Meet Your 'Bus Driver'
I’m a rising junior at UGA studying computer science and public health. I am pursuing my masters in computer science through a program, called Double Dawgs, where I will spend one extra year in Athens and earn a masters degree. I work as a tour guide for the UGA Visitor Center and a peer tutor for the Academic Resource Center. I am also a member of TEP, one of the Jewish fraternity’s on campus, where I worked as rush chair/head of recruitment to introduce Jewish Greek life to students. I also work with Hillel, and plan events like basketball games between Jewish fraternities.
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Why University of Georgia?
What do you love about your school?
The city of Athens, crazy school spirit, game days, campus itself, and the wide array of students.
Why did you choose your school when you were a senior in high school? Walk us through that process.
At first, UGA was barely on my radar. From Maryland, I was especially worried about Jewish life. When I visited my senior year, and was introduced to some guys in TEP who showed me around campus, I got a taste of what an amazing community and place UGA is. I loved campus as well as the social aspects. I was also intrigued by the honors program which I am in, as well as programs like Double Dawgs where you can earn a masters in an area of your choice in one extra year. I quickly forgot about my other top choices and committed to UGA.
What has been your favorite class so far? Tell us about it!
This past semester I took Theory of Computation, my first upper level computer science class. While it was difficult at times, we learned things like constructing a Turing Machine, which is a program that the Americans used to decode Nazi messages during WWII. I loved how applicable the class was and some of the cool things we learned.
What fun traditions do you like to partake in at your school?
Tailgating for game days, ringing the chapel bell, jumping in the fountain, snacking late night in downtown Athens at places like Little Italy.
Tell us about Jewish life on campus. How have you been able to engage with this aspect of your identity while at school?
The Jewish community at UGA has to be one of my favorite parts about school. While at first, it was my biggest reservation and the number of Jews might be small in comparison to all students, Greek life and things like Chabad and Hillel make it possible for Jews all over campus to connect and forge awesome friendships. Personally, my fraternity brothers in TEP, who are Jewish, are the closest people to me in the world. Hands down, they have made my college experience as great as it has been. I also love connecting with other Jews at Hillel, which conducts events open to all Jews on campus.
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