+ Orientation Staff – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \

Orientation 2021 is being planned as an in-person, four day event for incoming first-year and transfer students. COVID-19 related restrictions continue to evolve, and as new information becomes available, it will be added to the appropriate Orientation webpages.

Orientation Coordinators

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Litzy Bautista
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Char Burrito Bar
Advice for First Year Students: Take all the time you need to become involved on campus, don’t rush into things.
Favorite Place on Campus: The Library – for studying and I also work at the Center for Teaching and Learning that’s located on the second floor.

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Ethan Lewis
Hometown: Sharon, MA
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Water Street Cafe
Advice for First Year Students: Don’t be afraid to get involved right away in whatever activities on campus you enjoy or want to try but remember to set boundaries for yourself and others. Set aside time with just your friends, and make sure to set some time aside to just be by yourself so that you don’t become overwhelmed.
Favorite Place on Campus: The Blackwell Library

 

Orientation Leaders

Events Coordinators:
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Liz Crimmins
Hometown: Simsbury, CT
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: OPUS
Advice for First Year Students: My advice would be to take advantage of things like teaching fellows and office hours because they are great tools to help you do well in your classes while also meeting other classmates and getting involved!
Favorite Place on Campus: The tables outside the bookstore

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Irini Konstantinou
Hometown: Williamson, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Monaco’s
Advice for First Year Students: Get involved with campus events and activities as soon as possible! The scariest moment is always just before you begin–but once you take that first step into the campus culture, you’ll sure be glad that you jumped in. Join clubs–they are a great way to meet new people, establish connections across campus, and immerse yourself in activities focused on things you love to do, with friends who share similar interests and passions.
Favorite Place on Campus: The Lake

International Students:
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Catalina Garcia Tomas
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: El Morro
Advice for First Year Students: Don’t be afraid to try new things. Whether you join a new club, take a class out of your comfort zone, or become involved in student government, you are sure to make new memories and great friends along the way.
Favorite Place on Campus: Blackwell room

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Yesica Rosales
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Main Moon or Ciccino’s
Advice for First Year Students: Try to find classes that fill your goals first because those are diverse and will allow you to explore other majors without the commitment. You could find something you love and didn’t know about!
Favorite Place on Campus: Practice Field

OM Coordinators:
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William Koepp
Hometown: Princeton Junction, NJ
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Fry Bird
Advice for First Year Students: Try and get outside of your comfort zone (within reason)! When you leave college, you will be a totally different person who has grown and received a fuller experience of the world. Don’t let your time in college be a waste by only doing and being what you have always been.
Favorite Place on Campus: The Blackwell Library

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Brayton Slusser
Hometown: Geneva, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Kindred Fare
Advice for First Year Students: Don’t be afraid to take new courses and explore different fields. While a class may seem unfamiliar or daunting at first, it could very well introduce you to a major that you are passionate about.
Favorite Place on Campus: Warren Hunting Smith Library

Service & Orientation Central:
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Jayla Blackmon
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Flavors
Advice for First Year Students: Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone! This is a new chapter in your life and there are so many exciting opportunities on the way.
Favorite Place on Campus: The quad

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Katie Pratt
Hometown: Auburn, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Bagels & Cakes
Advice for First Year Students: Take each opportunity you can to be involved. Find something you love to be involved in and stick with it!
Favorite Place on Campus: Gearan Center

Spirit/Social Media:
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Andrea Desrochers
Hometown: Burnt Hills, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Parker’s
Advice for First Year Students: Try to get out of your comfort zone as much as possible and explore all that HWS has to offer. College is a great time to try something you haven’t before, and joining a new club can be a great way to make lifelong friends.
Favorite Place on Campus: The docks!

