Meet our 2016 Orientation Staff

Zach Ross '17

Zach Ross '17

Hometown: North Wales, Pa.
Major: mechanical engineering

Favorite Orientation memory: The first hour, when we had just met our OA's and hallmates and began playing icebreakers like questionball. I remember my OA's telling me about all of the awesome things we would do together over the next week. Their enthusiasm was so genuine, I couldn't figure out how a program could do so much in so few days. Their excitement for us and genuine interest in us as individuals put my nerves about going to college at ease and helped solidify that this was the home for me.

My campus activities: S.E.R.V., A.S.M.E.

Advice I would give a first-year student: Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. You will regret not making connections to other students, clubs and organizations, faculty and staff, and other groups in the first few months here.

Parker Watson '18

Parker Watson '18

Hometown: California
Major: B.A. computer science and minor in economics

Favorite Orientation memory: Speed date ice breaker with my hall.

My campus activities: Multicultural Student Services, Chi Phi fraternity, Posse, comic artist for The Bucknellian, Admissions Ambassador, Beyond Unison acappella group.

Advice I would give a first-year student: Don't be afraid to talk to people! Whether it be staff, faculty, or other students, everything is so much easier if you are proactive in talking to people and reaching out to them.

Peter Puleo '17

Peter Puleo '17

Hometown: Bethlehem, Pa.
Major: mechanical engineering & management

Favorite Orientation memory: Pictures on the Quad before Matriculation!

My campus activities: Club Rugby, TEDx, University Innovation Fellows, Chi Phi fraternity, ORIENTATION!

Advice I would give a first-year student: Don't be afraid to be authentic, both with others and with yourself. You are more confident and people find you more interesting when you're able to express yourself in an honest way.

Sage Maggi '18

Sage Maggi '18

Hometown: Longmeadow, Mass.
Major: pre-law and Chinese

Favorite Orientation memory: Color games.

My campus activities: Swimming and Diving team, Inter-Residence Hall Association, Relay for Life, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Campus Manager of South By Sea, Bucknell Business Review, Spinning Instructor, Greek Affiliation.

Advice I would give a first-year student: The sooner you start calling Bucknell "home", the sooner it will feel like home.

Suzie Zubkoff '18

Suzie Zubkoff '18

Hometown: New York
Major: history and sociology

Favorite Orientation memory: There are so many! I think my favorite memory from my first year was not a specific moment or event, but the energy and excitement I could feel instantaneously when I first got to campus on Move-In Day and for the rest of my time at Bucknell since then. Students at Bucknell are so passionate about Bucknell, and the OAs radiated that passion during Orientation. That's what really made me want to be an OA. I wanted to make other first years feel that energy that made me feel comfortable and at home immediately.

My campus activities: I am an admissions ambassador for the Office of Admissions at Bucknell, and I am involved in my sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. Truthfully I am mostly focused on Orientation and that's where most of my time is spent aside from academics!

Advice I would give a first-year student: You're not alone. I know the first few weeks of college are scary, but everyone is in the same exact boat as you. No one has a set group of friends yet or knows what they're doing. So push yourself. Introduce yourself to as many people as you can, don't be afraid to be silly, and try new things! That's what everyone else is afraid to do, so be the first one to do it and the rest will follow.

Maggie Carlson '18

Maggie Carlson '18

Hometown: Princeton, Mass.
Major: political science and women's & gender studies

Favorite Orientation memory: Pulling up to Vedder Hall on move in day. I stepped out of the car, knees shaking, and was immediately smiling when I heard the RAs and OAs yell "Hey everyone! This is Maggie from Massachusetts!" followed by cheers and clapping. I took my first deep breath of the entire morning, and for the first time knew I would be okay.

My campus activities: Alpha Chi Omega sorority, Relay for Life, Bucknell Institute for Public Policy, Undergrad Research Assistant for the Department of Sociology & Anthropology

Advice I would give a first-year student: Be present in the moment. Whether it's socially, academically, or just walking around campus, strive to better this campus with every moment. You were meant to be here - make it happen. Trust your instincts, and although it might take time, you will find your place.

