New Student Orientation
Orientation Leaders (OLs)
Hometown: Woodstock, NY
Majors: Economics, Philosophy
Minors: Cognitive Science, Data Science
Campus Involvement: On campus, I serve as a Resident Assistant in one of the freshmen residence areas. I am also enrolled in the Honors Program and was on the executive board for Marist College Student Programming Council. In addition, I have volunteered through Campus Ministry and been a general member of various on-campus clubs.
Additional Activities: In my spare time, I enjoy playing basketball and engaging in fitness, particularly weight training and calisthenics. When I'm on vacation during the summer, I like to stand-up paddleboard. I also love to play with my golden retriever and bake apple pies! If it's the autumn, you can find me watching the New York Giants, my favorite sports team.
Advice for the Class of ‘25: Go to office hours. Meeting with your professors is crucial for understanding material and building strong relationships that will last beyond your college years. Don't feel obliged to stick to a friend group if you're not happy. You are free to move about and make new friends! Also, attend a variety of clubs; they help you discover your interests and passions, and if you end up not liking a club, that's okay! To end, I want to share a quote from Abraham Lincoln: "Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing."
Hometown: Trumbull, CT
Major: Psychology/Special Education (1-6)
Campus Involvement: On campus I am the SPC (Student Programming Council) President and the FEMME President. I am also a part of the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society and Teachers of Tomorrow.
Additional Activities: I'm an elementary school substitute teacher in a district back home!
Advice for the Class of ‘25: Don't lose sight of who you are but also don't be afraid to take a chance and try something new. Everything works out how it's meant to so put yourself out there and let it all happen. You're not the only one who's experiencing so many new things!
Hometown: Bellmore, NY
Major: Math Education
Campus Involvement: On campus I am involved with Campus Ministry, SPC, Frisbee, and the Math Team.
Advice for the Class of ‘25: Take every opportunity Marist gives to you! Especially since the pandemic started, it is important to take anything life throws at you!
Hometown: Hopewell Junction, NY
Major: Digital Media
Minor: Graphic Design
Campus Involvement: I am currently a marketing intern for Marist Dining Services, where I help promote the dining locations on campus by taking pictures, editing fun videos, as well as design graphics and illustrations. I am also on the board for both the Marist Asian Alliance as well as the Marist Anime Society, where I work in Public Relations, in which I create flyers and graphics for events. I'm a member of the Marist Orchestra as well, playing the violin. Aside from clubs and jobs, I have also designed clothing and stickers for the MPorium store, and graphics for student government campaigns. I am basically the go-to guy when it comes to art and design!
Additional Activities: I am really interested in art, as my major might suggest, so in my free time, I like to draw and paint, and create characters. I also enjoy photography and videography.
Advice for the Class of ‘25: As a first-year student, I wished someone would have told me that everything will be fine. When you first go to a brand new school for the first time, it can be kind of overwhelming, but as soon as you begin spending more time there, meeting new friends, and really getting involved on campus, you realize there is nothing to be afraid of. You will find your place here, and there is something for everyone. I couldn't believe when I began my own orientation as a freshman. The atmosphere was just so welcoming, and it put a smile to my face knowing that people are genuinely excited to have you here as a student. My time at Marist has been truly some of the best years of my entire school career. I have learned so much more, gained new interests, and met such a diverse group of people. Everything is just waiting for you, and you will truly see how amazing everything is.
Hometown: Cresskill, NJ
Major: Psychology/Dual Certification in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) and Childhood Education/Special Education (Grades 1-6)
Campus Involvement: I am involved with Best Buddies, Campus Ministry, International Italian-American Society, Teachers of Tomorrow, and Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education).
Additional Activities: I like to play volleyball, basketball, and softball. Also, I am a huge New York Jets fan!
Advice for the Class of ‘25: Take advantage of the opportunities all around you! Join a club, audition for a play, or attend a sporting event on campus!
Hometown: Hopewell Junction, NY
Major: Biomedical Sciences
Campus Involvement: I am a member of the Marist Honors Program.
Additional Activities: I am an avid soccer player (I play on a semi-pro team), I coach youth soccer players, and I really enjoy health and fitness.
