2021 WOW Team

Meet your 2021 WOW Captains!

ELYZE AMORA

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Senior

Major: Nursing

I became a WOW leader because I love getting to know others and being able to contribute back to the UCONN Community. I want the FYS to have a great initial UCONN experience and feel comfortable and welcomed.

JESS WANG

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Senior

Major: Secondary Education Mathematics

I became a WOW leader to help others, like my previous WOW leader did for me. I have met my best friends through this program and I hope to help others with their journey towards connections.

KATHRYN DYSON

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Computer Science

My favorite part about WOW is being able to watch incoming students form bonds with other students, as well as establish roots in the UConn community.

JACOB COVERDALE

Pronouns: He/him/his

Class: Senior

Major: Psychology / Communications

I became a WOW leader to give back to the program that helped me acclimate to college and help others do the same.

MADISON ZUCKERMAN

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Psychological Sciences/Hebrew & Judaic Studies

My favorite part of WOW is connecting with new students and being able to be a mentor.

REBECKA NILSEN

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Senior

Major: Marketing

I became a WOW leader because WOW is an incredible program which helps first year students feel more at home at UConn! It is a great way to get to know the campus, organizations and other students better! I was very inspired to be a part of such an important and exciting program!

SREENIDHI NAIR 

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Senior

Major: Molecular and Cell Biology

I had a great WOW experience and felt ready to start my college career at UConn because of WOW weekend. That first weekend is so important because it is your first impression of college life. It is a way to make the new huskies feel comfortable and welcomed at UConn. I became a WOW leader to give the freshman the same experience I got and make them feel ready to kickoff their next four years!

BRITTANY LEONARD

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Senior

Major: Mathematics/ Statistics

I became a WOW leader because I wanted to be able to help the first year students make friends and have a good first weekend at UConn, because I know my WOW experience was crucial to me becoming comfortable with navigating the college atmosphere.

 

CAMRYN WALSH

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Senior

Major: Math / Cognitive Science

My favorite part of WOW is being so hyped about UConn with all of the WOW leaders and working together to make the first year experience incredible.

 

EMILIA HOVSEB

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Physiology and Neurobiology / English

My favorite part of WOW was being able to meet and become friends with the people on my floor. I came to UConn not really knowing anyone, so I really loved all the activities we did as a group during WOW, as it helped me get to know more first year students.

 

JESSIE LO

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Molecular and Cell Biology

My favorite part of WOW is being able to meet all the excited first year students and help guide them into making their first connections on campus!

 

NIYATI HORA

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Senior

Major: Molecular and Cell Biology

I became a WOW leader because I think the WOW program is an influential and exciting way to connect the freshman with each other and I want to be involved in that process!

ROXANA GARAKANI

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Allied Health

I become a WOW leader to be a role model for incoming students and help them with adjusting to college. In addition, I love helping others and meeting new people!

 

SASHA GOLDBLATT

Pronouns: She/they

Class: Senior

Major: Management

My favorite thing about WOW is seeing students become more comfortable on campus.

TULSI PATEL

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Nursing

I became a WOW leader because I wanted to help incoming students feel like they belong at UConn and make their transition to this new environment as smooth and easy as possible.

 

MICAELA COLLINS

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Senior

Major: Elementary Education

I became a WOW leader to help incoming first year students with the transition to college. It is an exciting and scary time, so it helps to have a built in-person that you know you can go to during that first weekend for advice and help. My WOW leader really helped UConn feel smaller for me, so I wanted to be able to do that for other incoming first year students.

Meet your 2021 WOW Leaders!

ALINA VIGDORCHIK

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Actuarial Science

I became a WOW Leader because I love UConn and want to share this passion with the incoming students and get them excited!

HALLIE LETENDRE

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Sophomore

Major: Journalism

My favorite part about WOW is being able to help incoming freshman with nerves about moving to college .

FARNAZ AHMAD

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Molecular and Cell Biology / Pathobiology

The WOW Leader position first attracted me when I was a freshman during my Weekend of Welcome. I first met them during my move-in while I was getting my bed set up. They were so kind and made me feel as though college may not be as scary as I once thought it might be. I would like to create this same impact on students coming in who might have felt the same once upon a time.

