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What do you love about your school?
My favorite thing about Rollins College is the people. I love how diverse the Rollins student body is. During my time at Rollins, I have met so many interesting and wonderful people with different interests and backgrounds. I am extremely thankful for the many meaningful relationships I have formed during my time at Rollins. Also, I love how Rollins has given me the opportunity to develop my leadership skills and become the best person I can be. Rollins has allowed me to get involved in my community and make a difference in people's lives.
Why did you choose your school when you were a senior in high school? Walk us through that process.
I chose Rollins College because it was the perfect fit for me. What really attracted me to Rollins was the fact that the class sizes are small, allowing for more one-on-one attention from the teacher. I knew that small class sizes would give me more opportunities to interact with my professors and form meaningful bonds with them. Moreover, I liked that Rollins is a small college with a strong sense of community, which makes it easier to meet new people and form connections. I went to a small high school, so this was very important to me. I also chose Rollins because of the location. I wanted to be close to home. While in high school, I toured the Rollins campus, and I immediately fell in love with it. I toured a lot of college campuses, but Rollins had the most beautiful campus I had seen by far. I was very impressed with it. Lastly, I choose Rollins because of their exceptional academics, study abroad programs, and internship opportunities.
What has been your favorite class so far? Tell us about it!
My favorite class so far has been "Before the Curtain Rises". I took this class during the spring semester. "Before the Curtain Rises" was an introduction to theater class. I love this class because it allowed me to explore my passion for acting and taught me a lot of fascinating information about the art of theater that I did not know before taking the class. I had been a part of the theater club in high school and had acted in a couple of plays, however, I did not know much about the topic. This class really expanded my knowledge of theater and inspired me to continue pursuing my love for acting. I walked out of this class loving theater and acting even more than I did before. This class educated me about every aspect of theater, from the very basics to the more advanced elements. For example, I learned the different genres of theater and the different types of plot structure. I also learned about the various design aspects such as costume and lighting design, but I especially enjoyed learning about the performance aspect of theater.
What fun traditions do you like to partake in at your school?
One fun tradition I partake in at my school is Fox Day. Fox Day is an annual tradition at Rollins College that occurs in the spring. It is a day where the President cancels all classes by placing a large fox statue on the front lawn of the school. Other fun traditions I partake in at my school are the "Pancake Flip" and the Rollins Lip Sync Battle. During the "Pancake Flip" pancakes are thrown into the air while you try to catch them with your plate. Whoever catches the most pancakes wins! I have not participated in the Lip Sync Battle Myself, but I have watched it. During the Lip Sync Battle, various student organizations on campus compete in front of a panel of judges and the Rollins College community.
Tell us about Jewish life on campus. How have you been able to engage with this aspect of your identity while at school?
Jewish life on campus is thriving. I feel that more and more Jewish students at Rollins are getting involved with Hillel. During my freshman year at Rollins, I spent a lot of time at the Rollins College Chapter of Hillel, and it became my community. I attended Shabbat dinner services on Friday, as well as services for the high holidays. In addition, I attended many Hillel social events, such as "Sushi under the Sukkah" and "Latkes on the Lawn." Being involved with Hillel has allowed me to create meaningful memories and form lasting friendships.
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