Student Staff

The Tatkon Center student staff total 25 upper-level students who work to ensure smooth operations over 75 hours each week. 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 an additional special role on move-in day and during Orientation week as well as First-Year Parents’ Weekend and Cornell Days.  They are also always 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 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!

New students and faculty should always feel welcome and encouraged to drop by the Tat and ask staff anything!  While Thursdays from 8:30-9:30pm pm are specifically reserved for Tat Chats, sometimes focused on specific topics, all are welcome to ask the staff anything at any time.

Name: Max
Hometown: Newport Beach, CA
Major: ILR
Year: 2017
Future Plans: I am still trying to figure out what to do with my life, but I know that I want to spend more time abroad and eventually find something that I enjoy that also contributes to society. At this point, I envision myself working in a policy or business-related field, possibly focusing on the environment or sustainable energy.
Interesting Fact: I really enjoy learning about other cultures and languages and can speak Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese (to varying degrees of proficiency).
Favorite Quote: "When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be." - Lao Tzu

Name: Chimene
Hometown: Boston, MA
Major: ILR
Year: 2017
Interesting Facts: I went to boarding school, used to play lacrosse, and am now in a sorority on campus.
Favorite Quote: This too shall pass.


Name: Katherine
Hometown: Alexandria, VA (just outside of DC)
Major: Hotel Administration
Year: 2017
Future Plans: My dream job is to manage a hotel or lodging property in a National Park when I graduate. Until then, I hope to work in Walt Disney World and study abroad in Spain.
Interesting Fact: I have a metal plate and 6 screws in my collarbone.
Favorite Quote: "Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry." - Cassandra Clare


Name: Krishna
Hometown: New York, NY
Major: Biology
Year: 2017
Interesting Facts: I only eat milk chocolate (mostly Reese's Peanut Butter Cups), and I've been a dancer for the last eight years!
Favorite Quote: "Why do we fall, Master Wayne? So that we may learn to pick ourselves up again." - Alfred Pennyworth, Batman


Name: Samantha
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Major: Biological Engineering
Year: 2015
Future Plans: I'm not really sure yet! I'm leaning towards something in the medical field, but I guess we'll see what happens. I want to study abroad next summer and/or get an internship, and hopefully some experience will help me decide.
Interesting Fact: I love to play volleyball, I'm on the club team at Cornell and also love to play on the beach. I also make THE best chocolate cookies ever.
Favorite Quote: "Turn towards the sun and the shadows will fall behind." - Maori proverb

Name: Kristin
Hometown: Lexington, MA
Major: Biological Sciences
Year: 2016
Future Plans: Post-graduation I intend to combine my interests in science and service by becoming a medical physician. I hope to practice on land and later join Mercy Ships and sail the oceans as a volunteer doctor.
Interesting Fact: I love musical ensembles, especially wind ensembles. I have the joy of playing flute in a band for more than half of my life.
Favorite Quote: "My will shall shape the future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man's doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny." -  Elaine Maxwell


Name: Anna
Hometown: Andover, MA
Major: Operations Research and Information Engineering
Year: 2016
Future Plans: Graduate and move to the Midwest, shake hands with a television personality, return to the flip phone after a brief stint with its smarter successor.
Interesting Fact: I am learning to whistle pretty unsuccessfully.
Favorite Quote: "Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others." - Churchill


Name: Emily
Hometown: Boston, MA
Major: Biology and Society
Year: 2018
Future Plans: I'm quite unsure of my future and my plans, but hopefully my future plans involve helping people and the planet through science, compassion, and education. I'm considering going to Law School, but even if I don't end up going, I want to help eradicate social injustices.
Interesting Facts: One time, I bumped into John Stamos on a beach in Hawaii. 
Favorite Quote: "There is no exquisite beauty without some strangeness is proportion." - Edgar Allan Poe

Name: Danielle
Hometown: Chappaqua, NY
Major: Human Development
Year: 2017
Future Plans: I am studying psychology, business and spanish with the hope of pursuing a career in Human Resources or Consulting!
Interesting Facts: I am the oldest of 4 children and love dancing, Spanish, traveling, and talking.
Quote: "It's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years" - Abe Lincoln

Name: Bo
Hometown: Wuxi, China
Major: Computer Science and Economics
Graduation Year: 2017
Future Plans: Be a happy person who makes people around me happy too!
Interesting Fact: I speak fluent Singlish!
Favorite Quote: "Do unto others what you want others to do unto you." – Confucius

Name: Chris
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Major: Development Sociology
Year: 2018
Future Plans: I would like to eventually work in a position that synthesizes my interests in community organizing, human rights advocacy, and writing — perhaps in academia.
Interesting Fact: I enjoy browsing used bookstores for old and forgotten books!
Favorite Quote: The life of a single human being is worth millions of times more than all of the properties of the richest man on earth. - Ernesto "Che" Guevara

Name: Arjun   
Hometown: Herndon, VA
Major: Biology
Year: 2018
Future Plans: I would love to travel abroad while completing all sorts of research and humanitarian aid efforts. I’m also a dancer on Cornell Bhangra and would love to compete internationally.
Interesting Fact: The bones in my forearms are fused together!
Favorite Quote: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles . . . . The credit belongs to the man in the arena . . . who, at the best, knows the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” - Theodore Roosevelt

