Meet the Minerva Mentors

Jack Bragg

Jack Bragg

Minerva House: Messa

Hometown:Ridgewood, NJ

Major/Minor: I am a biology major with a minor in political science.  

Career Interest: I'm on the pre-med track.  Ideally in the future I hope to work in the field of sports medicine as an orthopedic surgeon.  

Activities: On campus I am involved in my Minerva house council, a member of the ski club, a member of Habitat for Humanity, a member of the men’s crew team, and also a tour guide. 

Personal: Outside of campus I essentially enjoy anything having to do with outdoor activities, whether it is hiking, skiing, surfing, biking, swimming, or whatever other activity you can think of.  I am also an avid Boston sports fan.  

Henry Scherck

Ilyena Kozain

Minerva House: Breazzano

Class Year: 2016

Hometown: Slingerlands, NY

Major: Political Science 

Career Interests: Graduate school for Political Science or Transportation Planning

Activities: Scholars Steering Committee, Breazzano House Council

Personal: I like biking, running, jam rock, photography and the occasional ghost hunt

Tip for Success: "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might."  Ecclesiastes 9:10 

Melissa Epstein

Melissa Epstein

Minerva House: Beuth

Class Year: 2017

Hometown: Lynbrook, NY

Major/Minor: I’m a Math major with minors in Psychology and Jewish Studies, but don’t ask me how I came up with that combination, I couldn’t tell you!

Career Interests: At this point, I’m not sure, but graduate school is likely in the picture. Activities: I’m the secretary for the Beuth House council, a Union College tour guide, a part of Bhangra Union, a member of the Union Hillel, and a Scholar.

Personal: I am one of the biggest American football fans on this campus. (I support the New York Jets, so it’s a little tough.) I also love spending time outside to take a break from my schoolwork. 

Tips for success: “Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.” –Judy Garland

Kyra DeTone

Andrea Schwartz

Minerva House: Green

Class: 2016

Hometown: Pelham, NY

Major/Minor: Art History/ Women & Gender Studies

Career Interests: Museum Curation, Museum Education and Outreach

Activities: I am a Tour guide, a Ramée Historical Tour Guide, Co-President of Women's Union, and singer in the Garnet Minstrelles Acapella group, the Union College Camerata Choir, and the Union College Chorale. I also have the privilege of working in the Union College Special Collections, which has a plethora of Union's fun historical secrets!

Personal: I am an advocate of Women's and Human rights on and off campus!  I bake and cook when I am stressed (so if you want yummy treats I suggest finding me during midterms or finals weeks!)  I love to surround myself with art, so on an ideal day, you could find me in a museum or at a concert! 

Tips for Success: Always be open to new ways of learning and studying!  If you are having trouble, try to visualize your goals in a different way. I am a huge fan of color coded agendas and planners; they serve as effective organizational tools as well as visual reminders! 

Sammi Tyler

Laura Schad

Minerva HouseGolub

Class year: 2016

Home: Syracuse, NY

Major/Minor: Sociology and Environmental Science double major, Dance minor

Career Interests:  Cancer Research

Activities: I am a member of the Union College Dance team, Treasurer for Colleges Against Cancer, a Union College tour guide, social chair for Gamma Phi Beta, an academic note taker, and a member of the Scholars Program.

Personal: Dance has always been a passion of mine, and I am grateful I have had the opportunity to pursue it in college. I also plan to study abroad before graduating,

Tip for Success: "Keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney

Ariella Yazdani

Ariella Yazdani

Minerva House:  Green

Class Year:  2016

Hometown: Woodbridge, CT

Major: Neuroscience Major, Dance Minor

Career Interests: Medicine

Activities: I am the president of the Scholars Steering Committee and the club MEDLIFE. I proudly work as a Senior Admissions Intern and a Union College Tour Guide. I volunteer at Joan Nicole Prince Home and am the Health and Social Chair of Sigma Delta Tau. I am a former SI Leader and am working on a Neurobio project with grasshoppers!

Personal: I’ve been dancing since the age of 3, which has always/still is my escape. I had the best time during my term abroad in Galway, Ireland and was lucky enough to have visited 7 other countries during my 4 months away! Not to mention, I made some of my closest friends (pictured here)!!! Summer is my favorite season because of two reasons: the beach & the beach. Christmas is my favorite holiday because my big, fat Italian family always gets together for one big, fat Italian celebration. Cookie dough ice cream wins over Oreo any day. 

Tips for Success: “The strongest factor for success is self-esteem: Believing you can do it, believing you deserve it and believing you’ll get it.”

Ray Farmer

Ray Farmer

Hometown: Jamaica Plain, MA 

Major/Minor: Biology Major, Psychology Minor

Career Interests: Aspiring psychiatrist, ophthalmologist, or optometrist.

ActivitiesDuring my freshman and sophomore years I participated in a males group called Phenomenal Males. Currently I am an active member of MEDlife, and for the duration of my senior year I will be tour guide and “Big Brother”. Also I am proud member of the Alpha Pi Chapter of Chi Psi Fraternity.

Personal: : I love dancing, playing sports, and relaxing in the Jackson’s Garden.

Tip for SuccessWhat has helped me the most was something simple from my dad. He said, “Do today’s work today”.  Or read virtually any Muhammad Ali quotation for inspiring tips.