The Catholic University of America

Mission

The Orientation program facilitates the successful transition of new undergraduate students into Catholic University’s intellectual, social, and faith based communities; promotes student learning and development, encourages independence, and individual responsibility; and facilitates continued student success to graduation.

This is accomplished through programming that emphasizes the University’s academic and community expectations and social and developmental resources and opportunities.

Through personal connections with peer leaders, faculty, and administration, new students and their families will develop an introductory understanding and appreciation of the intellectual, social, and service opportunities available, and gain knowledge of campus and community resources

Vision

Affect the University's retention efforts through a model orientation program that helps students feel welcomed, connect with their new environment, explore their faith, understand expectations, and know where to seek support.

Establish a cohesive and comprehensive Orientation Extended program that more deeply explores what it means to be a student at CUA. Activities and programs will be directed toward student involvement, making connections with individuals and resources, academic success, and broadening student general knowledge of the University.

Sustain a rewarding student staff leadership experience that promotes interpersonal growth and development, and leads to an enhanced peer mentor relationship for new students.

Meet the Executive Staff!

 Ana Lincoln, M.A.

 Assistant Director of Campus Activities
 Originally from Troy, Michigan; currently resides in Silver Spring, MD.
 
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  • Undergraduate degree from Hope College in Communication
  • Graduate degree from Bowling Green State University in College Student Personnel
  • Favorite class taken in college: World Religions
  • Favorite extracurricular activity in college: Orientation
  • Favorite thing to do at CUA: Spend time with students
  • Random fun fact: Has seven siblings
  • One thing to do before you graduate: Tour the monuments at night                                                       

 

Kathryn Jennings, M.Ed

 Senior Associate Dean of Students and Director of Campus Activities
 Originally from Pawcatuck, C.T.; currently resides in Washington, D.C.

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  • Undergraduate degree from Fordham University in Media Studies and Women’s Studies
  • Graduate degree from the University of Maine in Higher Education Administration
  • Favorite class taken in college: Twentieth Century Women Writers
  • Favorite extracurricular activity in college: New Student Orientation
  • Favorite thing to do at CUA: Meet and talk with students
  • Random fun fact: Spent a summer pulling lobster pots
  • One thing to do before you graduate: Go to all the Smithsonian’s

     

 

 Meet the Student Coordinators!

  Bryan Abadrabo

 Chris Kramer     

Hometown: Brielle, New Jersey  
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Philosophy, Class of 2016
Favorite class taken at CUA: Philosophy of Natural Law
Favorite extracurricular activity: Orientation
Favorite thing to do on campus: Attend Cardinal sporting events
Random fun fact about you: I was the Gerber Baby
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Tour the Capitol
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2016
Favorite class taken at CUA: System Dynamics
Favorite extracurricular activity: Ultimate Frisbee, Orientation, and S.O.M.E.
Favorite thing to do on campus: Chill in my hammock
Random fun fact about you: I met my Orientation Advisor in Target before I moved in.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Go to the top of the Washington Monument

 

 Kyle Adair

Hometown: West Windsor, NJ
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Architecture 2016
Favorite class taken at CUA: 3D Animation
Favorite extracurricular activity: Ultimate Frisbee
Favorite thing to do on campus: Hang out with Friends
Favorite thing to do in DC: See the Jefferson Memorial at sunset
Favorite DC restaurant: Nado’s Perri Perri
Describe your Orientation Experience: I remember being overwhelmed by how friendly all the Orientation Advisors were. They cannot possibly talk to every new student on campus, but I know for certain that they all want to. Sometimes it might seem like a bit much, but everyone wants the best for you at CUA.
Random fun fact about you:
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Go to eastern market.
Advice for families and students transitioning into college: Keep your mind open to new opportunities, and don't be afraid to make them happen.
 

 Andrew Anderson

Hometown: Staten Island, NY
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Architecture, 2017
Favorite class taken at CUA: "The Virtues" with President Garvey
Favorite extracurricular activity: Playing piano for adoration
Favorite thing to do on campus: Eat in the Pryz
Favorite thing to do in DC: Cherry Blossom Festival
Favorite DC restaurant: Old Ebbits Grill
Describe your Orientation experience: A time when I saw the values of family and faith that CUA is built on demonstrated for the first time.
Random fun fact about you: I've been to 27 states and on 35 flights
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Go to the top of the Washington Monument
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Welcome to the family! Though this can naturally be a time of nervousness about what is to come, you're about to begin some of the best years of your life! Use these four years to learn the things you love and grow closer to God!
 

 Lizzy Andrew

Hometown: Holland, MI
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Musical Theatre, 2018
Favorite class taken at CUA: Tap
Favorite extracurricular activity: Doing crew for CUA productions
Favorite thing to do on campus: Hang in the music school.
Favorite thing to do in DC: Seeing shows
Favorite DC restaurant: Noosh
Describe your Orientation experience: Orientation really helped me with the transition period, by letting me meet new people.
Random fun fact about you: I am a black belt in Tae Kwon Do
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Go to a Presidental Inaugeration.
Advice to families and new students transitioning into college: Don't think that CUA has to replace everything you knew before, but also make sure you open yourself up to all potential new experiences.
 

 Moira Antall

Hometown: Cleveland OH
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Nursing 2017
Favorite class taken at CUA: Psychology in the Media
Favorite extracurricular activity: Intramural Basketball
Favorite thing to do on campus: Sit in the Pryz
Favorite thing to do in DC: go to the National Mall
Favorite DC restaurant: Baked and Wired
Describe your Orientation experience: As an advisor I was able to really connect with my first year students.
Random fun fact about you: I get sunburned very easily.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Go on a Segway tour
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Relax. It is a stressful experience, but you should make the best of it! Your experience is what you make of it.
 

 Luke Bader

Hometown: Kennett Square, PA
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Politics, 2016
Favorite class taken at CUA: Comparative Politics
Favorite extracurricular activity: Orientation
Favorite thing to do on campus: Hang out or study in the Pryz
Favorite thing to do in DC: Walk the Monuments
Favorite DC restaurant: Tange
Describe your Orientation experience: As a first year, Orientation got me so excited to be independent and figure things out on my own.  As an Orientation Advisor, I love being able to see that same excitement on everyone else.
Random fun fact about you: My hometown is the mushroom capital of the world
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Get an Internship on the Hill.
Advice for families and students transitioning into college: Take advantage of every situation and opportunity that comes your way. CUA and DC have so many great things to offer!
 

