Congratulations! You have received your acceptance letter into the University of Rochester’s Pre-College Programs! This page will serve as your resource center. Please check back often, as information will continue to be added. We look forward to seeing you on campus!

Meet the Pre-College Counselors

2017 PRE-COLLEGE COUNSELORS

Aaron Santiago
Class of 2017
Carol Stream, IL

I am a recent undergraduate from the University of Rochester and am currently a graduate student at Nazareth College. I studied biology and philosophy and I am currently working toward an MSE in inclusive adolescence education in order to become a high school science teacher. I am from a suburb outside of Chicago and have been in Rochester for four years now. I am passionate about public education with an emphasis on studying the effects of neo-liberalism on our current education system. I am a seasoned volleyball player and enjoy a multitude of outdoor and indoor activities. Having been a Pre-College Counselor in the past, I am excited to contribute to this program as a Graduate Head Counselor and can’t wait for summer!

Dalayna Gardner
MS Class of 2018
San Diego, CA

I am originally from San Diego, California. As an undergraduate student, I attended the University of California, Riverside, receiving my BA in cultural anthropology and minor in education. Now, I am a graduate student at the Warner Graduate School of Education pursuing my MS in school counseling. I have a passion for spreading awareness about inclusivity and diversity in order to improve social, economic, and community interaction between people across cultures. I am a passionate advocate for underprivileged youth who emphasizes the importance of academic awareness, career development, and post-secondary school preparation.

JackieCapita_PCCBen Chen
Class of 2019
Martinsville, NJ

I am a rising junior majoring in data science and business from Martinsville, New Jersey. I was a pre-college student for two summers in high school, and this will be my second year as a counselor. I hope to be able to bring the great experience I had to others. On campus, I am involved with campus organizations such as URSGA. I look forward to meeting and working with everybody!

JackieCapita_PCCJackie Capita
Class of 2018
Rochester, NY

Hello! I am a rising senior from Rochester, NY, studying history and English with a minor in classics and a cluster in brain and cognitive science. On campus, I am involved in Off Broadway On Campus (a musical theatre performance group), Ballet Performance Group, the Rising Leader Program as a mentor, and I take private vocal lessons at the Eastman School of Music. Additionally, I work in the University’s Office of Admissions as a Meridian (tour guide) as well as in the Financial Aid Office as an office assistant. I am proud to say that this is my third year as a Pre-College Counselor. Before I became a PCC, I participated in Rochester’s Pre-College Programs for all four years of my high school career. I participated in the “What’s Up Doc?,” “Medical Mysteries,” “Research & Ethics of Stem Cells,” and the Mini Medical School program. Although I consider myself fairly studious during the academic year, I am definitely an enthusiastic, inquisitive, and innovative individual. My goal is to ensure that you have a safe, fun, and intellectually engaging summer experience here at Rochester. I am beyond ecstatic to meet all of you and create unforgettable memories. Let’s make the summer of 2017 an extraordinary one!

Nicole Fleming
Class of 2019
Winchendon, MA

Hello! My name is Nicole, I’m a rising junior studying American Sign Language (ASL) and biology on the premed track. I grew up in a small town in Massachusetts, so I love the City of Rochester and all it has to offer! I’m super involved on campus. You can find me singing in Trebellious (one of our a cappella groups), running ASL club meetings, giving tours as a Meridian, working in the emergency department at the Medical Center, or volunteering with our on campus Medical Emergency Response Team as an EMT. When I’m not running between all my activities, I love to chat with friends and drink coffee, play music, and soak up the sun during the summer. This is the first summer I’m spending in Rochester, so I’m so excited to spend it with you all! I can’t wait to meet you!

