2013-2014 Munson Fellows

Jessica Applebaum
Year: 2014
Major(s): Pre-Veterinary and Animal Biosciences
Minor(s): Spanish, Medical Diagnostics
Hobbies/Involvement: On campus, I am involved with VIDA (Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Adventures), Alpha Zeta, Animal Science Club, University Strings, Intramural Softball, and serve as an Ag Ambassador. I also enjoy skiing, bowling, swimming, playing banjo and violin, unicycling, making bracelets, watching bad movies, coloring books, and laughing.
Programs/Activities Planned: Name That Tune, Bracelet Making, Kindergarten Night, and Board Game Nights
Advice to Freshmen: Be yourself, and you will eventually make friends who will respect and love you for who you are. If you are homesick, don't sit in your room all day talking to friends from home. Put yourself out there, get involved in a few clubs, and be open to new people and new opportunities. Find a balance, though. Have fun, but not too much fun! You are going to do things you never even dreamed of here. Make the most out of your time at UD and take advantage of the opportunities you are given. Four years go by fast!
Celeste Dix
Year: 2015
Major(s): Exercise Science
Hobbies/Involvement: UD Collegiate Figure Skating Team, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, UDairy Creamery, figure skating, running
Programs/Activities Planned: Origami Valentines, secret snowflake, Finding Nemo night, floor dinners, movie nights, Pi day, "The Roommate Game," s'mores night
Advice to Freshmen: Do something nice for your roommate every now and then. It doesn't have to be anything big; even volunteering to take out the garbage is nice. Maintaining a good relationship with your roommate can really make or break your freshman year. Also, try to get some sleep! You really will do better in your classes.
Rebecca Arias
Year: 2016
Major(s): History and Anthropology
Minor(s): Spanish
Hobbies/Involvement: Hillel CEI intern, Project Sunshine, watching movies, sleeping, a friendly game of volleyball, puppies
Programs/Activities Planned: Game shows, floor community service opportunities, volleyball tournament, Disney princess movie night, Quizzo
Advice to Freshmen: Take everything in stride. Don't feel like you have to figure out the rest of your life and your place on campus right from the beginning. There's plenty of time in college to figure these things out and change your mind. Also remember to sleep and do your work the first few weeks of school. There will be plenty of other chances to talk and get to know everyone on your floor; you won't miss anything by going to sleep before 3 am. Sleep is your friend.
Emily Brooks
Year: 2016
Major(s): Cognitive Science (concentration in Speech Pathology)
Minor(s): Disabilities Studies, Psychology
Hobbies/Involvement: Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, National Student Speech, Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA), Intramural soccer and volleyball
Programs/Activities Planned: Floor Community Service Events, tie-dye, floor talent show, volleyball tournaments (or other activity/sports)
Advice to Freshmen: Take every opportunity to be involved. UD offers so many awesome programs and activities, and the Honors Program offers even more, so get involved! Don't be afraid to try new things and put yourself out there. Make the most of your freshman year because it goes by really fast!
Alexander Fang
Year: 2015
Major(s): Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Animal Biosciences
Hobbies/Involvement: I am involved in such on campus activities as WVUD student radio where I have two different shows, STN49 student news, intramural softball, two different bands and am starting my own science journal called "Science for the Common Hen." Some other activities I enjoy include snowboarding, playing tennis and golf, rock climbing, and playing drums, piano and guitar. /div>
Programs/Activities Planned: Haven't planned any yet.
Advice to Freshmen: Don't be afraid to explore everything in your freshman year. Coming into college, I was set on a being a veterinarian and doing tons of veterinary related activities. However, when I got to school, I realized how many different clubs, activities and majors there were to explore. I ended up joining an a cappella group, playing jazz drums and switching my major to biological sciences. While I ultimately dropped some activities and switched my major back to pre-veterinary medicine and animal biosciences, my explorations have given me confidence in whatever personal or professional ventures I choose to pursue.
Nikki Gomes
Year: 2015
Major(s): Exercise Science (Exercise Physiology Concentration)
Minor(s): Strength and Conditioning, Coaching Science, Honors Foreign Language Certificate in Spanish
Hobbies/Involvement: Women's Club Volleyball (Treasurer), Relay For Life Committee, Exercise Science Club, Orientation Leader, I was also both a Freshman Fellow and a Senior Fellow. I enjoy going to the beach, making friendship bracelets, playing and watching sports, traveling, listening to Timeflies, baking and hanging with family and friends
Programs/Activities Planned: I want to continue the "Roommate Game" program, plan a holiday gift exchange for my floor, birthday celebrations on the floor, floor decorating, a seek-and-find, open mic night, bracelet making, 90's throwback night, and more!
Advice to Freshmen: College is a very different experience than high school and it takes time to get used to it. Don't worry if you do not completely adjust right away, that's normal! Don't be afraid to ask for help and make sure you are being responsible! Also, take every opportunity you can to get involved and to meet new people. There are so many opportunities available on campus and make sure you take advantage of this. You never know what you will like until you try!
Annie Gould
Year: 2016
Major(s): International Relations and Economics
Minor(s): French
Hobbies/Involvement: President of HENS (Honors Engaging in Neighborhood Service), Treasurer of buildOn at UD, Swim Club, Presbyterian Campus Ministry, Intramural Sports, eating, napping, procrastinating, cheering for any and all Pittsburgh sport teams, and watching cat videos with Laurne.
