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Africana and American Studies

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Aqeelah Howard

Majors: African American Studies and Psychology

Campus/Community Involvement: President of African American Studies Academic Association (AASAA), member of the UB Black Council

Fun Fact: I was born on a blue moon (2 full moons in a month).

What do you like best about your department?
What I enjoy best about my department is learning the true history about myself and other people who are also black. During grammar and high school it was rare to learn about black cultures and leaders at least the positive things so to experience learning about an oppressed but resilient group of people that I am part of is very liberating! 

Anthropology

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Shawana Erksine

Major: Anthropology
Minor: History

Campus/Community Involvement: Resident Advisor in Greiner Hall, President of Undergraduate Anthropology Student Association

Fun Fact: I have two birthdays.

What advice do you have for future UB students?
There something very special about the way communities develop. Each of them is unique and can offer you things that you may not necessarily think you’re looking for. So I recommend you cast a wide net in the opportunities you seek and with the people you know. You will always be able to learn something or gain a new experience.

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Sierra Nettleton

Major: Anthropology
Minor: Public Health

Campus/Community Involvement: Alpha Sigma Tau

Fun Fact: I just got a puppy!

What do you like best about your department?
I love that my department is so small. It is very easy to get to know all of the professors within the department! I love that I am not a number to them and that they know my name! Aside from that, most students are always willing to help out because they most likely were in the same class at one point. 

Art

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Gianna Damico

Majors: Fine Arts (General Studio concentration) and Anthropology (Biological Anthropology concentration)

Campus/Community Involvement: Presidential Scholar, Graphic Designer for Blackstone Launchpad Powered by Techstars, Marketing Intern at the Jacobs Institute, Graphic Design Independent Consultant and Founder of Designs by Damico. In my free time, I love to rock climb!

Fun Fact: I was on the UB Track and Field Team for a year as a pole vaulter!

What advice do you have for future UB students?
Do not be afraid to change paths! College is a time to explore your interests and find the most exciting combinations of what you like to do and who you want to be. If anything, this is the the fun part - the winding journey to an unknown destination!

Asian Studies

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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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Antonina Bandrivska

Major: Biological Sciences
Minor: Music Performance

Campus/Community Involvement: Honors College and choir member at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church

Fun Fact: I play the bandura, a Ukrainian music instrument.

What makes UB unique?
UB is unique because of its abundance of resources for academic success, supportive faculty, cozy libraries, and last but not least, its diverse student population.

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Sam Zheng

Major: Biological Sciences
Minor: Physics

Campus/Community Involvement: Honors College, undergraduate research, UB ACE Tennis Club and assistant tutor at Gloria J Community Center. 

Fun Fact: I once lost an extra-spicy beef jerky in a ball pit. I miss the jerky so much...

What do you like best about your department?
The biology department goes above and beyond to create multiple pathways that allow students to apply Biology in many fields/industries. Many faculty members welcome undergraduate students to participate in research or an independent project. 

Chemistry

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Lauryn Jerz

Majors: Chemistry and Dance

Campus/Community Involvement: Honors College, Dean's Scholar, and performer in many UB Dance productions.

Fun Fact: I auditioned for America's Got Talent when I was 14.

What advice do you have for future UB students?
UB is a very big school, don't let that intimidate you! The more people, the more opportunity! Meet new people, start study groups, talk to your professors, find your niche. It's easy to feel lost along the way, but always remember that there are so many incredible teachers and students that are willing to help you, all you have to do is ask!

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Daniel Morphet

Major: Chemistry

Campus/Community Involvement: Researcher in Professor Cook's lab

Fun Fact: I like to play tennis.

What makes UB unique?
UB is unique because it offers widespread access as a result of it being a SUNY school, while still maintaining its premier research status.

Classics

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Taryn Frawley

Major: Ancient History
Minor: Business Management

Campus/Community Involvement: Classics Club

Fun Fact: I enjoy reading books on metaphysics and alternative realities.


What do you like best about your department?

The best thing about the Classics Department is that every staff member cares deeply about their students. Every professor has taught their class with heart-warming enthusiasm.

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Jackson Slahta

Majors: Classics and Mathematics

Campus/Community Involvement: Honors College

Fun Fact: I keep several fish tanks in my apartment.

What advice do you have for future UB students?
Don’t be afraid to take a class or two outside of your comfort zone, because you never know what new passions or interests you could discover.

