POST Team Leaders

Shay Collins
 
Arts & Sciences/ Music
Graduation Year: 2018

Hometown: Averill Park, NY

What is your favorite thing about POST? How fast you get to know people very well. At the end of the week I felt like I had been friends with my group members for months.

Why did you choose to attend? I really wanted to start college with a group of friends, both in my own grade and upperclassmen, to make the transition into college life even more fun.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell? Working on articles late into the evening at Green Dragon.

What other programs/activities are you involved in? The Cornell Daily Sun, Logos: Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy, Arts & Sciences Ambassadors.

Kelly Crandall

CALS/ Animal Science

Graduation Year: 2018
Hometown: Cassadaga, NY 

What is your favorite thing about POST? My favorite thing about POST was staying up super late in the gymnasium and getting to know my new friends. Those late night talks were what really solidified our friendships. 

Why did you choose to attend? I chose to attend POST because I know someone who went to my high school who did POST their freshman year, and they told me that they met some of their best friends at the program. I'm so glad I did because to this day I'm super good friends with people from POST, and I probably wouldn't have met them otherwise. 

What is your favorite thing about Cornell? My favorite thing about Cornell (super tough to just pick one) is probably how beautiful it is. During the warmer weather I love to sit on the slope and work on my homework, especially at dusk. The sunsets are AMAZING!

What other programs/activities are you involved in? I'm Pre-Vet, so I'm involved in the Pre-Vet Society, Elephants Ears, the Elephant Listening Project, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, and CUDS (Cornell University Dairy Science Club). I have two jobs at the Risley Dinning Hall and Cayuga Watchers and I also volunteer for College Mentors for Kids. 

Anika Exum

CALS/Communication
Graduation Year: 2018 
Hometown: Lake Bluff, IL
 
What is your favorite thing about POST? My favorite thing about POST is that attendees get to truly bond with other freshman and their team leaders while serving the greater Ithaca community. Attendees leave the program with a vast group of great friends and many experiences that they will never forget.

Why did you choose to attend? I chose to attend because being able to connect with other newbies before orientation week and getting acquainted with great organizations in my new home seemed like such an exciting opportunity. 

What is your favorite thing about Cornell? What I love most about Cornell is the large amount of intelligent and diverse people that I'm able to meet, as well as the fact that, while here, I am able to study almost anything I desire.

What other programs/activities are you involved with? At Cornell I am involved with Alternative Breaks, Her Campus Cornell, Slope Media, Tarana A Capella Group, Alpha Chi Omega, Meinig Scholars and POST!

Craig Hannon
 
CALS/ Developmental Sociology
Graduation Year: 2018
Hometown: Houston, TX
 
What is your favorite thing about POST? My Favorite Thing About POST: The lasting bonds formed between other postees and leaders during the week of fun and excitement.

Why did you choose to attend? Coming from Texas, I knew virtually no one, so I thought that POST would be a great way for me to plug in and have a community as soon as I stepped on campus for orientation.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell?  Though the winter can bring some tough days, Ithaca is a beautiful place to live and explore, and a place I am proud to call home.

What other programs/activities are you involved with?  I am on the Sprint Football team, (hopefully soon to be a member of) Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, I serve on the E-Board for REACH, a program that organizes tutoring for schools in the Ithaca community, and am a member of Cornell Ambassadors, as well as PATCH, a pre-medical society.

Dylan Van Duyne

Arts & Sciences/ Spanish & Biology
Graduation Year: 2018
Hometown: Wallingford, Pennsylvania
 

What is your favorite thing about POST? I am incredibly thankful for all the friendships and connections I made during POST, and my fellow participants and team leaders are some of the individuals I am still closest with on campus.  I am living with 5 of my freshman year POST team co-participants senior year, and that is just one example of how POST really creates a family for all 4 years here at Cornell.

Why did you choose to attend? I wanted to attend POST because I wanted to make an immediate impact on the Cornell campus and surrounding community.  I am very driven by community service and this week long pre-orientation program was the perfect opportunity to receive an introduction to the non-profits in Ithaca as well as to form connections that proved to be invaluable to my Cornell experience.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell? The famous "any person, any study" slogan could not be more accurate- at Cornell you can pursue any major, join any organization, surround yourself with any group of people, and choose who you really want to be.  There are so many opportunities to pursue here, so it's all up to you!

