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Africana and American Studies

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Temara Cross

Majors: Africana and American Studies and Public Health (Community Health and Health Behavior concentration)
Minor: Anthropology

Campus/Community Involvement: UB Gospel Choir Executive Board, Open Buffalo's Youth Action Council, Say Yes Buffalo peer mentor, board member and student ambassador

Fun Fact: I know how to play 3 instruments and I've served as a choir director!

What advice do you have for future UB students?
My advice for future UB students would be to make the best out of your college experience! The time will pass either way, so do what you love, discover new passions, and take risks - even if that means changing your major to take courses you want to take. Follow your heart, stay true to who you are, and surround yourself with like-minded, supportive people that help you move forward!

Anthropology

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Mary Dixon

Major: Anthropology
Minors: Archaeology History and Art History

Campus/Community Involvement: Archaeological Survey, Thunder of the East Marching Band, Pep Band

Fun Fact: I’m a triplet 

What advice do you have for future UB students?
Some advice I would give to future UB students would be don’t be afraid to get yourself out there! Stepping out of your comfort zone is a terrifying but rewarding step. There are so many opportunities here, all you need to do is grab them! Also- don’t be afraid to ask for help. So many people want to. To future Bulls, I wish you the best! 

Art

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Shirley Bassarath

Major: Fine Arts (Graphic Design)
Minor: Communication

Campus/Community Involvement: Honors College, Graphic Designer for UB Blackstone LaunchPad, Graphic Designer for True Blue

Fun Fact: My favorite season is spring!

What advice do you have for future UB students?
My advice is to explore UB. UB offers many clubs and activities for its students, so don't be afraid to get involved!

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Stella Oh

Majors: Art History and Studio Art

Campus/Community Involvement: Intern in UB Art Gallery

Fun Fact: I can drive a car but cannot ride a bike. I am good at marathons but bad at sprinting. 

What do you like best about your department?
The best part of our art department is that our professors are really passionate for the students. 

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Emma Stanton

Major: Fine Arts (General Studio concentration)
Minor: Education

Campus/Community Involvement: Graphic Designer for True Blue, Arts Editor for NAME magazine

Fun Fact: I love to knit and crochet!

What do you like best about your department?
 I really like all of the faculty in my department! Everyone is passionate about their practice and it definitely shows in their teaching.  It's a very welcoming department that makes you feel right at home!

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Loren Wulf

Major: Graphic Design

Campus/Community Involvement: Head manager at the ice cream shop

Fun Fact: I am the proud pet owner of two ducks and will probably show you pictures of them if we meet! 

What advice do you have for future UB students?
No matter which major you choose, to remember that you are a valuable student, and that there are so many opportunities at UB as well as countless people who will be there to help you find what’s right for you! 

Asian Studies

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Daniel Gimbrone

Majors: Asian Studies and Linguistics (Japanese concentration)

Fun Fact: I'm a DJ and music producer.

What advice do you have for future UB students?
My biggest piece of advice for future UB students is to remember that there aren't any rules. You control your experience, you decide where college takes you. It's so important to take charge of your learning!

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Melanie Isaac

Major: Asian Studies
Minor: Chinese

Campus/Community Involvement: Member of the ELI Chatroom and staff at Governors Dining Center

Fun Fact: I lived in Shanghai for three months in the summer of 2017 with a host family to start learning Chinese through an immersive experience. 

What advice do you have for future UB students?
Something that I never anticipated coming into my first year was having "too much" time on my hands, I expected to always be busy! Although, on the weekends after homework, I found myself lounging around and just staring at my phone or computer which made me feel totally cooped up and sick of the dorms in no time flat. So in order to avoid falling into an endless spiral of boredom, I'd advise looking around at the fun run bus schedules which can take students to many places including the Galleria Mall or the Boulevard Plaza. Even just simply searching online for activities to do or places to visit in Buffalo can help to make students feel like they have more to do other than just being stuck on campus. 

Biological Sciences

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Omolara Adeyemi

Majors: Biological Sciences and Neuroscience

Campus/Community Involvement: Biological Sciences Honors Program, Raszl Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Daniel Acker Scholar

Fun Fact: I love DC comic books! 

