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POST Team Leaders

Obi Abii

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College of Engineering, Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2022

Hometown: Clifton, NJ (I grew up in Lagos)

What is your favorite thing about POST? Being able to explore Ithaca and form friendships in ways I don't think would have been possible without POST.

Why did you choose to attend? I've always been passionate about Service and being able to give back to my community. POST was a way for me to help out in Ithaca and learn about service opportunities during the school year. I had also just finished a gap year and was really bored.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell? The space and scenery. There are a lot of nice trails on campus. It's great to always have the option of taking a nice walk or stargazing when things get stressful.

What other programs/activities are you involved with? I am a writer for the Cornell Lunatic, I sing with Mediocre Melodies, I am the treasurer for the Theta Tau Kappa Delta Chapter, I am also very involved in Human Computer Interaction Research.


Abigail Boatmun

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College of Human Ecology, Human Development
Graduation Year: 2023
Hometown: Durant, Oklahoma

What is my favorite thing about POST? My favorite thing about POST is getting to meet and become friends with so many people who are also passionate about service. POST provides a great environment to make long lasting friendships so freshmen feel confident going into their first year of a brand new, and sometimes scary, experience. It was so comforting always having someone to get lunch with or to check out an organization with during the first few weeks of freshman year - and I'm still great friends with a lot of fellow POSTees!

Why did you choose to participate in POST? I was very involved in service during high school and knew that it was something I wanted to be involved in during my college career. POST seemed like a great way to get involved in service and learn about the opportunities available in Ithaca and on campus before the school year even started!

What is my favorite thing about Cornell? I love how much there is to learn! In addition to the hundreds of super interesting classes, there are also hundreds of clubs and organizations to be a part of. Every weekend there is something new to do, from a cappella shows to cultural nights and everything in between. Each experience you have and each person you meet allows you to learn a little bit more about something.

What other programs/activities are you involved with? I am involved in Kappa Delta (a social sorority), Native American and Indigenous Students at Cornell, the Adolescent Purpose and Identity Processes Lab, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. I am also a Meinig Scholar on campus.


Lia Chandra

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College of Arts & Sciences, Information Science
Graduation Year: 2023
Hometown: McLean, VA


What is my favorite thing about POST? My favorite part of POST was getting to know people who cared so much about the place that we live in before even starting classes at Cornell. I loved getting to know people through doing community service, and also through staying up late playing card games and talking to other POSTees when we had all returned from our service activity for the day. I never imagined that in only 4 days, I could become so close with so many people, and make some of my closest friends at Cornell.

Why did you choose to participate in POST? I chose to attend POST because I thought it would be a good way to meet people with similar interests as me and to get to know Cornell's campus and the greater Ithaca area well before college.

What is my favorite thing about Cornell? Everybody is passionate about really different, specific fields that you may have never heard of before! Every semester I get to meet new people, make new friends, and join new organizations which has made every semester better than the one before. Everyone at Cornell cares a lot about the place that we live in, which creates a really special sense of care and community, which has made Cornell feel like home everyday that I've been here!

What other programs/activities are you involved with? Product Designer for AppDev (a project team at Cornell), Campus Tour Guide, Mentor for Ballet&Books, and Writer for Slope Media Magazine


Summer Hardy

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College of Arts & Sciences, Biology & Society
Graduation Year: 2023
Hometown: Boulder, CO

What is my favorite thing about POST? I loved the community of people I found! It was so much fun spending the week together exploring Ithaca and giving back to the community. Most of my close friends now are people I met at POST and participating in it has been one of my favorite decisions I've made in college so far.

Why did you choose to participate in POST? I was very involved in community service throughout high school and found out about POST through the Cornell Tradition Fellowship. It sounded like an interesting program and I wanted to meet some people with similar interests before classes began. I was very nervous about going to a college far from home without knowing many people, but POST was a way to meet new people and make the transition easier.

What is my favorite thing about Cornell? The campus is so beautiful! I love the natural beauty of the gorges and the varying architecture across campus. Despite the hills, I love walking from class to class and admiring my surroundings.

What other programs/activities are you involved with? I have a job on campus in Lincoln Hall and I have a research position in a neurobiology lab. Additionally, I am in Alpha Phi Omega (the service fraternity), Phi Delta Epsilon (the premed fraternity), C-CAMP (a mentoring club for adopted children), Women in Computing at Cornell, and I'm a Cornell Traditions Fellow as well as an Arts & Sciences Ambassador.


Audry Hong

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College of Human Ecology/Global and Public Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2022
Hometown: Wayne, NJ

What is your favorite thing about POST? My favorite thing about POST was being able to explore the Ithaca area, its quirks and service opportunities with people who were also interested in doing more for their community. I was able to meet so many amazing people through this program, many becoming some of my closest friends here.

Why did you choose to attend POST? My experience with community engagement in high school helped shape my worldview, passions, and life goals. I wanted to make sure I didn't lose that spark coming into college and also knew that one of the best ways to get to know Ithaca was jumping in head first! I was nervous about coming into college without really knowing anything or anyone, but POST allowed me to connect with other people in the same boat as me, as well as older students who were able to impart important and helpful advice about navigating college and life in general.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell? Whenever people ask me about Cornell, my answer always starts with "it's just so wholesome!" I also love the diversity in the people I meet and the disciplines offered. I find myself interested by basically everything, and being at Cornell allows me to pursue those interests from career goals to casual hobbies. Cornell and Cornellians push you to grow in heart as well as mind, and I cannot imagine myself anywhere else.

