2014 Orientation Advisors

Andrew ArceseArcese

Hometown: Queens, NY
Major: Geography and Sociology Double Major
Class of 2017

 

Favorite Spot on Campus:The grassy spot just below the gazebo, overlooking the valley

Advice for New Students: Don't be afraid to meet new people!  Also, PLAN AHEAD. Time Management is essential for a college student. Own a calendar or planner, and stay on top of everything!

Wendy-Marie AylwardAylward

Hometown: Olney, MD
Major: English; Adolescent Education
Class of 2017

 

Favorite Spot on Campus: The soccer field by the town houses

Advice for New Students: Be brave! Now's the time to take chances and try new things. And always remember that everyone around you is in the same boat as you are, and you're all looking for a friend - so smile!

Victor BorgesBorges

Hometown: Walden, NY
Major: Psychology
Class of 2016

 

Favorite Spot on Campus: MacVittie College Union

Advice for New Students: Don’t be afraid to speak to your professors! They genuinely enjoy what they do and love speaking to students about it as well. This networking also opens up a lot of doors to opportunities you wouldn’t hear about if you didn’t get to know your professors. 

Brittany BrownBrown

Hometown: Queens, NY
Major: Biology
Class of 2016

 

Favorite Spot on Campus: The Gazebo

Advice for New Students: Don't wait for other people to make your college experience fun. YOU have to make your time here worthwhile! 

Ashley ButticeButtice

Hometown: Centereach, NY
Major: Psychology
Class of 2017

 

Favorite Spot on Campus: MacVittie College Union

Advice for New Students: Get involved and take advantage of every wonderful opportunity offered here at Geneseo, both academically and extracurricular, because there are so many for everyone. 

Amanda CoffeyCoffey

Hometown: Baldwin, NY
Major: Creative Writing with Adolescent Certification 
Class of 2016

 

Favorite Spot on Campus: Welles

Advice for New Students: Be yourself and you'll make the best of friends at college. Also, try new things! Going outside of your comfort zone will help you grow as an individual. 

Mia FerrainaFerraina

Hometown: East Aurora, NY
Major: Psychology
Class of 2015

 

Favorite Spot on Campus: Anywhere you can see the gorgeous valley!

Advice for New Students:Take chances and embrace opportunities. You never know what you might enjoy, be good at, or learn from a given experience until you try it. 

Kendall FitzGerald fitzgerald

Hometown: Manorville, NY
Major: Biology
Class of 2017

 

Favorite Spot on Campus: Dante House

Advice for New Students: Take risks and put yourself out there! Geneseo is a place for learning and growth, and by taking advantage of these opportunities you’ll be sure to have an awesome experience.

Tatianna Floresflores

Hometown: Merrick, NY
Major: Childhood Education with Special Education and a concentration in History
Class of 2016

 

Favorite Spot on Campus: MacVittie College Union

Advice for New Students: Don’t let the person you were in high school dictate who you must be in college. College is all about seizing the moment, trying new things, meeting different people, and genuinely being the person you want to be. 

Sophia GarberGarber

Hometown: Yorktown, NY
Major: Communication & Psychology
Class of 2017

 

Favorite Spot on Campus: The Gazebo

Advice for New Students: Come in with an open mind and a positive attitude! There are so many awesome people to meet and great organizations to join, so take advantage and get excited!

Paul Garinggaring

Hometown: Burnt Hills, NY
Major: Physics
Class of 2016

 

Favorite Spot on Campus: MacVittie College Union

Advice for New Students: Get out of your room and really take advantage of all that Geneseo has to offer in terms of extra-curricular activities. Most likely, you will meet your best friends and make the memories that will truly define your four years in college!!

Tom HartvigsenHartvigsen

Hometown: Geneseo, NY
Major: Math
Class of 2016

 

Favorite Spot on Campus: South Hall 

Advice for New Students: Step outside of your comfort zone and don't be afraid to totally nerd out about your work!

Ryan KirraneKirrane

Hometown: Bronx, NY
Major: Elementary Education With Special Education
Class of 2017

 

Favorite Spot on Campus: MacVittie College Union

Advice for New Students: Try to get involved your first semester at Geneseo! It will make your transition here much more smooth and give you the opportunity to meet many new people!

Missy ParavatiParavati

Hometown: New Hartford, NY
Major: Early Childhood Education/English
Class of 2017

 

Favorite Spot on Campus: Starbucks

Advice for New Students: Be open-minded and take advantage of the opportunities that come your way! College is the perfect time to try new things.

Shaneka RodriquezRodriguez

Hometown: Binghamton, NY
Major: Business Administration/International Relations
Class of 2016

 

Favorite Spot on Campus: Anywhere outside, on the grass!

Advice for New Students: Get as involved on campus as possible! It is a great way to make new friends and be a part of a wonderful community! Always be yourself because Geneseo is a very accepting place that encourages individuality. And, be kind to everyone you meet!

Austin SimonSimon

Hometown: Somers, NY
Major: Psychology & Communication
Class of 2015

 

Favorite Spot on Campus: Ira S. Wilson Ice Arena

Advice for New Students: Procrastination at Geneseo will result in failure. Be sure to start and finish your assignments early so you can run your work by your professors! 

Josh StoneStone

Hometown: Jamesville, NY
Major: Psychology & Communication (Personal & Professional Track)
Class of 2015

 

Favorite Spot on Campus: Starbucks

Advice for New Students: Get out there and get involved! Getting involved in with different clubs and activities is a great way to make friends and make the most out of your college experience! 

Maria VelasquezVelasquez

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Major: International Relations and Spanish 
Class of 2016

 

Favorite Spot on Campus: Brodie Hall

Advice for New Students: Pay attention to those classes that spark an interest in you... THEY MEAN SOMETHING!
Also, it's okay to not have it all figured out. 

Sam WeinsteinWeinstein

Hometown: Plainview, NY
Major: Chemistry
Class of 2016

 

Favorite Spot on Campus: Brodie Hall

Advice for New Students: Don't be afraid to try something new! College is about discovering yourself and growing into the person you may well end up being for the rest of your life. Putting yourself out there and taking chances are some of the only ways you're going to achieve that goal of self-discovery.

Travis WheelerWheeler

Hometown: Rocky Point, NY
Major: Biochemistry
Class of 2016

 

Favorite Spot on Campus: South Hall Quad

Advice for New Students: Seek help if you need it, and do not be afraid to branch out and be the one to extend an invitation to hang out with someone. 

Jia Wen ZhuZhu

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Major: Political Science & Communication
Class of 2016

 

Favorite Spot on Campus: Corner Pocket

Advice for New Students: Do things that make YOU happy, not what make others happy. Enjoy every second you are in Geneseo, because it will fly by.