What advice do you have for future UB students?
Future UB Students should make the best of their time at UB and explore every wonderful thing that the campus has to offer. This is the time for independence and for you to figure out what works for you and what doesn't. Make mistakes, memories and moments that you'll learn from. There are many adventures to be had at UB. Good luck! P.S. Bring a good jacket!

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Valentina Allen

Majors: Biological Sciences and Political Science

Campus/Community Involvement: Improv, Hall Council, OAC, Running Club, part time employee at the Department of Environmental Health and Safety at UB

Fun Fact: I love to run and bike, I'm currently training for a triathlon!

What do you like best about your department?
I love the wide variety of classes that you can take within the department. I also love the professors, they are all eager to work with you and make strong connections. Your peers are all equally motivated to do well and learn, which makes the learning experience all the better. 

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Paul Dewan

Majors: Biological Sciences and Physics

Campus/Community Involvement: Honors College and UB Amnesty International

Fun Fact: I have two younger siblings who also attend UB.

What makes UB unique?
One of the unique aspects of UB is the opportunity to discover your field of study through exposure to the many different academic disciplines on campus.

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Serena Teh

Major: Biological Sciences

Campus/Community Involvement: Thunder of the East Marching Band, Undergraduate Research, Undergraduate Biology Association, Malaysian Student Association

Fun Fact: I can speak 3 languages and 1 dialect!

What advice do you have for future UB students?
As a transfer student, I started out pretty nervous, but I then realized there was no need to be! All our UB professors are really helpful and suportive. College can get pretty tough, but having professors that care makes a huge difference. If you are nervous just like I was, remember that everyone here wants to help you, not hurt you. And if you need help, don't hesitate to speak up and ask! 

Chemistry

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Will Roberts

Major: Chemistry and Biomedical Science
Minor: Computer Science

Campus/Community Involvement: Honors College, undergraduate research assistant in the Chemistry department, Cell Biology and Introduction to Computer Science teaching assistant

Fun Fact: I dabble in cookery (mainly for survival), but my one true love is baking.

What advice do you have for future UB students?
UB is a big school and you will very likely find yourself in a class with 200+ people at one point or another. When you do, my best advice for you is to get to know your professor--show up to class every day, ask questions, go to office hours. You will be better off when it comes time for letters of recommendation, opportunities for research or as a teaching assistant, and even just general/career questions about your field. 

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Meghan sullivan

Major: Chemistry

Campus/Community Involvement: Cook Lab Member, Honors College Member, Equestrian

Fun Fact: I had no clue I loved chemistry before coming to UB, and I was a biomedical science major until sophomore year!

What advice do you have for future UB students?
Future UB students, stay open minded! The university has SO many opportunities academically and otherwise. Don't be afraid to try new things. This is the time to take risks and discover the career(s) you are passionate about. Get involved in whatever interests you, and get ready to learn new things about yourself as you delve into college. 

Communication

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Natalie Barcia-Varno

Major: Communication
Minor: Theatre

Campus/Community Involvement: UB Active Minds Member, Shift Supervisor at CVS in The Commons

Fun Fact: I have a 15 year old dog named Oreo! 

What advice do you have for future UB students?
College is as much about building friendships and networking as it is about academics. That said, it is easier said than done! Don't be afraid to explore campus and the surrounding Buffalo area or join clubs and communities that have common interests with you. Most importantly, if you feel like you're struggling, don't be afraid to reach out and ask for help. U.B. has counseling services available for all students. They also have a 24/7 mental health crisis line, just text GOT5 to 741-741. 

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Kylie Brosnan

Major: Communication
Minor: Studio Art

Campus/Community Involvement: Honors College; Vice President for UB's Advocates for Girls Education; COM Teaching Assistant

Fun Fact: I have a twin sister!

What do you like best about your department?
The best part about the Communication Department at UB is how broad the courses and opportunities are. The classes offer students an understanding of the broader communication topics, but also allow you to discover and pursue the right education and path for you and what you'd like to do. The staff is also incredible and has been so fundamental in my success here at UB. 

