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Honors Hall 05
Queens College, CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, New York 11367
Phone: (718) 997-5567
Email: fye@qc.cuny.edu
Hours: Monday–Thursday,
9 AM–5 PM

FYE Mentors

Adriana Kostakis, Mentor Supervisor


Adriana is a senior majoring in Communication Sciences and
Disorders while minoring in Psychology and Urban Studies. She enjoys being a Mentor Supervisor because she understands the pressures of the transition from high school to college, and feels that being in FYE benefits you academically and socially. Outside of Queens College, Adriana volunteers as a summer camp counselor and works as a private swim instructor.

Office hour by appointment. Please email Adriana or FYE.

Rebecca Gibble, Mentor Supervisor


Rebecca is a senior majoring in Finance and minoring in Data
Analytics and Spanish. Her favorite thing about being a Mentor Supervisor is providing support and personal insight to students as they navigate through their college careers. On campus, Rebecca enjoys being a part of clubs and giving tours to middle school students. Her hobbies include traveling, reading, and going on adventures with friends. 

Office hour by appointment. Please email Rebecca or FYE.

AnaCristina Bedoya, Mentor Supervisor


Ana is a senior majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience with a minor in HMNS. What Ana loves about being a mentor supervisor is building connections with FYE mentors, and helping students plan their careers at QC. In addition to being a supervisor, Ana does research on campus. She likes going to restaurants, watching TV and movies, cooking, painting, and taking long naps.

Office hour by appointment. Please email Ana or FYE.

Saarah Ahsan, Mentor Supervisor


Saarah is a senior majoring in Psychology and Elementary Education and was a part of the Freshman Honors Program. Saarah enjoys being a mentor supervisor because she is able to help freshmen adjust to college and directly assist them through her office hours. Saarah’s hobbies outside of campus include trips to the city, trying new food, and watching Netflix.

Office hour by appointment. Please email Saarah or FYE.

Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 Mentors

My name is Atika Fariha. I'm currently in my sophomore year, pursuing a major in Accounting. I'm looking forward to meeting new students and truly being able to help them out so their transition to college becomes a little easier. I would love to be a mentor that students can come to whenever in need. For fun, I really enjoy going to karaoke bars, or picnics with friends. I also love watching movies and trying out new food.

Office hour: Thursday 2:00-3:00

My name is Anlisa Outar! I’m currently a junior majoring in Urban Studies and minoring in Political Science and Studio Art. My favorite part of FYE is the nourishing and supportive environment that everyone enjoys and contributes to. Outside of academic work, I enjoy photography and printing my photos! Alongside FYE, I am interning with the CUNY Cultural Corps.

Office hour: Monday 10:00 - 11:00

My name is Ashley Simons and I am a senior who is majoring in both computer science and political science with a minor in Chinese language. I’m excited to be part of the FYE community so I can assist young scholars navigating through college and help students with their professional development. I have a special interest in helping students secure federal and local internship opportunities. When I lived in Washington, D.C., I completed three federal internships. I hope to elevate first-year students to a new level by providing academic guidance, helping them explore career opportunities, and by identifying current campus resources. I enjoy knitting, drinking tea, and listening to K-Pop. On weekends you can find me fishing at the beach with my family.

Office hour: Friday 11:00-12:00

My name is Brianna Sesson. I am a lower senior majoring in FNES and minoring in Fashion and Textiles while on the Human Development and Family Sciences track. My favorite part about being in FYE is encouraging and assisting newcomers to be more confident in college. I enjoy watching K-Drama, learning the Kalimba, and looking at memes. 

Office hour: Wednesday 10:00-11:00

My name is Chloe Sweeney. I’m a pre-med junior majoring in Biology and Neuroscience and minoring in Chemistry, Psychology, and Health Sciences. I speak from experience when I say I understand the worries and doubts that come with being a first-year student, so I look forward to helping freshmen find their path at QC! When I’m not in class, you can find me writing for the The Knight News, working in my research lab on campus, or volunteering at my local hospital. I enjoy baking, watching Netflix, and bothering my cat 24/7!

Office hour: Thursday 3:00-4:00

My name is Clementina Jose and I am a current senior, with my major being psychology! I am looking forward to interacting as well as enhancing the experience of undergraduate students, whose tensions are high. I love film making, editing as well as dancing! I am also an RA within the summit at Queens College. Outside school, I am an ambassador/mentor to the students within my scholarship program called “Seeds of Fortune.”  I also intern within 3 outpatient programs where I carry out administrative duties and shadow qualified counselors during group therapy sessions! 

Office hour: Friday 10:00-11:00

My name is Emily Scarpati.  I am a lower sophomore at Macaulay Honors College QC.  I am a psychology major double-minoring in studio art and student personnel. There are countless academic and non-academic resources around every corner at QC and I hope to help students take advantage of them!  Looking forward to empowering first-years and transfers so that they can feel confident in their abilities to excel in the face of new adjustments and challenges. I enjoy handwriting letters, cooking vegan dishes, and watching the twinkling night sky from the beach. Outside of being a peer mentor, I am on my way to becoming a peer mental health counselor.

