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 Cardinal Challenge 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 

Steve Kreider - Director of Campus Activities

Steve returns to the Office of Campus Activities as the Director after previously serving from 2006-2015 in various roles in OCA. Since leaving OCA, he has been working at Anne Arundel Community College in the Office of Student Engagement working primarily with the student organizations providing leadership training, logistical and event planning support, and financial management. He is excited to return to OCA and CUA to serve as the Director of a great department and looks forward to getting back into the feel of everything CUA. Attending Penn State for his undergraduate degree and The University of Memphis for his graduate degree Steve has a variety of experiences including residence life, student conduct, leadership development, and of course campus activities. Outside of work Steve is very actively involved regionally and nationally with Ultimate Frisbee playing, coaching, and serving as a head referee for DC's professional team. Steve and his wife have 2 adorable puppies who want everyone to follow them on instagram at @taleswithwalter and @doodlewithlillian.

 

 Meet the Student Coordinators

Kaitlin Shanahan

PJ Connolly

Kaitlin is a junior Civil Engineering major from Floral Park, New York. In addition to her involvement in the Orientation program, Kaitlin is also a Cardinal Ambassador and a tutor for the Center for Academic Success. Kaitlin is very excited to be able to contribute further to Orientation as one of the 2018 Student Coordinators. Orientation is the first impression that a first year student gets of his or her new home, and being a part of the Orientation staff means getting to make sure that this initial interaction is stellar. Kait’s advice for new students is to “really take advantage of everything offered during the four days of Orientation—you only get to experience it once as a new student. There are so many resources available to make sure that your transition into your new home is smooth. Finally, remember that all it takes to make a new friend is saying hello!”

PJ is a senior Psychology major from Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania. Along with Orientation, he loves to sing alongide his friends in Redline A Cappella, and coordinate events and campaigns with the Dean of Students Office's PEERS Team (Peer Educators Empowering Respectful Students). As Student Coordinator, he strives to instill in all incoming students a sense of belonging, purpose, and enthusiasm for growth. He has this piece of advice to offer for his fellow Cards: “The world is going to throw a lot at you, and sometimes it will throw everything all at once. It will not slow down and wait for you to catch up, it will not give you any free passes, and it will never adapt to your needs--unless you command it to do so. The world is also never going to be as resilient as you are. By pausing, reading a situation, putting away any fear of asking for help, and employing critical thinking, you can solve any one problem. And once that one problem is solved, you can move onto the next one, and the next one, and before long, the world won't be able to keep up with you.”

 

 

2018 Orientation Advisors

 

Saad Abed

Saad is a Senior marketing major from Jubail, Saudi Arabia. He encourages you to attend the Cherry Blossom Festival one year before you graduate. Saad wants new students to remember that "everything will be okay, and you will have a lot of fun!

 

 Abby Anderko

Abby is a Sophomore history major from Monroe, NJ. On campus, she enjoys writing for the Tower Newspaper and attending Program Board events. Abby's favorite part of living in DC is that you'll have access to everything from museums to monuments, and everything in between! She wants you to remember that "it's okay to feel homesick for the first couple of weeks, but dont' let that stop you from going out and exploring your new home!"

 

Cecilia Bracey

Cecilia is a Sophomore musical theatre major from Frederick, MD. She loves getting to see all of the musicals being done on campus by the music school, plus other groups. According to Cecilia, you definitely should check out the Cherry Blossom Festival before graduating. Her advice to new students is to "say hi to everyone you meet on campus."

 

Billy Braungart

Billy is a Senior Biology major from Niskayuna, NY. His favorite thing to do on campus is play lacrosse, as he is a member of Catholic's men's lacrosse team, and he encourages you to visit all of the national monuments before you graduate. Billy's advice for new students is "try to experience as much of Washington as possible. Don't stay on campus for four years and never visit everything DC has to offer."

