Meet the 2015-2016 HDV Fellows!

Name: 
Alcina Park
Major: 
Undeclared
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Time management is very important! Make sure you keep a good schedule and know what you need to do to carry out your day. Get plenty of exercise and sleep!
Hobbies/Interests: 
Volleyball, snowboarding/skiing, river rafting, music, dancing, singing.
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Amanda Stoerback
Major: 
Biology, Pre-Med track.
Hometown: 
Nissequogue, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Congratulations on becoming a seawolf! I encourage you to meet as many new people as possible, get involved, ask questions, attend office hours, take advantage of some of the wonderful resources Stony Brook has to offer, try new things, be confident and, most of all, have fun! Additionally, be proud of yourselves and continue to follow your dreams. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.” The future is in our hands --so let’s make the most of it. I wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavors!
Hobbies/Interests: 
I enjoy community service, volunteering, dancing, baking and boating. I am currently a member of Phi Delta Epsilon, the Pre-Med fraternity on campus, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Sigma Beta Honor Society. I am also an active volunteer at the Stony Brook University Hospital and enjoy shadowing physicians to learn about the different fields of medicine.
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Anastasios Karayianidis
Major: 
Economics
Hometown: 
Astoria, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Seek to challenge yourself everyday, doing things outside your comfort zone, taking on new opportunities, in the interest of growing in all aspects that shape who you are. While keeping an open mind, experience new things, meet new people, learn things that interest you, and follow your passions. Through it all, in the pursuit of happiness, find happiness in the pursuit.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Traveling, listening to music, the consumption of pizza, writing, laughing, taking naps
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Andrea Kuri
Major: 
Journalism
Hometown: 
Yonkers, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
In addition to doing your best academically, I hope you all take the chance in your first year to take advantage of the extracurricular opportunities on campus. I think that joining clubs or associations will help you meet some good friends, as well as it will allow you to have fun and maybe even make a difference.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Listening to music, playing intramural softball, attending fitness classes at the recreation center, public relations for hall council, and anything comedy.
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Anika Martin
Major: 
Biochemistry, Pre-Med track.
Hometown: 
Amityville, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
There's more to college than just studying hard. Of course, that's important, but don't miss out on everything else this school has to offer. Try a club, a sport, reach out and help the community, or just make friends. Get involved and have some fun while you're here! But still leave time to study. Balance is key and those classes won't pass themselves. Also, never procrastinate.
Hobbies/Interests: 
My hobbies include drawing and Pokemon (and sometimes drawing Pokemon). I also enjoy running, singing and making desserts.
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Caroline Donato
Major: 
Psychology
Hometown: 
East Greenbush, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Every single freshman coming into Stony Brook is in the same boat as you. If you feel overwhelmed or alone, you are not the only one, so make sure to reach out to others for help! There are so many people all around campus, so you will undoubtedly find others who share your interests and hobbies. Join a club, attend events, and talk to people in your classes and in your residence hall and you will be sure to make the most of college.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Singing, cosplaying, sewing, musical theater, watching cartoons, hanging out with friends, laughing until I cry.
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Christina Zuckerman
Major: 
Health Science
Hometown: 
Lake Ronkonkoma, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
My advice for First Year Students would be to get involved with as many clubs, groups, and activities as you can on campus. Getting involved can only benefit you. There are endless amounts of clubs and organizations on campus to cater to everyone's interests. Getting involved is a great way to make new friends on campus and have a great time doing it.
Hobbies/Interests: 
My hobbies include going to the gym, hanging out with friends, spending time with family, and watching Netflix. In the summer I am always outside. I love going to the beach, playing Kan jam and tennis, and reading a nice book while laying in the sun.
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Daniel Cross
Major: 
Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: 
Fredonia, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Use the resources available to you. Find time to relax. Don't be afraid to ask for help in a class that you aren't doing well in. Focus on work, but always make time for your friends and try to make lots of them because they will become your family at Stony Brook.
Hobbies/Interests: 
I like marathoning TV shows and movies (Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Scandal, Orange is the New Black). I also like helping people with their problems and getting curly fries at Late Night.
