Bloggers

Alycia Abbott

I'm a member of the Class of 2016 majoring in biomedical engineering and minoring in computer science. Originally from Pembroke, New Hampshire, I'm involved in women's club soccer, Habitat for Humanity, Campus Activities Board, Baja SAE club, Society of Women Engineers. I have a job at the Career and Internship Center, and am a study group leader for the Center of Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Adit Ganguly

18-year-old optimist, photographer, blogger, guitarist and foodie here. If you're the kind of person that gets irrationally excited when thinking about processes like the phosphorylation of fructose-1-phosphate to fructose-1,6-phosphate, you and I would get along nicely. Jack of all trades, master of none. Content Editor for the Journal of Undergraduate Research, proud Yellowjacket and member of the Class of 2020.

Amro Bayoumy

Hello! I'm a member of the Class of 2020 majoring in mechanical engineering and clustering in German language and culture. I'm from Egypt, but I've spent half my life in Abu Dhabi, UAE. I'm involved in Engineers for a Sustainable World, the Students' Association, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Student Association for the Development of Arab Cultural Awareness. PS: I love food! I am so thrilled to be sharing my experiences with everyone.

Ananya Goyal

Hello! I'm a member of the Class of 2020 majoring in Biomedical Engineering and minoring in Electrical Engineering. Originally from New Delhi, India, I'm currently involved in the Meridian Society, the Biomedical Engineering Society, Student Alumni Ambassadors, and research. I spend my free time walking across campus, making new friends, chasing groundhogs, and writing about the same. I'm so excited to share my experiences with all of you!

Alap Patel

I'm a member of the Class of 2015 and I'm from California. I'm pre-med with a major in health, behavior, and society and a minor in legal studies. I was also accepted into the Rochester Early Medical Scholars (REMS) program. I am on the UR Bhangra Team and in Delta Upsilon fraternity.

Janixa Mejias

Hi there! I'm a Rochester native and an admissions counselor, recruiting in the New York Metropolitan Area. I'm also a soon-to-be double alumna with my BS in '13 and my master's on its way this summer! I look forward to sharing insights into the world of admissions and my own college journey!

Bastian Lehmann

I'm a member of the Class of 2020 and I am planning to major in economics. I come from Germany and thus far I have never lived abroad, so attending the University of Rochester in New York is an exiting experience that I will gratefully share with you here. When I'm not in class or busy studying, I really enjoy "making" music. I play the piano, I write songs and I love to sing as well. I am a member of the YellowJackets a cappella group. So far this is the only extracurricular activity I am involved in as it takes around 7 hours of rehearsal (sometimes more) a week plus all the gigs we have!

Bianca Hall

Hello, My name is Bianca, Class of 2020. I am an international student from none other than Kingston, Jamaica! I am a Biology major (Pre-med) with minors in Audio Music Engineering & Music. Simply put I am always trying to find new ways and perspectives to think about our daily lives and build on the knowledge that I am constantly acquiring from my friends, family and the U of R.

Brian Piper
Caroline Boron

Hello! My name is Caroline Boron and I am an admissions counselor at the University of Rochester. I travel in the New England area, including Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and the Boston area of Massachusetts. I'm a Buffalo gal born and raised and enjoy going back to Buffalo to see my family and eating delicious chicken wings! I enjoy running and have run many half marathons (for fun!) and I'm a huge Harry Potter fan. I'm excited to hear from you to let you know more about all that's happening at the University of Rochester!

Catherine Lewis

Hello! I am Associate Director, School and Community Relations. Before coming to the Office of Admissions, I had the privilege of working at the Rochester Center for Community Leadership and RIT’s Spectrum Support Program. A native Wisconsinite, I traveled to sunny Houston for my undergraduate degree at Rice University and eventually landed in Rochester where I received both my Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Eastman School of Music. As a woman with cerebral palsy, I’m especially passionate about access and inclusion for students with dis(diff)abilities, and am thankful to work with a team that values diversity in all its forms.

