Meet the 2015-2016 LDS Fellows!

Name: 
Alexander Bouraad
Major: 
Biology, Pre-Med track.
Hometown: 
Yonkers, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Relax and take everything as it comes. If something seems like the end of the world, I can promise you its not. There's a reason you are here and never forget that.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Baseball, Hanging with Friends, Relaxing in the lounge and doing work of course ;)
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Alexandra Zigomalas
Major: 
History
Minor: 
Writing
Hometown: 
Dix Hills, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
College is a whirlwind of new opportunities, people, and experiences. Take all of these in with full force, but always stay true to what you believe. By staying grounded in your passions and beliefs, you will be able to grow more than you think. So, dive in! Give it all you got! Don't be afraid because you have an awesome team of Fellows right behind you. Good luck and welcome to Stony Brook University!
Hobbies/Interests: 
Writing, Reading, Visiting Museums, Going to the Beach, and Watching Gilmore Girls
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Bijin Biju
Major: 
Biomedical Engineering, Pre-Med track.
Hometown: 
Elmont, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
This is college and it is going to be different. When you feel overwhelmed or stressed always seek help.
Hobbies/Interests: 
I like to draw, read fictional books, and make stories. I also have passion for collecting old and rare coins.
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Binoy Daniel
Major: 
Electrical Engineering
Hometown: 
Commack, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Get involved! Your experience here at Stony Brook is what you make of it. Challenge yourself, try something that might be a little uncomfortable at first. But be safe with your decisions. Don't wait for someone to inspire you, do something that will inspire others.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Playing the 'geetar', binge watching shows on Netflix, breaking stuff and putting it back together, memorizing random facts hoping that they will show up on 'Jeopardy!', eating food.
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Brittney Scannell
Major: 
Undeclared
Hometown: 
Baldwin, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Try your hardest to be out going and make new friends. Don't be scared of putting yourself out there! Everything will workout in the end, just be yourself.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Working out, running, spending time with my friends, going to the beach
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Jay Abad
Major: 
Sustainability
Minor: 
Biology
Hometown: 
West Sayville, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Get involved!! There are so many different clubs to fit the many different interests of students, and it is a great way to meet new friends. Meeting friends with similar interests not only helps with making you feel more accepted in this new learning environment, but it may also be useful in terms of study groups! I find that the easiest way to study for me personally is with a group of friends!
Hobbies/Interests: 
I love the environment, roller hockey, and helping others! I am also a counselor for Camp Kesem and an associate at The Home Depot!
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Jessica McKay
Major: 
Pre-Social Work
Hometown: 
Washingtonville, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Make your presence known! H-Quad is such an amazing community, so just getting your face out there will make your freshman year amazing! There will be challenges your first semester, but as long as you keep a positive energy and contribute to the community, you will excel!
Hobbies/Interests: 
Blogging, playing ukulele, singing, running, writing.
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Jinfeng Liu
Major: 
Computer Science
Hometown: 
Webster, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Make as many friends as possible during the first semester.Be active and get involved in clubs and other extracurricular activities. Balance your social and academic life.Don't procrastinate.Take advantage of the campus opportunities and resources. Seek out for help when necessary.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Reading, video games, and watching horror movies.
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Kristy Harrison
Major: 
Biology, Pre-Health track.
Hometown: 
Oakdale, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Make sure the time you spend at Stony Brook University is fun and exciting. Try to get involved in clubs, events, volunteer work, as well as all the other activities that the university has to offer. By getting involved, you will be building a more comprehensive resume, while meeting many new friends and discovering qualities about yourself that you never knew before. A key piece of advice to remember as you begin your SBU adventure is to avoid stressing out over EVERYTHING! Try your best and forget the rest. Finding time to keep your mind and body healthy is very important as well. Make sure you allow yourself to get the proper amount of food, sleep and exercise to keep yourself going strong. Also, if you have extra room in your schedule, or if you need to fulfill an SBC, try new types of classes that you have never tried before. For my first semester here I tried a dance class to fulfill an art SBC. I was not a dancer to begin with, yet after I viewed my options and explored new territories, I came to love the dance program at Stony Brook and took another dance class the following semester. So explore all that is here and make your experience worth your while!
Hobbies/Interests: 
I have been training in martial arts for over 10 years. I love going to the Stony Brook Recreation Center to work out and do classes! I also love to go sailing, hiking, and mountain biking around Long Island.
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Laurel Gumpert
Major: 
Psychology
Hometown: 
North Bellmore, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Get involved and take every opportunity that Stony Brook has to offer. College can be the best 4 years of your life if you make it. Staying in your dorm room watching Netflix can be fun, but making new friends, going on adventures and making a difference in your community is more fun. By joining clubs, attending Hall Council & Quad Council, going to events and sporting games, you can make life-long friends and make amazing memories. The best times you have are when you step out of your comfort zone and take a risk, so do not be afraid to take a chance.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Working out, listening to music, spending time with friends & participating in community service.
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Lily Finkelstein
Major: 
Health Science
Minor: 
Business and Spanish
Hometown: 
Rockland County, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
It's really easy to get caught up with academics and friends. But don't forget to make time for you! Make yourself the priority.
Hobbies/Interests: 
VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood, reading, Netflix!
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Madyson Allard
Major: 
Health Science, Pre-Pharmacy track.
