2016 Orientation Leaders

The 2017 Orientation Leaders will be coming soon.


These are the 2016 Orientation Leaders. 


Alexandra Baum

Hometown: New Fairfield, CT
Major: HPX Community Health
Campus Involvement:
Student worker for the office of Enrollment Services and frequent event attendee
Class Year: Senior

Words of Wisdom: Be active; don't be afraid to try something new because that is usually what makes the best experiences.  College can be overwhelming but Western has a wonderful staff to help you through it!

#IChoseWCSU because it was close to home and affordable


Alexandra Mercado (Lexie)

Hometown: East Hartford, CT
Major: Psychology
Campus Involvement:
SGA Secretary, WCSU Cheerleading
Class Year: Senior

Words of Wisdom: Get involved as much as you can! Don't be afraid to try something new, although it may seem hard at times just keep swimming! You're never alone. Don't be afraid to ask questions about getting adjusted to college life, Western has a lot to offer!

I am so thankful for picking Western and finding a place I could make my own. If I could do it all over again I would not change a thing! I met my best friends, my team, my family. #IChoseWCSU



Ciera Clarke

Hometown: Bridgeport, CT
Social Work Major
Campus Involvement: CSI Office Worker, Cheerleader
Class Year: Senior

Words of Wisdom: Whether it be a club, sport, Greek life or your major, pick and do something that's going to make you happy. Because when it's all over you don't want to look back and wonder what if.

 #IChoseWCSU because of the diversity and the many great opportunities they provide


Briana Rivera

Hometown: Glastonbury, CT
Social Work
Campus Involvement:
WCSU Cheerleading Team, Social Work Club, Pinney Hall Council, Judicial Advocate.  I work at AccessAbility Services and Western Connection Program.
Class Year: Senior

Words of Wisdom: Welcome Class of 2020! Get excited for an amazing and memorable college experience. College is all about trying new things so don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. A tip of advice I'd like to give is to get involved on campus and take advantage of the opportunities WCSU has to offer. Remember college is as fun as you make it!

#IchoseWCSU because of the opportunities offered, amazing events, diversity, welcoming students and faculty and professors willingness to help students.



Kaleigh Cragan

Hometown: Oxford, CT
Major: Communication
Campus Involvement: Inter-Residence Hall Association, Shadowing & Mentor Program, Programs Activities Council, Student Ambassador in the Admissions Office & Desk  Worker in Newbury Hall
Class Year: Senior

Words of Wisdom: Take every opportunity you are given. You can do anything! I traveled to Italy and England during spring breaks because I took advantage of the opportunities at Western. You'll also never have any more free time than you will in college - so make the best of it

#IChoseWCSU because I realized when coming to Orientation, home is not a place, but a feeling and I experienced that first hand at Western!


Daniel Cummings

Hometown: Sandy Hook, CT
Campus Involvement:
Member of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity
Class Year: Junior

Words of Wisdom: Mastering time management is key during your enrollment at Western, it will help you exceed at this University

#IChoseWCSU for the opportunity it provided me to get a quality education at a state school rate. Everyone here was knowledgeable, welcoming and helpful.


Michael Freeman

Hometown: Shelton, CT
Campus Involvement:
Secretary of Greek Council, Standards and Social Chair Zeta Beta Tau
Class Year: Junior

Words of Wisdom: Get involved on campus. It will provide many opportunities that don't come easily.

#IChooseWCSU because of the friendly atmosphere



Jerry DeJesus

Hometown: Berlin, CT
Major: Psychology
Campus Involvement: PAC President, SGA Senator, Brother of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Desk Worker, NSLS, Student Judicial Advocate
Class Year:

Words of Wisdom: Go to class. Make sure you go to campus events. The school has so much to offer. What you do with these resources is up to you. Make western your home.

#IChoseWCSU because I wanted to be close to home and still get the full college experience.