 MaryGrace Bangs

Hometown: Canton, CT
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Nursing 2017
Favorite class taken at CUA: Microbiology
Favorite extracurricular activity: Running
Favorite thing to do on campus: Sit/Frisbee with friends outside
Favorite thing to do in DC: Monuments at night
Favorite DC restaurant: Bertucci’s
Describe your Orientation experience: I met so many people and got excited to be at CUA.
Random fun fact about you: I stood 8ft from Pope Francis in Brazil this summer
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Monuments.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: CUA is about to become your home away from home. Get involved, do what you love, and study hard - your college experience is what you make it!
 

 Zach Beckman

Hometown: North Plainfield, NJ
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Politics, May 2017
Favorite extracurricular activity: Jumpstart
Favorite thing to do on campus: Walk campus
Favorite thing to do in DC: Run on the Mall
Favorite DC restaurant: Old Ebbitt Grill
Describe your Orientation experience: I really wish I got the opportunity to experience one here at CUA.
Random fun fact about you: I am not only a student, but a Marine.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Work on Capitol Hill and make connections.
Advice to families and new students transitioning into college: Don't stress! Everything is going to be great because you're a part of a new family.
 

Chris Brecken

Hometown: Mildford, MA
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Mechanical Engineering, 2016
Favorite class taken at CUA: Thermodynamics
Favorite extracurricular activity: Frisbees
Favorite thing to do on campus: Hang out in the Pryz.
Favorite thing to do in DC: Walk around the city.
Favorite DC restaurant: Clydes
Describe your Orientation experience: Helped me make friends I still have going into my senior year.
Random fun fact about you: I was born the same day baseball went on strike.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Get to the top of the Washington Monument
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Don't be nervous, because everyone coming in is in the same position as you. CUA has been great for me and I know it will be a great time for you.
 

 Teddy Bridgeman

Hometown: Scituate, MA
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Business, 2018
Favorite class taken at CUA: Vocation to Business
Favorite extracurricular activity: Intermural Soccer
Favorite thing to do on campus: Go to the Pryz
Favorite thing to do in DC: Go to Georgetown
Favorite DC restaurant: Matchbox
Describe your Orientation experience: Awkward at first but I some of my best friends.
Random fun fact about you: I met Emma Watson on the train once.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate:
Go to the top of the Washington Monument
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: College is awesome! Make sure you are open to all kinds of new people and you will definitely have a great time here!
 

 Terrence Britt

Hometown: Clinton, MD
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Vocal Performance, 2016
Favorite class taken at CUA: Voice Lessons
Favorite extracurricular activity: DREAM Team
Favorite thing to do on campus: Hang with friends
Favorite thing to do in DC: Brunch
Favorite DC restaurant: Lincoln Resturant
Describe your Orientation experience: Meeting new people was awesome!
Random fun fact about you: I sing opera
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Go to DC fashion week.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Be prepared to say the same things about yourself a million times and stay attentive and pay close attention to detail.
 

 Grace Brodeur

Hometown: Old Saybrook, CT
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Engineering, 2018
Favorite class taken at CUA: Engineering 106
Favorite extracurricular activity: Ultimate Frisbee
Favorite thing to do on campus: Walk by the Basilica
Favorite thing to do in DC: Bike around the monuments
Favorite DC restaurant: Matchbox
Describe your Orientation experience: I met some of my best friends at Orientation
Random fun fact about you: I've finished a marathon
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Go to a Black Keys concert
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Sign up for various clubs or activities to find out what interests you. Getting involved help you find new people and passions.
 

 Katie Broshek

Hometown: Huntington, NY   
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Psychology, 2018
Favorite class taken at CUA: Abnormal Psychology
Favorite extracurricular activity: Best Buddies
Favorite thing to do on campus: Give tours with cardinal ambassadors.
Favorite thing to do in DC: Visit the monuments at night
Favorite DC restaurant: Busboys and Poets
Describe your Orientation experience: Helped me to fall in love with CUA!
Random fun fact about you: I spent spring break in Jerusalem.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Concerts on the mall.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Don't panic. Everyone is just as nervous, and be open to new experiences.
 

 Emily Brouch

Hometown: North Wales, PA
Major & Expected Graduation Date: English, 2016
Favorite class taken at CUA: HSPH 204
Favorite extracurricular activity: Writing short stories
Favorite thing to do on campus: Frisbee on the Pryz lawn
Favorite thing to do in DC: Walking around Alexandria
Favorite DC restaurant: J.Paul’s
Random fun fact about you: I went skiing in Utah this winter
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Ride the paddleboats in the Tidal Basin.
 

 Madeline Buday

Hometown: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Major & Expected Graduation Date: English, 2016
Favorite class taken at CUA: Poetry of the World Wars
Favorite extracurricular activity: Renew
Favorite thing to do on campus: Visit Mary’s Garden
Favorite thing to do in DC: Go to Eastern Market
Favorite DC restaurant: Giovanni’s Trattu
Describe your Orientation experience: From being a frightened first year to a rising senior, my Orientation experience has been ongoing and unexpected. I never expected to find a home at CUA, much less be able to welcome others into it. It's an experience that from day one influenced and shaped my life at CUA.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Picnic on the Mall.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Don't worry too much! Enjoy the summer and look forward to a new and exciting experience to come. Worrying won't change anything, other than give you and your parents gray hairs if you aren't careful.
 

 Nicole Bull

Hometown: Woodbine, MD
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Mechanical Engineering, 2016
Favorite class taken at CUA: Engineering Mechanics
Favorite extracurricular activity: Concrete Canoe
Favorite thing to do on campus: Visit Mary’s Garden  
Favorite thing to do in DC: Run
Favorite DC restaurant: Carmines
Describe your Orientation experience: It has been AMAZING!
Random fun fact about you: I have run two marathons.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Run the Cherry Blossom 10K.
Advice to families and new students transitioning into college: Don't worry, this will be fun! We are here for you and can't wait to meet you!
 

 Theresa Button

Hometown: Tallahassee, FL
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Exploratory, 2018
Favorite class taken at CUA: Philosophy
Favorite extracurricular activity: Adventures in the City
Favorite thing to do on campus: Program Board Events
Favorite thing to do in DC: Museums
Favorite DC restaurant: Vapianos
Describe your Orientation experience: Overwhelming but also exciting!
Random fun fact about you: I've swam with mantees.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: See Christmas trees at the Capitol.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Try to focus on the next task, not the entire process all at once. Introduce yourself to as many people as possible!
 

 James Carroll

Hometown: Richboro, PA
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Mechanical Engineering, 2017
Favorite class taken at CUA: Engineering 106
Favorite extracurricular activity: Orientation, duh not even a question
Favorite thing to do on campus: Hanging with friends
Favorite thing to do in DC: Also hang out with friends
Favorite DC restaurant: Clyde's
Describe your Orientation experience: Loved it, could not survive at CUA without it.
Random fun fact about you: I am the third James Carroll in my family.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Rhode Island Challenge
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Just be yourself and get involved as soon as you can.
 