Charlotte Pillow

I am a member of the Class of 2019. I am originally from Ridgewood, NJ. I am a student in the Dual Degree in Nursing program. I am majoring in nursing, public health, and interdisciplinary dance studies, and minoring in psychology. I am the president of the College Diabetes Network and a research assistant at the School of Nursing. For the 2017 spring semester, I studied public health at the University of Oxford.

Damian Garcia

I'm the Regional Associate Director for the Mid-Atlantic and parts of the South. I'm an alumnus of Rochester, from Brooklyn, NY, but I was originally born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago. At Rochester, I majored in African and African-American studies, clustered in political economy and engineering design and obtained a management studies certificate in accounting and finance. I look forward to meeting and speaking with you on the road!

Davin Sweeney

I'm the Regional Associate Director of Admissions for the New York Metropolitan Area. I also work as the Office of Admissions' liaison to all things related to the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. So keep your eyes tuned to this page for information pertinent to those in IB or those from the New York Metro Area. I look forward to meeting each of you soon!

Elizana-Marie Joseph

Originally from upstate New York, I am a member of the Class of 2017 majoring in Public Health and English. I am involved with a variety of clubs and organizations including, Off Broadway On Campus musical theater group, College Feminists, Student Alumni Ambassador group, and the Student Organization for Caribbean Awareness, of which I am the current Vice President. I look forward to answering your questions and sharing my experiences with you!

Ena Oreskovic

I am a class of 2019 student at the University of Rochester studying towards a molecular genetics major and possibly a minor in German. I am coming from a beautiful Southeastern European country called Croatia. As a very passionate future biologist, I work at the research lab in the Department of Biology. I am also a part of the University of Rochester Equestrian Club, Colleges Against Cancer, Society of Undergraduate Biology Students and Slavic Society.

Fahad Lamudi
Grant Dever

I'm a member of the Class of 2016 majoring in financial economics. I'm from Honeoye Falls, NY, and I'm the president the 2016 Class Council, a Freshman RA in Susan B. Anthony, a brother in Sigma Phi Epsilon, and a Super EcoRep in the EcoReps program.

Ian Krager

My name is Ian Krager and I'm a member of the Class of 2022. I'm from a small town near Canandaigua, New York a little over 30 minutes outside of Rochester and I plan on double majoring in Political Science and English with a minor in Business. On campus, I'm the Executive Director of Academic Affairs in the Students' Association Government, Secretary of the Undergraduate Political Science & International Relations Council, Committee for Political Engagement member, Meridian Society member, Model UN Facilitator, and Campus Times News Editor.

Isthier Chaudhury

I am the Associate Director of International Admissions in our office, recruiting primarily in China and parts of Long Island. I graduated from Rochester in 2011, majoring in both chemical engineering and Chinese. I hope to answer questions we get from students all around the world, while also sharing a few of my own travel adventures!

Jackie Heinzelmann

I'm an undergraduate of the Class of 2018 double-majoring in international relations and East Asian studies. As an international student from Switzerland, I've previously been part of Residential Life on campus, and I am currently holding executive board memberships for two clubs on campus. When I'm not busy getting ready for class, writing, or watching movies, I barista at the Starbucks on campus while simultaneously trying to juggle some cool research for political science.

Jasmine Moon

Hi, I am a member of the Class of 2021 majoring in neuroscience and minoring in social psychology! I'm from the small town of Orange, Connecticut, and I'm involved in the BCS & Neuroscience Undergraduate Council, Students Helping Honduras, and the Korean American Student Association (KASA). I hope sharing my experiences at UR can help you!

Jonathan Burdick

I am the Vice Provost and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid. I share big admissions news and updates as well as information and statistics about our incoming classes.

Jose Fernandez

I'm Jose Fernandez, but I go by @JoseTheBae. I spend my days debating politics and economics, eating Blimpies, and stalking groundhogs at the University of Rochester. You can usually find me at Danforth, or in the lounge of Hoeing 3 praising free markets.