Name: Clarence
Hometown: New York City, New York
Major: Economics
Year: 2018
Future Plans: I can definitely say that my parents have inspired me to work for an international organization, and hopefully I’ll be able to concentrate on policy and environmental and resource economics.
Interesting Fact: I went to the United Nation International School for middle school, and have been to a camp in rural Mexico as part of a class trip.
Favorite Quote: “Keep your face always toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you.” – Walt Whitman



Name: Zoe
Hometown: New York, NY
Major: Human Development
Year: 2018
Future Plans: Although I'm still working out exactly what I want to do, I am positive that what I choose to pursue will have to do with children, be it through medicine or education. I also want to continue volunteering and learning.
Interesting Fact: I love to travel and be immersed in other cultures. I've eaten some crazy food, such as jelly fish, yak's milk tea, and chicken feet.
Favorite Quote: “In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” - Robert Frost

Name: Molly
Hometown: New City, NY
Major: Human Development
Year: 2018
Future Plans: I don't know yet! I want to keep my options open and make the most out of my Cornell experience.
Interesting Fact: I can stand on my head and I'm fluent in American Sign Language.
Favorite Quote: "You've always had the power, you just needed to learn it for yourself." - Glinda the Good Witch


Name: Meghan
Hometown: Beverly Hills, MI
Major: Environmental Engineering
Year: 2016
Future Plans: I'm looking forward to beginning my graduate degree in Engineering this spring, and hope to work as an engineer afterwards. Water resource management is most interesting to me, but I'm also eager to learn more about natural resource conservation and basic sanitation in global cities--two diverse topics. Cornell is definitely the place to be to keep exploring.
Interesting Fact: Ithaca is my favorite city I've ever been to. I've spent the last 3 summers here and the crazy cold winters make the sunny days extra special.
Favorite Quote: "A party without cake is just a meeting." - Julia Child



Name: Shivani
Hometown: Bellevue, WA
Major: Biology
Year: 2018
Future Plans: I am hoping to become a doctor in the future and focus on global health so that I can help make health a human right!
Interesting Fact: My other (dream) career aspiration is to open up a bookstore called the Bookery with a cafe, new and used books, and knick knacks from around all the world.
Favorite Quote: (one of many) “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”- The Diary of Anne Frank



Name: Vidya
Hometown: Bangalore, India
Major: Engineering
Year: 2018
Future Plans: My future career plans are far from concrete; my primary goals involve making life better for people around the world. As such, fields such as social entrepreneurship and medical innovation are areas I potentially see myself involved in.
Interesting Fact: Once I graduate from college, I will have lived in the US and India for an equal number of years.
Favorite Quote: “If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together . . . there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart . . . I'll always be with you.” - A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

Name: TingAnn
Hometown: Medford, NJ
Major: Human Biology, Health, and Society
Year: 2018
Future Plans: I hope to apply to medical school to become a surgeon and conduct research in biology.  Hopefully, in the future, my internships, jobs, and curiosity takes me to different parts of the world.    
Interesting Fact: I love to design, sew, and make costumes inspired by movies and video games.
Favorite Quote: "My whole life is a giant mess, and I love it." -Andy Dwyer, Parks and Rec

Name: Julia Saltzman
Hometown: Wayland, MA
Major: Industrial and Labor Relations
Year: 2016
Future Plans: Working at the State Department in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs this summer has inspired me to get out and see the world more after I graduate. I would love to teach abroad, hopefully in a Spanish-speaking country, before I start a career in government or policy.
Interesting Fact: I have found 100+ four-leaf clovers in my life!
Favorite Quote: "Whatever you are, be a good one." - Abraham Lincoln

Name: Conor
Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI
Major: Physics and Economics
Year: 2017
Future Plans: Although I am undecided about what I want to do long term, I hope to attend grad school and figure it out from there.
Interesting Fact: My last name means mustard in Polish.
Favorite Quote: "The thunderbolt falls on an inch of ground, but the light of it fills the horizon." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Name: Paul
Hometown: Phillipsburg, NJ
Major: ILR
Year: 2017
Future Plans: I plan to work in Human Resources, and having worked as an HR intern at Lacoste and soon Macy's as well, the retail industry is very interesting to me.
Interesting Fact: I am a first generation American and speak Russian fluently, yet still haven't traveled anywhere on a plane.

Name: Christina
Hometown: Madison, WI
Major: Biology & Society
Year: 2018
Future Plans: Environmental consulting and species conservation. I'm interested in Chinese and Latin American relations, and particularly in the environmental impacts of their growing economic ties. Alternatively, I would move to Sicily and learn to make mind-blowingly good pasta (still up in the air).
Interesting Fact: Sometimes I daydream about going on a research fishing trip down the Amazon River and getting to see massive fish that look too prehistoric to exist anymore.
Favorite Quote: "It is now proved beyond a doubt that smoking is a leading cause of statistics." - Fletcher Knebel