Office hour: Thursday 1:00-2:00

My name is Etan Ohevshalom. I am a junior majoring in Psychology on the pre-dental track. My favorite part about being in FYE is being able to take away a lot of the stress freshmen have when joining a new college environment. I enjoy playing sports, specifically basketball, and also enjoy watching Netflix and YouTube.

Office hour: Tuesday 1:00-2:00

My name is Faith Oyebola. I am an Accounting major and a senior here at Queens College. My favorite part about being in FYE is meeting new people, making new friends, and giving back by helping out the freshmen. I enjoy playing games on my phone and work part time at Burlington.

Office hour: Monday 3:00-4:00

My name is Geraldine Giraldo. I am a senior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Business and Liberal Arts (BALA). I am looking forward to helping students through any struggle they may have during their transition into Queens College. My hobbies include reading, baking, and watching shows on Netflix. Outside of FYE I tutor and provide care for my youngest nephew who is a special needs child on the spectrum.

Office hour: Wednesday 1:00-2:00

My name is Jared Willner, and I am a senior at Queens College majoring in Accounting. My favorite part about being an FYE mentor is sharing my experience and helping students become aware of the tools and resources available to them. My interests include cars, motorsports, music, and computers.

Office hour: Wednesday 11:00-12:00

My name is Jia Ming Li and I am a junior majoring in early education and history. My favorite part of working for FYE is helping out the first-year students get used to Queens College. Outside of FYE I volunteer at my local elementary school helping 4th and 5ht graders. I am also a part of the ASIA Club on campus. During my free time, I enjoy listening to music and playing volleyball.

Office hour: Monday 10:00-11:00

My name is Jonathan Rosenfeld. I am junior majoring in Economics. My favorite part of working for FYE is providing incoming freshmen with assistance in their transition from high school to college. Off campus, I volunteer at my local synagogue and babysit my three nephews. My hobbies include baking, singing, and swimming.

Office hour: Wednesday 12:00-1:00

My name is Joseph Horowitz. I am a Biology & Neuroscience major on the pre-medicine track and senior at Queens College. My favorite part of being in FYE is advising students who are looking to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) coursework. I love helping students make good decisions about scheduling their sciences classes and making sure their classes are a good fit for them. On campus, I am a research assistant in the Queens Affective Neuroscience Laboratory, and off campus I volunteer as an EMT. During my free time, I like to play the piano and the guitar.

Office hour: Wednesday 3:00-4:00

My name is Joya Pariyal. I am a Sophomore majoring in Comparative Literature Major and minoring in English and Honors in the Humanities.I'm looking forward to being the older friend for incoming freshmen that are intimidated and confused by the new world they've entered after they've left the comfort of high school. My hobbies include reading way more books than I have the time for, writing short stories, and posting book reviews/pictures on my bookstagram account. Outside of FYE I work part-time at Wendy's!

Office hour: Tuesday 3:00-4:00

My name is Katherine Ramnarine and I am a senior double majoring in English and Early Elementary Childhood Education. I am looking forward to helping other students that may need help in their academic careers and giving back to my college community overall. I like singing, writing, casual photography, casual video creation and editing. I also love comic books, anime, drinking bubble tea, eating Japanese snacks and traveling the city. Outside QC, I teach a small class once a week with a tutoring facility.It's a big, but rewarding responsibility.  I'm also slowly building a professional writing portfolio so I can either go into the fields of education or writing. I'm looking forward to what both roads will reveal in my travels.

Office hour: Friday 2:00-3:00

My name is Kelly Herrera and I’m a Sophomore majoring in Elementary Education and Psychology. What I look forward to the most is helping the freshman class in going through the process of transitioning from high school to college, meeting other peer mentors, and growing my mentorship skills. During my free time I enjoy reading books, baking with my mom and brother, and taking my dog out for long walks. Outside of FYE I work as a camp counselor at a summer day camp.

Office hour: Thursday 11:00-12:00

My name is Lynn Fortune. I am a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Political Science. Being part of the FYE program, I look forward to meeting and interacting with new people including both mentees and mentors. I hope to form connections and help as much as I can. My hobbies include playing the piano and cooking. I love to eat, and watch a series of shows on Netflix, Disney, Hulu and Amazon Prime. I also love volunteering. My interests include participating in debates, hearing different points of views on controversial topics, and discussing immigration and immigrant rights. I aspire to one day collaborate with others to bring about change to the immigrant community. Outside of the FYE program I volunteer at a Law firm and Northwell Hospital .

Office hour: Thursday 10:00-11:00

My name is Marissa Soomdat. I am a senior double majoring in Psychology and Sociology. I plan on mastering in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Childhood Education, I would like to become a Kindergarten teacher one day! My favorite part of FYE is communicating with first year students and giving advice on my own college experience. Also, I liked that this program provides support to these students so they know they can always confide in us. I love trying new food and eating dessert! Apart from FYE, I work at a dance academy and as a summer camp counselor. 

