I just graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from AU. I'm a Jewish Studies major and a Special Ed minor. I was involved in Hillel on campus, JSA, and worked at Washington Hebrew Congregation and the Lab School of Washington. Next year, I'll be pursuing my master's at Towson in Baltimore and teaching full time Jewish preschool at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.
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Why American University?
What do you love about your school?
I love the small tight-knit community, the professors who are so passionate about their subjects, and the warmth of the Jewish community in DC and on campus. The school is almost 25% Jewish, so I felt naturally at home, and the DC Jewish community is vibrant as well. I have been involved in a handful of community organizations and events too, so lmk if you have DC questions as well.
Why did you choose your school when you were a senior in high school? Walk us through that process.
I've always wanted to major in Jewish Studies and I felt AU had the strongest department for that program. I toured lots of schools and applied to 10, 9 of which were in SoCal (where I'm from), but when I met with the department chair of the Jewish Studies dept at AU, I knew it was the perfect fit. It was kind of a gut feeling, but I also don't see any problem with transferring if you aren't satisfied with your choice and so I just picked the one with the most coherent academic department and it was amazing.
What has been your favorite class so far? Tell us about it!
A tie between Holocaust literature and some of the special education classes. Though Holocaust lit was very sad, it was super interesting. Special ed made me want to become a teacher and pursue my degree in education.
What fun traditions do you like to partake in at your school?
JSA pancake nights every month, the primal scream during finals week (LOL)
Tell us about Jewish life on campus. How have you been able to engage with this aspect of your identity while at school?
I was involved in Hillel on campus, served the JSA board for a semester, attended services, helped lead a few services. Over one summer I helped create a gender-inclusive high holiday prayer book that the school now uses. I also went on Birthright in 2017 through AU Hillel.
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Tel Aviv by Omer Adam (our Birthright bus played this on repeat all through Israel)
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