. Just remember in the end that GPA does not determine your worth as a person. However, that doesn't mean that you should neglect your studies. Work hard and play hard.


Terrance McDanielTerrance McDaniel
Hometown: Queens, NY

Campus Involvement: StEPP Mentor, American Society of Consultant Pharmacist, American College of Apothecaries, International Society, USciences Dhadkan, iNERT!A Dance Team, Black Student Union, Pilipino Cultural Association, Residence Hall Council, Teacher's Assistant, Chemistry/Organic Chemistry Tutor, Alpha Phi Omega, Alpha Lambda Delta, Library Student Worker, Phi Lambda Sigma.
Favorite thing to do in free time: Hang out with friends, order lots of food (MEGA FRIES!!!), catch up on Law and Order: SVU, Dance Moms, and Broad City, Midnight Wawa Runs.
Advice for Incoming Students: "I dream it, I work hard, I grind 'til I own it" ~Beyonce (Formation). College is going to challenge you in many ways, whether in the lecture halls studying for exams or joining a different friend group and meeting new people. Take this opportunity to shoot for the stars and try something new. Give your best in all the things you put your mind too, and never give up until you reach that finish line.


Matt MoyerMatt Moyer
Hometown: Perkiomenville, PA

Campus Involvement: Alpha Lambda Delta: Freshmen Honor Society, Honors Program, StEPP mentor, Teacher's Assistant, and Tutor.
Favorite thing to do in free time: Do anything with siblings, goof around with friends, and snowboard.
Advice for Incoming Students: Of course study hard and make friends here, but don't forget your family and friends back home. They helped make you who you are today. Make an effort to stay close with those who matter to you. Nothing sucks more than realizing that you're worlds apart from your once closest ally.


Lexie NovingerLexie Novinger
Hometown: Mountain Top, PA

Campus Involvement: Residence Hall Council Secretary, PCP Student Council Member, Student Government Association, and Alpha Lambda Delta.
Favorite thing to do in free time: Lots of sleeping, exploring Philadelphia, visiting my friends, aimlessly exploring Pinterest for hours, and watching Grey's Anatomy.
Advice for Incoming Students: College is a time to completely redefine who you are! (Or stay the same, you're perfect just that way!). Thus, it is important to be open to meeting new people and trying new things. One of the most important things to keep in mind when heading off to college is that it's totally acceptable to be YOU! Be whoever you truly are and finding your niche and friends will simply fall into place. Join clubs, be active, and be positive. Love your school and all it has to offer you; try to focus on the positives (for school and life as a whole). College will be the best years of your life if you allow it to be. Oh, and just because you think something is a "joke class" doesn't mean you shouldn't still try hard in it. A class like this hurting your GPA is really a bummer!


Jaime RyanJaime Ryan
Hometown: Bellmawr, NJ

Campus Involvement: Campus Recreation Student Worker.
Favorite thing to do in free time: Watch Netflix, hang out with friends, go on adventures around Philly, go shopping, read, and bake or cook recipes I find on Pinterest.
Advice for Incoming Students: Surround yourself with a motivated friend group who knows how to differentiate between time to have fun and time to work hard. The transition to college isn't always easy-- most of us didn't feel the need to put much time into high school courses in order to do well. It is the total opposite for college! The amount of work you put into a course is almost always reflected in your grades. By surrounding yourself with a motivated friend group, you are more inclined to keep up with the material and succeed in the class. I also met most of my closest friends during freshman year-- don't be afraid to put yourself out there!


Simran SanguSimran Sangu
Hometown: Avenel, NJ

Campus Involvement: USciences Women's Volleyball Team, Secretary of American Medical Student Association (AMSA), Member of Pre-Medical Society, Devil's Ink, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Tutor at the Writing Center.
Favorite thing to do in free time: In my free time, I enjoy catching up on my sleep, hanging out with my friends, exploring the city, or reading a great book. Basically anything non-school related!
Advice for Incoming Students: I would put emphasis on making your freshman year count. I know the transition from high school to college can be a difficult one but making the most of your first year will really help build a solid foundation for the rest of your college experience. I would encourage students to get involved on campus, find a great group of friends they fit in with, try to develop good study habits early on, and become familiar with themselves as a person. College is hard but by getting involved and having great friends by your side, it can be a memorable experience.


Bobby TompkinsBobby Tompkins
Hometown: Mickleton, NJ

Campus Involvement: StePP mentor
Favorite thing to do in free time: Exercise, hang out with friends, explore the city.
Advice for Incoming Students: Your college experience is really going to be what you make of it. It's important to stay focused with work, but also try to get involved in some way and make your time enjoyable here. Keep an open mind moving forward and remember this is a new start for you!


Susanne Ferrin, Director of Student Engagement


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