Meet the 2016-2017 LDS Fellows!

Name: 
Gregory Antony
Major: 
Psychology, B.A
Hometown: 
Yonkers, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
There are plenty of friendly people just waiting to get to know you. All you have to do is branch out and find them.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Video games, comics, hanging out with friends, superhero aficionado
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Vikrant Bhatnagar
Major: 
Biology; Pre-Med Track
Hometown: 
Great Neck, NY
Hobbies/Interests: 
The key to success is being able to balance one's social life and academic life. As a student your able to be social and work hard academically through study groups with your friends. Also staying on top of your work and time management is very important, which you can do by making good study habits.
Training Credentials: 
I love biking everywhere rain or shine. If you see me outside of the residence hall I will most likely have a bike with me. Watching Netflix is a deep passion of mine.
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Kevin Catalan
Major: 
Biology; Pre- Med Track
Hometown: 
Bronx, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Advice that I have for first-year students is to prepare ahead of time and schedule your week so you don't let your new-found freedom keep you from doing your best. It is always helpful to find a guide/role-model among upper level students who are doing well in their classes as well as a support network.
Hobbies/Interests: 
My hobbies include reading action-adventure, thriller, mystery books alongside some written works in progress. I'm a self-taught artist and enjoy drawing animations and natural landscapes. I also enjoy jogging and biking during the week.
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Eric DiLaura
Major: 
Political Science; Pre-Law
Minor: 
Italian Language
Hometown: 
Batavia, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Make the most of your first year at Stony Brook! Be sure to get involved, join different clubs, go to campus events and don't spend too much time studying. Also don't be afraid to take classes that aren't a part of your major, it gives you a chance to explore new-found interests and will make you a better student overall.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Traveling, cooking, running, and anything that will give me an adrenaline rush!
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Neo Douyon
Major: 
Health Science; Pre-Med Track
Hometown: 
Elmont, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Don't be afraid to get involved, meet new people, and try new things. By pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, you can find new interests that you might not have thought you would ever enjoy and meet people who you would have otherwise never have met. College is about finding yourself and what you like, which is hard to do unless you put yourself out there.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Watching movies, spending time with family and friends, running, painting, laser tag, listening to music, baking, and going to the city.
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
William Eddy
Major: 
Political Science; Pre-Law
Hometown: 
Depew, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Do what you love. Coming in to college, I thought majors correlated directly with job opportunities, but I soon learned that this is not the case – at all. Don't be in any rush to declare a major, and when you do make sure it's something you're passionate about. I can't stress how important it is to do a great job and love what you're learning, because when we go out into the "real world" we want to reflect back on our time at Stony Brook as an era of personal growth, professional development, and, most of all, fun!!
Hobbies/Interests: 
I love reading, swimming, watching Netflix, drinking coffee, and napping. In the (little) free time that I have I try to catch up with my friends and check all my social media (I'm a twitter fiend). I also really love all the clubs and programs that are available on campus and attend as many events and meetings as I can.
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Nickeisha Gaynor
Major: 
Business
Hometown: 
Brooklyn, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
If you are an introvert, do not try to force yourself to be an extrovert. Most importantly, college is a new place to start over. If there's something in your life you wish to change, whether it be the type of friends you associate yourself with, or simply just wanting to finally be yourself, college gives you that opportunity to renew your identity. Start Fresh, man!! ^_^
Hobbies/Interests: 
I strongly consider myself as: a young preacher, a musician, a seeker, an athlete, a leader....anything to do with talent, that I try to be. Fun Facts about Myself: I ran from dogs almost everyday in my homeland, Jamaica. In other words, TRACK & FIELD is Life ^_^ I make a song out of every situation. If I run out of words, I'd make up a beat. Some say it is because I am Jamaican. I say if you grew up without a P.C or TV, you might just catch yourself being me ^_^
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Daniella Glikman
Major: 
Business Management; Sociology
Hometown: 
Brooklyn, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
The changes that students experience during their first year can be overwhelming. It is important to remember that you are not alone. Not only are your peers going through many of the same things as you are but you also have a myriad of support systems on campus that are there to help you. Not only will things get easier, but they will also get better!
Hobbies/Interests: 
Writing for Her Campus, binge watching TV shows, listening to music, spending time with friends and family
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Hiba Iqbal
Major: 
Biology; Pre-Med Track
Hometown: 
Nesconset, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try new things. College is all about having new experiences and making memories that will allow you to grow as a person. Also, don't get overwhelmed. The transition from high school to college is a major change and even though it can get stressful, make the best of everything college has to offer
Hobbies/Interests: 
Reading, shopping, volunteering, traveling, listening to music, hanging out with friends
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Nicholas Lamberson
Major: 
Mechanical Engineering
Minor: 
Spanish
Hometown: 
Medford, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
College is rough, no one is going to say otherwise, so you must utilize the available resources on campus because they are here to assist you on your transition to college and beyond. Additionally, you must not feel like you do not belong or your major choice is not right for you because college is a time of self-discovery and you will find yourself constantly having changing interests/views; just stay optimistic and keep moving forward. "Those who say they can and those who say they can't are both usually right" ~Confucius
Hobbies/Interests: 
I like to spend my time hanging out with friends, going to the gym, relaxing, and participating in community service events.
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Rubie Palma
Major: 
Engineering Science; Pre- Med Track
Hometown: 
Coram, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. Join clubs, talk to your professors, talk to people, come down to Hall Council. Stony Brook is so welcoming and always here to support you!
Hobbies/Interests: 
Marching Band, Drawing, Dancing, Singing, Volunteer/Charity Work, Exercising.
