Meet our Spring 2019 Interns!

Active Minds Staff
Active Minds Staff

Say hello to our wonderful group of spring 2019 interns! We are so excited to learn and grow alongside these wonderful mental health advocates!

Laurence Yansunnu

Where do you go to school and what do you study?

University of Maryland College Park, Communications

Where is home to you?

Montgomery County, MD

Which team are you interning for at Active Minds?

Programs Team

Why did you want to intern at Active Minds?

I wanted to take part in something that positively impacts my community and those around me.

What does Active Minds mean to you?

Being a college student, mental health is something that is prevalent in my community. By having more open conversations with my friends about our individual struggles throughout our careers as students, I’ve found that having and/or advocating for these kinds of conversations is necessary for wellness in everyone. Active Minds, to me, means innovation, growth, and access to new knowledge pertaining to mental health and awareness. It means engaging in conversations that are wanted and needed in this world.

Favorite DC spot?

Busboys and Poets!

In my free time you can find me ___________

Singing with my A Capella group, Faux Paz!

Your go-to motto or catchphrase?

It is what it is.

Favorite way to unplug and re-charge:

Lighting candles and listening to a podcast (or my “current favorites” playlist) while doing a face mask.

 

Ilana Davis

Where do you go to school and what did you study?

The George Washington University, Journalism & Mass Comm.

Where is home to you?

Westchester, New York

Which team/department are you interning for at Active Minds?

Development and Operations

Why did you want to intern at Active Minds?

My own story with mental illness has made me eager to open up the conversation surrounding mental health stigma, especially in a time when we are seeing the conversation begin to change.

What does Active Minds mean to you?

Active Minds provides students with the education, support, and opportunity to end the stigma surrounding mental health.

Favorite DC spot?

Adams Morgan

In my free time you can find me ___________

Doing puzzles (jigsaw and 3d)

Your go-to motto or catchphrase?

The best foods can be found on a children’s menu.

Favorite way to unplug and re-charge:

Travelling

 

Sara Glaser

Where do you go to school and what do you study?

I am a senior at George Washington University. I am majoring in Psychology and minoring in Human Services & Social Justice.

Where is home to you?

Brooklyn, NY

Which team/department are you interning for at Active Minds?

Programs Team

Why did you want to intern at Active Minds?

I know that many people my age struggle with mental health and either do not know where to access resources or feel ashamed to even reach out. I wanted to intern at Active Minds because I wanted to become more educated about the mental health issues young adults face, reduce the stigma surrounding mental health, and increase awareness on college campuses.

What does Active Minds mean to you?

Mental health isn’t always easy to talk about (especially for young people) but it is an essential topic to discuss. Active Minds is unique in that it is able to shed light on the topic in a fun and encouraging way that is attractive to youth.

Favorite DC spot?

Lincoln Memorial

In my free time you can find me ___________

on a flying trapeze.

Your go-to motto or catchphrase?

“When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine!”

Favorite way to unplug and re-charge:

Go on a long walk in a new neighborhood.

Huyen Mac

Where did you go to school and what do you study?

I went to University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). I studied Graphic Design.

Where is home to you?

I grew up in Vietnam.

Which team/department are you interning for at Active Minds?

Communications and Marketing

Why did you want to intern at Active Minds?

I wanted to work with a diversity of individuals from different backgrounds, majors, and perspectives. I mainly worked with other Graphic Designers in the past, so I think working at Active Minds could help me understand more about others’ point of views and became a better communicator.

What does Active Minds mean to you?

Active Minds means a lot to me. By working here, I could step out of my comfort zone, which is mainly working on advertising/commercials base, to approach a whole new topic about mental health for college students. As a recent graduate, I fully understand the struggle that college students have to face everyday. I hope Active Minds will grow more and more in order to raise more awareness about mental health for college students.

Favorite DC spot?

All the museums in DC

In my free time you can find me ___________

Traveling to places.

Your go-to motto or catchphrase?

It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

Favorite way to unplug and re-charge:

Sleep, sleep, and sleep

 

Athanasia Papadopoulos

Where do you go to school and what do you study?

University of Maryland, Public Health Science

Where is home to you?

Broomall, PA

Which team/department are you interning for at Active Minds?

Programs Team

Why did you want to intern at Active Minds?

Mental Health is something that effects everyone, especially college students and young adults. Since I am currently a college student, I thought it would be interesting and beneficial to intern at Active Minds since it is specifically targeting people my age, and really helping with one of the biggest aspects of health.

What does Active Minds mean to you?

To me, Active Minds means showing others that there is help out there for whatever they are going through and that they are not alone.

Favorite DC spot?

Georgetown

In my free time you can find me ___________

Hanging out with my friends

Your go-to motto or catchphrase?

Don’t overthink it!

Favorite way to unplug and re-charge:

Sitting outside reading a book or going to dinner with friends