Prince Abraham
Class of 2018
Rockland County, NY

Hey everyone! My name is Prince, and yes, that is really my name! I am a rising senior currently studying health policy and cell and developmental biology. My goal is to one day become a doctor working in primary care. On campus, I am an active member of the Medical Emergency Response Team, a resident adviser, and a tutor as part of The Stem Initiative. I absolutely adore dogs and I love having fun. While I am a pre-med student, I am also extremely interested in politics, specifically in healthcare policy. The University of Rochester is a truly amazing school that has allowed me to mature and grow into my passions. I chose to attend Rochester because I wanted to be part of an institution that actively strives to do good for society. At the same time, I wanted to attend a university that leads the fields in scientific research and medical advancements.

When I am not studying and practicing as an EMT, you will most likely find me watching The West Wing, House of Cards, Game of Thrones or Scrubs! I love watching movies and reading. I enjoy meeting new people and being as helpful as I can be! I look forward to meeting everyone and having an amazing time this summer. Take care, travel safe, and see you soon!

Alonna Motley
Class of 2018
Cincinnati, OH

Hi everyone! I am a rising senior majoring in biology and Spanish with a minor in psychology. I am involved in a variety of activities on campus. I am a residential adviser for freshman, work as a research assistant in the psychology department, and give tours of the University of Rochester campus as a Meridian. When I’m not working or studying, I enjoy running, traveling, making vases, and spending time with family. This is my first year as a Pre-College Counselor and I am so excited to meet and work with you all! Although, I have spent previous summers in Rochester, I’m hoping we can make this summer the best one yet!

Andy Deng
Class of 2020
Shanghai, China

Hello all, my name is Andy, a “never-grow-up” kid from Shanghai, China. My major is biomedical engineering and I am trying out the pre-med track. So far, I have only seen Rochester and the area around it during the winter, which means your adventure around the city will also be my exploration. I like soccer and football, but traveling is my major passion. I can’t wait to see you all and have a wonderful summer with you guys!

Bianca Hall
Class of 2020
Kingston, Jamaica

Hello, everyone! My name is Bianca but you can call me Binks. I’m from the wonderful city of Kingston, Jamaica. I am a rising sophomore majoring in biology and minoring in French and audio and music engineering. Currently, I am involved with UR GlobeMed, Society of Undergraduate Biology Students, Circle K International, Charles Drew Pre-Health Society, Student Organization for Caribbean Awareness, badminton, and water polo. While I do participate and involve myself in many activities around campus, in my spare time I enjoy making my own music, expressing and discussing ideas and opinions with my friends, and driving through the mountains of my tiny island! I’m so excited to meet and learn about all you all this summer!

Frederico Hama
Class of 2020
Luanda, Angola

I am a first-year student at the University of Rochester studying mechanical engineering. I hail from Luanda, Angola, but lived most of my teenage years in Windhoek, Namibia, where I was chosen to be a Junior Councillor of the city of Windhoek because of my demonstration to transform my society. As a Junior Councillor, I worked with other Councillors to identify and solve the core problems that hindered development in the Windhoek society. This organization taught me values of teamwork, hard work, commitment, and perseverance. At African Leadership Academy (ALA), my high school, I went through a challenging journey, which greatly impacted my life. Effective teamwork has been key learning for me. I was selected to be the CEO of Beam Holdings, a student enterprise at ALA that aims to produce light and eco-friendly lighting product for underprivileged families in Africa. Due to my passion for athletics, I was chosen to be the captain of the ALA athletics team and have recently joined the University of Rochester track and field team.

Gil Smolyak
Class of 2020
Rochester, NY

I am a rising sophomore majoring in chemistry and I am part of the Forister Research Lab. On campus, I am part of the Medical Emergency Response Team, swing club, Undergraduate Chemistry Council, and a brother of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. For fun, I like to play video games, bike, hike, (re)watch/read the Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire series, and swing dance. I can’t wait to meet everyone and get to know you all! I’m looking forward to a great summer!