 

Kevin Budd

Kevin is a Senior International Economics and Finance and Psychology double major from Florham Park, NJ. He enjoys being on the swimming and track teams, and he thinks that the best part of living in DC is all of the comedy shows, performances, and concerts constantly happening. Kevin's tip for new students is to "learn as many names as possible, meet as many new people as you can, and try new things!"

 

 

Leigh Calotta

Leigh is a Senior nursing major from Princeton, NJ. Her favorite thing to do on campus is sit outside with friends and a huge iced coffee on a sunny day, and she's a big fan of all of the history and culture in DC. Before you graduate, you definitely should go to a snazzy brunch. Leigh's advice to incoming students is "take in this experience. Make new friends, join clubs, try something new, take lots of pictures, be friendly! Really take control of this experience and don't be scared!"

 

Nolan Cavallaro

Nolan is a Sophomore psychological and brain sciences major from North Andover, MA. On campus, he always likes to talk to Momma, one of the Public Safety Assistants stationed in Flather. He enjoys going to all different food trucks around DC, and before you graduate you should try to go to every museum possible. Nolan's advice to incoming students is that "snow days happen" when you least expect it!

 

 Lauren Crowley

Lauren is a Junior nursing major from Lincoln University, PA. While on campus, she likes to hang out with friends in Starbucks. Lauren enjoys getting to explore different parts of DC, and thinks that the city is particularly beautiful at night. Lauren's advice to incoming students is to "enjoy every moment and not be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone."

 

Gillian Curley

Gillian is a Junior elementary education major from Damascus, MD. Her favorite part of living in DC is going to Dupont Circle (and more specifically, Crepeaway). Gillian thinks that everyone needs to see the monuments at night before graduating. A tip from Gillian to all new students is to "call home whenever you can;" your families miss you!

 

 

Alex Davis

Alex is a Senior musical theater major from Lancaster, PA. The best part of living in DC, according to Alex, is the amazing theater scene, along with the myriad of other free events. He wants you to go night monumenting at some point during your next four years at Catholic. Alex's advice to new students is to "be yourself , enjoy and cherish the time you'll have here. Make sure to branch out and meet people, but don't overextend yourself!"

 

Olivia Davis

Liv is a Junior psychology major from Bowie, MD. She loves all of the museums in DC, and she wants you to make sure to slide down the ramps of the Lincoln Memorial before you graduate. Liv's advice to new students is to start conversations and make friends by asking questions!

 

 

Arthur Dedoulis

Arthur is a Senior finance major from Washington, D.C. Some of his favorite things to do on campus are study, be an Orientation Advisor, and take exams that he has studied for. One thing all students should do before they graduate is study in the Law School Library. His advice for new students is to "be sure to study a lot; it is super important." Also, feel free to add him on LinkedIn.

 

Mary Delaney

Mary is a Senior finance major from Staten Island, NY. She enjoys building for Habitat for Humanity as a member of the campus community and loves living in DC because she can go on so many adventures with friends. Before you graduate you should make an effort to wake up early once and see the cherry blossoms at sunrise. Mary's advice to incoming students is "try as many new things as possible when you get here."

 

 

Molly Delorey

Molly is a Junior marketing major from Weymouth, MA. She loves that on campus there are always so many events going on, just as there are always a myriad of events taking place in DC. Before you graduate, you should definitely bike the monuments. Molly's advice to first year students is "be open-minded. A lot of things may change throughout first semester and freshman year as a whole."

 

Brendan Dillon

Brendan is a Junior international economics and finance major from Cranston, RI. He can be found napping anywhere and everywhere on campus, and his favorite part of living in DC is the Red Line. Before you graduate you should definitely eat lunch at the Jefferson Memorial. Finally, Brendan's advice to incoming students is to "take Professor Henderson's politics class!"

Sam Durnbaugh

Sam is a Junior nursing major from Laurel, MD. On sunny days on campus, she likes to picnic outside with friends and food, and she enjoys going to all of the cool coffee shops around DC. Sam's advice to new students during their transition is to "be comfortable being uncomfortable. Don't be afraid to try new things and meet new people."

