Fellows Testimonial

James Olszlewski, GLS Fellow

The fellows program has been instrumental to my collegiate career. It has helped me to feel like I was part of something small. You are probably surprised to hear me say small. It seems in life we strive to be part of something bigger than ourselves, but I think finding ourselves part of a smaller community can be even more of an enriching experience. The College Fellows program was a way for me to be interconnected with the smaller community of my Undergraduate College of Global Studies and the even smaller community made up of my Undergraduate College Fellows class and the GLS team.

Vincent Justiniano, GLS Fellow

Through the Fellows program, I became much more comfortable with being a leader on campus. Before this, I was the quiet type who just goes to classes then heads home. But the Fellow program made me feel like I belonged to something special. Joining the Fellow’s program was one of the greatest decisions of my life and I benefit from it every single day.

Mykaela Copeland, SSO Fellow

If someone asked me to sum up my Undergraduate College Fellows experience into one word, I would have to say transformative. Prior to being a fellow, I had a hard time adjusting to college life. The stress of being away from home for so long and the new expectations and demands of college life became a lot to handle. I would not have applied to the Fellows program had it not been for my SSO 101 instructor, Patricia Bremer, who saw something in me that I had yet to see in myself. For which, I will always be grateful.
Through the Fellows training class, I became more confident in my leadership abilities. I learned how best to reach and connect with students of diverse backgrounds. I also was able to establish very strong, genuine, and lasting friendships. The other fellows in my cohort not only shared similar interests as me academically, but they also shared very similar personal goals as well. We quickly bonded into a very tight knit family, being there for one another inside and outside of class. That sense of community better connected me to Stony Brook University (SBU) and drastically improved my freshmen college experience. Being a fellow also motivated me to get involved with other activities around campus. I was truly able to recognize the impact and contributions I was providing to better campus life.

Hiba Hashim, ACH Fellow

When the fall semester arrived and I began my teaching assistant position, I realized that being a fellow was definitely well worth it. This is the part of the job that impacted me the most. It was an incredible feeling knowing that my students trusted in me enough to confide in me and look to me for guidance through their first semester at Stony Brook. In addition to that, being a fellow was an awesome networking experience that allowed me to meet so many people that I still keep in touch with today. I had the pleasure of working with such a phenomenal instructor and that was another influential relationship that I formed through being a fellow.

Jack Lupfer, HDV Fellow

I can honestly say that getting involved with, and becoming an Undergraduate College Fellow has shaped me into the student, individual, person, and leader that I am today. Furthermore, I can confidently say to all of you, that becoming a Fellow will equally be one of the best decisions that you make throughout your time here!

Michael Itzkin, ACH Fellow

My ACH 101 instructor David Iboy and my Fellow, Jules came to me with the suggestion of applying to become a fellow. Fast forward to the end of the semester and I got selected. “They must have made a mistake somewhere… me? Come on.”
Despite this bit of doubt I went with it, and it turned out to be, all clichés aside, one of the most amazing things that ever happened to me. Being a Fellow doesn't so much change you as it does magnify a part of your character that was always there but not visible. Even in my ACH 275 class, I was unsure of myself and what I was doing or even if I deserved this position, but we all get picked for a reason. For me, I discovered this in the fall as I TA’d for my ACH 101 class.

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