Meet the 2015-2016 SSO Fellows!

Name: 
Alfredo Esposito
Major: 
Marine Vertebrate Biology
Hometown: 
Levittown, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
College is a time to be known and Stony Brook provides many opportunities to do just that. Get involved especially if you are living on campus and get to do as much as you can (time flies)! Befriend your professors because not only will they get to know you on a academic level but you will connect with them on a personal one as well. Joining clubs will make your time here a blast; you will not only have fun getting involved in activities that you're interested in, but you will also have many doors open for you to get involved and to ultimately get known.
Hobbies/Interests: 
RA in Gershwin starting this fall. Die hard soccer fan/player 24/7. Secret lover of Pokemon. I love nature and being outdoors and pushing myself to my limits.I will talk for hours about aquariums and saltwater fish. Currently interning at the marine bio buildings in regards to sonar and zooplankton. The most important thing to know is of course: Ball is life.
Undergraduate College: 
Science and Society
Name: 
Amrit Dhillon
Major: 
Biology, Pre-Med track.
Hometown: 
Hicksville, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Do not stress out when things don't go your way right away. Success in college is a process. Along the way you will find what is helpful and what is detrimental to your success.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Family, Friends, Education, Basketball, and Music.
Undergraduate College: 
Science and Society
Name: 
Angelica Husni
Major: 
Chemistry, Pre-Med track.
Hometown: 
New York, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
My advice for incoming First-Year Students is to really take advantage of all campus resources and to try a lot of different things in order to really find what you like and enjoy. Don't be afraid to try new things and get out of your comfort zone. Try to find and have a balance between your social and academic life.
Hobbies/Interests: 
I enjoy singing and playing the guitar, trying new food and watching movies. But by far, my favorite hobby has to be napping. Napping is probably the hobby I have invested the most time doing.
Undergraduate College: 
Science and Society
Name: 
Ayodele Ajibade
Major: 
Chemical Engineering
Hometown: 
Brooklyn, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
YAAOOOW you've made it, congrats but do you know what that means....It's time to Party!!!! Well of course after you take care of all the responsibilities you have. Going to university is a new experience and may take some time to get used too, but it isn't impossible. If you can sit down every once in a while and just think of all the things you need to complete you'll feel a lot less stressed through the year. If you can create time to mingle and socialize with people on and off campus, you will make connections and meet wonderful people. Oh, this is important, MAKE SURE YOU CALL THE HOMIES BACK HOME (Mom, Dad, Siblings, the MVP ice cream man who took the $1 instead of the $1.75 you needed to pay, etc), you definitely won't feel to far from home this way. Remember every experience you learn from, will only make you STRONGER!!
Hobbies/Interests: 
Oh man I am actually interested in a lot of things, but I'll just say a few so that if I meet you I can tell you more. I love sports, especially soccer. Just the thought of scoring a goal and hearing that GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLAAAAAAASSSOO from an announcer or having that moment when everything around you is almost in slow motion because you're just so focused are some reasons why I love soccer so much. I seriously enjoy eating; it's like a struggle because I have an appetite almost all the time. One last interest I'll add here is my interest in meeting new people, so please forgive me if I'm a little excited at first, there's just so much one can learn from every person one meets.
Undergraduate College: 
Science and Society
Name: 
Emily Bauckham
Major: 
Biochemistry, Pre-Med track.
Minor: 
Japanese Studies & Chemistry
Hometown: 
Somers, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
My advice for first-year students is to get out of your dorm room, get involved, and get out of your comfort zone. There are so many opportunities here to do anything you want but you have to put yourself out there. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Don't start studying for a midterm the night before and go to office hours!
Hobbies/Interests: 
My hobbies are karate, baking, and drawing. On campus I am part of the innovation lab, I volunteer at the hospital, and I am a summer conference assistant.
Undergraduate College: 
Science and Society
Name: 
Jacqueline Nikakis
Major: 
Biology, Pre-Med track.
Hometown: 
Manhasset, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
My advice for first-year students is to get involved on campus as soon as you can and build up your own little community. This school can feel so big and overwhelming, but once you join clubs and make friends it begins to get a lot smaller and feel like home. That being said don't get too involved, always make sure you have time to balance your school work and family. Good luck everyone! I'm sure you will do great!!!
Hobbies/Interests: 
I love to sing, run, and draw. On campus I am a member of The Vocalists (the only co-ed a cappella group at Stony Brook). I am also a part of the Stony Brook Chorale, Pre-Med Society, Global Medical Brigades, Red Cross Club, and Theta Phi Alpha! So if you aren't watching me on stage, I'm either on a run, or hanging out with some of the amazing friends I have made at Stony Brook!
Undergraduate College: 
Science and Society
Name: 
Jee Kang
Major: 
Biology, Pre-Med track.