What other programs/activities are you involved with? I work as a tour guide for the Office of Visitor Relations, I am Vice President of Alpha Phi Omega (the community service fraternity on campus), President of Colleges Against Cancer (the organization responsible for running Relay for Life), an ambassador for the College of Arts and Sciences, an ambassador for Undergraduate Admissions, the Outreach Chair for the Translator Interpreter Board, a brother of Phi Delta Epsilon (the pre-medical fraternity), and a member of Psi Chi (the international psychology society).

Lillian Kahris

Lillian Kahris

ILR
Graduation Year: 2019
Hometown: Buffalo, NY

What is your favorite thing about POST? Bonding and community building with my team! There's nothing better than coming home after a day in the community and sharing our facorite parts of the day. 

Why did you choose to attend? I had an alumni interview with a very spirited POST-alum who tome me all about the program and how he thought it might be a good fit for me. After doing some research I decided to attend POST as a pre-freshman because I wanted to make friends and get involved before Orientation week. I thought it would be an awesome way to get connected before I even stepped foot on campus. 

What is your favorite thing about Cornell? I love the beautiful campus and the diverse Cornell community.

What other programs/activities are you involved with? I am involved with ILR Women's Caucus and Consent Education.  Additionally I am a member of Alpha Phi Omega (the service fraternity on campus,) and a Panhellenic sorority. I work on campus as an Upward Bound Program Assistant at Cornell's Public Service Center.

Katie McPherson

Agriculture and Life Sciences/Biological Services
Graduation Year: 2019
Hometown: Pittsford, NY

What is your favorite thing about POST? My favorite part of POST was getting to do a different service project every day, because we got to interact with important members of the Ithaca community who led diverse service projects. I also really loved having the opportunity to meet my fellow freshmen before even stepping on the Cornell campus 

Why did you choose to attend? I chose to attend POST because as a Tradition Fellow, POST gave me the chance to explore service opportunities in Ithaca that I could pursue during my time at Cornell.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell? I love that it's close enough to home that my parents can visit. I meet new people every day, and you can't beat the view on the walk to class.  

What other programs/activities are you involved with? I work as a lifeguard on campus and I am a study group leader for an introductory biology course. I am an active member of Alpha Phi Omega, the sercive fraternity on campus, and I am also in a social sorority. I am the treasurer of my residence hall, Court-Kay-Bauer's hall council, and I am a Cornell Tradition Fellow.  

David Navadeh

ILR 
Graduation Year: 2019
Hometown: Wexford, Pennsylvania 

What is your favorite thing about POST? During the school year, it's easy to get trapped in the "Cornell
bubble" and POST is a great way to get to know the surrounding community better.

Why did you choose to attend? I wanted to get to know my classmates and the Ithaca community before the academics started. Once the term begins, everyone is busy working, but attending POST allowed me to spend 10 days (including orientation) in Ithaca before I had to go to class.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell? I love how big Cornell is. There are tons of classes in every field, but ever better, you get to make friends with so many different people from different backgrounds.

What other programs/activities are you involved with? I lead a Bible study and coordinate prayer meetings through Christian Union at Cornell, and regularly attend CRU, formally Campus Crusades for Christ. I serve on two executive boards: Cornell Republicans as Second Vice Chairman, and social fraternity Beta Theta Pi as treasurer. Working as a research assistant in the organizational behavior department of the ILR School has taught me how to carry out studies and how to develop research designs. Lastly, I'm a Cornell Tradition Fellow, a group that's always well represented at POST. 

Crystal Pascual

Arts & Sciences/ Biological Sciences 
Graduation Year: 2019
Hometown: West Babylon, NY 
 
What is your favorite thing about POST? My favorite thing about POST was that it gave me the opportunity to become close to so many different kinds of people. Some of my closest friendships to this day originated from POST. Also, I love how open and welcoming the POST leaders were in making me feel comfortable speaking to them, both during POST and during the rest of my time at Cornell. It's very reassuring meeting the upperclassmen and asking them for advice 
 
Why did you choose to attend? POST seemed like a great way for me to meet a smaller group people who shared a passion for community service. Also, since I volunteered a lot in high school, POST seemed like a good way for me to explore what kind of community service I could find in Ithaca.
 
