Tour Guide at Brandeis University
Class of 2023
Hometown: Penn Valley, PA
Secondary Major: International and Global Studies
My favorite spot on campus is this outdoor patio space on the top floor of Mandel Humanities Center. I love doing work outside, but I can get distracted siting by highly trafficked areas, so this outdoor space is a great space to do work and be outside.
My favorite class has been Writing on the Wall: Histories of Graffiti in the Americas, because the class covers points in history and themes I have never really learned too much about. I also really like how Professor Gregory Childs gives us different ways to learn and interact with all of the information; for example, through readings, lectures, movies, discussions, and sketchbook work, where we get to practice our graffiti writing and style. Another professor and class I really enjoy is Introduction to Microeconomics taught by Professor Nelson Sá. While the information we are learning can be a bit tricky at times, Professor Sá does a really good job at explaining the concepts, keeping us engaged during the lectures and excited about the class through asking us questions, using real life examples, having very open office hours, and bringing such a positive energy to class.
My favorite activity outside of class is Prospect Hill Kids Club (PHKC). PHKC is an after-school program at Prospect Hill Terrace, Waltham's largest low-income housing community. There we do homework help, read, lead a number of different activities, and play outside with all of the kids. I love having the opportunity to engage with some members of the Waltham community while having a lot of fun doing so.
There were many reasons why I chose Brandies, but the main reason is that Brandeis really values the importance of intellectual and personal growth through interdisciplinary study. When I was looking at schools and read that Brandies had "core requirements," I was not very intrigued, because of the connotation of "core requirements," but once I read about what these requirements were, I realized that these "requirements" really allow me to take classes that may not seem to have to do with exactly what I plan to major in, such as "History of Graffiti in the Americas ." I think is important, because it helped open my mind up to new areas of study both at Brandeis and on my own!