Meet the Ambassadors

What Does Health & Wellness Mean to the Ambassadors?

 

Muhammad Hassan Bin Afzal

Muhammad Hassan Bin Afzal

Graduate Student (Political Science)
Transitional Comparative Politics and Conflict Analysis Management

Health and wellness are not finite points that we can achieve instantaneously, they are rather a collection of ongoing informed choices that result in a gratifying mental, physical, and social wellbeing.

Random fact: This summer I went to London, Dover, and Nottingham to participate in a global conference and a graduate training course at Imperial College London. I had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer at a local church preparing hot meals for the local community. #Togetherness #Blessed 

Check out this tweet: https://twitter.com/KSUWellness/status/1160925195592437760

 

Samantha Aguridakis

Samantha Aguridakis

Senior
Psychology and Applied Communications

Health and wellness means creating a healthy lifestyle that promotes growth in both physical and mental health areas. It means becoming aware of the different changes that need to be made in order to work towards a healthier lifestyle. It involves focusing on a healthy mind as well as a healthy body. Making the right choices to increase your health and wellness will lead to a more fulfilling life with less stress and anxiety.

Random fact: I enjoy writing poetry and fiction stories in my free time!

 

Emily Bryan

Emily Bryan

Master's Student
Clinical Mental Health Counseling

For me, wellness means taking care of my body, mind, and soul. It's easy to get busy and neglect things that keep me healthy. I love group exercise classes and walking on trails. Conversation and coffee with friends is a pick me up, too. I make time for prayer a part of my schedule. Those little habits help me to care for my family and keep up with schoolwork.

Random Fact: I lived in Hawai'i for two years and my family moved to Kent for the weather!

 

Abigail Chirico

Abigail Chirico

Sophomore
Public Health with a minor in Sociology

Health and wellness means breaking the stigma about mental health and seeking treatment. 

Random fact: I have been skydiving!

 

Jenna Fisher

Jenna Fisher

Sophomore
Community Health Education / Health Sciences 

Health and wellness, to me, means choosing to behave in a positive and safe manner using the tools and education a person is granted with. Health is doing the best we can with the knowledge we have.

Random fact: In one year, I studied 200 hours of yogic philosophy and asanas to gain a certification to teach others the practice. I am a huge fan of moving meditation and am eager to study Tai Chi next. A goal of mine is to develop a moving meditation class that will be challenging and accessible for all.

 

Georgia Grant-Manning

Georgia Grant- Manning 

Sophomore
Political Science 

I think it's important that people realize that being healthy isn't just external, it's also internal. You have to take care of your mental health just as much as your physical health. 

 

Ruby Greenwood

Ruby Greenwood 

Sophomore
Nutrition and Dietetics

To me Health and Wellness is to be aware and treat your body properly. This is done by making healthy choices that will benefit the body. 

Random fact: I'm a vegetarian

 

Mary Griffin

Mary Griffin

Sophomore
Nutrition

Health and wellness means not only focusing on your mental, physical or emotional health individually, but it’s about being able to live your life to the fullest, while having the best mental, physical and emotional health that you can. It’s about personal goals and being the best you can be, and not comparing yourself to anyone else and their progress.

Random fact: I’m really good at Harry Potter trivia.

 

Tori Hargett

Tori Hargett

Senior
Nutrition and Exercise Science

Health and wellness is keeping the body and mind fueled to maintain a positive lifestyle. It is not only about what exercises you do; it is also about what you put into your body and how you feel at the end of the day.

Random fact: I love cycling and my longest ride so far is 73.4 miles.

 

Sekhar Mamidi

Sekhar Mamidi

Graduate Student (Master's)
Health Education and Promotion

Health and wellness are two important concepts that go together; it is a balance between mental and physical health. Most often, physical health can be the main focus of health maintenance, but it is also very important to also have strong mental health.

Random Fact: I enjoy traveling and watching movies.

 

Kayla Marker

Kayla Marker

Junior
Psychology and Criminal Justice

Health and Wellness means being at one with your mental and physical health. While we work so hard to maintain our physical health, and we forget that our mental health is just as important.

Random Fact: I have traveled to Cuba.

 

Bethanie Mauerman

Doctoral Student
Health Education and Promotion

Health to me is maintaining a balanced sense of wellness that is best for the individual person. This does not always mean eliminating sickness, but encouraging individual to make sure they are doing what they can to remain well in all areas of mind, body, and spirit.

Random Fact: I am a huge Pittsburgh Penguins hockey fan!

 

Samantha Nousak

Samantha Nousak

Graduate Student
Sociology

There is no singular lifestyle that maximizes mental and physical health/well-being; different goals, values, and beliefs shape what any given person’s “healthiest” state is. Promoting health and wellness means promoting the tools and skills that help people reach that state.

Random Fact: I own over 300 markers and pens!

 

Nancy Oteng

Nancy Oteng

Senior
Nutrition

One must take care of their health in order to become well. Health and wellness to me is about cultivating your best self through wholesome physical, mental, sexual, and nutritional practices. Nourishing yourself to have a clear mind and body ensures your health and wellbeing. It’s an ongoing journey that one must stick to and continuously reaps of its benefits.

Random Fact: Sono nata in Italia (I was born in Italy!)

 

Olivia Pushak

Olivia Pushak

Senior
Exercise Science with a minor in Public Relations

Wellness means taking care of yourself first physically and mentally so that we may then help others do the same. This can include exercise, meditation, meeting daily nutritional needs, and keeping in touch with my emotions in a healthy way. Wellness is ongoing and a process of learning the tools it takes to properly take of myself and then in turn take care of those around me.

Random Fact: I have a twin sister!

 

Raja Rutherford

Raja Rutherford

Senior
Human Development and Family Studies

Health and Wellness to me means making sure you are loving yourself in every aspect, and that you want to make conscious efforts to live a certain lifestyle that could benefit you later in life. 

Random Fact: Me and my sister have the same birthday and we are 7 years apart. 

 

Megan Stults

Megan Stults

Graduate Student
Higher education and Student Affairs

I believe that health and wellness is taking steps to live a life that promotes your own well-being. You are aware of and taking various actions to support your own physical, mental, and emotional needs, thereby promoting your overall well- being.

Random Fact: I lived in New York City this past summer and got to live out my theatre dreams!

 

Ankita Tendolkar

Ankita Tendolkar

Graduate Student (2nd Year)
Public Health with a specialization in Social and Behavioral Sciences 

To me health and wellness means to being able to create an environment for yourself that is conducive to your overall wellness through exercise, nutrition, self care and mindfulness. That includes physical, emotional, social and psychological wellness.

Random Fact: I visited Disney World's Animal and Magic Kingdom in Orlando during the Summer of 2019 and had the best time ever!

 

Kaitlyn Wertz

Kaitlyn Wertz

Junior 
Nutrition

I believe that health is more than just being “in shape”. Being healthy involves a balance of exercising, eating healthy and taking time to relax. I enjoy doing a variety of exercising and playing team sports as well. My body functions better when I fuel it with the right nutrients and give it what it needs. I feel that getting enough sleep and taking time for yourself to relax are vital parts of overall health as well. 

Random Fact: I am a licensed cosmetologist and have worked part-time in a salon for two years.