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Sharon Lopez
Hometown: New York, NY (Manhattan)
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Taqueria Los Amigos
Advice for First Year Students: Live in the moment! Embrace all the good times with friends and academic accomplishments, the same as times of weakness and vulnerability. As new and unfamiliar this chapter of your life will be, it’s only the beginning of the new you.
Favorite Place on Campus: Docks

Transfer Students:
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Shayna Riggins
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Bella’s Sicilian Ristorante
Advice for First Year Students: Pursue your interests. You never know who and what you may click with, so give it a shot! College is for exploration, trial and error, and finding what suits your interests and needs. Be confident in putting yourself in places of opportunity!
Favorite Place on Campus: Intercultural Affairs House

 

Orientation Mentors

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Umama Ahmed
Hometown: Islamabad, Pakistan
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Char Burrito
Advice for First Year Students: Forgive yourself plenty, and allow yourself to enjoy not having it all figured out!
Favorite Place on Campus: the lake

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Lucas Amaral
Hometown: Danbury, CT
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Tres Habaneros (On Campus), please try it, it’s fireeee.
Advice for First Year Students: Be yourself, enjoy, grind hard, and keep eachother safe. Take in all the beauty of this place that you can.
Favorite Place on Campus: The Scandling Center

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James Anderson
Hometown: Elmira, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: The Elephant
Advice for First Year Students: I feel it is very important to put yourself out there and make an effort to meet new people. There are really cool and interesting people here, you just have to find them!
Favorite Place on Campus: The HWS Garden

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Gio Arevalo
Hometown: Floral Park, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Byrne dairy
Advice for First Year Students: don’t stress yourself out too much
Favorite Place on Campus: either my dorm room or in quad

 
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Kidus Asmare Ayele
Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: F.L.X. Fry Bird
Advice for First Year Students: Work hard, play hard
Favorite Place on Campus: Quad

 
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Aicha Bah
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Char Burrito Bar
Advice for First Year Students: Be yourself and trust the process. Don’t put extra stress on yourself about making friends or about college work loads. Everything will fall into place just as they are meant to be. Also, go to office hours! You’ll see a huge impact on your academic success.
Favorite Place on Campus: The IC

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Souleymane Ballo
Hometown: Harlem, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Tim hortons or Char
Advice for First Year Students: Go to your office hours
Favorite Place on Campus: The benches on south main st

 
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Michael Bamah
Hometown: New York, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Rusty Pig
Advice for First Year Students: Have fun
Favorite Place on Campus: Blackwell Library

 
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Autumn Bierce
Hometown: Cohoes, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Bagels and Cakes
Advice for First Year Students: Don’t be afraid to make connections in every corner of campus!
Favorite Place on Campus: the library

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Hrithik Biswas
Hometown: Queens, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Char Burrito Bar
Advice for First Year Students: College is a journey to embark in life. You will be empowered to explore different disciplines and opportunities during your time at HWS. With this you have to have a open mind and heart. Wishing you the best fours years at HWS!
Favorite Place on Campus: Don’t got one particular favorite spot. The campus at it’s entirety and compilation of many spaces, makes HWS’s ambiance bloom.

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Hannah Bixby
Hometown: Chittenango, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Monaco’s
Advice for First Year Students: Put yourself out there! There truly is something here for everyone–so many clubs and activities to get involved in. It can be intimidating at first, but it is so important to get involved.
Favorite Place on Campus: The Quad

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Emma Brachfeld
Hometown: Saratoga Springs, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Linden Social Club
Advice for First Year Students: Use the resources that are available on campus! Whether it’s your FSEM teacher in to your RA, there are thousands of outlets that are here to help you with any issue(s) that may arise. There are various resources for different types of things. Like HUBBS, the Counseling Center and Res-Ed for more personal issues. Or teaching fellows and the CTL for more academic concerns. Everyone here at HWS wants you to succeed on your unique path and will do everything it takes to help you get there!
Favorite Place on Campus: Saga!