Communication

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Julia Mohl

Majors: Communication and Sociology

Campus/Community Involvement: Impulse Dance Force and volunteer at Compeer

Fun Fact: I studied abroad in Italy during coronavirus!

What advice do you have for future UB students?
My advice for future UB students is to not put too much pressure on yourself. Remember that it is okay to not be 100% comfortable right away, especially in a new environment!

Communicative Disorders and Sciences

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Mackenzie Allen

Major: Speech and Hearing Science
Minor: Counseling

Campus/Community Involvement: National Society of  Leadership and Success, Student Association of Speech and Hearing (SASH), UB women's club soccer and student worker at the Alumni Arena Bulls team shop.

Fun Fact: My favorite foods to eat are fruits and vegetables.

What advice do you have for future UB students?
Take risks and put yourself out there. Most of the opportunities I've had and events I have been a part of happened because I forced myself to step out of my comfort zone. Don't let the big campus scare you away; actually explore it and see what clubs and exciting events in the Student Union you would want to join!

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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. 

Economics

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Peter Balogh

Major: Economics
Minor: Digital Media Study

Campus/Community Involvement: Economics Club

Fun Fact: I was born in Europe.

What advice do you have for future UB students?
The best advice I have for future UB students is plan ahead and always expect surprises!

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Michael Rafael Del 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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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.

English

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Alexis Banaszak

Majors: English (Pre-Law track) and Global Gender Studies

Campus/Community Involvement: Honors College, English Honors Program, Master of Rituals for Phi Alpha Delta

Fun Fact: I’ve done indoor skydiving! 

What do you like best about your department?
The English Department is a fantastic community that welcomes you before you begin classes! The department is amazing to explore what you truly want to do and accomplish in your life. It opens you to new ideas and to gain a better sense of humanity and the world. 

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John Madsen

Major: English

Campus/Community Involvement: Honors College, Name Magazine and The Spectrum.

Fun Fact: I’ve been snowboarding in five states. 

What do you like best about your department?
UB English is a highly experimental department that nurtures innovative and creative literary scholarship.

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Ryan Stevers

Majors: English and History

Fun Fact: My favorite artist is Bob Dylan.

What advice do you have for future UB students?
Don't get discouraged if you feel lonely or overwhelmed, it's completely natural and you should know that you can ask for help without feeling ashamed. 

Environment and Sustainability

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Milena Romano

Major: Environmental Geosciences

Campus/Community Involvement: Photography club, Italian Student Association

Fun Fact: I have a pet hedgehog!

What advice do you have for future UB students?
Do not be afraid to try new things. This applies to even trying to new subjects or majors, because UB offers a wide variety of majors, minors, and concentrations. 

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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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Alexandra Tzanetos

Major: Environmental Geosciences

Campus/Community Involvement: Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE), undergraduate research in Dr. Lasker's reef lab

Fun Fact: I'm a lefty!

What advice do you have for future UB students?
Get involved in activities going on around campus to meet as many new people as you can. The friends you make will be your friends for the rest of the time you’re here and probably for life!

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Samantha Whatmough

Major: 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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Noah Dobson

Major: Geological Sciences

Fun Fact: Even though I'm majoring in geology, I have a love and fascination for aspects of civil engineering

What do you like best about your department?
One of the best things about the Geology department is that there are multiple disciplines under geology, its not just one subject but rather multiple  with many sub-disciplines like hydrology, volcanology, petrology or geophysics, all of which are based on the same fundamental principles of geology and then some amount of specialization.

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Louie Manzella

Major: Geological Sciences

Fun Fact: I work for the USDA in Texas during the summer.

What do you like best about your department?
The Geology department is a lot smaller than most and it allows for extra attention between the professors and students.

Global Gender and Sexuality Studies

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Mosammet Asma

Majors: Global Gender and Sexuality Studies and Political Science

Campus/Community Involvement: Journey's End Refugee Services (JERS) Women's Group Intern and English Tutor, Muslim Student Association (MSA) Event Planner, Student Assembly Legislator and University at Buffalo IT (UBIT) Public Sites Consultant

Fun Fact: I hadn't been on a plane since I was six but in summer 2019 I organized a girls' trip to Europe and visited a total of 11 cities in the UK, France, Switzerland, and Italy!

What do you like best about your department?
The Global Gender and Sexuality Studies department is a hidden gem in the University at Buffalo. Our professors introduce us to issues we may have never come in contact with. The students contribute fresh perspectives and unique outlooks and our classes cover gaps found in all of academia. I am very grateful for stumbling upon this major during my time at UB as it keeps challenging me on important topics significant to today’s world, the past, and the future.  

