Meet the Pre-College Residential Staff!
A carefully chosen and trained residential staff, which includes the Residence Hall Director and ten Residence Hall Advisors (RAs), live with students in the residence hall. Our dedicated staff strives to ensure a safe and supportive environment for students by maintaining policies and helping students balance academic and social life. The staff looks forward to meeting you this summer!
Residence Hall Director: Tiffany Islar
Congratulations on your acceptance into the Pre-College Program! This summer will be an experience to remember. I have worked as the Resident Hall Director for several summers, and I look forward to meeting you all. As a Skidmore alum, I say welcome!
Residence Hall Advisors:
Mohammed Almashhadani - A big welcome to all of you! This summer will be my second summer working with the Pre-College Program and I am all excited about it. I am a senior and will be graduating from Skidmore this May with a B.A. in Mathematics. I am native to Iraq's capital, Baghdad, but I am from Queens, New York. I love working out, driving and watching documentaries. I very much appreciate the loveliness of the weather in Saratoga over the summer (Believe me, most Skidmore students would love to stay in Saratoga over the summer due to its spectacularly beautiful weather). I cannot wait to meet all of you and have a fantastic summer here at Skidmore College. Once again, welcome to all of you.
Raquel Escobar - Welcome to the Skidmore Pre-College Program! I am so excited to meet all of you. My name is Raquel and will be graduating this May from Skidmore. I am an environmental studies major and spent a semester abroad in Tanzania studying wildlife conservation and political ecology. I'm from Brooklyn, NY and was also a pre-college student in 2010. This is my third year as an RA and so I'm looking forward to a great summer together. On my free time I love playing volleyball and racquetball, watching Netflix and soaking up sun. Well enough about me, I can't wait to hear about you!
David Glassman - Hello to all of you and congratulations on your pre-college program acceptance! I am an alumnus of the program from two years ago and I know you all are going to have an amazing summer! Skidmore is a wonderful school and Saratoga Springs is a beautiful city to spend the summer in. I am a rising junior from Long Island, NY, majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Computer Science, as well as the Honors Forum. I love to sing, swim, ski, hike, relax on the beach, and travel. I spend much of my free time rehearsing for the two singing groups I am involved in on campus – the Treblemakers, an all-inclusive cappella group, and Lift Every Voice, a Gospel Choir. I am so excited to meet all of you and to have an amazing summer together!
Brendis Gonzalez - My name is Brendis Gonzalez, I am a rising senior at from Skidmore majoring in Social Work. I live in New York City, Uptown Manhattan. Although I have been raise in Manhattan for most of life, I was born in the Dominican Republic. This makes me bilingual and Hispanic, of course. I am currently study abroad in Amsterdam in The Netherlands, and have had such a rich experience exploring Europe. I am looking forward on getting to personally know everyone and sharing all of our stories!
Rula Issa - I am a junior at Skidmore College studying Sociology and International Affairs. I am from Bosnia but have been living in Dayton, Ohio for a while. I love to travel and hope to see the world someday. I speak Spanish and Serbo-Croatian as well.
Angela Paulino - Hi, I’m Angela Paulino, Class of 2017! I’m majoring in Government and minoring in Latin American Studies at from Skidmore with a special interest in race and gender relations. By the way, I love talking about socio-political issues and believe things need to change (#justice). So if you ever want to have a deep discussion about current race issues, I’m your girl! Fun Fact: I’m an alumna of the program, so I’m super excited to return as an RA and make this an enjoyable and memorable experience just as my RA’s did for me. Can’t wait to meet all of you! P.S. I love to dance
Gina Simoncelli - Hello! I’m a rising senior at Skidmore College. I’m from New Fairfield, Connecticut, and I am an English major with a French minor. I’m a big TV/Movie buff, but I also love hiking, swimming, and all things outdoors! I especially love walking around beautiful Saratoga Springs and exploring places I’ve never been before. I can’t wait to get to know you all and I’m looking forward to an amazing summer!
Bridget Stack - “Hey, future Pre-College Students! I’m a rising senior from Wethersfield, Connecticut. I’m a Psychology and International Affairs double major. I love swimming, hiking in Skidmore’s Northwoods, reading in a sunny spot, doing yoga, crocheting, and riding. This will be my second year as a Pre-College Resident Assistant, and I can’t wait to meet you all and spend the summer with you!”
Jasmyn Story - Ciao! I am an anthropology major and a member of the Skidmore College Honors forum, and I will be graduating this May. I have studied abroad in London, South Africa, and Florence, Italy. I will be attending grad school in London in the fall. I love to read. I am an excellent singer (but only in my car). I cannot wait to meet you all! We are going to have a great summer!
John Volza - Hi, my name is John Volza, and my hometown is New Hartford, New York. I am a soon-to-be Skidmore senior with a Gender Studies and English double major. I have studied abroad twice in London, England, and I am also a DJ for Skidmore's college radio, WSPN, where I host a Queer Radio show. My hobbies include watching too much reality television, creative writing, and reading feminist blogs. I am a coffee/tea enthusiast and the proud parent of a dragon-scaled beta fish named Milo.