JENNA DONNELLY

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Senior

Major: Nutritional Sciences

I became a WOW leader because I love the positive outcomes it had on my first year experience. Freshmen deserve to have an easy and fun transition into UConn and I love being a part of that.

HANNAH SEGIEN

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Management and Engineering For Manufacturing

I became a WOW leader to inform incoming freshman about my experiences and mistakes that I have made and gone through so either they can look out for them or they won't have to go through it. Also I love to be a mentor in anyway, I believe we really learn from others and experience than paper.

MAGGIE SINGMAN

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Environmental Health Economics / Human Rights

I became a WOW leader because I wanted to make a difference to the lives of incoming freshmen to show them how awesome UConn really is.

REBECCA VILLANUEVA 

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Mechanical Engineering

I became a WOW leader because I loved my WOW experience and wanted to give back.

CHLOE LAFOSSE

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Psychology/Pre-med

I became a WOW leader because I wanted to make a difference in people’s transition to college.

 

NAYELI CONTRERAS

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Psychology / Human Rights

I became a WOW leader because I wanted to help first year students transition to college as it is a difficult sometimes.

KRISHA SHAH

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Senior

Major: Allied Health Sciences

I became a WOW leader because I remember my WOW leader being amazing. I also wanted to help freshman like she helped me.

CAM CABLE

Pronouns: He/him/his

Class: Junior

Major: Management and Engineering for Manufacturing

I became a WOW leader because I met many of my closest friends through WOW, so I want to give back and give that same experience to incoming students. Since WOW made a huge difference on my college experience, I want to make that same impact on incoming students.

KATIE LAPKIN

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: History

My favorite part of WOW is the excitement it builds in incoming students.

HUMZA ZAIDI

Pronouns: He/him/his

Class: Senior

Major: Molecular and Cell Biology

I became a WOW leader because of my own past experience in the WOW program. Through WOW, I had a wonderful first experience in college and that translated into a successful freshman year. I would love to give other students that similar experience.

KATIE PALUMBO

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: English

I became a WOW leader because I am a transfer student to UConn and I know what it's like to feel lost coming to UConn. I went from being at a smaller school to transitioning to a much larger school. I love being able to help others transition into the UConn environment and being able to relay my experiences with them in order to make them feel more comfortable and excited about being at UConn. 

ALEX ARENA

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Senior

Major: Management Information Systems

I became a WOW leader because I remember having a hard time transitioning and WOW is a great way to meet people and get used to being on campus.

LEAH LEPAGE

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Political Science

My favorite part of WOW is the sense of community that WOW brings to incoming students and leaders alike. I think it's a great way to start the school year positively and productively. My favorite part as a leader is getting to help others.

ERIK CHOI

Pronouns: He/him/his

Class: Junior

Major: Physiology and Neurobiology/Economics

I became a WOW leader because I greatly enjoyed my WOW experience as a freshman and wanted to pay the experience forward to future freshmen. I hope to make a positive first impression of UConn for incoming first years!

NICK BARGA

Pronouns: He/him/his

Class: Junior

Major: Computer Science

I became a WOW leader because I want to make sure first year students have an easy as well as fun time beginning to adjust to the college landscape.

HANNAH MULCAHY

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Allied Health

I became a WOW leader because I had a really good WOW experience and I want to give back and try to make the first weekend at UConn as welcoming and friendly as possible!

MARIA MENOUTIS

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Biomedical Engineering

I became a WOW leader because I had a really great experience my first weekend as a Freshman at UConn. I think the experience I had WOW weekend set the tone for my entire first semester, and first year. I met great people on WOW weekend, who are still my good friends today. I wanted to have the opportunity to help new students have similar experiences, and help them set the tone for their first year by giving them a great first weekend as well.

LAUREN PAWLOWSKI

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Senior

Major: Environmental Studies / Economics

I had an awesome WOW experience my freshman year and I wanted to pass on that torch. WOW is an important start to their college experience!

MATT CORREIA

Pronouns: He/him/his

Class: Junior

Major: Mechanical Engineering

My favorite part of WOW is watching the first-years start to come out of their shell a little bit more and make some friends/have fun!