 Danielle Caruccio

Hometown: West Milford, NJ
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Mechanical Engineering, 2017
Favorite class taken at CUA: AutoCAD
Favorite extracurricular activity: Track and Field
Favorite thing to do on campus: Go to the Pryz with my friends
Favorite thing to do in DC: visit the Monuments
Favorite DC restaurant: Legal Seafood
Describe your Orientation experience: It was one of the best experiences I could have asked for.
Random fun fact about you: I fed a sting ray.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Visit the top of the George Washington Monument.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Don't be afraid to branch out and try new things. Take advantage of all the different resources that are made accessible to you.
 

 Jimmy Cassidy

Hometown: Pasadena, MD
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Media Studies, 2018
Favorite class taken at CUA: Intro to Media Studies
Favorite extracurricular activity: Writing for the Tower
Favorite thing to do on campus: Hangout in CV circle
Favorite thing to do in DC: Visiting Monuments/Memorials
Favorite DC restaurant: Justin's
Describe your Orientation experience: Orientation helped me meet people and feel comfortable at school.
Random fun fact about you: My favorite color is GREEN
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: See DC from the top of the Washington Monument
Advice for families and students transitioning into college: Orientation will be what you make of it. The people at CUA prepare a big program to help freshman feel comfortable and excited about being at Catholic.
 

 Grace Castro

Major & Expected Graduation Date: Engineering, 2018
Favorite class taken at CUA: Engineering 106
Favorite extracurricular activity: Ultimate Frisbee
Favorite thing to do on campus: Hang around outside in nice weather
Favorite thing to do in DC: Walk around the Mall
Favorite DC restaurant: Carmines
Describe your Orientation experience: Awesome way to meet new people and get accostumed to CUA
Random fun fact about you: I am terrible with remembering song lyrics, so I make up my own.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Go to the Kennedy Center
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Don't be afraid to go out of your comfort zone and try new things. Explore your own interests and be ready to learn new things.
 

 Natalie Chiappeta

Hometown: 
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Vocal Preformance, 2018
Favorite class taken at CUA: Philosophy
Favorite extracurricular activity: Take Note Acapella
Favorite thing to do on campus: Sledding
Favorite thing to do in DC: Monument hopping
Favorite DC restaurant: Chipotle
Describe your Orientation experience: I loved my OA, Caroline Eldridge
Random fun fact about you: I met Bradley Cooper
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: See the Cherry Blossoms
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Be open minded, relax, and have fun!
 

 Joseph Cihak

Hometown: Corvallis, OR
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Accounting, 2017  
Favorite class taken at CUA: Accounting 305
Favorite extracurricular activity: Swimming
Favorite thing to do on campus: Sleep
Favorite thing to do in DC: Eat
Favorite DC restaurant: All of them
Describe your Orientation experience: Orientation helped me get involved at CUA and I get great joy from helping first years.
Random fun fact about you: My uncle works for the Pope on a consistant basis
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Actually go to one sporting event at the verizon center.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: It is normal to feel uncomfortable, time and friends will help.
 

 Claire Conway

Hometown: Spring City, PA
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Marketing, 2018
Favorite class taken at CUA: Theory and Practice of Management
Favorite extracurricular activity: Program Board
Favorite thing to do on campus: Take walks around campus.
Favorite thing to do in DC: 
Favorite DC restaurant: Ted's Bulletin
Describe your Orientation experience: Orientation helped me find my home at CUA.
Random fun fact about you: I love skydiving
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Take a tour of the Capital Building
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Don't be nervous, everything will work out. Be positive and happy!
 

 Daniel Cooley

Hometown: Benicia, CA
Major & Expected Graduation Date: History, 2017
Favorite class taken at CUA: Calc 3
Favorite extracurricular activity: Sailing Team
Favorite thing to do on campus: Friday Night House Events
Favorite thing to do in DC: Library of Congress
Favorite DC restaurant: Burrito Brothers
Describe your Orientation experience: Moving to the other side of the country by myself was scray at first, but the OA's I met made me feel right at home.
Random fun fact about you: My thumbs are double jointed.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Go to the top of the Washington Monument.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: At CUA there are so many different resources to help you succeed. Reach out and take advantage of them.
 

 Cara Costa

Hometown: Cranford, NJ
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Psychology 2016
Favorite class taken at CUA:
Favorite extracurricular activity: Take Note Acapella
Favorite thing to do on campus: Be an OA
Favorite thing to do in DC: Explore
Favorite DC restaurant: Matchbox
Describe your Orientation experience: I love Orientation because of the never ending energy.  Everyone is so excited to welcome the new first years to CUA. We all love Catholic and we can't wait to show what it has to offer to the new students!
Random fun fact about you: My ancestor was a cardinal in Italy
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Go to the White House.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Attend as many Orientation events as you can! I met my best friend during Orientation and we have been friends ever since!
 

 Georgia Cummins

Hometown: Old Lyme, CT
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Nursing, 2017
Favorite class taken at CUA: Pharmacology
Favorite extracurricular activity: Ronald McDonald House
Favorite thing to do on campus: Starbucks coffee dates
Favorite thing to do in DC: Run around the National Mall
Favorite DC restaurant: Cava Meza for Brunch
Describe your Orientation experience: I learned which older nursing majors I could go to for help. I still go to them even two years later!!
Random fun fact about you: My dream is to deliver a baby by myself
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Watch the sunset at the Lincoln Memorial.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Have an open mind and give everything and everyone a chance. You are at Catholic for a reason!
 

 Emma Dodson

Hometown: Haddonfield NJ
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Psychology 2016
Favorite class taken at CUA: Abnormal Child Psychology
Favorite extracurricular activity: KTG
Favorite thing to do on campus: Starbucks
Favorite thing to do in DC: Run around the national mall
Favorite DC restaurant: Founding Farmers
Describe your Orientation experience: In one word, exciting! Orientation has made me sure of my place at CUA and led me to the most incredible friends. Going into my third year as an OA, I couldn't be more excited to work with a new staff and meet the class of 2019.
Random fun fact about you: I am training for my first half marathon
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Go to eastern market
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Pick one or two things that appeal to you and join them, even if none of your friends are joining a certain club or team, signing up will lead you to great new people with similiar interests that will enhance your college experience! Remember not to become immediately over committed and strive for good grades as a first-year student. Keep and open mind to experience everything DC and CUA have to offer!

