Here are your FreshFest 2015 Facilitators!
Hello, Freshmen! My name is Sammy and I am currently the Vice President of Engagement on the Hillel Jewish Student Board, where one of my biggest responsibilities is planning FreshFest. Throughout the year I also help to plan and coordinate social events, reach out to students about their thoughts on our events, and send out a lot of e-mails and social media blasts – so get ready! Besides being highly involved with Hillel I am a creative team member of The Newhouse, a full student-run advertising agency, a dancer for Orange Pulse Dance Troupe and a member of Greek life. I am a junior studying Advertising and I am from Pleasantville, NY. I look forward to meeting all of you and please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns about the program!
Hey incoming freshmen! My name is Kara and I’m the FreshFest Coordinator. I’m beyond excited to get to know all of you and I also can’t wait for you to experience FreshFest (which is going to be the best 3 days ever). FreshFest will get you ready for college, introduce you to other incoming freshmen as well as upperclassmen, and you’ll go into your freshmen year feeling like you already own the place. Here’s a little about me. I’m from Seattle and an Inclusive Elementary and Special Education major. My fun facts are that I dabble in the art of constantly eating food (if you can’t tell from this pic) and love traveling to exotic places. I can’t wait to meet all of you!!
Shalom! My name is Sarah and I’m from Manhattan Beach, California. I’m a senior studying Policy and Political Science in the Maxwell School of Citizenship. I’m involved in various organizations on campus but my claim to fame is being Queen (President) of the Hillel Jewish Student Union. If you’re looking for a place to study on campus that is not the library I’d suggest setting yourself up at Cafe Kubal. They have great coffee and good vibes there. FreshFest is going to be a blast, I can’t wait to meet each and everyone of you! Peace. Love. Hillel
Hey, Freshmen! My name is Leni. I am a rising sophomore from Toronto, Canada majoring in Television, Radio, and Film. At SU, I am the Communication Vice President of the Hillel Jewish Student Union (follow us on Twitter and Instagram @suhillel!!!), a member of a social sorority, and CitrusTV. I love attending weekly Shabbat Dinners and enjoying the amazing Hillel community. My advice to all Freshmen is to be open to new experiences and friends and to seize every opportunity. I can’t wait to meet you all!
Hi, my name is Brian and I am a sophomore majoring in Marketing with a minor in Sport Management. I’m from outside of Philadelphia in Mount Laurel, NJ. At Hillel, I am a member of the Jewish Student Union as the Financial Vice President. Besides Hillel, I am very involved on campus, as a member of a social fraternity, and an avid Syracuse sports fan. Some advice that I want to offer to freshmen is to take advantage of every opportunity that Syracuse offers you and to find a club or community to get involved with during your first semester.
Hi! My name is Sam, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and I am entering my sophomore year at Syracuse University. I am a Communication and Rhetorical Studies major with a minor in Business Management. I am honored to be the Community Engagement Vice President of Hillel Jewish Student Union Board for this term. Other than being on the Hillel Board, I have participated in OrangeSeeds, a first year leadership empowerment program that primarily focused on community service in the wider Syracuse community. I am also a tutor for an organization called Young Scholars which is run through Hendricks Chapel. Finally, I am part of a social fraternity on campus. My advice for incoming freshman is to enjoy everything Syracuse has to offer, make the most of every extra-curricular opportunity that arises, and to ask as many questions to peer advisors, fellow upperclassmen, and professors about the amazing academic and social programs that are offered at Syracuse University. I am very excited to meet you all in a few weeks!
Hi Freshmen! My name is Lyla and I’m from San Diego, California. I’m starting my sophomore year double majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience for Pre-Med. I work as an ELA tutor in local elementary schools for the SU Literacy Corps and represent Hillel’s student union as the Vice President of Religious Life. I’m very excited to meet you all and want to remind you to bring an open mind for when you arrive. These are your years of opportunity and saying ‘no’ to trying new things will close doors you didn’t even know were open. So get ready to have some fun and we’ll see you soon!
