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, however, I've spent half of my life in AbuDhabi, UAE. I'm involved in Engineers for a sustainable world, the Student Association, NSCS, and SADACA. P.S: 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 mathematics. Originally from New Delhi, India, I'm currently involved in the Meridian Society, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the EcoReps program 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!

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 UR’s 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 for 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 am studying public health at the University of Oxford.

Isthier Chaudhury

I am an Assistant 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.

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!

Jonathan Burdick

I am the Vice Provost and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid.

Kayla Zilke

I'm a first year student from Seattle, WA majoring in psychology with a minor in business. I'm involved with quidditch, intramural sports (outdoor soccer, futsal, volleyball, and floor hockey), Student Programming Board, Psychology Undergraduate Council, and PAWS. I also have a job as a student administrative assistant in the Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology department.

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.

Rahul Gupta

Hi, my name is Rahul Gupta, and 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!

Sammy Cheng

Hi! My name is Sammy Cheng. I am a first-year student 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!

Sarmishtha PV

My name is Sarmishtha and I'm a member of the Class of 2020. My hometown is Omaha, Nebraska. I am intended double-major in Anthropology and Computer Science with anticipated minors in Studio Art and Theater.

Shannon Lue Chee Lip

I'm a first-year student 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

I am a member of the Class of 2021. I am from Brooklyn, New York and I plan on studying electrical engineering.

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 UR 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.


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

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.