Meet the 2016-2017 HDV Fellows!

Name: 
Allison Asher
Major: 
Psychology; Pre- Physician's Assistant
Minor: 
Biology
Hometown: 
Hicksville, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
If I were to start my first year over again I would hope that I would be told to not worry about fitting the mold and that I should just be myself. It was always great to have upperclassmen that I could ask questions to so if anyone needs any advice or help, they are welcome to e-mail me. (allison.asher@stonybrook.edu) from any undergrad college or ugc seminar class. Don't worry about being a small fish in a big pond, you will find your niche it just may take time.
Hobbies/Interests: 
I'm interested in music, drawing, poetry, singing and I'll really try to do my best in anything I try out. I enjoy reading, being with my pals and just discussing everything and anything. I used to bowl and play softball and I can hold a conversation about almost anything because I love to talk. It's a little bit difficult to fit who I am into a little text box so I hope this will suffice and if you're looking for a friend or a mentor you're welcome to see if my interests fall into some of the same categories as yours.
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Angeline Chen
Major: 
Clinical Laboratory Services; Pre-Med Track
Hometown: 
Dix Hills, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Get ready to work like you never before. College is where you start building yourself, officially marching towards your goals, and learning to become well equipped for the real world. Keep in mind that college isn't all about just your books because networking and having fun is also part of building yourself. Each semester you are here will be work, but always remember to relax and take time for yourself. My Resident Assistant instructor, Jay, said "Don't forget to be human." Work hard, play hard, and good luck! You can totally do this! *\^o^/* PS- You are not alone on campus. If you find yourself struggling, trust me, there's someone with either the same or similar struggles as you on this campus, but it's all about how YOU will deal with it. It's okay to seek out help when needed. :)
Hobbies/Interests: 
- Volunteering (fun way to meet people while being apart of something) - Badminton - Snacking (especially while studying, trying to limit myself though, haha) - Doing nails - Working (I don't like not having things to do for a long period) - Random singing - Origami (Japanese art of folding papers)
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Amber Garcia
Major: 
Health Science
Hometown: 
North Babylon, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
The first year of college is a real wake up call. Some tips I would give you are: -Do not wait until the last second to complete an assignment! It is better to be ahead than behind. -Get to know your professors. Attend office hours to get extra help and connect with your professor. Be more than just a number! -Utilize all the resources Stony Brook University provides us with. If you are ever having a hard time with anything, there is a resource that can help you. -Join clubs! Be social and get to know others who have the same interests as you. It is a great way to make friends. If you ever have any questions, feel free to ask me.
Hobbies/Interests: 
I am a person who loves to explore and travel. Experiencing new cultures and exploring new places is one of my favorite things. I've recently been to Thailand as well as England and France. This summer I am excited to explore the cultures of Japan and Korea. I love to spend time at the beach and spend time outdoors. I also enjoy playing tennis when I have some free time.
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Jennifer Guevara
Major: 
Biology; Pre-Dental
Hometown: 
Hampton Bays, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Congratulations Seawolves! You made it! Enjoy your next four years at Stony Brook. Academically, don't be afraid to ask questions, get help when you need it and try to manage your time well. Your advisors, professors and everyone here at Stony Brook want you to succeed. Also, step out of your comfort zone. Coming to Stony Brook is like a fresh new start, you can be whoever you want to be. Join clubs, make friends, go out and try new things. As for my fellow commuters, try to explore more than just the commuter lounge, just because you don't live here, doesn't mean you're not apart of Stony Brook, and I guarantee you'll like it better here if you do. Have fun, study hard and take advantage of what Stony Brook has to offer!
Hobbies/Interests: 
Listening to music, singing in car rides, watching movies and going on impulse decision adventures with my friends
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Anashae Harriott
Major: 
Undeclared
Hometown: 
Queens, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
To all first-year students, I say be an "opportunity knock-out". There are so many opportunities on campus to take advantage of whether it be academically or socially, and the only way to make the best of your college experience is putting yourself right in front of that opportunity. Find that academic and social balance that best fits you. We never stop growing and learning, so step outside of your comfort zone, think outside of that box, and develop the best you, only you can be.
Hobbies/Interests: 
I enjoy breaking out in dance and song, stepping, listening to music, having intellectual conversations, just being around friends, and naps!