Office hour: Friday 10:00-11:00

My name is Nava Moskowitz and I am a junior at QC majoring in Psychology. I am also minoring in Health Sciences and am on the pre-nursing track. My favorite part of working for FYE is being able to help new students adjust to college and use my own college experiences to give advice and support. During my free time, I volunteer in the Emergency Department at Mercy Medical Center. I also like to paint, read, and ride my bike.

Office hour: Thursday 12:00-1:00

My name is Rebecca D Spilky and I am a junior majoring in Economics and minoring in Business and Liberal Arts (BALA). I am looking forward to meeting the new students and being able to help guide them through their first year at QC! Outside of FYE, I work as a Student Ambassador for Queens College, and I enjoy skiing during my freetime.

Office hour: Wednesday 2:00-3:00

My name is Reubena Kaidanian. I am a sophomore on the professional track for being a Physician Assistant. I am majoring in neuroscience and plan to double minor in chemistry and pre health sciences. At FYE I am looking forward to meeting new people and establishing a connection that will really help one’s college experience; I can’t wait to be that advocate for others and watch them ease into a new journey. I love writing, have been writing ever since middle school, and I've recently started a social media page for my work. I play the piano and listen to music during my daily workouts all throughout my studying time. Outside of FYE I participate in the ambassadors program at QC. I also work for the office of Nassim Medical; they specialize in orthopedics and internal medicine. I am a writing tutor and I help my community’s organization, HadorHaba, by organizing programs for the next generation.

Office hour: Tuesday 11:00-12:00

My name is Riyahuana Headley. I am a sophomore majoring in Urbans Studies. As a part of FYE, I look forward to being able to help freshmen and transfer students transition into Queens College comfortably. On campus, I work as a Student Ambassador for both Queens College, and McGraw Hill. My likes include art, music, dance, photography, and nutrition.

Office hour: Friday 1:00-2:00

My name is Sabah Ahsan. I am a sophomore majoring in Political Science and minoring in Urban Studies while on the Pre-Law track. I’m looking forward to guiding first year students while being in FYE. I enjoy watercolor painting and watching slice-of-life movies. Apart from FYE, I am currently interning for a political campaign.

Office hour: Tuesday 2:00-3:00

My name is Salma Razak. I am a lower senior majoring in Biology and minoring in Cities and Social Medicine. I am on the Pre-Health track and interested in becoming an RN. As a returning mentor, I believe my favorite part as being part of the FYE community would be the satisfaction a student has when I have helped them overcome an obstacle or issue they have dealt with in their college experience. In addition, the skills I have gained from being part of the FYE community has been useful. I love Netflixing (I don't believe that's even a word). The idea of being able to relax and watch a good movie is amazing. Besides this, I love nature. The combination of birds chirping and the wind blowing through the leaves etc is a feeling that cannot be described. During my free time, if I'm not with friends I'll be home experimenting with DIYs. This has led me into painting. Besides using canvases, I have painted designs on my bedroom wall which have come out so nice.

Office hour: Tuesday 12:00-1:00

My name is Samantha Mohamed. I am a senior majoring in Elementary Education and Political Science. As an FYE mentor, I look forward to supporting and guiding first year students in their transition to Queens College. I like reading and listening to music. I love dancing and am also a member of the Queens College Bollywood Fusion Team, QC Fanaa. Outside of FYE, I serve as the President of the Guyanese Student Association.

Office hour: Tuesday 10:00-11:00

My name is Sarah Persaud. I am a senior on the Pre-Nursing track majoring in Biology. While being in FYE I look forward to helping fellow students navigate their way through college given that it can be confusing and scary. I hope this program helps students feel more at ease during their time at Queens College. During my free time I like to play video games. Outside of FYE, I am currently employed at MicroCenter.

Office hour: Monday 12:00-1:00

My name is Sneha Sara Vinod. I am a junior majoring in Biology and Neuroscience while on the Pre-PA track. I like to be a part of FYE because it is a space where I get to spend my time being with people who share more or less the same interests that I do. I love spending time knowing different people and helping them out in any way possible, and FYE is a perfect platform for that. It is also a place where I have learned many new things about my school and the various opportunities it provides. I would like to be a part of it as long as I can and help my fellow mates. I like to travel, cooking, and singing are some of my hobbies. Apart from FYE, I work as a pharmacy tech at Salzman chemists, and I tutor kids.

Office hour: Monday 1:00-2:00

My name is Trystan Gardner. I am a junior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Urban Studies and Anthropology while on a Government and Public Service track. My favorite part of FYE is meeting all the new students and helping them out to the point where they feel comfortable being at our school and doing things such as checking their CUNYFIRST and making their schedules on their own. It’s a rewarding experience when they say they understand what to do and that my tips have helped them. My hobbies are reading and listening to music. Last year I volunteered to work at Welcome Day which is a day of fun for the incoming students to get to know each other and know the campus.

Office hour: Monday 2:00-3:00

My name is Uzaiza Khan. I am a sophomore majoring in Secondary Education English. I’m looking forward to meeting incoming students and helping them feel comfortable and supported during their transition to Queens College. My hobbies are badminton, photography, and experimenting with cooking! Outside of Queens College, I am an Explainer at the New York Hall of Science.

Office hour: Wednesday 12:00-1:00

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