Advice for the Class of ‘25: It is perfectly fine to be a little bit nervous, but I promise you will be able to find yourself at home. Take advantage of all the opportunities Marist has to offer and don't be afraid to reach out if you ever need any guidance. Most importantly, make sure you make the most out of your college experience, it sure goes fast!
Hometown: Harvard, MA
Major: Biomedical Sciences
Campus Involvement: I'm the treasurer of the Pre-Dental Society and a member of Marist Ambassadors, the Student Programming Council and the Honors Program. I am also a Peer Tutor and a Tour Guide.
Additional Activities: On campus, you can find me in the Cabaret on SPC's bingo nights, watching the
sunset on the campus green, or at the Marketplace buying more pints of Ben and Jerry's Peanut Butter Cup ice cream than my freezer can hold.
Advice for the Class of ‘25: You have four years to experience everything Marist has to offer, so don't take for granted the "now" as you're chasing the next internship, event, or experience.
Hometown: South Bronx, NY
Major: Political Science
Campus Involvement: I am the president of ARCO and am a Resident Assistant on campus.
Additional Activities: I spend my free time learning Korean, listening to audiobooks and true crime podcasts, writing, hanging out with my dog, and watching cartoons.
Advice for the Class of ‘25: Make sure to take time for yourself sometimes. Although college life can be incredibly hectic, self-care is always needed to keep a balanced college life. Hang out with a friend at the dining hall, take a walk along the river, etc. De-stress whenever needed and make sure to not let your new surroundings overwhelm you.
Hometown: Hillsdale, NJ
Major: Business Administration (Human Resources)
Campus Involvement: I am on the board (marketing) of Diversity and Inclusion within the Student Government Association (SGA).
Additional Activities: I love watching football. I'm a big Dallas Cowboys fan. I love spending time with my family, friends, and my dog Baxter.
Advice for the Class of ‘25: A quote I absolutely love is "it's a slow process, but quitting won't speed it up". I think that's important because if you quit there is no improvement or learning being done, so by trusting the process you will be okay.
Hometown: Parrish, FL
Major: Business Administration (Marketing)
Minor: Graphic Design
Campus Involvement: On campus, I am involved with the Honors Program, Marist Ambassadors, the
American Marketing Association (AMA), peer tutoring, and Beta Gamma Sigma.
Additional Activities: In my free time you can catch me running with my dog, rock climbing, hiking, skateboarding, fossil hunting, and playing spikeball.
Advice for the Class of ‘25: Don't waste your time pretending to be someone you're not. You'll find that Marist gives you the opportunity to be yourself and have people love you for who you are.
Hometown: Point Pleasant Boro, NJ
Minor: Interactive Media
Campus Involvement: I am a part of Campus Ministry, MCTV, and I like to get involved in different fitness classes on campus like yoga and Zumba.
Additional Activities: I like to spend time with friends on campus and I am a part of my town's Fire Company as a member of the Ladies Auxiliary.
Advice for the Class of ‘25: Don't be afraid to just go up and talk to people, they are as nervous as you
are. Be open to new opportunities!
Gabby C., ‘22
Hometown: Toms River, NJ
Majors: Psychology, Criminal Justice
Minor: Cognitive Science
Campus Involvement: On campus, I work for the Admissions Office as a Tour Guide and Greeter, and I am also in the Student Ambassador Program. I am a part of Greek life as a member of the Zeta Chi chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma. I am in MCDE, which is the Marist College Dance Ensemble, which is where I found my family on the Marist campus! I recently became a new member of Psi Chi, the International Psychology Honor Society and I will be taking on Secretary position next fall! This past semester, I had an internship at an outpatient mental health clinic called Behavioral Associates and I ABSOLUTELY loved it!
Additional Activities: I love to dance, spend time with friends, go to the beach (when I’m home), and explore the Hudson Valley, especially in the fall! Fun fact: I recently learned how to knit!