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Clare Burke
Hometown: Syracuse, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Mr. Twistees
Advice for First Year Students: Reach out to people during orientation week! Say hi to people on your floor and in your classes! You do not have to have a full conversation, just say where you’re from and what you’re interested in. It can be scary, but reaching out to people early on your floor and in your classes is a great way to make connections and get to know others on campus in the first few weeks.
Favorite Place on Campus: The Library

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Leilani Buswinka
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Flavors
Advice for First Year Students: Take the time for you to focus on your mental health. Don’t take on too much too quickly, and choose your classes based on how you want your senior year to be. Take harder classes first and fun classes later, trust me its worth it to not have hard classes senior year, especially senior spring. You got this and take time to adjust, and remember to take a second and breath.
Favorite Place on Campus: The arts campus sunken garden

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Samuel Calderon
Hometown: New York, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: The Elephant
Advice for First Year Students: Explore all the opportunities that are given to you. Leave college having no regrets of things you wished you should have done
Favorite Place on Campus: South Main St

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Wesley Capitani
Hometown: Dover, VT
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Taqueria Los Amigos
Advice for First Year Students: People are just as nervous as you are, reach out to people, ask for help, say hi and just be yourself.
Favorite Place on Campus: Bristol Gym

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Caitlin Carr
Hometown: Glenville, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Monaco’s Coffee
Advice for First Year Students: Don’t spend your time trying to be a “better version” of who you were in high school–you’ll end up slowly going back to your real self over time. Be yourself right away! You’ll make friends faster, and don’t hesitate to get involved.
Favorite Place on Campus: The Benches

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Kate Crabtree
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Ichiro
Advice for First Year Students: Visit the Teaching Fellows and ask them questions (not just about homework).
Favorite Place on Campus: The Astronomy Lab (Eaton Hall)

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Melissa Crist
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Monaco’s Coffee.
Advice for First Year Students: A piece of advice that I would give to a first year student is that it’s okay to change your mind. You may go into college thinking you want to major in a particular subject, then after taking a class on it, you might find out that it wasn’t meant to be. That’s okay! Part of the first year experience is to broaden your horizon and discover what is right for you.
Favorite Place on Campus: the library

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Lillian Davis
Hometown: Essex, VT
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Monaco’s Coffee.
Advice for First Year Students: Enjoy yourself! Try not to stress to much about what will happen in the future. Focus on the people you can say hi to, the clubs you are interested in joining, and the classes you are excited about. Don’t pressure yourself to figure everything out now, you will have plenty of time!
Favorite Place on Campus: Third floor of the library

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Bliss Doney
Hometown: Lexington, MA
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Eddie O’Briens
Advice for First Year Students: Don’t be afraid to try new experiences. College is your place to grow and learn. Don’t be scared to step out of your comfort zone.
Favorite Place on Campus: Gearan Center for the Performing Arts

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Garrett Downs
Hometown: Elba, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Mr. Twistee’s
Advice for First Year Students: Take a deep breath and go with the flow! Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Favorite Place on Campus: The Library

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Jamie Fine
Hometown: Westchester, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Char
Advice for First Year Students: Go to office hours with your professors.
Favorite Place on Campus: the docks

 
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Bryna Gage
Hometown: Geneva, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Monterrey’s
Advice for First Year Students: Join clubs and get involved! It’s a great way to meet people!
Favorite Place on Campus: The dance lounge

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Jonathan Garcia
Hometown: Pasadena, CA
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Monterrey’s
Advice for First Year Students: homemade food at the Bozzuto Boat House and Dock
Favorite Place on Campus: Corner of St Clair and S Main Street

 
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Tiffany Green
Hometown: Elmira, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: New Hall Diner
Advice for First Year Students: Don’t be afraid to try new things but also make sure to stand strong in your values.
Favorite Place on Campus: In the common spaces on my floor!