Hi! My name is Jay and I am an incoming sophomore from Niantic, Connecticut. On campus I am a Communication and Rhetorical Studies major and intend on double majoring in Economics. I am the current Israel VP of the Hillel Jewish Student Union board, the Aipac Campus liaison, and am involved in Intramural sports. My advice to freshmen would be to keep an open mind to all of the changes that your first year at college brings. If you ever feel overwhelmed, the Hillel community is always there for support! I look forward to meeting everyone!!
Hi everyone, my name is Molly and I’m a senior Broadcast & Digital Journalism/Finance dual from Montville, NJ. On campus, I’m a reporter/producer at CitrusTV, play on the club tennis team, and I’m involved in social Greek life. I’m also a huge CrossFit junkie. I like to call myself a Hillel “regular”- I don’t hold any positions, just a fan of Shabbat dinners and good company! This will be my fourth year at FreshFest! I think roommates are a huge part of your freshmen experience and I can certainly attest to that. If you did random or maybe just not sure about what to expect, feel free to reach out to me!
Hi! I’m Sarah and I’m from Princeton, New Jersey. I’m a rising senior (class of 2016) studying Advertising in Newhouse with minors in Marketing and Psychology. On campus, I’m in the acapella group Oy Cappella, I am in a sorority, and I am involved in the campus advertising club, TNH. I love going to Hillel Friday night Shabbats and I was a FreshFest facilitator last year. Before you start your Freshman year, you should know that the next four years will be the fastest of your life. You should find things you’re passionate about and get involved on campus. Meet as many people as possible. Make sure you live up every single minute. You’ll thank me later. And go to Shabbat at Hillel on Fridays! Expand your social circles. Make friends. It’s worth it every single time.
My name is David and I am from Los Angeles, California. I am a senior in the Falk School majoring in Sport Management and minoring in Information Management and Technology. I am an alumni of Freshfest and my experiences during the event made me want to come back and help you have the same experience I had. I am a member of greek life and have worked in the athletic department since my freshman year. One piece of advice I would give you guys is to not be afraid to reach out to anyone. We have all been in your shoes and being in such a welcoming environment such as Syracuse, I know everyone will have no problem answering your questions.
Hey guys, my name’s Dave! I’m a senior from Pittsburgh, PA and am majoring in Policy Studies and Political Science with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. On campus I help run a group called LIME: An Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue Group and am a past Hillel board member. My advice is that your biggest regrets will be the chances you don’t take. Put yourself out there and try something new, you never know what might happen! And get to know as many people as you can, the people around Hillel are pretty awesome and it’s a great community to be a part of.
My name is Max and I’m from Menlo Park, California (just outside San Francisco). I’m a senior majoring in Broadcast and Digital Journalism and dual-minoring in Political Science and Psychology. On campus, I’m a 6 o’clock news anchor and political talk show host at the student-run television station CitrusTV. I also am a member of the all-male a cappella group called Otto Tunes (check us out @OttoTunes and like us on Facebook), a member of a Greek organization, and a part of U100 as well. I did FreshFest when I first got to ‘Cuse, and this is my second year being a facilitator. Last year, I was a Peer Network Engagement Intern for Hillel. Piece of advice? Try to step out of your comfort zone and join a totally different organization than you’d think – I wasn’t in choir or anything like that in high school and I ended up joining an a cappella group!
Hi everyone!! I’m Jenna from Westchester, NY. I’m a sophomore studying Public Relations in Newhouse, and I’m also apart of the Fashion and Beauty Communications Milestone program. On campus I’m the Social Media Intern at Hillel, an online writer for Equal Time Magazine, and in a social sorority. I also run my own blog, JustStyleBlog.com. My biggest advice to incoming freshmen is to make the most out of this year and don’t be nervous!! You’re going to meet your best friends, learn a ton about yourself, and have so much fun. I met my best friends through FreshFest, and it made transitioning to college so easy…so get ready!
