2017 Orientation Leaders


 

Ashley Christensen

Hometown: Southington, CT
Major: Business Management 
Campus Involvement:
Program Activities Council, Rec Council, Honors Students Of Compassion, Student Government Association Senator
Class Year:
Junior

Words of Wisdom: Set goals for yourself, and go after them! Just remember there are many different paths that could lead you to the place you want to go. 

#IChoseWCSU because I was looking for an affordable school where I could explore different majors before choosing one, and I liked the small campus and diverse student population.  I was also looking for a university that I could get involved in different clubs and organizations, and Western offered me many opportunities to do so.



Atiba DeCruise

Hometown: Stamford, CT
Major: Communication studies/ minor in broadcast journalism
Campus Involvement:
LGBTQ, Black Student Union, WXCI
Class Year: Junior

Words of Wisdom: Finish your work ahead of time! This way you can have time for yourself. College is hard work but it's much easier when you're having fun at the same time. The day you get an assignment do it!!

#IChoseWCSU because of the diversity, I felt right at home.

 

Bridget Ackon

Hometown: Windsor, CT
Major:
Management-Supervisory
Campus Involvement: African Caribbean Student Association, Senator with the Student Government Association, Judical Advocate and Student Support Advocate with Judicial Affairs, Student Ambassador in the Admissions
Class Year:
Sophomore

Words of Wisdom: Welcome Class of 2021! Get excited because you are going to have the most incredible and memorable college experience here at WestConn, but it's all based on you and what you do to achieve it.  Join a club, Get involved with Greek Life, Get an on-campus job, Attend events. Get involved on campus and you wouldn't believe how many awesome opportunities this school has to offer. Do whatever it takes to make yourself happy and Don't forget to smile while you're at it!

#IchoseWCSU because it has everything a private school has to offer with its dynamic school atmosphere, strong quality of captivating professors at a high level of quality schooling at an affordable price of a state school.






Daniel Cummings

Hometown: Sandy Hook, CT
Major:
Communications
Campus Involvement:
Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, Greek Council, Programs Activities Council (PAC), Computer Center Assistant in Labs
Class Year: Senior

Words of Wisdom: Mastering time management is key during your enrollment at Western, it will help you exceed at this University

#IChoseWCSU for the great atmosphere, and the involvement of the Western community that gives back to the Danbury community.



Michael Freeman

Hometown: Shelton, CT
Major:
Communications
Campus Involvement:
Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, Student Government Association
Class Year: Senior

Words of Wisdom: Get involved and take advantage of any opportunity that comes your way

#IChooseWCSU because it was affordable and close to home.



 

Eden Edwards-Harris

Hometown: New Milford, CT
Major: Nursing and Sociology
Campus Involvement: Program Activities Council, Sigma Delta Tau Sorority, Circulation Desk Worker at Haas Library
Class Year:
Junior

Words of Wisdom: To the Class of 2021: Put yourself out there. I can't stress that enough. There's a whole world of people who want to get to know you outside of your room and the classroom. In addition to this being scared is normal, but don't let it hold you back. Be courageous, bold and spontaneous! You'll make mistakes and that's okay, but don't let it define you. Conquer it and move on. Everyone is hear to help you, just reach out and say hi

#IChoseWCSU because of it’s nursing program and it was close to home. Little did I know Western would give me experiences and memories that are completely unforgettable.



 

Emily Casciari

Hometown: Ridgefield, CT
Major:
Psychology
Campus Involvement: Cheerleader, Student Worker in CSI
Class Year: Junior

Words of Wisdom: Get involved as much as you can!! Join a club, try a new sport, attend any and all events on campus! Make your experience at Western as positive and as fun as you possibly can

#IChoseWCSU because I wanted to go to a small school that was close to home. I appreciate the types of places where everybody knows everybody. I believe that if you get involved, then you can have that at Western and I love it!



 

Megan Lyon

Hometown: Brewster, NY
Major:
Interactive Marketing
Campus Involvement:
Cheerleading, VP of Play it By Ear, VP of CSC E Board, Operations Manager at the Campus and Student Centers
Class Year: Junior

Words of Wisdom: College is what you make of it. No matter what school you go to, if you want to have a good experience, you will.

#IChoseWCSU because of it's sense of family!



 

Heidi Ohngemach

Hometown: Southbury, CT
Major: Music Education
Campus Involvement:
National Association for Music Education
Class Year: Sophomore

Words of Wisdom: Try to go to at least two WestConn events that you're kind of interested in but not too sure about. You might find yourself having a lot of fun and will definitely meet new people

#IChoseWCSU for its incredibly strong music education program and for its small and friendly community.



Jaclyn Smith

Hometown: Sandwich, MA
Major:
Elementary Education
Campus Involvement: Recreation Department, Education Club, Varsity Softball, Honors Program
Class Year: Sophomore 

Words of Wisdom: Get involved in as much as you can so you can meet all different kinds of people. No matter what school you go to, it is what you make of it. The more you get involved, the more people you will meet, and the more great opportunities you will have along the way.

#IChoseWCSU because it really had the family atmosphere that I was looking for. This school gives me the opportunity to be a part of many different organizations and meet a lot of different people along with receiving a great education.



 

Trevor Knight

Hometown: Trumbull, CT
Major:
Secondary Education: History
Campus Involvement:
Western REC, Admissions
Class Year: Junior

Words of Wisdom:  Do as many different things that you can while you're here. College is only what you make it so make it great!