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Eva Hamel
Hometown: Plymouth Meeting, PA
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Monterrey’s
Advice for First Year Students: Join clubs and get involved! It’s a great way to meet people!
Favorite Place on Campus: Fry bird or bagels & cakes

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Mary Hanrahan
Hometown: Venice, FL
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: The Elephant
Advice for First Year Students: Take some time to think about your own needs and learn how to prioritize them.
Favorite Place on Campus: The William Smith Hill

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Brisa Hernandez
Hometown: Los Ángeles, CA
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: KFC
Advice for First Year Students: Take on what you can and do not overwhelm yourself
Favorite Place on Campus: Bristol Gym

 
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Name: Bea Hoffman
Hometown: East Aurora, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Monaco’s
Advice for First Year Students: Don’t worry about only making friends during orientation, you’ll meet great people all year long!
Favorite Place on Campus: Blackwell Room

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Max Horton
Hometown: Hudson, NH
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Waterstreet Cafe
Advice for First Year Students: Come in with an open mind, ready to absorb all you can!
Favorite Place on Campus: The Boathouse

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MaryBridget Horvath
Hometown: Mount Desert, ME
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Char
Advice for First Year Students: Make sure to get outside and off campus to explore Geneva and the surrounding area.
Favorite Place on Campus: The Garden

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Jenna Hyman
Hometown: Stamford, CT
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Char Burrito Bar
Advice for First Year Students: To my fellow introverts, leave your dorm. It’s weird, but try it. Leave and experience college. You can always go back.
Favorite Place on Campus: Gearan Center for the Performing Arts

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Abby Ignatowski
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Monaco’s
Advice for First Year Students: Don’t be afraid to try new things!
Favorite Place on Campus: The Docks

 
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Emily Kahn
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Bagels and Cakes
Advice for First Year Students: Really push yourself to try new things. Things can be really scary and intimidating the first couple of days, but they will 100% get better and you’ll get more comfortable.
Favorite Place on Campus: The Quad

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Angelica Knudson
Hometown: Long Island, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Bagels & Cakes, Geneva Gelato
Advice for First Year Students: Through all of the work, fun, and everything in between, make sure to always take good care of yourself, and prioritize your mental health and your boundaries first!
Favorite Place on Campus: The Pub, Demarest

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Alexander Konradi
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Parkers
Advice for First Year Students: Don’t worry if it takes you a while to find your group.
Favorite Place on Campus: Halestrom Boathouse

 
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Hannah Lax
Hometown: Concord, NH
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Monterrey Mexican Restaurants
Advice for First Year Students: Prioritize mental health, talk to your professors, everyone else is just as nervous and eager to learn and make friends as you are, take classes that sound interesting while you’re still figuring out what you want to do, and understand that you don’t have to know exactly what you want to do
Favorite Place on Campus: The benches above the lake

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Kathy Liech
Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Dominos
Advice for First Year Students: Be yourself. Don’t be swayed by peer pressure
Favorite Place on Campus: Library

 
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Liam Lyons
Hometown: Hudson, MA
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Oba Express Sushi & Hibachi
Advice for First Year Students: Strive to create connections with the greater HWS community
Favorite Place on Campus:

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Tyler Maddock
Hometown: Scranton, PA
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Bagels and Cakes
Advice for First Year Students: Put yourself out there and be open to any opportunity that may present itself.
Favorite Place on Campus: Kappa Alpha House

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Zerina Makhdoomi
Hometown: New York, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Opus
Advice for First Year Students: Go to office hours and prioritize your work!! Time management is key!!
Favorite Place on Campus: Sunken Garden

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Zack Martin
Hometown: Londonderry, NH
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Eddie O’Briens Grille and Bar
Advice for First Year Students: Meet as many people as you can. Everyone is in the same boat, and the more you put yourself out there, the more connections you’ll make.
Favorite Place on Campus: The Quad

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Saima Mashori
Hometown: Islamabad, Pakistan
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: The Elephant
Advice for First Year Students: Don’t spend all your snack money first month into the semester. Space it out. Thank me later.
Favorite Place on Campus: The first floor of the library for some quality procrastination time

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Kristen McCormick
Hometown: Boston, MA
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Eddie O’Briens
Advice for First Year Students: Ask for help and don’t be afraid to try something new! As cliche as it sounds, you’ll meet so many new people that way, which will make the transition to college easier!!
Favorite Place on Campus: Library or RFK

