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Cole Accardi (cole.accardi@uconn.edu) 
Materials Science & Engineering, 2022

Involvement: UConn Fraternity, Rec Center Employee, High School Soccer Referee
Tips for success for any incoming first-year students: Always ask for help if you need it. The worst thing you can possibly do is think you can just do it on your own and then you may end up not doing it right which is never a good thing. Another piece of advice is to always make sure you are on top of your deadlines because there is a lot of them and they can be very easy to forget at times. 
Must experience: Get out and get involved at UConn! Experience as many sports games and activities that you can so that you can get to know a lot of people and stay busy which can lead to an awesome experience. 


Saamiya Bhura (Saamiya.Bhura@uconn.edu)
Computer Science and Engineering, 2021

Involvement: Engineering Ambassador, Member of UConn Breakdancing Club, Asiantation Mentoring Program
Tips for success for any incoming first-year students: don’t let the campus intimidate you, stay focused on your education, have fun, explore new things!!
Must experience: Insomnia cookies, Dairy Bar ice cream


Emily Borges (emily.borges@uconn.edu)
Biomedical Engineering, 2020

Involvement: Alpha Epsilon Phi
Tips for success for any incoming first-year students: Time management and balancing your life is key. Get involved and make as many connections as possible!
Must experience: Food truck festival during spring weekend! 


John Brindisi (John.Brindisi@uconn.edu)
Management & Engineering for Manufacturing, 2020

Involvement: UConn Consulting Group, Men’s Club Volleyball, Volunteer Firefighting 
Tips for success for any incoming first-year students: Go to class and pay attention!
Must experience: Horsebarn Hill sunset


Frederick L. Calkins (Frederick.Calkins@uconn.edu)
Chemical Engineering, 2020

Involvement: Men’s Volleyball Club
Tips for success for any incoming first-year students: Learn to manage your time well and start working in advance. 
Must experience: Oozeball is a definite!


Caitlyn Cushman (Caitlyn.Cushman@uconn.edu)
Chemical Engineering, 2020

Involvement: Husky For a Day Ambassador, Rock climbing, Petting every dog I see on campus, AIChE
Tips for success for any incoming first-year students: Use your resources! The Q Center is a big help! Go to office hours and get to know your professors and TAs. Make friends in your classes and make study groups.
Must experience: Join at least one club that sounds interesting. This is a great way to meet friends and take a break from classes.


Daniel Fernandes (Daniel.P.Fernandes@uconn.edu)
Chemical Engineering, 2020

Involvement: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Husky-for-a-day program, Nathan Hale Homework Club
Tips for success for any incoming first-year students: Get involved! There are too many clubs and organizations at UConn for you not to take advantage of at least a few! Not only do extracurriculars provide you with the full college experience, but they help you manage your time and workload to prepare you for upper level classes, and after college!
Must experience: I would recommend to go to one of the UConn football games in Hartford! These games totally immerse you in the “Husky Pride” mentality. You can participate in chants, experience the adrenaline rush of a close game, and even attend a UConn tailgate before the game! These games give you the opportunity to truly feel what it’s like to be a Husky!


Dana Hamed (Dana.Hamed@uconn.edu)
Biomedical Engineering, 2020

Involvement: Student Assistant for the Engineering Undergraduate Programs Office, Middle Eastern Student Association, Society of Women Engineers, Alpha Lambda Delta
Tips for success for any incoming first-year students: Stay organized! Make a to-do list! Use Google Calendar! Also, don’t be afraid to contact your professors for any type of help. They are a great resource.
Must experience: I would highly recommend watching the sunrise at Horsebarn Hill and going to see the cows! You also MUST watch a women’s basketball game from the student section in Gampel! The energy is unparalleled.


Gregory Joyce (Gregory.Joyce@uconn.edu)
Materials Science and Engineering, 2020

Involvement: Student Assistant in Undergraduate Admissions Office, Confetti for Kids, HuskyTHON, Intramural Sports
Tips for success for any incoming first-year students: Don’t stress about the little things, stay organized, and make friends in all of your classes, you’re going to see a lot of them over the next few years!
Must experience: HuskyTHON, Oozeball, or any sporting event. BLEED BLUE!!


Daniel (Dan) Pinto (Daniel.Pinto@uconn.edu)
Civil Engineering, 2020

Involvement: Student Assistant for the Engineering Undergraduate Programs Office, WHUS Radio
Tips for success for any incoming first-year students: Check your email, reach out to Professors/Advisors for help… your biggest resource at UConn is your network!
Must experience: Blaze Pizza and the spring concerts!