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Mykela Moore

Major: Global Gender and Sexuality Studies
Minor: Public Health

Campus/Community Involvement: Public Health Club and American Red Cross volunteer 

Fun Fact: My favorite season is fall!

What advice do you have for future UB students?
UB has so many resources and opportunities available to its students so take advantage of them. Also don't be afraid to connect with your advisors or any other staff member to help guide you through your years here at UB. 

History

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Mariah Agbonkpolo

Major: History

Campus/Community Involvement: Amnesty International, Circle K International, Advocates for Girls Education, Black Student Union and Sociology Club 

Fun Fact: I love writing stories and thinking up new story ideas.

What advice do you have for future UB students?
Get involved in clubs and volunteering. The great thing about UB is the university is so large that everyone has the chance to find their niche. Everyone can find their place in UB or make their own mark. Don't give up trying to find your home on campus! 

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Andrew Komula

Majors: History and Political Science

Campus/Community Involvement: Phi Alpha Theta, History department research assistant

Fun Fact: I absolutely love cycling.

What do you like best about your department?
What I like most about the history department is the faculty. All of our professors are extremely kind and always willing to help students. They also create extremely inquisitive and engaging classroom environments.

Jewish Thought

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Abbygail Hoke

Majors: Political Science and History
Minor: Judaic Studies

Campus/Community Involvement: UB Mock Trial

Fun Fact: I love cooking!

What do you like best about your department?
My favorite thing about the Department of Jewish Thought is the dedication and  passion of the professors. Anytime I have a question or want to discuss a topic, the professors within the department are eager to lend a hand. They make an effort to get to know their students and always have interesting and engaging lessons planned. I couldn't ask for anything better! 

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Sofia Paulino

Major: Public Health
Minor: Judaic Studies

Campus/Community Involvement: Research Lab Assistant  

Fun Fact: I love traveling and trying new foods.

What advice do you have for future UB students?
My advice for new students would be to try as many clubs as they can. UB is full of wonderful opportunities that would pique almost anyone's interest. 

Mathematics

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Nashmia Khan

Major: Mathematics (Actuarial Science concentration)
Minors: Statistics and Economics

Campus/Community Involvement: UB Women’s Club Volleyball Team, Society of Future Actuaries, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer volunteer, Pakistani Students Association and Muslim Students Association

Fun Fact: I played the violin for 8 years.

What do you like best about your department?  
What I like best about the Math department is the amount of different paths available for a student to follow especially at UB. There are various math classes that can get incorporated with anyone’s major or be used in pursuit of the mathematics minor to help in your journey to graduation. With multiple plans already set up for prospective students as well as for those already attending UB, it’s very easy to find a path that fits you.

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Eric Weinman

Majors: Mathematics-Economics, Political Science and Computer Engineering

Campus/Community Involvement: Student Association Board of Directors Assistant Treasurer, Computer Science and Engineering Teaching Assistant, Association of Computing Machinery Treasurer, and SUNY SA Financial Manager

Fun Fact: I always love learning and working on interdisciplinary projects by bridging the gap between various fields.

What advice do you have for future UB students?
Make sure you have a plan and know what you want to do and accomplish at UB to ensure the most success. However, it is also crucial that you try new things and branch out because you never know what opportunities exist. Lastly, get involved on campus either in your department or through clubs because there are so many great experiences.

Media Study

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Aaron J. Ettestad

Major: Media Study (Production concentration)
Minors: Business Management and Global Film Studies

Campus/Community Involvement: Judge/Featured Artist in the 2020 DMS Student Show, Gardener in the 2019 Buffalo Garden Walk

Fun Fact: My grandfather was a King's Guard in Norway.

What do you like best about your department?
I believe the Department of Media Study is great at providing opportunities for its students. From a large variety of equipment to choose from and many adjacent internships, DMS makes sure your time in the major doesn't feel limited.

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. 

Philosophy

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Ian Santora

Majors: Philosophy and English

Campus/Community Involvement: SA Sound Tech, SARPA Vice President

Fun Fact: I can play four instruments.

What advice do you have for future UB students?
The best way to succeed in a big school is to make it smaller. Get to know members of the academic community and get engulfed in a discipline you truly enjoy.

