2017-2018 Seed Class

    Dibya Patnaik

    Hometown:

    Robbinsville, NJ

     

    Major:

    Management Pre-law

     

    Interests:

    Playing tennis, going on spontaneous adventures, impulsively buying things

     

    Other Organizations:

    UNICEF, Enactus, OttoTHON

     

    Favorite Quote:

    “Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show” -Anonymous

     

    Thoughts on Seeds:

    OrangeSeeds is an amazing group of people who are dedicated to doing good on AND off campus. I’m so grateful to be a part of such an inspiring organization who share a common goal of making a difference. I can’t wait for all the new friendships and experiences to come!

        Erin Hernandez

        Hometown:

        Fanwood, NJ

         

        Major:

        Inclusive Elementary and Special Education

         

        Interest:

        Theatre, Dance, Sing, Community Service, elephants, roses, swimming, tennis, soccer, the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Yankees, the beach, Disney, Star Wars, Back to the Future, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe

         

        Other Organizations:

        Syracuse Cru

         

        Favorite Quote:

        “Without a struggle, there can be no progress” Frederick Douglass

         

        Thoughts on Seeds:

        I am so excited to be a part of the 2017-2018 Seed class. Seeds has been the best decision since I step foot here at Syracuse. Since day one of the program, I have felt the love and support of my Seed class, e-board, and membership board all around me. They have become my home away from home. Although I know that challenges lie ahead, it is comforting to know that I have a community of people who have my back through it all. Seeds is a great opportunity I already know will put my skills to the test, teach me valuable lessons, and help me to become a leader.

            Eugenie (Genny) Madarasz

            Hometown:

            Mendham, NJ

             

            Major:

            Undecided, Arts and Sciences

             

            Interests:

            Singing, hiking, musical theater, movies, The Office, Parks and Recreation, watching Facebook videos, microwave popcorn

             

            Favorite Quote:

            “All will be well” -my mom

             

            Thoughts on Seeds:

            I have never met a group of people that are more genuine and kind than the Seeds. I look forward to seeing them each week because they inspire me to be a better person. They have become my family away from home, and I am extremely grateful for each and every one of them.

                Jackson Calhoun

                Hometown:

                Warwick, NY

                 

                Major:

                Biology on Pre-Med Track

                 

                Interests:

                Volunteering, sports, Netflix, music, traveling

                 

                Other Organizations:

                Active Minds, Honors Advisory Board

                 

                Favorite Quote:

                “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” – Dalai Lama

                 

                Thought on Seeds:

                I am so grateful to be a part of such an amazing organization here at Syracuse University! Thanks to OrangeSeeds, I have found a group of amazing individuals who share the common passion of trying to make a difference in the world!

                    Jenna Toder

                    Hometown:

                    Bedford, New York

                     

                    Major:

                    Political Science

                     

                    Interests:

                    Community service, reading, basketball, writing, film, politics, comedy

                     

                    Favorite quote: 

                    “Tread softly, breathe peacefully, laugh hysterically.” -Nelson Mandela

                     

                    Thoughts on Seeds:

                    I am SO grateful to have such a welcoming, supportive, authentic group like my peers in OrangeSeeds, especially at such an early point in my college career. Additionally, OrangeSeeds has so much more to offer than friendship. I have really enjoyed the community service projects we have begun and the connections I have made thus far. I can’t wait to see what the rest of my experience with this program will entail!

                        Julia Howard-Flanders

                        Major:

                        Undecided in the College of Arts and Science

                         

                        Interests:

                        Sailing, cooking/baking, swimming, any type of water sport, skiing, volunteering, and going places with friends (like walking trails, apple picking, movies, honestly whatever)

                         

                        Other Organizations:

                        Sailing Club, Francis House Volunteer

                         

                        Favorite Quote:

                        “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” –Winnie the Pooh

                         

                        Thoughts on Seeds:

                        I am super excited about Seeds. I love that we form such a tight family bond; it makes Syracuse not feel so large. It is amazing to be a part of an amazing and motivated group of individuals that look forward to spending time together on Saturday mornings and volunteering in the community.