Communicative Disorders and Sciences

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Sarah Cruz

Major: Speech and Hearing Science
Minor: Education

Campus/Community Involvement: Vice President of Student Association of Speech and Hearing (SASH) and Ritualist of Delta Phi Epsilon 

Fun Fact: I can play the flute and saxophone. 

What advice do you have for future UB students?
Don't hold yourself back! Everyone is trying to find what they love so don't feel nervous to try new things. Definitely take advantage of all the new resources and experiences offered at UB. 

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Alyssa DeCaro

Major: Speech and Hearing Science

Campus/Community Involvement: Student Liaison of Student Association of Speech and Hearing (SASH)

Fun Fact: I constantly dye my hair different colors and have a seven year old German Shepherd named Max!

What advice do you have for future UB students?
Getting involved in clubs and activities on campus, including ones surrounding your major/minor is the best thing to do once you arrive at UB! Being active in the UB community, and the Buffalo area brings many new opportunities to make friends and explore a city you can call home. 

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Shea Murray

Major: Speech and Hearing Science

Campus/Community Involvement: Student Association of Speech and Hearing (SASH), Delta Phi Epsilon, Outdoor Adventure Club

Fun Fact: I was an exchange student in Japan.

What advice do you have for future UB students?
My advice to future UB students is to embrace everything this school has to offer. There are so many programs, classes, clubs, and activities that can peak the interest of anyone. By keeping an open mind and staying active in the student community, you will grow as a person during your years here and make lifelong friends and memories.

Economics

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Michael Rafael De La Rosa

Majors: Economics and Mathematics

Campus/Community Involvement: ECO 495 TA Coordinator and member of the Economics Grievance Committee

Fun Fact: I am bilingual. 

What do you like best about your department?
The new director of undergraduate studies, Dr. McLaughlin, has created a very positive and encouraging environment throughout the major. The major is a close-knit community thanks in large part to her leadership.

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Jemima Joseph

Major: Economics

Campus/Community Involvement: Resident Advisor

Fun Fact: I like going to the gym, but also drinking tea and knitting.

What advice do you have for future UB students?
My advice for future UB students would be to make the most out of your college life. Yes studying is important, but take some time off for yourself, and acknowledge when your mind and body need rest.

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Joe Mason

Major: Economics

Campus/Community Involvement: Teaching assistant, Model UN, Economics Club

Fun Fact: I listen to a ton of music. I am in the middle of learning how to produce my own!

What do you like best about your department?
The professors deeply care about the material that they teach, as many of them have substantial research experience. They deeply care about the success of their students, and are always willing to help when needed.

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Marina Tsikitas

Majors: Economics and Political Science

Campus/Community Involvement: Treasurer for Phi Alpha Delta, Secretary for Economics Club

Fun Fact: I love to ski so much. I tried snowboarding thinking I’d be just as good and broke the joint in my wrist. Safe to say I’ll stick to skiing. 

What do you like best about your department?
I love the Economics department because they really want to see you do your best. They are more than welcome to answer any questions you have and try their best to make economics less intimidating than it seems. The department always has opportunities to those who are looking to broaden their horizons within the field of economics. Within this tight nit department you will be able to find life long friends and connections.
 

English

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Elana Cunningham

Major: English (Creative Writing certificate)

Campus/Community Involvement: UB Latin American Student Association

Fun Fact: I enjoy creative activities like writing, drawing, and crocheting!

What do you like best about your department?
I love how UB's English department has created a safe environment for its English students to express what we think about troubling issues in society today.

Environment and Sustainability

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Jeanne Sebesta

Major: Environmental Geosciences    
Minor: Spanish

Campus/Community Involvement: Circle K, Alpha Kappa Chi, Engineers for a Sustainable World

Fun Fact: I speak 4 languages.

What do you like best about your department?
I really like that the department is small so you have the opportunity to get to know the faculty and other students well, it provides a great learning environment!