 Peter Duval

Hometown: Franklin, MA
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Finance, 2017
Favorite class taken at CUA: Intro to Finance
Favorite extracurricular activity: CUA Swimming
Favorite thing to do on campus: Adorations on Wednesdays
Favorite thing to do in DC: Concerts on The Mall
Favorite DC restaurant: Hill Country BBQ
Describe your Orientation experience: It's the best four days of the year.
Random fun fact about you: I am on the CUA swim team
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Go to Arlington National Cementary
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Just enjoy the moment and make new friends. It's the fastest four years of your life.
 

 Caroline Eldridge

Hometown: Wellesley, MA
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Musical Theatre, 2017
Favorite class taken at CUA: Tap Class
Favorite extracurricular activity: Redline Acappella
Favorite thing to do on campus: Get coffee with friends at Starbucks
Favorite thing to do in DC: The National Cherry Blossom Festival
Favorite DC restaurant: Ted's Bulletin
Describe your Orientation experience: Orientation gave me the family of friends and the jumpstart I needed to start my college career!
Random fun fact about you: I am really good at mimicking animal noises.
One thing to do in DC before you Graduate: Go to every museum.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Jump in with two feet! The best way to start at a new place like CUA is to jump into every experience with enthusiasm and an open mind. You'll soon feel right at home!
 

 David Fisher

Hometown: Highland, MD
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Marketing, 2018
Favorite class taken at CUA: The Virtues with President Garvey
Favorite extracurricular activity: Take Note Acapella
Favorite thing to do on campus: Hangout in the Pryz!
Favorite thing to do in DC: Go to the Capitol building!
Favorite DC restaurant: Shake Shack
 Describe your Orientation experience: Orientation made my transition into CUA smooth and fun.
Random fun fact about you: I've ziplined through the rainforest in Jamaica!
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Watch the sunset from the Lincoln Memorial
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: It's perfectly alright to be a little nervous - but throw yourself into CUA and it will welcome you warmly and with open arms!
 

 Dylan Gallagher

Hometown: Lebanon, NJ
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Architecture 2016
Favorite extracurricular activity: Running Cross Country
Favorite thing to do on campus: Hang out with friends
Favorite thing to do in DC: Go to a Caps game
Favorite DC restaurant: Matchbox
Describe your Orientation experience: I was hesitant to leave high school and head off to college, but once on campus I was welcomed by the Orientation Advisors and instantly felt better. Participating in Orientation was an amazing experience which better prepared me for transitioning into college. It also made me want to be an Orientation Advisor to help others have a smooth transition into Catholic.
Random fun fact about you: I have traveled to 13 countries
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Get a library card from the library of Congress.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: College is an exciting time in one's life. It is a time full of change and new experiences. Although, it may seem a little scary at first, it is a time to take on new challenges, meet new people, and even take risks. CUA has so many opportunities, and in time you will love all that college has to offer.
 

 Jenae Gelpi

Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Nursing, 2017
Favorite class taken at CUA: General Psychology/Health and Wellness 
Favorite extracurricular activity: Going to adoration and working out
Favorite thing to do on campus: Spend time with friends
Favorite thing to do in DC: Explore the city
Favorite DC restaurant: The Hamilton
Describe your Orientation experience: Orientation was a great way to feel at home before classes began.
Random fun fact about you: I have been to 17 states. I'm hoping to get to visit all 50.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate:
Participate in the March For Life - its a very powerful event.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: The CUA community and the friends I made here helped my transition to college a great deal. So put yourself out there, try new things, make new friends and remember you're not alone.
 

 Benjamin Giltner

Hometown: Akron, OH
Major & Expected Graduation Date: International Business, 2018
Favorite class taken at CUA: Vocations of Business
Favorite extracurricular activity: Knights of Columbus
Favorite thing to do on campus: Hang out with friends
Favorite thing to do in DC: Walk around the National Mall
Favorite DC restaurant: Clydes
Describe your Orientation experience: Lots of fun.
Random fun fact about you: I have two little siblings.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Visit every Smithsonian.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Although there's a lot of stress and nerves about the whole experience, its all worth it and all that will fade away as time moves on.
 

 Morgan Gluck

Hometown: Mt. Airy, MD
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Nursing 2017
Favorite class taken at CUA: Microbiology
Favorite extracurricular activity: Ultimate Frisbee
Favorite thing to do on campus: Hang out in the Pryz with friends
Favorite thing to do in DC: Walk around the Mall
Favorite DC restaurant: Wok and Roll
Random fun fact about you: I still sunburn even if I am wearing sun screen
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Get a tour of the White House.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Transitioning to college is a scary time for both students and parents. The goal of the Orientation team is to make that transition easier and to make sure no one's questions go unanswered.
 

 Michael Grossane

Hometown: Merrick, NY
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Electrical Engineering, 2016
Favorite class taken at CUA: Engineering Mechanics 1
Favorite extracurricular activity: Working out
Favorite thing to do on campus: Hang in the Pryz
Favorite thing to do in DC: Visit the monuments
Favorite DC restaurant: Vapiano's
Describe your Orientation experience: I love making new friends and how amazing Catholic is.
Random fun fact about you: My shoe size is 15
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Take a tour of the White House and go to the top of the Washington monument.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college:
 

 Caroline Hall

Hometown: Peekskill, NY
Major & Expected Graduation Date: History, 2018
Favorite class taken at CUA: Psychology 201
Favorite extracurricular activity: Crew
Favorite thing to do on campus: Hang out with friends
Favorite thing to do in DC: Go to museums
Favorite DC restaurant: Founding Farmers
Describe your Orientation experience: I was terrified!
Random fun fact about you: I know a lot of fun facts
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Run around the monuments
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Everyone is as scared as you are. You're all in the same boat.
 

 Rebeckah Hansen

Hometown: Lanoka Harbor, NJ
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Business Management, 2016
Favorite class taken at CUA: Business Ethics
Favorite extracurricular activity: Orientation
Favorite thing to do on campus: Hang out in OCA
Favorite thing to do in DC: Running the National Mall.
Favorite DC restaurant: Old Ebbits Grill
Describe your Orientation experience: I was very nervous for my first-year Orientation experience, but I was able to learn a lot about the University and make lasting connections that have helped to make CUA my home.
Random fun fact about you: I was born in Hawaii.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Cherry Blossoms in the Spring.
Advice for families and new students who are transitioning into college: Take advantage of the resources that are offered to you.