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Elmer Flores
Major: 
Biology and Political Science, Pre-Law track.
Hometown: 
Brentwood, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
One of the most important things that you should know about entering college is that you're not going to be the same person you were in high school. College changes you and allows you to explore various opportunities and gain a further understanding of who you are as an individual. It is extremely crucial that you accept these changes and use them to your advantage. The environment you're surrounded by fosters creativity and exploration, so don't sit there and wish you could do things you want to do. Go out and explore what Stony Brook has to offer!
Hobbies/Interests: 
On my weekends, I perform as a percussionist for a drum corps called the Long Island Sunrisers. I serve as President for the Stony Brook Science Olympiad club while giving back to my HS by serving as an advisor for their Science Olympiad team. I'm an active member of the Academic Judiciary Committee, Hall Council, Humans vs Zombies and the Quidditch team. On my free time, I binge watch House of Cards and Orange is the New Black or play video games. (Kingdom Hearts all day!)
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Jasmin Suknanan
Major: 
Health Science and Journalism, Pre-Dental track.
Minor: 
Health and Wellness
Hometown: 
South Ozone Park, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
My advice for first year students would be to get involved in activities on campus - even if you don't start early it is NEVER too late to try things out! Through your involvement you will not only gain things to add to your resume but you will also meet new people, do something productive with your time, gain valuable skills, and discover new options for your future. Also, take advantage of the resources the campus has to offer - there are a lot of them!
Hobbies/Interests: 
Some hobbies I have are jewelry making, crocheting, baking, and cooking. I'm really into martial arts/self defense, going to the gym to work out, and app design. I love volleyball and grew up playing tennis a lot. I also am interested in the science of how various forms of exercise play different roles in maintaining a healthy body and would like to, in the future, write magazine articles and other works surrounding that science.
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Jessica Rodriguez
Major: 
Biology
Hometown: 
Brentwood, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
To all the new incoming freshmen I suggest you learn to embrace the change! Try to make connections right away and don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. You will have good days and you will have bad days, you just have to learn to go with the flow and manage the time you do have here wisely.
Hobbies/Interests: 
I'm a commuter, so to all my commuters who need help don't be afraid to ask for it! I have a part time job and I like to read, write, sleep, and watch Netflix on my downtime.
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Jinyue Pan
Major: 
Health Science
Hometown: 
Queens, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
No matter how many great plans you've made up in your mind, make sure that you actually take that very first step. In addition, get involved. Go to as many clubs as you can if you don't know which one to go, and then choose one to attend regularly. Also, try to balance your social and academic life. Don't forget your purpose to be here.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Playing guitar, singing, workout, watching scary movies with a group of friends in the dark.
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Kayla Rivera
Major: 
Business
Hometown: 
Yonkers, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
College is all about new experiences, so don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Focus, have fun, and always make sure you drink enough water!
Hobbies/Interests: 
Playing on the Stony Brook Club Volleyball team and hanging out with friends
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Kayley Murphy
Major: 
Health Science, Pre-Health track.
Hometown: 
South Setauket, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Know that if you are having trouble in any aspect of your life, you are not alone; there is someone here to help you. Take advantage of the resources on campus and do not be afraid to ask for help.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Playing the flute and piano, marching band, listening to music, watching movies, traveling and sleeping.
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Kevin An
Major: 
Undecided, Pre-Med track.
Hometown: 
Albertson, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
College is a chance to explore. Try out new things! If you don’t like it, you don’t have to do it, but at least try it once. You never know what will happen. Also, don’t procrastinate. It will cause many days to attack you at once. Give everything time and it will all work out eventually.
Hobbies/Interests: 
I like to sing during my free time. I also enjoy swimming. I’m also a part of CCERT (campus community emergency response team) and love helping other people. Feel free to come up to me to ask any questions!
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Konstantinos Mouskas
Major: 
Biochemistry, Pre-Med track.
