I am an incoming Junior studying elementary and special education. I am involved in the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, Camp Kesem, and am one of Hillel’s Co-Presidents.
I am a student-athlete on the University of Miami Sunsations Dance Team. Additionally, I am a student employee for the Dean of Students Office. Since I am in the Miami Herbert Business School, I am involved with Delta Sigma Pi, a professional business fraternity and I am on the Hyperion Council, which is an elite council in the business school. I am also Co-President of our schools AIPAC chapter called CanePAC.
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Why University of Miami?
What do you love about your school?
Hannah: I love how the warmth extends beyond the weather - One of the school’s mottos is “Canes care for Canes” and it has shown to be true throughout my time at the U. I love how we have a big school mentality in a more intimate and smaller community.
Lea: The amount of opportunities available at UM are extremely valuable. Since it is a medium sized institution, it is a lot easier to truly connect with people, whether they be your peers, teachers or administrators. On top of that, everyone has immense school spirit and we all know Its All About the U!
Why did you choose your school when you were a senior in high school? Walk us through that process.
Hannah: I chose my school because of the location, the prestige of the School of Education and Human Development, and because of the large Jewish population. I loved how the U is a walkable campus that is so close to Brickell, South Beach, Coconut Grove, etc. The School of Education appealed to me as it is tight-knit, has a wide-range of certifications, and reciprocity with so many states. I knew I’d be in small classes which was important to me. Lastly, a strong Jewish presence was always very important to me. With a large percentage of Jewish students and a very active Hillel building, I knew I’d be able to continue connecting to Judaism on campus.
Lea: Since I am a South Florida native, UM has always been on my list. Virtually everyone in SoFlo has Hurricane pride. Though it was my top choice, I was offered the best financial package to attend the University of Miami, since they offered me a full tuition scholarship. When I was applying, there were no separate applications for the scholarship, they simply informed me I was eligible and I attended a "Scholarship Weekend" at the University my senior year of high school. Unfortunately, they changed the process after I received it, so I am not too sure how it works now.
What has been your favorite class so far? Tell us about it!
Hannah: My favorite class was actually a class I took to satisfy an English requirement. It was a classic English class with a focus on “The definition of normal,” diving into disabilities and social constructs. It was very interesting and while it was a very difficult course, it was very meaningful.
Lea: My favorite class by far was Books That Matter. It's a class offered to only Honors students, or as we call them "Foote Fellows." Throughout the semester, we read around 6 books ranging a variety of topics, whether it be the formation of numbers or systemic racism in the US, or how to be a persuasive leader. I am not the biggest fan of English courses, but this class substituted the university's writing class requirement.
What fun traditions do you like to partake in at your school?
Hannah: I like to partake in non-official traditions at my school. I am usually at football games and homecoming and all of the big events, but I connect most to my school when I’m sitting on the grass steps outside of the Shalala Student Center or hanging out at the Ratskeller on Fridays with my friends.
Lea: Our Homecoming Week is epic! We have so many amazing events that are organized by students. We have fireworks by the lake, free events throughout the week, and a variety of food trucks nearly everyday. The entire week leads up to one of UM's biggest prides, a football game! As a dancer, I cheer on the team on the field which is one of the most exhilarating experiences I've ever had.
Tell us about Jewish life on campus. How have you been able to engage with this aspect of your identity while at school?
Hannah: I struggled with connecting to Jewish life on campus at first because it was very different than I expected and I did not really have a group of friends at Hillel or Chabad. However, now I am much more active in Hillel, as one of the incoming co-presidents. I go to Shabbat every week and find myself just studying and hanging out at the Hillel building very often.
Lea: Nearly 2,000 out of 10,000 students at the University of Miami are Jewish. Our Hillel and Chabad are extremely strong presences on campus and thankfully have plenty of resources for engagement. Since I was heavily involved with AIPAC in high school, I was saught out once I came on campus by our chapter's president and I immediately became involved. Additionally, it was really easy to attend Shabbat dinners, a tradition I did not strictly follow when I was at home. Attending Hillel and Chabad's Shabbat dinners has become a weekly tradition amongst my close friend group every Friday night!
Share your favorite road trip song that we can add to our college road trip playlist!
Hannah: Drive by Ben Rector
Lea: "Tel Aviv" by Omer Adam
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