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Resident Advisors

  • Are third- and fourth-year HSSP members
  • Provide direct mentorship to all hall students, particularly assigned Peer Advisors
  • Help promote a warm, welcoming, and safe substance-free floor community
  • Help plan community-building events that expand learning beyond the classroom
  • Serve as students' first resource for Housing-related issues or concerns
  • Lead at least one of the following Programming Areas:
    • Community Service
    • Health & Wellness
    • Social Identities and Awareness (SIA)
    • Leadership and Development
    • Alumni & Outreach
    • Community Building

'16-'17 Resident Advisors

A group of 3 juniors and 3 seniors who have been members of the HSSP community since their freshman year, and will be returning to the community in Fall 2016 as RAs.

Neel Swamy

Major: Neuroscience with a Minor in Gender & Health. I plan on applying to pharmacy school this coming cycle, and hope to one day work in clinical care!

Hometown: Shelton, Connecticut

Hobbies: In addition to HSSP, I have also served as a Senior Editor for the Michigan in Color (MiC) column of The Michigan Daily, a Peer Educator for the Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness Center (SAPAC), and a two-time Site Leader for Alternative Spring Break! I also work as a research assistant for the Food Addiction Science and Treatment Lab in the Psychology department, through which I have been able to learn more about how our bodies respond to "addictive" foods. I am so grateful for these experiences and I cannot wait to see how each and every one of you connects with unique organizations on campus! Go Blue!

Favorite thing about HSSP: My favorite thing about HSSP is how welcoming and diverse our community is. I have met students of many different backgrounds and this has allowed me to become more culturally aware! I have always felt supported and encouraged when I am in the halls and at HSSP events. I would not be where I am today without the support of my fellow "HSSPers." 

What motivated you to become an RA? I was motivated to become an RA because I recognized how influential HSSP has been in shaping my undergraduate experience. I have not only formed my closest friendships through our learning community, but have also found an extremely strong support network that has challenged me to understand healthcare in new ways. As a first year student, my RA played a dynamic role in facilitating a warm, open and loving floor environment for me and my hallmates. I hope to carry this torch further and do what I can to make your experience in our community as engaging, memorable and fulfilling as possible. Gratitude is a powerful emotion, and I feel it every single day!

Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or 1 horse-sized duck, and why? I would definitely rather fight 1 horse-sized duck, mostly because the opportunity to see such a creature is one that I cannot pass up!


Kayla Fong

Major: Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience with the hopes to one day work with Doctors Without Borders and provide health care to pregnant women and new mothers!

Hometown: Saginaw, Michigan

Hobbies: I love playing Intramural sports, specifically soccer! Ultimate frisbee is a must, along with movie nights and pizza. I am also a part of the Red Cross Club.

Favorite thing about HSSP: I love how close the HSSP community is. It really feels like a home away from home and makes a big campus feel small and welcoming. 

What motivated you to become an RA? I love HSSP and felt like it would be a really good opportunity for growth to be able to develop new leadership skills and make new friends along the way. I am very excited to get to know all the first-year student and grow closer to the peer advisors.

Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or 1 horse-sized duck, and why? I would much rather fight 100 duck-sized horses because who in the world thinks they could defeat a horse-sized duck? That duck can fly and go in water -- all the hiding places. Now the little horses, well you can give them the old 1,2 and bop 'em like whack-a-mole.

Yadonay Engeda

Major: Biopsychology, Cognition & Neuroscience; German

Hometown: East Lansing, MI

Hobbies: I love working with kids so I’m involved with after school programs in the Ypsilanti area. I spend a lot of my free time watching Ethiopian movies because it reminds me of the place that I was born and grew up in. You may even catch me with two screens open on my laptop when I should really be studying.

What motivated you to become an RA? During my freshman year, the student leaders in HSSP made my transition to college smooth and very enjoyable. As someone who was scared of coming to college, the welcoming and supportive environment in HSSP has made my college experience truly amazing and unforgettable. I wanted to become an RA to support others in during their transition as other student leaders have done for me. 

Favorite thing about HSSP: I love seeing HSSPers finding a small community on this big campus. My HSSP family has helped find a home on campus who have been there for me in the good and bad times. Whether it is to find someone to help me with assignments, go to the dining hall or watch the Bachelor, I know I can always count on my HSSP family.

Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or 1 horse-sized duck, and why? I would rather take on the 1 horse-sized duck. I think trying to find one strategy to defend myself from one horse-sized duck seems more feasible than having to deal with 100 of duck-sized horses coming at me at once. 

