Natajah Roberts

Cleveland Heights, Ohio

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What do you think best prepared you for life at University of Rochester?

I was homeschooled from 3rd-9th grade, so I’ve always had a fluid definition of “learning” and “education.” During my junior and senior year of high school I took a few classes at a local university for both high school and college credit. It was a great opportunity for me to see the level at which I was expected to work in college, but also to understand that learning is more of a personal experience and less of a requirement.

What were some of your favorite activities in high school and why?

I love sports, so I really enjoyed playing soccer, tennis, and lacrosse during high school.

What was your favorite class in high school and why?

My favorite class that I technically took during my high school years was an introduction to poetry class at a local university. The instructor was wonderful and I don’t think I would have the same passion for poetry now if it weren’t for that class.

When you applied for admission, what accomplishments did you hope would be recognized by the Admissions Office?

I really hoped that my diverse education would show them that I could be flexible as a student and that I would take an interest in the material.

Why did you choose the University of Rochester?

When I learned about the open curriculum at UR, I was sold. I’ve already changed my major twice, so I can’t imagine going to another school and not being able to take the classes that really interested me in my freshman and sophomore years.

What is your favorite…?

UR professor?
I’d have to say John Michael, the chair of the English department. I’ve taken two classes with him and I really enjoy the way in which his classes frequently turn into discussions about philosophy, history, and life in general, while still remaining relevant to the material.

UR class?
Dance 171-“Capoeira: Brazilian Art Movement.” I’ve never felt so comfortable and welcomed in a class. And it’s also just the coolest class you’ll ever be able to take for college credit.

Place to eat on campus?
I’m a big fan of sushi and the salad bar in The Commons.

Thing to do in Rochester?
I just discovered the Rochester Public Market this past year and I wish I would have taken advantage of it sooner.

What unique opportunities have you taken advantage of at UR?

I was lucky enough to be elected as Volunteer Coordinator for ArtAwake this year and it was a great experience. A group of about 12 students locate an abandoned space in the city of Rochester and use it to host a one-day art and music festival in the spring. This year it was held at the former Rohrbach’s Brewery building with about 14 bands playing throughout the day and over 200 pieces of art from students and residents of Rochester. It’s one of the many UR-sponsored events that I think everyone should experience.

What are your future plans at UR and beyond?

I’m planning to study abroad in Cape Town, South Africa in Spring 2013. I also hope to find an internship in Rochester next summer that will get me more involved in art or dance. I’m not sure what I’m going to do after I graduate, but I’m definitely considering Take 5.

When you graduate, what will you miss the most about University of Rochester?

Aside from obvious things like my friends and professors, I’d probably say the libraries. It might sound weird, but UR actually has really beautiful libraries. I’ve spent many all-nighters, good and bad, in there and I’ll always have a special place in my heart for reading on the PRR couches.