 

 Alexandra Harper

Hometown: Owings, MD
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Elementary Education, 2017
Favorite class taken at CUA: Spanish 113
Favorite extracurricular activity: Dancing
Favorite thing to do on campus: Laua Palooza
Favorite thing to do in DC: Cherry Blossom Festival
Favorite DC restaurant: Vapiano's
Describe your Orientation experience: My favorite part was Metro Madness
Random fun fact about you: I lived in Germany
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Zumba on the Mall.
Advice to families and new students transitioning into college: We all have been in the same position before, so don't be nervous, you're going to have a great time!
 

  Natalie Hurst

Hometown: 
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Politics/Pre-Law, 2018
Favorite class taken at CUA: Abraham Lincoln - History & Memory
Favorite extracurricular activity: Habitat for Humanity
Favorite thing to do on campus: Hangout with friends
Favorite thing to do in DC: Running the National Mall.
Favorite DC restaurant: Founding Farmers
Describe your Orientation experience: I met my best friend at Orientation
Random fun fact about you: I am a gum addict (one pack a day).
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Tour the White House
Advice for families and new students who are transitioning into college: Plan everything (especially packing) in advance and sign up for everything!
 

 Alyssa Jespersen     

Hometown: Montgomery Village, MD
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Biology, 2016
Favorite class taken at CUA: Genetics
Favorite thing to do on campus: Hang out with friends
Favorite thing to do in DC: Go to the zoo
Favorite DC restaurant: Cactus Cantina
Random fun fact about you: I love football
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Go to the library of congress.
 

 Bridget King

Hometown: State College, PA
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Economics, 2018
Favorite class taken at CUA: Econ 101
Favorite extracurricular activity: Running
Favorite thing to do on campus: Picnic on Basilica Lawn
Favorite thing to do in DC: Run on the Mall
Favorite DC restaurant: Ted's Bulletin
Describe your Orientation experience: Energizing new beginning
Random fun fact about you: I am ran in the Cherry Blossom 10 miler.
One thing to do in DC before you Garduate: Visit the French Embassy.
Advice for families and students transitioning into college: Don't be afraid to introduce yourself to new people. Sit down with people at lunch. Everyone is in the same boat.

 

 Carrie Kirby

Hometown: Attleboro, MA
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Musical Theater, 2018
Favorite class taken at CUA: Combined Chorus and Ballet
Favorite extracurricular activity: Redline Acappella
Favorite thing to do on campus: Picking up packages in McMahon
Favorite thing to do in DC: Wander up and down the mall and go to museums
Favorite DC restaurant: Nando's peri-peri chicken
Describe your Orientation experience: IT WAS EPICALLY FUN AND AMAZING!!
Random fun fact about you: I've been homeschooled my whole life (until now).
Advice for families and students transitioning into college: It's okay to be nervous about starting this new chapter, but don't let that stop you from having the time of your life at Orientation! Make new friends, go to all the events, and don't forget - "Adventure is out there!"
 

 Mary Lastowka     

Hometown: Brookhaven, PA
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Politics, 2016
Favorite class taken at CUA: European Culture
Favorite extracurricular activity: CUA Catholic Daughters of America
Favorite thing to do on campus: CU Saturdays
Favorite thing to do in DC: Hear different speakers/see monuments
Favorite DC restaurant: Shakeshack
Describe your Orientation experience: So grateful to be a part of Orientation again! Welcome Class of 2019!!
Random fun fact about you: I have been to every country of my heritage.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: get a library card from the Library of Congress.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Get involved in extra curricular activites and group on campus. Talk to your professors! They love sharing their knowledge with you.
 

 Alexandra Law

Hometown: Yardley, PA
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Elementary Education, 2018
Favorite class taken at CUA: French
Favorite extracurricular activity: DC Reads
Favorite thing to do on campus: Friday Nights at the House
Favorite thing to do in DC: Go to concerts
Favorite DC restaurant: Shake Shack
Describe your Orientation Experience: I met a ton of great people
Random fun fact about you: My favorite band is the Black Keys
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Go to the top of the Washington Monument.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Take every chance you get to meet new people.  They could be the ones to help you find your place at CUA!
 

 Michael Maldonado

Hometown: Metairie, LA
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Politics, 2018
Favorite class taken at CUA: American Government
Favorite extracurricular activity: Cross Country
Favorite thing to do on campus: Go to the Basilica
Favorite thing to do in DC: Visit National Portrait Gallery
Favorite DC restaurant: Vapianos
Describe your Orientation experience: I had an experience that made me feel like I was at home.
Random fun fact about you: I love to zip-line.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Get a tour of the White House
Advice for families and students transitioning into college: Be open to all the opportunities here on campus and make the most your time. Also keep in touch with family and give them a call every now and then.
 

 Sally Margarit

Hometown: St. Paul, MN
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Nursing, 2018
Favorite class taken at CUA: Anatomy and Physiology
Favorite extracurricular activity: Running
Favorite thing to do on campus: Sleep
Favorite thing to do in DC: Eat at all the different resturants
Favorite DC restaurant: Vapianos
Describe your Orientation experience: It's great!
Random fun fact about you: I am training for a triathlon in July
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Run the Mall
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Enjoy your time together, you will miss your parents when they are gone!
 

 Bryna Masarik

Hometown: Neptune, NJ
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Business Marketing, 2017
Favorite class taken at CUA: Intro to Digital Art and Design
Favorite extracurricular activity: Dance
Favorite thing to do on campus: Study on the Basillica lawn
Favorite thing to do in DC: Go to the Mall
Favorite DC restaurant: The Diner
Describe your Orientation experience: amazing, unforgettable
Random fun fact about you: I am a scuba diver
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Go to the Cherry Blossoms
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Don't worry about the transition. Orientation makes it impossible to start school without friends and you won't even notice your parents are gone.
 

 Dennis Marsh

Hometown: Clifton Park, NY
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Business Management, 2016
Favorite class taken at CUA: Accounting 305
Favorite extracurricular activity: CUA Golf Club
Favorite thing to do on campus: Movies on the Mall
Favorite thing to do in DC: Visit all the monuments
Favorite DC restaurant: Vapiano’s
Describe your Orientation experience: I came into Orientation nervous about whether or not I would make any friends right away. I tried to go to all the Orientation events that were going on so I could get the most out of it and it made me feel more comfortable overall.
Random fun fact about you: I make YouTube videos
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Record a viral video in front of all the monuments.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: There is no need to be worried! The transition into college is an exciting new experience for both parents and students and everyone here at CUA is super welcoming and are excited that you chose Catholic as your home for the next four years. You're going to love it!
 

