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Meet Our PAL Leaders for Fall 2021

Meadow Allen

Major/Minor: Psychology

SI Course:  PY320 Research III:  Experimental Methods and Laboratory

SI Professor: Dr. Van Volkom

Fun Fact: I have 3 german shepherds and a cat!

Study tips for this course:  This course really builds upon itself. It is important to ask questions and try to understand the concepts early on to succeed. And never doubt yourself! You got this!

Abby Arango

Major/Minor: Psychology

SI Course:  PY320 Research III:  Experimental Methods and Laboratory

SI Professor: Dr. Ciarocco

Fun Fact: I can play 4 instruments and speak Spanish.

Study tips for this course:  If something does not make sense ask questions right away because it all builds throughout the course of the semester. Also make friends with the other students in your class and lab group because they are supportive and will be there for you when you have a quick question on an assignment at 12 am.

Gabriella Cleven

Photo of Gabriella ClevenMajor/Minor: Biology with a Concentration in Molecular Cell Biology

SI Course:  BY211 Physiology with Anatomy I

SI Professor: Dr. Dunphy

Fun Fact: I lived in California during elementary school!

Study tips for this course:  Make sure you always ask questions ahead of time, because you will have questions! Try your best to start studying at least a week before, and don’t get frustrated while studying! Take a breath, and ask someone for help and remember you will have all the resources you need to succeed in the course. 🙂

Jessica Clyne

Photo of Jessica Clyne

Major/Minor: Business Administration with a Concentration in Management & Decision Sciences

SI Course:  BE251 Business Statistics

SI Professor:  Dr. Boonman

Fun Fact:  A few years ago my family moved from NY to SC and I have 2 adorable nieces and a nephew.

Study tips for this course: Engage in class discussion because the material is extremely current and relevant. Identify and focus on the key concepts as many of them run throughout the whole course.

Luke Collier

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Major/Minor: Chemistry with a Concentration in Advanced Chemistry

SI Course:  CE111 General Chemistry I

SI Professor: Dr. Szwajkajzer

Fun Fact:  I am in the honors school and part of the Snowriders Club!

Study tips for this course: It’s not about memorization, it’s about comprehension.

 

 

 

Victoria Costa

Major/Minor:  Psychology, Pre-Health Advising.  Minor in Chemistry

SI Course:  CE111 General Chemistry I

SI Professor: All

Fun Fact:  I have been a dancer for over 14 years.

Study tips for this course: The best recommendation I have for these courses is time management. Chemistry is a tough subject to begin with so setting time aside to review and study the material is the best way to excel in the course!

Lilia Crew


Major/Minor: Biology with a Concentration in Molecular Cell Physiology

and a Minor in Chemistry

SI Course:  BY211 Physiology with Anatomy I

SI Professor:  Dr. Dunphy

Fun Fact: I have a 8 chickens.

Study tips for this course: Make sure to take time to read the textbook and understand how the physiology works in relation to the anatomy!

Chelsea Dee


Major/Minor: Biology with a Concentration in Molecular Cell Physiology and a Minor in Sociology

SI Course:  BY216 Introduction to Genetics

SI Professor:  Dr. Hicks

Fun Fact: I used to dislike Crocs, but now I have 9 pairs and counting.

Study tips for this course: By doing the worksheets and attending the review sessions, you should have no problem succeeding in this course! Do not wait until the last minute to study or do the work because you will feel overwhelmed by the amount of material, especially if you do not understand something. Dedicate at least an hour everyday to go over notes and worksheets because that is what really makes a difference between understanding the material and just memorizing.

Ryan Diehl


Major/Minor: Business Administration with a Concentration in Finance

SI Course:  BE201 Microeconomics

SI Professor:  Dr. Ramirez

Fun Fact: I am on the club baseball team and I have an electric skateboard.

Study tips for this course: Stay up to date on the notes so you do not fall behind. Do all the homework and pay attention when doing them, don’t just do them to get it done. They are long and tedious but they will help in the end if you pay attention and try to learn the material.

Arthur Dussaubat


Major/Minor: Business with a Concentration in Management

SI Course:  BE201 Microeconomics

SI Professor:  Dr. Ramirez

Fun Fact: I was born in Portugal and my parents are from France. I am also part of the tennis team.

Study tips for this course: Take notes and don’t fall behind with your homework. Slow and steady wins the race.

Cameron Gaines


Major/Minor: Sociology/Biology, Chemistry, Spanish

SI Course: BY216 Intro to Genetics

SI Professor: Dr. Phifer-Rixey

Fun Fact: In my free time, I enjoy going to the gym and watching Netflix.

Study tips for this course: If you do not understand something, ask! Understanding the very basics of this course will help you master the more complex material as well as help with MCAT studying!

Jennifer Gregitis

Major/Minor: Psychology

SI Course: PY220 Research I:  Methods and Basic Data Analysis Laboratory

SI Professor: Dr. Dinella

Fun Fact: I own a tarantula named Nacho!

Study tips for this course: Be sure to communicate with your professor and classmates! Having effective study techniques and staying organized with assignments is important to succeed in this class.

