Orientation Leaders

Alexandra Thomas (she/her)
Residential Campus Student
Ardsley, NY
alt2193@columbia.edu

Talk to me about… Disney, Dogs, Reality TV, spin and social justice.

If I could give one piece of advice to a first-year student… You belong here! What you put in is what you will get out.

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Alexandria Jungkeit (she/her)
Online Campus Student
Sacramento, CA
[email protected]

Talk to me about… 1st generation student experiences, social justice issues, political science, healing practices for intergenerational trauma, gardening, hiking trails, cooking, YOU!

If I could give one piece of advice to a first-year student… This is a transitional period that impacts both oneself and family systems. You will be constantly trying to manage your time and priorities while finding consistent ways to care for yourself. This balance is not easy, but you are more than capable of this challenge as you navigate with intention…in fact you may just love who you become because of the challenges you encounter!

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Aretha Campbell (she/they/them)
Residential Campus Student
Jamaica, Caribbean
[email protected]

Talk to me about… food, inexpensive meaningful experiences, social justice, hustling, self-advocacy.

If I could give one piece of advice to a first-year student… Figure out why you are @ CSSW and tailor your experience towards attaining it.

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Ariana Russo (she/her)
Residential Campus Student
Summit, New Jersey
[email protected]

Talk to me about… the best book you’ve read recently, food, music, and anything else that’s on your mind!

If I could give one piece of advice to a first-year student… Be proactive in caring for yourself! Know what resources are available to you, lean on your community, and most importantly, be compassionate towards yourself as you start your social work journey.

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Briana Gil (she/her)
Online Campus Student
Brunswick, ME
[email protected]

Talk to me about… Columbia Social Work Review, travel, pilates, cats, and your Goodreads reviews!

If I could give one piece of advice to a first-year student… You deserve to be here! Your first year will fly by so take advantage of every opportunity, including getting to know your professors and peers.

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Dara Scolnick (she/her)
Residential Campus Student
Long Island, NY
[email protected]

Talk to me about… hosting fun events, K-dramas, musical theater, and dogs!

If I could give one piece of advice to a first-year student… Prioritize self-care and know it is so important for you to find time for yourself and enjoy it. Spend time with friends, go to an event, and enjoy your time without letting the stress overpower everything else.

David Maly (He/Him/His)
Online Campus Student
Erie, PA
[email protected]

Talk to me about… Texas, Law, Journalism, Movies, Food…Or really anything! Happy to chat!

If I could give one piece of advice to a first-year student… Take advantage of everything that Columbia has to offer. There is so much here.

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Emily Tavarez (she/her)
Residential Campus Student
Rahway, NJ
[email protected]

Talk to me about… Being in grad school while working full time, comprehensive sex Ed, tv shows, food and makeup!

If I could give one piece of advice to a first-year student… Don’t be afraid to communicate with your professors about what’s going on in your life if things get overwhelming, we are all social workers at the end of the day!

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Geeta Sharma (she/her)
Residential Campus Student
Woodhaven, NY
[email protected]

Talk to me about... Degrassi, Taylor Swift, video games, Bollywood movies, cats, and anything I can do to make you feel comfortable and safe!

If I could give one piece of advice to a first-year student… Organize your time accordingly and make space for self care and socialization!

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Hannah Dvoracek (she/her/hers)
Online Campus Student
Frisco, TX
[email protected]

Talk to me about… self-care, women’s rights, books, cats, music, and coffee!!

If I could give one piece of advice to a first-year student… self-care is so important!!! make time for yourself, ask for breaks when you need one, and do not be afraid to lean on your peers for support!!

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Irina Ivanova (she/her)
Residential Campus Student
Izhevsk, Russia
[email protected]

Talk to me about… Pickle ball, food, pop culture and immigration.

If I could give one piece of advice to a first-year student… When it feels a bit overwhelming at times, talk to your peers, ask a few questions or just vent.

Jianing Zhang (she/her)
Residential Campus Student
Qinghai, China
[email protected]

Talk to me about... food and fun in NYC, international student experience, gender-based violence, feminism, pop songs, Asian culture, fashion, ANYTHING!!

If I could give one piece of advice to a first-year student… Just like the iconic Queen Taylor Swift once said, cringe is just a part of life. So, why not embrace it wholeheartedly? Be brave, take your chances, and let yourself shine through, even in the moments that might seem a little awkward.