 Adrianna Matyas

Hometown: Manasquan, NJ
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Architecture, 2016
Favorite class taken at CUA: Vocational Psychology
Favorite extracurricular activity: Sailing Team
Favorite thing to do on campus: People watch at the Pryz
Favorite thing to do in DC: go to the National Mall
Favorite DC restaurant: Matchbox
Describe your Orientation experience: My older sister was an OA, so a ton of other OAs immediately knew me, but I also ended up meeting some of my best friends at school both in my major and outside of it! Very helpful! Knowing some older peers helped my first days go much smoother.
Random fun fact about you: I went to India my senior year of high school
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Go to the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: It is important to remember that it is a transition for everyone in the family and it absolutely takes some time to figure it all out.  First years do yourself a favor, text mom every once in a while to let her know how you are doing! But most importantly, enjoy this new experience and soak up every minute of it!
 

 Maggie McCabe

Hometown: North Wales, PA
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Nursing, 2016
Favorite class taken at CUA: Spanish 107
Favorite extracurricular activity: Redline Acappella
Favorite thing to do on campus: Go to the sporting events
Favorite thing to do in DC: Try new restaurants
Favorite DC restaurant: Shophouse
Describe your Orientation experience: Fun, awkward, a little scary
Random fun fact about you: I am related to Joseph Gordon Levitt
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Rent Capitol Bike Share
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Parents - don't hover. Students - call your parents within the first week and every week.
 

 JP McPherson

Hometown: Clarksburg, MD
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Computer Science, 2017
Favorite class taken at CUA: Java Programming
Favorite extracurricular activity: Intramural Soccer
Favorite thing to do on campus: Open Mic Nights
Favorite thing to do in DC: Walk the Tidal Basin
Favorite DC restaurant: Fago de Chao
Describe your Orientation experience: I was nervous, excited, and completely lost, but I had great OAs.
Random fun fact about you: I spent 11 weeks in China
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Go to the Newseum.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Take advantage of the many resources provided and ask questions!!
 

 Alexandra Morrison

Hometown: Cumberland, ME
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Accounting, 2017
Favorite class taken at CUA: Financial Accounting
Favorite extracurricular activity: Orientation
Favorite thing to do on campus: Working at OCA
Favorite thing to do in DC: Try new resturants
Favorite DC restaurant: Ted's Bulletin
Describe your Orientation experience: It was an incredible experience in which I learned a lot about myself and CUA.
Random fun fact about you: I accidently introduced myself to President Garvey on the first day of Orientation
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Tour of the White House.
Advice to families and new students transitioning into college: Embrace everything! Do anything and everything that you possibly can!
 

 Kevin Motylinski

Hometown: Shamong, NJ
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Mechanical Engineering, 2017
Favorite class taken at CUA: Auto-CAD
Favorite extracurricular activity: Ultimate Frisbee
Favorite thing to do on campus: Throw a frisbee on the Law School lawn.
Favorite thing to do in DC: Midnight Monuments
Favorite DC restaurant: Bus Boys and Poets
Describe your Orientation experience: It was great to meet new people and start college on a good note.
Random fun fact about you: Spent two weeks backpacking in the wilderness  
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Go to the top of the Washington Monument.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: College is fun! So have fun!
 

 Kim Myers

Hometown: Queens, NY
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Nursing, 2017
Favorite class taken at CUA: Nursing Applications
Favorite extracurricular activity: Habitat for Humanity
Favorite thing to do on campus: 9pm mass at St. Vinnys
Favorite thing to do in DC: Go to a Nats game
Favorite DC restaurant: Ted Bulletins
Describe your Orientation experience: I loved meeting new people at all the events!
Random fun fact about you: I am going on a mission trip to Belize
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Tour the White House and Pentagon
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Don't wait to get involved. Find a club/organization where you feel at home because it will make being away from home that much easier.
 

 Kateri Noble

Hometown: Monroe Township, NJ
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Psychology, 2016
Favorite class taken at CUA: Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Favorite extracurricular activity: Orientation!
Favorite thing to do on campus: spend time outside with friends.
Favorite thing to do in DC: Walk along the National Mall
Favorite DC restaurant: Vapiano’s
Describe your Orientation experience: My Orientation experience was a whirlwind. I was introduced to so many people and to so much information in only a short amount of time, but everything came together to bring me into my new home at CUA.
Random fun fact about you: I can play the piano by ear.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Go to the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Embrace this new chapter of your lives! You will grow in ways you never expected, and you will become better people because of it. One of the most important things to remember is to be open to new experience; you never know what (or who) might change your life!
 

 Meredith O’Connell

Hometown: Albany, NY
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Anthropology, 2016
Favorite class taken at CUA: Washington 101
Favorite extracurricular activity: Cardinal Ambassadors
Favorite thing to do on campus: CU Saturdays
Favorite thing to do in DC: Any sporting event
Favorite DC restaurant: Jaleo
Describe your Orientation experience: So excited to meet the first years!
Random fun fact about you: I was varsity bowler in high school.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Watch the sunrise over the Cherry Blossoms.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: The most important thing is to relax and take it one thing at a time.
 

 Maribel Okiye

Hometown: St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Biochemistry, 2018
Favorite class taken at CUA: Chemistry
Favorite extracurricular activity: Spanish Club/Sports
Favorite thing to do on campus: Go to the Pryz and watch everyone.
Favorite thing to do in DC: Take self guided tours
Favorite DC restaurant: &Pizza
Describe your Orientation experience: It was definitely the most memorable experience of Freshman Year.
Random fun fact about you: I can wiggle my ears...
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Watch a ballet.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Take college a day at a time, and take advantage of every opportunity. Trust yourself, because you are going to be your biggest critic in college.
 

 Bailey Piazza

Hometown: Harleysville, PA
Major & Expected Graduation Date: International Business, 2017
Favorite class taken at CUA: Mandarin Chinese
Favorite extracurricular activity: College Republicans
Favorite thing to do on campus: Explore and Instagram secret corner of campus.
Favorite thing to do in DC: Attend free concerts
Favorite DC resturant: Rasika
Describe your Orientation experience: Loud and crazy.
Random fun fact about you: I've been in the fastest elevator in the world in Taipei.
One thing to do in DC before you graduate: Have a conversation with a Chinese tourist, in Chinese.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Take risks. Be bold. Be passionate.
 

 Brie Pickeral

Hometown: Huntingtown, MD
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Secondary Education and English, 2017  
Favorite class taken at CUA: Darma and Chaucer Age
Favorite extracurricular activity: Dance Team
Favorite thing to do on campus: Play games and sports on the law school lawn
Favorite thing to do in DC: Explore, adventures
Favorite DC restaurant: Vapianos
Describe your Orientation experience: It's a great way to meet new people! They become some of your best friends!
Random fun fact about you: I'm going out of the country for the time this summer to Ireland!
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Step foot inside the White House.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: CUA is a very welcoming environment which students truly call their home. The students and staff are always here to help everyone and it's a great atmosphere.
 