 

Marie Erickson

Marie is a Junior secondary education english major from Pittsburg, PA. The best part of living in DC, according to Marie, is the easy access to all of the free events going on--just google "things to do in DC this weekend" for a bunch of ideas. Before you graduate, you should try to tour the White House. Marie's advice to new students is to "be patient and give yourself time to feel comfortable. It won't be instantaneous, but with a little time, Catholic U will become a home for you."

 

Sarah Erickson - Team Captain 

Sarah is a Junior politics/pre-law major from Scottsdale, AZ. Her favorite thing to do on campus is sit in the crypt of the Basilica, and she's super grateful for all of the coffee shops in DC. Before the end of your time at Catholic U, Sarah encourages you to visit the botanical gardens. Finally, her advice to incoming students is "get your metro card to automatically refill."

 

Christina Fairbanks

Christina is a Senior nursing major from Potoniac, MD. On campus, she enjoys heading over to the Basilica to walk around, and her favorite part of DC is all the cool food that's available. Christina's advice to first year students is to "be yourself and keep in touch with your families."

 

Erica Farrell

Erica is a Sophomore social work major from Elicott City, MD. She loves making a midnight run to the P.O.D. market for ice cream, and you definitely should watch the sunrise on the reflecting pool, according to Erica. Her words of wisdom to first year students are "to remember that although the transition may not be seamless, don't be afraid to call home! Everyone at Catholic wants you to succeed in this exciting time of transitioning."

 

Juliana Fitzsimmons

Juliana is a Sophomore architecture major from Gaithersburg, MD. Her favorite thing to do on campus is set up hammocks with friends. Before you graduate, Juliana recommends seeing a comedy show in DC. Her advice to new students is "trust the process, the activities during the first week are designed to create a smooth transition."

 

Kate Foster 

Kate is a Senior nursing major from Northborough, MA. She enjoys hanging out with friends on campus, but the best part of living in DC is getting to explore the city with friends! Kate's recommendation is to go to the top of the Washington Monument before you graduate. Her wise words of advice to new students is that "this is an exciting but scary time, so be open to the new changes life has in store for you. Remember that everything will work out the way it should!"

Dillon Frawley

Dillon is a Junior politics major from Thornwood, NY. He is a pole vaulter on Catholic's Men's Track and Field team. Dillon enjoys the great restaurant options in DC, and he wants you to do a White House tour before you graduate. His advice to incoming students is "join a club or group on campus!"

Andrea Galeano

Drea is a Senior marketing major from Stratford, CT. On campus, Drea likes to ride around LimeBike scooters during study breaks. Her favorite part of residing in DC is that Catholic is located in a relaxed area, but we still have quick and easy access to the fast paced city. Before you graduate, you definitely should try to ride to the top of the Washington Monument. Drea's advice to incoming students is "don't be afraid to try so many things, especialy those outside of your comfort zone! Even if you embarass yourself, no one will remember!"

Isabelle Gholl

Izzy is a Junior musical theatre major from Calvert County, MD. She enjoys participating in CenterStage and working in the Office of Campus Activities, and her favorite part of living in DC is the amazing city life and the hidden treasures within. Before you graduate, spend a day riding the metro to a random stop and getting off and exploring with friends. Izzy's advice to incoming students is "don't be afraid to put yourself out there. Everyone is in the same boat and is eager to make new friends, so go for it!"

Chris Gillie

Chris is a Senior math and philosophy double major from Middletown, DE. His favorite thing to do on campus is throw a frisbee or a baseball on the Basilica lawn, and the weather in DC is awesome for that (sometimes). Chris wants families to remember to let their new students go to some events by themselves; it's a good learning experience."