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 Keilah Belen Granados (she/her/s)
Online Campus Student
Laredo, TX

 

Talk to me about… Love Island UK, dating reality TV, dogs and cats, cooking, matcha.

If I could give one piece of advice to a first-year student… Take advantage of all the resources and networking opportunities, especially CSSW’s alumni mentorship program. Lean into the imperfection and build relationships with your professors!

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Kristina Johnson 
Residential Campus Student
Queens, NY
[email protected]

Talk to me about… Being a wife and mommy, working out, poetry, cooking, CBT, social justice and policy initiative.

If I could give one piece of advice to a first-year student… If I could give one piece of advice to a first-year student…Relax and remember to breathe; you belong here! You already have everything you need within you! Be you through it all, and realize you are different, and this is what makes you stand out! So embrace the moments of uncertainty because these moments are the ones that help us to flourish. Oh, and be kind your yourself and others!

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Lisa Bernstein (she/her)
Residential Campus Student
Philadelphia, PA
[email protected]

Talk to me about... eating anything and everything, traveling, and ways you stay active!

If I could give one piece of advice to a first-year student… It is ok to not be ok and ask for help! The community is here to support each other and grow together.

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Maddy Broderick (she/her)
Residential Campus Student
Glen Ridge, NJ
[email protected]

Talk to me about… Taylor Swift, abolition, and compost.

If I could give one piece of advice to a first-year student… A closed mouth don’t get fed, ask for support when you need it!

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Mansi Bhargava (she/her)
Residential Campus Student
Oakland, NJ
[email protected]

Talk to me about… Random facts that you know, TV shows, tennis, and nature.

If I could give one piece of advice to a first-year student… Don’t forget to take time to rest so that you are able to be the best version of yourself in all aspects of your life!

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Michaela Pinnock (she/her/hers)
Online Campus Student
Brooklyn, NY
[email protected]

Talk to me about... Food, the Arts, Health, Wellbeing, Mental Health, Education, Social Justice, and whatever is on your heart and mind at the moment.

If I could give one piece of advice to a first-year student… Being able to balance is going to be pivotal to your success. So, always leave time in your schedule for you and the things that bring you joy.

Rosalba Savage (she/her/ella)
Online Campus Student
King City, CA 
[email protected]

Talk to me about… I am a first-generation, daughter of immigrants, and USN veteran. I love to share and learn about rights and advocacy of BIPOC & women veterans. Social justice is my love language.

If I could give one piece of advice to a first-year student… You earned this seat. Make the most of it! You will hit hills and valleys, but you don’t have to do it alone- there are so many resources and opportunities to give back. Speak up, ask questions, be your best advocate, and read all your emails!!

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Rosemary Koo (she/her)
Residential Campus Student
Hong Kong 
[email protected]

Talk to me about… travel, film, culture, mental health, children and family work, and YOU!

If I could give one piece of advice to a first-year student… Build your community in CSSW. Peer support can be a safe and strong haven while pursuing your grad school and career journey

Sam Rabling (they/them)
Residential Campus Student
Bay Area, CA
[email protected]

Talk to me about... films, TV, video games, board games, the barbie movie, art, food, things to do in NYC

If I could give one piece of advice to a first-year student… Building a community is CSSW! Time passes by really fast and having that support is great especially if you are far away from home!

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Sarah Firdausi (She/Her/Hers)
Residential Campus Student
Yogyakarta, Indonesia
[email protected]

Talk to me about… Arts! TV Shows: New Amsterdam, Friends, HIMYM! Positive youth development and community-based organizations.

If I could give one piece of advice to a first-year student… Learn as much as you can from your peers and self-care is a must!

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Teresa Buchholz (she/her)
Residential Campus Student
Seattle, WA
[email protected]

Talk to me about… Food and Boba places near campus.

If I could give one piece of advice to a first-year student… Show up authentically and remember we are all showing up perfectly imperfect!

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Xavier Salas (he/him/él)
Online Campus Student
Kansas City, Missouri
[email protected]

Talk to me about... your favorite music, mental health, true crime, video games, movies, coffee shops, travel, or anything you want!

If I could give one piece of advice to a first-year student… I would say learn to be patient with yourself during this time in your academic career. We want to learn as much as we can during school, but that’s the great thing about even after leaving CSSW, it will inspire you to be an active, continued learner in your field. Also to be kind to yourself; more expectations are placed on you but learn to provide compassion to yourself.