Joe Latimer

I am the Assistant Dean of Diversity and Outreach. I currently have twenty-two years of college admissions experience, and my time in admissions has been spent traveling the United States, US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. My blog attempts to share with my readers my experiences as an admissions counselor.

Joshua Klepes

I'm Joshua Klepes, and I love living life! I grew up in Clearwater, FL (shoutout to the 727!) and am part of the Class of 2018. I work at Rush Rhees and Carlson libraries and I shovel snow for the campus. I have a major in psychology and a minor in brain and cognitive sciences. I plan to become a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (God willing!). I'm involved in Cru and sometimes the Newman community. My mom and grandma are tied for my favorite people in life, and I am probably addicted to drinking water. If you've read this far, then here's a quote that describes my future blog posts: "Take a walk in my shoes. Life is beautiful; get lost in the views." -Social Club Misfits

Jamie Rudd

I'm a member of the Class of 2017 majoring in English and anthropology. Originally from a small town in Oregon, I'm currently the Community Service Chair of the Students Helping Honduras service group and presentation editor of the Campus Times newspaper.

Kayla Zilke

I'm a member of the Class of 2021 from Seattle, WA majoring in psychology with a minor in business. I'm involved with Quidditch, GreenSpace, EcoReps, intramural sports, and the Students Association of Vegan and Vegetarian Youth. I also have a job as a student administrative assistant in the Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology department.

Kevin Carr

I'm a member of the Class of 2015 and a transfer student, majoring in entrepreneurship and creative writing. I'm from San Luis Obispo, California, originally, though I spent the last few years studying in beautiful north Idaho before coming to Rochester. I'm involved in UR Entrepreneurs Club and Meliora Capital Management.

Kelly Wilkin
Madeleine Fordham

My name is Madeleine Fordham, I'm from Amherst, Massachusetts, and I am a sophomore at the University of Rochester. Right now I am planning to double major in American Sign Language and theatre, with clusters in web design and British history. I also do every extracurricular activity I possible can, including (but not limited to) ASL Club, Debate Union, TOOP, Todd Theatre, Campus Times, and Quidditch—go UR Thestrals!

Mythea Mazzola

Hello, everyone! I am a proud member of the Class of 2020 and intend on majoring in Business with a concentration in Accounting and minoring Political Science! I am a Rochester native and I grew up in Pittsford, NY. Currently, I am a member of Trebellious, one of the a cappella groups on campus, the Meridian Society, and I serve as the Director of Community Development on the Susan B. Anthony Hall Council! In my free time, I am hiding out in the practice rooms, reading Game of Thrones, or obsessing over Sherlock.

Natalie Ziegler

Hello! I'm a member of the Class of 2018, and I study anthropology and comparative literature. Within my comparative literature, I study fiction and creative writing, as well as gender studies. I spend most of my time on campus studying in the beautiful Rush Rhees Library, but I can also be found at various Students' Association Government functions, at work in the gym or the Department of Rare Books, cohosting an online radio show for WRUR The Sting, or relaxing with friends. I enjoy exploring Rochester's neighborhoods and its downtown, and I love newspapers, biking, and reading.

Nicholas Pierce

I am an undergraduate currently studying Data Science (BS) and Economics (Honors BA) at the University of Rochester. My academic interests are financial economics and political economy; government and business law; and data-driven economic policy analysis.

I am a member of the Students' Association Government Senate, Men Opposing Violence Everywhere, the Undergraduate Data Science Council, a Financial Aid Ambassador, the Symphony Orchestra, a contributing writer for the Campus Times, and a Founding Father of Beta Theta Pi.

I am originally from Seattle, Washington.

Patrick O'Neill

I am a senior admissions counselor I currently recruit students in New York City. I’ve been in Admissions at Rochester since 2007, and I'm an alumnus of Rochester's Warner School of Education and Human Development, where I received my MS in higher education administration. I’m also a Rochester native.

Patrick Hennessey

I am an alumnus of the University of Rochester, and I've worked in the Financial Aid Office as both a student worker and now a financial aid counselor. While at the University I was an English major, history minor, and also was involved with Greek Life. When I'm not slaving away over a hot keyboard, I'm usually at home writing, reading historical fiction and non-fiction, and playing my guitar.