Hi everyone, my name is Jamie and I’m a Junior Broadcast and Digital Journalism major and Psychology and Information Management Technology dual minor. I am from outside Dallas, Texas! First Off, Mazels on choosing to attend ‘Cuse, it’s the best decision you or I have ever made and I promise you won’t regret it. After falling in love with Hillel during Freshfest 2013, I served as the Hillel Jewish Student Union’s Vice President of Communications for 2014. I was fortunate enough to be a facilitator last year and I’m so excited to be one again this year to meet all of y’all this August! When I’m not hanging at Hillel, I’m working at Citrus TV, the on-campus TV station where I’m a weather girl, reporter and host for our morning show, Juice and Java. I’ve also been on the Newhouse Student Representative Committee for two years, am a Newhouse Ambassador/Tour Guide and serve as the philanthropy director for my greek organization. My biggest piece of advice for an incoming student is to take advantage of all the amazing opportunities that SU has to offer. Do something you never thought you would, join a new club/organization and just step outside your comfort zone. Can’t wait to meet all of you, GO ORANGE!
My name is Jeff and I am Television, Radio, Film major from CT graduating in 2017. I currently run LIME: An Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue Group on campus. I aspire to operate a small personal apiary in adulthood. One time I fell off the monkey bars and broke my arm (true). I am currently saving up to buy a canoe and will accept tax-deductible donations. I also dabble in the ancient art of Ultimate Frisbee, so if your interested in the most extreme test of mental and physical agility that exists in the world, and I deem you worthy of basking in the shining light of our team’s glory, maybe I’ll bring you to a practice sometime.
My name is Samantha and I am a sophomore from Rockville, MD. I am majoring in Elementary and Special Education. Last year I participated in FreshFest as a freshman and have been an active participant since, attending Hillel Shabbat dinners, holiday services and other programming. This coming year, I will be a Peer Network Engagement Intern for Hillel. On campus I am also a member of the swim club and am involved in Greek life. We all know coming to Syracuse can be a bit overwhelming, but participating in FreshFest will already make it feel a little smaller and everyone should know that you always have a place to come here at Hillel for anything you need!
Hi Everyone! I hope you all are having a great summer. My name is Hannah, and I’m from Pittsburgh, PA. This fall I’ll be entering my final year in SU’s School of Architecture. On campus I’ve been involved in the School of Architecture as a Peer Advisor, Student Liaison, and Digital Fabrication Monitor. I have also been on Relay for Life’s Luminaria Committee, a tutor for Literacy Corps, a local Hebrew School teacher, and an intern at Hillel. The ultimate advice I can give to any incoming freshmen is to get involved. The best way to make friends and meet new people is by exploring the many opportunities SU has to offer.
Hey guys, my name is Jaqob and I’m from the Jersey Shore, and I’m a senior studying TV-Radio-Film and Psychology. On campus, I’m involved in JERK magazine and Loud and Clear. This is my third year at Freshfest! Something to know is that the food on Shabbat at Hillel is amazing… so much better than dining hall food. Excited to see you there!
Hi all! My name is Matt and I’m from a small city called Melrose, just north of Boston, MA. I am a fifth year architecture student and am involved in architecture organizations and Hillel. In Hillel, I have been involved in Birthright, Alternate Spring Break, and of course, FreshFest. One piece of advice that I would give to freshmen would be to explore your surroundings, on and off campus.
Hey guys! My name is Noah and I’m a sophomore Television, Radio, and Film major from Los Angeles, California (west coast best coast). On campus, I am involved in Greek life (Acropolis Pizza), Ottonomous Productions, and am also a Peer Network Engagement Intern for Hillel. Before getting to school, I’d highly suggest packing. Also, it’s important to keep in mind that every single incoming freshman is in the same position as you. You’re not alone when it comes to making new friends or being in a new environment, so embrace it and have fun.
Hi, my name is Lauren and I am a rising senior, studying Economics and hoping to pursue an MBA. Originally I am from Fairfax, Virginia, right outside of DC. Last year I was a Peer Network Engagement Intern for Hillel and now I work part time as the Student Development Associate. My one piece of advice is to be as open minded as possible, try everything that comes your way.
