Meet the student advisory board

Kristena Strout, Husson University, Maine

Kristena Strout

Kristena is studying marketing communications at Husson University in Maine. She's highly involved on her campus as she's on the cheerleading squad, a member of Public Relations Society of America, secretary of the art club, and a member of Crusaders for Christ. She's hoping to market a healthy lifestyle through being a member of the SH101 Advisory Board.

Sonya Mendoza, Northern Illinois University

Sonya Mendoza

Sonya is a fourth-year student at Northern Illinois University finishing up her bachelor's of science in psychology with a minor in nutrition, health, and wellness. She considers herself a very studious, organized, and focused student with a lot of self-discipline, but she makes sure to take time to relax and engage in self care. Some favorite hobbies of Sonya's include yoga, weightlifting, watching Netflix, cooking, crafting, and traveling. Her motto is simply "Just do it," because she believes hesitancy and fear will hold you back from accomplishing your tasks and goals.

Carissa Yang, Colby College, Maine

Carissa Yang

Carissa is a first-year undergraduate at Colby College in Maine, double majoring in chemistry and psychology with a concentration in neuroscience. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, listening to music, and spending time with both friends and family. She's passionate about traveling, art, and learning (on any given day you can find her reading the news or scientific articles). One of her favorite quotes is from the character Cat Grant: "In order to live, we must keep daring. Keep diving." Carissa is excited to work as part of the SH101 advisory board and hopes to make a difference through this program as well as others in her own community.

Megan Samuels, University of Maryland

Megan Samuels

Megan is a second-year psychology major at the University of Maryland, and has always had a strong passion for helping others. She enjoys yoga, club sports, knitting, and cuddling with her puppy. Some of her favorite foods are fruit smoothies, pesto bread, and ice cream cake.

Mya Orosco, SUNY Empire State College, New York

Mya Orosco

Mya is an outspoken city girl from the Big Apple (NYC). She studies visual arts (graphics, management, and visuals) at SUNY Empire State College. She'll talk your ear off about different issues that affect people such as politics, mental health, and more. Mya is very passionate about cooking, music, fashion, and art. She loves making baked ziti (her favorite dish) and anything Italian.

Lillian Nguyen, De Anza College, California

Lillian Nguyen

Lillian loves to travel and expose herself to different cultures—that's why she's majoring in anthropology with a cultural emphasis. In fact, last summer Lillian backpacked on her first solo and international trip to Vietnam. Bicycling and food are her passions; she recently made an Instagram account dedicated to taking amateur photos and videos of cycling and homemade food. Her motto? “Help others in need, but most importantly, don’t forget to take care of yourself."

Jewel Bamby, Villanova University, Pennsylvania

Jewel Bamby

For Jewel, there's no greater service than to serve others. Studying psychology and philosophy has allowed her to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the human mind and thought. In addition to allowing her to converse with native speakers, studying Spanish taught her the true value of words and expressions. She also enjoys volleyball, writing, volunteering, and eating all kinds of foods.

Shruti Rai, Saint Louis University, Missouri

Shruti Rai

Shruti is dedicated to living healthy and is obsessed with sharing her favorite things and tips with other students like herself. Currently, she's studying neuroscience with a focus on research in cognition and memory, and takes part in a number of student organizations at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Her hope is to inspire others to commit to a better lifestyle and make someone's day.

Alexis Ashcroft, University of Maryland

Lex Ashcroft

Alexis is a third-year undergraduate at the University of Maryland studying psychology with a special interest in biopsychology. After graduation, she plans to continue her education and eventually become an applied forensic psychologist. She loves to read, travel, and experience other cultures. Alexis is an advocate for naturopathy and other integrative health medicinal practices. She also loves technology, photography, and entrepreneurship.

Lindsey Young, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota

Lindsey Young

Lindsey is studying environmental science, holistic nutrition, and sustainability. She's passionate about making a difference, health and wellness, and climbing. She’s an advocate of empowering and supporting those she loves, pushing herself to be the best version she can be, and making memories all over the world. Give her chia pudding, lemon risotto with asparagus, or goat cheese toast with walnuts, honey, and thyme and she'll be your friend. Other activities she enjoys include biking, camping, running, and photography with a side of coffee and matcha lattes.

MaryAnne Achieng, University of Rochester, New York

MaryAnne Achieng

MaryAnne is currently studying biomedical engineering with a concentration in cell and tissue engineering at the University of Rochester. Her sources of inspiration are more often than not in the form of quotes, her top one being: "Admire someone else's beauty without questioning your own." For fun, MaryAnne likes to get lost in make-believe mysteries in the form of Dan Brown and Sidney Sheldon books as well as try out new recipes from Pinterest. Her favorite foods are dumplings, peanut butter pretzels, and her mum's chapati (East African dish).

Mitch Wagenheim, University of Kansas

Mitch Wagenheim

Mitch is currently studying history, religious studies, and French. He's had a passion for history, especially European and British history, for as long as he can remember, and a newer, but deeper passion for sharing and teaching about God. He's also been a massive soccer fan for years, so when he's not studying, he's often on the field. A motto of life that Mitch tries to abide by is one of his favorite quotes from Winston Churchill: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Rachana Tadakamalla, Creighton University, Nebraska

Rachana Tadakamalla

Rachana, a third-year undergraduate at Creighton University, is a lover of sushi and Indian food. Recently, she's developed an interest for fitness and healthy living and hopes to continue this lifestyle for the rest of her college career.

Rebekah Strong, Rowan University, New Jersey

Rebekah Strong

Rebekah is a biochemistry major planning to apply to medical school after she graduates. She's very interested in personal health, probably as a result from her struggles in high school regarding a negative self perspective. She turned ther once unhealthy view of food around by finding healthy foods that taste just as good if not better. In her spare time, she also enjoys swimming, biking, and hiking.