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Samantha Whatmough

Majors: Environmental Studies and History

Campus/Community Involvement: Campus Living Eco Rep, Outdoor Adventure Club, soup kitchen volunteer

Fun Fact: I’ve driven over 85,000 miles in three years in a 2002 Honda Accord.  

What advice do you have for future UB students?
Break your thoughts of rigidity towards your future. Coming to UB with completely mapped out expectations for your future is okay and may be your end goal, but the path will inevitably differ from the idealized expectations. Changing your major is okay. Admitting something is overwhelming and not what you expected is okay. UB offers you an opportunity to find who you truly are and to do so through infinite channels and vehicles. Embrace change, and understand that there is not a singular path in life. Challenge yourself and get out of your comfort zone; college is a time for personal transformation not transfixion.

Geography

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Caroline Spaulding

Majors: Geography and History

Campus/Community Involvement: I submitted a plan on how to improve the environment and expand education to Partnership to the Public Good (PPG) in Buffalo

Fun Fact: I am an identical twin and she also attends UB.

What advice do you have for future UB students?
Don't be afraid to take time for yourself, whether that be learning how to cope living away from home, or on what you want to do. You can always ask for help, and the people at UB are readily going to give it to you, however you have to be happy with what you want, so don't let anyone tell you you can't do something. Also, don't forget to take care of yourself! If you push yourself too hard you'll burn out, self-care is just as important as doing well in your classes.

Geology

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Rachel Bakowski

Majors: Geology and Dance

Campus/Community Involvement: Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, Dean's Scholar, and performer in many UB Dance productions

Fun Fact: Elton John was the accompanist for a ballet class I took when I was 11 years old!

What do you like best about your department?
I love that the geology department is so small and intimate. This allows connections between students and faculty to be made effortlessly. Also, everyone in the geology department is interested in something different and is passionate about their studies. The atmosphere within this department is encouraging, friendly, and fun. Both the professors and students want to see everyone succeed. 

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Angela Shell

Majors: Geological Sciences and Classical Civilizations

Campus/Community Involvement: Geology Club, Alpha Rho Chi, and campus academic center employee

Fun Fact: I have collected 24 figurines.

What do you like best about your department?
One thing that is amazing about the geology department is how passionate the professors are towards their specific fields. The enthusiasm they feel towards their work creates a great and welcoming environment in the classroom.

Linguistics

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Emma Corriea

Majors: Linguistics and Spanish
Minor: Education

Campus/Community Involvement: Honors College, UB Language Learning Lab Researcher, Volunteer/Intern at the International Institute of Buffalo, Spanish Conversation Table Facilitator, Rotaract Club Treasurer

Fun Fact: I enjoy rock climbing at my local gym!

What advice do you have for future UB students?
There are a plethora of extracurricular options available at UB. These opportunities are an accessible way to find your interests and develop your skills! Don’t hesitate to volunteer for leadership positions or explore new experiences through these organizations because, while intimidating, they will only better you as a student, professional, and person.

History

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Russel Bassarath

Majors: History and Education

Campus/Community Involvement: Phi Alpha Theta; UB College Democrats; Presenter at the 2021 PAT Research Conference 

Fun Fact: I am a huge basketball fan.

What advice do you have for future UB students?
Some of the best advice I have for future students is to not be afraid to ask questions or for advice from advisors, professors or other peers. In my personal opinion, by doing as such  you can create new relationships and opportunities for yourselves that can even expand outside the doors of campus. 

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Maddy Lemay

Major: History

Campus/Community Involvement: The Royal Pitches

Fun Fact: I taught myself guitar and ukulele over quarantine!

What advice do you have for future UB students?
School and grades are definitely important, but make sure that's not the only thing that you're pursuing at UB. Get involved in clubs and events. Make friends and just have fun. It will make the years so much more memorable.

Mathematics

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Ilma Buraira

Major: Mathematics    
Minor: Physics

Campus/Community Involvement: Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE), Upward Bound Program Research Aide/Tutor, Honors College

Fun Fact: I hope to open a small bakery at some point in my life.

What advice do you have for future UB students?
Explore! Explore your interests, clubs, courses, the community, and opportunities offered at UB. Don't hesitate to try something out of your niche. 