Anthony Luis

Hometown: Naugatuck, CT
Health Promotion & Exercise Wellness Managament
Campus Involvement: IRHA, RA, SGA, TKE
Class Year: Senior

Words of Wisdom: There are two different types of people in this world, A thermometer is the type of person who just tells you how things are, While a thermostat tells you how things are about to be.  Which are you?

#IChoseWCSU to stay near but go far and make the best of every situation



Megan Lyon

Hometown: Brewster, NY
Campus Involvement:
Play It By Ear a Capella, Cheerleading, CSC Staff and Board, Honor's Program
Class Year: Junior

Words of Wisdom: Have fun and maintain an optimistic attitude!

#IChoseWCSU because it felt like home, and gave me so much opportunities!



Krystal Arroyo

Hometown: Waterbury, CT
Major: Nursing
Campus Involvement:
PAC, NSLS, Student Worker at Library
Class Year: Senior

Words of Wisdom: College is one of the greatest experiences you'll ever have! Get involved, make friends, and make the best out of your experience.  Good luck Class of 2020

#IChoseWCSU because i heard it had a good nursing program and the school is far enough where I could be away from home, but still close enough to go home if I needed to.


Nicole Carrozza

Hometown: Meriden, CT
Creative Writing
Campus Involvement: Student Government Association
Class Year: Junior

Words of Wisdom: Put yourself out there, and get involved. If you never try you never know what could have been.

#IChoseWCSU because if I didn't I wouldn't have met my best friends or made any of my best memories; WCSU really helped me find my place.



Trevor Knight

Hometown: Trumbull, CT
Secondary Education: History
Campus Involvement:
Class Year: Sophomore

Words of Wisdom: Go to as many events as possible and really get a full experience!

#IChoseWCSU because at open house it felt like a second home, after my mom did her undergrad here. I can definitely say for sure I feel at home here!


Ryan Hawley

Hometown: Danbury, CT
Biology and Psychology
Campus Involvement: Student Government Association: Vice-President of Finance, Chair: Student Philanthropy Committee, Biology Club, International Student Association
Class Year: Junior

Words of Wisdom: Get the most of being here at Western by getting involved. Academics is 80% of you education, 20% is your experience.

#IChoseWCSU I wanted the best college experience while still being close to home!



Sydney Feeney

Hometown: New Haven, CT
Justice and Law Administration
Campus Involvement:
Black Student Union, Gay Straight Alliance, Media Services Student Worker
Class Year: Junior

Words of Wisdom: This is your time, use it wisely.

#IChoseWCSU because it's affordable and close to home.



Kaelee Collins

Hometown: Wolcott, CT
Campus Involvement:
I.R.H.A, Hall Council, Student Ambassador in Undergraduate Admissions, SGA
Class Year: Junior

Words of Wisdom: Don't be afraid to put yourself out there! College is going to be one of the best experiences of your life as long as you keep a balance between your academic and social life. So go to class, complete your assignments on time, make sure you have a functioning alarm clock, and don't forget to have fun!

#IChoseWCSU because it was both close to home and affordable!



Patrick Weber

Hometown: Orange, CT
B.A. Piano Performance
Campus Involvement:
Ultimate Frisbee Club, Keyboard Club
Class Year: Sophmore

Words of Wisdom: Everyone loves a compliment! Go get 'em champ!

#IChoseWCSU for the Music building and dept., the faculty is so brilliant and also acts like a family; it's amazing.

Stefanie Nunez

Hometown: Danbury, CT
Campus Involvement: SGA and the Biology Club
Class Year: Senior

Words of Wisdom: Get involved with the campus community somehow, you won’t regret it! The interconnected network of students and faculty work every day on striving to be the most comfortable yet exciting community for every student to seek out their place at WCSU. Being involved on campus and in events has opened the doors to friendships, trusting and professional relationships with faculty members, as well positively amplified my college experience at WCSU!

#IChoseWCSU because of the student life on campus! WCSU offers so many opportunities to meet and work with other students on making our WCSU community one you'll never want to leave!


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