Anja Weiss

Arlington, Massachusetts

Academic Interests

Extracurricular Activities

What is your favorite University of Rochester tradition? Why?

I look forward to the scare fair every Halloween. Going up to the top of the Rush Rhees, and being able to see all of Rochester is always the highlight of my week.

What is your most meaningful extracurricular activity? Why?

I love being a member of the mock trial team. As a science major with no intention of pursuing law, I get the opportunity to learn about topics, which I would otherwise not be exposed to in my classes.

What is your favorite thing about the city of Rochester?

Wegmans. It puts Whole Foods to shame.

Why did you choose the University of Rochester?

I chose the University of Rochester because of the people. Although every person seemed different, all the students seemed passionate, and excited about what they were doing and learning. People seem genuinely happy here.

What unique opportunities have you taken advantage of at Rochester?

Because of the open curriculum I’ve had time to take classes just because I want to. I have plenty of time to finish all the classes for my major, and I still have time to take other classes on totally different topics just because they sound interesting to me.

Why is University of Rochester a good fit for you?

I don’t feel like I have to chose between things I enjoy doing. I feel encouraged to pursue to all of my passions.

What did you do last Saturday night?

I went to ArtAwake, a student organized art festival, for the first time. It was incredible.

What is your dream job after graduating from the University of Rochester?

I want to teach middle school math and science.

If you could meet one celebrity on a tour, who would it be?

Beyonce.

What is your favorite part of the UR campus to show on a tour?

I love showing Gleason library. I like talking about how collaborative how work environment is here, and that students wanted a space for them to work together.

Who is your favorite professor and why?

Scott Paauw. I never thought I was interested in linguistics before taking a class with him. His excitement about language is contagious.

What’s been your favorite class? Why?

The History of the Beatles class with Professor Covach. I learned some really interesting facts about the Beatles, and I got to listen music I already loved.

How would you describe the “typical Rochester student?”

Passionate. Students at Rochester are pursuing things because they want to, not because anyone is making them do it.