Student Staff

The Tat staff is eager to make new students feel welcome and answer any questions. They are also actively engaged in developing programs at the Tat that serve new students in all ways, from connecting students to fascinating faculty members, to providing fun study breaks. They play additional special roles on move-in day, during Orientation week, First-Year Family Weekend, and Cornell Days, plus are available to faculty using the center for any facilities-related need.

The Tat staff is a diverse group of American and international students representing a broad array of majors and minors as well as university programs and colleges. They are all chosen to be part of the Tat team because of their genuine desire to help fellow Cornellians. Their role is to make the transition into campus life easier for new students and to pass on what they’ve learned from their own experiences to help others make the most of their first year. Utilize them! They are a tremendous resource! There are 24 of them and they collectively keep Tatkon staffed over 75 hours each week.

New students and faculty should always feel welcome and encouraged to drop by the Tat and ask staff anything!

Name: Nana
Hometown: Ghana
Major: Human Biology, Health, and Society (pre-med)
College: Human Ecology
Year: 2020
Activities: Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program, Alternative Breaks, YMCA
Tat Tip:  Avoid procrastination if you want to enjoy the unique and fun opportunities Cornell provides.
Fun Fact: I love to read novels while sipping on my favorite coffee drink, caramel frappuccino.

Name: Xinming (Lily)
Hometown: Zhuhai, Guangdong, China
Major: Computer Science & Operations Research
College: Engineering
Year: 2020
Activities: Cornell Table Tennis Club, CUES peer tutor, Engineering Coop Program
Tat Tip: Never hesitate to ask for help! Help is everywhere.
Fun Fact: I have been to almost every province in China.

Name: Amber
Hometown: San Luis Obispo, CA
Major/Minor: Biological Sciences/Environmental Science
College: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Year: 2020
Activities: Class Councils Student Government, College Democrats, Student Assembly Health and Wellness Committee
Tat Tip: Focus on your mental and physical health above all else. Get enough sleep, take active breaks from studying or work, get off campus and explore Ithaca, eat three times a day, go to dance shows, galas, and a cappella concerts.
Fun Fact: My favorite pasttime is watching Bon Appetit YouTube videos.

Name: Austen
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major/Minor: Sociology/Inequality
College: Arts & Sciences
Year: 2019
Activities: Phi Delta Epsilon, Bio-medical and Technical Association,(BBMTA), Pre M3, LINK, Scholars Working Ambitiously to Graduate (SWAG)
Tat Tip: Don't restrict to the same familiar places on campus. There's an endless number of amazing places on campus to hang out, study, and just relax.
Fun Fact: I have a new hairstyle every two weeks.

Name: Drew
Hometown: Danbury, CT
Major/Minor: Biology & Society (pre-law)/Law & Society, American Indian & Indigenous Studies, Information Science
College: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Year: 2019
Activities: Women of Color Coalition, Pre-Professional Programs, Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives, Alternative Spring Breaks, Women's Resource Center
Fun Fact: My ultimate goal is to become an OBGYN serving in underprivileged areas.

Name: Sofia
Hometown: Springfield, VA
Major/Minor: Policy Analysis & Management/Law & Society, Demography
College: Human Ecology
Year: 2019
Activities: Student Assembly, Pre-Law Fraternity
Tat Tip: Self care is essential in making your first year at Cornell manageable, so don't forget to set time aside for meditation, light reading, or even mud masks!
Fun Fact: I am a second-generation Cornellian.

Name: Lily
Hometown: Warwick, NY
Major: Information Science
College: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Year: 2019
Study Abroad: Copenhagen, Denmark
Activities: Research Assistant - Intercultural Communication & Robots in Groups Lab, Consent Ed, Women in Computing at Cornell
Tat Tip: Spend a semester off campus! Whether it's Cornell in Washington, study abroad, co-op, or any of the other programs that Cornell offers. It's a great way to meet people and have new experiences.
Fun Fact: I used to do voice recordings for commercials when I was a kid.

Name: Penelope
Hometown: New York, NY
Major: Government, English
College: Arts & Sciences
Year: 2020
Activities: Cornell Daily Sun, Women of Color Coalition, Peace Action, Cornell International Affairs Society
Tat Tip: Don’t be afraid to reach out for help or to check out any clubs/events you have an interest in! You could miss out on something great!
Fun Fact: I love Game of Thrones, my middle school playlists, and movie recommendations.

Name: Alejandro
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Major: Biological Sciences (pre-PhD, concentration in microbiology)
College: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Year: 2021
Activities: Biology Scholars Program, Knit with Care, Haven, Undergraduate researcher in Angert Laboratory
Tat Tip: Be adventurous and explore every opportunity that you can, but also take care of your physical and mental health. Don't be afraid to ask for assistance or advice!
Fun Fact: My family is originally from Panama and Germany. I lived in Panama when I was younger.

Name: Ashni
Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA
Major/Minor: Industrial & Labor Relations / International Relations
College: Industrial & Labor Relations
Year: 2021
Activities: Cornell Nazaqat, Cornell University Roosevelt Institute, Cornell University American Civil Liberties Union
Tat Tip: Spend time with people that you care about! Academics will always be there, but don't miss out on the great memories you will make with your friends!
Fun Fact: I've danced Kathak, an Indian classical dance form, since I was five years old!