Nate Goonasekeram

Nate is a Sophomore electrical engineering major from Gaithersburg, MD. On campus, nate loves to meet new people, give tours, participate in the swing dancing club, and play the piano in the music school. One thing Nate thinks you should do before you graudate is tour the White House. Nate wants new students to know that "from the moment you arrive on campus, it only gets easier. Everyone's in the same boat, and you're going to get a fresh start here at Catholic."

Jimmy Harrington

Jimmy is a Senior economics major from Chicago, IL. His favorite thing to do on campus is participate in the Student Government Association, as he is the President for the 2018-2019 school year. The best part of living in DC is that there's never a dull moment, and he'd recommend that you go on a segway tour during your time at Catholic. Jimmy's advice to incoming students is to "get out of your comfort zone and trust the process."

William Hartman

William is a Sophomore History major from Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. On campus, he likes to lay outside the Basilica, but he also enjoys getting off campus to see all of the museums and churches around DC. William's advice to new student is to focus on "general time management!"

 

Joseph Hehl

Joey is a Sophomore architecture major from Cranford, NJ. While on campus he he likes to visit the Basilica and attend events held by the House, and he likes the diversity of people in DC. Before you graduate, Joey wants you to make sure to take a tour of the Capitol building. His advice to new students is to "say hi to everyone. Everything will work out!"

 

Marykate Higley

MK is a Junior nursing major from Wilmington, DE. On campus, she loves to get coffee and meals with friends, and her favorite part of living in DC is that you literally can never get bored. MK encourages you to rent bikes at night and see the monuments before graduation rolls around. Her advice to incoming students is to "give yourself time to adjust and to make friends--it will happen!"

 

Kailyn Keller

Kailyn is a Senior nursing major from Frederick, MD. She loves attending movie nights on campus with friends and going to mass at the Basilica. Before you graudate, Kailyn wants you to make sure to run from Catholic to the monuments. Kailyn's advice to incoming students is "don't be afraid to introduce yourself to new people and always take an opportunity to have fun and see something new!"

 

Michael Klein - Team Captain

Michael is a Junior politics major from East Northport, NY. He enjoys going to campus-wide events, and wants you to swim in the reflecting pool outside the Lincoln Monument before you graduate. Michael's words of wisdom for new students are "make the most of the transition to college; it only happens once. Don't hesitate to reach out for help.

 

Rose Klein

Rose is a Senior nursing major from Fredericksburg, VA. On campus, Rose enjoys going to all of the free events, and hanging out in Eddie J's (the Pryz). The best part of living in DC for Rose is getting the opportunity to meet so many diverse people. Rose's words of wisdom are to "keep meeting new people, even after Orientation. Remember that everyone is in the same position as you."

 

Elise Lafleur 

Elise is a Junior politics major from Abbeville, LA. Her favorite campus event is Luaupalooza, which is held on the last day of the spring semester.  Before you graduate, Elise recommends that you take the water taxi from Old Towne Alexandria to the National Harbor. Her advice to incoming students is "be excited to meet new people and have awesome experiences at Catholic--you'll do great!"

 

Katherine Lemanski - Team Captain

Kat is a Senior psychological and brain sciences major from Davidsonville, MD. She loves getting to walk around the National Mall as a DC resident, and she wants you to do a segway tour around DC before you graduate. Kat's advice to students and their families is to "wait to buy textbooks! Always check Amazon for low prices, and the bookstore can price match!"

 

 

Caitlin Lennon

Caitlin is a Sophomore nursing major from Cornwall, NY. She likes to sit in Murphy's and people watch, and she also appreciates being able to take the metro pretty much anywhere. Caitlin's advice to new students is "say hi toeveryone, talk to your families, and don't get too overwhelmed. Find a system that works for you, but also be flexible to make room for new experiences!"

 

Lisa Licata  

Lisa is a Junior nursing major from Towson, MD. While on campus, she enjoys hanging out with friends on the Basilica lawn, but her favorite part of living in DC is going around to visit all the monuments. Before your time at Catholic U is over, Lisa wants you to go on a tour of the White House. Her advice to new students is "don't forget to call home," and she wants families to remember "if your child doesn't call right away, don't freak out!"

