Meet Your 2016 Orientation Leaders

Orientation Leaders are current NYU Steinhardt students who are available to help you through the advising and registration process this summer. During Welcome Week, they will host events around NYC, and in the fall, they will be your peer mentors in New Student Seminar.

Before getting to campus in August, follow the experiences of your OLs on Tumblr, see NYU through their eyes via Instagram, and stay informed with their posts on Facebook. Have a more in-depth question? Post to your Department's Google Group, and an OL or advisor will answer your question as soon as possible. Get to know your OLs below!

Applied Psychology

Shanice is a junior majoring in Applied Psychology. She is an international student born in Jamaica, where she lived before leaving to take on the wild adventure that is living in NYC and pursue her studies. One of the things she loves about NYU, and specifically Steinhardt, is the variety of opportunities to build community in a huge school within an even bigger city where it's easy to feel alone. In addition to being an e-board member for the Applied Psychology Undergraduate Club, she is excited to be a resident assistant at Third North for the 2016-2017 school year. Outside of class, Shanice enjoys watching movies, going to the beach (or any waterfront) and trying new creative outlets. She looks forward to meeting and working with new students to positively contribute to their NYU experience.

Ellie is a rising sophomore in the Applied Psych department, hailing originally from Maryland, the land of blue crabs and Old Bay. She has plans to ultimately become a clinical psychologist and work in in-patient settings, but for the time being, she is specializing in Child and Adolescent Mental Health studies within her Applied Psych degree. Ellie works at Starbucks to pay for her coffee addiction and loves exploring various coffee shops throughout the city. She also interns with the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy and volunteers for GallopNYC, a therapeutic riding association with locations throughout the five boroughs. In her free time, Ellie does yoga, reads, and takes walks to learn more about the city. She is so excited for her first year as an orientation leader and can’t wait to meet all of the incoming students!

Katie-Rose is an Applied Psychology and Global Public Health major from New Jersey and Delaware. Her freshman year, she was a member of NYU Model UN, the Buddhism Club, and NYU Stressbusters. She has been a global correspondant for NYU Shanghai’s student-run newspaper, On Century Avenue. So far, Katie has been to the NYU Shanghai campus and is currently spending her spring semester at NYU Buenos Aires. What she misses the most about New York is the opportunity to explore so many different cultures within a small space (especially through food). Outside of her clubs and classes, Katie loves poetry, dancing, yoga, photography, fluffy animals, sleep, and blogging. She is so excited to meet this year's incoming students, both freshmen and transfers, and can't wait to contribute to everyone’s unique NYU experience!

Rodney is a rising sophomore majoring in Applied Psychology at NYU Steinhardt. Although his family is originally from Taiwan, he has spent the majority of his life in China attending international schools. Rodney loves NYC so much he stayed in the city during both winter and spring break – as a result, he knows all the good places to eat (so come find him if you’re hungry, especially for desserts!) Rodney is very determined to become a clinical psychologist, and is planning on studying abroad in NYU London next spring. Outside of psychology, Rodney enjoys drawing, meditating, singing as he does his math homework, and playing League of Legends (feel free to add him if you play too!) He can’t wait to meet all the new incoming students and help make sure they all enjoy their time at NYU as much as he does!

Sunny is a junior in Applied Psychology, with minors in Public Policy & Management and Spanish. She is from the suburbs of Los Angeles, and has also lived in parts of Georgia, Maryland, and Korea. In her spare time she enjoys taking walks, reading, and playing with her dog. Her interests in psychology is in the field of Industrial-Organizational psychology, more specifically in professional development and leadership. Her favorite part about NYC is the ability to go anywhere and everywhere on foot. She is also very involved in residential life, one of her favorite experiences at NYU. Aside from psychology, Sunny has great interests in languages and cultures, currently working on her Spanish and Portuguese. She is very excited to welcome the new faces of Steinhardt in the fall, and hopes to get to know as many of them as possible.

Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities

Beena is a rising Junior at NYU Steinhardt in their new major, Education Studies with a specialization in Policies, Politics and Economics. Originally from Trumbull, CT She is passionate about finding solutions and innovative ideas in the field education on an international scale. She is in love with the diversity both NYU/NYC has to offer. In her time outside the classroom, Beena is an active member NYU's Roosevelt Institute progressive policy chapter and a public tutor for NYC public schools through the organization, Learning Leaders. She also enjoys seeing all the cities beautiful museums, parks and taking some time to paint and sip coffee with dear friends. She is enthralled to meet all students, to learn about their passions and help them grow here at NYU.