My name is Scott and I’m a sophomore from Glastonbury, Connecticut. I am double majoring in marketing and finance and minoring in sport management. I was a FreshFest participant last year, and regularly attended Hillel services and programs. This upcoming year, I will be a Peer Network Engagement Intern for Hillel. Additionally, I am a member of the ultimate frisbee team, the sport management club, and take intramural sports very seriously.
Hi everyone! My name is Lindsey and I am a rising sophomore. I am majoring in Marketing and Real Estate in the Whitman School of Management. I am from Cleveland, Ohio and have lived there my whole life. On campus I am involved in Greek Life and with SU Hillel. I am a Peer Network Engagement Intern for Hillel and I am also a FreshFest facilitator (if you couldn’t guess). One thing I would like you all to know about me is that I am obsessed with camp and just spent my eleventh summer there. I go to camp in Georgia at a camp called Ramah Darom. Looking forward to meeting you all!
What’s up guys my name is David and I’m going into my senior year. I’m currently majoring in Exercise Science with a minor in Psychology. I did FreshFest as a freshmen and I met a lot of cool people I still hang out with but this is my first year being a facilitator. I’m currently in an a capella group Oycappella (the Jewish one) and I like to stay active by doing a bunch of intramural sports. I was also a Peer Network Engagement Intern for Hillel as well. If there was one piece of advice I would give, it would be that you should step out of your comfort zone because college is the best place you can do that.
My name is Hannah and I’m from Chatham, NJ. I’m currently a Junior studying Psychology and Neuroscience. My involvement at Syracuse includes being in greek life, being a board member of Active Minds – a club which raises awareness for mental health on campus- and, lastly, I was a Peer Network Engagement Intern for Hillel last year. I also spent the last two years as part of the Syracuse University Marching Band and pep band, where I played the Mellophone.
Hi!! My name is Rebecca and I am from Philadelphia, PA. I am going to be a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Communications Sciences and Disorders (CSD), also known as the Speech and Audiology major. Just last year, I started a chapter of Challah for Hunger, where we bake and sell delicious Challah’s and all the profits go towards helping fight hunger!! Buy some! Help make them! (Ask me how!!) I also volunteered at the Salvation Army in the city of Syracuse which was an amazing experience. My favorite part about Hillel is being able to see all my old friends and meet new friends and it is really a warm welcoming environment.
Hi! My name is Libby, I’m from Minnetonka, Minnesota, and a sophomore in Chemical Engineering. I’m involved in Engineering Excelerators, Engineering Ambassadors, and American Institute of Chemical Engineers on campus. This year I’m going to be a member of one of the University’s choirs and Syracuse University Outing Club. I’m pretty much a Hillel regular with my roommate and I try and go to Shabbat every week. I can’t wait to meet you! P.S. Syracuse rains a lot, don’t forget a quality umbrella and boots!
My name is Lev and I am from Newton Massachusetts. I am currently entering my junior year at Syracuse University with a dual major in Information Management Technology/ Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises. I am on the executive board of the Entrepreneurship Club as well as an active member in Enactus. This is my first year as a facilitator and I did FreshFest as a freshmen. Finally, I absolutely love both cooking and eating food and will doing a lot of both this upcoming year!
Hi everyone! Can’t wait to be back at Syracuse in just a few short days. My name is Jenny and I’m from Vermont. I’m going to be a senior this year studying Public Relations with a minor in Marketing. I am involved with Greek life and I also sing in an a Capella group called Oy Cappella (it’s the Jewish one on campus). My sophomore year I was a Peer Network Engagement Intern at Hillel and also did Alternative Spring Break in Oklahoma. I’m a regular at Hillel and go to Shabbat every week with my friends. This past semester I was abroad in Israel so I’m more excited than ever to be reunited with everyone at Syracuse!
Hi, my name is Zack, but everyone just calls me Hesh. I am a rising senior, although I still have another year after this one, I am studying Finance and Accounting in the Whitman School of Management. I am involved with intramural sports as well as Hillel on campus. I did FreshFest as a freshmen and have been a facilitator before, I was also a Peer Network Engagement Intern, and recently did Birthright. Get ready for the best 4 years of your life!