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Maddie McEvoy
Hometown: Short Hills, NJ
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Bagels & Cakes
Advice for First Year Students: Try everything! There are so many new opportunities in college and you never know what you may love.
Favorite Place on Campus: The Boathouse

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Quinn McGowan
Hometown: Fairfield, CT
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Oba Express
Advice for First Year Students: My advice for First Year Students would be don’t stress about making friends, everything happens naturally and you will meet amazing people when you least expect it. Also, everybody struggles with being away from home, regardless if they act like it or not, so don’t feel embarrassed. Joining clubs that you’re interested in is a fast way to get involved on campus and meet people with similar interests in you. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your professors if you’re struggling with their classes.
Favorite Place on Campus: The science courtyard

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Shea McIntyre
Hometown: Concord, MA
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Eddie O’Brien’s
Advice for First Year Students: Make sure to schedule time to take breaks and rest to make sure you remain healthy.
Favorite Place on Campus: Saga

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Diego Medina
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: OBA
Advice for First Year Students: Don’t Be afraid to ask for help. Both professors and even other students can be a great help when you are having a difficult time on an assignment. Be sure to enjoy your time and don’t stress to much.
Favorite Place on Campus: Bristol Field house and the Gaming house

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Elliot Menzies
Hometown: Hawthorne, CA
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Ichiro Japanese Restaurant
Advice for First Year Students: Try to get all the academic requirements over with as fast as possible
Favorite Place on Campus: Gearan Center

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John Meskan
Hometown: Wayzata, MN
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: FLX Frybird
Advice for First Year Students: Be open-minded and use your first semester to branch out and try new things.
Favorite Place on Campus: The Lake

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Drew Moriarty
Hometown: Poughkeepsie, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Picnic by the lake!
Advice for First Year Students: Be open to all experiences, go past your comfort zone, make opportunities for yourself and run with them and remember to take breaks to check on yourself and others.
Favorite Place on Campus: The Boathouse

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Erin Morrissey
Hometown: Baldwinsville, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Eddie O’Briens
Advice for First Year Students: My advice would be that you should introduce yourself to everyone that you meet!
Favorite Place on Campus: The quad in the spring

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Katie Mullin
Hometown: Pittsford, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Mr. Twisties
Advice for First Year Students: Get involved in clubs and sports teams to get to know people!
Favorite Place on Campus: Bristol Pool

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Van Nguyen
Hometown: Vietnam
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Halsey’s Restaurant
Favorite Place on Campus: The library 2nd floor

 
 
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Deirdre O’Malley
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: The Elephant
Advice for First Year Students: Try taking some classes outside of your comfort zone/major! You might be surprised to see how much they interest you!
Favorite Place on Campus: The Classics Seminar Room on the 3rd Floor of Smith Hall

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Courtney Page
Hometown: Waterloo, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Torrey Park
Advice for First Year Students: Don’t be scared to make a mistake or ask questions.
Favorite Place on Campus: Sunken Garden

 
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Conrad Palmer
Hometown: Harlem, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Char Burrito!
Advice for First Year Students: As a first year student I would recommended to expose yourself to as many new people as possible, you never know who you’ll meet. And when it comes to finding things to do, don’t be afraid to do things on your own, sometimes that makes things more meaningful.
Favorite Place on Campus: The Sherill Basketball Courts

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Essie Piker
Hometown: Pownal, ME
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: char
Advice for First Year Students: Maintaining open and honest communication with your professors is essential
Favorite Place on Campus: Greenhouse

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Kayla Powers
Hometown: Queens, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva:
Advice for First Year Students: Trust yourself! Even if you need to transition to college academics, you have valuable knowledge and insight!
Favorite Place on Campus:

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Willow Quine
Hometown: Stowe, VT
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Bagels and Cakes
Advice for First Year Students: Be outgoing and always try to meet new people.
Favorite Place on Campus: The quad at night time to go stargazing with my friends

 
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Ande Richardson
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Man Yuan
Advice for First Year Students: Try to break your weekdays and weekends into blocks – decide what times you are going to spend in class, doing work, and being social. Also, in your first few weeks, don’t be afraid to talk to new people. Almost nobody knows people when they first start, and everyone is looking to make new friends!
Favorite Place on Campus: the Gearan Center & Stern Lawn (when it’s warm out!)

