Author - Jose Fernandez

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Discover Rochacha
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Research Rochester, Admission Interviews, and Campus Growth
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On the Usefulness of Doubt
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Meliora Weekend 2016
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Reflecting on the Past Year
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On the Virtues of Debate
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One Down, Seven (or Nine) More to Go
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A New Life
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Who Am I? Why Am I Here?

Discover Rochacha

When I decided to enroll at the University of Rochester, I must admit that I thought very little about the city itself—excluding the River Campus, of course. Having come from a place that is just an hour outside New York City, I assumed that there was little sense in exploring much of Rochester, New York,[…]

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Research Rochester, Admission Interviews, and Campus Growth

To any high school seniors considering attending the University of Rochester, I strongly encourage taking part in a Research Rochester event. My first visit—and my experiences with students and faculty alike—cemented my decision to enroll here. In that one day, I was exposed to the main facets of life on the River Campus that I[…]

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On the Usefulness of Doubt

Before coming to the University of Rochester, I didn’t know what to expect. Certainly, I was excited for the experience. I recall the prior summer being dreadfully long. Still, I could not claim to know exactly what lay ahead of me. That doubt, then, would become integral to my college experience. For the next four[…]

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Meliora Weekend 2016

Just over a year into college, I can say that Meliora Weekend is my favorite Rochester tradition. Once a year, alumni, celebrities, and families visit the University of Rochester for an exciting, eventful weekend. Events range from reunion breakfasts to a keynote address with “Morning Joe.” Past speakers include Bill Clinton, Colin Powell, Steven Colbert,[…]

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Reflecting on the Past Year

The reading period at the end of the semester reminds me of all of the time I have spent here at the University of Rochester. I recall move-in day on August 25, 2015 with great clarity. On that day, after over a year of anticipation, my college experience began. Today, nearly two semesters later, my[…]

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On the Virtues of Debate

For a long time, I’ve considered the drafting of the Constitution of the United States to be one of history’s greatest miracles. Just reading the Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 reveals the true purview of the debate that characterized the Constitutional Convention. The diverse and often conflicting interests of the Convention’s delegates fueled seemingly irreparable disagreements. And miraculously, in the[…]

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One Down, Seven (or Nine) More to Go

Finals are over, and I can only think of how quickly my first semester of college flew by. I remember move-in day like it was yesterday. In writing this, I must apologize for all of the platitudes that it contains; I truly could not describe my first semester experiences any other way. It’s only been[…]

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A New Life

During the University of Rochester’s 158th commencement ceremony, the legendary Arthur R. Miller ’56, receiving an honorary degree from his alma mater, said to the University of Rochester’s newest graduates, “When I came here, I was a kid from Brooklyn, Brighton Beach, an ethnic ghetto. I was thrown together with people from all walks of[…]

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Who Am I? Why Am I Here?

Channeling Admiral Stockdale, I’d finally like to introduce myself to everyone; preferably, a bit more successfully than he did. My name is Jose Fernandez, and I’m from Long Island, New York. I graduated from Brentwood High School, whose 2015 graduating class had roughly 1,000 students, and I’m currently a freshman in the College of Arts,[…]

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