Jasmine Wang
Class of 2020
Shanghai, China

Hello! I am a rising sophomore majoring in computer science (and maybe mathematics, but we’ll see!) and minoring in audio and music engineering. I grew up in Shanghai, China, and have spent over three years living in the suburbs of Boston. On campus, I am an active member of Rice Crew, which is a Korean hip-hop dancing group, and I tutor for the Computer Science Undergraduate Council. You can usually find me in the Art and Music Library, which is one of my favorite places on campus. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, listening to the music (BTW, my favorite artist is Kygo!), cooking (I cook a lot of traditional Chinese food) and singing. I can’t wait to meet all of you and spend an exciting summer with you!

Jennifer Foster
Class of 2019
Salem, OR

Hi! My name is Jennifer and I am a rising junior. I am majoring in financial economics and political science with a minor in Arabic. I am passionate about politics and developing markets. On campus, I am involved in All-Campus Judicial Council, Women’s Rugby Team, I’m a supervisor for the Wilson Commons Building Managers, and I’m a teaching assistant for Accounting. I was born and raised in Salem, Oregon, but Rochester has really become my home. For fun, I like to read with a hot cup of coffee in my hand or I love to get off campus and explore the City of Rochester. I look forward to meeting everyone and showing you why Rochester is a great place to call home.

Jess Alexander
Class of 2019
Stamford, NY

Hi! I’m a rising junior majoring in psychology and minoring in writing studies! I’m from Stamford, NY, but I feel like Rochester is my home :). On campus, I’m in the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta, I’m a writing tutor, I do research in a psychology lab, I’m in the mental-health activism club Active Minds, and I have my own radio show on the campus station. I’m really excited to meet you all and show you some of the amazingness that is the University of Rochester! 

Jimmy Zhang
Class of 2020
Voorhees, NY

Hello! I’m an incoming sophomore with a prospective double major in electrical engineering and economics. I love math and I enjoy learning just about any subject with a strong mathematical basis. Besides living the a typical college life, I devote my time to the University’s sailing team as well as our fantastic symphony orchestra. The University of Rochester has been one of the most extraordinary experiences I’ve had the privilege of having, and I hope your stay here is just as fantastic!

Kasandra Reyes
Class of 2017
Bronx, NY

I am a recent graduate of the University with a BA in psychology. As an undergraduate, I took advantage of all the University resources by studying abroad, working as a peer adviser, and volunteering as a research assistant. Last summer, I also worked at the Mt. Hope Family Center as a counselor for children with traumatic backgrounds. This fall, I am looking forward to starting my first semester as a graduate student at the Mental Health Counseling program at the Warner school of Education. In my downtime, I love to perform with SALSEROS, the Latin dance group on campus.

Nicole Honeysett
Class of 2019
Watertown, CT

I’m a rising junior majoring in computational biology and minoring in business. Outside of classes, I work at Hillside (a campus convenience store), an oncology lab at the medical center, and at the chapel. This last year, I spent time as a D’Lion, an upperclassmen who lives on freshman halls to run programs and help in the adjustment to college. I am from Connecticut, so this will be my first summer in Rochester, and I am super excited to spend it with everyone!

Rahul Gupta
Class of 2020
Bairgania, India

Hey, everyone! My name is Rahul and I am from Bairgania, India, a small town located on the India-Nepal border. I am majoring in electrical and computer engineering and also looking to minor or cluster in business. My passions and hobbies include playing soccer, laughing about and creating dank memes, listening to music, playing guitar, traveling, and spending time outside. This is why I am a part of the outing club here at Rochester, and we go on some beautiful hikes! Winters do not let me go out to explore, which is why I am waiting for the hot summer here. I can’t wait to meet everyone and have a wonderful experience!

Events and Activities Calendar

*Please note that some programs are designated for residential students only. Commuter students are required to provide their own transportation to and from each event/activity. Commuter students are also required to pay for any tickets or fees that an event/activity may require. Please note that all program events are subject to change.

For events calendar questions, please email precollege@rochester.edu.

Summer Workshop Series

SUMMER WORKSHOP SERIES

After class, Pre-College students can complement their academic experience by joining college preparatory workshops sponsored by the Office of Admissions. Topics have included tips on admissions, application essays, financial aid, interviewing, and resumes.