Physics

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Hannah Seppala

Majors: Physics and Mathematics

Campus/Community Involvement: Biophysics research, Physics Club and Society of Women in Mathematics

Fun Fact: I am an avid knitter and can often be found knitting in class, while taking notes and paying attention of course!

What do you like best about your department?
Both the math and physics departments are small, the students are friendly, the professors are accessible, and research opportunities are readily available. 

Political Science

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Rob Fashano

Major: Political Science
Minor: Law

Campus/Community Involvement: Annual service trips across the East Coast with my congregation's mission work program

Fun Fact: I build guitars on the side!

What advice do you have for future UB students?
My advice for future UB students is to throw yourself into the work you do at this campus, because it is some of the most fulfilling experiences I have ever personally had! I wouldn't trade the time I have spent learning here for the world, I would encourage anyone either decided or debating to give this school everything they got, because the reward is just as gratifying every time

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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Hayden Gise

Major: Political Science

Campus/Community Involvement: Student Association Board of Directors Chairperson, Former College Democrats of America LGBT Caucus Chair, Former Intern for the NYC Mayor's Office

Fun Fact: I use They/Them pronouns.

What advice do you have for future UB students?
The best way to succeed in a big school is to make it smaller. Get to know members of the academic community and get engulfed in a discipline you truly enjoy.

Psychology

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Ariana Dejesus-Rodriguez

Majors: Psychology and Health and Human Services (Early Childhood concentration)
Minor: Counseling

Campus/Community Involvement: Research assistant in the UB Social Development Lab, volunteer coordinator for the Undergraduate Psychology Association 

Fun Fact: I'm a daycare teacher for infants and toddlers.

What advice do you have for future UB students?
My top advice for new students is to take advantage of the resources offered to you! Don't be afraid to use resources like the writing center, tutoring or student support services. All of these programs are there to help you be the most successful student possible! I also suggest getting involved in clubs and activities as soon as possible. 

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Jaymie Gotham

Majors: Psychology and Health and Human Services (Community Mental Health concentration)
Minors: Addiction Studies and Sociology

Campus/Community Involvement: UB Glee, Daniel Acker Scholar, research assistant in Social Self Lab

Fun Fact: I play the piano and violin.

What advice do you have for future UB students?
Some advice I have for future UB students: don't be afraid to get involved and try new things! College is a time for exploration, so join clubs that sound interesting and enroll in a variety of classes to find your passion if you're unsure about what to major in. Always be on the lookout for new opportunities as well- advisors will forward emails from professors seeking teaching or research assistants, and the Experiential Learning Network is a great place to go to find ways to get involved too.

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Cassondra Lyman

Majors: Psychology and Statistics

Campus/Community Involvement: Psi Chi president, Stats club president and ELI chat room volunteer

Fun Fact: I love Starkid musicals.

What makes UB unique?
I think what makes UB really unique is that it provides the resources and opportunities for every student to tailor their academic experience to their professional goals.

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Stephanie Ann Stewart-Hill

Major: Psychology
Minors: Spanish and Statistics

Campus/Community Involvement: Teaching assistant, Research Lab Supervisor under Dr. Mark Seery, member of Psi Chi

Fun Fact: My hobbies include photography, painting, traveling, and hiking! 

What advice do you have for future UB students?
UB is incredible in that it has what seems to be endless opportunities. However, this can become a little overwhelming at times.  I would recommend that you jump on events or programs that interest you as soon as you learn about them. This will allow you to try the activity sooner rather than losing time debating if you should participate. A planner or calendar is priceless for keeping track of all your interests!

Romance Languages and Literatures

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Elizabeth "Lizzy" Goldrick

Majors: Spanish and Speech and Hearing Science
Minor: Education

Campus/Community Involvement: Thunder of the East Marching Band, Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, member of Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish Honors Society) and Phi Beta Kappa

Fun Fact: I’m a quadruplet!

What do you like best about your department?
I love the passionate faculty in my department. Everyone is so interested in learning and teaching Spanish, and the small class sizes permit a very creative and thoughtful environment!

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Kayla Horisk

Majors: French and International Studies

Campus/Community Involvement: Model European Union, Pi Delta Phi Société d’Honneur Français and National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Fun Fact: I’ve been to France and Belgium! 

What do you like best about your department?
The RLL department makes UB feel small. Everyone there treats you like family and wants you to succeed. I’ve been lucky enough to find professors there who push me and believe in me, as well as some amazing friends. RLL has also provided me with some incredible opportunities, including internships, honor societies, and other programs. I couldn’t be more grateful! 