Programs/Activities Planned: Karaoke Night, Paper Snowflake Making, Floor Dinners, Playing games out on the Turf
Advice to Freshmen: Try to take advantage of all the opportunities that you have, you never know what you might learn or who you'll meet! How to build connections with others is one of the most important lessons you can learn Freshman year.
Deval Mehta
Year: 2016
Major(s): Physics (Astronomy/Astrophysics), Mathematics
Hobbies/Involvement: UD Society of Physics Students (Public Relations representative), the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the National Society of Leadership & Success, and most recently, Honors Engaging in Neighborhood Service (HENS), which I am looking forward to quite a bit. I also play guitar and sing, in fact, I have recently started writing songs and am looking forward to starting a solo project under the name Theory in Practice.
Programs/Activities Planned: Tribute to Carl Sagan, Black hole & Supernova faculty chat, Action movie marathon, Sabermetrics talk, Competitive floor events
Advice to Freshmen: Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. Even if it is just the beginning of freshman year, it's also the first day of the rest of your life. Everyone is here for a reason and it's never too early to make your mark on society and discover why you're here. Maybe what you're meant to do isn't necessarily academic, but extracurricular. Don't just reinforce yourself in your field of study, but reinforce your impact on your community, your peers, your elders, and those who will grow to look up to you.
Elizabeth Quartararo
Year: 2015
Major(s): English and Public Policy
Minor(s): History
Hobbies/Involvement: Executive Editor of The Review, Co-founder of Project Lede, a newspaper program for middle schoolers. Reading, writing, NaNoWriMo-ing, arts and crafts and traveling.
Programs/Activities Planned: Zumba night, movie marathons, ice skating, trips to White Clay Creek, Thanksgiving dinner, a capella nights and cookies. Lots of cookies.
Advice to Freshmen: Get involved! Pursue your interests, seek out new opportunities, and do what you love.
Dave Sang
Year: 2015
Major(s): Finance and Accounting
Hobbies/Involvement: Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity, Blue Hen Investment Club, Lab Assistant at Exelon Trading Center, Business Student Advisory Board. Summer: Morgan Stanley Fixed Income Ops, Deloitte National Leadership Conference, KPMG Fast Forward Program, Bloomberg Boot Camp, Photography, Mountain/Road Biking, Technology, Electro music.
Advice to Freshmen: Put an emphasis on learning outside of the classroom, because that's the real stuff you can utilize in interviews and your eventual full-time job. Really take advantage of everything UD offers. Become leaders in clubs and organizations that actually matter. Find a job on campus. Study abroad, do research, semester internships, and summer internships. Don't be afraid to be the only freshman at career events. Don't overload on classes, because at the end of the day, your manager is not going to care what you learned in Bio or Calc. They'll care about how you became the President of 3 different clubs. College is wildly fun, but don't forget about why you're actually here, your bank account will thank you.
Ariana Shakory
Year: 2015
Major(s): Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Animal Bioscience
Minor(s): Women's Studies
Hobbies/Involvement: Animal Science Club, Ag Ambassador, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Persian Student Society, volunteer at Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research, reading, music (especially going to concerts), going to the zoo, movies (pretty much everything!), traveling
Programs/Activities Planned: Movie nights (documentaries, foreign, classics, Bollywood, Academy Award nominated--you name it!), floor dinners, trips to White Clay Creek, trips to the creamery, cultural celebrations, and more!
Advice to Freshmen: Don't be afraid to try new things. This is the best time to do it- so take a random class or join a new club! Also don't forget to keep doing the things you love; both are great ways to get involved, meet some awesome people, and create a home away from home!
Eden Sung
Year: 2016
Major(s): International Relations
Hobbies/Involvement: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, HENS (Honors Engaging in Neighborhood Service), Honors Planning Board, HenMUN (Model United Nations)
Programs/Activities Planned: Cookies and Ice Cream Study Breaks, Discussion Forums, Fair Trade Food Night, Geography Trivia, Late Night Pizza and Scheduling, Sporcle Races, Super Bowl/Academy Awards Viewing Parties, Winter Olympics Wii Competition, movie nights and marathons, service events - and so much more!
Advice to Freshmen: Your floor is going to be your second family during your first year here, so get to meet them! Take advantage of the many opportunities that both the university and the Honors Program have to offer, but don't feel like you have to do everything! Pursue the things that really interest you, and consider something you've always wanted to do, or perhaps something that you'd never thought you'd do. College is the place to figure out and develop your interests. And at the end of the day remember, we're here for you!
Laurne Terasaki
Year: 2016
Major(s): Neuroscience
Minor(s): Spanish
Hobbies/Involvement: Phi Delta Epsilon Pre-Medical Co-ed Fraternity, Making Doctors, Secretary for VIDA (Volunteers for Intercultural and Definitive Adventures), HENS (Honors Engaging in Neighborhood Service), UD Alternative Break Program, Blue Hen Leadership Program, cooking/baking/eating any and all foods, the occasional Pilates, napping, sports, playing the ukulele, and watching cat videos with Annie.
Programs/Activities Planned: Karaoke Night, Late Night Pancakes, Iron Chef Competition, Turf Day
Advice to Freshmen: Come into college with an open mind. Always keep your goals and aspirations in mind, but also open yourself up to new experiences. Sometimes the best things that happen in your life aren't planned!

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