Hometown: 
Bellmore, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Don't forget that school and family always come first, and don't procrastinate studying and doing homework. Don't be afraid to go to office hours and build good relations with professors and other students. Try things that you never thought you would do because you never know if it'll become something you love.
Hobbies/Interests: 
I love to work out and be active, but I also love to watch Netflix when I have time to relax. Listening to music is one of my favorite hobbies, and I love hanging out on the Staller steps when the weather is nice. I am also a member of Theta Phi Alpha.
Undergraduate College: 
Science and Society
Name: 
Jesmy Abraham
Major: 
Biology, Pre-PA track.
Hometown: 
Hartsdale, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Don't be afraid to talk to someone new or join a club you don't know much about. College is about finding what you like and dislike so try new things...maybe you will like something you didn't think you would.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Softball, photography, reading, Netflix.
Undergraduate College: 
Science and Society
Name: 
John Liao
Major: 
Engineering Chemistry
Hometown: 
China
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Well-organize your time and find the balance of studying, sleeping and socializing. The first year can be confusing, so you need to take advantage of the numerous campus resources. Go to the tutoring center, Professors' and TA's office hours if you need help. Also, there are many great opportunities, activities and programs, where students can get involved and build connections to different people. Enjoy your first year!
Hobbies/Interests: 
Interested in Nanotechnology and classic movies. Enjoys playing the classic guitar, pool billiards, and bicycling. The Secretary of the SSO Council and a member of SASE.
Undergraduate College: 
Science and Society
Name: 
Mahreen Khan
Major: 
Journalism and Psychology
Minor: 
Computer Science
Hometown: 
Queens, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Take chances. Stay grounded. Remain true to yourself and your values. Expand your horizons. Explore yourself and those around you. Grow and never be afraid to spread your wings!
Hobbies/Interests: 
I'm very interested in meeting new people and being exposed to new ideologies, perspectives, and cultures. I, myself, love to write (poetry, short stories, and so on). I'm a reporter for The Statesman. I'm a kick boxer with the Tiger Schulmann's Mixed Martial Arts Association, and I make it a priority to stay active. I love delving into books about philosophy and psychosocial matters. I love visiting museums and new places. Most importantly, I love listening to people's unique experiences and stories. Always feel free to come to me with concerns and/or issues!
Undergraduate College: 
Science and Society
Name: 
Michelle Liu
Major: 
Health Science, Pre-Health track.
Hometown: 
Woodhaven, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Be active early! Explore! Join clubs, teams, and anything else you are interested in. College is a time to find out who you really are and what you really see yourself doing in the future. A common misconception is that first-year students should relax and adjust to their surroundings before joining different activities. WRONG! The best way to get acquainted with institutions and people on campus is to jump right into activities!
Hobbies/Interests: 
Playing and officiating all types of sports, Mount Hall Council, working in fast-paced environments
Undergraduate College: 
Science and Society
Name: 
Nam Nguyen
Major: 
Physics and Astronomy
Hometown: 
Vietnam
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Take a deep breath, then approach and talk to your professors! They are not as intimidating as they may seem to be.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Apart from doing physics and math, I enjoy playing guitar, sketching and practicing table tennis. And if one day you see a guy trying to jump from one place to another repeatedly, that might be me training parkour!
Undergraduate College: 
Science and Society
Name: 
Nicole Sukkarieh
Major: 
Biology, Pre-Med track.
Hometown: 
Brooklyn, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Get involved in clubs or any organizations that actually interest you, because that's where you'll make friends. Attend office hours if you have questions - professors don't bite. Stay focused and remember your goal, but know when to relax and take a deep breath, because the things that are really stressful today likely won't matter in the long run.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Singing and playing piano, writing songs, reading, martial arts and volunteering. I'm a member of the university chorale and Red Cross club.
Undergraduate College: 
Science and Society
Name: 
Nicolene Bartholomew
Major: 
Theatre Arts and Psychology
Minor: 
Digital Arts
Hometown: 
Brooklyn, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Don't procrastinate and don't freak out. We tend to make things a lot worse in our heads, so just breathe and keep an open mind. College is doable. I promise!
Hobbies/Interests: 
My loves include singing, acting, cooking eating, traveling, chatting and too much to list.
Undergraduate College: 
Science and Society
Name: 
Patrick Hughes
Major: 
Computer Science
Hometown: 
Queens, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
My advice to First-Year Students would be to keep friends who are always looking out for you and genuinely want the best for you. Often times when we are lost, we fall victim to peer pressure. Imagine if the pressure was to do something positive like getting involved on campus?
Hobbies/Interests: 
My hobbies are working out and staying fit. I love to play sports and maintaining my health whether I am playing rugby, lifting weights, or playing soccer I am always having fun. I also like to keep up with the latest news in technology and fashion.
