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Admitted Students

This page will serve as a resource center for our 2019 admitted students and their families. Please check back often, as information will continue to be added and updated.

 

Commuter Acceptance Information

 

Residential Acceptance Information

 

2019 Class and Event Schedule

 

Welcome to the University of Rochester’s Pre-College Programs. We are delighted that you are joining us and we look forward to an exciting program! For many of you, this will be your first time on a college campus. There is a lot to see and experience, and we want your time on campus to be fun, enriching, and safe.

 

We wish you much success with your classes and cheer you on to do your best. Should you have questions, comments, or concerns – now or after you arrive for the program – please contact the Office of Pre-College Programs at precollege@rochester.edu or at (585) 275-3221 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday. Our staff will be happy to assist you. Thank you for choosing to spend time at the University of Rochester.

Students sit together in the dining hall

“Every day my son had interesting reports about the topics covered in class, the labs, the impressive equipment, the students he met. He was very happy about the diversity of the students.”

—Pre-College Parent

Community Policies & Student Handbooks

Students in the Pre-College Program engage in a challenging academic experience. In order to ensure that Pre-College Programs are fully dedicated to their academic and educational missions, students are expected to adhere to all community policies in the classroom and on any field trips, around campus, on any off-campus events, and in the residence hall. These policies are outlined in the Residential Student Handbook and the Commuter Student Handbook.

 

Code of Conduct and Discipline

The Pre-College Programs (each a “Program”) at the University of Rochester create a learning experience designed to challenge high achieving high school students. Participating in this unique experience, however, carries some responsibilities. As a member of the learning community, program participants (hereafter “Students”) are expected to meet the challenges of the rigorous academic program and participate with enthusiasm in community activities. It is also expected that personal integrity, respect for the rights of others, and a positive attitude will enable Students to maintain the highest standards.

 

This Code of Conduct is intended to promote group cohesiveness and foster an environment conducive to the achievement of the Program’s goals. If a Student is unsure what this Code or any policy means, he or she has the obligation to ask a Pre-College staff member.

 

Compliance with this Code of Conduct is required of all Students. Failure to comply may, at the discretion of the University, result in dismissal from the Program. In the event of a violation, the Student’s parent or guardian may be contacted.

 

Respect for Others: Program participants shall be respectful of the University of Rochester community, which includes people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs. Conduct that is disrespectful or demeaning to others, including but not limited to verbal or physical harassment, will not be tolerated.

 

Prohibited Activities: The following actions are prohibited during any part of the Program (including field trips and transportation, as well as on the University campus):

 

  • Failure to adhere to all University policies, rules, and regulations
  • Possession, use, distribution, or being in the presence of alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Misuse of prescription drugs
  • Use of tobacco products
  • Possession or use of weapons (including but not limited to firearms, fireworks or other explosive materials, knives, or other items intended or commonly used to inflict harm) – any weapon found will be confiscated.
  • Disorderly conduct (including but not limited to):
    • Fighting, including hitting or pushing another person, either as an aggressor or in response to action of another
    • Behavior that is otherwise reckless, disruptive, or dangerous to person or property
    • Verbal or physical harassment of others, including but not limited to bullying, cyber-bullying and playing pranks or practical jokes, including via electronics
    • Misuse of, damage to, or theft of University property
    • Tampering with or misusing fire or emergency equipment
    • Use of camera, cell phone or other video or audio recording device in spaces where privacy is expected, such as restrooms, showers, locker rooms and bedrooms being used by others. Anyone who wishes to record classroom instruction must request the permission of the instructor.
    • Failure to comply with the reasonable request of a University of Rochester official
    • Interaction of a sexual nature or sexually suggestive manner with any other person
  • Traveling outside the designated campus area boundary or leaving campus without permissions or supervision
  • Non-residential Students visiting a residence hall requires signing in with a Pre-College staff member and the visiting Student must abide by the same rules outlines in the Residential Handbook, Non-residential Students must sign out and depart residential buildings no later than 10:00 pm.