Lacey Higgins


Major/Minor: Psychology

SI Course: PY311 Research II:  Behavioral Statistics and Laboratory

SI Professor: Dr. Van Volkom

Fun Fact: I run cross country and track and field!

Study tips for this course: Do all of the practice problems that Dr. Van Volkom gives you! Practice makes perfect!

Thomas Hintelmann


Major/Minor: Chemistry

SI Course:  CE111 General Chemistry I

SI Professor:  Dr. Szwajkajzer

Fun Fact: I do research in a laboratory.

Study tips for this course: Never push anything off to the last minute this content needs time to sink in.

Jaimy Joji

Major/Minor: Chemistry with a Concentration in Biochemistry. Minor in Information Technology

SI Course:  CE111 General Chemistry I

SI Professor:  Dr. Moehring

Fun Fact: I play the violin and cello.

Study tips for this course: Do practice problems!

 

Nico Landino

Major/Minor: Biology with Concentration in Molecular Cell Physiology,   Minor in Stats and Chem

SI Course:   BY211 Physiology with Anatomy I

SI Professor: Dr. Dunphy

Fun Fact:  Pink is my favorite color.

Study tips for this course: Understand, don’t memorize.

 

Nicole Loyola

Major/Minor: Psychology/Social Work

SI Course:   PY220 Research I:  Methods and Basic Data Analysis Laboratory

SI Professor: Dr. Greenspon

Fun Fact:  I am a TMS Technician at Neurostar.

Study tips for this course: Make sure to plan ahead and get a head start on your work for this class so your assignments do not pile up. Time management is key.

Mruga Parekh

Major/Minor: Biology with a Concentration in Molecular Cell Physiology

SI Course:   BY223 General Microbiology

SI Professor: Dr. Lionetti

Fun Fact:  I am trilingual and like to do embroidery in my free time.

Study tips for this course: Take thorough notes during lectures, complete assignments on time, do not wait until the last minute to start studying for exams, and ask questions when unsure.

Allisun Romain


Major/Minor:  Psychology/Journalism

SI Course:  PY320 Research III: Experimental Methods and Laboratory

SI Professor: Dr. Nye

Fun Fact:  I hope to write a book someday.

Study tips for this course: Take everything one chapter at a time! All of the content in this course really builds upon itself, so staying focused and organized from one unit to the next will allow you to keep up with what you are learning.

David Schuld


Major/Minor: Health Studies/Spanish

SI Course:  BY211 Physiology with Anatomy I

SI Professor: Dr. Baig

Fun Fact: I plan to attend a graduate program next year to become a Physical Therapist!

Study tips for this course: Stay organized, use lots of flash cards and make sure you give yourself enough time to study the material. The amount of information presented can be overwhelming at first but making sure you regularly dedicate time to learn the material is the key to succeeding in this class!

Evan Shapiro

Major/Minor: Chemistry

SI Course:  CE111 General Chemistry 1

SI Professor: Dr. Imtiaz

Fun Fact: I play guitar.

Study tips for this course: DO your homework!

 

Rachel Strazdins


Major/Minor: Chemistry with a Concentration in Biochemistry

SI Course:  CE111 General Chemistry 1

SI Professor: Dr. Dornemann

Fun Fact: Black belt in karate and on the Women’s lacrosse team here at Monmouth.

Study tips for this course: Do the practice problems!

Jamie Terrone

Major/Minor: Social Work: Clinical Practice with Children and Families

SI Course:  SW409 Social Work Research Methods

SI Professor: Dr. Scott

Fun Fact: I have been to Disney World in Orlando Florida over 50 times!

Study tips for this course: Start the assignments early so you have enough time to ask your questions and make sure to take detailed notes during class so you can refer back to them later!

Leona Thomas

Major/Minor: Biology with a Concentration in Molecular Cell Physiology/Minor: Health Studies & Chemistry

SI Course:  BY113 Intro Living Systems

SI Professor: Dr. Lionetti

Fun Fact: I love to travel internationally!

Study tips for this course: Start to study for exams at least a week in advance! This will definitely save you a lot of time and you won’t have to cram information last minute. Pay attention in class and take good notes! Reread your notes everyday and you should be set to ace this course!

Samantha Truglio

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SI Graduate Assistant

Major/Minor: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Fun Fact:  I have been a pescatarian for almost a year.

Brooke Vaccaro

Major/Minor: Finance

SI Course:  BF301 Principles of Finance

SI Professor: Irene McFarland

Fun Fact: I love exercising and traveling!

Study tips for this course: 1) Stay organized! 2) Drill in the notes and understand them before starting the homework assignments. 3) Professor McFarland teaches shortcuts that help you remember concepts. She also explains the math behind the problems conceptually. It is important to try to learn the material conceptually as well because that is how it will be in the real world. 4) Study notes, homework problems for exams, and exam reviews for exams and attend SI sessions for further practice:)

Kathryne  Zarillo

Major/Minor: Business with a Concentration in Economics and Finance

SI Course:  BF301 Principals of Finance

SI Professor: Dr. Daigle

Fun Fact: I want to go to law school and be an attorney following graduation.

Study tips for this course: Try the additional practice problems that the Professor provides! If he thought that they were important enough to give to you, they may be important enough for him to put on an exam. If you have any issues or want additional help, contact me!