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Rachel Pollier
Major: 
Psychology; Pre-Med Track
Hometown: 
Charlton, MA
Advice for First-Year Students: 
My advice for first-year students would be to really enjoy and appreciate the time that you spend here at Stony Brook. I have made so many wonderful memories that I will always remember and cherish. College really is the best time of your life. It will never be this carefree again, so make sure you enjoy it while you are here.
Hobbies/Interests: 
My hobbies include reading, whistling, and playing tennis.
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Hayley Rein
Major: 
Psychology
Minor: 
Spanish; Business
Hometown: 
Brooklyn, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Make sure you take time for yourself and discover what you like outside of the classroom. Explore new clubs and get involved, you'll meet people that way and learn a lot about yourself.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Cooking, baking, photography, and Camp Kesem!
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Stephen Sam
Major: 
Health Science; Pre- Health
Minor: 
Flushing, Queens, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Life is rough and people deal with stress differently. College is where you will be able to discover yourself. When in doubt, always seek help.
Hobbies/Interests: 
CASB (Chinese Association at Stony Brook), Biking, Eating, Weight Training, and long walks on the beach.
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Rodrigo Jose Samodal
Major: 
Psychology, B.A
Hometown: 
Horseheads, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Download these following apps: Blackboard, SBU transit, SBU 311, Campus Card, Itour SBU. Join at least one club that interests you. Its the best way to find new friends. There are resources available for almost any situation if you can find the. Be a good person. The friends you make now can be helpful connections later. One failure isn't the end of the world. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. DON'T FORGET TO HAVE FUN
Hobbies/Interests: 
Dance -Music -Theatre -Magic -Community Service -Travel
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Ashley Schuette
Major: 
Health Sciences; Pre- Nursing
Hometown: 
Smithtown, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Get involved! Your experience here at Stony Brook will only be as good as you make it. There is truly something for everyone here, and getting involved will help you make new friends who share the same interests as you. However, don't overload yourself with extracurriculars, find a balance between your social life and academics. Lastly, if you ever feel overwhelmed with all that is going on, know that there are people and resources available to help you.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Traveling, adventure, art, going to the beach, swimming, hanging out with my friends, eating, and Netflix. On campus I am a Commuter Assistant, member of the Pre-Nursing society, and a member of the cheerleading team.
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Ruby Smith
Major: 
Psychology
Hometown: 
Easthampton, MA
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Always be yourself. Don't be afraid to express who you truly are. Come to college with an open mind because with an open mind you can meet tons of new people that you thought you would never be friends with and try new things. A part of the college experience is to meet a diverse group of people and to participate in activities and programs that you thought you would never enjoy.
Hobbies/Interests: 
I love to workout, take long de-stressing walks, explore new places, meet new people, and spend time with my friends.
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Bethany Smith
Major: 
Journalism
Minor: 
Political Science
Hometown: 
Roxbury, NJ
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Get involved! The best way to make friends is by going to your Hall Council or Quad Council, joining clubs, or going to events around campus. Getting involved will help you figure out what you like and find other people that like it too. It's also just a great way to destress and have some fun. Just try not to over commit yourself. Once you find what you really enjoy, stick with that. You don't need to do everything. Make sure to take some time for yourself in your busy schedule.
Hobbies/Interests: 
I love singing, playing guitar, writing, taking pictures, painting and pretty much anything that requires creativity.
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Shannon Valentin
Major: 
Civil Engineering
Hometown: 
Hartsdale, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Never be afraid to meet new people, you never know what opportunities you might be missing out on.
Hobbies/Interests: 
I love being outside playing tennis or softball, I like to workout, go out with friends, watch movies (especially classics), try new foods, and I love to spend time with my family.
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Xicheng Zhou
Major: 
Psychology; Sociology
Hometown: 
Bayside, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
1)Be outgoing! Everyone is here to help you, just go out and talk to more people. 2)Sharpen your time management skill ! Even though it seems like there are lots of free time, for each hour of lecture, you should also spend two hours for study.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Huge fan of Sherlock and Pokemon.Don't like any computer game, but enjoy most types of sport and outdoor activities.
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
John Gandolfo
Major: 
Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: 
Merrick, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Always try to balance your priorities and get into a routine. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try new things. Even though college is four years, time flies by, so don't forget to enjoy your experience.
Hobbies/Interests: 
I love to play sports and I run everyday. I'm a really big hiker and I enjoy being around nature.
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Erin O'Connell
Major: 
Undeclared
Hometown: 
South Setauket, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Always remember that it's okay to not know what you want or to feel confused. Be open to new things, take advantage of the resources we have on campus, and don't be afraid to get involved! College is the perfect time and place to grow as an individual and explore your interests. Set goals for yourself and really work to make the most out of your time here at Stony Brook!
Hobbies/Interests: 
I enjoy reading, volunteering, and spending time outdoors!
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Carmen Gonzalez
Major: 
Biology; Pre- Med Track
Hometown: 
Bronx, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Study, study, and study. Once you've studied and completed all of your work, the world is yours!
Hobbies/Interests: 
Jogging, hanging out with friends, and sleeping.
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
Rian Leung
Major: 
Biology
Minor: 
Music
Hometown: 
Westbury, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone! Join new clubs and find your niche. Stony Brook is lucky to have you so take advantage of all the resources to go above and beyond. Best of luck and welcome to the fam! P.S. whats a Seawolf??
Hobbies/Interests: 
Jamming with pals, binge watching shows, playing badminton and going hiking
Training Credentials: 
Red Watch Band
Undergraduate College: 
Leadership and Service
Name: 
John Gomez
Undergraduate College: 
Information Technology Studies