Isabel S.

Tour Guide at Brandeis University

Class of 2022

Hometown: Waltham, MA

Major: Biology

Minor: Psychology, English

My most memorable Brandeis experience?

My first spring semester at Brandeis, University Wellness put out a petting zoo of baby animals right outside the library during finals week. I got to hold a baby duck! So unexpected to find while I was studying but so exciting and really helped me and my fellow students de-stress at a particularly stressful time in the semester.

I chose Brandeis because...

I started coming to Hebrew school at Brandeis when I was 7, so I've really been around the Brandeis community my whole life. I grew up in Waltham, so coming to Brandeis was a bit daunting at first since it was so close to home, but once I started doing serious research about colleges Brandeis checked off every box I had on my list. At Brandeis I found strong, diverse academics, an eclectic and genuinely passionate student body, a love for service and social justice, and the most supportive, loving family of friends I could've ever asked for.

My favorite Brandeis tradition is...

Light the Night! On the last night of first-year orientation, the whole first-year class gathers together at the Lights of Reason, our light sculpture in front of the Rose Art Museum, and holds up tea lights together in the dark to quite literally light the night. We wrote hopes and dreams for the coming year on our tea lights before holding them up, so it was a really beautiful time to collect your thoughts and goals before the craziness of first semester set in, and also a really nice way for the entire first year class to gather together and really feel the strong sense of community that is so characteristic of Brandeis!

My favorite Brandeis class/professor is...

American Music: Psalms to Hip-Hop with Professor Musegades. I stumbled upon this class my first semester because I wanted a creative arts class to buffer all of my pre-med and biology major required classes. This class, based in the music building and centered around listening to and analyzing music and its history, exceeded my expectations! I look forward to taking more of Professor Musegades's classes in the future!

I'm passionate about...

Psychology Public Health and Medicine Music and performance Community Service

I'm involved with...

Girlstart Employee Starving Artists Acapella General Tutoring Waltham Group
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