 

Responsibility for Damage: Students and parents may be help financially responsible for any damages to or loss of University property caused by Students.

 

Academic Expectations

 

Cell Phone Use: While Students may carry their cell phones, the phone should remain off during class time and should not be visible, unless otherwise instructed by Pre-College instructors. We reserve the right to take the phone if a Student is asked to put it away and refuses. The cell phone will be returned to the Student at the end of class. Repeated violations may result in dismissal from the Program.

 

Attendance Policy: Coming to class is a very important part of the Program, and it will be difficult to understand the academic material without attending every class. Classes should only be missed in the case of an emergency or illness. If this is the case, please contact the Office of Pre-College Programs as soon as possible via email or phone.

 

Plagiarism Policy: As members of an academic community, Students assume certain responsibilities. One of these responsibilities is to engage in honest academic work. Academic dishonesty may include plagiarism (misrepresenting someone else’s work as your own), copying the academic work of a fellow Student, or collaborating with another Student unless permitted by the instructor. These are serious violations of the trust upon which an academic community depends. Academic dishonesty may lead to dismissal from the Program.

 

Image Consent and Release: I understand and agree that the University may take pictures, videos, or make audio recordings of the Programs. I hereby consent to the University’s use of those that contain the name, voice, or likeness of the Student, for any purpose, at any time, ad in any medium, without compensation to me or Student.

Welcome Sessions and Campus Orientation

Welcome Sessions Dates and Schedule

 

Taste of College: Sessions B1 and B2 | Sunday, June 30, 2019
Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Building
*Taste of College: Sessions A1 and A2 will not have an on-campus orientation. Student will receive more information via email.

 

Intensive Studies Programs and Rochester Scholars: Session A | Sunday, July 7, 2019
Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Building

 

Rochester Scholars: Session B | Sunday, July 21, 2019
Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Building

 

Admissions Information Session (optional) | 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Traditional University of Rochester information session, including more information about the University, curriculum, and admissions process.

 

Student and Parent Welcome & Orientation | 2:30 pm – 3:30pm
All students and parents are encouraged to attend. Commuter and residential students will be welcomed to the program and to campus, introduced to staff, and have the opportunity to have all of your questions answered. There will be information about the program, policies, contact information, daily schedule, class locations, and more. If you have signed up for multiple sessions, you will not need to attend the Welcome twice.

 

Campus Orientation (optional) | 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
A brief tour of the campus. Tour guides will point out different academic and administrative buildings where classes may be held, the Rush Rhees library, recreation center, Wilson Commons and dining hall.

General Information and What to Bring

General Information

 

Absences and Tardiness
Attendance is taken at the start of each class and we will call a parent to confirm student absences.

 

Commuter students will need to call our office at (585) 275-3221 if you are going to be absent or late. If you are calling before 8:30 am, you may leave a voicemail message.

 

Residential Students will need to inform one of the Pre-College residential staff member or Health Assistant immediately if you are not feeling well or are running late to class.

 

Drop-Off / Pick-Up (Commuter Students)
Suggested locations for drop-off and pick-up will be highlighted at the Student and Parent Welcome Session, and during the campus tour. These are suggested locations due to their close proximity to the classrooms. Students are encouraged to make arrangements with their parent, guardian or designated rode as to where they plan to be picked up and/or dropped off on a daily basis.

 

Parking
Commuter students wishing to drive themselves to campus during the program will need to purchase a River Campus parking permit. Residential students are not allowed to have a car on campus.

 

Daily parking permits may be purchased at the Information Booth on Wilson Boulevard. Parking permits cost $5.00 per day and must be displayed as directed. The parking attendant will direct you to an available parking lot. Weekly parking permits may be purchased at the Parking Management Center, located at 70 Goler House (entrance in on Celebration Drive). The price of the parking permit may vary depending on which lot you are assigned. The Parking Management Center is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4:15 pm. You may call the Parking Management Center at (585) 275-4524.