 Wendy Reyes

Hometown: Silverspring, MD
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Biomedical Engineering, 2018
Favorite class taken at CUA: Biology
Favorite extracurricular activity: Emerging Leadership Program
Favorite thing to do on campus: Read, nap, and do HW at Mullen, or just hangout with friends.
Favorite thing to do in DC: Walk/tour
Favorite DC restaurant: Froyo - everywhere (Sweetfrog)
Describe your Orientation experience: I really got to see the amazing personalities of CUA which helped me feel highly welcomed.
Random fun fact about you: I am a first generation college student.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Go up the Washington Monument.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: College isn't as scary as high school says it will be.  It will be challenging, but there are people at CUA waiting for you to say "help".
 

 Monica Rivera

Hometown: Pembroke Pines, FL
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Elementary Education, 2016
Favorite class taken at CUA: Washington 101
Favorite extracurricular activity: Leading Renew
Favorite thing to do on campus: People watch and meet new people!
Favorite thing to do in DC: Explore and go on adventures 
Favorite DC restaurant: Momiji
Describe your Orientation experience: A very fun, informational, and exciting few days.
Random fun fact about you: Spanish was my first learned language.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Airplane spotting by the Potomac.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Remain strong in your values and beliefs but don't be scared of growth, change, and trying new things! Get out of your comfort zone! You'll be surprised at what can happen!
 

 Becca Rizkalla

Hometown: Germantown, MD
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Psychology, 2018
Favorite class taken at CUA: Arabic
Favorite extracurricular activity:
Favorite thing to do on campus: Eating
Favorite thing to do in DC: Monumenting
Favorite DC restaurant: Vapiano's
Describe your Orientation experience: I am so excited to help freshmen transition and make them feel welcome, just like it did for me.
Random fun fact about you: I have a twin
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Tour the White House
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: College is a huge transition, but here at Catholic we try to make it one of the easiest and stressfree transitions.  It is also a good time to branch out and meet new people.
 

 Meg Ross

Hometown: Havertown, PA
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Architecture, 2016
Favorite class taken at CUA: Studio 202
Favorite extracurricular activity: Habitat for Humanity
Favorite thing to do on campus: Play Ships and Sailors on the lawn.
Favorite thing to do in DC: Visit the Lincoln Memorial
Favorite DC restaurant: Vapianos
Describe your Orientation experience: Catholic is not just my school, but my home. We are all a family here, and Orientation is definitely the reason I have come to love this place so much.
Random fun fact about you: I took Prom pictures at Home Depot… Twice
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Meet someone from all 50 States.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Don't be afraid to join that club or take that class, or play on that team that you were thinking about. This is a fresh start and the chance to do all that you wanted in life. Don't let what you did in high school define what you will do here. This is your chance to make the most out of what you want to do. And don't forget to call your parents because they love you.

 

 Christian Sapienza

Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Marketing, 2016
Favorite class taken at CUA: Philosophy of God
Favorite extracurricular activity: Rugby
Favorite thing to do on campus: Play guitar in CV
Favorite thing to do in DC: Ride bikes around the Mall
Favorite DC restaurant: McDonalds
Describe your Orientation experience: My OA is my best friend and I am the best man in his wedding so....
Random fun fact about you: I ran a marathon in 4 hours 05 minutes 31 seconds.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Play music for money in the city.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Be you and be that well.  Don't be afraid to put yourself out there.
 

 MaryKate Selgrath

Hometown: Horsham, PA
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Civil Engineering and Architecture, 2019
Favorite class taken at CUA: Architecture 201
Favorite extracurricular activity: Kappa Tau Gamma
Favorite thing to do on campus: Eat lunch outside
Favorite thing to do in DC: Go to the museums
Favorite DC restaurant: The Front Page
Describe your Orientation experience: A leap of faith
Random fun fact about you: I was a pescetarian for 4 years
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Go to the top of the Washington Monument
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and participate in as many activities as possible.
 

 Taylor Sias

Hometown: Flemington, NJ
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Spanish for International Service, 2016
Favorite class taken at CUA: The Habsburg Dynasty in Spain
Favorite extracurricular activity: Spanish Club
Favorite DC restaurant: La Tasca
Describe your Orientation experience: It was good! It was through Orientaiton that I met some of my good friends who helped me transition easier into college life. Orientation helped me get to know the university and make those first few weeks easier.
Random fun fact about you: I have danced with gypsies in the mountains of southern Spain
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Run the National Mall.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Getting involved on campus helped make my transition easier. By making friends through the clubs I joined and the activities I did made CUA feel more like home and helped me get past some of the hardest parts of the first weeks. And while it was hard to be away from my family, they were happy knowing that I had made a bunch of friends and was happy overall.
 

 PJ Smith

Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Mechanical Engineering, 2017
Favorite class taken at CUA: ENGR 106
Favorite extracurricular activity: Ultimate Frisbee
Favorite thing to do on campus: Hangout with friends
Favorite thing to do in DC: Smithsonian Museums
Favorite DC restaurant: Matchbox
Describe your Orientation experience: I got to meet a lot of people which made the transition easier.
Random fun fact about you: I'm double jointed in nine fingers.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Take a tour of the White House.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Go to as many Orientation events as you can. It really helps you meet people and feel more comfortable walking around the school.
 

 Julia Skellie

Hometown: Landrum, South Carolina
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Nursing, 2018
Favorite class taken at CUA: Microbiology
Favorite extracurricular activity: Working at J Crew
Favorite thing to do on campus: Sitting on the benches
Favorite thing to do in DC: Visit the museums
Favorite DC restaurant: Absolute Thai
Describe your Orientation experience: Exciting, fun, lovely!
Random fun fact about you: I work at J Crew
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Tour the White House
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Just relax and have fun! If you're nervous, make a friend!
 

 Madeline Steuber

Hometown: Doylestown, PA
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Politics and Middle Eastern Studies, 2017  
Favorite class taken at CUA: International Relations of East Asia
Favorite extracurricular activity: Running and yoga
Favorite thing to do on campus: Lounge with friends in Pryz.
Favorite thing to do in DC: Run Potamac
Favorite DC restaurant: Pinstripes in Georgetown
Describe your Orientation experience: Orientation was four fast days of beginning again and fun times!
Random fun fact about you: I sat in Katie Couric's desk.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: A monument night cruise on the Potamac.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: It's no secret the first few weeks will be full of change. Embrace everything; have an open mind because this is the opportunity to start over and be whoever you want to be.
 

