Bloggers

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 Philosophy. 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!

Anna Mpinga

Hi there! I am a graduate student at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester, majoring in Higher Education Administration. Originally, I was born in Kigwa Tabora in Tanzania, however, Syracuse NY is my hometown. I am currently a co-chair of the Higher Education Student Association (HESA) organization, graduate assistant for Leadership Programs in Residential Life, member of Warner Women in Leadership organization, and last but not least, the financial aid literacy program assistant. I have a passion for literacy and empowering others to take control of their financial future. I spend my free time meeting new people and doing research along the way. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts about my work!

Carolyn Richter

Hi! I’m a member of the Class of 2022 planning to pursue majors in marketing and creative writing with a minor in journalism. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, but I’m thrilled to share my experiences about the second home I’ve found at the University of Rochester. On campus, I participate in the Campus Times, Forté Campus, and Hatha Yoga Club.

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.

Esha Mardikar

Hello! I'm a first-year student originally from India, but I've spent most of my life in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I intend to major in economics, and I also have a love for history and philosophy. On campus, I'm involved with SA Government, the Hindu Students Association, and Rochester Rangoli! I'm also an IB alumni, and you can usually find me soaking up the sun whenever it's out!

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!

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!

Kayla Zilke

I'm a member of the Class of 2021 from Seattle, WA majoring in psychology with minors in business and environmental humanities. I'm involved with Quidditch, GreenSpace, EcoReps, intramural sports, the Student Association of Vegan and Vegetarian Youth, and Hatha Yoga.

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 possibly can, including (but not limited to) ASL Club, Debate Union, TOOP, Todd Theatre, Campus Times, and Quidditch—go UR Thestrals!

Melanie Earle

Hi! My name is Melanie and I am a first-year! I am from New York, New York. I am majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in political science. I am a part of the Campus Times, Baja, and SWE. My favorite book is Code Name Verity and you can catch me stress-binging Kim Possible!

Nicole Sammartino

Hi! I am a member of the class of 2020 majoring in mathematics. I'm originally from Fairfax, Virginia and I love the cold Rochester Weather! On campus, I'm a member of the Music Interest Floor, Pep Band, and Wind Symphony, and I'm the President of No Jackets Required. When I'm not in class, you can find me in rehearsal with my trumpet.

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.

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!

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), Student Employment Ambassador at SEO, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers.

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.

Syed Kazmi
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.