Art and Art Professions

Lilli is a tiny lentil of a human who likes to tweet and read suffocating amounts of literature at one time. Studio Art is her first major, and Media Criticism, in NYU’s Journalism Institute, is her secondary major. She grew up in Rochester, NY before coming to New York to live with all the pigeons and maybe also attend college. Lilli works in Steinhardt’s Barney Building Basement Sculpture Shop as a technician, so she is eager to help Studio Art students with all their wood, metal, and other sculptural needs. She is also the Treasurer of Women and Youth Supporting Each Other, a NYU club for mentoring middle school girls in the New York area. Lilli often embarks on adventurous cooking in her kitchen, and will always have some handcrafted dish for you to try. She’s just like Ina Garten, but without the TV spot. She is always willing to share food, luminous conversation, or recommendations of stuffy academic texts. Also Lilli may be the only NYU student who legitimately loves Bobst Library, and promises that it’s the best place on campus. Follow her on Twitter.

Jongho is a Studio Art major in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. He moved from South Korea when he was in second grade, and went to school in New Jersey afterwards. Jongho’s favorite things to do in the city are either to stay at home with his friends watching live TV, or to go to the galleries in and around the city. He concentrates on painting and drawing for his major, but likes to dabble and is interested in all forms of art, including , but not limited to performance and literature. Jongho is very excited to guide the new students and helping them get adjusted to not only their program and curriculum, but more importantly, to their environment that is New York City. He is hoping that the new students will open up to him with whatever concerns/questions they may have so that their experience at this institution is one not to be forgotten.

Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Mehak Noorani is a rising senior from Dallas, Texas studying Communicative Sciences and Disorders with minors in Global Public Health, Multifaith and Spiritual Leadership, and Nutrition and Dietetics. Currently, Mehak serves as the Treasurer of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA), which provides support and community for students in the Communicative Sciences and Disorders major. Additionally, Mehak also promotes community-building through her role as a Resident Assistant at the first-year residence hall, Third Avenue North and as the Program Coordinator of the Stressbusters program, which trains NYU students to give free 5-minute backrubs to other students at community events. Mehak drinks coffee like it’s her job, and can tell you the best places to get coffee in almost any neighborhood in New York City. Mehak looks forward to meeting new students to NYU and helping to facilitate a smooth and adventurous transition to New York City!

Media, Culture and Communication

Cashman is an energetic and enthusiastic junior studying Media, Culture and Communication. Born and raised in the Hawaiian Islands, Cashman takes full advantage of the social, cultural, and internship opportunities in New York City. She is the President of HawaiĘ»i Club at NYU, Community Manager at the start-up company TalentJungle, Staff Writer at The Odyssey at NYU, and a sister of Alpha Sigma Tau. She is extremely passionate about cross-cultural communication, indigenous education, and media representation for minorities. She plans to pursue a career in public relations and higher education administration. When she’s not running around campus, you can find her eating and adventuring her way through New York City. She’s excited to meet the Class of 2020 and help them reach their full potential at NYU!

Lily is a rising sophomore studying Media, Culture, and Communication, and is from the small, costal town of Marblehead, Massachusetts. Growing up, she discovered not only a passion for art, but for media studies and advertising as well. Aside from being an Orientation Leader, Lily writes as a staff member for the entertainment section of Washington Square News and is the social media editor for NYU’s public relations committee. She also works as an Admission Ambassador giving prospective students tours of the Washington Square campus. With her free time, Lily continues her tireless search for the best dessert spots in the city, and goes to as many Broadway and comedy shows as she can. She is really excited to get to know the incoming freshman and share her love of NYU with them!

Bryce Goyer is a rising Sophomore majoring in Media, Culture, and Communication. Bryce is a member of the fraternity Zeta Tau Alpha and loves spending time with her friends in her major. She is from Upstate New York and has always dreamed of living in NYC one day. Bryce loves spending time around campus, drinking coffee while watching Netflix or just exploring the city. She loves museums and is hoping to work on the Communications staff of a prominent NYC museum one day. Bryce loves being a student at NYU, especially being a student in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development.