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Saraya Holmes
Major: 
Biology; Pre-Med Track
Hometown: 
Brooklyn, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Just Be Yourself! Don't be afraid to express yourself and get out of your comfort zone. Its okay to break out of your shell and make connections. If you ever feel alone or don't feel connected to the campus, just know there are many fellow out here to help you. If you ever need someone to talk to, just contact us !
Hobbies/Interests: 
I am apart of the Stony Brook Pipettes (which is an all girls a Capella group). I love to sing as you can tell. I love reading Utopian and Dystopian novels (they're my favorite type of book.)
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Thmas Jaworski
Major: 
Business Management
Minor: 
Japanese and Korean Studies
Hometown: 
Commack, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Never be afraid to reach out and seek opportunities. There are always so many different things you can do to get involved and stay active on campus. The possibilities are endless for what you can learn and experience, so be sure to take full advantage of them.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Listening to music, playing the guitar, reading and traveling
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Chae Rin Kim
Major: 
Psychology; Pre-Dental
Minor: 
Business Management
Hometown: 
South Korea
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Don't be afraid to try new things. Explore around a lot and be courageous. Not many people know who you are so be outgoing and make many different friends. There's nothing to lose and you will find amazing people around you if you could take one step out of your comfort zone. Freshman year could be rough in terms of "BALANCING YOUR TIME". I would say, definitely get a planner and sticky notes and make sure you nail all the work you are responsible for.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Photography, Yoga, Cooking, Traveling, Arts&Crafts, Design, Interior Design, Architecture,
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Ritesh Lahiri
Major: 
Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: 
Clifton Park, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Join a club that you share an interest with and meet people through that! Most classes freshman year will be large lectures so it is hard to meet new people there, so I highly recommend finding something non-academic to blow off some steam. Always remember to get enough sleep too!
Hobbies/Interests: 
I'm on the Running Club and the Global Innovation Team, which is one of the engineering clubs we have on campus.
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Taskin Loqman
Major: 
Biology; Pre-Med Track
Hometown: 
Stony Brook, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Be friendly, be welcoming and be open-minded. Find a club that interests you and get involved! I joined a dance team my first semester here and it was one of the best decisions of my life. Not only have I learned a lot from the team, but I have found a second family. It is very important to learn to manage your time in college. Try to plan out your week and maintain a daily routine. Give yourself enough time to study, eat, socialize and sleep. Remember that what works for you might be different from what works for your friend. Also, if you are struggling with anything, don't hesitate to ask for help. There are people here waiting for you to ask them for help. Moreover, your GPA is important but it isn't everything! You’ll remember your time with friends and the experiences you gained throughout your college years more than you will remember what grade you received in class. Most importantly, don't forget to show your school spirit! LET'S GO SEAWOLVES!!
Hobbies/Interests: 
Dancing, singing, watching movies, shopping, napping, going to Crazy Beans and going on road trips.
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Sandy Lu
Major: 
Biology; Pre-Health
Hometown: 
Ronkonkoma, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
College is a fresh start, step out of your comfort zone and explore what life has to offer. Get involved and try new things because college is a place to explore and go beyond your limits. Remember to study study study and work hard for those grades.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Traveling, reading, listening to music, going out with friends, sleeping ,and Netflix
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Rachel O'Connell
Major: 
English
Hometown: 
Lindenhurst, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Work hard, try new things and really put yourself out there! These will be the greatest times of your life!
Hobbies/Interests: 
Writing, equestrian, gym, adventures, travel
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Lauren Opoku-Kissi
Major: 
Biology; Pre-Med Track
Hometown: 
Corona, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
My advice for incoming freshmen is to utilize all the resources we have on campus. A lot of students find classes difficult at first but if they go to office hours and tutoring the pressures of college are much less than it seems!
Hobbies/Interests: 
I enjoy meeting new people and learning new things!
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Sophie Peterfreund
Major: 
Psychology; Pre-Med Track
Hometown: 
Westchester, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
College is unlike anything you have experienced before, so make sure to take advantage of all the opportunities you are provided with. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you are struggling in a certain subject area. Learn how to manage your time wisely. Try to become involved on campus by joining clubs, participating in activities, meeting new people, and attending sporting events. Time flies once the semester starts so enjoy everything while you can!
