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Aarinola Akinduyi

Joined in Fall 2020

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Major: Biology

Hi! I am a fourth-year student (senior) majoring in biology. While I spend much of my free time completing (or rather constantly starting and *occasionally* finishing) textile projects, I am very passionate about mental health advocacy. My interest in learning about mental health disorders was one of the primary reasons for joining The Humanology Project as a writer. Since joining, I have frequently found myself drawn to topics related to my own experiences and members of my community.

Ankita Gupte

Ankita Gupte

Joined in Spring 2022

Hometown: Syosset, NY

Major: Biology

Minor: Creative Writing

Hello! My name is Ankita Gupte, and I am majoring in biology and minoring in creative writing. I joined The Humanology Project in Spring 2022 because I wanted to talk about my own experiences in mental health and potentially spread information that can help or inspire others to improve their own mental heath. By connecting my writing and biology experiences, I am able to help this project’s goal of destigmatizing mental health. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and vibing with my two dogs, Bogey and Asterix.

Christian Ortiz

Christian Ortiz

Joined in Fall 2020

Hometown: Yonkers, NY

Major: Biology

Minor: Spanish Language & Literature

My name is Christian Ortiz, and I am a junior majoring in biology with a concentration in neuroscience and minoring in Spanish language and literature. I joined THP as a writer because I felt as though information regarding mental health, and the research surrounding it, was not being dispensed as effectively as it could be. So, in line with THP’s mission, I wanted to act as a middleman to better illuminate the public on the different aspects of the field. In my free time, I enjoy playing video games, watching sports (Let’s Go Mets!), and hanging out with the brodies.

Crystal Huang

Joined in Spring 2022

Hometown: Westbury, NY

Majors: Biochemistry & Psychology

My name is Crystal Huang, and I am a senior majoring in biochemistry and psychology. As a writer for The Humanology Project, I am interested in learning more about mental health issues, psychological disorders, and social relationships, emphasizing low-income and minority communities. THP’s mission inspired me to be part of the effort to increase mental health awareness among other students on- and off-campus. Some days, I would love to spend some time reading a great book or watching a funny movie while drinking warm tea.

Danielle Miclat

Danielle Miclat

Joined in Spring 2022

Hometown: Yonkers, NY

Major: Psychology

My name is Danielle Miclat, and I am a sophomore majoring in psychology with concentrations in chemistry and biology. I have learned a lot about mental health and neurodiversity throughout my semesters at Stony Brook, and I have gained a strong passion for it. I joined The Humanology Project in order to help educate and inform readers on matters of mental health, in hopes of helping to end the debilitating stigmas and misconceptions placed upon the neurodivergent community.

Eiman Nawaz

Eiman Nawaz

Joined in Spring 2021

Hometown: Deer Park, NY

Major: Biology

Minor: Creative Writing

I am a biology major with a minor in creative writing. I joined The Humanology Project because it allowed me to sharpen my writing skills while also learning about, and educating others on, various mental health topics. When not stressing out over classes, I can be found chasing after my extremely moody cat or listening to music at an alarmingly loud volume.

Jocelyn Marden

Jocelyn Marden

Joined in Spring 2022

Hometown: Albany, NY

Major: Biology

Minor: History

My name is Jocelyn Marden, and I am a junior majoring in biology with a minor in history. I joined The Humanology Project as a way to expand my knowledge on mental health and be able to share it with others while working in a community of like-minded workers. In my free time, I enjoy swimming and spending time with my friends and partner!

Kateryna Korobkina

Kateryna Korobkina

Joined in Fall 2020

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Majors: Psychology & Sociology

My name is Kateryna Korobkina, and I am a rising senior majoring in psychology and sociology. The Humanology Project has given me a creative outlet to advocate for the normalization of conversations that surround mental health. As someone who has personally struggled with mental health issues, I know what a difference it makes to have family and friends who are empathetic and understanding of how mental health can impact your everyday life. I hope that my articles can help create greater awareness in our readers and inspire them to be a better friend to someone who they know is struggling with something. In the future, I would like to become a mental health counselor in order to empower other individuals to prioritize their emotional well-being just as much as their physical health. In my free time, I like to draw, and I recently got the Nintendo Switch to play some of my favorite games from my childhood (like Super Mario Bros and Donkey Kong Country).

Maria Katechis

Maria Katechis

Joined in Spring 2021

Hometown: Syosset, NY

Majors: Biology & Psychology

I’m a junior at Stony Brook University and an aspiring PA with a love for writing. I’m pursuing a degree in biology and psychology, and I believe investigating the intersection of these disciplines is essential to fully understanding them both. In my articles, I try to combat the stigma surrounding mental and neurological illness by breaking down the biological mechanisms at play to emphasize the separation between the disease and the person. In other pieces, I try to take on a unique perspective to reveal how something most people can relate to actually has strong foundations in biology and psychology. Addressing mental health doesn’t have to feel like pulling teeth, and if we can de-emphasize personal opinion and bring science to the forefront of the conversation in a way that is interesting and relatable, everyone will be better off.

Morgan Diep

Morgan Diep

Joined in Fall 2021

Hometown: Queens, NY

Major: Biology

Hi, everyone! I joined THP in the Fall 2021 semester as a freshman writer. I enjoy reading and writing in my free time. I am also passionate about learning, whether it is a new skill or a new subject. I am a biology major, and I did a few research projects regarding behavioral sciences in high school, which is part of the reason I wanted to become a writer for THP.

Pavani Kumar

Pavani Kumar

Joined in Fall 2021

Hometown: Babylon, NY

Majors: Biochemistry & Sociology

Hello! My name is Pavani, and I am a junior pursuing a double major in biochemistry and sociology. I am so excited to be a part of The Humanology Project, as this organization allows for greater educational discussion and conversation about mental and neurological illnesses. I hope my interest in writing can show through my articles and for their contents to resonate with another person. In my free time, I like to read and binge-watch comedy shows (I recommend Parks and Recreation)!

Ryan Leech

Ryan Leech

Joined in Spring 2022

Hometown: Ballston Lake, NY

Majors: Biology & Psychology

My name is Ryan Leech, and I am a pre-med student majoring in biology and psychology. I joined The Humanology Project because its message was something that I took to heart. Being someone who believes that our current system is too harsh on those who have mental illnesses, it seemed only fitting that I should join such an organization that exists to fight against that stigma. In my free time, I enjoy running, playing tennis, and going online to play video games.

Shrilakkshmi Babu

Shrilakkshmi Babu

Joined in Spring 2020

Hometown: Nanuet, NY

Major: Biochemistry

Minor: English

Hi! My name is Shrilakkshmi Babu, and I’m currently a junior. I’m a biochemistry major and an English minor on the pre-med track. I joined Humanology because I am passionate about spreading awareness about mental illness and striving to reduce the stigma around it. I believe that Humanology’s mission can help individuals know they are not alone in the battles they are fighting and encourage them to seek help without fear. In my free time, I enjoy reading, creative writing, and listening to music!

Sunwoo Lee

Sunwoo Lee

Joined in Spring 2022

Hometown: Queens, NY

Major: Environmental Studies

As a member of The Humanology Project, I aim to become more profoundly connected to mental health issues and better understand the perspective of those undergoing such challenging times in their lives. I believe that suppressing all mental health stigmas will unite us as a global society. In the future, I aim to work at the intersection of psychiatry (as a physician) and medical education. In addition to my membership in THP, I’m involved with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee at the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. I will also be a Commuter Assistant for the 2022-2023 academic year! During my downtime, I enjoy watching anime, listening to music, and playing games. Some of my favorite musical genres include rap/hip-hop, pop, and classical music.