SYDNEY OSBORNE

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Senior

Major: Allied Health Sciences

I became a WOW leader because I wanted to be involved in representing UConn and making an impact by getting incoming students as excited about being here as I am.

WEI ZHANG

Pronouns: He/him/his

Class: Sophomore

Major: Biomedical Engineering

My favorite part about WOW is that I get to interact with different people, and become a helpful and resourceful person for incoming freshman and transfer students.

VICTORIA MARCHETTI

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Finance

I became a WOW leader because I want to help new students make the transition into the UConn community and be a resource for them to communicate any questions.

ALEXA SCHWARTZ

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Special Education

My favorite part about WOW is the positive impact that the program creates by facilitating connections between first-year students. Arriving on campus can be a big adjustment for students, so I believe that the events put on by the WOW program make a commendable impact.

DIETER WERNER

Pronouns: He/him/his

Class: Junior

Major: French

I became a WOW Leader to help give incoming freshman a warm and welcoming first experience on the campus.

JACK KAZSAS

Pronouns: He/him/his

Class: Junior

Major: Materials Science and Engineering

My favorite part of WOW is helping first year students learn about clubs/organizations/campus culture.

KARA CHRISTENSEN

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Molecular and Cell Biology

I became a WOW leader because I was very apprehensive going into my WOW experience. I had amazing WOW leaders that helped me really enjoy the weekend and l feel comfortable on campus.

JOSH DEVERA

Pronouns: He/him/his

Class: Junior

Major: Nursing

My favorite part about WOW is talking with new faces and making new friends.

DARI MOTA

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Physiology and Neurobiology

I became a WOW leader because I loved being an Orientation Leader and being a WOW leader from what I have seen is very similar so I know I will love it just as much!!

CLAIRE SULLIVAN

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Physiology and Neurobiology

My favorite part of WOW is meeting the first year students.

TATIANA SIHPOL

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Geoscience / Political Science

I became a WOW leader because I want to create a positive environment for UConn’s freshmen in their first weekend on campus! It’s a big change so I think being a familiar face and showing students around campus will help introduce them to the school. I hope I can be a resource for students throughout their academic life!

KAT YACUK

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Physiology and Neurobiology

I became a WOW leader because my WOW Leader was super helpful, engaging, motivated, and kind, and he made my first weekend at UConn exciting! I immediately knew that I wanted to get involved with the program and hopefully help future huskies to also have a positive first weekend at school.

LIANNA POLICANO

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Sophomore

Major: Biological Sciences

I became a WOW leader because I want to make sure that the freshman have an amazing first week, make new friends, and feel comfortable around campus. I also think it will be a super fun and valuable leadership experience for myself.

MICHAEL KATZ 

Pronouns: He/him/his

Class: Junior

Major: Biomedical Engineering

I became a WOW leader because I wanted to be the bridge the acclimates incoming students to their new lives at college and sets them on a path for success.

MIKAYLA WILLIAMS 

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Sophomore

Major: Geoscience

I became a WOW leader because I want to get incoming students off on the best foot possible during their first weekend on campus!

ALANA KNEESHAW

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Physiology and Neurobiology

I became a WOW leader to give back to the UConn community and create an inviting experience for incoming freshman.

LARA PIETZ

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Allied Health Sciences

I became a WOW leader because I had a wonderful experience as an incoming freshman student, and I knew I wanted to be able to create that same experience for future students. I am honored to show our future Huskies what it means to be a UConn student!

 

SARAH DANIEL

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Second-Semester Sophomore

Major: Psychology / Political Science

My WOW leaders were incredible! I want to give first year students the same great experience that I had 🙂

ASH GOODWIN

Pronouns: They/them

Class: Junior

Major: Psychology / Sociology

I became a WOW leader because I want to contribute to the warm and welcoming environment that made my transition to UConn so much more comfortable and memorable!

COLBY HOFFMAN

Pronouns: He/him/his

Class: Junior

Major: Management and Engineering for Manufacturing

I became a WOW leader because I had a great WOW leader when I was a freshman and I wanted to do the same for others.

AARON ABRINA

Pronouns: He/him/his

Class: Sophomore

Major: Health Science

My favorite part of WOW is being able to meet new people and being a positive influence on other people’s lives.