What is your favorite thing about Cornell? My favorite part of Cornell is the variety of interesting activities and courses offered. Cornell also offers a lot of support academically, and there are so many different people I can meet with if I'm having trouble understanding a topic. Another unique thing is all of the interesting PE courses offered. I initially dreaded the idea of having to take more gym classes, but Cornell has courses that fit any level of fitness and interest and offer a fun break in my schedule (Beginning Figure Skating and cardio kickboxing are 2 I highly recommend!)
 
What other programs/activities are you involved with? Hearsay a capella, host for Cornell's Red Carpet Society, currently pledging to become a brother of Alpha Phi Omega community service fraternity.
 

Schuyler Wagner 

Engineering Undeclared 
Graduation Year: 2019
Hometown: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
 
What is your favorite thing about POST? POST gave me the invaluable opportunity to meet my fellow classmates in an environment that fostered many of my closest friendships today. It is truly amazing how we were all able to bond over community service, yet develop such meaningful and lasting friendships in such a short period of time. I have truly had no other experience like it in my life.
 
Why did you choose to attend? Coming from Wyoming, POST seemed like the perfect way for me to acclimate myself to life on the East Coast, and I couldn’t think of a better way to arrive in my new home than by helping strengthen the community that I would soon be a part of.
 
What is your favorite thing about Cornell? Cornell is filled with intelligent, passionate, and driven people, and it creates such an amazing academic and social atmosphere on campus. Combine that with a school that offers such abundant opportunities, and you really have an environment that fosters huge personal growth.
 
What other programs/activities are you involved with? I am a member of the Cornell Peer Review Board, the club soccer team Cornell Academy FC, a Cornell Tradition Scholar and cofounder of an on-campus startup company.
 

Talia Bailes 

Global and Public Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2020
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
 
What is your favorite thing about POST? My favorite thing about POST is meeting so many great new individuals. I love the mentorship that comes with POST and the community that it helps to create.
 
Why did you choose to attend? I have a passion for service and I wanted to get a head start on learning about different service activities in the Ithaca community before starting school.
 
What is your favorite thing about Cornell? I am so thankful for all of the opportunities at Cornell. There are so many great groups to join and different events and initiatives to get involved in. The apples fresh from the Cornell Orchards in the fall are amazing as well.
 
What other programs/activities are you involved with? I am involved in a dance group, a service fraternity, Cornell Traditions, Greek life and different Global Health initiatives on campus.
 

David Labib

Arts and Science; Biology and Society major
Graduation Year: 2020
Hometown: Allentown, Pennsylvania
 
What is your favorite thing about POST? My favorite thing about POST was meeting all the new students who were coming into college, just like me. We all had a similar passion of service and it was very helpful to be able to bond over that. It created a tight knit between us in just a few days that carried throughout the remainder of my freshman year.
 
Why did you choose to attend? Service has been a big part of my life since sophomore year of high school when I attended the HOBY Leadership Conference - Pennsylvania East at Temple University. I came back to my high school from that conference and start the first volunteer and service oriented club in my high school and helped run the club all the way up to my graduation. Because of my service experience in the past, I wanted to jump right into service here in college and I viewed POST as the perfect way to do that, and it was. It also helped make my transition into college much smoother and introduced me to so many other students who had similar interests.
 
What is your favorite thing about Cornell? My favorite thing about Cornell is how much there is to do and get involved with. Whether you like service or math or Spanish, there is a club or organization here for everyone. I am grateful for all the friends I have made through the organizations I am involved in and look forward to all that is to come!
 
What other programs/activities are you involved with? I am involved with the Red Carpet Ambassadors, Visitor Relations, Phi Delta Epsilon, which is a Pre-Medical fraternity on campus, Alpha Phi Omega, which is a service fraternity on campus, and I am involved in research at the Bioacoustics Lab as a part of the Elephant Listening Project team.
 

Emma Moore

Arts and Science
Graduation Year: 2020
Hometown: San Diego, California
 

What is your favorite thing about POST? My favorite thing about POST is being able to give back to the Ithaca community while working with, and meeting, the new incoming freshman. It's an amazing experience to be working with local organizations alonside the new class of Cornellians, and I absolutely love it. 

Why did you choose to attend? Community service has always been a huge part of my life, especially during my High school experience. Coming into Cornell, I wanted the opportunity to get involved with philanthropy early on, and POST was the perfect chance to do so. I was also eager to meet new students, since I knew nobody when I arrived. At POST, I found a family within Cornell, along with older students I still view as role models today. 
 