Tahia is a rising sophomore in Media, Culture, and Communication, pursuing minors in Urban Education and Web Programming. As a native New Yorker and a product of NYC urban schools, Tahia is dedicated to equity in education, understanding how youth utilize technology, and the role of media in social movements. After high school, she took a gap year to serve with a national service AmeriCorps program (City Year) to be a full-time tutor, classroom assistance, and near-peer mentor to 9th graders in a Queens high school. On campus, she’s involved with the Fashion Business Association, Communications Club, College Democrats, and Jumpstart. Off campus, she’s an intern for Girls Who Code. Steinhardt was a natural choice for her not only because of the interdisciplinary academics that align with her interests and the supportive faculty that are at the forefront of their fields, but because Steinhardt is the school that encourages students to think about how to make the world a better place. Tahia is excited to inspire new students to do the same, discuss big dreams and practical solutions, share her favorite cat Instagrams, and bring you to the best NYC food and culture spots!

Kate Leder is an enthusiastic, brunch-loving Philadelphian who enjoys spending her time in the many museums and parks throughout NYC. Majoring in Media, Culture, and Communications, Kate has had the chance to intern for a Public Relations firm and has found her passion for hospitality and fashion. When she's not in class or doing work at her local coffee shop, Kate can be found exploring New York City and writing on her blog. Coming from just outside of Philadelphia, she misses Wawa hoagies and real cheesesteaks, but has come to terms that New York does, in fact, have the best bagels. Kate’s extremely excited to welcoming the new students to not just New York City, but New York University and Steinhardt as a whole.

Dani is a rising senior studying Media, Culture, and Communication. Originally from Brooklyn, she had always dreamt of becoming a student at NYU from a very young age. After moving to New Jersey, she had attended a community college where she worked intensively to earn good grades, and was accepted to NYU and the CCTOP program in 2015. Her experience at NYU has been nothing but positive! Dani enjoys the fact that NYU is in the middle of a land of opportunity, New York City, and close to her hometown of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. If you can’t find her hanging out at the MCC Media Lab or at Kimmel, you can definitely catch her exploring the neighborhood, hitting up local bookstores, record shops, and cafes! Dani is excited to meet our new welcomes and to hear their stories!

Music and Performing Arts Professions

Jordana is a rising junior in the Music Technology program. From a Spanish mother and Italian father, she grew up in Valencia and travels between Spain and Venice regularly. She enjoys playing soccer and reading, and is very musically active, having attended a conservatory for piano and voice beginning at the age of 7. Jordana first came to the USA in Fall 2014 to explore music from a more open-minded perspective, and has since been involved in the NYU community participating in different Steinhardt panels and in the University Leadership Honors Class. She is also currently interning at a composition studio in Brooklyn and working as a studio technician on campus. Jordana’s experience in New York has been wonderful so far, and she really looks forward to meeting the new students here at Steinhardt!

Beau Cadigan is a rising junior and first year transfer student from the Bay Area, and College of San Mateo. Currently he is a student in the Jazz Studies program at NYU Steinhardt, studying the drum set, and is thrilled to be doing so! Since community college, Beau has had eyes to move to New York to pursue his dream career as a jazz musician. He enjoys playing the drums (of course!), but he also very much enjoys listening to all genres of music, watching movies, reading, hanging out with friends, playing sports, and exploring New York City. What's more, he's excited to meet all of the new students this coming semester and to facilitate their transition to NYU as an orientation leader.

Heather is a rising junior in the Music Education program at NYU Steinhardt. She is from a quaint suburb in New Hampshire that’s about an hour from the White Mountains and from Boston, which is ideal for adventuring and exploring nature and culture in her time spent at home. She considers herself a thoughtful and passionate person who engages in music in any way she can—Heather is a classically trained flutist, but she can always be spotted in the crowd at your local punk show. Heather came to NYU as a freshman with her twin sister with a jumbled sense of uncertainty, awe, and exhilaration, and after seeing what this university and this city had to offer towards her personal growth, she could not be more confident in her college choice. She is so excited to be the 2015 Music Education Orientation Leader and she is thrilled to meet her amazing group of new students!

Oriana Miles is a junior in the program in Educational Theatre with a minor in English. Oriana is a story teller which though can take on many art forms her favorite are, directing, playwriting, and writing fiction. In her department Oriana has acted, stage-managed, and assisted directed. Oriana is currently directing the Lamplighter’s show SUPER which is a show for Young Audiences which she also wrote. Outside of her major Oriana enjoys tutoring, and outside of school Oriana spends her time watching movies, TV shows, sports, and reading. Oriana is very excited to meet the incoming students! Oriana can usually be found in Pless which has come to be her second home.