 

Residence Hall Life

Residential students will be housed in a campus residence hall with a laundry/vending and study area. Each floor has a lounge and kitchenette with a refrigerator, microwave, and oven. The residence hall is located near the center of campus, including the on-campus dining locations. Each room is furnished with XL twin beds, three-drawer dressers, wardrobe closet, computer desks with chairs, bookshelves, and high-speed wireless internet service. All rooms have basic window coverings for privacy. Students need to bring their own linens. The residence hall is equipped with laundry facilities. Students will not be charged to use the washers and dryers.

 

Roommate Assignments
We try to make the summer experience as much like a first-year college experience as possible, and part of that experience is learning to live with new people. Therefore, you will share a room with another Pre-College student, and in some circumstances, there may be three students to a room. While we do not take roommate requests, you will be matched with your roommate based on gender, age/grade, and “best fit” characteristics identified through your application paperwork. You will live in a residence hall with other students from the program, where you will be able to participate in activities planned by your Pre-College Programs residential staff. Unfortunately, roommates’ names and contact information will not be available before the summer program begins. Releasing this information would be inconsistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) guidelines.

 

Curfew
Residential students must check in with a Pre-College Residential staff member by 10:00 pm Sunday-Thursday and 12:00 am Friday and Saturday. Students must remain in the residence hall until 7:00 am. Adhering to the check-in policy is the student’s responsibility. Violation of this policy is grounds for disciplinary action and may result in dismissal from the program. This rule is in effect to ensure student safety.

 

Meals
Students will enjoy a wide range of food options at dining halls, coffee shops, and restaurants all over campus. Vegetarian and kosher meals are available at most locations and the dining halls . Upon arrival, residential students will be issued an ID card, which they may use for dining services on campus. Commuter students are welcome to dine in the campus dining hall for lunch.

 

What to Bring

Clothing
Based on your personal dress preferences, you will be the best judge of how much clothing you want to bring. The following list may be used as a guide and should provide you with a sufficient variety of clothing for your stay. Students should be prepared for the weather, and dress appropriately for their classes. Closed-toe shoes and pants (no skirts, shorts or dresses) for those working in labs. While students will not be expected to spend significant amounts of time outdoors, they will be walking across campus to reach classrooms and lunch.

 

Toiletries
You are responsible for bringing your own toiletry and personal hygiene items. You may want to bring a small basket or carrying case to transport items between your room and the bathrooms/showers.

 

Dorm Rooms
You will need to bring your own linens and anything else required to make your room feel like home. Beds in the residence hall are XL twin size. Please note that the residence hall and rooms are not air conditioned.

 

Class Supplies
Supplies for all noncredit classes and workshops are included with tuition. Students enrolled in the Taste of College credit courses must purchase the required textbooks on their own. Notebooks, pens, pencils, and other school supplies may also be purchased from the University of Rochester Bookstore. Students may wish to bring a water bottle, small day pack, a pen or pencil, and a notebook.

 

You may wish to bring your own personal computer to campus. Computers are welcome, and are safe in your room if you follow basic safety procedures and always lock your door. The residence halls and many other areas on campus have high-speed wireless internet access. Computers are also available in various on-campus computer labs and in the IT Center in the library.

 

Money
Total program fees include tuition, room and board (including a basic on-campus meal plan), and some course materials. You will want to bring money for printing, laundry, dining out, bus and cab fares, postal service, toiletries, snacks, weekend trips, and other incidentals. Consider your own personal spending habits and budget when deciding how much money to bring with you to campus. There is a branch of Chase Bank on campus, as well as Chase and HSBC ATMs. Any money you bring onto campus is your responsibility. Do not keep large amounts of money with you or in your room.

Events and Activities

In the evenings and on weekends, Pre-College students are invited to complement their academic experience by joining in activities such as college preparatory workshops, organized games, informative workshops, and group outings to explore area neighborhoods and attractions in the Rochester community.