Joao Mbaya (Joao.Mbaya@uconn.edu)
Computer Engineering & Electrical Engineering, 2020

Involvement: CyberSecurity Club, Peer-Mentor for The Major Experience (TME), AACC, NSBE, Cigna Remote Internship
Tips for success for any incoming first-year students:
1) If you’re struggling visit the Engineering Tutoring center, you’ll make friends who also happen to be struggling and receive help from some of the best tutors on campus (for free).
2) Take advantage of professors’ office hours. Go in prepared with questions; whether they be about class, research, interning…etc.
3) A nicely worded email can take you farther than you might expect. The worst thing people can say is no.
Must experience: Jazz Nights at the ballard theatre


Ryan Murphy (Ryan.C.Murphy@uconn.edu)
Mechanical Engineering, 2020

Involvement: Q Center Tutoring, Confetti for Kids VP, Chiu Research Lab
Tips for success for any incoming first-year students: Go to all your classes in freshman year, even if they are easy or even you have already taken those in high school. College is much more challenging than high school, and your classes will get much harder, so it is good to develop good study habits early on. Also, make friends that have the same major as you because you will take similar classes as them for your whole college career, and you can help each other along the way.
Must experience: One-ton Sundae!


Christiana Nisco (Christiana.Nisco@uconn.edu)
Chemical Engineering, 2020

Involvement: RUF, Research in Dr. Wagstrom’s Lab
Tips for success for any incoming first-year students: Make sure to go to office hours for all your engineering courses. Sometimes that’s the only way to figure out how to do the homework for your classes, which count for a portion of your class grade.
Must experience: Definitely apple picking. There are farms all over the place near UConn that are so fun to go to. The sports games are always exciting to go to and the tickets are always really cheap for students.


Cassie Rossetti (Cassandra.Rossetti@uconn.edu)
Biomedical Engineering, 2020

Involvement: Phi Sigma Rho, HuskyTHON, Husky Ambassadors, Undergraduate Engineering Tutor, Teaching Assistant
Tips for success for any incoming first-year students: At the beginning of the semester put into your agenda or calendar all of your important exams and projects for the semester to help keep yourself organized and for time management!
Must experience: Going to a basketball game and getting dairy bar ice cream! 


Francesca Rudi (Francesca.Rudi@uconn.edu)
Chemical Engineering, 2020

Involvement: Society for Pharmaceutical Engineers E-Board, Engineering Ambassadors, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Research with School of Pharmacy 
Tips for success for any incoming first-year students: Attend both TA and professor office hours for class. Both for help and to get to know them! Don’t be scared to attend meetings of any clubs that interest you or something you have never tried before! Getting involved outside of academic is very important for balance. 
Must experience: Spring Weekend, basketball games, career fairs, and the Dairy Bar! 


Megan Scott (Megan.Scott@uconn.edu)
Material Science Engineering, 2020

Involvement: Phi Sigma Rho, Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Engineering Learning Community Floor Mentor, Student Administrative Assistant for the Engineering Undergraduate Programs Office, Club Ultimate Frisbee
Tips for success for any incoming first-year students: Utilize the Q center if you need help with any subject while you can.
Must experience: All 18 hours of HuskyTHON, Oozeball, and any basketball game


Tom Smith (Thomas.Smith@uconn.edu)
Management & Engineering for Manufacturing, 2020

Involvement: Teaching Assistant, Intramural Sports, Frequent Skiing 
Tips for success for any incoming first-year students: Make friends with people in your major 
Must experience: Hanging out in the grass on the first warm day of spring after a typical UConn winter 


Matt Stofko (Matthew.Stofko@uconn.edu)
Mechanical Engineering, 2020

Involvement: Engineering Ambassadors Presentation Team, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society Secretary, Student Assistant for the Engineering Undergraduate Programs Office
Tips for success for any incoming first-year students: Put in the effort and start your GPA baseline well, Chem SI is great
Must experience: Meet your floor in your dorm, Grab & Go, Mirror Lake


Anthony Tripodi (Anthony.Tripodi@uconn.edu)
Civil Engineering, 2020

Involvement: UConn Wrestling Club, Healthcare Engineering Club, Civil Engineering Honors Society 
Tips for success for any incoming first-year students: My advice for incoming first-year students is to get out there and try new things, different clubs and sports to meet new people and find out what you like. Also, make sure to manage your time wisely because work adds up quickly. 
Must experience: Dairy Bar, Oozeball