Hobbies/Interests: 
I'm a die-hard New York Yankees fan so I am always watching baseball! I also love reading, volunteering at my local hospital, babysitting, playing the viola, and spending time with my friends and family.
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Isaiah Pluviose
Major: 
Biology; Health Science; Pre-Med Track
Hometown: 
Brooklyn, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
The best advice I can offer is to take advantage of the all the resources Stony Brook has to offer and get involved. Whether it be academics or something personal, there is always someone that can help. With a big campus like Stony Brook you may feel alone, but know that everyone has your best interest at heart. Take advantage of office hours, help rooms, learning centers, tutoring. Professors and advisors are your BEST resources. Remember that even though academics are important, you as a person is equally as important!
Hobbies/Interests: 
I love to sing, travel and learn different languages! I am currently the Corresponding Secretary of The Stony Brook Gospel Choir and involved in a few other clubs on campus. I like helping others and volunteering.
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Robert Ruzic
Major: 
Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: 
Douglaston, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Just a few important points I learned through college so far: be the source of what you hope to attract to your life; actually go to class, you'll have time to sleep after you finish your work. start being active around campus; confidence is key; and most importantly... don't worry to much. I'm sure you have heard everyone tell you how important it is to find a good major, choose a career, stay active, participate in clubs, do more, be more, be yourself . . . and taken as a whole, it can all seem so overwhelming. Don't worry if you feel afraid of college. You are off to a new adventure and you should be excited and proud that you are rising to the challenge. That is why I say don’t worry too much. Life has a way of falling into place if you work hard, try new things, be kind, and ask for help. Everything will be okay.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Drinking tea and coffee, sleeping, creating stuff, Netflix, thrifting, going to concerts, traveling, photography, exploring NYC.
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Khondaker Sadiq
Major: 
Biochemistry
Minor: 
Bioengineering
Hometown: 
Staten Island, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Give your all to every task you do. However along the way try to pick up the little things that make you unique and special.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Basketball, soccer and enjoying the great outdoors.
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Kevin Zhang
Major: 
Biology; Pre- Physcian's Assistant
Hometown: 
Hicksville, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Learn to use google calendar! It is so helpful and useful to manage your time and it is so easy to forgot due to your busy life! If you can plan things out and to do list everyday, you will have a easier time managing your time.
Hobbies/Interests: 
I enjoy playing basketball, working out in the gym, and listening to underground music as my hobbies. Other interest includes being up to date with current technological trends and advances.
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Brendan Zotto
Major: 
Electrical Engineering
Minor: 
Computer Science
Hometown: 
Mt. Sinai
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Be willing to participate and join clubs, especially if they align with your current major. Clubs completely change your view of the campus, and allow you to meet great people and make lasting bonds. By joining clubs that are related to your major it allows your to build your resume starting from freshman year, and tests your commitment to the major you are pursuing.
Hobbies/Interests: 
I am member of the Robotics Club Design Team, and enjoy working with and designing electrical systems. I have recently been designing a vehicle using a raspberry pi, a really cool micro computer. During my free time, if you have any I usually watch comedies like It's Always sunny in Philadelphia, or Silicon Valley. I also enjoy running and swimming when I can.
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Solange Viala
Major: 
Psychology, B.S; Pre-Dental Track
Hometown: 
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Advice for First-Year Students: 
My advice for First-Year Student: Pick a major you are interested in! Part of college is about finding which field of study you are truly passionate about, so don't be afraid to really go for it. Also try really hard to put yourself out there and be an active member of the stony brook community. You will make lots of friends and gain many great opportunities. Most importantly, try really hard not to procrastinate. College is amazing and as long as you have a set objective and enough determination, it should be a piece of cake! Good luck guys!
Hobbies/Interests: 
Dance, Theatre, Art and Music
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development
Name: 
Zachary Shaps
Major: 
Biochemistry; Pre- Med Track
Minor: 
Political Science
Hometown: 
Bandera, TX
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Don't overextend yourself. I spent most of my freshman year getting involved and acquiring new skills, but I also forgot how important school is. Grades will stay with you far longer than extra-curriculars. This shouldn't discourage you from reach out, but learn where your limits are and how you can manage them.
Hobbies/Interests: 
On my off-time I enjoy watching netflix, socializing, debating, exercising, and volunteering.
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Human Development