Name: Akhil Aniff
Hometown: New York City, NY
Minor/Certificate: Product Realization
Activities: Teaching Assistant; Pitt Mastana; Biomedical Engineering Society; Innovation Institute; DesignHub
Favorite Spot on Campus: Roof of Benedum Hall :)
Piece of Advice for New Residents to Your Building: Stretch yourself and try as many new things as possible. You'll eventually settle on the ones you truly love.
Name: Peter Bonino
Hometown: Wyomissing, PA
Major: Electrical Engineering
Activities: Engineering for a Sustainable World; Intramural Referee
Favorite Spot on Campus: The Pete Lawn
Piece of Advice for New Residents to Your Building: Go to class. Join a club. Call home. Clean the bathroom every once in a while.
Name: Elizabeth Caves
Hometown: Germantown, MD
Major: Molecular Biology
Minor/Certificate: Chemistry; Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
Activities: Research at Hillman Cancer Center; Campus Women's Organization
Favorite Spot on Campus: The top of the Chevron steps
Piece of Advice for New Residents to Your Building: Take advantage of Pitt and all the opportunities! It is amazing!
Name: Maria DelGrande
Hometown: Sewickley, PA
Minor/Certificate: Computer Science; Asian Studies
Activities: Pitt Project Potter; Pitt Urban Gaming Club; Rainbow Alliance
Favorite Spot on Campus: The Cathedral Lawn in the warmer months - everything is so green and beautiful!
Piece of Advice for New Residents to Your Building: Get involved! You don't have to continue with something if it ends up not being for you, but putting yourself out there by joining clubs and organizations on campus is a great way to meet people and stay active.
Name: Maddy Edara
Hometown: Erie, PA
Minor/Certificate: Spanish; Pre-med
Activities: Neurodegenerative disease research; Teaching Assistant for Chemistry and Freshmen Programs
Favorite Spot on Campus: Cathedral Commons
Piece of Advice for New Residents to Your Building: The MOST important thing you need for college is a fun fact about yourself. Trust me on this.
Name: Rachel Evans
Hometown: Scranton, PA
Major: Neuroscience; Religious Studies
Minor/Certificate: Chemistry; Pre-Med
Activities: Project Sunshine; Chemistry Teaching Assistant; Research Assistant in UPMC psychiatry lab; Volunteer at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh; National Residence Hall Honorary; Project Leader for PittServes
Favorite Spot on Campus: Anywhere in Schenley Park
Piece of Advice for New Residents to Your Building: Explore Pittsburgh! As students, we are provided with a variety of resources including free admission to certain museums and a free bus pass. Put them to good use!
Name: Kaushik Ganesh
Hometown: Clifton, NJ
Minor/Certificate: Chemistry; Conceptual Foundations of Medicine; Pre-Med
Activities: Pitt HOSA (pre-health leadership club); National Residence Hall Honorary; Biology Teaching Assistant; Pitt Akshayapatra (service club); Research on how the shift from cultural to clinical subspecialities in healthcare has affected social and community healthcare systems
Favorite Spot on Campus: Hillman Library in the Digital Scholarship Services Area...it's one of the only places where I can do work
Piece of Advice for New Residents to Your Building: Don't be afraid to approach your RA for help, wheter it's finding research, figuring out what class/professor to take, or if you just want to vent and need someone to listen. We were all freshmen once too, and most of us started in the exact same shoes. It never hurts to ask for help.
Name: Tim Joy
Hometown: Sewickley, PA
Major: Applied Developmental Psychology
Activities: Blue and Gold Society; Pitt Dance Ensemble; Outside the Classroom Curriculum Honorary Society; William Pitt Union Student Employee
Favorite Spot on Campus: The porch of the William Pitt Union. Most of my days are spent at the WPU and when the weather is right, I love spending time on the porch doing homework, people watching, or catching up with friends!
Piece of Advice for New Residents to Your Building: This is going to sound incredibly cliche, but enjoy every second you have as a Pitt student to the very fullest. I adore my time at Pitt and I am incredibly sad that I only have one year left as an undergrad student. If I could go back to the point at which you are all currently, I would in a heart beat. Sadly, I cannot do that, but you all have four years to do incredible things without wishing away a single moment of it. Live out your time at Pitt as best you can while you can, and be sure to eat lots of Serrentos pizza in the process!
Name: Jeff Zeng
Hometown: Liuzhou, China
Major: Economics-Statistics; Urban Studies
Minor/Certificate: Chinese; Theatre Arts
Activities: Volunteer at Pitt Pantry; First Experiences in Research
Favorite Spot on Campus: The french fries line at either dining hall.
Piece of Advice for New Residents to Your Building: Never be afraid to be yourself, fight a good battle in any aspect of life, take risks, and learn more about the world around you.