Tzvia Berrin-Reinstein

Newton, MA

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What is your favorite University of Rochester tradition? Why?

My favorite Rochester tradition is not a school-wide event, but something that my freshman hall friends and I created ourselves. The day of the Midnight Ramblers show, my friends and I go to our favorite restaurant for a late lunch/early diner, and we do a bit of street shopping, and then we get in line in front of strong with our bags of Common Market. It’s a silly little routine, but I love looking forward to it.

What is your most meaningful extracurricular activity? Why?

I’m a very involved member of Hillel, Rochester’s Jewish student group. I have gone to Jewish schools my entire life, and coming to Rochester I wanted to find a little piece of familiarity. Most Friday nights I go to the Interfaith Chapel and attend Shabbat services and dinner. The tunes are all familiar, and the food and company is my favorite way to unwind after a long week of Rochester classes.

What is your favorite University of Rochester memory?

In the Fall of 2010 I took a political science class with Professor Gamm, the head of the department. The class was a large lecture class, and there is no way that he knew everyone in the class. However, towards the end of the semester, he brought in printed invitations to a Holiday brunch at his home. The next week he had our entire class over to his house for bagels, spreads, veggies, hot apple cider, and more. It was such a great, uniquely Rochester, experience to go to a teacher’s house and interact with them outside of school, knowing that Rochester professors care so deeply about their students.

What unique opportunities have you taken advantage of at Rochester?

One of the things that attracted me to Rochester was its political science department. However when I started taking classes I realized that majoring in political science would simply not encompass all of my growing interests. I have been working with a University professor to design my own interdepartmental major, and now I am majoring in American studies and taking classes that I love.