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 




Minerva House: Wold

Class Year: 2015

Hometown: Schenectady, NY

Major/Minor: Neuroscience Major, History Minor

Career Interests: Neurobiology research

Activities: I am a news editor for the Concordiensis, Philanthropy Chair of DKE, mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, and a student rep. for the Admissions Liaison Committee

Tips for success: "In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure." -Bill Cosby



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 TylerLaura 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




Minerva House:  Beuth

Class Year:  2016

Hometown: Avon, CT

Major: Double Major in Political Science and Economics

Career Interests: Academia, hopefully a PhD in Political Science

Activities: Men's Crew, Admissions Tour Guide

Personal: I love basketball, ultimate, and TV, specifically Lost, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad.

Tips for Success: "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." -Dr. Seuss


Nell Pinkston
Sarah Wizner

Minerva HouseSorum                                                                     

Hometown: Housatonic, MA 

Major/Minor: Bioengineering

Career Interests: I am interested in attending medical school and am applying for a Minerva Fellowship.

Activities: I am the president of BMES and Medlife, volunteer at the Joan Nichole Prince Home, work as a scribe at Ellis hospital, am a former RA and do research with Professor Lauzon.

Personal: : I love to travel and see the world and my most favorite place has been New Zealand. I tried to do a term abroad in Turkey and ended up transferring and having a magnificent time in England. I love to bake and cook, play tennis, go hiking, kayaking, sailing, skiing and anything related to the outdoors.

Tip for Success: Since I believe success is less about outcome than about giving it your all and doing your best, I quite like this tip for success:  "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." --Winston Churchill