Ella M.

Tour Guide at Brandeis University


Class of 2026

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Major: Politics

Secondary Major: Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Minor: German

My favorite activity outside of class is...

Gymnastics club! I was a gymnast since I was a little kid, and gymnastics club is a great way for me to continue my passion without as much commitment, which gives me more time to focus on my academics and social life as well!

I chose Brandeis because...

The community! I remember touring and hearing about how uplifting the atmosphere is on campus, both in and outside of the classroom. Being on campus I can definitely say that my experience thus far has acted as a testament to this! I always feel supported by my peers, professors and advisors, and have access to so many different resources that are here to help me during my time at Brandeis.

My favorite place on campus, in Waltham or in Boston is...

In A Pickle on Moody Street! It’s my favorite breakfast joint in Waltham, and also a nice place to study. My friends and I go there often for Sunday brunches, although sometimes the waitlist fills up so quickly because the food is so good! If you've ever seen the tv show "Diners Drive-Ins and Dives", then you would be familiar with how great it is!

My favorite Brandeis tradition is...

Light The Night at orientation! This is when all new first years go to the Lights of Reason in front of the Rose Art Museum with tea lights. We write intentions for the next year on the lights, and once finished, everyone turns on their light and the entire area illuminates! It’s a really fun experience, and gives you a large sense of community while adjusting to the campus together as a class.

I'm passionate about...

Gym Fitness Study Abroad Thrifting Reading Political Activism Community Service Gymnastics

I'm involved with...

Waltham Group Kindness Day Committee Pottery Club Gymnastics club
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