Orientation Leader Executive Board

Orientation Executive Board members assist with the planning and implementation of all undergraduate orientation events at CWRU. This includes the selection, training and supervision of orientation leaders. The board member and their team of leaders work together to welcome and reach out to new students and their families and oversee the facilitation of all orientation activities.

Queen Hassan

Queen Hassan

Hometown:Columbus, Ohio
Major: Material Science and Engineering
Minor: Biomedical Engineering
Expected Graduation: May 2022
Involvement: Muslim Student Association, Thwing Study Over Committee
Favorite part of being an Orientation Leader: "Connecting with new and incoming students and providing them with resources that can help them adjust to college life."
Advice for New Students: "Your first year can be really overwhelming, so make sure you are taking care of yourself and reaching out to your OL or RA whenever you need advice or help because we are always here for you." 


Sandy Huynh

Sandy Huynh

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Majors: English, Nutritional Biochemistry & Metabolism
Minors: Biology, Chemistry
Expected Graduation: May 2022
Involvement: Design for America, Case for Sight, CCEL Civic Engagement Scholar
Favorite part of being an Orientation Leader: "Meeting new students and families and helping them find a home here at CWRU."
Advice for New Students: "Go to the student activities fair each semester and don't be afraid to get involved with various student organizations! You never know who else may share your passions, or even the new types of interests you might develop! No matter what, you're sure to meet new people from different years, majors or residence halls—people that you might not have gotten the chance to meet otherwise."


Jacob Kauppi

Jacob Kauppi

Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Majors: Mechanical Engineering
Minors: Economics, Chinese
Expected Graduation: May 2022
Involvement: Esports, Taiwanese American Student Association (TASA), CWRU Baja
Favorite part of being an Orientation Leader: "Working with all the amazing people involved in Orientation. All the orientation leaders are amazing people with really broad life experiences and the new students are always so exciting to talk to."
Advice for new students: "Find a study spot on campus. Once I found a spot on the quad that I could actually do work from, my life became way easier. I was no longer running around between classes, but was instead able to be productive and get work done." 


Kristen Lay

Kristen Lay

Hometown: Wauconda, Illinois
Major: Biology (Pre-Med)
Minors: Political Science, Chemistry
Expected Graduation: May 2022
Involvement: Camp Kesem, Project Sunshine, Greek Life, SI Leader
Favorite part of being an Orientation Leader: "I love seeing new students grow throughout the week as they find their place in the CWRU community through new friends, clubs or exploring Cleveland!"
Advice for New Students: "Trust yourself and your abilities. College can be hard but you're here for a reason, and nothing is stopping you from reaching your goals."


Megan Rodriguez

Megan Rodriguez

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Major: Nursing
Expected Graduation: May 2023
Involvement: Circle Symphony Orchestra, Undergraduate Student Nurses Association, Alpha Chi Omega
Favorite part of being an Orientation Leader: "Move-in days and seeing all of the amazing new students we were welcoming to our community!"
Advice for New Students: "I want new students to know that they have all four years to make friends and it's totally OK if the first people you meet are not your best friends for life. It's all about meeting new people and seeing who helps to bring out the best version of yourself!"


Mayura Umapathy

Mayura Umapathy

Hometown: Solon, Ohio
Major: Applied Mathematics (BS)
Minor: Chemistry
Expected Graduation: May 2022
Involvement: President of Upperclass Community Council of RHA, Academic Integrity Board, CCEL Civic Engagement Scholar
Favorite part of being an Orientation Leader: "Helping students move to campus on move-in day. This aspect of Orientation has always been really exciting for me because it's amazing to see students start to trickle in as the campus comes to life! It's really great to talk to students and families with different backgrounds and help them acclimate to and get to know CWRU's campus."
Advice for New Students: "College can be a place to branch out! Don’t be afraid to sign up for different activities—even if it’s just a one-time experience. Try that one thing you always wanted to do but never had the chance to. But, also be aware of your limits and how much time and energy you have to give to different aspects of your life. It can be difficult to juggle everything at first, but with time, you’ll be able to find a balance in your everyday life!"