 

Some events and activities this summer may include:

  • George Eastman House and Museum
  • Maid of the Mist (additional fees required for attendance)
  • The Strong Museum of Play
  • Culture Nights
  • Movie and Game Nights
  • Rochester Red Wings Game
  • 4th of July Fireworks
  • Yoga
  • Seabreeze Amusement Park
  • Memorial Art Gallery
  • Tours of Cornell, R.I.T., Eastman School of Music
  • College Town
  • Many more!

 

A schedule of activities and events can be found below on our events calendar. This calendar is always updating with new events, so be sure to check back often! We welcome and encourage all Pre-College students to participate in the planned events!

 

Residential Students: The cost for attending some events is included in the cost of the programs, however there may be additional fees for residential students to attend scheduled off-campus events or if the student wishes to purchase souvenirs or additional meals while on the trip.

 

Commuter Students: The cost for attending various events is not included in the cost of programs and students will be required to pay for any tickets or fees that an event/activity may require. Commuter students will also be required to provide their own transportation to and from each event/activity.

Summer Workshop Series

After class, Pre-College students can complement their academic experience by joining college preparatory workshops sponsored by the Office of Admissions. These workshops are optional and are open for any Pre-College student and their families to attend, gather more information, and ask questions. Workshops are run by Admissions staff members and topics typically cover general information about the college admission process and are not specific to the University of Rochester. In past years topics have included tips on admissions, application essays, financial aid, filling out the Common Application, interviewing, and resumes.

 

Workshops will take place every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:15-5:00 pm during the Pre-College Programs. All workshops will take place in the Admissions Conference Room located on the main floor of Wallis Hall.

 

2019 Summer Workshops

Date Topic
Tuesday, July 9 Q & A with the Director of Admissions
Wednesday, July 10 Selective College Admissions
Thursday, July 11 College Application Process
Tuesday, July 16 Interviewing Tips
Wednesday, July 17 Writing the College Essay
Thursday, July 18 Review an Application Case Study
Tuesdays, July 23 Financial Aid
Wednesday, July 24 Making the Most of College Fairs & Visits
Thursday, July 25 Scholarships

 

Topics are at the discretion of the Admission staff member and are subject to change.

Pre-College Residential Leadership Staff

Our Pre-College Programs staff are current University of Rochester graduate and undergraduate students who act in a similar capacity to a resident assistant (RA) you would find in a residence hall on campus. These students serve as an adviser and mentor in residence for the Pre-College Program students. The staff have been through an extensive training process to ensure that they can handle a variety of situations. They live in the residence halls with the Pre-College Programs participants over the summer and are available all day, every day. They are a great resource for the high school students looking to talk to a current college student!

 

The Pre-College summer staff have knowledge not only of the campus and the Rochester area, but can also provide some insight to college classes and various subjects a student might be interested in studying. They help supervise activities and events that take place in the evenings and on the weekends, and ensure that each student has a positive experience and a memorable summer!

 

2019 Pre-College Summer Staff

Jason Mahon
Resident Hall Director

Salutations! I am tremendously thrilled to be going on an adventure this summer with you all in Rochester! I have spent most of my life in the Rochester area, most recently having graduated from The College at Brockport in May of 2018 with a BS in English Literature. I am currently pursing my MPA while serving as a Residence Director at SUNY Geneseo and a Corporal in the United States Army Reserve. In the last year I have spent countless hours helping first-year and international students find ways to make their university their second home, become the standout academics they have always dreamed of being, and assist them in forming friendships that will last beyond their time at university. When I’m not helping students or my fellow soldiers, I often find myself competing with my best friends in Ping-Pong, video games, CrossFit challenges, or any spontaneous activity we find that day. I cannot wait to spend this summer getting to know each of you, supporting you in whichever way I can, and helping to make your experience this summer unforgettable!