Hometown: 
Wallkill, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Get involved ,and stay on top of your work! Getting involved is the best way to make friends, and keep your mind on something other than school work. Make sure you stay on top of assignments, tests dates, and seek help when your struggling. Things are a lot less stressful when you're fully prepared.
Hobbies/Interests: 
I am really into sports and music! I've also gotten involved with the Sign Language club, Hall Council, and the Pre-Pharmacy club!
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Manjot Singh
Major: 
Biochemistry, Pre-Med track.
Minor: 
Mathematics
Hometown: 
Astoria, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Transitioning into college can often be a daunting experience. The best thing to do is to be active in your college career. Join clubs, meet new friends, and explore your interests. College is the time to truly step into adulthood and to find out who you are as a person. Take this time to step out of your comfort zone!
Hobbies/Interests: 
Reading and writing literature, volunteering in many organizations, academic tutoring, Netflix.
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Munifa Wheeler
Major: 
Health Science, Pre-Med track.
Hometown: 
Brooklyn, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
My main advice for first-year students are to get involved on campus and to not do anything that is later regrettable. Do something! Anything! Join one of our 370 recognized clubs and organizations, you can even create a club. Many of the upperclassmen that I have conversed with advise me to stay on top of things, especially because of the transition into a totally new environment. Also because they now regret the effects of not prioritizing and finding a balance between their social and academic lives. Beware and learn from the mistakes of others!
Hobbies/Interests: 
Enjoying the Sabbath, Chemistry, Sport: Tennis, Basketball and Bowling (yes Bowling is a sport).
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Najee Ramos
Major: 
Political Sciene and Theater Arts, Pre -Law track.
Minor: 
Creative Writing
Hometown: 
Queens, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Take it easy, don't overwhelm yourself and never feel alone because someone out there is feeling the same way you do.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Writing Music, Listening to Music, Anything with Music!
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Rajyana Sultana
Major: 
Biology, Pre-Med track.
Hometown: 
Manhattan, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Try not to procrastinate and leave all your work for the last minute. Also join a club for fun as a stress reliever. It helps when the workload gets too overwhelming.
Hobbies/Interests: 
I like reading books and I think kittens are adorable.
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Sarah Kwon
Major: 
Psychology, Pre-Med
Hometown: 
Seattle WA, Shrewsbury MA, and Seoul South Korea
Advice for First-Year Students: 
A diploma shouldn't be the only thing you're walking out of SBU with 4 years from now. College is where your area of interest/study will narrow down but consequently it's also the only place you'll be around such a diverse population in one area. To make the best of your time here, some things might make you step out of your comfort zone. Attend meetings. Meet new people. Audition. Apply. Just try and they might lead you to fighting your fears, meeting the best friend of your life, or to finding out more about yourself. Maybe you're not as introverted or awkward as you thought you were, or maybe you were really so much weirder than you've known yourself to be. It's all about the experience- continue the good and let go of the bad!
Hobbies/Interests: 
I love psychology.I dance (JCDC & Deja Vu Dance Troupe), I play music (violin & piano), I race (alpine ski) and I play sports (volleyball & soccer).
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Sharon Chen
Major: 
Health Science, Pre-Med track.
Hometown: 
Queens, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
College is about having fun but more importantly, it's an academic environment. Learn to manage your time by using those planners that were given out. That way, you can maintain a healthy balance between doing what you enjoy and managing all your classes.
Hobbies/Interests: 
I love to sing, read, and take walks in the sun.
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Shellian Mckenzie
Major: 
Health Science and Biology, Pre- Med track.
Hometown: 
Mount Vernon, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
The best advice I can give is to have fun and go for any or all the opportunities that college life presents you. Also study. It's not like high school.
Hobbies/Interests: 
In addition to being a Fellow, I am in Mentors in Medicine, the Health and Technology Management Club, L.E.A.D. In my spare time I like to read, blog, and watch Hulu.
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Teodoro Salgado
Major: 
Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Hometown: 
Farmingville, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone! Get involved on campus with what you can and if you're a commuter, it's hard, but get involved too! College is all about meeting new people and finding what you're interests are. While focusing on your classes is important, it's equally as important to have fun while you're here!
Hobbies/Interests: 
In my spare time I like to play video games, go to the gym (occasionally), swim, and play sports. I also like to go outside, when it's nice, and take relaxing walks.
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Vinnesha Flynn
Major: 
Pre-Social Welfare
Minor: 
Women's and Gender Studies
Hometown: 
Jamaica, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Take care of your health first! Try to get into a normal routine early on, and if you find that you are compromising your health, change it! Make realistic goals for your academics and other activities and set objectives for attaining them. Check in with yourself every week to see what you did well and what you would like to improve. Finally, take advantage of the many resources here at Stony Brook as you work to achieve your goals. There are a lot of unique opportunities at your fingertips.
Hobbies/Interests: 
I am passionate about health and wellness. I enjoy Pilates, yoga, singing, dancing, acting, roller skating, crafts, hula hooping, watching and discussing television and film, traveling, and eating flavorful food. My academic interests are gender equality, social justice, environmental justice and health education. I love the tropics and I love to be on the beach in the summer. On campus, I am involved in the Stony Brook Gospel Choir, HeforShe, and the VIP Committee.
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Abigail Higgins
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service