Erica Lilly

Erica is a Senior psychology major from Annapolis, MD. She likes to study in the Pryz so that the P.O.D. is nice and close for late night binge purchases. One thing to do before you graduate is go to Truckeroo at the Bullpen. Erica's helpful tip to new students is "don't freak out if you do something weird-no one will remember!"

Sarah Lynch

Sarah is a Senior business marketing major from Smithtown, NY. On campus, she enjoys playing on the Catholic U Women's Ultimate team and building with Habitat for Humanity. The best part of living in DC, according to Sarah, is attending the cherry blossom festival. Before you graduate, you should try to tour both the White House and the Pentagon. Sarah's advice to new students is "get involved! Catholic offers hundreds of clubs and activities. They're great opportunities to meet new people and make new friends."

 


Julia Malcotti 

Julia is a Sophomore nursing major from Eldersburg, MD. She is a member of the Women's Club Rugby team, and she enjoys being able to go into the city whenever she likes. Julia recommends that you go to brunch on the Georgetown Waterfront before you graduate. Her advice to new students is to "call your family. You'll find your friends eventually, but don't stress if it takes time."

 

Jamie Marandola 

Jamie is a Junior history major from Springfield, PA. When the weather is nice, Jamie likes to just stroll aorund campus, and she's grateful that the metro makes traveling a breeze in DC. Her advice to incoming students is "don't be afraid to try new things and ask as many questions as you want!"

 

Paige Melley - Team Captain

Paige is a Senior marketing major from Merrick, NY. Her favorite things to do on campus are hang out in the Pryz with friends and go to Program Board events. The best part of living in DC for Paige is that you have everything you could possible want to do at your finger tips. If you want to go for a movie, you can head to Gallery Place grab some dinner with friends and head to the movie theater. If it is a nice day but you want to get off campus, hop on the metro with some friends and have a picnic on the National Mall! Paige's advice to families is "Although saying goodbye is one of the hardest parts, the difference your students are going to make and the experiences they will have at Catholic U will be worth it!"

 

Cara Midwinter 

Cara is a Junior nursing major from Floral Park, NY. When on campus, she likes to sit outside while studying or hanging out with friends, and her favorite part of living in DC is that there's always new restaurants to try. Cara wants to remind new students not "to be afraid to be yourself! take a change and go a little outside of your comfort zone; you never know what will happen!"

 

Dante Nicotera

Dante is a Junior biology and psychological and brain sciences double major from Hanover, MA. On campus, he loves giving tours and speaking to prospective students; his favorite part of living in DC is being able to go out and explore the city with friends. Before you graduate, you should make a point of going out into DC and studying in cool, local coffee shops. Dante's advice to incoming students is to "join the club for your department/major. It's a great way to meet students and faculty in your degree program."

 

McKenzie Plante 

Mckenzie is a Sophomore education studies major from Gloucester, MA. She enjoys playing softball and hanging out with friends while on campus, and she likes that Catholic is right on the metro so she can easily explore DC. Before graduation, you should wake up for sunrise on the National Mall. Mckenzie's advice for new students is "as you start your next chapter in life, remember everything happens for a reason, and you will end up where you are supposed to be!"

 

Tess Plaza

Tess is a Senior media and communications studies major from Basking Ridge, NJ. On campus, she likes to drink Starbucks on the Pryz lawn, and her favorite part of living in DC is that it's so metro accessible! Tess's advice for new students is that "campus activities and orientation are great ways to meet new people (and they're fun!), so go to as many as you can."

 

 

Dana Ragone

Dana is a Junior nursing major from Ossining, NY. Her favorite event to attend on campus is Wednesday night Praise & Worship adoration. One thing you definitely should do before graduation is go to the monuments for sunrise. Dana's advice to new students is to "always be open to meet new people."