 Maddie Strack

Hometown: Merrick, NY
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Nursing, 2016
Favorite class taken at CUA: Pathophysiology
Favorite extracurricular activity: Orientation
Favorite thing to do on campus: Starbucks
Favorite thing to do in DC: Shop in Georgetown
Favorite DC restaurant: Rosa Mexicana
Describe your Orientation experience: Awesome experience meeting new people as a first year, even better as an OA!
Random fun fact about you: I gave up coffee for lent and I never went back.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Go to November Project DC.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Open yourself up to all new opportunities because they may turn out to be the best things that ever happened to you.
 

 Matt Suhosky

Hometown: Huntingtown, MD
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Politics, 2018
Favorite class taken at CUA: Intro to American Government
Favorite extracurricular activity: Travelling
Favorite thing to do on campus: Go to Pryz with friends
Favorite thing to do in DC: Visit the Supreme Court
Favorite DC restaurant: Vapianos
Describe your Orientation experience: I loved it.
Random fun fact about you: I failed my driving test five times before passing.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Sit in on a Supreme Court case.
Advice to families and new students transitioning into college: It is not as difficult as you think. YOu will be fine! It's all about your attitude!
 

 Michael Thorsen

Hometown: Edison, NJ
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Psychology, 2016
Favorite class taken at CUA: American Sign Language 101
Favorite extracurricular activity: Habitat for Humanity
Favorite thing to do on campus: Go to random CUA events
Favorite thing to do in DC: Find new restaurants
Favorite DC restaurant: Capitol City Cheesecake
Describe your Orientation experience: An easy and fun way to connect with a ton of awesome people.
Random fun fact about you: I am Mr. CUA!
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Visit in Exorcism room.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Don't worry or stress about starting college - just enjoy Orientation weekend and welcome to CUA!
 

 Gerard Tuckey

Hometown: Commack, NY
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Politics, 2017
Favorite class taken at CUA: History of the British Empire
Favorite extracurricular activity: Knights of Columbus
Favorite thing to do on campus: Get my mail
Favorite thing to do in DC: Go to the Mall at night
Favorite DC restaurant: B - Too
Describe your Orientation experience: It was a very easing, welcoming experience.
Random fun fact about you: I am an only child
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Hear oral arguments at the Supreme Court
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: There is no need for anxiety or hesitation about the transition.  The CUA community is extremely welcoming.
 

 Laurel Van Scoy

Hometown: Denver, CO
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Architecture, 2018
Favorite class taken at CUA: HSTR 204
Favorite extracurricular activity: Ultimate Frisbee
Favorite thing to do on campus: Throw a frisbee on the law school lawn
Favorite thing to do in DC: Eat at all of the delicious monuments
Favorite DC restaurant: Food Trucks (or bust)
Describe your Orientation experience: Orientation is not only a time to welcome first years into the CUA community but also to strengthen that community by building a camaraderie with our fellow student leaders. The whole experience is invaluable and trule makes CUA a home.
Random fun fact about you: My high school recently renovated its cafeteria by using my design.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Go to the top of the basilica tower.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Smile, be friendly, and meet as many people as you can. CUA has so many opportunityies to offer and there are so many friendly and welcoming people, that if you keep an open mind and get involved, CUA will become your home so quickly, you won't even realized what happened.
 

 James Walsh

Hometown: Nesconset, NY
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Civil Engineering, 2018
Favorite class taken at CUA: Engineering 201, Solid Mechanics
Favorite extracurricular activity: Ultimate Frisbee
Favorite thing to do on campus: Play basketball on CV court
Favorite DC restaurant: Busboys and Poets
Describe your Orientation experience: A welcoming transition and perfect start to college.
Random fun fact about you: Italian dinners are my favorite (especially lasagna).
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: See a Washington Wizards game.
Advice to families and new students transitioning into college: Embrace the experience, be engaged in all the events and be open to all the advice given to you, by the faculty and OA staff.
 

 Cahlia Walton

Hometown: Mount Vernon, NY
Major & Expected Graduation Date: International Business, 2017
Favorite class taken at CUA: French 204
Favorite extracurricular activity: DREAM Team and Pure Alignment
Favorite thing to do on campus: Go to Dance rehearsal.
Favorite thing to do in DC: Go to museums
Favorite DC restaurant: Ted's Bulletin
Describe your Orientation experience: It was so much fun and I loved meeting people.
Random fun fact about you: Travelled to over 7 countries and 3 continents.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Run on the National Mall.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Going away to college is scary, but as long as you are open to new people and things than you will be fine.
 

 James Wronski

Hometown: Meriden CT
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Media Studies, 2016  
Favorite class taken at CUA: Philosophy of Art
Favorite extracurricular activity: Habitat for Humanity
Favorite thing to do on campus: Sleeping
Favorite thing to do in DC: Tourist Watching/Biking
Favorite DC restaurant: Wise Guy’s Pizza
Describe your Orientation experience: Orientation really prepared me well for college.
Random fun fact about you: I have been to Disney World over 23 times.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Cherry Blossom festival.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: Relax and be open. The college transition can be a stressful time, but staying open to all that CUA can offer is the best way to get the most out of college.
 

 Catie Ziesmer

Hometown: Wall, NJ
Major & Expected Graduation Date: Art History, 2018
Favorite class taken at CUA: Italian
Favorite extracurricular activity: S.O.M.E.
Favorite thing to do on campus: Hide and seek in the stacks
Favorite thing to do in DC: Go to the National Gallery.
Favorite DC resturant: Chinatown Express
Describe your Orientation experience: Extremely fun to meet so many new people so quickly.
Random fun fact about you: I am afraid of dolphins.
One thing to do in D.C. before you Graduate: Meet a Capitals hockey player.
Advice to families and new students transitioning into college: Be open to any new opportunity because you never know who you'll meet or if you'll love the experience.
 

 Brigitte Zschech

Hometown: Haddonfield, NJ
Major & Expected Graduation Date: International Business/German Studies, 2017
Favorite class taken at CUA: Architecture Studio
Favorite extracurricular activity: German Club
Favorite thing to do on campus: movies on the mall
Favorite thing to do in DC: Karoke
Favroite DC Restaurant: Matchbox
Describe your Orientation experience: I never realized that one program could have such a great impact on me. 
Random fun fact about you: I sleepwalk, and sometimes hold full conversation while doing so.
One thing to do in D.C before you Graduate: Go to a National Mall concert.
Advice for families and new students transitioning into college: College is always described as your transition into adulthood, embrace it more as a learning experience to balancing your child side with more adult opportunities.