Mohamed Mazeh

Major: My Major is Biopsychology, Cognition & Neuroscience with hopefully a minor in the Sociology of Health & Medicine. I plan on attending Medical School after my Undergraduate Studies and going on to become a future health care professional. 

Hometown: Dearborn, Michigan

Hobbies: Whenever I have the free time, I try and take runs through the Arb, which I find to be very stress relieving. I am a huge sports fan, specifically Football and Basketball. You can also probably always catch me outside, tossing around the Frisbee with some friends. I am part of two student organizations on campus, one is called Pilot and the other is the Arab Student Association. I love hanging out and pretty much doing anything to distract me from my work so if you ever wanna talk about anything or just hang out, come find me!

Favorite thing about HSSP:  I think my favorite part of HSSP has to be the family it has helped me to build. I have met the most amazing people through this program, people that I know will be life long friends. My college experience would not have been the same without HSSP, especially at a University as big as this one. It gave me a community that I knew I belonged to and because of this I wanted to help give back to this community as both a PA and RA, and I hope to be able to do as an amazing of a job as the people before me have done. 

What motivated you to become an RA? The Health Science Scholars Program has given me a community that I feel like I belong to and can call my home. In my two years here so far, I have seen how impactful members of the community such as RA's and PA's have been in helping create this sense of family and home to the new members of the community, and as a result that has motivated me to want to do the same. 

Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or 1 horse-sized duck, and why? I would probably rather fight 100 duck-sized horses. Just think about how terrifying a bite from a horse-sized duck would be, that thing could probably rip my arm off. Plus as bad as it sounds, I could just kick and stomp on the 100 duck-sized horses.

Elizabeth Cowdin

Major: Senior studying Neuroscience & Spanish

Hometown: I hail from the town of the peach festival (Romeo, Michigan)

Hobbies: I've been a camp counselor for many years, and enjoy anything involving the outdoors (except I'm not very athletic). When not in Couzens, I enjoy visiting coffee shops (and of course, drinking a lot of coffee), going to the VA Hospital to play bingo with the veterans, spending time at St. Mary's, and exploring the city that never sleeps (Ann Arbor). I also like hammocking, playing the piano, singing along to "Hamilton," and watching "Good Will Hunting" over and over on Netflix. :)

Favorite thing about HSSP: It's impossible for me to name just one. HSSP has given me the space to make incredible and lifelong friends, the opportunity to connect with professionals and students who are like-minded, and the confidence and support to pursue my dreams. I cannot imagine college without HSSP and I am thoroughly honored to be a resident advisor in such an amazing, supportive, and welcoming community.

What motivated you to become an RA? My first few years in HSSP were amazing due to the amazing RA's that I had. For me, it's always been about paying it forward and creating a true hoMe here in Couzens.

Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or 1 horse-sized duck, and why? Definitely 100 duck-sized horses. I think small ducks are adorable and fairly harmless, but being run over by a massive duck? No thank you.

Tyric Goode

Major: I declared my major in Biomolecular Science with a minor in Gender & Health. As for future plans, they're up in the air, but I am pre-med with hopes of becoming an orthopedic surgeon or infectious disease doctor. Lately though, I've been thinking about the possibility of doing work abroad after my medical training or working with the US Air Force. 

Hometown: THE Detroit, Michigan.

Hobbies: I'm a big music and TV show fan and I like long, peaceful walks. I've been playing chess for a while now, so when I have time, I like to play a couple games. As for campus orgs, HSSP is life. However, I am a member of BUMA (Black Undergraduate Medical Association), but I am actively looking into a couple more orgs to participate in once I have more time to dedicate appropriate time to them.

Favorite thing about HSSP: I was first attracted to HSSP because of the community itself, living close to a bunch of people who are taking some of the same classes of me. However, I underestimated that feeling of community possible in HSSP. My favorite thing about HSSP is the relationships that can be built with other HSSPers and the sense of community established with those relationships. The resources available to HSSPers are nice additions and provide added benefits, but I am building life-long relationships with some of the other HSSPers.

What motivated you to become an RA? My motivations came from my experiences during my first year at the university. Those RAs provided a lot of indirect support in my transition to college. I became an RA to provide support and guidance in any way possible for other students.

Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or 1 horse-sized duck, and why? I would rather fight 100 duck-sized horses. They're small enough so that I'll know I can win, but one horse-sized duck is creepy. Think about it, a duck the size of a horse. I would be more scared of the way a horse-sized duck would look than a bunch of duck-sized horses. A horse the size of a duck is weird too, but less weird than a duck the size of a horse. It's like an ape and King Kong. An ape wouldn't creepy me out, but I wouldn't fight King Kong. But c'mon nah, King Kong ain't got nothing on me.