 

Alex Ramirez

Alex is a Junior social work major from Monterey, CA. He likes going to events held by student orgs on campus, but he also likes to get out into DC to attend the abundance of festivals and events that we have access to. Alex recommends that, before you graduate, you should rent bikes and ride around the monuments at night. His advice to incoming students is "don't be afraid of how far you may be from home. You will love and adapt to DC."

 

Megan Reilly

Meg is a Senior Marketing major from Yardley, PA. She enjoys participating in Program Board on campus, and her favorite part of DC is that there is literally something going on every single weekend, whether it's a concert, food festival, or cultural event. Before you graduate, make sure bike around the Tidal Basin and monuments at sunset. Also, if you're in for a real challenge, eat at every single D.C. Shake Shack. Meg's advice to new students is that "the entire Catholic U student leader community wants to make sure you get the most out of your first experiences. So take a couple of risks, push yourself outside of your comfort zone, and give yourself some time to adjust. I can promise you that soon or later, your "home" will not just be whatever number of miles away but at Catholic as well.

 Susie Reiter - Team Captain

Susie is a Senior social work major from Annapolis, MD. Her favorite thing to do on campus is hang out in the Pryz with friends, and she loves living in DC because you're in a city where newsworthy events are constantly occurring. One thing to do before your time at Catholic is over, according to Susie, is slide down the Lincoln Monument. Her advice to new students is to remember "as nervous as you are, remember to be excited as you start this transition."

 

Christina Revilla

Christina is a Senior politics major from Weymouth, MA. One of her favorite things to do on campus is get chips and dip from the P.O.D. and sit on the Basilica lawn, and Christina's favorite part of living in DC is all of the cool opportunities available, from internships to being the first in line for cherry blossom season. Her advice to new students is that "it's obviously a stressful time, but taking things one step at a time with an open mind helps a bunch and pushes you out of your comfort zone. 

 

Abby Riddlesberger

Abby is a Sophomore drama major from Laytonsville, MD. On campus, she likes to play soccer and basketball with her roommate and hang out on the lawn with friends whenever the weather is nice. The best part of living in DC, according to Abby, is all of the history. Before you graduate you should definitely go night monumenting, and you should try out some restaurants in Gallery Place. Abby's advice to incoming student is "enjoy every second of the whole process and transition because it goes by so fast."

 

Mari Nicole Rosales 

Mari Nicole is a Sophomore business management major from Orlando, FL. She likes getting to picnic on the Basilica lawn, and her favorite part of living in DC is getting to experience the diverse culture in the city. Mari Nicole's advice to new students is that "it's okay to be nervous; everyone is nervous! Be excited, as you're starting a new chapter in your life."

 

Joe Rose

Joe is a Junior english major from Natick, MA. On campus, he likes to listen to music while picnicking on the campus lawns, but when he goes off campus, he loves being able to visit art galleries whenver he wants. Joe's advice to first year students is "as cliche as it sounds, be yourself! College is so much easier when you're open to new experiences." 

 

Julia Roussell

Julia is a Senior social work major from Burlington, MA. She likes getting to people watch on the Pryz lawn, but when she's off campus, she loves getting to visit all the museums and monuments in DC. Julia's advice to students is to "try new things and don't be afraid to leave your comfort zone."

Abby Schroth

Abby is a Junior nursing major from Scranton, PA. While on campus, she likes to hang out at the new tables outside the Pryz. Abby's favorite part of living in DC is finding a new spot to explore every weekend. Her advice to incoming students is to get "outside of your comfort zone, as that's where you'll have some of your most impactful experiences."

 

Emily Schubert

Emily is a Junior nursing major from Hauppauge, NY. She is a member of the Women's Cross Country and Track teams. The best part of living in DC, according to Emily, is the big-city experience as a whole, plus all of the restaurants and sporting events. Emily encourages new students to "always be open minded and do not be afraid to put yourself out there!"

