Christopher Phan ⌄
Hello! My name is Chris, and I am a fourth-year ethnomusicology major, former staff writer, and current director of Total Wellness magazine. As this year’s director, my role encompasses coordinating the writing, design, outreach, and web teams to produce a beautiful magazine with substance and style. I became interested in Total Wellness after picking up my first TW magazine - Health in Your Hands - the summer before my freshman year at UCLA. With the turn of each page, I learned the importance of making health-conscious decisions in my everyday life. As a staff writer, I loved looking at the research to break down the scientific jargon into authoritative and palatable health-bites that persuade readers to understand the importance of living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. A little bit about me: I enjoy learning about music from around the world, playing tenor saxophone in a Latinjazz big band and acoustic guitar in a worship team, cooking, eating, experiencing nature, and spending time with friends and family. My favorite foods include hamachi sashimi, grapefruit, and no less than 85% dark chocolate.
Omid Mirfendereski ⌄
Hi! My name is Omid Mirfendereski, and I am a fourth-year neuroscience major at UCLA. I'm currently the editor-in-chief of Total Wellness, and I was a writer for about a year and a half before joining the leadership team. I got involved in Total Wellness Magazine my first quarter at UCLA out of my love for reading and writing. I wrote for my high school newspaper for all four years, and I was adamant on continuing journalism in college. Of course, I am also passionate about health and am eager to promote awareness on wellness issues relevant to the student body. My aim is to play a part in helping undergraduates lead healthier and more balanced lives. A few fun facts about me: I love making origami, especially 3D origami; I've read a lot of mystery novels and a lot of Russian literature; and in my free time I like to watch documentaries on animals.
Nancy Vu ⌄
Hi there! My name is Nancy Vu, and I'm a fourth-year nursing major here at UCLA. As managing editor of Total Wellness, I track deadlines and membership status, communicate with writers, coordinate professional review, and record meeting minutes. I joined Total Wellness my freshman year because it's the best student organization on campus (obviously). Some things that make me happy are kind strangers, babies (like in general), and seeing what's on sale on Ralph's weekly ad. Some things that make me sad are seeing old people eat by themselves and writers missing deadlines. If you're struggling to get a hold of me, I'm probably napping or vigorously making a to-do list.
Payam Mirfendereski ⌄
My name is Payam Mirfendereski, and I am a fourth-year neuroscience major. I am the copy editor for Total Wellness. I joined Total Wellness as a writer in my first year since I loved writing and was passionate about health advocacy and interested in scientific journalism. Total Wellness has enabled me to exercise creativity and critical thinking while conveying scientific research to the UCLA audience in a palatable and educative format. In my free time I love to draw, learn foreign languages, and read about anything and everything related to history, geography, and anthropology.
Ruchi Desai ⌄
My name is Ruchi Desai, and I am the finance director for Total Wellness. I am a fourth-year MCDB major and BMR (biomedical research) minor. I joined Total Wellness because I was interested in learning and writing about various health topics. Some fun facts about me: I love to read (I might have a slight obsession), and dance!
Alison Jeng ⌄
Hello! My name is Alison, the assistant art director of Total Wellness! I study Design Media Arts and Pre-Business Economics with the intent to double major. My reason for joining Total Wellness was because I wanted to learn more about magazine design as well as because I wanted to be a part of a program that encourages healthy living. A few fun facts about me include: I love cooking and consuming brunch, I am terrified of small talk, and my favorite pattern to wear is stripes.
Rachelle Juan ⌄
Hello! My name is Rachelle Juan, and I'm a third-year Cognitive Science major with a Specialization in Computing. As webmaster for TW, I work with our web team to ensure that the website is built and maintained. I joined Total Wellness to learn more about the web design process and to promote wellness on campus. Things I love: boba, stationery, and sans-serif fonts!
Total Wellness writers are committed to presenting quality health information that is both accurate and interesting. They thoroughly research articles using peer-reviewed scientific journals and pull information from relevant new studies. Multiple drafts are reviewed by our copy editors and citations are checked for validity. Each article is read and edited by a professional reviewer, an expert in the field most relevant to the article. Writers work with the designer assigned to their article to ensure the layout and images of the article meaningfully convey the information within the text. The final product of all this hard work is an aesthetically pleasing and informative in-print and online article. Writers start their training as interns and are promoted to staff writers after one quarter.
The designers at Total Wellness are important as they bring the articles to life and create the clean, professional look of the magazine. The design process starts with the designers choosing one article that they want to design. If desired, the designer can meet with the writer of the article and discuss the article’s design. Next, the designers, brainstorm, manipulate the text layout and images using Adobe InDesign, and make a pdf file to which final aesthetic changes are made before the article is published.
Web DESIGNERS ⌄
Our Web Team is responsible for designing and maintaining our new website, hosted by Squarespace. Members of the web team write all text blurbs that appear online, manage the layout of text and images, update the site as issues are released, and will soon be transposing our entire archive of articles into a web format.
The outreach team is a very important and growing component of Total Wellness. We strive to reach as many people as we can by way of distributing fliers and magazines, advertising Total Wellness at Student Wellness Commision (SWC) and UCLA events, advertising our magazine at fraternities and sororities, and being active on social media websites such as Facebook and Instagram. We are always trying to come up with new ideas for how to reach out and increase our number of readers.
Jen Aceto | Savannah Badalich | Ryan Babadi | Cristina Chang | Leslie Chang | Sarah Chang | Peter Chu | Michelle Do | Julia Duong | Julie Escobar | Julia Feygelman | Samantha Leslie Fong | Catherine Hu | Sally Kim | Samuel Kim | Harini Kompella | Grace Lee | Sofia Levy | Lawrence Liem | Tiffany Lin | Josephine Liu | Alyssa Lok | Pavan Mann | Zoë Merrill | Jennifer Miskabi | Halee Michel | Samantha Mojica | Monica Morucci | Allison Newell | Brian Nguyen | Lillie Luu Nguyen | Niyati Patel | Jaclyn Portanova | Anahit Poturyan | Chalisa Prarasri | Nabeel Qureshi | Nikki Somani | Elsbeth Sites | Leanna Tu | Nicole Tu | Catherine Wang | Pauline Yang | Daniella Zola
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Web Designers ⌄
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