MAHITHA JUTTU

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Physiology and Neurobiology/ Anthropology

It is the responsibility of a WOW leader to demonstrate to first-year students how exciting campus life can be. First-year students have been anticipating their arrival on campus for a long time, particularly with the pandemic being a hindrance, so the university must match their level of enthusiasm. WOW is the beginning of this major transition into adulthood, which is a major responsibility that must be met with optimism, some reality checks, and a lot of fun.

RUDI PATAI

Pronouns: He/him/his

Class: Junior

Major: Philosophy

My favorite part of WOW is helping and welcoming incoming students.

CAITLYN CUNNEEN

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Sophomore

Major: Psychology

I became a WOW leader because it can be very overwhelming to start something new, like college, and I want to help ease that transition and be a welcoming face for others.

POORNA BALAKUMAR

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Molecular and Cell Biology

WOW Weekend was an important part of my transition into collegiate life, welcoming me to the Storrs campus and encouraging me to develop pride for the community that I was now part of. I became a WOW Leader because I wanted to help the new students feel like UConn was where they were supposed to be, just as WOW Weekend had done for me.

JASMINE THORPE

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Finance

I became a WOW leader to help freshman students feel comfortable and welcomed at UCONN.

SHANNON LAUGHLIN

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Senior

Major: Environmental Studies

When I was a Freshman at UConn, I was very anxious about my transition into college. My WOW Leader helped ease the process of moving in by introducing me to people on my floor, so I want to give back and help other Freshmen with their transition too!

DANIELLE FALCI

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Psychology/ Anthropology

I wanted to be a resource for incoming students and support them during this huge change. I was a spring to Storrs student, so not having a WOW was hard for me. This experience is what pushed me to apply; I wanted to be the person I wish I had.

JILLIAN DERJUE

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Pathobiology/ Animal Science

I became a WOW leader to help first year students with their adjustment since I personally remember it being difficult at times.

ELI CHIUCHIOLO CRUZ

Pronouns: He/him/his

Class: Junior

Major: Business Management

My favorite part of WOW is being able to welcome new incoming freshman and show them what true husky nation is about.

GIGI WU

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Finance

My favorite part of WOW is the cohesion of the community.

 

AMANDA ZETTLER

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Senior

Major: Physics

I became a WOW leader because I had a rough time adjusting to college and want to make it easier for incoming students.

AJAY CHHITA 

Pronouns: He/him/his

Class: Junior

Major: Actuarial Science/ Finance

I became a WOW leader because I wanted to be able to help promote the campus and what UConn has to offer to students, and at the same time be able to help students ease the worrying of transitioning to college and give them the resources they may need to succeed.

CAROLINE DONELAN

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Sophomore

Major: Nursing

I became a WOW leader because I want to create a positive experience for new freshman

SHIVANGI PATEL

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Physiology and Neurobiology (Pre-med)

My favorite part about WOW is having the opportunity to connect to first years and get them excited about their amazing journey they will experience in these four years. I really enjoy the fact that WOW has so many fun programs and events that create a positive environment to get to know everyone while also branching out of your comfort zone.

DAVID CELATKA

Pronouns: He/him/his

Class: Junior

Major: Chemistry Education

I became a WOW leader because I want to help make a positive impact on students transitioning to college especially after a pandemic and help them form a foundation for having lifelong bonds with their peers.

CHRIS VAQUERO

Pronouns: He/him/his

Class: Junior

Major: Biomedical Engineering

My favorite part of WOW is meeting new people.

SAM ZELIN

Pronouns: He/him/his

Class: Junior

Major: History

When I was a freshman I really enjoyed how WOW made the transition into college seamless!

JOANNA SOBILO

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Sociology

I love the abundance of activities to do during move-in-weekend. The activities kept me busy that I never worried about being away from home or having something to do! I met a lot of new people and found it the best way to start off the semester.

FEI LI

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Sophomore

Major: Biomedical Engineering (pre-dental track)

I became a WOW leader because I enjoy getting to know new people and would like to provide the incoming freshmen and transfers a great experience when they first arrive on campus.

NOUR AL ZOUABI

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Political Science/ Chemistry (Pre-med)

My goal is as a WOW leader is to help new huskies with their transition to UConn by making it as smooth as possible. As a student leader, I eager to introduce UConn and our community to new huskies and share my own husky spirit.