                            Justin Schoenbach

                            Hometown:

                            Livingston, NJ

                             

                            Major:

                            Forensic Science

                             

                            Interests:

                            Game of Thrones, House Stark, Designated Survivor, Survivor, Syracuse Basketball, Syracuse Football, the color blue, Clash Royale, Kan-Jam, Spikeball, the lack of consistency of honeydew, positivity, astronomy, The Barry B. Benson, the benefits of procrastination, meeting new people, Ducks, mainstream songs, the New York Yankees, The Indianapolis Colts, Nickelodeon, OrangeSeeds, and the number 6

                             

                            Other orgs:

                            Otto’s Army, SU Red Cross, Syracuse University Bowling Club, Hillel

                             

                            Quote:

                            “Whether you’re made of old parts, new parts, or spare parts, you can shine no matter what you’re made of.” -Bigweld, Robots

                             

                            Thoughts on Seeds:

                            If there’s one thing I don’t regret in life, it’s becoming a seed! OrangeSeeds not only broadened my social network and allowed me to give back to the community, but it also taught me valuable lessons I can take on for the rest of my life, whether it be applying for a job or knowing how to send a professional email.

                                Kate Christie

                                Hometown:

                                Hamden, CT

                                 

                                Major:

                                Psychology

                                 

                                Interests:

                                Listening to music, running, lacrosse, skiing, Psych, New Girl, Black Mirror

                                 

                                Other Orgs:

                                Ski Team, Relay for Life

                                 

                                Favorite Quote:

                                “Sometimes we get so wrapped up in getting what we want, that we forget to ask ourselves why we wanted it in the first place.” -Ian Gallagher, Shameless

                                 

                                Thoughts on Seeds:

                                OrangeSeeds has helped me find my ‘home away from home.’ However, I was not only given an incredible support system, full of love, encouragement, and an overall sense of unity, in being a part of OrangeSeeds. I was also given the opportunity to take part in working towards meaningful change for the greater Syracuse community and beyond. Through OrangeSeeds, one is able to take part in making a difference. That, along with being able to create such strong, lasting bonds with my fellow Seeds, is truly an honor.

                                    Lauren Miller

                                    Hometown:

                                    Chicago, IL

                                     

                                    Major:

                                    Undecided in Newhouse and Policy Studies

                                     

                                    Interests:

                                    Hiking, traveling, news/politics, art as a means of talking about social issues, cooking, yoga, coffee, The Office, SNL, rom coms, intersectional feminism, photography, deep dish pizza… Lactaid, mindfulness/positivity, The Chicago Cubs, “mainstream” indie music

                                     

                                    Other Organizations:

                                    Camp Kesem, TNH, Chaarg, Rec Department

                                     

                                    Favorite quote:

                                    “Let’s go dancing while we still have feet.”

                                     

                                    Thoughts on Seeds:

                                    I’m so grateful to be a part of Seeds. Immediately upon joining it, I was enveloped by some of the most loving, supportive and passionate people I’ve meet in my time at SU. That sentiment of love and passion carries throughout everything we do in Seeds, from service projects to the meetings and everything in between. Even though I’ve only been a Seed for a month, it has quickly become something I look forward to every week.

                                        Michael Larkin

                                        Hometown:

                                        Cranford, NJ

                                         

                                        Major:

                                        Television, Radio, Film

                                         

                                        Favorite Quote:

                                        “Run with your heart and your legs will follow” – Mimi Frank

                                         

                                        Thoughts on Seeds:

                                        Live. Love. Seeds.

