Meet the Terriers who are helping their peers stay well at BU.

The Student Health Ambassadors (SHAs) are peer educators with Wellness & Prevention Services. SHAs are trained by professionals in many areas of well-being such as mental health, sleep, alcohol prevention, sexual health, and relationships. SHAs help develop, deliver, and evaluate wellness programs on campus.

You’ll see SHAs on campus assisting with events and programs, like:

How to Apply

Meet the Student Health Ambassadors

Matthew Topoozian

Health Science, SAR 2018

I became a Student Health Ambassador to be an advocate for the health of my peers and to promote strategies for staying healthy on campus. I am a student in the dual degree Bachelor of Science/Master of Public Health program at BU, and am interested in a career in public health emergency preparedness and response. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, biking, reading, or being deeply involved in a political discussion.

Abby Herbst

International Relations, CAS 2018

I joined Student Health Ambassadors because I care about the health of the BU community. College can be a difficult transition period in terms of health and wellness, and I feel that being a SHA is a good way to connect students with all of the resources available to them on campus. I enjoying running, exploring the city of Boston, and reading a good book.

Jared Lawson

Mechanical Engineering, ENG 2018

I became a Student Health Ambassador because I want to help my peers stay healthy and maintain personal wellness. As busy college students it can be easy for us to forget about health and wellness, but it is something that we need to always be conscious of. Wellness affects every aspect of life, and if we focus on being well we can better and do greater things in life. I enjoy playing golf and squash, and the ocean.

Andrew Cyr

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, CAS 2018

I chose to become a Student Health Ambassador because I feel that a balance of mental, physical, and social health is essential in one’s life and is key to success. However, maintaining this balance can be a challenge while handling the stress and pressure that comes along with college life. As a Student Health Ambassador, I want to inform BU students about the resources available to them on campus that can help them to manage their stress and integrate healthy choices into their daily lives. Connecting students to these resources will make for a healthier student body here at BU. When I am not advocating for student health, I like to try different coffees, read, listen to music, exercise and explore Boston!

Shanee Abouzaglo

Health Science, SAR 2018

I became a Student Health Ambassador to help bridge the gap between Student Health Services and the BU student body so my friends and peers can take advantage of our various resources. I believe that maintaining a healthy lifestyle and striving for wellness goes hand-in-hand with successfully navigating our dynamic college experiences. I am a cyclist who loves writing non-fiction and cooking Mediterranean dishes.

Mae Lucey

Health Science, SAR 2019

I became a Student Health Ambassador to encourage and contribute to the conversations about health topics on campus, and to learn more about health and wellness in general. Removing the stigma that comes with a lot of issues in health is the first step to getting people to lead healthier lives, and I believe that is a large part of being an SHA. I love exploring nature, running, and eating chocolate.

Christian Espino

Health Science, Minor in Public Health, SAR 2019

Public health has always been a h3 passion of mine and by being a student health ambassador, I get to work alongside the BU community and do my part to ensure that my peers are taken care of. As an SHA, I get a chance to understand what many students are faced with and use my creativity and leadership skills to help address these issues. In particular, I’m most interested in sexual and mental health. Some of my hobbies include going hiking, watching Netflix, and whistling.

Shivani Arya

Computer Science and Sociology, CAS 2019

I became a Student Health Ambassador because I want myself, as well as other students, to be able to take advantage of the resources the wellness office has to offer. If given the right tools, students can learn to improve their health and wellness, and teach others to do so along the way. I’m looking forward to working with other health-minded individuals and interacting with the BU community. I like to cook, spend time with friends, and listen to music.

Nicole Wehbe

Health Science, SAR 2019

I became a Student Health Ambassador because I wanted to make a visible difference on campus. The transition from high school to college can be daunting, and living a healthy lifestyle as an independent student is not always easy. When you’re trying to balance work, school, clubs, and other commitments, your health can fall to the bottom of your list of priorities. However, it is important to remember that your health should really be a top priority, because that determines your ability to study, work, and interact with others. As an SHA, I hope to be able to peer educate and advocate for issues students are facing on campus, and show them the resources available on campus.
In my free time I love to dance, listen to music, read, and explore Boston with my friends. You can catch me power walking across campus!

Lauren Banks

Neuroscience, CGS 2019

I became a Student Health Ambassador because I believe that the markers of a “good” college or university are the health and happiness of the students enrolled. I want to be a part of making sure the BU students are enjoying their time on campus both in and out of the classroom, and are staying healthy while doing it. I find providing helpful resources to my friends and peers to be the most fun and efficient way to achieve my goals.

Claudia Quadrino

Film and Television, Minor in Psychology, COM 2019

I became a Student Health Ambassador because I want to help give students access to information and resources to help them lead healthy lives on campus. Healthy living should be a priority for all students and I am glad that I am in a position to help my peers attain that goal. I want all students to be able to reach their potential and enjoy everything that BU has to offer, and maintaining wellness really makes that possible. In my free time I enjoy running, binge-watching the newest tv shows, and good company.

Avsar Rana

Biology, CAS 2020

Personal health is hands down the most important aspect in one’s life especially as a college student. Without it, it becomes extremely difficult to succeed in other areas such as academics and social life. Becoming a SHA has allowed to me to convey the various resources here at BU to the student body in order to make people’s lives easier. Some of my passions include playing tennis and drums, dancing, and doing research.

Teri Clover

Health Science, SAR 2020

My passion for medicine aligns perfectly with the mission of the Student Health Ambassadors. As a SHA, I hope to bring awareness to health-related topics both around and outside of the BU community and to show how health effects every aspect of our lives. My goal is for students to see the importance of a holistic approach to health and to become more involved on campus. When I’m not sleeping in late, I can usually be found exploring Boston, going to plays, binging Netflix, or hanging with friends.

Caroline Jens

Health Science, SAR 2020

I joined the team of Student Health Ambassadors because I wanted to be able to help educate and advocate for my peers in the BU community. College is stressful and it can be difficult for many students to take back control of their physical and emotional well-being; by working in the Wellness and Prevention office, I’m able to develop the resources necessary to help students care for themselves and support each other. In my spare time, I enjoy watching movies, reading, and eating carbs.

Avery Ofoje

Cell, Molecular, and Genetic Biology, CAS 2020, Honors Program

I am a Student Health Ambassador because I want to improve health and wellness practices on campus and intensify the discourse surrounding those practices.In particular, I hope to enable well-informed sexual and reproductive choices. I’m passionate about streamlining the connections between students and health and wellness resources and information, and I am so excited to engage the BU community in that effort. I’m a student in CAS and the Kilachand Honors College, and I’m majoring in Cell, Molecular, and Genetic Biology on a pre-med track. In my free time, I love FaceTiming my sister and my dogs, trying new restaurants in Boston, and reading the news.

Rose Zhao

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, CAS 2020, Minor in Business Administration

I became a Student Health Ambassador because I believe that there are many factors that play into an individual’s health, and some aspects of wellness like mental health are often stigmatized and overlooked during treatment. As a SHA I want to bring awareness to the importance of holistic approaches to health as well as facilitate the delivery of resources available to the student body. In my free time, I love working out, cooking, and spending time outdoors.