Hometown: 
Athens, Greece
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Be ready to surpass yourself. In college you are going to find aspects of you that you thought will never come to surface. Make the "Knowledge is power" your moto. Don't be afraid to use every single opportunity to broaden your knowledge. Professors, TAs and advisors are here to help you, not to make you fail. Instead of being afraid, take advantage of them as much as you can!
Hobbies/Interests: 
I am the kind of person that prefers to either stay home all day long, read books, watch movies, and play games or spend the whole day outside by doing different activities or going from place to place, with my family or my friends, and have fun.
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Lydia Senatus
Major: 
Health Science, Pre-Med track.
Hometown: 
Brooklyn, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Get involved in what Stony Brook has to offer. I am involved in a lot of clubs and I love it! Just make sure to create a schedule to balance the many things you're going to have to do.
Hobbies/Interests: 
In my free time, whatever that means, I love to sing, shop, endlessly search hair and makeup tutorials on Youtube, and call my loved ones. My main interest is traveling. I make it my duty to travel every year to a different country.
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Michael Aufiero
Major: 
Atmospheric Science and Physics
Hometown: 
North Babylon, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Many of you are probably very nervous about your first year of college. I know I was. Personally, I am not one for change so I was very apprehensive about starting college. I kept thinking about all the things that could go wrong (i.e. What if no one likes me? What if I don't fit in? What if I can't handle the workload? What if I'm not able to take care of myself away from home?). I assure you though that I had no reason to worry. College is very different from high school, but in a good way. The thing I like best about college is that in high school, your schedule is rigid and is the exact same every day. In college, your schedule varies from day to day so there is more variety and you feel like you have more down time than you did in high school. It's an extremely nice set-up. If I could give a couple pieces of advice in this area, I would say to try and schedule at least one or two days a week where you don't have your first class until the afternoon hours, this way you can catch up on sleep if need be (sleeping late is certainly something you don't get to do in high school). If at all possible, try and dorm. Dorming is a much better experience as commuting might give you a bit of a high school vibe. When you dorm, it is easier to socialize and meet new people. Not that commuters can't do this to, of course they can! I'm just happy that I chose to dorm even though I live close by. I absolutely love it. I would advise you all to try and set a normal sleep schedule. Once you fall out of a normal sleep schedule it is extremely hard to fix your circadian rhythm. You start taking naps during the day and then you are awake all night. Try not to do this. Budget your time accordingly with regards to school work so that you can get to sleep at a normal hour each night. If this isn't always feasible, then you can catch up on your sleep on the days where you don't have any morning classes. I would certainly advise you all to visit your professors during their office hours if you are struggling with your school work. Professors hold office hours to help you. Take advantage of this! I go to office hours all the time, especially right before exams. The professors are usually extremely helpful and if you're the only one there, then you get special one on one attention from the professor. I truly believe I would not get some of the grades I have gotten on some of my exams without going to office hours. My last piece of advice is to get involved around campus. Join clubs and organizations. There are many specialized clubs on campus and many geared towards different majors. Choose which ones you'd like to join that interest you the most, but DO NOT wear yourself too thin by taking on too many outside activities. Make sure you still have time for your school work and sleep. College is nothing to worry about. It will be a really fun time in your life. Be sure to socialize, make friends, and for those of you who dorm, there's nothing wrong with going home on the weekends if you're feeling homesick.
Hobbies/Interests: 
My main area of interest is meteorology (weather), as I am a meteorology major. I have been interested in the weather ever since I was little and I am extremely passionate about the subject. I love extreme weather (i.e. blizzards and tornadoes) and it is my dream to go storm chasing in the Midwest U.S. one day. Other than that, I enjoy watching television shows on Netflix (i.e. How I Met Your Mother and Rules of Engagement are two of my favorites); I enjoy sitcoms and crime shows. Other than that, I am usually hard at work with studying and assignments. I enjoy spending time with family and friends and I enjoy helping other people with their school work (I used to be a tutor in high school). I love to see people do well!
