Meet the 2014-2015 GLS Fellows!

Name: 
Amanda Bengel
Major: 
Applied Math and Statistics (AMS)
Hometown: 
Warwick, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Don't be afraid to take chances and explore new ideas. College is the place to discover who you are.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Being actively involved in UNICEF, going running, baking, hiking.
Training Credentials: 
Red Watchband Training
Name: 
Andrew Chen
Major: 
Political Science
Hometown: 
New York, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Do not be afraid to try new things and meet new people. Stay on top of your work and ask as many questions as you can. Maybe join a club or two or find some work around campus on your free time. Do what you love and love what you do.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Loves: - playing poker - running - exploring culture through the use of food as a medium - listening to music
Name: 
Danielle Ferguson
Major: 
Psychology
Hometown: 
Holbrook, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Keep an open mind and get involved! College is the perfect environment to expand your horizons and try something that you have never done before. Joining a club or organization is a great way to meet people an make a lasting connection to the campus community.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Music, Marching Band, Traveling
Name: 
Olivia Feyre Febonio
Major: 
Health Science
Hometown: 
Shutesbury, MA
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Don't be afraid to take risks and push yourself out of your comfort zone. Socialize and study hard. Never get behind.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Rowing crew, Volunteering, Cooking/baking, Biking, Swimming, Hiking
Name: 
Daniel Halpern
Major: 
Computer Science
Hometown: 
Queens
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Try everything. You are a freshmen at a respected university. Although you may have your career set be willing to try new things and don't have tunnel vision. A lot of the fun of college and life is gaining from/ learning the things you don't see coming. Join clubs early but don't be afraid to try new ones either. Also don't let approach anxiety get the best of you most people are really nice. Surround yourself with the right friends as they have a huge impact on your experience. Try not to waste time, there's always something you can be doing that will benefit you later on. It's hard to do but try to eat healthy at least have a good breakfast. Exercise, run circle road often. Get uncomfortable and be okay with it. Challenge and push yourself.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Exercise, reading about the future of technology and stocks. I like to read books about people who really dominate in what they do and try to find the patterns in the culture they create and try to apply that into my own life.
Name: 
Rheanne Levy
Major: 
Undeclared
Hometown: 
Appleton, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
My advice for first-year students would be to check your email at least once a day, budget your meal plan (because the struggle is real once you run out), stay active/eat healthy, have an open mind, don't be afraid to ask for help, keep up on your daily studies but still make time for yourself, and most importantly get involved.
Hobbies/Interests: 
My hobbies are sports (such as soccer, softball, and swimming), socializing and of course science. I really enjoy art, music, clothes, and exploring other cultures too!
Training Credentials: 
Public Speaking 101
Name: 
Delenn Lloyd-Latif
Major: 
Biology
Hometown: 
Albany, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
College is an opportunity to be who you've always wanted to be and a chance to meet new people who can change your life for the better. Forget the fears you had in high school and embrace the college experience.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Drawing, photography, traveling, and listening to music.
Name: 
Kathleen McMahon
Major: 
Health Science/Pre-Nursing
Hometown: 
Colchester, VT
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Keep an open mind. Don't close yourself off to any opportunities or think you won't like something. Try new things, talk to different people, learn about things you're unfamiliar with.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Dance, singing, going to the gym, Netflix.
Name: 
Alvin Oommen
Major: 
Biology
Hometown: 
Yonkers, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Get involved early on. Develop good time management skills. Don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone, and most of all, take time to have fun!
Hobbies/Interests: 
Playing basketball, reading, and hanging out with friends.
Name: 
Jasmine Parmar
Major: 
Chemistry
Hometown: 
Fishkill
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Don't be afraid! Also, definitely be willing to open up to others and make friends. Studying in college is an experience you will never forget, so make the most of it and don't be too shy in getting others to know you. Go to events on campus, meet new people, and, most importantly, have fun utilizing the resources that the campus community provides you!
Hobbies/Interests: 
Listening to music, running, reading, playing volleyball, biking, and eating.
Training Credentials: 
Public Speaking 101, Sexual Violence on Campus
Name: 
Britney Ramnauth
Major: 
Civil Engineering
Hometown: 
Deer Park, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Don't be afraid to take risks, and learn new things about yourself. Get involved on campus, and meet new people. Most importantly balance your time right, the year goes by really quick so enjoy every moment.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Being with friends, dancing, getting involved with clubs, building things, sleeping and eating.
Name: 
Syeda Rasool
Major: 
Chemistry
Hometown: 
Brooklyn, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Entering college can be an emotional ride filled with excitement and nervousness, these are all natural feelings so don't worry. Use this time to get to know yourself. Like what your hobbies are, what you want to study, your habits, priorities, likes/dislikes, and the person you want to be. Figuring yourself out can help you set the GOALS you need to succeed in college. Having a game plan for every semester will help you stay focused. So, make friends, enjoy your everyday experiences, study, never procrastinate, smile, and be positive!
Hobbies/Interests: 
Scrap-booking, sleeping, dancing, and eating
Training Credentials: 
Red Watchband Training
Name: 
Caixiang Song
Major: 
Computer Science
Hometown: 
China
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Have a tour when you have time, get familiar with the campus, and make sure you won't get lost. :3
Hobbies/Interests: 
Foods, computer programming.
Name: 
Caroline Torrey
Major: 
Linguistics
Hometown: 
Bethesda, MD
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Do your best to get involved. University life ends up scaring a lot of students because they feel like they're alone and that they're not a part of any community. Also, just remember that school comes first.
Hobbies/Interests: 
My hobbies are napping, listening to music, and watching movies.
Training Credentials: 
Public Speaking 101
Name: 
Nikita Vozenilek
Major: 
Health Science
Hometown: 
Gaithersburg, MD
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Transitioning into college will take time, remember to breathe and get involved! Step out of your comfort zone and open yourself to new experiences, but remember to keep your priorities straight. Study hard, and don't be afraid to go to your professor for help.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Dancing, Reading, Sleeping, Running, Music, Writing, Community Service, Experiencing New Things
Name: 
Julian Wong
Major: 
Chemistry
Hometown: 
Newfane
Advice for First-Year Students: 
"Knick-knack, Shaq attack, give a dog a bone," -Shaquille O'Neil "YOLO." - Gandhi (On his death bed) "Chemistry is a class you take in high school or college, where you figure out two plus two is ten, or something." -Dennis Rodman
Hobbies/Interests: 
-Hustling the streets of Newfane, New York -Living the thug life -Chasing paper all day, everyday -Being facetious on internet biographies
Name: 
Nathalie Zavala
Major: 
Biology
Hometown: 
Roosevelt, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Get involved! You will hear it from everyone but it will definitely make your experiences hear more memorable and worthwhile. Find a balance between academics and social life so make the most of your time here. Overall, just have fun and enjoy the college life!
Hobbies/Interests: 
Reading and playing softball. Volunteering with my Girl Scouts Troop. Traveling and sleeping
Name: 
Wen Na Zhang
Major: 
Health Science
Hometown: 
Ticonderoga, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Try to get as involved on campus as you can handle, because getting involved leads to knowing more people, and knowing more people opens doors to more opportunities. And more opportunities leads to success! It's like networking.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Exploring new places, meeting new people, reading, listening to music, singing in the shower, sleeping, baking