 

Thea Seibert von Fock

Thea is a Sophomore musical theater major from Westminster, CA. She likes to hang out with friends and sit outside the Pryz on a sunny day, and she loves the beautiful monuments in DC. Thea challenges you to step into every single Smithsonian at least once before you graduate. Her advice to first year students is that "everything is going to be okay. Be open to new things and just be yourself."

 

Allison Senko

Aly is a Junior history and politics double major from Concord, NH. She enjoys walking to Mary's Garden behind the basilica to talk to her family on the phone; her favorite part of living in DC is that each neighborhood has its own unique feel-there's never a shortage of new things to explore. One thing to do in DC before you graduate is get a library card at the Library of Congress and study in the main reading room. Aly's advice for new students is to "keep in touch with the people you care about, and be patient with yourself as you adjust."

 

Emily Snyder - Team Captain 

Emily is a Junior politics major from Ashburn, VA. She is a member of the Women's Cross Country and Track teams. Emily loves living in DC because there is always something fun (and/or free) to do off campus. One cool thing to do before you graduate is get your library card from the Library of Congress. Emily's advice is to "get to know the people living on your floor. It may be awkward at first, but you'll meet some of your closest friends."

 

Brooke Sobieski

Brooke is a Sophomore social work major from Jackson, NJ. On campus, she enjoys the convenience of grabbing snacks from the P.O.D. market, and she loves getting to visit all of the coffee shops in DC. Before you graduate, you definitely should go night monumenting with a big group of friends. Brooke's advice to new students is to "keep in touch with your loved ones as you transition into your new home."

 

Abby Stevens

Abby is a senior Nursing major from Branford, CT. On campus, she enjoys being a member of the crew team, and her favorite part of living in DC is that there is always something going on either on campus or in the city. Before you graduate, try to make it to all of the national museums. Abby's advice to first year students is that "transitions and change can be difficult, but with an open mind and a positive attitude, incredible things can come about!" 

 

Rachel Stevens

Rachel is a Sophomore media and communications studies major from Downingtown, PA. She likes playing pool in Murphy's, and one of the coolest parts of living in DC is seeing Newt Gingrich at mass. Rachel wants new students to remember that "every little thing is gonna be alright." Make sure to put yourself out there, because everyone else is nervous too! Be yourself!

 

Maddie Strokis

Maddie is a Junior nursing major from Lantana, TX. She enjoys playing intramural sports with friends on campus, and her favorite part of living in DC is going into the city and exploring. Before you graduate, you should go to all of the Smithsonian museums and monuments. Maddie's advice to incoming students is "it's completely normal to miss your families (so call them!). It gets easier with time."

 

JP Swift 

JP is a Sophomore mechanical engineering major from Goshen, NY. On campus, JP is a member of the Men's Ultimate Frisbee team. One unique thing JP recommends you do before you graduate is attend a presidential inaguration. His advice to incoming students is "don't lose touch with friends and family from home, but make sure to make lots of new connections at school!"

 

Ted Tiu

Ted is a Senior politics major from Metuchen, NJ. The best part of living in DC, according to Ted, is that there are so many people from all over the country and the world that add to the culture of the city. Before you graduate, you definitely should watch the sunrise from the Tidal Basin. Ted's advice to new students is to "take it easy and enjoy the beginning of college. There are so many people to meet and opportunities to experience, and if you stress, you may miss them!"

 

 

Matt Toppi  

Matt is a Sophomore biomedical engineering major from Ocean, NJ. He enjoys chilling in Murphy's with friends, and living in DC is great, according to Matt, because you can ride your bike anywhere. Matt's advice to incoming students is to "call home! Your mother will appreciate it, and you will too!"

 

Victoria Turner

Victoria is a Senior social work major from Yardley, PA. She enjoys spending time in the Pryz, and she also loves having a variety of different opportunities, such as free museums, right in our backyard by nature of living in DC. Victoria's advice to new students is "it's okay to be nervous. Before you know it, Catholic U will feel like home. Everyone is so excited for you to join our community!"