Jackie Capita
Head Counselor

Hello! My name is Jackie and I am recent-graduate of the University of Rochester with a BA in history and English (British literature). As an undergraduate, I was involved with various organizations such as Off Broadway On Campus, a musical theater group, and Ballet Performance Group. Next year I will be moving to the UK to pursue my MA in Victorian studies at the University of Leicester. I have been involved with the Pre-College Programs for over 8 years now, both as a participant and as a Pre-College Counselor, as well as other administrative roles. As a student, I participated in What’s Up Doc, Research and Ethics of Stem Cells, and Mini Medical School. The University of Rochester Pre-College Programs have served an integral role in my life, both personally as well as academically. I wouldn’t be where I am today had I not taken the opportunity to be a part of these programs. I cannot wait to meet all of you, it’s going to be a fun and memorable summer!

Abdul Abdelkader
Class of 2021
Cairo, Egypt

Hello ! I am Abdul, a rising junior at the U of R majoring in Computer Science and Minoring in Electrical and computer Engineering.I grew up in Egypt but I have spent some breaks in turkey. On campus, I work as research assistant in Human Computer Interaction lab. Also, I am very passionate about math and I love to do hard math problems in my free time. I love soccer and I am huge Chelsea fan. Have a wonderful day and see you all in the summer !

Abdoul Al Ansar
Class of 2022
Kati, Bamako, Mali

Hello! I am a rising sophomore, majoring in public health, with a possible second major (or minor) in computer science. I was born and raised in Mali, but lived in South Africa for 2 years with people from all over Africa, doing the Cambridge international examination at the African Leadership Academy.
Here at UofR, I am involved with the FirstGen society and UR Society of Undergraduate Public Health Students – SUPHS. Outside of classes, I work at UR Connections Café (a coffee shop). In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer; watching movies; hanging out with friends or having great conversations about different issues around the world. This will be my first summer in Rochester, so I’m excited to meet you all!

Mustafa Ali
Class of 2021
Lahore, Pakistan

Hello! My name is Mustafa and I am a rising junior here at the University of Rochester. I am majoring in computer science and currently deciding between financial economics and business analytics as my second major. I love to explore new places and hope to travel most of the world before graduating. I look forward to a great summer with all of you!

Sofia Azmal
Class of 2020
New Haven, Connecticut

Hey, ya’ll! I am a rising senior at the University, majoring in a public health-related track and double-minoring in creative writing and journalism. On campus, I am part of a couple of different classes including the ‘Rising Leadership’ class and the ‘Community Engagement Scholarship’ class. This past semester I studied abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland and interned with the Edinburgh Women’s Aid as a court advocacy worker. Some of my favorite activities are badminton, novel-writing, and watching movies. I look forward to meeting this summer!

Sened Belay
Class of 2021

Health Assistant
Assab, Eritrea

Hello everyone! My name is Sened and I am a rising junior majoring in Neuroscience, minoring in Spanish, with a pre-med track. I am originally from Assab, Eritrea, but I currently live in Maryland. I am a huge fan of soccer and enjoy playing the guitar, singing, volunteering, listening to music around the world, learning about different cultures and meeting new people. I am very excited to meet you all and I look forward to having a fun summer!

Luis Borja
Class of 2022
Quezon City, Philippines

Hi everyone! I’m Luis and I currently an incoming sophomore, majoring in biomedical engineering. I was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to Rochester for university. Playing soccer, running and playing video games are some of the hobbies that I like to do when I’m not too busy studying. Right now, I am also part of the executive board for the Filipino American Student’s Association. I am really excited to meet all of you and I hope we have a great summer together!