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Samantha Klinkman

Major: Mathematics    
Minor: Statistics

Campus/Community Involvement: The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Women in Science and Engineering, Association for Women in Mathematics

Fun Fact: I am a licensed cosmetologist.

What advice do you have for future UB students?
Future UB students should take advantage of all the resources made available to them. Some of these resources may include the math help center, professor office hours, and career services.  The three resources mentioned here are just a few of many resources at UB that are especially useful to achieve academic and future career success. All in all, if you seek help at UB, you will receive help at UB.

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Gabe Linares

Major: Mathematics (Actuarial Science concentration)
Minor: Political Science

Campus/Community Involvement: Mathematics Teaching Assistant, TASS tutor, Society of Future Actuaries, CSTEP, Intern at Excellus BCBS

Fun Fact: I know how to play the violin.

What advice do you have for future UB students?
There is never a shortage of opportunities or things to do on campus, so get involved! Also, don't underestimate the importance of free time and socializing. Find things to participate in that interest you, and remember that making connections by putting yourself out there is always a good thing too!

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Julia Shapiro

Major: Mathematics

Campus/Community Involvement: Mathematics Teaching Assistant, Computer Science and Engineering Teaching Assistant, Markov Chains research with the University of Connecticut, Honors Peer Mentor 

Fun Fact: I learned how to fly a plane and am planning on getting my private pilot's license!

What advice do you have for future UB students?
The advice I have for future students is to always go for opportunities to gain experience and go to professors when you need help as they want to help as much as possible. Meet classmates, form study groups and make sure to attend activities on campus, it will make the UB experience amazing! UB is a huge school, but there are plenty of amazing opportunities to do well and thrive during the time here. Make the most of your education and have fun!

Media Study

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Rachel Jennetti

Majors: Media Study - Production and Theatre Production - Costume Design

Campus/Community Involvement: UB Bulls Football Videography, Alpha Kappa Chi Professional Environmental Fraternity, Impulse Dance Force

Fun Fact: I've had the same Tim Hortons order since 7th grade!

What advice do you have for future UB students?
I would tell future UB students to branch out to other areas that may not entirely involve your major. You never know where you will find the thing you're most passionate about.

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Olivia Paolini

Major: Media Study - Production
Minor: Global Film

Campus/Community Involvement: Buffalo International Film Festival

Fun Fact: I collect Tech Decks.  

What advice do you have for future UB students?
If you think you might like something, try it. Don't be afraid to float around until you find what fits you best. You'll waste more time waiting around for the perfect major to fall in your lap than you will actually trying a bunch out!

Music

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Julia Port

Majors: Viola Performance and French

Campus/Community Involvement: UB Symphony Orchestra, UB Choir, UB Chamber Ensembles, Amherst Chamber Ensemble and Shift Supervisor at Starbucks

Fun Fact: I’ve dyed my hair every color.

What do you like most about your department?
The faculty to student ratio allows for you to get to know your professors and get guidance when needed. They also take time to get to know their students, you can tell they truly care. 

Physics

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Paul Dewan

Majors: Physics and Biological Sciences

Campus/Community Involvement: Honors College and UB Amnesty International

Fun Fact: I have two younger siblings who also attend UB.

What makes UB unique?
One of the unique aspects of UB is the opportunity to discover your field of study through exposure to the many different academic disciplines on campus.

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Austin Marga

Majors: Physics and Math
Minors: Chinese and Linguistics

Campus/Community Involvement: University Tour Guide, Nanotechnology Research with the Department of Physics, Computational Modeling Research with the Department of Linguistics

Fun Fact: I've never made ramen noodles.

What do you like best about your department?
The physics department has close to a 1:2 ratio between research professors and undergraduate students.

Political Science

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Julie Frey

Majors: Political Science and Environmental Studies

Campus/Community Involvement: Phi Alpha Delta, Pre-Law Fraternity; Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science Honor Society

Fun Fact: I have dual citizenship with Ireland.

What makes UB unique?
UB is an unique environment where people can be themselves. There is always a discussion going on that you can join, whether it be about political views or the best anime. Being able to show off and embrace who you are is made easier by all the supportive groups on campus.