Pedro Vallejo Ramirez

I'm a member of the Class of 2016 majoring in optical engineering and computer science, and I was accepted into the GEAR program. I was born in Bogota, Colombia, but moved to Panama when I was three years old. I'm an undergraduate researcher in an optics laboratory, an RA, and a Student Alumni Ambassador, president for the Optical Society of America, and a brother at Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

Rahul Gupta

Hi, I'm a member of the Class of 2020. I come from a small rural town on the India-Nepal border called Bairgania. I am studying electrical and computer engineering, and film and media studies. I love traveling, making videos, and playing soccer!

Robert Guevara
Sammy Cheng

Hi! I am a member of the Class of 2021 planning to major in microbiology and minor in clinical psychology and bioethics. Being born in New York but raised in Indiana for most of my life makes living in upstate New York a very different experience. I am part of the Hong Kong Student Organization, Society of Asian Scientist and Engineers, and the Undergraduate Society of Biology. Hopefully, I can provide valuable insight into life at the University of Rochester!

Ruki PV

Hello! My name is Ruki and I am a current junior at the UofR. I am majoring in Computer Science, Anthropology, and Film/Media Studies. On-campus, I am involved in a variety of activities, including Women in Computing, Residential Life, and TOOP. I am also involved in the Rochester Prison Project and an avid advocate for social justice. Meliora!

URAdmissions

URAdmissions features guest bloggers (both students and staff) who write about specialized programs, events, and opportunities at Rochester.

Shannon Lue Chee Lip

I'm a member of the Class of 2021 from Trinidad majoring in computer science with a minor in Medieval studies. I'm involved in Pride Network, Women in Computer Science, and the Medieval Studies Undergraduate Council, and I have an on-campus job at iZone! On any given day you'll probably find me wandering the campus just appreciating our amazing school, studying in the library, or just hanging out in one of the dining halls.

Sharifa Sharfeldden

Hello! I am a member of the Class of 2021, majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering. I am from Brooklyn, New York and I am involved in a variety of on-campus organizations and offices like the Gwen M. Greene Career Center as a Peer Career Advisor (PCA), the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers.

Sophie Zhang

I'm a member of Class of 2017 majoring in electrical and computer engineering and minoring in biomedical engineering. I'm originally from Chongqing, China, but I spent my junior and senior year of high school in Concord, New Hampshire. I am a campus tour guide, a brother of Alpha Phi Omega community service Fraternity and a contributing writer at Campus Times. I will also become a freshmen Resident Advisor and a senior interviewer next year. I am excited to meet all of you, Class of 2020 and 2021 in person!!!

Suzanne Dianetti

I'm the program manager and coordinator for college fairs, college fair volunteers, and Colony Club. I'm a Rochester native and live in Brighton, New York. It's a pleasure to work with Rochester alumni and parent volunteers as they assist us with recruitment events. From this blog you will hear from alumni, parent volunteers, and staff directly involved in volunteer efforts, from college fairs, to one-on-one and large group interviewing events, to congratulatory phone calls to students.

Ursula Balent

I'm the assistant director for Pre-College Programs. I’m a Rochester native and currently live in Hilton, NY. Pre-College Programs are designed for high school students in grades 9–12 to get a taste of the college experience through rigorous coursework and life-changing experiences. From this blog, you will hear from faculty, students, and staff directly involved with Pre-College Programs.

YooJung Chun

I'm a member of the Class of 2018, and I am majoring in art history. I was born in Seoul, South Korea, before moving to Chicago. I'm the Publicity Chair for the Korean American Students' Association, and I also take piano lessons at the Eastman School of Music.

Florence Yip

I'm a member of the Class of 2017 and plan on majoring in mechanical engineering. I'm from Hong Kong, China, and am currently involved in the Mini Baja club, Habitat for Humanity, and the Chinese Christian Fellowship.

Zophia Dadlez