I was involved with Hillel most of my freshman year, acted as the Outreach Coordinator my sophomore year, and will continue to do this coming year; I have a weekly music radio show called “Challah Back” that I co-host with one of my friends; I acted in the Production Studios III Showcase performance of Sarah DeLappe’s “The Wolves;” I’ve spent the past two spring semesters volunteering at Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center once a week.
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Why University of Richmond?
What do you love about your school?
I love how much professors and staff members really make an effort to connect with students. Our class sizes are small enough to foster meaningful connections and build long-standing relationships.
Why did you choose your school when you were a senior in high school? Walk us through that process.
I was choosing between UR, UGA, and Georgia Tech. When it came down to it, Georgia Tech was a bit too intense for me and I wouldn’t have been able to explore my creative passions there. UGA was too big of a school for me. But UR was perfect, with a great balance of work and fun, a liberal arts education, and small classes.
What has been your favorite class so far? Tell us about it!
My favorite class I’ve taken was this past semester. It was called “Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline” and it was a seminar-style class that involved partnering with youth currently incarcerated at Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center to break down the barriers between us and better understand the prison system in this country. I was always learning new and valuable information that I had never been taught elsewhere.
What fun traditions do you like to partake in at your school?
I love SpiderFest, which happens at the beginning of every fall semester. It’s an opportunity for all our clubs and organizations to set up in the forum and advertise to new and returning students.
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 never involved with Jewish life before I got to college. It’s been an amazing and inspiring experience to be welcomed into a Jewish community, even when I felt like an outsider. I went from not knowing much of anything about Judaism and Jewish Life to serving on our Hillel Board and going on Birthright with other UR students. I’m so grateful for this community.
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