Advice for the Class of ‘25: Be open to meeting new people and trying new things! Don’t be afraid to do something, go outside your comfort zone! It’s so important to try new things and get involved! Also, keep your door open the first week on campus, you will meet so many people on your floor, that’s how I met some of my best friends! Be yourself!
Gabby S., ‘23
Hometown: Monroe, CT
Major: Psychology/Special Education
Campus Involvement: On campus I participate in Club Swim, Greek life, SPC, Teachers of Tomorrow, and the Psychology Club. I am a Tour Guide, Peer Mentor, and a tutor.
Additional Activities: I worked as a substitute teacher this past winter break.
Advice for the Class of ‘25: My biggest advice is to get involved in as many things as you can your first year. Even if you don't think that you will stick with it all four years, you never know what can come out from that experience.
Hometown: Patterson, NY
Major: Media Studies and Production (Film & TV)
Campus Involvement: I am involved with the Dance Ensemble, MCTV, Kappa Lambda Psi, Femme, Asian Alliance, and Red Ink.
Additional Activities: My hobbies include drawing, reading books, playing video games, and hanging out with friends.
Advice for the Class of ‘25: Don't overstress. Sometimes college can be stressful, but most times it won't be as bad as you may think it is. When you're really stressed, try to think about how far you've come and celebrate it. Take care of your mental health and take breaks when needed.
Hometown: Glen Rock, NJ
Major: Communication (Sports Communication)
Minor: Fashion Merchandising
Campus Involvement: I contribute to Center Field, the Marist sports website.
Advice for the Class of ‘25: Don’t sweat the small stuff!
Hometown: Islip, NY
Major: Media Studies & Production
Campus Involvement: I am involved with Marist Ambassadors.
Additional Activities: Off-campus I work with Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson.
Advice for the Class of ‘25: Make new friends, eat new foods, go to new places, learn new things, but never change who you are.
Hometown: Norwalk, CT
Campus Involvement: I am a First Year Programs Peer Mentor. I am involved with the Black Student Union, the Campus Ministry Community Service Program, and play Intramural Volleyball.
Additional Activities: I enjoy painting, eating out at different restaurants, going to the movies, going to the mall, and going to the beach.
Advice for the Class of ‘25: One piece of advice I would give to the Class of 2025 is "go with your gut!" We all have a gut feeling when making decisions in life. In college you learn so much about yourself as you go through different stages. Listen to your mind and your body, because a gut feeling is never wrong. If something does not feel right whether that be changing your major to making new friends go with your intuition. I wish I listened to my "gut" when I was a freshman. I could have made my life so much easier. Also, ask for help. In college, we want to feel that sense of independence, but we all need help sometimes. Do not be afraid to utilize the amazing resources we have here at Marist.
Jessica G., ‘24
Hometown: Croton On Hudson, NY
Major: Psychology with Childhood Education and Special Education (Grades 1-6)
Campus Involvement: On campus I am a Tour Guide and a member of the Marist Ambassadors, Psychology Club, Teachers of Tomorrow, the Italian American Society, and was the PR Officer for the Leo Hall Residence Council. I was the Freshman Women's Representative and am the incoming Secretary for the Marist Singers Board. I am also a member of the Sirens acapella group. I was just recently inducted into the International Honor Society in Education as well!
Additional Activities: I have always been really involved with music and theatre and in the summer I enjoy spending time on the Hudson River boating and also at the beach with my family and friends!
Advice for the Class of ‘25: My biggest advice would be say hi to people all the time. Whether it's in the bathroom, in the hallway, passing by their door, etc. I made some of my best friends so far by just saying a quick hi!
Jessica O., ‘23
Hometown: New Hyde Park, NY
Campus Involvement: I am involved with Alpha Sigma Tau, Foxy Beauty, and Marist Theatre.
Additional Activities: I enjoy performing, exercising, and eating at new places.
Advice for the Class of ‘25: YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Everyone is in the same boat. This is such an exciting time so embrace everything and put yourself out there! You never know what will happen or who you will meet, so try to experience as much as you can. You are going to have the best time! Welcome to The Red Fox Family!
