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Cleo Alberts (Cleo.Alberts@uconn.edu)
Mechanical Engineering, 2019
Involvement: Senior Resident Assistant, Hilltop Apartments Hall Association, Pi Tau Sigma (Mechanical Engineering Honor Society)
Tips for success for any incoming first-year students: Stay on top of your homework, study harder than you think, eat healthy foods and drink a ton of water! Don’t forget to take time for self-care amidst classes or work or studying.
Must experience: Make friends and make new adventures with them! Seriously, explore Mansfield and Storrs, try out Blaze, go to the Puppetry Museum, buy a plant and take care of it. You must experience being away from home and making the most of it by adventuring and going out of your comfort zone!
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
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!
Shannon Fortier (Shannon.Fortier@uconn.edu)
Engineering Physics with a Mechanics Engineering concentration, 2019
Involvement: Phi Sigma Rho, Resident Assistant, Physics Mentor
Tips for success for any incoming first-year students: Always go to your professors office hours! It’s a great way to get answers to any questions you may have but also a great opportunity to network with your professor
Must experience: As a first semester student you HAVE to go to every event that gives away a free t shirt! You get free t shirts and you’ll get to see all of the different opportunities UConn has to offer!
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.
Anastasia Kipor (Anastasia.Kipor@uconn.edu)
Computer Science, Psychology Minor, 2019
Involvement: Lambda Delta president, Russian Student Association, Jujitsu Club
Tips for success for any incoming first-year students: Get your priorities straight and you will not stress out
Must experience: Blaze Pizza. I wish I had experienced that deliciousness my first semester.
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
Kevin Musco (Kevin.Musco@uconn.edu)
Electrical Engineering and Human Rights, 2019
Involvement: Student Supervisor for Union Street Market and UC Cafe systems, Vice President of Pi Kappa Phi at UConn, UConn IEEE, MegaBiblion Society
Tips for success for incoming students: Take academics seriously and put in due time, but realize that college is about so much more than the coursework and resulting degree. This is a very exciting time in your life and you should approach it as such. Go to the involvement fair, sign up for some clubs, and experience new things. However, more important than trying new things is finding the right people to be around (finding your “tribe”). I wanted to transfer after my first year, but after meeting people who are now some of my closest friends, I could not be happier. I guess the best way to summarize this in just a phrase would be: get out of your dorm room.
Must Experience: Dairy Bar ice cream, football tailgates, SUBOG Spring Concerts, living off campus (even if only for a short time, it’s a very different experience all together)
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.
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
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