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About Approaching Stanford &
New Student Orientation

The Approaching Stanford/New Student Orientation team is made up of both student and professional staff, all within the office of Academic Advising. The Approaching Stanford program is required for all new undergraduate students. It is the process that will guide you in your preparation for Stanford.

Beginning in May for first-years and June for transfers, new students will receive weekly communications with information that will help transition you to the Farm. In the months leading up to the fall, you will learn more about academics and course enrollment, housing assignments, health requirements, student communities, opportunities, and resources. The information provided will culminate in your attendance at New Student Orientation (NSO), which will run in the days leading up to the start of Autumn Quarter.


2021 Orientation Coordinators

Orientation Coordinators (OCs) are the Stanford student staff in Academic Advising who serve on the Approaching Stanford/New Student Orientation team. The OCs dedicate their summer to help incoming students prepare for Stanford and to plan New Student Orientation (NSO).

Grace Bagga '23

OC Grace Bagga - standing in front of tree, smiling, wearing Stanford sweatshirt

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Major/Academic Interests: Psychology
Favorite Stanford memory (so far): Watching my talented friends perform at my dorm’s Cafe Night.
Advice for your frosh self: Explore classes that interest you and don’t stress if you want to change your major!

Aden Beyene '24

OC Aden Beyene headshot - standing in front of tree, smiling, wearing red Stanford sweatshirt

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Hometown: Haymarket, VA
Major/Academic Interests: Public Policy
Favorite Stanford memory (so far): Attending a Stanford guest speaker event titled “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: A conversation with Bill Gates.”
Advice for your frosh self: Don’t be afraid to branch out! Your Stanford experience is what you make of it, so branch out to make it fun, diversified, and rewarding!

Mary Gillett '22

OC Mary Gillett headshot - standing in front of tree, smiling, wearing red Stanford sweatshirt.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Hometown: Longmont, CO
Major/Academic Interests: Human Biology
Favorite Stanford memory (so far): Playing in an intramural basketball game with my frosh dorm JRO.
Advice for your frosh self: Give yourself time to make friends and find your people. Once you find communities that are special to you, pour into them!

Brendon Koo '23

OC Brenden Koo headshot - smiling and leaning against tree, wearing glasses and red Stanford sweatshirt

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Hometown: Sunnyvale, CA
Major/Academic Interests: Product Design & Computer Science
Favorite Stanford memory (so far): When my friends that I just made in Frosh year showed up to my final showcase in my art class. It had really meant a lot to me.
Advice for your frosh self: Take classes you’re interested in not just classes you’re obligated to! You have room in your schedule.

Nathan Lam '24

OC Nathan Lam headshot - smiling in front of flowering tree, wearing red shirt

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Hometown: Westfield, NJ
Major/Academic Interests: Management Science & Engineering; minor in Data Science
Favorite Stanford memory (so far): ASES  (Stanford global entrepreneurship) boot camp or when one of my Zoom classes turned into a virtual rap festival.
Advice for your frosh self: Sleep should not be optional. Make sure to sleep!

Brooke Schmoyer '23

OC Brooke Schmoyer headshot - smiling, standing outside, wearing grey Stanford t-shirt.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Major/Academic Interests: Political Science and Psychology
Favorite Stanford memory (so far): Dressing up for the Cal game with ABF (Stanford Drumline).
Advice for your frosh self: Take around 15 units your first quarter and office hours are life savers that will most likely result in a higher grade.


Professional Staff

Kylee Beck wearing jean jacket and smiling; cloudy backdrop.

Kylee Beck (she/her), Program Coordinator on the New Student Programs team, supports the various programs implemented to welcome first-year and transfer students into the Stanford community. She is a recent graduate from Stanford, with a degree in Human Biology. Kylee was involved in various student organizations during her time as an undergrad, such as the Stanford Powwow, in addition to serving as an upper-class RA and peer advisor in the Office of Student Engagement.

Joanie Ly headshot - standing outside in front of building and tree, smiling with glasses, wearing blue shirt.

Joanie Ly (she/her/hers), Associate Director of New Student Programs, is responsible for developing and executing New Student Orientation and supervising the student OCs. Throughout the academic year Joanie advises Frosh Council, the leadership group of the first-year class made up of elected representatives from each frosh residence. Frosh Council plans quarterly events and activities, builds class community and identity, and communicates information throughout the first-year class. Joanie completed her Bachelor's degree in Political Science at UC San Diego. She went on to receive her Masters in Education at Rutgers University. Joanie was an involved student leader at UCSD, including being an orientation leader and resident advisor. Through these experiences, she most enjoyed connecting with students and then connecting these same students with campus resources.

Diana Suedbeck headshot - standing outside in front of flowers, smiling, wearing black tank top.

Diana Suedbeck (she/her), New Student Programs Manager, is responsible for implementing the Approaching Stanford program, which provides support to first-year and transfer students as they transition to life at Stanford. Being one of the first points of contact for these incoming students, Diana is focused on making sure they feel well-equipped to begin their academic experience at the university. Receiving her Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN, Diana's passion for higher education grew as she coached women's lacrosse for her alma mater.

Edith Wu headshot - standing against tan backdrop, smiling, wearing blue shirt.

Edith Wu-Nguyen (she/her), Associate Dean and Director of New Student Programs in Academic Advising, oversees the preparation, welcome, and transition of new first-year students and transfers to Stanford through the Approaching Stanford process and New Student Orientation. She is also the Resident Fellow (RF) for Okada House, the four-class Asian American ethnic theme house located in Wilbur Hall. Edith earned her Master’s degree from the Harvard School of Public Health and her Bachelor’s degree from Stanford where she studied Human Biology and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Prior to returning to Stanford in 2006, she worked in community-based programs in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, including Head Start/Early Head Start, the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, Asian Americans for Community Involvement, and Public Allies-Silicon Valley.