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Anthony Corletti

Anthony Corletti

Mudge House

To the class of 2018+

I am excited to be one of many to welcome you to Carnegie Mellon University’s Pittsburgh campus.  My name is Anthony Corletti, and I am the Head Orientation Counselor for Mudge House. I am also a rising senior in the Information Systems program; in which I have developed passions for both software engineering and consulting practices.

Beyond academics, I am also very passionate about my fraternity, which is where I have sustained more personal growth and development that I believe I will ever experience.

Yet my heart really lies with Carnegie Mellon’s Orientation program. Without Orientation, I never would have found new passions that I never thought I had, nor would I have met the people that made an amazing impact on how I view success and myself, some of those people now being my best friends.

As an incoming student from the Pittsburgh area, with my high school being a mere four-minute drive from campus, I thought I would have Carnegie Mellon all figured out. I was wrong. The adventure that lay ahead of me was nothing I could predict, and was more amazing than I could have ever imagined, and the best part is that it’s not over yet.

My mission as one of the Head Orientation Counselors will be to provide for the class of 2018+ a program that presents the base camp on which you can begin your own adventure. From learning that this school is filled with academic brilliance and artistic talent that should not seem daunting but an opportunity to learn from those around you, to finding a student organization, Greek or unaffiliated, NCAA or club, in which you can share your passion and grow in your experiences here at Carnegie Mellon – I hope that this week should be one of the best experiences you ever have.

Until then, my advice to you all is to be yourself, follow your passions, and be ready to welcome adventure come August 17th.

Best regards for the summer!

Mudge Love,

Anthony






Natalie Giannangeli

Natalie Giannangeli

Morewood E-Tower

Hi Class of 2018+,

I can’t even express how excited I am to welcome you in to the Carnegie Mellon community! My name is Natalie Giannangeli and I am the Head Orientation Counselor for Morewood E-Tower for Orientation 2014. I’m currently a junior from Pittsburgh majoring in Global Studies and Hispanic Studies.

CMU might have been your reach school that you couldn’t believe accepted you (like me), or maybe it was the last choice on your list. Either way, you are coming to CMU and you should feel proud, accomplished and excited. You have been in school since you were four years old, preparing for the moment you would be sent off to college and now it is all happening!
Orientation is the greatest way to start off your new adventure in to college. You have an incredible opportunity to start off your next four (or five) years un a way you could never imagine. Come in to the Orientation week open and challenge yourself to feel uncomfortable. Much of the CMU experience is embracing challenges, so why not start during Orientation. What I have found throughout my past three years is that when you start seeking out challenges, you will start to see yourself achieve dreams you did not know you had.

I know you feel nervous and that is ok- a whole new class of first-years will surround you that all feel exactly the same as you. Go out and use that nervousness to bring out the best in yourself. You are here to bring another diverse and important perspective on to our campus. Never forget that as you learn and grow on your college journey.

I can’t wait to meet you all as you start your adventure!

Big Pineapple Love,

Natalie Giannangeli






Harley Montano

Harley Montano

Stever House

Hello new Tartans!  You have made the right choice, if not, the best choice you will ever make in your entire life: coming to Carnegie Mellon University.  But before I dive into that, let me introduce myself.  My name is Harley (yes, like the motorcycle) Montano, Harles works too…anyway… I hail from the great state of New jersey, I am a rising senior studying chemical engineering and I am excited to say that I am the Head Orientation Counselor for Stever House for Orientation 2014.   Just a fun fact about Stever house, it is CMU’s newest and shiniest dorm and has air conditioning, yes, air conditioning.

Real quick I would like to say one thing.  While you’re anxiously waiting for high school and summer to end, wondering what college life will be like, whom you’ll meet and what your goals are, stop.  STOP RIGHT NOW.  Disregard anything you’ve ever heard about college, Pittsburgh, CMU, everything.  Why you may ask?  Why shouldn’t you worry about your future friends and what you’ll do with your time here?  BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO IDEA.  CMU is a place where the possibilities are endless and for you to think you’ll have any inkling of the people you’ll encounter or the great things you’ll do is just plain silly.  So what should you be doing now?  Enjoy your remaining months in high school, have fun, slack off in school a bit (you’ve earned it) and sit back and relax until august rolls around, where the real adventure begins…

Sinc-stever-ly,

Harley






Gabby Pascuzzi

Gabby Pascuzzi

Donner House

Class of 2018+, welcome to the adventure of a lifetime!

My name is Gabby Pascuzzi, and I’m the HOC for the big blue house, Donner. I’m studying Linguistics and Professional Writing a whole 9,000 miles away from home in Manila, Philippines. I could not be more thrilled and honored to welcome you to our Carnegie Mellon family.

If you’re like any of the other 1500 people in your class, you’re feeling a lot of things right now. Excited, nervous, and curious. You have no idea what’s waiting out there for you -- and that’s a good thing! College wouldn’t be half the exciting time it is if the next four (or five) years were anything close to predictable. Maybe you’ll change your major, make friends with a future Broadway star, or find your untapped passion for inner-tube water polo (that’s a real intramural sport here)!

The Orientation experience is a unique one that you’ll remember for the rest of your time here. It is what you make of it, so I encourage you to go in with an open mind, a kind heart, a warm smile.  Everyone is nervous, so don’t worry about acting cool. That person on your floor who looks like he has it all figured out is probably just as nervous as you are, so reach out and make a new friend.

