NYU Steinhardt
New Undergraduate Experience
Meet Your Orientation Leaders

Where can you go to learn more about life at NYU, and who can you ask for help? 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 and interact with them on Facebook. You'll need to update your FB account with your @nyu.edu email address to access this group.

Applied Psychology

Katie-Rose is a loud and proud New Jerseyan and Delawarean senior majoring in Applied Psychology and Global Public Health at NYU. Katie-Rose is a passionate feminist and social justice activist. She is also a fitness and dance enthusiast. Outside of the classroom, she is helping underserved New Yorkers have access to fun, affordable exercise and free activewear through her involvement as a fitness instructor and team member for the non-profit organization, F.I.T. 4 All. In her free time, you can find her hitting the barre, hanging out at a bookstore, and attempting to befriend every dog in the city! This year, Katie-Rose is especially excited to share her senior-year wisdom with our incoming students and to hear the individual and unique stories everyone has yet to share with her and the NYU community!

Olivia Matthes Theriault is a Sophomore in the Applied Psychology program from New Haven, Connecticut. Some of her favorite activities include skiing, hiking, cooking and eating. Olivia likes to stay active, so she pretty much lives in her leggings and sneakers. She’s a big fan of Yoga to the People and if you’re looking for a gym buddy she’s your go-to. One of her favorite things about New York is how easy it is to find good, cheap food anytime, anywhere. Olivia is excited to find more great food in the city and looks forward to exploring what the city has to offer with the incoming class.

Rodney is a junior and returning Orientation Leader for the Applied Psychology program at NYU Steinhardt. After living the majority of his life in China, Rodney arrived at NYU two years ago and immediately fell in love with Applied Psychology! He is involved in two clubs within the department - APUG Club and Inside Scoop - and loves being able to connect students to opportunities and resources within the field. Starting next year, he will also be a Resident Assistant at the Broome Street Residential College. He hopes to pursue a PhD in Counseling Psychology, and is specifically interested in research focused on gender and sexuality. Outside of psychology, Rodney enjoys meditating, cleaning the apartment, sleeping in on Saturdays, gaming with friends, and prowling the streets of Chinatown in search of bubble tea and xiaolongbao. Rodney is so excited to welcome the new students to our family here at NYU!

Ellie is a junior and returning Orientation Leader in NYU Steinhardt’s Applied Psychology department, with minors in Education and Animal Studies. She is originally from Annapolis, Maryland, but considers New York to be her real home - she truly loves New York! Ellie enjoys exploring new brunch spots (because breakfast food is the best food!), hanging out at the Strand, coloring, and getting coffee from Stumptown and other new coffee shops she happens upon. A member of NYU’s Psi-Chi Psychology Honors Society, Ellie has internships with a therapeutic horseback riding nonprofit, GallopNYC, as well as an adolescent inpatient unit in Queens. Ultimately, she is interested in getting a PhD or PsyD in clinical psychology and working in an inpatient unit, focusing on the development of psychotic and mood disorders. This semester, Ellie is excited to get to work with new students again, and is looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you!

Shanice is a senior in Applied Psychology. As an international student, she is originally Jamaica, where she grew before coming to NYC to pursue her studies. She is an executive board member for the Applied Psychology Undergraduate (APUG) Club, which plans social, professional and community service events for fellow APUG students. Additionally, she is excited to return at the first-year residence hall, Third Avenue North, as a Resident Assistant for the 2017-2018 academic year. One of the things she loves about Steinhardt is the different opportunities to build community and her favorite thing about the city is the ease that one can experience different cultures through their food, music or art. Shanice enjoys going to the beach (or any waterfront), exploring new places and trying new creative outlets. She looks forward to meeting and working with new students to positively contribute to their NYU experience.

Sophia is a rising sophomore majoring in Applied Psychology and Global Public Health with a minor in Web Programming and Applications. She is an international student who was born in Germany and grew up in Shanghai, China. Her passion is to implement Psychology into design and create things that have a larger impact. Sophia is a staff writer for the Applied Psychology department’s journal OPUS and a volunteer for nonprofit organizations. When Sophia isn't in class at the library or running between those spots, her favourite things to do are listening to music on lazy afternoons, watching movies, taking photos, writing poetry, petting cats, and scouting for good food. She loves the city because of the constant flux of people and ideas and can’t wait to meet the incoming students to learn about their experiences!

Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Shmico was born on the lively island of Trinidad and Tobago. She moved to New York at two years old and resided in Brooklyn, New York ever since. Shmico entered NYU as a HEOP student and  is currently a rising sophomore studying Communicative Sciences and Disorders.Dance has been a huge part of her life as she was exposed to and performed hip-hop, modern ballet, and  African dance. She continued her interest in dance as she became involved with the NYU Ballroom Dance Team. She admires the convenience of the New York culture‒ the various stores around every corner and the accessible transportation system that is twenty-four hours. Currently, she is an intern at Speech Matters. She aspires to become a speech therapist, because she wants to help people be confident in the daily task of communicating. Additionally, she is excited about hearing the stories of new students and their diverse backgrounds. She hopes to have a meaningful connection with new students and form relationships that would last beyond the first year.

Media, Culture, and Communication

Lily Dolin is a rising junior studying Media, Culture, and Communication. She’s from the New England town of Marblehead, Massachusetts. She is currently studying abroad in Prague, exploring Europe and eating as much goulash as possible. When in New York, Lily interns at various companies, works as an Admissions Ambassador, and acts as a Staff Writer for the Washington Square News. One of her favorite things to do at NYU is study on the 8th floor of Kimmel and look out over a beautiful skyline of New York City. She is extremely passionate about art, writing, and all things Broadway. In her spare time, Lily visits as many museums as possible, and continues to look for the best mac’n’cheese in the city. She is beyond excited to meet the incoming freshman class and help make their first year experience the best it can be!

Giovanna has been blessed (maybe cursed?) with a name that has so many different pronunciations that she rather just be called Gigi. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, she grew up in sunny Salvador by the sea. She's a rising sophomore part of the Steinhardt class of 2020 majoring in Media, Culture, and Communications. When not exploring the various Italian restaurants in New York City, Gigi works as the Executive Producer for WNYU’s podcast “Talking Series-ly” and is a member of the Social Media Team at the Washington Square News. When it’s too cold to be reading at the Park, Gigi can be found at Kimmel’s 8th floor reminiscing when the weather was nicer with a pile of Roland Barthes books. In her free time, Gigi aims for weekly trips to the cinema, but is most often found writing for Affinity Magazine, The Kraze Magazine or hosting web-radio shows. Gigi is incredibly excited to meet the Class of 2021 and help the newest MCC freshmen find their place at NYU as quickly as she did!

Olivia is a rising sophomore in Media, Culture, and Communication, pursuing a minor in African studies. She hails from the "armpit of America" — New Jersey. However there are still amazing things about her quaint, diverse town such as the diners, buffalo chicken pizza slices, and bagels. Her home away from home is the southside of Chicago, where she spends the summers working at University of Chicago’s Upward Bound program. She has an addiction to online shopping, Chopped, and different flavored lemonades. What she loves about New York is that there is always a Starbucks always closeby! She is passionate about social activism and fashion, and wants to eventually work in public relations. Olivia dreams of one day going to a Beyonce concert. She is excited to help students find their place at NYU!

Justin is a rising sophomore studying Media, Culture, and Communication in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. He is from the small town of Easton, CT; though growing up, he considered nearby NYC a second home, often escaping his farm town in favor of the excitement of the city. When not studying, Justin is involved with clubs like Two Birds, One Stone, which donates leftover dining hall food to nearby shelters. Justin is an avid sock collector, a lover of Italian food, and enjoys tending to his Broadway show obsession. If not seeing a show (or studying at Bobst), you can probably find him singing in his room or exploring the city, which he is proud to now call home. He is so excited to get to know the new students and help them with their transition into NYU!

Leonard is an incredibly enthusiastic rising junior studying Media, Culture, and Communication from the small town of Millburn, New Jersey. Leonard has always dreamed of having the adventure of a lifetime and found it in his dream college, NYU! Beyond being an Orientation Leader, Leonard is the Music Director and Vice President of the NYU Vocaholics A Cappella group, a Writing Partner at the NYU Writing Center, an Admissions Ambassador for NYU, and a Box Office Assistant at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Additionally, he’s an active member of the National Residential Hall Honorary and the NYU Leadership Fellows. Passionate about media and the arts, Leonard seeks to change the world through artistic expression and media outreach. With his limited free time, Leonard loves watching Broadway shows and a cappella concerts. Leonard can’t wait to meet NYU’s Class of 2021 and help them have the best time ever!