My name is Ilana and I’m a rising junior from Cleveland, Ohio studying International Relations and Pre-Medicine. Throughout the past two years I have been really involved in Hillel, and I feel like it’s my second home. Freshman year I wrote for the Hillel newsletter and last year I was a Peer Network Engagement Intern. On campus, I am involved in Syracuse University Ambulance and a community service fraternity. One thing you should know before arriving on campus is that Hillel is a great support system, and one of many here on campus, so reach out to the older FreshFest facilitators and don’t be afraid to ask for help! We were all in your shoes just a few years ago, and now we are so excited to help make Syracuse your new home.
Ellie is from Richmond Virginia and will be a junior in VPA studying Directing and Casting for the Theatre. She loves calzones, can beat box, she’s allergic to strawberries, and she’s a big a fan of remixes of old 80’s love song ballads! Her favorite color is green, like Franklin the turtle. Her advice to freshman is to try everything once, even the lasagna in the dining hall! You might surprise yourself!
Hi everyone! I’m Jacky from northern New Jersey and I’m a junior Acting major. On campus, I’m involved with Greek life, Black Box Players, and of course, Hillel. I did Freshfest as a freshman and I’m still best friends with some of the people I met there. I was the Engagement VP last year and now I always make it to Shabbat dinners, holidays and events. If I could give you any advice it’d be to remember that college is a time of discovery and one that you won’t get to repeat so forget about fomo (it’s a dumb trend anyway) and just do your own thing.
Hi there! My name is Ali. I am from Dix Hills, NY and am currently a Sophomore here at ‘Cuse! I am majoring in Writing and Rhetoric in the College of Arts and Sciences. On campus, I love hanging out on the quad, getting healthy milkshakes at Stronghearts, working out when I can, and just being with my friends! I also love Shabbat dinners at Hillel every Friday night – it’s a great way to stay involved with Hillel, learn about upcoming events, and stay connected to my Jewish roots.
My name is Joe. I am a Senior, from the best city in the world, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania*. I am a Biology Major following a pre-med track. On campus I’m in Greek Life, a Pre-Med Fraternity, Oy Cappella (Jewish A Cappella group), and Recreational Sports. I participated in Freshfest my freshmen year and I am excited to be a facilitator. Get pumped for Cuse!!!
Hey guys, my name is Stephanie and I’m from Long Island, NY. I’m a rising sophomore and I’m majoring in Nutrition/Dietetics with a minor in Psychology. I am super involved in Student Association (aka student government). I’m an assembly rep, member of the student life committee, and on the board of elections and membership. In addition, I’m a tutor on campus and I’m in the honors college. I love bringing my friends with me to Shabbat dinner and I make sure to stop by whenever there’s a barbecue going on. My advice to all the freshmen would be to meet as many new people as you can because everybody is looking for friends!
My name is Simon and I am a Junior Sport Management Major from Millburn New Jersey. During the school year I am an English Language Conversation Partner and Intern with IMG. My favorite trip this summer was going to Israel through the Hillel at Syracuse Birthright program. This summer I was a Sports Properties Intern for Madison Square Garden. I love going to music festivals – get excited for Juice Jam.
Hey everyone, my name is Louis Bookoff. I am from Baltimore, Maryland and am currently a junior, majoring in Entrepreneurship & Emerging Enterprises and Finance. On campus I am involved in the Couri Hatchery Business Incubator in the Whitman School of Management. I participated in Fresh Fest my freshman year and was pumped to come back as a peer facilitator. My advice would be throw out all preconceptions you have about college and look for ways to get out of your comfort zone during the year.
My name is Yonah and I live in Los Angeles, CA. I am a TRF major in Newhouse and am going into my senior year. While I loved studying abroad in London this past semester, I definitely missed being on campus. You guys are all so lucky you have 4 years at the most incredible school in the world. Take advantage of every moment.