Hometown: Smithtown, NY
Campus Involvement: On campus, I am a member of the Marist College Dance Team where I held the leadership position of Fundraising Coordinator last season and currently hold the position of Treasurer for the 2020-2021 season. In addition, I have an on-campus job as a Marist College Tour Guide. I am an active member in the American Chemical Society Club and Residence Hall Council where I held the position of Public Relations. I am also a Student Ambassador as well as a member of the Marist College Honors Program.
Advice for the Class of ‘25: Get involved! College is the time to explore yourself and try new things. It helps you branch out, build skills, experience new things, and help you meet people who share similar interests as you. Involvement will help make Marist your home away from home!
Katie L., ‘22
Hometown: Mahopac, NY
Majors: History, Political Science
Campus Involvement: I am a Peer Mentor, Ambassador, Tour Guide, and Student Assistant to Director of Transfer Admission. I am involved with the Marching Band, Pep Band, and Symphonic Band.
Advice for the Class of ‘25: Transitioning to college can be a big adjustment and at first you may feel overwhelmed. This feeling of uneasiness is normal and will eventually pass. It's okay not to have your life figured out as an incoming student, and it's okay if you still don't have your life figured out when you're an upperclass student and it seems like all of your friends already know what they want to do with the rest of their lives. Most importantly, don't be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone, be open to new experiences. Welcome to the Fox Den, Class of 2025!
Hometown: Red Hook, NY
Minor: Medieval & Renaissance Studies
Campus Involvement: On campus I am an Ambassador and a Tour Guide. I also participate in the NSLS (National Society of Leadership and Success) and ELP (the Emerging Leaders Program).
Advice for the Class of ‘25: Live your best life here! College is definitely the place to discover yourself, no matter how that may be. Join clubs, take new classes, and just take a step out of your comfort zone! This is the best place to try new things and find what it is that makes you happy. Don't be scared of anything, even failure can lead to some of the best discoveries. Take advantage of every opportunity thrown your way and you will make it so far!
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Major: Political Science
Campus Involvement: I am a Resident Assistant (RA), the Deputy of Diversity and Inclusion on SGA, an E-board member for the Muslim Student Association (MSA) and part of Marist Ambassadors.
Additional Activities: I love to dance, listen to music, and spend time with my family and friends.
Advice for the Class of ‘25: Take all the opportunities Marist has to offer! Get out of your comfort zone, because you might learn that what you thought you wanted or liked is not what you want anymore. Feel free to change your mind, add and or drop whatever you want. This is your time to trust yourself and go with your gut.
Hometown: River Vale, NJ
Minor: Biology (on Pre-Med Track)
Campus Involvement: I am participating in Campus Ministry and intramurals. I am a student researcher with Dr. Dovgan.
- Volunteer at Englewood hospital
- Volunteer for Zack Latteri Foundation
Advice for the Class of ‘25: Be friendly, welcoming, and willing to meet new people. The first day of freshman year I met some of my best friends by going up to their group to say hello, they invited me to the river, and we have been friends since! Marist will introduce you to your forever family and be ready to take that gift with open arms. Also, don’t be nervous to try new things: random classes, random sports teams, clubs, etc. you may find a new passion or love for something!
Hometown: Norwalk, CT
Major: Psychology (Dual Certification Program for Childhood & Special Education)
Campus Involvement: I am a part of the Teachers of Tomorrow Club as the Secretary, Psychology Club, and the Emerging Leaders Program. During my freshman year at Marist, I was the Vice President of Leo Hall's Residence Hall Council. I am always looking for more ways to get involved!
Additional Activities: I love animals, working with kids, and going to concerts.
Advice for the Class of ‘25: Enjoy the present! Don't get caught up in the past or possibilities of the future. Now is your chance to explore new friendships, courses, activities, towns, who you are as a person, and more! Nothing is more important than your next breath. :)
Hometown: Cheshire, CT
Major: Business Administration (Marketing)
Campus Involvement: I participate in Campus Ministry, Ambassadors, and Jazz Foxes. I am also a Tour Guide.
Additional Activities: I enjoy cars, drums, and photography.
Advice for the Class of ‘25: Don’t go into college fearing what will happen or how you will adjust. Just put your best foot forward, try something new, and be yourself!
