benny chan

Benny Chan

Major(s): Computer Science, Sociology

Campus Involvement: Emory Crew, Emory Pre-Dental Society, Ben Massel Dental Clinic Volunteer, Intervarsity: Asian Christian Fellowship

Ask Me About: Where to find anything on campus, sorting out financial aid, getting involved on campus (extracurriculars)

Tips for the academic transition: Manage your time well, get lots of sleep

Tips for the getting involved: Go to Wonderful Wednesdays, send emails

Tips for getting around campus: Go on a tour, ask people around you (everyone is super friendly)

alex choy

Alexander Choy

Major(s): Physics for Life Sciences

Campus Involvement: Academic

Ask Me About: Help getting involved in clubs on campus

Tips for the academic transition: Make sure to go to class and as many office hours as possible.

Tips for the getting involved: Try out a club that is outside of your comfort zone. It's really helpful to join a club that you already have a friend in, or to make extra effort to become close friends with a person in the club you join.

Tips for getting around campus: Visit the library and stacks early on to find good study spots. Study the map and find out how to get to points on campus that interest you.

Sofia Martinez

Sofia Martinez-Taboada

Major(s): Business Administration

Campus Involvement: Conversation Partner Program, Portuguese at Emory

Ask Me About: Procedures or requirements for international students, or anything else you need help with :)

Tips for the academic transition: Go to office hours and don't procrastinate

Tips for the getting involved: Go to the activities fair, Wonderful Wednesdays and join clubs

Tips for getting around campus: Have reference points within campus and explore it

laura palmer

Laura Palmer

Major(s): Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, French

Campus Involvement: Dance team

Ask Me About: Academic resources, pre-health resources, dance team,

Tips for the academic transition: EPASS tutors, time management

Tips for the getting involved: Student activities fair, try something new

Tips for getting around campus: Don't be afraid to ask peers for help, explore the campus on your own

Jillian Rankin

Jillian Rankin

Major(s): Chemistry, Nutrition Science

Campus Involvement:

Ask Me About: Finding off campus housing, the chemistry major (especially the new curriculum), the nutrition minor, things to do in Atlanta (including parks, rivers, museums, and concert venues), things to do in Georgia (such as in North and South Georgia), areas around Atlanta, bus routes

Tips for the academic transition: Go to your classes every day, and keep up with the material. It'll be so worth it midway through the semester when everything comes at you at once!

Tips for the getting involved: Find one club that is related to your academic goals, and one club that is related to your hobbies or interests!

Tips for getting around campus: Walk your schedule before the first day of classes, and use a campus map for the first week or so (available at Admissions).

scarlett rocha

Scarlett Rocha

Major(s): Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology

Campus Involvement: Emory's Ultimate Woman's Team, 1915 Scholars, SIRE

Ask Me About: How to get involved with research on campus, whether that consists of different research opportunities in the summer or scholarships to received research funding for.

Tips for the academic transition: Finding an effective study plan is key! Not every class is the same; therefore, not every class will call for the same studying techniques. Unfortunately, this is something that is just learned by trial and error but is nonetheless important to consider. EPASS session and the writing center have become my best friends. Use these incredible resources to your advantage!

Tips for the getting involved: Be open to new opportunities and just try new things! You never truly know if you may like a certain activity or club unless you actually try it. I personally never knew what Ultimate Frisbee was but decided to attend a practice since I enjoy sports. With no hesitation I can say it's been one of the greatest decision I've made at Emory. People also serve as great references as to what clubs may be offered on campus. Talk to different individuals and see what activities they may be involved with and you may find one that you take interest in!

Tips for getting around campus: I still catch myself getting lost on campus from time to time and knowing that in advance, I make sure to plan ahead by providing myself with additional time if I need to get to a certain location that I am not familiar with. Taking some time on the weekend to just walk around campus and familiarize yourself with certain common buildings, as reference points, is definitely helpful.

Eva Rosenzweig

Eva Rosenzweig

Major(s): Economics, Philosophy

Campus Involvement: Executive board, The Pulse of Emory

Ask Me About: Econ and philosophy major requirements. How to live (happily) with a roommate you don't know. Pre-law stuff (who to talk to, events to attend). Doing your first semester...again!

Tips for the academic transition: If you go to a professor to have him/her fix up your essay, you'll probably get a good grade because you've been explicitly told what the professor wants! Go to class...it's- mostly- what we are paying for.

Tips for the getting involved: There may be a club that you like the idea of, but in practice it is not for you. That is a-okay. Don't be afraid to seek opportunities off campus. Take advantage of the opportunities Handshake presents

Tips for getting around campus: Do not get discouraged- just keep going out and exploring/trying to find different routes to class. Ask for help if you need it! Southern hospitality seems to extend to everyone on campus...even those who aren't from the South want to help. Like all things adjustment, this comes with time. Exercise patience and lots of it. 

Sidra Siddiqui

Sidra Siddiqui

Major(s): Biology

Campus Involvement: Emory MSA, Emory Pipeline, Transfer Connector

Ask Me About: being pre-med at Emory, finding classes, organizing and planning your schedule, reaching out to professors, and finding co-curricular activities, anything else your heart desires!!

Tips for the academic transition: I'm a huge fan of planning ahead, so if you know you are interested in a particular major or career choice, researching course requirements and organizing your timeline for classes is always beneficial! If you are unsure about what you would like to focus on just yet, speak to as many advisors and professors as you can in order to get a feel for what may suit you!

Tips for the getting involved: Reach out to people! Whether it's one of the transfer connectors, a friend from class, or even a professor, the more engaged you are with the people around you, the easier it will be for you to be engaged with Emory at large. Also, always stay open to new opportunities and commitments, especially during your first semester. That random organization you join or application you fill out may pave the way for the rest of your time at Emory! 

Tips for getting around campus: Spend as much time out of your room as you can!! Get to know the campus, Emory Village, and Atlanta so it feels more like home -- there's always something happening so you definitely won't find yourself bored. Also, don't be afraid to ask for directions -- I definitely needed guidance getting to my classes on my first day at Emory, and found that Emory students are always willing to help! 

Melany Silvera

Melany Silvera

Major(s): Business

Campus Involvement: French Club, Communication Partners 

Ask Me About: I work at Woodruff Library, so any questions about library resources could be sent to me! I am also very familiar with financial aid requirements and who you should contact

Tips for the academic transition: Do not overwork yourself! Emory classes are very hard, and some are ranked. Take into consideration that you also want to be involved on campus and have some time to socialize with friends as well. Also, use EPASS to find any tutors.This is free, so I would recommend to schedule the meetings before exams. 

Tips for the getting involved: Handshake is a great website to find on-campus jobs. Orgsync can be overwhelming, but you can apply to multiple clubs that way. Wonderful Wednesdays is probably better than OrgSync because it is not as intimidating. 

Tips for getting around campus: Emory Mobil is a really good app for transportation. Another tip I would give is that at first the campus might look very big, but after the first few weeks it is very easy to find everything, and the campus appears very small, so do not get discouraged if you get lost in the beginning.