Tour Guide at Brandeis University
Class of 2025
Hometown: New York, NY
Secondary Major: International and Global Studies
Minor: Legal Studies
I like to attribute my decision to three factors: the location of Boston, academic flexibility, and the community. Not only is being close to Boston an awesome resource to have but it gives you both a community within Waltham to explore as well as the Boston/Cambridge area. I'm also not too far from home if I ever need anything or if my family wants to drive up to do a quick and nice visit. The academic flexibility really stood out to me when I was trying to decide what to major in. I'm someone who is all over the place when it comes to school and it's so helpful that I can double major and minor, and not have an impossible schedule. It also allows me to explore multiple interests, even if I wanted to hone in on one subject. Finally, the community was so welcoming from before I even came to campus. I had reached out to some people with questions and the eagerness to help stood out. One person would give me 2-3 new people to talk to and I ended up with so many more connections than when I started.
Before class started, I randomly ended up playing a poker game in the lounge of one of the Skyline dorm buildings. It was crazy because a group of us decided to collectively meet up and play, and the same people ended up being some of my closest friends now. Random people saw us playing and joined, and I remember just having so much fun and bonding over something as simple as a poker game.
So far, my favorite class has to be my Legal Studies class: Global Justice and Societies in Transition, taught by Professor Melissa Stimell. Not only did this class spark my interest in undergoing a minor in Legal Studies but it piqued an interest in learning the international side of topics. I was already interested in International Business but this class confirmed that and I loved learning about the global side of the legal system. When I first started the class, I was actually the only first-year which was really scary. However, Professor Stimell was so welcoming and accommodating from the start. She talked to me at the end of class to let me know if I ever needed help or additional clarification, to have no hesitation about reaching out to her.
I love playing soccer and staying active so I love that we offer intramural and club options. Something that's been really fun for me is playing different sports outside of my norm of soccer. I've played flag football and dodgeball, but the most unique experience has been battleship. I got thoroughly soaked and we came in last place for our bracket, but it was so much fun and I loved playing it.