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Monika Mulart
Major: 
Health Science
Minor: 
Music
Hometown: 
Maspeth, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
My number one piece of advice to first-year students is to make sure you balance your academic and social lives effectively. There will be many distractions that you will most likely face, but remind yourself why you're here and will help you stay motivated in your classes. Don't be afraid to reach out for help if you need it, there will always be someone to help you. And don't forget to enjoy yourself. After all, it is college.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Some of my favorite things to do on my free time are playing volleyball, working out at the rec, hanging out with friends, and playing the flute. I am also part of Stony Brook's American Red Cross Club and I try to attend all possible meetings to get involved in giving back to the community. I try to donate blood during Stony Brook's blood drives whenever I can as well.
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Oliver Sun
Major: 
Computer Science and Applied Mathematics & Statistics
Hometown: 
Brooklyn, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
It's scary asking questions in large lectures but if you don't understand something you should absolutely go to a professor's office hours or TA office hours. Make sure you utilize all the resources available to you - there's the Math Learning Center, Chemistry Learning Center, and Writing Center. While academics are important, don't stress out about classes too much! You should be getting involved on campus - we have a lot of clubs and organizations to join. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try new things. If you really don't like something you don't have to continue doing it. Make the most of your 4 college years because time really flies. I'll end with a quote: "In the end, we only regret the chances we didn't take."
Hobbies/Interests: 
Playing guitar, singing, hitting the gym, watching movies, reading manga/ watching anime, biking, seeing new places, talking about life.
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Raven Brown
Major: 
Psychology, Pre-Med track.
Hometown: 
Valley Stream, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
My Advice for First-Year Students is to not be scared to branch out. Coming to a brand new environment can be intimidating but also exhilarating. Once you find something you like, don't just stick to it. Add on and grow to your experience by talking to more than just the friends you've become close with and participating in more than just the first organization or club you've joined. A great experience can be never ending as long as you allow it. Don't stress!
Hobbies/Interests: 
I enjoy staying active by playing volleyball. I like to read, write and most importantly relax. I am secretary of Black Women's Association, an organization devoted to empowering minorities. I enjoy volunteering and spending my time uplifting others.
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Sara Wilhelm
Major: 
Health Science
Hometown: 
Hicksville, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Be Brave! Don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. Talk to new people and expand your horizons. College is not only characterized by challenging academic work, but also by the great friends you meet along the way. Remember that there is always someone to help you, reach out! Also, your time is very valuable.Taking time to allocate and manage your time well will without a doubt benefit you. Finally, don't forget to nap!
Hobbies/Interests: 
Baking, Creating Music, Writing, Drawing, and ice skating. On campus, I enjoy being the secretary of Kelly Quad council and going to the Rec in my free time.
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Shao Mei Pan
Major: 
Applied Mathematics & Statistics
Hometown: 
Queens, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Step out of your comfort zone and try something new.Don't be afraid to ask for help because if you don't, the answer will always be no.Get involved on campus, whether it's joining a club, going to events or attending Craft Night at the Union. These are great ways to meet new people! Go to class and do the work. Once you fall behind, it'll be hard to catch up. But don't study all day! Take breaks; you can go to events, hang out with friends, explore the campus, etc. Try not to procrastinate (I know, it's difficult). Keep a planner; it'll help keep you on track with the things you need to do for the week. Lastly, have fun!"
Hobbies/Interests: 
Drawing, singing, listening to music, reading manga and novels, watching anime and dramas, going to the Craft Center, volunteering, eating with friends
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Winnie Feng
Major: 
Undecided
Hometown: 
Kings Park, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Embrace your new found independence! It allows you to (perhaps for the first time ever) be your own person and create original thoughts. With that said, realize that you are never alone. For the eternal optimist: yes, you should be excited! The future holds so many amazing surprises in store for you. Your only responsibility is to make yourself ready to receive them. For the eternal pessimist: hey look, if *I* could do it, anybody can.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Hobbies: reading, writing, singing, shopping, watching Netflix, napping, traveling, and EATING - oh god do I love to eat.Favorites: Italian food, The Office, Maroon 5, tea, Stephen King, Maltese puppies, and 55-65 degree weather.
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Babatunde Adekoya
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development