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Academic Advisor 

Where were you born/where did you grow up?
Born and raised in Sri Lanka. I did spend a few elementary school years in Queens, NY.

Where you attended undergrad/grad school?
I went to SUNY Plattsburgh for my undergrad and currently completing my master's degree here at NYU Steinhardt.

What's your go-to snack? 
Anything with some sort of dip accompaniment like chips and salsa, hummus and pita, etc.

What's your favorite book? 
Currently, it is Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet. It portrays a nuanced account of a first-generation student experience and is very well written.

What's your favorite movie? 
Anything true crime-related has been my go-to lately. 

What's your favorite music? 
R&B for sure (SZA, Kehlani, Mahalia...you get the vibe)

What do you do in your spare time?
Traveling, exploring new restaurants/cuisines, hiking, brunches (lol), and spending as much time I can with family and friends.    

Favorite spot in NYC?
Queens - the whole borough is underrated IMO. It is the most ethnically diverse borough and there are hidden gems everywhere. 

One piece of advice you'd give to APUG students.

Take advantage of all the resources at your disposal and don't hesitate to ask for help when you need it. This is definitely the time to explore your identity and interests so give yourself that space and opportunities to grow. Things might not always go according to plan but never stop applying yourself and taking healthy risks.