Meet Your 2016 Discovery Leaders
Discovery Leaders Summer 2016
Discovery Leaders are upper-class students who are highly motivated to be "change agents" in their community. They want to lead by example and mentor new students as they transition into their college careers here at Hofstra. Discovery Leaders will live with the participants in Stuyvesant Hall for the duration of the Discovery Program. They will expose participants to campus and community resources and act as guides at the various service projects.
Franshesca Castoria is a Senior from Manahawkin, New Jersey. She is Management major and Psychology Minor. She is Vice President of UNICEF Club, President of Discovery Club, and Vice President of Fellowship of Alpha Phi Omega. Ever since participating in the Discovery Program as a freshman, Discovery has impacted her in many ways and helped her make long-lasting friends, becoming attached to the Hofstra Community and the surrounding areas. The Discovery Program is a program that shaped Franshesca to make her the individual she is today. She hopes to pass on the amazing experiences and lessons that the Discovery Program has taught her to the Class of 2020.
Hello! My name is Stephan. I am a rising sophomore and a Computer Science major here at Hofstra. I would consider myself a man of variety, but my core passions would be anything relating to computers and technology. I did the leadership path for Discovery last year, and my time during the program was a blast. I went into the program not knowing anyone, and now I have a lot of friends from the program who I still hang out with now. I look forward to being a Discovery Leader this year as many adventures will be awaiting.
Hello! I am Gianna Ensminger. I am a double major in History and Women and Gender Studies with a minor in Mathematics. I love to dance and sing (sometimes at the same time). I've been a Discovery Leader for 2 years. I am so excited to start off my senior year as the Senior Discovery Leader for Community Empowerment and Social Awareness.
Yannick Cools is a senior majoring in Political Science and Global Studies with a minor in History. Whether he is volunteering off campus at many of the local soup kitchens or helping out around campus in the Political Science and Global Studies department, he is always ready to offer a helping hand. Having been born in England, Yannick can offer a cultural perspective unlike others. Adding to this, he recently returned from the European Odyssey Trip where over the course of the Spring 2016 Semester, he visited 15 different countries all over Europe including Germany, Greece, Bosnia and Hungary to name a few. He was a participant of the Discovery Program in 2013 and cannot wait to be a leader come the fall of 2016. His hobbies include soccer, trips into the city, and enjoying the beach at the Jersey Shore.
I am a Sophomore Journalism Major at Hofstra University. I am from Garden City, NY which makes for a 10 minute commute to Hofstra every day. Even though I commute, I participate in a variety of clubs on campus such as Habitat for Humanity, HerCampus and WRHU (We're Radio Hofstra University). I have had many opportunities at Hofstra, which includes being able to study abroad in Costa Rica for a month last semester. As a student who did Discovery in the past, I can honestly say without a doubt that it change my life and I hope it does yours. Not only do you learn how to problem solve and learn to be a leader, you learn a lot about who you are as a person. I hope to be a reporter in the future by telling stories so that people are able to make themselves more aware of what's going on in the environment around them. Looking forward to a crazy, fun-filled summer getting to know each of you. #DISCOVERY2016
Hi! I am Reid Wasserman. I am a junior and a pre-medical studies major at Hofstra. I have an inherent passion for all-science related topics, especially about the human body. I am involved with APHOS, the pre-health club at Hofstra, and Volunteers Around the World, where I visited Panama for a medical mission in January 2016. I also love to travel, and have visited a multitude of European countries. I am a musician, and I play several instruments including the piano, bass, guitar, and percussion. When I was a freshman, I participated in the Discovery Program and learned a lot about leadership and community service, and made some friends who I still connect with to date. I am excited to be a leader in the Discovery Program and hope to impart the best experience possible!
"Elizabeth "Izzy" Cowee is from Phoenix, Arizona and is studying fine arts with a concentration in painting, along with minors in art history and chemistry. She's vice president of Hofstra’s rock climbing club and plays for Hofstra's club volleyball team in her free time. Izzy participated on the outdoor path as a first-year and cannot wait to meet this year's incoming class!"
Wendy Markert is a Junior Film Production major with minors in Engineering and Sociology. Wendy commutes from Baldwin which is only about 20 minutes south of Hofstra. Even though Wendy is a commuting student she has gotten extremely involved on campus. Some of her favorite clubs on campus include community service based clubs like Hofstra Habitat for Humanity and Discovery Club, and sports clubs like Hofstra Club Rowing and Hofstra Rock Climbing. She is extremely excited for next year as she will be a part of three eboards with positions ranging from President to Treasure. Wendy also loves working in the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement! If she's not in class, at practice or building houses, she's probably in the office! Wendy sees the Discovery Program as an amazing opportunity that she would recommend to every incoming freshman as it helps to make the transition from high school to college life easier. She made some awesome friends and memories on the Outdoor Exploration Path as a student and a leader. Wendy is extremely excited to have the opportunity to be a Discovery Leader again this year and cannot wait to meet all of her first years. This is going to be another awesome year for Discovery!
My Discovery Program experience was extraordinary and I can't wait to help the class of 2020 have a fabulous time as well. I'm an entrepreneurship major, a consultant for 180 Degrees Consulting, I write for HerCampus.com, and I'm a member of Delta Phi Epsilon. I'm from Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, but I love it here on Long Island (especially since The Great Gatsby is my favorite book).
This is my 3rd consecutive year as part of the Discovery Program, my second one as a discovery leader. I am a biology major with a focus in ecology and evolution, and have a minor in global studies as well. Through Hofstra I have had the opportunity to do many exciting things such as various E.N.D. trips to NYC (Broadway shows, sports games, bike tours, etc.), as well as being able to study abroad in Europe last semester. I am a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan, and have a diverse range of music interests such as artists like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Logic, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Childish Gambino. I am STOKED for this year's Discovery Program.
Jess is a sophomore Speech Language Hearing Sciences major from Boyertown, PA. Following her wonderful experience with Discovery as a freshman, Jess is thrilled to be a leader this year! She is very involved in the Deaf community and is in the process of becoming fluent in ASL. Serving others has always been a huge part of her life and she is a member of Hofstra's coed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega.
Allison Wolf is a freshman PR major with minors in marketing and fine art. She is involved with on campus organizations like Hofstra American Marketing Association and Creative Genius. Allison is known for her can-do attitude and a love for nature.
Genesis is a sophomore Political Science and Sociology major from Somers, NY. She is a Beyonce aficionado, passionate about civil rights and Latin food. She has always been dedicated to community service and ambitiously pursuing a legal career. Genesis is currently the secretary of Hofstra's She's the First Club, a member of the Mock Trial Club, and a member of the NAACP on campus.