Student Staff

The Tat staff members are eager to make new students feel welcome and answer any questions. We 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. We 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.

We are a diverse group of American and international students representing a broad array of majors and minors (about 40) as well as university programs and colleges. We are all part of the Tat team because of our genuine desire to help fellow Cornellians. Our role is to make the transition into campus life easier for new students and to pass on what we’ve learned from our own experiences to help others make the most of their first year. Come talk to us! Our team totals 23 and we 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: 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, Convocation Committee, Alpha Iota Gamma Pre-Health Fraternity, Study Abroad in Australia
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 way to de-stress is by watching Bon Appetit YouTube videos!

Name: Edmund
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Major/Minor: Applied Economics and Management (AEM)/Policy Analysis and Management (PAM)
College: Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
Year: 2021
Activities: The Wardrobe, Dyson Students of Color Coalition (DSCC), Dyson Monthly Spotlight Award(MSA), Dyson Diversity Scholar (DDS), OADI Pre-Professional Program (P3), MALIK Fraternity Inc.
Fun Fact: I am originally from Georgetown, Guyana

Name: Yagmur
Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey
Major/Minor: Computer Science/Linguistics
College: Arts & Sciences
Year: 2022
Activities: International Students Union, Salsa Palante, Women in Computing at Cornell
Fun Fact: I can sleep for 16 hours at one go!

Name: Buma
Hometown: Poolesville, Maryland
Major/Minor: Information Science/Communications
College: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Year: 2022
Activities: Cheerleading, ConsentEd, Student Assembly
Fun Fact: I can do a front flip underwater but my attempts on ground have been unsuccessful.

Name: Niko
Hometown: Fremont, CA
Major: Communication
College: College of Life Sciences (CALS)
Year: Sophomore, Class of 2022
Activities: I enjoy binge-watching Avatar the Last Airbender, going on runs around Ithaca, driving in my 2002 Honda Civic, dancing along to Rex Orange County & Khalid, and discussing Marvel movies.
Fun Fact: Kevin Abstract, from the band Brockhampton, follows me on Twitter!

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, AIR pre-healthcare professional fraternity, Biological sciences Student Advisor, and Cornell Pole Posse.
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: Jahin
Hometown: Edinburg, TX
Major: Computer Science Engineering
College: Engineering
Year: 2022
Fun Fact: I love learning about trees.


Name: Avery
Hometown: Sherman, CT
Major/Minor: Industrial and Labor Relations/Business, Information Science, Spanish
College: School of Industrial and Labor Relations
Year: 2022
Activities: Alpha Phi Omega (Community Service Fraternity), Italian Club, Cornell Traditions, and Phi Sigma Pi (Honors Fraternity)
Fun Fact: I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with my best friend!

Name: Kemi
Hometown: Hillside, NJ
Major/Minor: Asian Studies, Government/International Relations
College: Arts and Sciences
Year: 2022
Activities: Phi Sigma Pi, Alpha Phi Omega, Korean Language Program
Fun Fact: I can speak about 7-8 languages. I lose track frequently!

Name: Abigail
Hometown: Western Springs, IL
Major/Minor: Economics and History/English
College: Arts and Sciences
Year: 2021
Activities: Reading, Writing, Hiking, Skiing, Photography, Cooking/baking with friends


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: Zeh
Hometown: Binghamton, NY
Major: Biological Sciences
College: CALS
Year: 2021
Activities: Yellow Paint Society, REACH, Therapy Thru Music, playing ukulele, buying too many art supplies
Fun Fact: Ladybugs, fallen eyelashes, and puffy dandelions are magical and I always make wishes on them.

Name: Maura
Hometown: Milton, MA
Major/Minor: Human Development, Pre-Health/Health Equity
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.

Name: Clara
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Major: History/Inequality Studies
College: Arts & Sciences
Year: 2022
Activities: Youth Outreach Undergraduates Reshaping Success Mentorship Program (YOURS), Staff Writer at Guac Magazine, Cornell Historical Society
Fun Fact: My best talent is that I can do a very authentic seagull call.