What other programs/activities are you involved with? I am a PRYDE (Program for Research on Youth Development and Engagement) Scholar doing translational research as well as a Humanities Scholar. I am also involved with GlobeMed (Public Health and Social Justice club), Class of '22 Councils, Farmers' Market at Cornell, and Alpha Phi Omega (a community service fraternity).


Charlotte Jones

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What is your favorite thing about POST? The connection that all the participants make with each other and with the community! I am so grateful for the opportunities and the people POST introduced me to.

Why did you choose to attend POST? As a Traditions Fellow, it was a great way to get a head start on my community service hours. I also was going into Cornell without knowing a single person and wanted to meet new people. However, what I got from it was so much more. I gained a community, long-lasting friendships and an introduction into so many different aspects of campus I wouldn't have heard if I wasn't a part of this program.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell? Everyone is so passionate about what they are doing and the interests are so broad! I love that I have friends who range from food scientists to aspiring writers. It is so amazing to be surrounded by such driven and intelligent individuals.

What other programs/activities are you involved with? Phi Delta Epsilon (Cornell's only Professional Pre-Med Fraternity), Ballet and Books, Cameradery, Traditions Fellow, STEP (Science and Technology Education Program) Program Assistant, Choline Kids Research


Abby Levin

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College of Engineering
Graduation Year: 2023
Hometown: Rochester, NY 

What is your favorite thing about POST? The people- I gained so many friends and mentors from this experience that truly made my transition to college much easier.

Why did you choose to participate in POST? I wanted to make friends going into freshman year.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell? The atmosphere, people here are so hardworking, interesting, and diverse, as well as nice and fun. The campus is beautiful, the food is great, it is overall an amazing place to spend 4 years.

What other programs/activities are you involved with? Mediocre Melodies, Cornell Mars Rover


Mason Muir

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College of Arts and Sciences, Computational Biology
Graduation Year: 2022
Hometown: Salem, Oregon

What is your favorite thing about POST? My favorite thing about POST is the growth that all the participants experience. In the beginning people start as strangers, but by the end, the group has become a tight knit core of friends all with the same spirit and dedication to service. POST helped me tremendously with my transition to Cornell and introduced me to amazing opportunities to give back to a community which is very closely tied with our college.

Why did you choose to attend POST? Volunteering was a large part of my life during high school and I wanted to continue that commitment at Cornell. I saw POST as an opportunity to meet like-minded people, build connections, and get a jump-start on what volunteering I might want to devote my time to heare at Cornell.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell?  The student body here at Cornell is filled with just remarkable and genuine people. During my first visit to Cornell everyone I met was incredibly nice and approachable, and this sentiment has not changed since I've been here either. Even the professors are very down to earth and care about each and everyone of their students. Furthermore, everyone here is extremely passionate about their own unique interests and such an environment continues to inspire me everyday.

What other programs/activities are you involved with? I am an undergraduate researcher in a molecular and cell biology lab on campus. Additionally, I participate in indoor and outdoor intramural soccer, Diversity Outreach/Admissions, I am a Traditions Fellow, as well as a firefighter/EMT in Cayuga Heights.


Eliza Steinman

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School of Hotel Administration
Graduation Year: 2023
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
What is your favorite thing about POST? POST introduced me to some of my closest friends and opportunities that have defined my first two years at Cornell. The connections POST provides—with your peers and upperclassmen—made it really easy to get involved on campus, and it was a really fun week!

Why did you choose to participate in POST? I wanted to meet people who had similar interests to me. The structure of POST made it easy to get to know other POSTees, and when we moved into our dorms I already felt like I had a community on campus. It made the transition to Cornell feel much less intimidating.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell? The diversity of students! I love meeting people from different places/backgrounds and hearing about their experiences. Being exposed to so many diverse perspectives has taught me a lot.

What other programs/activities are you involved with? APO (community service fraternity), Ballet & Books, Greek Life


Audrey Vinton

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College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Environmental Sustainability Sciences
Graduation Year: 2022
Hometown: Rochester, NY

What is your favorite thing about POST? My favorite thing about POST is how many lasting friendships are formed during the program. It's really cool to see POSTees go from basically strangers on day 1 to having a really close group of friends by the last day. For me, having this support system going into orientation and freshman year made my transition to college life a lot smoother.

Why did you choose to attend? I wanted to attend POST because I had done a lot of community service in high school, and it was important to me to find places in Ithaca where I could volunteer. I was also super nervous for freshman year, especially since I had a single dorm, so I wanted to meet people and make friends before the start of orientation.

What is your favorite thing about Cornell? My favorite thing about Cornell is the huge variety of disciplines people study here. I think it's really cool to be around people with diverse interests and passions. The broad range of course offerings allowed me to explore my interests and figure out what field I want to pursue. I also had the chance to do research on campus which was really exciting.

What other programs/activities are you involved with? I am in Alpha Phi Omega (a community service fraternity), Research (H.R. Rawling Presidential Research Scholar), CU Bigs, Epsilon Eta (Sustainability fraternity), CALS Student Advisory Council to the Dean, Environment & Sustainability Peer Mentor