2012 Staff!

Name: Kate Aspinwall
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Stratford, CT
School/Major: COM: Advertising
Interesting fact about yourself: I was a killer in an independent horror movie.
What is your advice for incoming students? Do things you’ve never done before and take advantage of every opportunity that arises. Also, don’t wait until sophomore year to buy rain boots.
What is your spirit animal and why? An otter because they are light-hearted and love being near the water

Name: Miles Avila
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Torrington, CT
School/Major: CAS: Mathematics and Economics
What is your favorite sea creature? Dolphin. Hands down. They’re awesome. You just can’t hate a dolphin.
What is your spirit animal and why? My spirit animal would have to be any type of bird. I always feel very constrained by other people and just want to fly away, for lack of a better expression. Yeah, it sounds kind of cliché but it is how it is.
What is the wildest thing you have ever done? I asked a senior on a date my freshman year here.

Name: Allegra Barnes
Year: Junior
Hometown: Bethesda, MD
School/Major: CAS: Political Science/Religion
Interesting fact about yourself: I wear all of my socks inside out because I think they’re more comfortable with the seam on the outside.
Why are you excited about Animals? Because I have no idea what to expect. Also I love animals.
What is the wildest thing you have ever done? Climbed down into the Pyramids at Giza in Egypt. Tip: hold your nose.

Name: Alyssa Barsanti
Year: Junior
Hometown: Morgan Hill, CA
School/Major: SAR: Nutrition
Do you have any hidden talents? I can move my ears up and down.
What is your favorite sea creature? That’s easy, manatees.
What is the wildest thing you have ever done? Ziplining 300 yards through a jungle in Costa Rica. It was exhilarating!

Name:Chelsea Berkowitz
Year: Junior
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
School/Major: CAS: Psychology, minor in bassoon performance
What is your spirit animal and why? My spirit animal would be a mongoose, because they’re cute and small but they can face a cobra if they need to!
Do you have any pets? I’m known as the cat lady at home. Between two houses I have 1 dog and 9 cats.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do? I would travel to Costa Rica and visit The Sloth Sanctuary where you get to hold baby sloths!!

Name: Michelle Block
Year: Junior
Hometown: Needham, MA
School/Major: SAR: Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
What is your advice for incoming students? Always remember to just B U. Also, avoid overused puns which reference our school’s name.
What is your spirit animal and why? Maybe a bird: I’m always doing things “on the fly,” and sometimes I ‘Tweet!”
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do? Ahh too many possibilities! Maybe I’d go to India and be an extra in a Bollywood movie. That’d be fun. I could really go for some Central American rice and beans right now, though…

Name: Heather Coirin
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Albany, New York
School/Major: CGS/COM: Public Relations
What is your favorite FYSOP moment? RIDIN’ THAT PONY.
What is the wildest thing you have ever done? I have performed on stage in front of thousands of people every year since I was two.
What is your favorite sea creature? Narwhals.

Name: Matt Costa
Year: Junior
Hometown: Sudbury, MA
School/Major: SMG: Finance/Marketing
What is your spirit animal and why? Dog because they’re friendly and fun
What is your favorite FYSOP moment? The first game of Ride that Pony I ever participated in.
What is the wildest thing you have ever done? I’ve flown in a biplane upside down over the ocean.

Name: Sean Cunnion
Year: Senior
Hometown: Yorktown, NY
School/Major: ENG: Electrical Engineering
What is your favorite sea creature? Mermaids.
Why are you excited about Animals? Because we get to be the first ones and start traditions!
What is the wildest thing you have ever done? Partied with Jersey Shore in Florence, albeit unintentionally.

Name: Sarah Donovan
Year: Junior
Hometown: Shrewsbury, MA
School/Major: CAS: Environmental Science, minor in Chemistry
Interesting fact about yourself: I have been an Irish Dancer for 11 years and continue to dance here at BU.
Do you have any hidden talents? I have memorized every word of Super Bass by Nicki Minaj. Not a useful talent, but pretty fun nonetheless.
What is your favorite sea creature? Without question- the narwhal. Although I am not very familiar with the biological characteristics of this creature, I definitely fell in love when it made an appearance in the movie Elf.

Name: Sam Emberley
Year: Junior
Hometown: Shrewsbury MA
School/Major: SAR: Speech Language and Hearing Sciences
What is your spirit animal and why? Definitely a moose because they are pretty awkward.
If you could live in any environment, which one would it be? The arctic because I have always wanted to see a glacier.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do? I have always wanted to go to New Zealand (only partially because that’s where they filmed Lord of the Rings) and hike up a mountain or something crazy, maybe learn to surf.

Name: Lana Fernandez
Year: Junior
Hometown: Orlando, FL
School/Major: COM: Public Relations
Interesting fact about yourself: 90% of my pajamas are Christmas-themed.
What is your spirit animal and why? A panda. They appear sweet and cuddly yet they are very strong. They also have an uncanny adoration for climbing.
What is the wildest thing you have ever done? Zip-line over adult alligators. They can jump up to 14-15 feet.