                                            Michelle Truong

                                            Hometown:

                                            San Jose, CA

                                             

                                            Major:

                                            Marketing Management/Public Relations

                                             

                                            Interests:

                                            Food, I love FOOD, going on adventures and trying new activities, anything and everything Disney, and I love caring for others. I am a firm believer that there is a lot of love to give.

                                             

                                            Other Organizations:

                                            RHA, Z89, CitrusTV, Enactus

                                             

                                            Favorite Quote:

                                            “You’re stronger than you seem, braver than you believe, and smarter than you think.” -Winnie the Pooh

                                             

                                            Thoughts on Seeds:

                                            I never thought there would be a community filled with such loving, supportive, and positive people, but I found that community in Seeds.

                                                Paige Wucherphfennig

                                                Hometown:

                                                Glastonbury, CT

                                                 

                                                Major:

                                                Management and Information Management and Technologies Dual

                                                 

                                                Interests:

                                                Dance, traveling, sewing, fashion

                                                 

                                                Other Organizations:

                                                Danceworks and Women in Leadership

                                                 

                                                Favorite quote:

                                                “Take and minute and let it ride” -Knaan (my tattoo!)

                                                 

                                                Thought on Seeds:

                                                I’m thrilled to be part of such an amazing organization and I can’t wait to see where the rest of the year takes me. This group already feels like my second family.

                                                    Patrick Linehan

                                                    Hometown:

                                                    Derry, NH

                                                     

                                                    Major:

                                                    Policy Studies, Economics, Citizenship and Civic Engagement

                                                     

                                                    Interests:

                                                    Traveling, Pine Point Beach, government, current events, service, leadership training

                                                     

                                                    Favorite Quote:

                                                    “You’re fine, it’s just a cut” – My Mom

                                                     

                                                    Thoughts on Seeds:

                                                    So far, OrangeSeeds has given me an amazing support system for the first couple of weeks at SU. It is so great to be able to connect with individuals on campus who have such enthusiasm for doing good. This organization has already made me feel more comfortable on this campus, and I cannot wait to see what is to come!

                                                        Sameeha Saied

                                                        Hometown:

                                                        Orlando, FL

                                                         

                                                        Major:

                                                        Psychology

                                                         

                                                        Interests:

                                                        Baking, Reading, Music, movies, television (the holy trinity), Dancing (not well), Singing (also not well), Sunsets, Stars, Flowers, Babies, Ice cream

                                                         

                                                        Other Organizations:

                                                        OttoThon Morale Committee

                                                         

                                                        Favorite Quote:

                                                        “Have courage and be kind.”

                                                         

                                                        Thoughts on Seeds:

                                                        I came to Syracuse all the way from Florida, knowing nobody, and missing my family and friends more than I thought possible. I signed up for OrangeSeeds on a complete whim, thinking it would be like any other community service organization, and I didn’t know it then but signing up was probably the smartest spontaneous decision I’ve ever made. Seeds is so much more than service. It’s leadership, creativity, teamwork, kindness, and, most of all, family.

                                                            Santiago Correa

                                                            Hometown:

                                                            Bogota, Colombia – Miami, Florida

                                                             

                                                            Major:

                                                            Mechanical Engineering

                                                             

                                                            Interests:

                                                            Stocks trading, Value investing, Being physically active (gym, soccer, etc.), Photography, Computer-Aided Design, Community service, Elon Musk, Tesla, Clean energy, 3-D Printing

                                                             

                                                            Other orgs:

                                                            American Society of Mechanical Engineering

                                                             

                                                            Favorite quote:

                                                            “Don’t judge my story by the chapter you came in on”

                                                             

                                                            Thoughts on Seeds:

                                                            OrangeSeeds is one of the best programs/organizations I have been part of. It has given me the opportunity to expand my leadership skills as I develop a support network and help the Syracuse community. Seeds is a crucial program all freshmen should apply for. OrangeSeeds is like training wheels; it helps students acquire and enhance skills they will need in years to come when they become leaders at Syracuse University and in the world.