 

Anthony Vincent

Anthony is a Senior nursing major from Pennsville, NJ. He is a member of Redline A Cappella, and his favorite part of living in DC is all of the incredible food, including all of the cultural restaurants available. Before graduation, Anthony wants you to see a concert at the 9:30 Club. His advice to incoming students is that "college is an exciting time with so many experiences to be had. Make sure you get outside of your comfort zone and make the most of your four years."

 

Serena Viti

Serena is a Junior International Economics and Finance major from Franklin Square, NY. Her favorite thing to do on campus is lay on the Pryz lawn, and she loves taking advantage of the free, fun activities available in DC. Her advice to students is "don't forget to call your families!"

 

Jake Walsh

Jake is a Senior media and communications studies major from East Northport, NY. While on campus, Jake likes to play frisbee with the sisters who reside on campus, but he also likes to get into the city and go monumenting. Jake's advice to incoming students is to remember that "we're all here to help, so don't be nervous and enjoy the ride!"

 

Meghan Walsh

Meghan is a Sophomore politics major from Nazareth, PA. She is on Catholic's Rowing team, and also enjoys spending time in Murphy's with friends. Meghan's favorite part of living in DC is getting to go anywhere you want via the metro. Her advice to new students is "not to stress if you don't fina a 'friend group' right away. Everyone is in the same boat as you, and you'll find your niche eventually."

 

Sydney Walt - Team Captain

Sydney is a Junior nursing major from Longmeadow, MA. Her favorite activity on campus is Orientation, but she also likes to sit on the Basilica lawn with friends. Before you graduate, Syd wants you to take a tour of the White House. Quick tip for incoming students from Syd--"pack a drying rack!"

 

 

Isabella Wermuth

Ella is a Senior nursing major from Whitinsville, MA. On campus, she enjoys hanging out with friends in Murphy's, and her favorite part of living in DC is that there is always an adventure to be had. Before you graduate and leave DC, you should visit as many coffee shops as possible. Ella's words of wisdom to incoming students are that "Catholic has so many kind and caring people who are ready to reach out a hand if and when you need it."

 

James Weyler 

Jim is a Junior management major from Media, PA. You can frequently find him people watching on campus, but he also loves to go to food trucks and concerts around DC. Jim's advice to first year students is "don't pack as much as you plan to, you'll only need half of it."

 

Lauren Wolter

Lauren is a Sophomore nursing major from Katonah, NY. She enjoys being a member of Catholic's sailing team, taking naps, and spending time with friends in Murphy's. Living in DC is awesome, according to Lauren, because there's always something to do. Her advice for first year students is to "try new things! The friends you make the first week don't have to be your best friends all year long, so don't get discouraged!"

 

Colleen Yeckley - Team Captain

Colleen is a Junior psychological and brain sciences major from Medford, NJ. Sitting on the Basilica lawn to relax or do homework is one of Colleen's favorite things to do at Catholic, and she loves that DC is always buzzing with activity. Colleen's advice to first year students is to remember "with time it gets easier! Going to college is a huge adjustment for the whole family, but remember they are only a phone call away. Every day that passes is another day closer to seeing them again!"

 

Kate Zwaan

Kate is a Sophomore psychology major from Malvern, PA. On campus, she enjoys setting up hammocks with friends on the law school lawn, and the best part of living in DC for Kate is celebrating America in its capital. One thing you should do before you graduate is march for something you believe in at one of the many marches held throughout the year in DC. Kate's advice to incoming students is "don't sweat the petty stuff and don't pet the sweaty stuff." 

 

Mary Grace Zwilling

MG is a Junior psychological and brain sciences major from Franklin Square, NY. Her favorite thing to do on campus is eat Pryz fries, and every year in April she loves getting to go to the cherry blossom festival. Before your time at Catholic U ends, MG encourages you to visit as many Smithsonians as possible. Her advice to first year students is "be open to all new experiences."