SHALVI GUPTA

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Sophomore

Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology (Pre-med)

I became a WOW leader because I wanted to help the freshmen with their transition between high school and college. Let them know that they have people to talk to if needed and also help them find their way around the campus.

SWETHA TADEPALLI

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology

I became a WOW leader to help first year students feel comfortable on campus the first time that they arrive. I want to facilitate their introduction to the endless resources available to them, as I know it can be incredibly overwhelming.

TESSA MALESKY

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Biochemistry

My favorite part of WOW is being able to encourage first year students to go out of their comfort zone to try new things and meet new people while at UConn.

SMRITI HAMAL

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Senior

Major: Environmental Engineering

I became a WOW Leader to grow into someone I personally needed as a first year beginning their college experience. I empathize profoundly with a lot of first year students knowing how difficult and overwhelming navigating the uncharted waters of an entirely new life chapter can be-- especially the first weekend of it all! My previous involvement as a WOW Leader left me with knowledge and one of the most rewarding experiences in my entire college career. I'm excited to meet and greet the next generation of UConn Huskies!

KAITLYN LOURA

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Allied Health Sciences

My favorite part of WOW is that it brings people together. People get to connect with so many other students through WOW the first time they get to campus, and I think that's so important. I found some of my best friends at UConn through my WOW group and I'll be forever grateful for that. Without being in the same group as them, I may not have been able to become so close with them.

COLLEEN POKORNEY

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Psychology and Human Rights

I became a WOW leader because when I was a freshman I had really great WOW leader, so I wanted to be able to help other incoming students adjust to life at UConn like I had!

KAVYA SAJEEV

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Sophomore

Major: Molecular and Cell Biology

I became a WOW leader because I wanted to ease freshmen’s transition to college! I know it can be especially difficult to make new friends on campus during the pandemic, and wanted to do what i could to help.

ERIN WU

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Nutritional Science

I became a WOW leader to help students realize that UConn isn't as big as it may seem to be, and to show them how wonderful it can really be and hopefully to give them a great introduction.

ALLAN LIAN

Pronouns: He/him/his

Class: Sophomore

Major: Computer Science

My favorite part about WOW is the overall positive atmosphere. That includes helping incoming students become acquainted with others and the campus in a fun manner, as well as being a part of creating impactful and meaningful lifelong memories.

ALISA FEYGIS

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Psychology

My favorite part of WOW is being a part of making new students feel at home.

SARAH COHN

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Senior

Major: Elementary Education

I became a WOW Leader because I love being in a mentorship role as well as helping first year students adjust to the university just like other mentors did for me.

GULNAZ BHURA

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Molecular and Cell Biology

I became a WOW Leader because I wanted to be able to share my experiences with the first-year students to make them feel comfortable in order to try new things and meet new people. I also became a WOW Leader because I want to help the first-year students have a smooth transition in adjusting to the campus life.

RHEA D'ACOSTA

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Sophomore

Major: Political Science / Economics

I became a WOW leader to help students with their transition to college. I know for me, moving into college in a COVID year was a little weird, and I'd love to help in any way I can to make the transition less awkward.

VIDEEP SONI

Pronouns: He/him/his

Class: Sophomore

Major: Physiology and Neurobiology

I became a WOW leader because it gives me the opportunity to meet new incoming freshman and learn about them which is what I originally liked about WOW but I can tell them around everything I've learned in my year at UCONN and hopefully help them in that way.

ALEXIS JOHNSON

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Chemistry / American Sign Language

My favorite part of WOW is getting to watch the students make new friends and learn about campus.

SHERMEEN KHAN

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Senior

Major: Pathobiology

My favorite part of WOW is meeting new people and making new friends and relationships.

 

ASHLEY WILLUMSEN

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Sophomore

Major: Finance

I became a WOW leader because I want to be an inclusive, friendly face for the incoming freshman, and help them feel more comfortable on the campus that will soon be their home. I also want to share my knowledge and experiences with the new students to help them find the people or groups they are looking for on campus.