Name: Nina Follman
Year: Junior
Hometown: Glen Rock, NJ
School/Major: COM: Advertising
Interesting fact about yourself: When I was 5 years old, I came in 3rd in a Jamaican beauty pageant.
Do you have any pets? I have a miniature poodle named Bruno and he is my sunshine. He’s a small dog with a big attitude.
What is the wildest thing you have ever done? I climbed the ruins of Machu Picchu in Cusco, Peru at 7,970 ft above sea level (and I am NOT a hiker…).

Name: Nicky Gosselin
Year: Junior
Hometown: Belmont, MA
School/Major: CAS: Biology/Pre-Vet
Interesting fact about yourself: I work in the penguin exhibit at the New England Aquarium, and I know every single one of the 80+ penguins by name!
Favorite thing about BU: The hockey games, the awesome people, and the food carts.
What is your spirit animal and why? A red panda! Because they love playing in the
snow, and so do I. Also, I was born a ginger.

Name: Rachel Guy
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Fairfax, VA
School/Major: SMG: Marketing/Entrepreneurship
What is your favorite FYSOP moment? Seeing everyone excited about the service we accomplished.
What is your spirit animal and why? Rex from Toy Story because he’s da bomb.
Do you have any pets? YES. I have the best labradoodle in the world named Sadie Seussical.

Name: Tyler Ierardi
Year: Junior
Hometown: Norton, MA
School/Major: SMG: Marketing/Entrepreneurship
What is your favorite sea creature? Whales, for they are the naturally uncontested kings of the brocean.
If you were stranded at sea, what are 3 things you would absolutely have to have with you? Dry socks (c’mon, we all know wet socks lead to cold feet, and cold feet = cold person), an umbrella (to block the sun and defend against sea creatures), and one of them fancy salt-water filters.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do? Take a private helicopter to the top of a mountain in the Swiss Alps and snowboard down.

Name: Ciara LaGrasse
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Lake Grove, New York
School/Major: COM: Advertising
Favorite Place in Boston: Trident Café on Newbury Street
What is your favorite sea creature? Ever since I was a little girl I’ve loved, loved, loved sea turtles! It all began when I won a huge stuffed turtle from the carnival. Ever since then I use every opportunity to learn more about them.
If you were stranded at sea, what are 3 things you would absolutely have to have with you? A friend, a waterproof camera, and music.

Name: Tom Meeus
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Antwerp, Belgium (although I live in Monroe, Washington)
School/Major: CAS: Neuroscience
Interesting fact about yourself: I have had a piece of pencil lead located right below my left collarbone since fifth grade.
What is your favorite sea creature? Most certainly the octopus. No competition.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do? Start in South Africa and travel northward, while avoiding the usual touristy things. It would be an unforgettable life experience.

Name: Amanda Munoz
Year: Junior
Hometown: Queens, NY
School/Major: CAS: Mathematics & Computer Science
Favorite Place in Boston: I love walking over the Harvard (Mass Ave) Bridge from Cambridge and absorbing the view of Boston on the left and BU on the right. It’s awesome, try it.
What is your favorite sea creature? Manatees!
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do? I’ve always wanted to go to Australia, where I’d want to learn to surf and snorkel and scuba.

Name: Réa Renaud
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: West Des Moines, IA
School/Major: CGS
What is your favorite sea creature? Anemone
Do you have any pets? I have a ribbon snake, iguana, and dozens of foot-long koi fish in a pond my family built in our front yard.
What is the wildest thing you have ever done? Went white water rafting in Uganda on the Nile.

Name: Catherine Rucci
Year: Junior
Hometown: Waterford, CT
School/Major: CAS: International Relations
What is your favorite sea creature? Starfish
What is the wildest thing you have ever done? Couchsurfed in Florence, Italy.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do? I would go to London and befriend Kate Middleton.

Name: Natalie Sanfratello
Year: Junior
Hometown: Cary, NC
School/Major: CAS: Religion, minors: Human Physiology and Spanish
Do you have any hidden talents? I can cornrow hair.
What is your spirit animal and why? A dog because they are such good friends; I would love to be so carefree and to be able to love absolutely and unconditionally.
What is the wildest thing you have ever done? I explored an old, abandoned house on top of a mountain that may or may not have been locked, and I may or may not have climbed through a window.

Name: Sam Sergent
Year: Senior
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
School/Major: CAS: Political Science and Psychology
Interesting fact about yourself: I learned how to drive (captain?) a boat before I learned how to drive a car.
What is your spirit animal and why? Fox. Red-headed with a touch of sassiness.
If you were stranded at sea, what are 3 things you would absolutely have to have with you? Wilson the volleyball, Sunglasses, and a fun inner tube.

Name: Elizabeth Williams
Year: Junior
Hometown: Norfolk, MA
School/Major: SMG & CAS: Law & Economics
What is your spirit animal and why? A hedgehog. They are everything I could ever want and perfectly transportable in your pocket.
If you could live in any environment, which one would it be? In a log cabin in the mountains near a lake…with many cats.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do? I’d love to live in the Netherlands and open up a bakery or a chocolate shop. Yum!

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