Naomi is a rising sophomore in Media, Culture, and Communication. She is from Manhattan Beach, California. Naomi has lived in California her entire life, but she could not be more excited to spend her college years in New York City (even if that means having to live through cold weather). She is a major foodie and is constantly searching the city for the best new place to eat. Although Naomi loves music and going to concerts, don’t expect to ever catch her on Broadway (some people were meant to sing in showers and cars and not on stages, okay?). If Naomi is not stuck in Bobst you can most likely find her eating, walking down fifth avenue, watching movies, or listening to music. Naomi is so excited to meet all of the new students this fall and cannot wait to get to know them.

Emma is elated to be an orientation leader this fall! It will be her second year at NYU studying Media, Culture and Communication. She is from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts and loves the fast pace of NYC. Her favorite parts of college are getting to make friends from all around the world, taking classes with interesting professors and taking naps in the middle of the day. She is a part of the Residential College and the Smart Woman Securities Investment club at NYU. Emma loves theater, film and TV. She hopes to one day work behind the scenes in theater or film. Her favorite things to do in NYC are seeing Broadway shows and going to the Smourgasburg food festival in Brooklyn. She cannot wait to meet you all in the fall and introduce you to the amazing NYU community.

Music and Performing Arts Professions

Jordan is a Sophmore 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 passions for music, dance 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 2021 and knows you will love NYU just as much as she does…maybe even a little bit more!

Carissa is a rising sophomore majoring in Music Business through NYU Steinhardt and minoring in Production through NYU Tisch. Born and raised in Chicago, she loved experiencing the transition from one concrete jungle to another. During any bits of free time Carissa can find, she enjoys relaxing, ranging from finding a new show on Netflix to getting lost by taking a walk in the city. She also loves squealing over photos and videos of French bulldogs and drooling over posts about places to eat in NYC. What she loves most about NYU is the location—there is always something new to see and do, and the opportunities are truly endless. Carissa looks forward to meeting new students, learning from their experiences, helping them acclimate to their new home, and getting them as excited about their next four years as she is.

Justin Smith is a Junior at New York University studying Instrumental Performance (French Horn) and Journalism. As a horn player, he has performed all over the world, including the Berlin Philharmonie, Carnegie Hall, and the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Justin studied abroad in Prague where he took lessons with Zdneck Divoky of the Czech Philharmonic, and wrote for the international web-magazine Prague Wandering. In New York, Justin performs with the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, Off-Broadway Shows, and as Principal Horn of the NYU Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he runs with November Project-NYC and competes as a bronze-level ballroom dancer. Justin especially loves exploring the city for the best bagels, pizza, and burgers, and catching shows and concerts at the cheapest price possible.

Juliana is a rising sophomore studying Music Education with a concentration in Classical Voice. She was born in Bogota, Colombia but spent her childhood in Fair Lawn, New Jersey- just a quick train ride away from NYC! She’s always loved the liveliness of NYC—watching the street performers in Washington Square Park (especially the piano man and the jazz bands) is one of her favorite things to do. Juliana also loves choir and has interned with the Young People’s Chorus of NYC, and is currently the conductor’s assistant for the NYU Children’s Chorus. In her free time, you can probably catch her jamming in the practice rooms with her Music Ed family, binge watching Game of Thrones, or finding all the cute dogs in Washington Square Park. She’s looking forward to taking the new students under her wing and introducing them to the close-knit family that makes up Music Education!

Julia Duffy is a Vocal Performance major with a specialization in musical theater training. Born in New Jersey, Julia has actually grown up for the majority of her life in Fort Collins, a city in northern Colorado. A typical mountain girl, Julia loves skiing, hiking, climbing trees, and generally finding herself in nature anywhere in the city. Julia loves all the opportunities available in the city, and generally being in an area of the country where so many amazing and pertinent things are happening. You can often find Julia roaming the city to see everything there is to offer, especially if it involves making jokes at museums (the Met costs $12 for students)! The oldest of three sisters, Julia has always adored mentoring and helping those around her, and is beyond excited for the chance to show the ropes to the incoming class!

Jordana is a rising senior 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 loves playing various instruments and singing for fun. 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, as well as in her program’s student showcases. She has also interned at a composition studio in Brooklyn, and is currently a studio technician on campus and a coding intern for creative online music applications at MusEDLab. Additionally, Jordana is a political activist in New York. Her experience at NYU and in the city has been life-changing, and she really looks forward to meeting the new Steinhardt students!

