Tour Guide at Brandeis University
Class of 2023
Hometown: Cohasset, MA
Major: Applied Mathematics
Secondary Major: History
My University Writing Seminar (UWS) class from my first semester at Brandeis was a great introduction to university level writing and research, but more importantly it was a way to connect with other new students who were just as lost as I was!! Even after UWS ended, I kept in touch with my friends from that class, and we still talk now, even from opposite coasts of the U.S.
underneath the overhang of the Lown Center for Judaica Studies (where my Reformation Europe history class met last semester, and my Colonialism, Slavery, and Freedom class met earlier this semester) there is a table and chair set, and it's always really calm there.
My favorite Brandeis class so far has been the Honors General Chemistry sequence with Professor Rebecca Gieseking (semester 1) and Professor Klaus Schmidt-Rohr (semester 2), and the accompanying lab with Professor Milos Dolnik. Professor Gieseking taught us the beginnings of quantum chemistry from first principles. Professor Schmidt-Rohr challenges us to question what's presented in textbooks and articles. Professor Dolnik performs experiments called "magic chemistry," that can be explained with science, although they seem like magic. All of these professors have taught me to arrive at scientific conclusions myself and think critically about accepted scholarship.
when I was interviewed, I was asked the usual questions about academics and athletics and extracurricular activities, but I was also asked about my best friend. The community at Brandeis--friends, professors, and mentors--want to see me succeed as a person, not just a data point. I've seen this compassion again and again since arriving on campus, like when a professor stopped his work to help me find a classroom when I got lost before an exam.