Meet the Barn Staff

Alexandra

Alexandra KhlyustovaField and Degree Program: Chemical engineering, Ph.D. program

Home: Moscow, Russia

Best Parts of Working at the Barn: Meeting new graduate students from different fields, large variety of events, friendliness of the staff.

Favorite Activity at the Barn: I miss TGIF!


Andrea

Andrea Llinas VahosField and Degree Program: Public affairs, M.P.A. program

Home: Everywhere there’s sun, friends, knowledge, and love.

Best Parts of Working at the Barn: My wonderful coworkers and sharing spaces where I have the opportunity to interact with the graduate community.

Favorite Activity at the Barn: I love TGIF (in person), the fabulous trivia, and virtual write-ins!


Behrooz

Behrooz AzimzadehField and Degree Program: Soil and crop sciences, Ph.D. program

Home: Iran

Best Part of Working at the Barn: Friendship and trust among staff (aka the soul of the Barn)

Favorite Activity at the Barn: Working for TGIF, trivia nights, and kid-friendly events


Daniela

Daniela CalaField and Degree Program: Law, J.S.D. program

Home: Bogotá, Colombia

Best Part of Working at the Barn: Everyone working at the Barn is so kind and nice.

Favorite Activity at the Barn: Before the pandemic, TGIF. Now, I quite enjoy origami night.


Diego

The Big Red Barn Graduate and Professional Student CenterField and Degree Program: Geological sciences, Ph.D. program

Home: Talcahuano, Chile

Best Parts of Working at the Barn: Pretty much everything, it has allowed me to practice my English, meet people from different cultures, I love how inclusive the Barn is with everyone, and also it has allowed me to make new friends.

Favorite Activity at the Barn: TGIF, by far. I love how many people came to the Barn, how crowded it is, and how friendly everyone is.


Lester

The Big Red Barn Graduate and Professional Student CenterField and Degree Program: Geological sciences, Ph.D. program

Home: Antofagasta, Chile

Best Parts of Working at the Barn: The company, the people that go there are really nice. Besides, the place itself is quite cozy so it’s easy to not realize that you spent the entire evening there working while you are having some drinks and popcorn.

Favorite Activity at the Barn: TGIF is amazing to see people together having a cheap beer, enjoying the conversation after a long week. With this quarantine, seeing people together is one of the things that I miss the most.


Lily

The Big Red Barn Graduate and Professional Student CenterField and Degree Program: Architecture, M.Arch program

Home: Atlanta, Georgia

Best Parts of Working at the Barn: Finally meeting people outside of my own college. I tend to forget there is more than just my immediate surroundings, once the work flows in.

Favorite Activity at the Barn: Still in the dating phase and exploring everything the Barn has to offer. 🙂


Luis

Luis PerezField and Degree Program: Applied economics and management, M.S. program

Home: Colombia

Best Parts of Working at the Barn: Flexibility… and the team is hilarious.

Favorite Activity at the Barn: Game nights are great (and TGIFs used to be Da Bomb).


Nicolás

The Big Red Barn Graduate and Professional Student CenterField and Degree Program: Geological sciences, M.S. program

Home: Bogotá, Colombia

Best Part of Working at the Barn: Getting to know new people from different backgrounds with fresh perspectives about Cornell, Ithaca, and life in general.

Favorite Activity at the Barn: TGIF (when it existed </3)


Santiago

Santiago MollisField and Degree Program: Law, J.S.D. program

Home: Ithaca, New York and Buenos Aires, Argentina

Best Part of Working at the Barn: The chance to get to know people from different departments around Cornell.

Favorite Activity at the Barn: Virtual games night!


Sarah

Sarah PostField and Degree Program: Biological and biomedical sciences, Ph.D. program

Home: Pittsburgh and Quakertown, Pennsylvania

Best Part of Working at the Barn: I love how passionate all the staff and fellows are about creating a healthy, supportive, and fun community!

Favorite Activity at the Barn: I love trivia nights, but I think my favorite activity is the gratitude letter writing at TGIF that’s taken place over the past few years.


Sean

Sean MajerField and Degree Program: Chemistry and chemical biology, Ph.D. program

Home: Buffalo, New York

Best Part of Working at the Barn: Love the people! Very helpful, intelligent, and supportive.

Favorite Activity at the Barn: Trivia!


Tina

The Big Red Barn Graduate and Professional Student CenterField and Degree Program: Chemical engineering, Ph.D. student

Home: Places where my parents live are home to me

Best Parts of Working at the Barn: I enjoy meeting new people and I like that the people at the Barn are friendly and cool to work with!

Favorite Activity at the Barn: I am new to the Barn and still exploring different events!


Vinh

Vinh PhamField and Degree Program: Comparative literature, Ph.D. program

Home: South Florida

Best Part of Working at the Barn: Interacting with other graduate students.

Favorite Activity at the Barn: TGIF.


Yanle

Yanle LuField and Degree Program: Civil and environmental engineering, Ph.D. program

Home: China

Best Parts of Working at the Barn: Working with other graduate students, holding interesting programs, and it’s more freestyle.

Favorite Activity at the Barn: Pumpkin carving and painting! Chocolate fest! TGIF! Many activities 🙂