Loren Wagner

Traverse City, MI

Academic Interests

Extracurricular Activities

I am the only U of R student whose major involves improving the welfare of people (health, hehavior, and society aka public health), yet isn’t afraid to throw a few elbows on the court (varsity basketball).

What is your favorite University of Rochester tradition? Why?

D-Day (Dandelion Day). It’s fun to have an entire day to not worry about classes and schoolwork and instead, spend it hanging out with friends, jamming at the concert, and participating in all the other activities set up on the Quad.

What is your most meaningful extracurricular activity? Why?

Basketball! From the camaraderie to having the opportunity to play my favorite sport day in and out with my best friends, it has been the best opportunity and the most meaningful activity I have been involved in at Rochester. I spend so much time with the girls that we really feel more like family and I cannot imagine my Rochester experience without them and my coaches. Traveling and flying to games is also a lot of fun (although a bit stressful) and it’s fun to spend time in various cities.

What is your favorite University of Rochester memory?

Freshman Orientation Week! It was so scary to be so far from home and away from my family, but I got to meet so many incredible people and everyone played a part in making me feel so comfortable and at ease at Rochester. From my RA to my new teammates to my freshman hall, I knew I had made the right decision in coming to Rochester after Orientation Week.

What is your favorite thing about the city of Rochester?

Dino Bar-B-Que and Sticky Lips. Who doesn’t love a good barbecue?!

Why did you choose the University of Rochester?

Rochester had the perfect mix of competitive athletics and high-achieving academics. Not only is it a Top 40 school and considered a ‘New Ivy’, most of the athletic teams compete in the UAA, arguably the toughest league in D3 sports. Visiting campus sealed the deal for me. The smaller class sizes and intimate campus setting, combined with the open curriculum and endless research and club opportunities, really stood out to me as a place where the well-rounded student would be created.

What unique opportunities have you taken advantage of at Rochester?

Aside from participating in Varsity Athletics, I am a Writing Fellow on campus and help students at all stages of the writing process. I am also involved in St. Sebastian Society (Christian club for athletes) and through that, have given back to the Rochester community through a program where a group of us visit with inmates at a local prison once a week. I have also had the unique opportunity to design my own learning path thanks in part to the open curriculum and cluster system. Lastly, research opportunities have been endless!

Why is University of Rochester a good fit for you?

Rochester is a well-rounded school that lends itself to developing the well-rounded student. The opportunities associated with research, clubs, and extracurriculars are endless. The open curriculum allows me to explore and develop any and all interests of mine. The basketball program is competitive and requires dedication, but I also have time for other opportunities.

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

I would love to just travel the world, providing medical care in under-privileged nations and writing about my experiences, all while being paid to do so! That would be my absolute dream job.

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

Ryan Reynolds . . . duh.

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

I love walking onto the Academic (Eastman) Quad. The buildings are beautiful and majestic and I honestly think there is no better view anywhere on campus! It’s even better when students are on the lawn, hanging out or playing Frisbee.

What is your favorite off campus event and why?

My favorite off-campus event is the music scene in general! There are concerts all over the city of Rochester, and the variety of music guarantees there is something for everyone. From coffee shop performances to large concerts at the Armory, Rochester is such a musically-inclined city and that has given me the opportunity to see many performances I otherwise would not have had the opportunity to see.

Who is your favorite professor and why?

My favorite professor is Deborah Rossen-Knill (Advanced Writing and Peer Tutoring) because she really helped me expand my writing style. She pushed me outside my comfort zone and made me realize it was okay to break writing ‘rules.’ Plus, she is so kind and very easy to talk to. Because of her, I view and respect writing in a completely different manner than I ever have before. I value and realize how crucial the reader and writer relationship is within a piece of writing.

What’s been your favorite class? Why?

My favorite class has been Behavioral Medicine (with Professor Estrada). I think the material is really interesting and the class helped me gain a valuable and broad view of health care and the issues surrounding patient care and medicine in general.

How would you describe the “typical Rochester student?”

Studious and motivated to learn, yet still willing and able to have a good time. ☺