My one piece of advice to you is to step outside your comfort zone and take risks. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Don’t feel constrained by the activities you did or the person you were in high school. But also don’t feel pressured to act like someone completely different -- you can still maintain your integrity while exploring who you want to be. Be yourself, and be willing to accept whatever crazy, unpredictable things are thrown at you. The curve balls in college are what make it a growing and learning experience.

I wish you the best of luck and an amazing Orientation experience!

Gabby Pascuzzi






Steve Posney

Steve Posney

Residences on the Hill

What up Class of 2018+!

Congrats on your acceptance to Carnegie Mellon University!  My name is Steve Posney, computer science major extraordinaire, and I'm one of the Head Orientation Counselors for the Hill housing area along with the fantastic Tommy Sterling.  We're both extremely excited to welcome all of you to campus in the fall and to help you find your niche in the Carnegie Mellon community!

I guess when I was looking at schools I always thought that Carnegie Mellon was the perfect fit for me.  Filled with high achievers, world-renowned for its computer science program, and conveniently located only 40 minutes away from the farm that I grew up on in my hometown, Carnegie Mellon was far and away my first choice.  After opening that acceptance letter, I started running around my house, my mom started crying, heck I think I even shed a couple of tears.  I was beyond ready to begin the next chapter of my life.

But the thing is, I wasn't.  As the day until I was supposed to leave for school drew closer, it started to hit me that I was leaving behind a lot of what I knew for something that was largely unknown.  I was anxious about leaving my family, my friends, my dog, my home.  In the span of a couple months, I went from feeling like a grown-up on top of the world to a kid who was lost without his security blanket.

As it turned out, I didn't need to be worried at all - from the time my parents and I finally said our goodbyes Sunday night until the start of classes and even until now, life at Carnegie Mellon has been a whirlwind of adventure.  My first Orientation in particular was one of the best weeks of my life, even though I was a nervous wreck for the first few days.  My Orientation Counselors did a great job of helping the introvert inside me meet tons of other people and experience all that this university has to offer.  From the awkward-but-hilarious icebreakers to the friendly class-wide competition known as 'House Wars', Orientation was a time when I was able to just let go, be myself, and fall back in love with my dream school.  

All of us on the Orientation Staff are enamored with this university and are completely committed to making all of your Orientation experiences just as awesome as ours were.  If I could offer one piece of advice, it would be this:  don't be afraid to be yourself.  The people are what really make this place, and don't be afraid to add yourself to the incredible mix of personalities and cultures and passions that will come together to become your new home.

Again, congratulations on choosing Carnegie Mellon & get ready for an amazing ride!

Steve Posney





Evan Starkweather

Evan Starkweather

Residence on Fifth

Dear Class of 2018+,

Hello! My name is Evan Starkweather, I’m a rising senior Chemical Engineer, and I’m the Head Orientation Counselor for the Residence on Fifth. Words cannot express how excited I am for you and the experience you’re all about to have. Orientation is by far my favorite time of the year. It can be daunting as a first year to enter a completely new environment without knowing anyone else there. However, looking back upon the week I had, it was one of the most transformative times of my life. You will gravitate towards your own set of new friends, discover much of what CMU has to offer, and even learn things about yourself that you may not have realized before. I kid you not when I say that this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Now, that’s not to say that it’s the same experience for every person because (Spoiler alert) each and every one of you is different. That’s the beauty of it. Your unique personality, your unique story, and your unique worldview will all contribute to a week that is fully your own.

And so I urge you to embrace that. Embrace everything that makes you the individual that you are. In essence, I’m trying to say “Be yourself!” but that sounds way too cheesy. So, I’ll say this instead: Don’t fit yourself into some social box, don’t concern yourself with fulfilling anyone else’s expectations, and don’t be afraid to contribute everything unique that you have to offer to the Carnegie Mellon community. That is the source of this university’s strength: Everyone’s individual passions melding together to form a genuine spirit that is alive and well on this campus. I look forward to meeting you all and I can’t wait for you to begin this adventure.

Sincerely,

Evan Starkweather






Tommy Sterling

Tommy Sterling

Residences on the Hill

Congrats to everyone in the class of 2018+!

First of all, wow. YOU DID IT! My name is Tommy Sterling, and I’m a rising fourth year Architecture major and one of the Head Orientation Counselors for the Hill with the incredible Steve Posney. I know Steve and I both have our sights set for August when we finally get to welcome the next amazing additions to the Carnegie Mellon family!

Over the past three years, Carnegie Mellon has become just as much a home for me as Hershey, Pennsylvania where I grew up. While it was difficult to say goodbye to my friends and family, I knew that I was starting out on the greatest adventure of my life.

Every day, I realize how lucky I am to go to school with the most passionate, dedicated, and enthusiastic people in the world. From day one, my Tartan family has grown from the handful of people on my freshman floor to a family more diverse than anything I could have imagined. They come from every corner of the globe, every area of study, and have hobbies I never even knew existed. In high school, I never imagined I would find someone as obsessed with amusement parks as me, but now I’m helping to teach a class about them to a room full of my peers. No matter how crazy or quirky your interests are, your experiences at Carnegie Mellon will help nurture them into something far greater than anything you could have ever imagined.

Just three years ago I was in your shoes, and I know from experience nothing I can say will completely calm your nerves. Just know that the first steps of your Carnegie Mellon adventure are going to be amazing and that the journey just keeps getting better and better. If you’re looking for advice, here is what I have to offer: try something new, open your mind, and be yourself.

I can’t wait to help you step into college and start you on your Carnegie Mellon adventure!

See you soon!

Sincerely,

Tommy Sterling