Author - Madeleine Fordham

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Top 5 Tips for Surviving Your First Few Weeks on Campus
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Debate Union: More Than Just an Extracurricular
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Alternative Spring Break: My Experience in Miami
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What’s “Special” About Special Interest Housing?
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The Weird and Wonderful World of College Sports: Quidditch
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Who Sells the Best Coffee on Campus? – A Blind Taste Test
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Chabad House: Finding a Jewish Community Away From Home
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Take the Stage with the International Theater Program

Top 5 Tips for Surviving Your First Few Weeks on Campus

If you’re a first-year student reading this, welcome to campus! This blog post was written with you (and all your worries and fears ) in mind. Both this year and last I’ve gotten to campus early and seen more than 3,000 first-year students arrive and begin getting settled and getting used to campus. In addition,[…]

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Debate Union: More Than Just an Extracurricular

We offer two styles of debate in the University of Rochester Debate Union (URDU): British Parliament (BP) and Policy. The main difference is that policy debate offers the opportunity to prepare in advance, while in BP, you’re only given 15 minutes to prepare once the motion (topic to debate) is announced. We also have a[…]

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Alternative Spring Break: My Experience in Miami

Picture spring break, specifically spring break in Miami. What comes to mind? Lots of drinking, partying, beaches, and overall chaos, right? What if I were to tell you I spent my spring break in Miami this year…doing volunteer work? Might you change your mind? It’s not exactly typical I know, but don’t write me off[…]

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What’s “Special” About Special Interest Housing?

As hard as it is to believe, we’re already hitting the middle of the spring semester. You know what that means—it’s time for midterms, mud, and deciding where you want to live for the following semester. Sorry to those of you who live off campus, this post is going to be for people who are[…]

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The Weird and Wonderful World of College Sports: Quidditch

Who here loves Harry Potter? I sure do, but even if you scoff at the book series, you probably have still heard of the wizarding sport Quidditch. But Quidditch is no longer only an invention by J.K. Rowling, safely tucked within the pages of a few novels—it has made its way into the real world.[…]

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Who Sells the Best Coffee on Campus? – A Blind Taste Test

Disclaimer: I am not a scientist. In fact, this experiment might be the most “science” I have done since arriving at the University of Rochester a year and a half ago. But it was finals week recently, and I decided the best way to honor that (and the best way to procrastinate) was to take[…]

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Chabad House: Finding a Jewish Community Away From Home

On a cold Friday night walking through the 19th Ward, you might spy upon a house alight with candles, full of laughing students, homemade dishes, and general cheer. A Christmas party? No, this is Chabad house, situated at 955 Genesee Street, and packed to the brim every Friday night with students eager to spend a[…]

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Take the Stage with the International Theater Program

Who’s that girl in the pink leather jacket and sweet shades? That’s me, performing in the University of Rochester’s first mainstage production of the 2018–2019 school year, Gone Missing. The International Theater Program here at the University has become like my second home while I’ve been at college. Sometimes referred to as “Todd Theater” or[…]

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