Sienna is a rising sophomore in the Music and Performing Arts Professions program. She is majoring in Violin Performance, and studying with Cyrus Beroukhim. Originally from Orem, Utah, Sienna came to NYU for the diverse student body and urban campus, and is thoroughly enjoying her time in the city. When not practicing or in rehearsal, Sienna loves the New York Public Library, the Natural History Museum, and seeing musicians perform all over New York. She is looking forward to getting to know all of you and assisting you in your future here at NYU!

Grace Pozniak is a rising senior majoring in Music Business at NYU Steinhardt. She also is minoring in Social Entrepreneurship through NYU Wagner School of Public Service. She grew up in a tiny town on the coast of Massachusetts called Cohasset. Her favorite thing about NYU and NYC is that both the university and the city create possibilities that truly are endless. She loves that there is no reason to ever be bored – there is always something interesting, new and exciting going on at NYU and definitely everywhere in NYC. On a personal note, Grace is a cheese fanatic, an avid concertgoer and a master thrift shopper. She adores exploring all boroughs of NYC, playing drums, and fighting social injustice. She cannot wait to meet the new students and help make this wild place feel like home for you!

Gio was born in San Antonio Texas on Janurary 6th 1997. He promptly moved to Atlanta where he spent the vast majority of his life. At the age of 5 Gio started playing piano, and other instruments were soon to follow. This sparked Gio’s love for all music. In highschool Gio began to manage some bands, which caused him to want to pursue a career in Music Business. Now Gio is a Music Business major at NYU. NYU was the perfect school for him because of the location. Gio loves the opportunities provided for him at New York and NYU. Since coming to NYU, Gio has become a collegiate rower, and pursued various music affiliated clubs at NYU. Gio looks forward to meeting the new students because he loves meeting like minded people who love music and New York, and he is excited to help them at NYU and in New York.

James is a an Floridian-turned-New-Yorker majoring in Music Theater with minors in American Sign Language; the Business of Entertainment, Media & Technology; and Child & Adolescent Mental Health Studies. When he isn’t singing or studying, James works as an NYU Admissions Ambassador, is actively involved in Res Life, and serves on the Executive Board of the NYU Players Club. As a member of the Steinhardt Global Honors Program and NYU Alternative Breaks, James is proud to fuse his passion for social justice with his wanderlust, and has traveled to three separate continents with programs aimed at serving and engaging with marginalized communities around the globe. James loves semi-colons, libraries, large dogs, the color red, and making people smile. When he’s not on campus, he can be found at a Broadway show, in the gym, or jamming out on the nearest piano. He is thrilled to be your Orientation Leader, and can’t wait to connect with you and contribute to your NYU experience!

Jordan is a Freshman in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development majoring in Vocal Performance, concentrating in musical theatre. Jordan hails from the ‘land down under’ -  Australia, and grew up on the sunny beaches of Sydney. She started performing at a young age and recalls her preschool nativity play in which decided to play Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus simultaneously as the moment that started it all. Apart from her passion for music and theatre, Jordan loves the outdoors, swimming at the beach and hanging out with her gorgeous Golden Retriever Cooper. She is thrilled to be working as a Steinhardt Orientation Leader for the class of 2020 and knows you will love NYU just as much as she does…maybe even a little bit more!

Nutrition and Food Studies

Tim is a rising senior studying Nutrition and Food Studies with a concentration in Dietetics. Though he was born and raised in TN, he loves living in the city and considers it home, as well. One of the things he loves about NYU is its integration into the vibrant life of the city. Something he loves about NYC is the array of great coffee venues that are available even at walking distance. Other than coffee tasting and trying coffee from different origins around the world, some of Tim’s other personal interests include taking long walks in the park or along the water, dog walking, trying out new eateries and cuisines, and discovering new coffee shops. He is looking forward to sharing in the enthusiasm of the new students and is excited to get to know and welcome them as the latest members of the NYU community!