Lizzie Boscolo is an educational theatre major graduating in the year 2020. She grew up in Montgomery County Maryland, but was more than psyched to leave to live in New York. Her favorite thing about her major is the incredible sense of community and the activities they do together (thanksgiving dinner, halloweegium, and more!) During the day you can find her thrift shopping, drinking coffee in the park, or hunting for spare change to buy dollar pizza. She has a passion for musical theatre, and is more than willing to geek out with anyone over broadway shows. She loves NYU because there is always something to do in this vibrant city. Lizzie can’t wait to meet the first years and welcome them into the Ed Theatre Family!

Emily Phelan is a Vocal Performance major with a specialization in classical voice. She calls the small coastal city Newburyport in Northeast Massachusetts home but, spent her childhood in Ontario, Canada. She loves all of the art opportunities and student ticket prices that come with being an NYU student in NYC (orchestra seats at the Met Opera are $35!). You can find Emily chugging chai and rose tea lattes at Grounded while reading, binge watching sitcoms with her feisty chihuahua Lucy, or devouring poutine (a Canadian delicacy) at her favorite fry shop in Greenwich. Emily is also the Undergraduate Student Government Representative for NYU's Classical Voice Collective where she participates in the full scale operas they put on. She looks forward to meeting all of the incoming freshman and giving them the inside scoop of the VP program and showing them the ropes to mastering Manhattan.

Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities

Allie is a rising sophomore majoring in Education Studies. She grew up in Orange County, California, visited New York City for the first time at ten years old, and knew she wanted to live there for the rest of her life. Her interests in the field of education lie in Public Policy and the importance of arts education in student curriculum. Besides education, Allie also enjoys music (any and all genres), movies, photography, and visiting museums. And if you ever need advice on the best boba spots, she’s your gal! Allie’s favorite part about NYU is the fiery passion, energy, and compassion she observes in both the students and the faculty. She is so excited to meet the incoming freshman and help them make the best of their first year at NYU.

Chelsea is a rising Junior majoring in Education Studies, with the hopes of pursuing Education or Human Rights Law down the road.  Originally from rural Sparta, New Jersey, (and a HUGE fan of Bruce Springsteen of course!), Chelsea is a transfer and commuter student who lives with her parents, two younger sisters who both attend college, and rescue puppy, Tucker.  Raised as a teacher’s daughter, Chelsea’s passion is everything education and she has had the opportunity to work in charter schools through D.C Reads and NYC public schools through America Reads here at NYU, has interned at the Department of Education under former Secretary John King, and is looking forward to an upcoming internship at Columbia University.  Outside of the classroom, she is a devoted equestrian, Chi Omega alumni, bibliophile, summer beach bum, diehard foodie, concert-lover, netflix binger, and globetrotter.  Despite living in the tri-state area all her life, Chelsea has fallen in love with NYC all over again, and cannot wait to share that love of the city and NYU, as Orientation Leader for the newest members of our Steinhardt family!

Nutrition and Food Studies

Elijah is an old soul with a love for old-school movies and an obsession with beauty products! She lives life in pursuit of healthy skin that glows from the inside out. A rising sophomore studying Global Public Health and Nutrition & Dietetics at Steinhardt, she hopes to use the knowledge she’s gaining in nutrition and chemistry to help others achieve health and beauty through preventive medicine. What she misses most about home is having a kitchen (although Steinhardt’s commercial kitchen is pretty dope)! While growing up in the multi-cultural Washington, DC area, Elijah developed a diverse culinary palette and has always been interested in learning the cultures behind her favorite foods. This interest has led her to places like Beijing, China where she studied and lived with a host family for a year! Her time in Beijing and love for big city living played a huge part in her decision to come to NYU. She’s looking forward to sharing her first-year ‘life on the square’ experience with NYU's class of 2021, and learning from them as well!

Muksha is a rising senior at NYU Steinhardt, majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics and minoring in Business Studies. She is born and raised in Mauritius and her passion for food brought her to USA 3 years ago. So far, her experience in NYC and NYU has been life changing where she experienced her first Broadway Show and tasted her first New York Pizza. Coming from an island in the Indian Ocean, Muksha has been living her dream life so far! Muksha currently works as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies. She is also interning at Savor Health, a for-profit cancer company. Outside of classes, Muksha can be found volunteering at food banks and practising yoga. Her love for linguistics inspired her to learn Chinese:Tā hěn gāoxìng rènshi xīnshēng! (She is excited to meet the new students) and can’t wait to work with them!