Name: Grace
Hometown: Guangzhou, China
Major/Minor: Environmental Engineering/Dyson Business Minor for Engineers
College: Engineering
Year: 2020
Activities: Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., Mainland China Student Association, Cornell Engineering Career Fair Team, Cornell Asian Pacific-Islander Student Union
Tat Tip: Always be mindful of your dreams and goals and actively look for opportunities and resources on campus that help you accomplish the things you want to do! Don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help and make connections.
Fun Fact: I think Cornell made me addicted to coffee.

Name: Diana
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major/Minor: Spanish and Government/Public Policy, Law and Society
College: Arts & Sciences
Year: 2020
Activities: Cornell Democrats and Undergraduate Consultant for the Center for Teaching Innovation Program
Tat Tip: It's okay to be stressed; trust me, we've all been there! Just take a moment to relax and find something to calm you down. For me, that's taking a nap or watching Netflix.
Fun Fact: I love music and know how to play the violin, cello, clarinet and alto sax!

Name: Sabrina
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Major/Minor: Industrial and Labor Relations/Inequality Studies
College: Industrial & Labor Relations (transferred internally from Arts & Sciences)
Year: 2019
Study Abroad: Beijing, China
Activities: Women's Resource Center, Planned Parenthood Generation Action, Consent Ed
Tat Tip: Don't put off getting involved on campus. Joining clubs/teams can be a great way to acclimate to college and find friends!
Fun Fact: I do the New York Times crossword puzzle every day!

Name: Matthew
Hometown: Mendham, NJ
Major/Minor: Policy Analysis & Management (PAM), Public Finance/Pharmaceuticals/Business
College: Human Ecology
Year: 2018
Activities: Inter Fraternity Council Judicial Committee, Cornell International Affairs, American Mock World Health Organization
Tat Tip: Become comfortable reaching out to upperclassmen! They are super friendly and always eager to help out. They could even become some of your closest friends.

Name: Jahan
Hometown: Bombay, India
Major/Minor: Economics and Religious Studies/Policy Analysis & Management, Business
College: Arts & Sciences
Year: 2019
Activities: Cornell International Business Association
Tat Tip: Don't forget to explore the outdoors. Ithaca has a lot of natural beauty to enjoy.
Fun Fact: Caffeine puts me to sleep.

Name: Leah
Hometown: New York, NY
Major/Minor: Industrial, and Labor Relations/Inequality Studies, Law and Society
College: Industrial & Labor Relations
Year: 2021
Activities: Cross Cultural Adoptee Mentorship Program, Phi Alpha Delta (pre-law fraternity), Phi Mu (social sorority)
Tat Tip: Take time to find what you're passionate about and do what you love (it does not necessarily have to be academic)! Not only is it good for your mental health, but it's a great way to explore your new home. Don't know where to start? Ask me!
Fun Fact: I love love love corgis! Follow @ralphthecorgi

Name: Darya
Hometown: Stoughton, MA; Vladimir, Russia (birth)
Major/Minor: Human Biology, Health, and Society (pre-med)/Health Policy
College: Human Ecology
Year: 2020
Activities: Cornell DanceSport Team (ballroom), MEDLIFE, Human Ecology Ambassadors, Undergraduate Researcher in Cornell Language Acquisition Lab, Cornell Tradition
Tat Tip: Priorities will change from day to day and from semester to semester. Prioritize your time efficiently and reassess on a regular basis to stay on task, stay organized and stay stress free (or, more realistically, just less stressed)! Try using Google to keep everything in one place!
Fun Fact: I can fit my whole hand in a Pringles can!

Name: Evan
Hometown: Houston, TX
Major: History
College: Arts & Sciences
Year: 2019
Activities: S.W.A.G. (Scholars Working Ambitiously to Graduate), Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated Secretary
Tat Tip: Get to know your professors. They want to help you!
Fun Fact: I published a book when I was seven years old!

Name: Maura
Hometown: Milton, MA
Major: Human Development
College: Human Ecology
Year: 2021
Activities: PATCH (Pre-Professional Association Towards Careers in Health), Alpine Ski Team, Phi Sigma Sigma (social sorority), nutrition research
Tat Tip: Try to find clubs and activities that you are truly interested in. Clubs are a great way to make friends and take a break from academics!
Fun Fact: I have double-jointed shoulders.

Name: Claire
Hometown: Brookline, MA
Major/Minor: Biology/Business for Life Sciences
College: Arts & Sciences
Year: 2020
Activities: Undergraduate Researcher at the Kawate Lab, StepUP, CURB, Ballet and Books, Alpha Chi Omega (social sorority)
Tat Tip: Don't be afraid to reach out to your academic advisor and advising dean for help! They are there for you to ask questions and can be a great resource, especially in your first year.
Fun Fact: I am a first generation American; my family is from Estonia and Ukraine.

Name: Niki
Hometown: Troy, OH
Major/Minor:  Biomedical Engineering
College: Engineering
Year: 2021
Activities: Big Red Bridges, Cornell Music Vs, Society of Women Engineers
Tat Tip: Embrace Ithaca's natural beauty, especially when you're feeling overwhelmed.
Fun Fact: The summer before my first year here, I watched Golden Girls for two hours every day with my Mom!

Name: Lucia
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Major: Hotel Administration
College: Hotel School
Year: 2021
Activities: Hotel Ezra Cornell, Club Managers Association of America, American Hotel & Lodging Association
Tat Tip: How you spend your time is entirely your choice, so remember to make time for the things that matter to you most.
Fun Fact: I used to have four turtles.