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Zyanya Rizzo
Hometown: Pasadena, CA
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: The Rusty Pig
Advice for First Year Students: Make sure to go to office hours! Get to know your professors and never be afraid to ask questions.
Favorite Place on Campus: HWS Bookstore

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Ali Shaw
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Eddie O’s
Advice for First Year Students: Be nice to everyone! You never know when you’ll meet your new best friends
Favorite Place on Campus: The science quad

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Cayden Smith
Hometown: Voorheesville, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Halsey’s
Advice for First Year Students: The first people you meet likely aren’t going to be your best friends but that’s okay because everyone falls into finding their people
Favorite Place on Campus: The overlook over the football field

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Leanna Smith
Hometown: Lancaster, PA
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Char
Advice for First Year Students: Never be afraid to ask for help!
Favorite Place on Campus: The benches by the lake

 
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Charlie Stockwell
Hometown: Troy, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Char Burrito Bar
Advice for First Year Students: Be open to any opportunities that come your way. Try to be just a little more adventurous than you would normally be and allow yourself to try out new experiences, both socially and academically.
Favorite Place on Campus: Anywhere on the main quad

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Tanner Tattan
Hometown: Beverly, MA
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Kindred Fare
Advice for First Year Students: Make an effort to reach out to your professors early on in the semester by attending their office hours. They want to see you and they can be an invaluable resource in not only guiding you through a tricky topic but also gaining insight into research opportunities and careers within a given field.
Favorite Place on Campus: The docks

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Bridget van Brocklin
Hometown: Pittsford, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Water Street
Advice for First Year Students: Take advantage of office hours and get to know your professors.
Favorite Place on Campus: The dock

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Nataly Vargas
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Oba
Advice for First Year Students: Always ask for help no matter how dumb you may feel and how late it may be.
Favorite Place on Campus: the ballroom

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Jaylon Washington
Hometown: Syracuse, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Bagels and Cakes
Advice for First Year Students: Try to meet as many people as possible and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.
Favorite Place on Campus: the Lake or Bristol Gym

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Katelyn Weeks
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Eddie O’Briens
Advice for First Year Students: The First Year can be overwhelming. Try to take it all in, but remember that it is important to take time to care for yourself.
Favorite Place on Campus: The Quad on a Sunny Day!

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Jesse Whelan-Small
Hometown: Maplewood, NJ
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Oba
Advice for First Year Students: Don’t be afraid to get involved and try new things.
Favorite Place on Campus: The library.

 
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Nathan Williams
Hometown: Elbridge, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Halsey’s
Advice for First Year Students: Make connections and take advantage of HWS’s many opportunities as soon as you can.
Favorite Place on Campus: The quad

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Kassidy Wilmot
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Bagels and Cakes
Advice for First Year Students: Keep your mind open to meeting new people and creating great friends. It can be scary at first, but I promise you will find your place soon enough.
Favorite Place on Campus: Benches by the Lake

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July Winters
Hometown: Long Island, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: Monaco’s
Advice for First Year Students: Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and try something new! College is the perfect place to seek discomfort.
Favorite Place on Campus: The Arts Campus

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David Wynne
Hometown: Holland Patent, NY
Favorite place to eat in Geneva: F.L.X. Fry Bird
Advice for First Year Students: My advice for the First Year Students is to be yourself.
Favorite Place on Campus: The Benches

MORE INFO

For more information, contact the Orientation Office at (315) 781-3041 or at orientation@hws.edu.