Art and Art Professions

Kaylee is a rising sophomore majoring in Studio Art with plans to double Minor in Business Studies and Business of Entertainment, Media and Technology. Born and raised in the cultural island of Jamaica, Kaylee set her sights on NYU to pursue a liberal education in a city that would inspire her artistic and business pursuits. A member of the Caribbean Students Association and the NYU Ballet Club, she loves that there's an activity or club for everyone and no shortage of events offering free food! With a passion for creativity and entrepreneurship, Kaylee hopes in the future, to become an artist and to build her own arts and media company. In her free time, Kaylee enjoys dancing, photography, watching basketball, and binge watching shows on Netflix. She looks forward to meeting the Class of 2021, sharing her own experiences, and is excited to hear how they plan to immerse themselves into the unique NYU experience!

Bri (Sabrina) is a third culture kid currently studying Art in Steinhardt. She grew up in Canada Vancouver, China Shanghai, and recently California, Pebble Beach. She loves travelling and hopes to collect a memento from every country in the world eventually. She loves exploring the unknown parts of the city and discovering hole in the wall coffee houses or live music restaurants. She’s currently the Director of Communications in the Lipton Hall and a player of the Ultimate Frisbee team. She’s excited to meet new people and learn their stories and interests and hopefully making their transition to NYU as seamless as possible.

Teaching and Learning

Arielle is a rising junior, 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 Hispanic and Jewish life on campus. She is also familiar with NYU Study Away, having spent an incredible semester at NYU Florence. In her spare time, Arielle loves to hang with her friends, bake desserts, sing, dance, attend performances of all kinds, and explore NYC. 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.

Jocelyn is a rising senior (yikes!), studying Childhood and Special Education with a minor in Global and Urban Education, and she is super duper excited to be your Orientation Leader!  She’s from a small town in New Jersey, but, considering her undying love of rural NJ, she absolutely adores NYC and NYU.  She’s very involved around campus as an Admissions Ambassador, Resident Assistant at an upperclassmen residence hall, Undergraduate Leadership Fellow, co-president of the Teaching and Learning Club, and study away alumni from NYU Accra.  When she’s not in class, student teaching, or working, you can probably see Jocelyn going for a long run, reading in the park, or aimlessly wandering the beautiful neighborhoods of New York and listening to music.  She’s very passionate about everything she does and enjoys sharing her experiences, so she’s very much looking forward to meeting and working with you!

Zoe is a rising senior studying Childhood and Special Education and double majoring in Psychology. She comes from Shanghai, China, and her three-year American life has been an incredible experience. Her one-semester study away in London has added even more spice to life. Besides being an Orientation Leader for the third year, she is also involved around campus as a Resident Assistant at an upperclassman hall, co-president of the Teaching and Learning Club, and a peer leader at the Steinhardt International Programming and Advocacy Committee. What Zoe loves the most about NYU and NYC are their openness and inclusiveness. In her spare time, she likes traveling in and out of the city, exploring the unknown. She is very excited about meeting everyone in the near future!

Brendon is a rising sophomore, majoring in Childhood & Special Education and minoring in Communicative Sciences & Disorders. He is a native New Yorker who has Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian roots. He’s an active student by day and a Batman fan by night. In his spare time, Brendon likes to swim, read DC Comics and newspapers, write fictional stories, and take risks in doing things he’s never done before. Brendon is also a member of WNYU News Radio and a part of the Martial Arts Club. Supportive and passionate about your success in NYU, Brendon can’t wait to welcome you as the new members of Team Steinhardt!

Sophie is a rising sophomore, majoring in Early Childhood and Special Education and minoring in Linguistics. She is also on the Independent Tech Track in Tisch’s Production and Design department, focusing on set design. She grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, attending a Montessori school which ultimately inspired her to become a teacher. In her free time she keeps up with t.v. comedies such as New Girl and Bob’s Burgers. She loves to make art, especially painting in Washington Square Park. Although she was a picky eater through her life, being in NYC has opened her up to trying any type of food that she can. Even with all of the restaurants in the city, she still misses cooking and baking with friends. She is very excited to continue to live in NYU housing and to finally get a kitchen. So if you ever get a hankering for some home cooking, don’t be afraid to let her know! She is very friendly and loves to host. If you need anything else, just ask! From restaurant recommendations to a quiet place to study, Sophie knows and would be happy to tell you about it.

Contact the NYU Steinhardt Office of Student Affairs at 212 998 5065 or email steinhardt.orientation@nyu.edu.