This coming fall, Muksha will be a rising junior majoring in Nutrition & Dietetics at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Growing up in Mauritius, Muksha discovered her passion for food and her interest in nutrition, which brought her to New York City.  She is currently interning at Savor Health, a for-profit organization that helps cancer patients through nutrition counseling. Because of her love for being a mentor to others, she holds a Teaching Assistant position as well. Other than holding these positions, Muksha participated in several volunteer activities such as helping in Soup Kitchen, and she is a big fan of yoga and meditation. So far, Muksha’s experience in NYC has been wonderful and she is excited to meet all the new students and learn more about their experiences! J

Teaching and Learning

Marco is a junior studying English Education at NYU Steinhardt. He was born and raised in Yonkers, NY, but has found a second home in NYC. Marco is most excited when he experiences the world through music, poetry, photography, and teaching & learning. He currently writes, sings, and plays guitar in two bands. Equipped with punk rock DIY ethics and the passion to make a difference, Marco is motivated to be a productive and creative presence at NYU. He’s thrilled to get involved in student life as a Steinhardt Orientation Leader and as an RA at Lipton Hall, and will root for you every step of the way.

Effie is a junior majoring in Childhood and Childhood Special Education and double minoring in Urban and Global Education and History. Originally from Athens, Greece, Effie has lived in New Jersey for over ten years with her parents, two younger brothers, and dog-like cat. Effie sleeps, eats, and breathes education, student-teaching three days a week in a fourth grade classroom in Brooklyn and taking seven Teaching & Learning classes! When Effie isn't frantically running around the city, she's likely in Founders - the first year residence hall where she is the Resident Assistant of the community service floor. She's also very involved with NYU Service and the Steinhardt community at large! Effie enjoys quoting episodes of Friends, eating unreal amounts of Ben & Jerry's Americone Dream, and loudly singing off-key to any song on the radio. She is so excited to meet you and begin a great year together!

Zoe is a rising junior studying Childhood and Special Education and double majoring in Psychology. She comes from Shanghai, China, and her two-year American life has been an amazing experience. Her one-semester study abroad in London has added more spice to life. What she loves about NYU are its openness and inclusiveness. The city provides a stage for students. It is big and full of opportunities, but people can also find secret spots to relax in the quick city life. Zoe loves traveling and exploring the unknown, and she enjoys cooking and hanging out with friends. She is very excited about returning as an Orientation Leader this year, and she cannot wait to meet everyone!

Arielle is a rising sophomore, majoring in Childhood and Special education and minoring in both dance and business studies. She is from sunny South Florida and is thrilled to now call New York home. At NYU, Arielle is a member of the NYU Latin/Ballroom Dance Team and is involved in both Latin and Jewish life on campus. In her spare time, Arielle loves to hang with her friends, bake all sorts of desserts, sing, attend dance socials, attend performances of all kinds, and sit in Washington Square Park. Outgoing, caring, and passionate about Steinhardt, Arielle is very much looking forward to getting to know and work with the newest members of the Steinhardt family.

Salik is a rising sophomore from Chattanooga, Tennessee, studying English Education and minoring in Africana Studies. At NYU, he is a Tenor in the NYU Chorale and participates in the intramural sports offered at NYU. In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports or following his favorite sports teams, watching Friends or How I Met Your Mother, attending concerts, and singing and listening to music. As a resident in the Residential College at NYU, he will be living in Broome Hall, in Soho, where he can’t wait to explore and discover new restaurants, shops, and cafes and in the Spring of 2016, he hopes to travel to Ghana. He is extremely friendly and always has a smile on his face, so don’t be scared to ask him any questions and always say hey to him when you see him on the street!

Jocelyn Testa is a rising junior, majoring in Childhood and Special Education and minoring in Global and Urban Education, and is super excited to be your Orientation Leader.  She’s from the small town of Flemington, New Jersey, and is very close to her family and small-town friends.  But, considering her undying love of rural NJ, she’s adjusted well to the big city and absolutely adores NYU!  On campus, Jocelyn is involved in choir, Admissions Ambassadors, Teaching and Learning Ambassadors, and NYU Study Away (more specifically, in Accra, Ghana — but that would require an entirely new paragraph :).  When she’s not in class, student teaching, or working, you can Jocelyn aimlessly wandering or going for a run to explore the beautiful neighborhoods of NYC.  If you’re lucky, you might even see her dancing a little to herself while she’s listening to music by the river or in a park.  She also loves to sing along.  Jocelyn is very passionate about everything she does and enjoys sharing her experiences, so she’s very much looking forward to meeting and working with you!