POST Team Leaders

Serena Sanon

 

Serena Sanon

College & Major: CALS- Biological Engineering

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Pittsford, NY

What is your favorite thing about POST? My favorite thing about POST was getting to meet so many incoming freshman before move in day. It was really nice bonding with everyone over service and getting getting advice from the upperclassmen.

Why did you choose to participate in POST? I knew I wanted to do a pre-orientation program to meet people before school started, and I had done community service throughout high school. I had also heard about POST from a friend who had done it the year before. It ended up being such a good experience, and I am so happy I decided to participate in POST!

What is your favorite thing about Cornell? I think the best thing about Cornell is how big it is. There is something for everybody and so many people to meet. I have really enjoyed meeting so many different people, and I can't wait to meet more.

What other programs/activities are you involved with? I am on the club field hockey team and a brother of the service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. I also work in a population genetics lab on campus.

 

Cameron Dunbar

College & Major: ILR

Grad Year: 2021

Hometown: Tarrytown, NY

What is my favorite thing about POST?

 I love the human connection you experience when you are in POST. From the leaders, to the POSTees, to the gracious members of the community you meet along the way, POST allows you to view the passion behind every one of the service sites. POST brings its participants together, bridging gaps caused by differences in upbringing and academic interests. Your POST leaders make you excited to start the year with their incredible energy. Their passion for serving the community makes you love it just as much and feel at home.

Why did you choose to participate in POST?

 I wanted the first peers I met at Cornell to be like-minded, service-oriented people. I definitely found that and more when I connected with people of all walks of life who shared my values. I wanted my first action as a Cornell student to reflect reciprocity and gratefulness for being given the opportunity to be a part of such a renowned, intellectual place. It also seemed like a great way to get to know Ithaca.

What is my favorite thing about Cornell?

 My favorite thing about Cornell is the sheer amounts of opportunities that exist here. You can meet a new person as you walk down every street. There are always speakers, panels, events, and discussions that provide safe spaces for you to voice your thoughts and frustrations. Through these events, I can feel like I have a voice in the issues that are important to me. I am able to carve my own little niche in ILR within the large university.

What other programs/activities are you involved with?

  I am the Freshman Representative of ILR Women's Caucus, a group promoting gender equality and awareness about social justice issues. I am a Cornell Commitment Hunter Rawlings Presidential Research Scholar, currently working with a faculty mentor and team to explore outsourcing trends in American companies. I am a participant in Cornell Alternative Spring Breaks, for which I will be spending spring break at Girls Educational and Mentoring Services in West Harlem, an agency committed to the recovery of victims of commercial sexual exploitation ages 12-24. I also work on campus as a fitness monitor at Helen Newman Hall.

Katie McPherson

Katie McPherson

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 prominent members of the Ithaca community who led a wide variety of service projects. I also really loved having the opportunity to meet 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, in diverse fields of study, and you can't beat the view on the walk to class.

What other programs/activities are you involved with?   I am the president of my social sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, and I am an active member of Alpha Phi Omega, the service fraternity on campus. I work as a lifeguard on campus and as a tutor for CALS Student Services. I also do research in the Cornell Computational Physiology Lab on campus, and I am a Cornell Tradition Fellow.

Judy Liu

Judy Liu                                                       

College and Major: College of Arts and Sciences, Undecided                                                        

Graduation Year: 2021                                                       

Hometown: New York City                                                 

What is your favorite thing about POST? My favorite thing about POST was the friendships I made in the program.                                                   

Why did you choose to participate in POST? I chose to participate in POST to start my journey at Cornell on the right foot. By participating in POST, I was immediately meeting new people and becoming an active member of the Cornell community at the same time.          

What is your favorite thing about Cornell? My favorite thing about Cornell is how much you get to discover about yourself.                                                  

What other programs/activities are you involved with? In addition to POST, I am a member of Big Red Buddies, where I get to volunteer at the day care on campus. I also recently joined Marginalia Review, which is Cornell’s Undergraduate Poetry Review.
   