Undergraduate College: 
Science and Society
Name: 
Perla Gonzales
Major: 
Biology, Pre-Med track.
Hometown: 
Bronx, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Take advantage of the Academic Success and Tutoring Center, it'll make your life so much easier (trust me). And don't have Starbucks every day, your meal points will diminish.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Reading and Traveling.
Undergraduate College: 
Science and Society
Name: 
Rhea Persaud
Major: 
Biology, Pre-Med track.
Hometown: 
Queens, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
As a first-year student, you are adjusting to a new environment and for most, it is your first time away from home. My advice would be to make yourself open to the multitude of opportunities here available, whether that means getting involved academically or socially. Being once in your shoes, I personally kept to myself and focused mainly on academics, which you should do. On that note, you should still balance your academic and social life so you can get the most out of your college experience. What are you waiting for? Go explore, meet new people, try things you wouldn't imagine doing, and remember what your overall goal is here at Stony Brook!
Hobbies/Interests: 
I really enjoy working out so you can find me at Mount's gym most of the times or the recreation center. In addition, I like to read, bike, and solve puzzles. I am a member of the Pre-Med Society. You should join if you're interested in getting to know the path to medical school. If I have time, I watch the Big Bang Theory and love to spend time with my friends and family.
Undergraduate College: 
Science and Society
Name: 
Sabrina Anang
Major: 
Health Science, Pre-Nursing track.
Minor: 
Health and Wellness
Hometown: 
Bronx, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Lead your life and make the decisions that would benefit you in the future and take initiative in whatever you do.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Reading, soccer and sleeping.
Undergraduate College: 
Science and Society
Name: 
Sameer Singh
Major: 
Chemical & Molecular Engineering
Hometown: 
Lindenhurst, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Remember to always stay on task. Countless times people forget the real reason they come here and deviate away from their academics. Always try to find a balance between fun and academics and you will transcend farther than you ever could imagine.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Technology/Gadgets, Game of Thrones, City-Building Games, Star Wars, House of Cards.
Undergraduate College: 
Science and Society
Name: 
Sanjay Singh
Major: 
Physics and Mathematics
Hometown: 
Queens Village, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
There is always at least one option for students to participate in an activity and a club they find interesting, don't waste your opportunities. Make sure to plan ahead because doing things last minute can be a real hassle. Talk to your professors for advice such as help with work or research projects. But most importantly, HAVE FUN. Being in college does not mean 24/7 studying, going to classes, and doing homework. It's your freedom of making friends, being a part of something great, developing yourself, and having a great time. Your first year may start out rough but its a starting line to the real world.
Hobbies/Interests: 
I like to tutor individuals in math and assist in volunteering activities in my neighborhood. I am a member of the league club and I attend the poker club and DCI club meetings. I enjoy playing video games and Cards Against Humanity with my family and friends. I also like to eat at Jasmine and hang out with friends at the mall or theaters.
Undergraduate College: 
Science and Society
Name: 
Shaina Jaeger
Major: 
Biology, Pre-Dental track.
Minor: 
Music
Hometown: 
East Patchogue, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and push yourself to achieve your goals. You might even surprise yourself. Always stay optimistic and never lose the enthusiasm you came to Stony Brook with.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Smiling, singing, and writing my own songs. I am the Fundraising Chairperson of Volunteers Around the World Dental Outreach, and in May 2015 we went to the Dominican Republic to set up free mobile dental clinics.
Undergraduate College: 
Science and Society
Name: 
Sofoklis Nikas
Major: 
Biology, Pre-Med track.
Hometown: 
Brooklyn, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
My advice would be to get started on the textbook reading. You will get a head start on the material and you can find extra information not mentioned in a lecture.
Hobbies/Interests: 
My interests are swimming, studying, and occasionally watching anime.
Undergraduate College: 
Science and Society
Name: 
Veronica Milito
Major: 
Psychology, Pre-Med track.
Hometown: 
East Islip, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Do things outside of your comfort zone. Don't be afraid to try things you never thought you would before because you might actually like them. Getting involved will help you feel more comfortable and connected on campus. Work hard, but don't forget to also have fun.
Hobbies/Interests: 
On campus, I am a part of the Stony Brook Ice Girls. In addition, I love to bowl, run, bake cupcakes, and explore.
Undergraduate College: 
Science and Society
Name: 
Vinson Chen
Major: 
Biology
Hometown: 
Brooklyn, NY
Advice for First-Year Students: 
Make use of your free time and make sure you are 100% focused when you are doing work. Start studying for tests at least a week in advance and make sure when you're in class, pay attention and don't just play around on your phone. It will be less stressful for you later on when the test comes.
Hobbies/Interests: 
Hall council's eboard, piano, video games, and listening to music, mostly rap. I can lick my elbow.
Undergraduate College: 
Science and Society