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FYI >Resident Mentors

 

2013-2014

sarah alloushName: Sarah Alloush
Major: Accounting
Year: Sophomore Class of 2016
Hometown: Albany, New York
Why I'm glad I chose FYI:  I'm glad that I chose the FYI program because it provided me an opportunity to grow and learn as a first-year student. Through the FYI program, I was able to get involved not only on campus but in the community as well. The living and learning experience was appealing to me because it was a great experience to take courses with the same students that live within my residence hall.
Favorite Place on Campus: The Student Union Atrium

 

 

 

 
nick ephraimName:
 Nicholas Ephraim
Major: Finance
Year: Sophomore Class of 2016
Hometown: Kings Park, Long Island, NY
What do you like about being in FYI?: One of my favorite things about FYI was coming back from class and knowing you could always find someone to hang out with to play video games, go to the gym, or just talk and do schoolwork.
Favorite Place on Campus: Old Main Quad

 

 

 

 

 

ian hartName: Ian Hart
Major: Communication Disorders
Minor: Deaf Studies
Year: Sophomore Class of 2016
Hometown: Fresh Meadows, Queens, NY
What do you like about being in FYI?: What I liked about being in FYI was having the chance to be involved with many different leadership opportunities to develop myself. The relationships that I had with my professors through FYI were much closer than non-FYI professors. Having the professors know each person by a first name basis was nice because you knew they cared about you and always want you to do well. Also, having resident mentors was helpful since they were there to answer any questions or concerns that I had about my first year.
Favorite Place on Campus: The Student Union Atrium or the Pond

 

 

  


 

2012 - 2013

Name: Clarissa Moses
Major: Journalism
Minor: Law and Politics
Year: Junior Class of 2015
Hometown: Uniondale, Long Island, NY
What do you like about being in FYI? FYI gave me a chance to discover who I am while I adjusted to this big transition in college. I was able to gain a sense of support and community with my fellow residents.
Favorite Place on Campus: The Student Union (The Atrium)

 

 

 

Name: Ellen O'Brien
Major:
International Business/ Spanish
Year:
Junior Class of 2015
Hometown:
Wantagh, NY
I'm glad I chose the F.Y.I program because...
• This program offers a lot of opportunity for volunteering and getting involved on campus.
• My RM was always there to answer any of my questions whether they were academic concerns or personal problems.
• I met a lot of my close friends through this program.
Favorite Place on Campus: 
Student Union

 

 

Name: Oladoyin Olanrewaju
Major: Political Science
Minor:
Law
Year: Junior Class of 2015
Hometown: Bronx, New York City
Why I'm glad I chose FYI: I'm glad that I chose the FYI program because it provided me with an experience that is unique of other residence halls on campus.  The FYI program helped provide a sense of community between the students, and coming from a smaller high school, that was very important to me.  Seeing familiar faces both in the residence hall, and in my classes made my freshmen year more enjoyable and gratifying.
Favorite Place on Campus: The benches by the pond (especially during the Spring)

 

 


2011 - 2012

Stephen Lawrence (FYI 2010-11)
Major: Organizational Communications
Minor: Spanish
Hometown: Bayport, NY (Long Island!!)
Year: Senior Class of 2014
Favorite Place in New Paltz: Student Union, My room, and really anywhere outside!
Why I'm glad I chose F: I'm really glad I chose FYI because I was able to live and work with First years who all had a common goal of growing in terms of leadership. We were all able to express our academic goals along with our passion for helping others together! It was a great way to meet others and not only make some lasting friendships, but work with others who were looking to get very similar rewards out of their SUNY New Paltz experience!
As an RM, what do I provide to my residents in FYI?: As an RM, I provide my residents with a “relate-able” person who is approachable. My residents know I am always there to talk about anything in an open, judgment-free environment. I provide a support system when needed, and I act as a mentor to them in terms of academics, leadership, and just life in general.

Carissa Roca (FYI 2010-11)
Major: Anthropology/Spanish
Hometown: Freeport, Long Island
Year: Senior Class of 2014
Favorite place in New Paltz: Health and Nutrition Store
Why I'm glad I chose FYI: FYI appealed to me because being part of a community was important to me. I wanted to be around people that I can relate to, but at the same time, I can learn from. FYI also gives you opportunities: to not only build a community within your residence hall, but also with the local New Paltz community through community service, which I enjoyed very much.
As an RM, what do I provide to my residents in FYI?: As an RM, my knowledge about registration, majors, scheduling, and time management is very much put to use throughout the year. I feel residents come to me when they do not know who else to turn to and leave my room or the office less stressed than when they came in.

 

Katie Tyson (FYI 2010-11)
Major: Childhood Education concentrating in History
Minor: Music
Hometown: Mineola, (Long Island), NY
Year: Senior Class of 2014
Favorite Place: The Old Main Quad
Why I'm glad I chose FYI: What I liked about being a part of FYI was that I really felt a connection to my fellow students and campus community. I liked living with other first years because we were all going through the same transitions and could share experiences with each other. FYI also helped connect me to the New Paltz community because I would (and still) recognize other people in FYI in my classes and at all campus events.
As an RM, what do I provide to my residents in FYI?:  As an RM, I am an extra resource to my FYI residents. I am up to date on all of the information concerning FYI and the FYI classes, so I am able to provide my residents with that information. But, I am also just an extra resource in general to my residents. They can come to me with any questions, comments, or concerns with academics, campus involvement, etc. And I am also there as a support system, residents can come just to talk or for advice with anything that's going on.