#IChoseWCSU because of the small campus environment where I knew I could thrive in my everyday life.



Jaelyn Stultz

Hometown: Norwalk, CT
Major:
Relational Communication
Campus Involvement: Sigma Delta Tau Sorority
Class Year: 3rd year

Words of Wisdom: Get involved on campus, go to events and enjoy all of the free things they have to offer on campus. When you get involved you get to meet some amazing people and you actually feel apart of campus life. Join clubs or organizations, that's where you can find your people and great connections for the future! Step out of your comfort zone and try new things, you won't regret it.

#IChoseWCSU I transferred here my sophomore year and I couldn’t have made a better decision. I was close to home and soon this became my home too.



 

Jeffrey Moffat

Hometown: Beacon Falls, CT
Major:
Financial Accounting
Campus Involvement:
Sigma Chi Fraternity, Program Activities Council
Class Year: Junior

Words of Wisdom: Get involved on campus as much as you can, but not so much that you are going to overwhelmed. Find something that you love to do in the campus organizations, you have no idea how many doors will be opened to you.

#IChoseWCSU because of how many good thinks I heard about the business department and seeing how many of the people I grew up with from my home town were coming, it made me feel like the transition into college would be that much smoother.




 

Leah Harger

Hometown: Ivoryton, CT
Major:
Psychology
Campus Involvement:
Program Activities Council, Honors Students of Compassion
Class Year: Junior

Words of Wisdom: Manage your time wisely, but also use your time at Western to take advantage of all of the events and opportunities this school has to offer. You'll only be in college once, so enjoy it

#IChoseWCSU because it was the best state school!



 

Lindsey Englander

Hometown: Southbury, CT
Major:
Elementary Education
Campus Involvement:
Education Club, Student Government Association Senator
Class Year: Junior

Words of Wisdom: My advice to the class of 2021 is make sure you get involved on campus, that is the best way to make the most out of your time here. Surround yourself with people who share the same interests as you and can support you. 4 years goes by really fast so enjoy it.

#IChoseWCSU because of the strong education program they have. The education program is recognized as one of the best programs in Connecticut. I also chose WCSU based on the small classroom size as well as the program size. I loved the sense of community I felt when I visited the campus.



Megan Waldrop

Hometown: Berlin, CT
Major:
Marketing
Campus Involvement: Program Activities Council & Sigma Delta Tau Sorority
Class Year: Sophomore

Words of Wisdom: You get out what you put into it - College is what you decide to make of it. If you come in with a negative perspective then you will not enjoy yourself, but if you come in with a positive perspective then you will truly enjoy your time at Western. The sky is the limit here, it is up to you, what you decide to make if it!

#IChoseWCSU for its amazing honors program, which has and will open many doors for me throughout and beyond my college career.



 

Melissa Robertson

Hometown: East Northport, New York
Major: Elementary Ed
Campus Involvement:
IRHA
Class Year:
Sophomore

Words of Wisdom: To the class of 2021; Get involved, make friends, and manage your time. You're about to experience the four best years of your life. Don't let the small things get to you. Live in the moment and have fun.

#IChoseWCSU because of the location, size, and layout of Westconn



 

Sebastian Orellena

Hometown: Danbury, CT
Major: Mathematics
Campus Involvement:
Program Activities Council, Sigma Chi Fraternity, IT&I
Class Year: Senior

Words of Wisdom: Welcome to a new world. This university has so many great things to offer. Make sure you explore and ask questions. Inspire yourself and inspire others.

#IChoseWCSU because it was close to home and affordable



 

Victoria (Tori) Tralli

Hometown: Bethel, CT
Major: Wellness Management
Campus Involvement:
Cheerleading
Class Year:
Sophomore

Words of Wisdom: Everyday we wake up is another blessing. Follow your dreams and don't let anyone stop you. Never say never." -Justin Bieber

#IChoseWCSU because I wanted to get a good education close to home, be part of a family, and have a great 4 years.



 

Brianna Durante

Hometown: Naugatuck, CT
Major:
Communication Studies
Campus Involvement: Program Activities Council, Meteorology Club, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Kathwari Honors Program, Campus & Student Centers Student Associate
Class Year:
Sophomore

Words of Wisdom: College is all about what you make of it. You have to have an open mind and step out of your comfort zone a bit. You may struggle here and there, but in the end, you'll find where you belong. 

#IChoseWCSU because it was close to home, but also far enough away, a good financial option, and was the only school in the state that offered my previous major, Meteorology.



 

Carlos Dos Santos

Hometown: Danbury, CT
Major: Psychology/Pre-Med
Campus Involvement: Honors Student Organization (Vice President), Kathwari Honors Program, Honors Council, Student Government Association President, Student Administrative Assistant Office of Institutional Advancement
Class Year: Junior

Words of Wisdom: Don't be afraid to venture outside of your comfort zone. College is about trying new things and exploring who you are as an individual. Your success here depends on your involvement outside of the classroom just as much as it depends on academics. Don't be afraid to get out there and join a club, pledge a sorority/fraternity or join Student Government. There's something out there for every type of student here at WCSU. The sooner you realize that, the more positive your time here will be!

#IChoseWCSU due to the affordable (and high quality) education and the fact that the school is located in my hometown




 

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