Current Bloggers

Katie Andalora

Katie-AndaloraHometown: Jamestown, NY
Major: Early Childhood Education
Campus: Jamestown

Hello everyone, my name is Katie Andalora! I was born and raised in Jamestown, NY, I attended Jamestown High School and I’m now going into my second year at Jamestown Community College. I’m majoring in Early Childhood/ Childhood Education in the hopes of transferring to SUNY Fredonia next fall to receive my bachelor’s degree. Last fall I was a part of the women’s soccer team at JCC, and this past spring I joined the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. I love to be surrounded by wonderful people that can make me laugh and smile! Like most college students, I dedicate myself to both my studies and Netflix!!

Hamish Antill

hamish-antllHometown: Jamestown, NY
Major: Individual Studies
Campus: Jamestown

My name is Hamish Antill and I come from a town called Wagga Wagga in Australia, located approximately 5 hours inland from Sydney. Here at Jamestown Community College I am partaking in the Individual Studies program but will have a focus in Secondary Education once I enter my Bachelor’s degree.

This year is my sophomore year at JCC and I have been involved in numerous activities in the previous year, these include; playing and captaining the men’s soccer team, undertaking a role as Student Ambassador, being a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and also now working in the JCC FSA Bookstore.

My interests include traveling, which I am very passionate about as I love to explore the world around me. Whilst I have been here I have visited such places like Niagara Falls, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and New York City.

Gregg Cross

Greg-CrossHometown: Jamestown, NY
Major: Childhood Education
Campus: Jamestown

Hi!  My name is Greg Cross and I’m a sophomore here at JCC. I am from Jamestown and went to JHS for high school. My major is adolescent education with a focus in history, but I also enjoy taking courses in the field of social science. On campus, I am a member of the men’s golf team and the Student Ambassadors. My main interests include playing/following sports, playing video games, and reading books.

Obehi Ejele

obehiHometown: London, England
Major: Media Arts
Campus: Jamestown

My name is a weird one, isn’t it? If you haven’t noticed already, it’s Obehi Ejele, and if you haven’t struggled to pronounce it already, it’s simply said as ‘Oh-Bee’.

I was born and raised in the east of London in the United Kingdom by my two wonderfully supportive Nigerian parents, so in hindsight I’m a strictly British kid mixed with a Nigerian upbringing. I was raised in a household full of boys, with my mum being the only woman in the house. Growing up, along with my older brother and younger cousin, I took a keen interest in basketball and somewhere alongside that I also picked up art as a hobby. So in reality that’s more or less exactly why I’m here, to play basketball under Coach Sisson and major in Media Arts. However, upon arriving at Jamestown Community College solely for these two reasons, I realized that this place is so much more than just that in a positive light which I’ll expand on more thoroughly in further blog posts.

So simply put, I’m an athlete from London who enjoys art and everything else a man of my age would love, such as music, food, family and friends to say the least. My mother is a pastor, I’m a Christian and I love God, my family is huge, and I adore London more than any other place I could think of.  But whilst writing this, quite frankly, American customs and culture have always been a bit strange to me, but I’m willing to learn and understand throughout my journey here. I plan to blog about pretty much anything and everything I see here, so if you want to experience the wonders and heights of Jamestown Community College and Jamestown itself vicariously through the unfamiliar eyes of Londoner, look no further, I’m your guy.

Maddy McLachlan

maddy-mclachlanHometown: Newcastle, Australia
Major: Communication
Campus: Jamestown 

Hello, my name is Maddy McLachlan and I am from Newcastle, Australia. I am a sophomore majoring in communication at Jamestown Community College. I am also a captain for the women’s soccer team, a Student Ambassador and member of the International Club on campus. In my free time, I enjoy playing sports, traveling, food, and music.

Paige Sirwata

Hometown: Jamestown, NY
Major: Communication and Global Studies
Campus: Jamestown

Paige SirwatkaMy name is Paige Sirwatka, and I was born and raised in Jamestown, New York. I am currently a sophomore at JCC, double majoring in Communication and Global Studies. After graduating from JCC, I’m planning to transfer to the International Studies Program at City College with a concentration in Culture and Communication. I love the endless ways in which these fields interact, and it’s fascinating to observe what serves as communicative devices within specific cultures: art, architecture, literature, religion, food, as well as, of course, language itself.

In the future, I’d love to be able to be able to teach English abroad, especially in rural settings. This semester I’m involved with a number of different global projects, including CLAC (Cultures & Languages Across the Curriculum) and the Soliya program, an online discussion group that connects students from over 100 universities in 28 different countries. I also a member of the Honors College and Student Senate.

I currently live with my two wonderful parents, three dogs, six cats, seven chickens, and five ducks. I love hiking with my dog, Waldo, working in our gardens, baking bread, and drinking lots and lots of coffee.

Lauren Tordella

Hometown: Ashville, NY
Major: Business
Campus: Jamestown

Lauren TordellaHello Everyone!

My name is Lauren Tordella. I am from Ashville, New York and I attend Jamestown Community College. This spring semester, I am traveling to Gold Coast, Australia to study abroad at Bond University. I am a business major, but have interest in event planning. At Bond, I will be taking Event Operations, Australia Popular Culture and International Trade. I am very excited about these classes and cannot wait to dive into them. While I’m in Australia, I plan to do as much traveling as I can. I want to see all the most popular and beautiful places that Australia has to offer. Other than traveling, I will be spending most of my time at the pool in my apartment complex, at the beach or at the gym. Considering that I will only be here four short months, I want to make the most of every minute and can’t wait to immerse myself into the Australian culture and lifestyle.