What is your favorite thing about Cornell? My favorite thing about Cornell is the amazing student life on campus. I never expected to find such a supportive and welcoming environment at a school with the academic rigor of Cornell, but I did. Everyone here is extraordinarily passionate about learning, but each individual cares about a subject completely unique to them, while still supportive their friends interests. It's a wonderful and cultivating environment.
 
What other programs/activities are you involved with? I work as a Tour Guide and Information Specialist for the Office of Visitor Relations. I am a mentor for a young girl in Ithaca through Big Brothers, Big Sisters, a program run through the Ithaca Youth Bureau. I am also a brother of our schools co-ed community service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. I'm a sister in the Panhellenic sorority, Delta Delta Delta, and I am also a Cornell Traditions fellow. 
 

Sachin Pathangey

College of Human Ecology: Human Biology Health and Society
Graduation Year: 2020
Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona
 

What is your favorite thing about POST? My favorite thing about POST was definitely the friendships that I made during the program. I built relationships with people in just a few days that otherwise would have taken months to form. It made me feel more comfortable introducing myself to other people on campus, because I had already done it with 60 other students the week before school started.  

Why did you choose to attend? Even though I consider myself an outgoing individual, I wanted to do something that would take me outside my comfort zone and force me to meet as many new people as possible before college, while also combining my passion for giving back to the community through service. POST helped me do just that by allowing me to personally interact with such a diverse group of people over the course of a few short days and volunteer throughout the Ithaca community to explore the area that I would be living in for the next four years of my life.
 
What is your favorite thing about Cornell? My favorite thing about Cornell is probably how personable everyone is with each other. When I first arrived on campus for Cornell days, everyone was so genuine and easy to talk to, introducing me to people and opportunities that I couldn't find anywhere else.
 
What other programs/activities are you involved with? Member of Alpha Phi Omega (the community service frat on campus), TA for Latin/Israeli Dance, Player for IM Basketball, Referee for IM Basketball, and Member of Colleges Against Cancer
 

Ishan Sharma

Industrial and Labor Relations
Graduation Year: 2020
Hometown: Orlando, Florida
 

What is your favorite thing about POST?  It would definitely be creating a community of some of the most amazing people; people you can always rely on for friendship and advice. This community is what made my transition into Cornell both comfortable and exciting -- comfortable because I had a group of close friends I could always fall back on and exciting because I was now confident enough to explore Cornell. 

Why did you choose to attend? I wanted to get a head start on meeting as many people as possible -- you'll soon find out that meeting people is one of my favorite things to do.
 
What is your favorite thing about Cornell? The people. Some of the world's coolest, most creative, and fun-to-be-around people are here -- whether it's your professor who met Steven Hawking and the Pope in the same week or its one of your best friends who loves the same rapper as you (Logic). 
 
What other programs/activities are you involved with? Kappa Alpha Pi Pre-Law Fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Cornell Political Union Logistics Coordinator, Ultimate Reentry Opportunity prison recidivism researcher, Peer Review Board member, Cornell Debate, and Intramural Basketball and Officiating
 

Miranda Vinson

Cals: Environmental Science and Sustainability
Graduation Year: 2020
Hometown: Brookhaven, Pennsylvania
 

What is your favorite thing about POST? My favorite thing about POST is getting to volunteer and explore the Ithaca area, while working alongside some of my closest friends. It's by far one of the greatest experiences I've had here at Cornell.

Why did you choose to attend? Throughout high school, community service played a big role in my life. When coming to school here at Cornell, I knew I wanted to stay involved with community service. I was pretty anxious about going to a school where I didn't know anyone, so I was looking for a way to meet new students in a smaller setting. POST was the perfect way for me to continue community service, and make connections with new students over our passion for service.
 
What is your favorite thing about Cornell? My favorite thing about Cornell is the student life. There are so many kind, and welcoming people here at Cornell. It's hard to find an environment where everyone wants to help you succeed at a school like Cornell, but the entire community is extremely friendly and supportive.
 
What other programs/activities are you involved with? I'm a brother of Alpha Phi Omega, a community service Fraternity. I am a Cornell Traditions Fellow. I also mentor a child in the Ithaca Community with Big Brothers Big Sisters, which is a program through the Ithaca Youth Bureau. I attend a bible study through CRU, and I'm a member of the club SNRC, Society for the Natural Resources Conservation. Additionally, I work on campus at Olin Library.