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Elizabeth Kubiniec

Major: Spanish
Minor: Public Health

Campus/Community Involvement: Research assistant at Child Health and Behavior Lab, UB Amnesty International, Evolutionary Biology teaching assistant, Learn to Skate USA instructor, volunteer at Jericho Road Community Health Center 

Fun Fact: I won a hula-hooping competition at Disney World when I was younger! 

What makes UB unique?
When walking through campus you'll surely be enveloped in a multitude of languages being spoken around you. The linguistic diversity that can be found in every corner of campus is indicative of UB's status as a university that attracts individuals from all over the world. 

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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!

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

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Dima Abass

Major: Health and Human Services (Early Childhood Education concentration)
Minors: Arabic, Nonprofit Leadership, Psychology

Campus/Community Involvement: Assistant Director of Club Services, President of the Organization of Arab Students, Intern at the Stress-Reduction and Wellness Center Program, and Research Assistant of Interpersonal Relationships and Social Networking

Fun Fact: I used to power lift.

What makes UB unique?
The openness of diversity, student engagement, and campus environment are what makes UB unique. It gave me and many others the opportunity to explore my culture and in others in depth in a fun and educational way that benefits both the university and the students most importantly. UB makes you feel at home with the amount of activities and opportunities it has to offer that will help you succeed in your college and future careers. 

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Zoe Albertinie

Major: Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (Early Childhood Education concentration)
Minor: Education

Campus/Community Involvement: Resident Advisor in Richmond Quadrangle and Pase 2019 Summer Teaching Fellow

Fun Fact: I am an insanely quick learner when it comes to anything hands-on.  

What advice do you have for future UB students?
A piece of advice I could give to students is to make sure you're in control of your education and destiny. Many students get caught up in living other people's dreams and forget what makes them truly happy. Once you figure out what makes you happy, stick with it and never let it go.

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Clara Cook

Majors: Cognitive Science and Computer Science
Minors: Spanish and Psychology

Campus/Community Involvement: Undergraduate Psychology Association, Hillel and Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)

Fun Fact: I have worn the same shoe size since second grade.

What do you like best about your department?
The SSI department is truly a unique experience, it gave me the ability to tailor my UB experience to one that will let me pursue my ultimate career goals. When I realized that I missed math, the cognitive science program stepped up and figured out how I can include a more mathematical approach to what I am studying. Because cognitive science is such a uniquely multidisciplinary field, it forces you to explore beyond what you think you are interested in: for this very reason, I was able to find a new love for computer science. This program perfectly walks the line of indulging what a student loves learning and preparing one for the real world.

Sociology

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Joseph Buttino

Majors: Sociology (Applied Social Research BA/MA), Biomedical Sciences and SSI Urban & Public Policy

Campus/Community Involvement: Honors College, Sociology department research assistant and Evolutionary Biology lecture teaching assistant

Fun Fact: I volunteer each summer at a camp for kids with asthma (Camp Bronchopower).

What do you like best about your department?
The best thing about the Sociology department is the energy that every professor brings to lecture and research experiences; it’s very easy to find great research opportunities through the department, even for freshmen.

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Veronica Vaisman

Majors: Sociology and Health and Human Services (Community Mental Health concentration)
Minor: Counseling

Campus/Community Involvement: Orientation Leader, undergraduate research assistant in UB's psychology department, Vice President of the Sociology Club, and participated in UB's marching band for two years

Fun Fact: I love to bake!

What do you like best about your department?
I love my department because of the global learning being implemented. By pushing its sociology students to think critically and analyze the world around us, UB is creating a strong force of active and informed students. Our sociology department is integral in learning about diversity, culture, and social change. 

Theatre and Dance

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Alexis Miller

Major: Music Theatre
Minor: Education

Campus/Community Involvement: Music Theatre Student Representative, Alpha Phi

Fun Fact: I've been to the Tony Awards!

What do you like best about your department? 
The best part about my department is the people! I am so lucky to have such a close-knit group of people that have grown to become my family.

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Tioga Simpson

Major: Theatre Performance

Campus/Community Involvement: Choir, Theatre Performance EDI committee

Fun Fact: I have a dog named Pippin whom I love!

What makes UB unique?
UB is a super unique school because although we have a huge student body spread across 2 campus made up of people from all over the world, but it’s made up of many little departments. This gives you a huge population of people to meet and get to know and lots of small group opportunities to meet them. 

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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.