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India Hamilton

Major: Political Science
Minors: Law, Philosophy and French

Campus/Community Involvement: Advanced Honors Program, VP of Operations in Alpha Sigma Tau, Political Science Department Research Assistant 

Fun Fact: I make daily vlogs of my life! 

What advice do you have for future UB students?
Get involved in a research project as soon as you can! It is a great way to boost your resume and get real world experience. 

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Vanessa Zapp

Majors: Political Science and Law

Campus/Community Involvement: Teaching Assistant for COM 300 (Spring 2021), UB Democrats Club, and Team Member in the textbook department at University Bookstore 

Fun Fact: I’ve donated my hair twice to Locks of Love twice and I am considering growing it out for a third time!  

What do you like best about your department?
The best thing about the political science department is maintaining the ability to have meaningful, productive discussions with professors in the department regardless of one’s political views. 

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Cooper Zwanka

Major: Political Science
Minor: History

Campus/Community Involvement: Intramural basketball

Fun Fact: I like to draw.

What advice do you have for future UB students?
Stay on top of your classes and get help if you're falling behind or don't understand something and you'll do great. 

Psychology

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Annabella Bogart

Majors: Psychology and Law
Minor: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Campus/Community Involvement: The Enchords A Cappella group, Social Psychophysiology Lab, Outdoor Adventure Club, Alternative Break, Rotaract

Fun Fact: I am a constant reader, and I am trying to work up to reading a book per week!

What makes UB unique?
The sheer amount of opportunities UB offers makes it a truly special place to be! UB has provided a place where I could explore all of my diverse interests, whether through lab research, extracurriculars, or professional development and internships. UB is a place where you can grow and prosper, as long as you take the first step and go after the wealth of resources we have here!

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Rachel Fan

Majors: Psychology and Neuroscience
Minor: Music Performance

Campus/Community Involvement: Honors College, undergraduate research, UB Symphony Orchestra

Fun Fact: I was part of a group that painted a mural in the Governors Complex.

What advice do you have for future UB students?
Try new things! Don't be afraid to push yourself outside of your comfort zone and get involved in things that you might not have ever thought about doing before. Take advantage of the many opportunities UB offers and make the most of your time here.

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Omeed Tartak

Major: Psychology
Minor: Music Performance

Campus/Community Involvement: Honors College, Honors College Peer Mentor, Psychology Peer Mentor, UB ARL Research Assistant, Hillel at Buffalo

Fun Fact: I play the trombone.

What advice do you have for future UB students?
Get to know people with whom you have nothing in common. Be the only engineer at the poetry club, be the only Republican at the Democratic Socialist club. You learn a ton once you decide to stop judging people.

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Sarah Vicari

Major: Psychology
Minor: Speech and Hearing Science

Campus/Community Involvement: Event coordinator for the SASH club, Research assistant in the Language Learning lab and CSPAN lab, SLP student intern at Buffalo Hearing and Speech

Fun Fact: I love to travel and cook! This picture of me was actually taken on a trip to the Grand Canyon!

What advice do you have for future UB students?
My advice to future students would be to get involved in research and get to know your professors! Faculty can be a great resource for getting involved or learning more about the field you're interested in. Going to office hours is a great way to start! 

Romance Languages and Literatures

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Emma Corriea

Majors: Linguistics and Spanish
Minor: Education

Campus/Community Involvement: Honors College, UB Language Learning Lab Researcher, Volunteer/Intern at the International Institute of Buffalo, Spanish Conversation Table Facilitator, Rotaract Club Treasurer

Fun Fact: I enjoy rock climbing at my local gym!

What advice do you have for future UB students?
There are a plethora of extracurricular options available at UB. These opportunities are an accessible way to find your interests and develop your skills! Don’t hesitate to volunteer for leadership positions or explore new experiences through these organizations because, while intimidating, they will only better you as a student, professional, and person.

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Sophie May

Majors: French and Political Science

Campus/Community Involvement: French Club, Model EU, Advocates for Girls' Education

Fun Fact: I am highly allergic to mosquitos!