RAHUL BHAGWANI

Pronouns: He/him/his

Class: Junior

Major: Computer Science and Engineering

My favorite part about WOW is meeting incoming students and other WOW leaders. The students are what make UConn so special and I love meeting new people from all sorts of places!

JULIA TRAFACONDA

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Senior

Major: Animal Science

My favorite part about WOW is getting to know people. As a freshmen you have the opportunity to meet other freshmen and your WOW leaders. As a WOW leader, you get to meet new students every year!

CAROLINE CASSOL

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Pharmacy

My favorite part of WOW is meeting so many different people through the program.

LIZ CARRIZZO

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Biomedical Engineering

I became a WOW leader to share the UConn spirit and be there for incoming students!

MISSY LYDER

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Biomedical Engineering

I became a WOW Leader because I want to be able to create the positive impact I had during my WOW experience. I think it is incredibly important to pay forward good deeds that are done to you. I am also always looking for a new opportunity to get involved on campus, make new friends and share new and exciting experiences!

SRIJITA SINHA

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Molecular and Cell Biology

I became a WOW leader because I would like to help first year students feel more comfortable in their transition from high school to college. I understand it can be quite overwhelming. Also, college is an exciting time, so I want freshman to look forward to their next 4 years here at UConn.

ROSE PACIK-NELSON

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Cognitive Science

My favorite part of WOW is meeting all of the incoming freshman and helping them get comfortable on campus!

EMMA STIERLE

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

I became a WOW leader to help welcome and cultivate the positive community I was brought into.

 

MARTIN VERNET

Pronouns: He/his/him

Class: Junior

Major: Political Science/ History

I struggled personally when I first adjusted to college at Clark University where I went my freshman year. However, my orientation leader helped me adjust massively and was one of my closest friends throughout my time there. I want to give incoming freshman a similar experience: give them guidance & help with whatever they need, and make them feel welcomed no matter what it is. I also was a transfer student to UConn, and feel as though my unique experience as a transfer student would help non-freshman who are adjusting to UConn from other schools.

SHAYNA MARTIN

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Communications/ASL

I became a WOW leader because my WOW Leader and RA freshman year made a huge difference in my adjustment to UConn, being an out-of-state student.

RIKKI DZINEKU

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Class: Junior

Major: Physiology and Neurobiology

My favorite part of WOW is it allows incoming freshmen to be slowed eased and guided into life as a UConn student. It is a great way to get connected with other students in your building/ floor, have access to a support system and a mentor right when they arrive at UConn and amazing way to be involved in the UConn community.

MORGAN TAMMARO

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Class: Junior

Major: Public Policy

I became a WOW leader to help incoming freshmen get the same experience I did and get acclimated to the campus and the people their first weekend.

 

ABBY WHALEN

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Class: Junior

Major: Speech Language and Hearing Sciences

My favorite part about WOW is being able to connect with other students and begin to get involved on campus! When I moved in my first year, I was so nervous and overwhelmed, and WOW/my WOW leader helped to make the first few days so much easier and enjoyable.

ANNA CIRAULO

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Class: Senior

Major: Allied Health Sciences

I became a WOW leader because I enjoyed my entire experience when I participated in WOW my freshman year and I believe that becoming WOW Leader would be a great start to conclude my four years at UConn.

AMANDA MCCARTHY

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Class: Junior

Major: Allied Health

I remember I was very nervous about coming to UConn and starting college. My WOW leaders were so friendly and fun and they made my first weekend unforgettable! They always said hi to me even after the first week and it made me feel really welcomed at UConn! I’m joining WOW so that I can have this same impact on the group I am assigned to!

 

YAMILETH LOPEZ- RAMOS

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Class: Junior

Major: Human Development and Family Sciences

I love the idea that new students are able to connect with other students, but more importantly have an upperclassman share their tips that would be helpful! Whether students get an opportunity to meet the campus for the first time or participate in activities, I think 'Welcoming' students for the first weekend is an awesome idea.

SORIBLE TORRES-JIMENEZ

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Class: Junior

Major: Elementary Education

My favorite part of WOW is the connections I built with WOW and the people on my floor. Also, having people to go to all the fun activities with makes the experience so memorable.

 

MADISON SARGEANT

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Class: Junior

Major: Computer Science

I became a WOW leader in order to make the new students move in as exciting as mine was.