Max Ferrer '17

Max Ferrer '17

Hometown: West Hartford, Conn.
Major: history and philosophy

Favorite Orientation memory: The talk my hall had after the diversity speaker. Everybody's walls came crashing down and for the first time it felt like we were really connecting on an emotional level.

My campus activities: Chi Phi fraternity (vice President), Beyond Unison co-ed acapella group, History Club, Admissions Ambassador, Bucknell Chorale/Camerata.

Advice I would give a first-year student: Give everything a shot, don't be shy! Whether its going to an academic talk, introducing yourself or auditioning for an acapella group, try it! College, and orientation especially, is a time to try new things. If you can't find what you're interested in, start your own club! There are probably other people in the same boat as you.

Mikayla Berliner '18

Mikayla Berliner '18

Hometown: Livingston, N.J.
Major: economics and psychology

Favorite Orientation memory: Sharing stories with my hallmates after the Maura Cullin talk. It was a really powerful bonding moment that I'll never forget.

My campus activities: Managing Editor of the L'Agenda -- the Bucknell yearbook, TLC study group leader, Delta Gamma sorority, Alpha Lambda Delta, Order of Omega, College of Arts & Sciences Dean scholar.

Advice I would give a first-year student: Keep your door open! Join clubs at the club fair and stick with them. And, most importantly, don't be afraid to say hi or wave to someone you only met once before. You may think they won't remember you, but they will! Everyone is in the same boat, and no one will think you're weird for saying hi.

Alex Golden '17

Alex Golden '17

Hometown: Springfield, N.J.
Major: theatre

Favorite Orientation memory: Listening to Maura Cullen, the diversity speaker. I've seen her three times now, and I always take away something new from her. She rocks!

My campus activities: Two Past Midnight, Cap & Dagger, Presidential Fellows, Department of Theatre & Dance productions, and Orientation (duh)!

Advice I would give a first-year student: In high school, we do a lot of things because we're "supposed" to do them (take a ton of AP courses, join certain extracurriculars, make honor society, etc.). Here, none of that matters anymore. Stop worrying about what will look "good" on a resume and start getting involved in things that you're genuinely fascinated with. Trust me, it will make a huge difference in your college experience.

Chuck Emrich '18

Chuck Emrich '18

Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
Major: economics

Favorite Orientation memory: Learning the fight song at 'Ray for the orange and the blue

My campus activities: Rugby, admissions, TKE fraternity, markets and investments affinity house, environmental res college.

Advice I would give a first-year student: Don't be afraid to reach out to other people in your classes. It's a great way to not only learn or review material outside of class, but also a way to make friends and ease the transition into college.

Jack Geduldig '17

Jack Geduldig '17

Hometown: Hershey, Pa.
Major: Biology

Favorite Orientation memory: Walking through the gates!

My campus activities: Club tennis, orientation, biology reaearch.

Advice I would give a first-year student: Don't hold back who you truly are!

James Richardson '17

James Richardson '17

Hometown: New York
Major: classics

Favorite Orientation memory: Playfair!

My campus activities: OC, IRHA vp, rugby team, Weis Center house manager, KDR fraternity recruitment chair, DSAC member.

Advice I would give a first-year student: You don't know what cool is. Be your self.

Katherine Doyle '18

Katherine Doyle '18

Hometown: Vienna, Va.
Major: managing for sustainability

Favorite Orientation memory: When the entire first-year class was in the Weis Center and stood up based on where they were from or how they viewed their economic status among other questions. It was the first time I realized how diverse our class was and how our love of Bucknell was our common denominator. It made me excited to start my time here and learn from not only the classroom, but more importantly from the conversations and connections I would make with the diverse people in our class.

My campus activities: Women's Varsity Lacrosse, Athlete's Bible Study, Alpha Chi Omega sorority.

Advice I would give a first-year student: I would recommend to go to office hours with professors even if you do not have any questions. Building good relationships with professors is more rewarding and can be a good source if you need recommendations for internship or abroad applications.

Liam Fontes '18

Liam Fontes '18

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Major: civil engineering

Favorite Orientation memory: Walking through the Christy Mathewson Gates.

My campus activities: TKE fraternity, ASCE, Discovery Res College, Speak-Up.

Advice I would give a first-year student: Don't spend too much time Netflixing/watching tv or playing video games. Go interact with people.

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