What do you like best about your department?
The faculty and staff in the RLL Department are extremely welcoming to new students! They also are excellent professors and truly care about their students' success. Although UB is a large school, I was really able to find my niche in the RLL Department thanks to the  amazing people who run it!

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Kristina Roksvold

Major: Speech and Hearing Science
Minor: Italian

Campus/Community Involvement: UB Women's Club Volleyball

Fun Fact: I can play the ukulele. 

What advice do you have for future UB students?
Do not be afraid to get involved and try new things! College is the time to take risks, whether it be taking a different class or joining a new club. 

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

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Alexis Buckner

Major: Legal Studies
Minor: Political Science

Campus/Community Involvement: Kickline, club volleyball, Hillel, athletics tutoring, volunteer at the Historic Concordia Cemetery

Fun Fact: I asked my roommate who is now my best friend to live with me after only 3 days of knowing her!

What do you like best about your department?
The best thing about my department is that you can dip your toes into so many different areas of study, such as philosophy, political science, history, psychology and anthropology so why pick just one when you can study them all! Your degree will be so diverse!

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Dayna Holding

Major: Health and Human Services (Mental Health concentration)
Minor: American Sign Language (ASL)

Campus/Community Involvement: EOP student, Resident Advisor, and Academic Coach

Fun Fact: I can sign ASL.

What do you like best about your department?
I like that my department has allowed me to take various classes from different fields of studies like Psychology, Sociology, and Gender Studies. My department is best at giving students the opportunity to explore topics and interests such as addiction, mental health, counseling, nonprofits, and needs within diverse populations. By obtaining knowledge from different fields, I am able to become a better well-rounded student and individual. 

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Elisia Diaz

Major: Cognitive Science
Minor: Psychology

Campus/Community Involvement: Student Assistant in CAS dean's office

Fun Fact: I took a Gap Year in the Dominican Republic after high school!

What do you like best about your department?
The SSI department gives students the unique opportunity to gain experience and knowledge from a variety of departments and disciplines! As a Cognitive Science major, I've been able to take classes from disciplines like Psychology, Anthropology, Linguistics, Social Science, and many other disciplines that all contribute to my major and ultimate understanding of my field! Because of this, I truly feel well-rounded and equipped for my future career and endeavors. 

Sociology

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Hannah Baker

Majors: Sociology and Health and Human Services (Early Childhood Education concentration)
Minor: Global Gender Studies

Campus/Community Involvement: LEAD Peer Mentor, Paraprofessional (CA), Intern at the International Institute of Buffalo (Survivor Support- Human Trafficking)

Fun Fact: I love anything to do with art!

What do you like best about your department?
The Sociology department is extremely diverse and inclusive. The faculty, staff, and fellow students are passionate about their work and it makes for a positive atmosphere. What I like best about the department is that I am continually learning new things and the ways they intersect with past topics, while questioning the information I have been taught/am learning!

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Alexis Harrell

Majors: Sociology and Psychology

Campus/Community Involvement: Presidential Scholar, McNair Scholar, Research Assistant in the Psychology and Computer Science Departments, Athletics Department Tutor, Women's Club Soccer

Fun Fact: I have my Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do!

What do you like best about your department?
I love the social justice offerings of the Sociology Department - the course selections is one of the main reasons I added the major. From examining racial and gender inequities to the role of the media and policy making, this department covers many topics for those interested in social change. There are also extra-curricular activities to augment your academic experiences, such as research assistant position, committees, clubs, and study abroad opportunities!

Theatre and Dance

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Timothy "TJ" Wildow

Major: Theatre Design & Technology 

Campus/Community Involvement: Production Manager for Student Association, works for UB Production Group

Fun Fact: I'm an Ice Cream Enthusiast!

What do you like best about your department?
In Theatre and Dance, all of the faculty and staff are on a first name basis. It fosters a friendly and approachable environment that helps build the mentor-student relationship. It's also tight knit with smaller class sizes that allow you to get one on one interactions with professors and makes you feel like you're a person and not just someone in a large lecture.