Stephanie Yurchyk

Terryville, Connecticut

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What was your favorite University of Rochester tradition?

The Boar’s Head Dinner! Students and faculty members got together for a medieval feast and the a cappella groups sung as they delivered the food to the tables. There was an actual boar’s head, and it is passed from student group to student group.

What was your favorite U of R memory?

Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Mountain Ranges was a Quest course I took my freshman year. We spent 10 days camping in California, studying the San Andreas Fault system, and traveling from San Francisco to Yosemite and Death Valley. It was a wonderful experience and the reason I became a geology major.

What was your favorite thing about the city of Rochester?

The Little Theatre. It was located in a very trendy part of the city near coffee shops and the Eastman School of Music. They played a lot of indie and foreign films.

Why did you choose the University of Rochester?

The location, size, research opportunities, and open curriculum. Rochester was a wonderful city near a lot of other major cities, including Toronto. The U of R was the second-smallest Tier 1 research university, which means there were a lot of opportunities for undergraduate research. The open curriculum allowed students to shape their own education without having to take required courses.

What unique opportunities did you take advantage of at U of R?

I participated in two study abroad programs: one in Melbourne, Australia, where I took geology courses and conducted independent research; the other in St. Petersburg, Russia, on a language and culture program.