Hometown: Wappingers Falls, NY
Major: Political Science
Campus Involvement: I am a Marist Model UN board member, an Ambassador, and a Tour Guide.
Additional Activities: I intern for Nobody Leaves Mid Hudson.
Advice for the Class of ‘25: Many of us hesitate to step into the unknown because it is attached to uncomfortable situations, but that discomfort is good. It means you are pushing yourself and growing as a person.
Hometown: Woodbury, CT
Majors: History, Political Science
Campus Involvement: I am part of the Marist Honors Program, Marist Men’s Volleyball Team, and the Marist Orthodox Christian Fellowship. I am President of and Violinist for Marist College Orchestra, a Resident Assistant, Vice President of Marist Gospel Choir, and participate in Habitat for Humanity.
Additional Activities: I am involved with the Poughkeepsie Soup Kitchen, the Poughkeepsie Farm Project, play pickup basketball, and am an Alter Server at Kimissis Greek Orthodox Church.
Advice for the Class of ‘25: The best advice I was told when starting at Marist was “You are here for a reason”. Entering college is a new and intimidating feeling. Especially for me, I felt out of place and scared of the hundreds of students who seemed like they had it all figured out. The simple phrase “I am here for a reason” helped remind me that Marist saw something special in me and deliberately chose me for what I had to offer. You are special and you have your own strengths that led you to Marist over thousands of applicants. Just stay confident and remember what makes you, you. Your skills, effort, struggles, family, and personality led you to Marist and remembering those things everyday will help you excel.
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Major: Psychology Childhood/Special Education
Campus Involvement: I am a member of Teachers of Tomorrow, Marist Student Programming Council, and I am a Marist Tutor (Academic Learning Center). I will be an underclassman Resident Assistant (RA) this upcoming 2021-2022 year.
Additional Activities: When I'm not on-campus I play the piano, volunteer at a local Poughkeepsie elementary school, and I am a photographer.
Advice for the Class of ‘25: The advice that I would give to the Class of 2025 is to not be afraid to make mistakes, take chances, and learn from them.
Hometown: Ledyard, CT
Major: Political Science
Minors: Psychology, Global Studies
Campus Involvement: On campus, I've been a member of the Marist College Singers and Dance Ensemble since freshman year and I've served as student choreographer for both clubs. In addition, I'm a member of the Club Tennis Team, Pre-Law Society, and the Honors Program. In the past I've also been involved with Marist Democrats and the Student Government Association via the Elections Commission.
Additional Activities: Off campus, I'm an intern at a local law firm. In my free time, you can find me going on runs, playing ukulele, or spending time with my friends.
Advice for the Class of ‘25: Make the most out of your freshman year by getting involved and trying new things. As one of my favorite songs says, “when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance!”
Samantha M., ‘22
Hometown: New Paltz, NY
Minors: Biology, Environmental Science, Mathematics
Campus Involvement: On campus, I am a member of the Honors Program and the Dean's Circle for the School of Science. I work in the Admissions Office as a Tour Guide & student assistant and I also work for the School of Science as an organic chemistry lab assistant. I am on the Marist College Ambassador Student Leadership Board, the Vice President of the American Chemical Society (ACS club), one of the student directors of Catholic Connections, and the Student Government Commuter Representative. For the past four semesters, I have been a member of Dr. Zion Klos's environmental science research team and this spring, I also joined Dr. Elisa Woolridge's research team (biochemistry and enzyme research), Additionally, I am one of the student captains for Marist's COVID-19 wastewater surveillance testing program.
Additional Activities: I really enjoy exploring the Hudson Valley and its many restaurants, hiking, swimming, and going to the beach!
Advice for the Class of ‘25: Don't be afraid to ask people for help, whether that be professors, Marist staff, or other students. The Marist community is always here for you! Welcome to the Red Fox family!!
