Student Interview Fellow at Brandeis University
Class of 2021
Hometown: Wallingford, CT
Concentration: Chemical Biology
Secondary Major: Biology
Minor: Legal Studies
I chose Brandeis because it combined everything I was looking for in a school. I knew I wanted access to top tier academics and research, but also wanted a tight-knit, small community. Brandeis is a perfect blend of both of these things and was a place I could see myself thriving. Additionally, at Brandeis, I am able to be so much than just a science student. While I can have a strong academic focus in the hard sciences, I have also had the support and space to pursue and explore all of my other interests both academically and extracurricularly. I have been able to pursue music as the business manager of my a cappella group, Voices of Soul. I have take classes in photography, politics, Hispanic studies and more, even picking up a legal studies minor after taking a class and finding an interest in that subject. For me, Brandeis has been a perfect college experience. It has everything I was looking for in a school with top-tier academics and research with a small, supportive community, and Brandeis has provided the flexibility and support for me to grow as a student and a leader and to explore my passions and discover new ones!
My favorite Brandeis professor is Alice Noble, in the legal studies department. I took a course with her called 'Patient Autonomy: Law; Medicine; and Ethics.' I took this class, simply because it sounded interesting. I had never taken a legal studies class before but am interested in pursuing a career in medicine or public health. Through this class, and through working with Professor Noble (who is SO cool!) I picked up a minor in legal studies and further developed an interest for public health and public policy. She was of course an engaging lecturer, fostering a sense of community in our class, but she was also willing to meet with me outside of class to explore these interests and share her experience and insights.
My favorite Brandeis tradition is definitely 'Light the Night' which is an event that happens every orientation, where all of the new students come together with their Orientation Leaders in the Light of Reason - the big light sculpture outside of the Rose Art Museum (our on-campus art museum) - and each student gets a tea-light on which they write a word or phrase that embodies their goals for their time at Brandeis. After hearing some remarks from the Orientation Core Committee, the whole class lights their candles together as the light comes up on the Light of Reason. This is a tradition that every Brandeis student does on their first night on campus. In this sometimes difficult and challenging transition, this moment always marks a sense of community and of belonging as a student becomes, not just a student at Brandeis, but a member of the Brandeis family.
My favorite activity outside of class is a cappella! I am a part of Voices of Soul, Brandeis University's premiere co-ed R&B and Soul a cappella group. I have always been passionate about music and singing but had never done a cappella before. It quickly became one of my favorite parts of my Brandeis experience. I have gotten to grow both as a musician and as a leader and I have made amazing friends and gotten to find my VOS family! I have had the privilege of serving as the Business Manager since Fall 2018 and I have gotten to watch the group grow and evolve. We competed in our first competitions, have performed all over, and gotten to share the stage with some of the country's top groups in our annual Collegiate A Cappella of Boston (CABo) Invitational.