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. 

Shayla Parthasarathy

Shayla Parthasarathy

College & Major: Switching to major in Human Development in the College of Human Ecology

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: San Diego, CA

What is your favorite thing about POST?

My favorite thing about POST was meeting new students like myself who are just as passionate about community service as I am. I also loved going around and seeing all of the wonderful things Ithaca has to offer!

Why did you choose to participate in POST?

I had heard from numerous people that participating in a pre-orientation program would make the transition to Cornell incredibly smoother. I specifically chose POST because community service has always been a strong passion of mine. POST allowed me to meet so many new faces before classes began, most definitely calming some of my anxieties about starting at a new school so far away from my home.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell?

One of my favorite things about Cornell is the diverse student body. Every single day I feel so lucky to be able to interact with such intelligent individuals who will challenge and inspire me every single day.

What other programs/activities are you involved with?

At Cornell, I am treasurer of Planned Parenthood Generation Action, and am a member of Alpha Chi Omega, a Panhellenic sorority. I also volunteer for Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest whenever I am able to spend some time at home in San Diego.

Benjamin Kim

Benjamin Kim

College & Major: CAS, Biology & Society

Graduation Year: 2021

Hometown: Long Island, NY

What is your favorite thing about POST? My favorite part about POST was the opportunity to engage in service with people who also share my dedication to serving the community.  I also love POST because it gives you a chance to meet fellow students of your class, so you already have a group of good friends when you arrive on campus.  POST was also awesome because you get to have such a diversity of great leaders who can answer almost any question you may have about your first semester at Cornell.

Why did you choose to participate in POST? Starting your undergraduate schools at such big universities like Cornell is already hard enough without worrying about who your friends are going to be.  Participating in POST gives you an opportunity to meet people who will most definitely have a positive impact on your undergraduate years.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell? My favorite thing about Cornell is the endless opportunities it offers.  Your Cornell experience is what you make of it.  Whether it’s studying wines or attending a Cornell Bhangra performance or going to a Playboi Carti concert, Cornell is an institution that values and caters to the diverse preferences of its student body. 

What other programs and activities are you involved with? On campus, I am currently involved in Alpha Phi Omega, Cornell Orchestras, Cornell Fitness Centers, and High Rise Hall Council.



 

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, off-campus service programming, on-campus research, 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

Human Ecology- Human Development
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? Cornell Tarana Acapella, Member of Colleges Against Cancer, Alpha Pi Omega (community service fraternity), TA for Latin/Israeli Dance, Intramural Basketball and Officiating.

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

Miranda Vinson

Environmental Sustainability Sciences, minoring in Climate Change
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? Mediocre Melodies Acapella Group, Epsilon Eta Sustainability Fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, Cornell Traditions Fellow, Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor, CRU Bible study, member of Society for the Natural Resources Conservation, employee at Olin Library.
 

Morgan Chadwick

College of Human Ecology
Nutritional Sciences Major
Graduation Year: 2020
Hometown: Binghamton, NY

What is your favorite thing about POST? My favorite thing about POST is the opportunity to meet other incoming students while seeing and interacting with the Ithaca community. Meeting so many people before orientation makes the transition to Cornell much easier.

Why did you choose to attend? I chose POST because I have always had an interest in service, and I knew I would feel more comfortable starting Cornell with friends made in the program. Also, I knew learning more about Ithaca would make me feel much more at home during my time at Cornell.
 
What is your favorite thing about Cornell? My favorite thing about cornell is the opportunities that it provides, as well as making friends from all around the world! Cornell has the perks of a large, well-known institution with the feeling of a smaller community through organizations and classes.
 
What other programs/activities are you involved with? On campus, I work as a teaching assistant and an employee with Cornell Dining. I am a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, the Cornell Wind Ensemble, and I also do research with the PRYDE Scholars Program.