Samantha W., ‘22
Hometown: Freehold, NJ
Minors: Business, Cognitive Science
Campus Involvement: In addition to being an Orientation Leader, I am a Tour Guide and a member of the Marist Ambassador Program. I am the President of the Marist College Dance Ensemble (MCDE) as well as a student choreographer. I also work as a student assistant for First Year Programs (FYP)! Prior to being an undergraduate student at Marist, I completed two of the Pre-College programs (Criminal Justice in Poughkeepsie, NY and Italian Language in Florence, Italy).
Additional Activities: I am currently involved with community-engaged research involving mindfulness-based interventions with at risk youth through the Liberty Partnership Program. I also recently interned with the Center for Victim Safety and Support (CVSS) at New York State Family Services.
Advice for the Class of ‘25: "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." Going away to college comes with many emotions. These include excitement and anticipation, as well as fear, worry, and anxiety. Though this process is not easy, it shapes you into the person you are meant to be and strengthens you. Just beyond all of your worries, lies the best 4 years of your life. Coming to Marist makes it easy to meet your best friends, fall in love with your major, and overall become the best version of yourself. Welcome to the Red Fox family! We are so excited to have you.
Hometown: Danbury, CT
Major: Biomedical Science
Campus Involvement: On-campus, I am involved with the Marist International Student Association, the Honors Program, Zumba & Yoga, St. Jude Up 'til Dawn, Residence Hall Council and Campus Ministry. I work as a biology teaching assistant and an academic tutor for the Upward Bound Program at Poughkeepsie High School.
Additional Activities: Off-campus, I enjoy exploring new places in New York City. I enjoy the presence of family and friends. I love to shop and take photos.
Advice for the Class of ‘25: Enjoy becoming yourself. Granted, there are many pressures that come with being a college student; however, this is also the time of your life to explore your passions. One of my advisors told me this during my freshman year and since then I have always taken the time to self reflect by trying new things, exploring new paths, meeting new people, etc. My advice for the class of 2025 is to learn about yourself as you continue to grow in this four-year journey.
Hometown: East Islip, NY
Minors: Social Work, Criminal Justice
Campus Involvement: I am the President of our Psychology Club, Social Media Director of our St. Jude Up 'til Dawn organization, a campus Tour Guide, an Ambassador, a member of the Emerging Leaders Program and National Society of Leadership and Success, and in the Honors Program. I was a Peer Mentor, and I was a part of the FOCUS Program my freshman year. I also was involved in several other clubs on campus my first year, such as Best Buddies, Residence Hall Council, The Purple Thread, and Campus Ministry, so I know a good amount about what you can get involved in here at Marist!
Additional Activities: I previously volunteered at a therapy dog shelter in the Poughkeepsie area, and I have a passion for working out, along with health and wellness in general.
Advice for the Class of ‘25: Always remind yourself that you are not alone, and everyone around you is in the same exact boat - you are all transitioning to a completely new environment and making new friends. Push yourself to try new things, even if it seems wildly out of your comfort zone. That's how you grow! Once you step onto this campus, you are part of the Red Fox Family. We are all here for you, so don't ever feel like you are going through this new chapter in life by yourself.
Senior Orientation Coordinators (SOCs)
Hometown: Burlington, NJ
Campus Involvement: During my time at Marist, I was involved with the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, the Honors Program, and was an Ambassador and a Tour Guide.
Advice for the Class of ‘25: Cherish every second and seize every opportunity! Your four years will go so fast, join every club, go to every SPC event, and meet as many people as you can. Marist is what you make of it, so make it fun!
Katie P., ‘21
Hometown: Highland, NY
Majors: Biomedical Science, Clinical Laboratory Science
Campus Involvement: On campus I have participated in Campus Ministry, St. Jude Up Til Dawn, the Commuter Student Council, Ambassadors, Transfer Student Advisory Board and I have been an Orientation Leader for the past three summers. I have also worked as a student assistant for First Year Programs, as a Tour Guide for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and a TA for a few Medical Technology courses.
Additional Activities: Off campus I work as a Specialty Care Technician in an ER at a local hospital. I also love volunteering as an EMT for my community as well!
Advice for the Class of ‘25: It's okay to not have everything figured out the minute you get to campus! Try new things, take advantage of all the opportunities and resources, and you will find your passion and place on campus in time.