Bloggers

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 majoring 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, Cancer Awareness Club, and Hatha Yoga Club.

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!

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.

Kenzie Potter

Hello! My name is Kenzie Potter. I'm a member of the Class of 2021 majoring in Statistics. I'm from a small beach town on the outer banks of North Carolina. I'm a member of the Association for Women in Mathematics, UR Pokémon, ASL Club, and Pride Network. In my free time, I like to go on adventures around Rochester and take pictures of my service dog, Intel.

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!

Nicole Sammartino

Hi! My name is Nicole, and I'm a math major in the class of 2020. Currently, I'm studying conservation biology for my Take Five program. I'm originally from Fairfax, Virginia and I love the cold Rochester weather! On campus, I'm a member of the Music Interest Floor and the University of Rochester Pep Band. When I'm not in class, you can usually find me trying out new tofu recipes or playing the 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 Admissions Office as a Student Blogger, Student Employment Ambassador at SEO, the National Society of Black Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers. I am also a TA for ECE 112.

Zophia Dadlez

My name is Zophia Dadlez [ˈzʌfiˌə ˈdædˌlɛz] and I’m the new Humanities Ambassador here at the University! That means I’ll be sharing my own experiences as a humanities major here with you, as well as information and stories about the broad range of Rochester's arts and humanities programs.