Ara Gonzalez
Class of 2020
Capiata, Paraguay

My name is Ara Gonzalez and I am from Paraguay. I am currently a rising senior studying international relations. Outside of the classroom and when I am not studying in Rush Rhees, I am a tour guide on campus as part of the Meridian Society, working as the publicity chair for the 2020 Class Council and attending activities of organizations like the Ballet Performance Group, Kappa Delta Sorority, Interfaith Chapel, among others. I am very excited to be serving as a Summer Leadership Program Assistant for the Rochester Summer Start Program. As an international student I had a great experience transitioning into the University of Rochester thanks to all the opportunities given to students who come from different and unique backgrounds. I am very thrilled to be part of a program that provides new incoming students the opportunity to explore academic choices and live experiences that will help them acquire new tools and develop new skills.

Abby Gunther
Class of 2022
Bordentown, New Jersey

Hi, my name is Abby and I’m a rising sophomore! I’m planning on majoring in BCS and ASL with a minor in linguistics. On campus, I’m involved in ASL club and club squash. This is my fist summer in Rochester, and I’m excited to get to meet you all!

Kavari Hercules
Class of 2022
Brooklyn, New York

I am a first generation college student, second generation American (Trinidadian and Jamaican descent),and  NYC born and raised. I am very passionate about human and civil rights and I constantly emphasize the importance of mental health. I am an advocate for basically all types of people and loving of all.

Lia King
Class of 2021
Binghamton, New York

Hallo! My name is Lia and I’m from Binghamton, New York. I am a rising junior majoring in International Relations with a focus in Peace and Conflict Studies and minoring in German and Legal Studies. On campus, I am involved as a Residential Adviser to first year students, a dancer in Sihir Belly Dance ensemble, and I work as a Starbucks barista. During my free time I like figure skating at Genesee Valley Park, visiting local art shows and training for my 5k! Last summer I was a Residential Counselor at the Eastman School of Music’s pre-college program and I can’t wait to share what I learned with University of Rochester’s pre-college program this summer.

Joseph Mandwee
Class of 2022

Health Assistant
Rochester, Michigan

I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in southeastern Michigan. After finishing my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and German, I went on to do a Master’s in Mental Health at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. As an undergraduate, I was deeply involved in my campus community and residence hall, founding a worldwide student organization called Students for International Refugee Awareness (SIRA). Last summer, I also organized and ran a “Dark Psychology” series at the University of Michigan titled “Defense Against the Dark Arts.” I recently moved here to Rochester, NY to begin my Doctorate in the Mental Health field at the University of Rochester. As a trained psychotherapist, I have experience working with a variety of mental disorders, including depression, anxiety, stress, life adjustments, relationship issues, body image issues, personality disorders, and psychosis. My door is always open, and I look forward to deep conversations this summer!

Adham Mashaly
Class of 2022

Alexandria, Egypt

I am a sophomore soon to be a junior majoring in computer science, I am a tech nerd, I literally build submarines! I am leading a team under the robotics club here at UofR aiming to build a different remotely operated submarine each year! And I am a huge fan of PUBG and Fortnite, so if you see me play at the residence hall, you can always feel free to join! Also, I am involved with different clubs on campus, and I would do my best to make your experience here at the University of Rochester an ever better experience! Congratulations again and see you soon!

Carlton McKenzie
Class of 2021
Bronx, New York

Hi my name is Carlton McKenzie, I am from Bronx, NY. I have lived a life full of meaningful experiences that allow me to navigate progressively in my academic, social and professional lifestyle. Although I still have a lot of growing to do I am open to new experiences, wherever there are lessons to be learned I will be present. Furthermore, I think that being well organized and prepared are traits any individual should acquire, skills that I have steadily obtained over my college experience. I will not disappoint in usage of these skills, especially for individuals who are not far from my stage of life and who need positive experience and role modeling as motivation. That being said I look forward to the experiences I will encounter this coming summer.

Emma Michels
Class of 2021
Hamlin, New York

Hi! My name is Emma and I’m a rising sophomore, majoring in Neuroscience with a double minor in Health Psychology and Dance. Outside of class, I am involved in Class Council and will be a Resident Advisor this fall. I am a Rochester Native, so I cannot wait to share my love for the city with everyone! In my free time I love to play the ukulele, hike, practice yoga, and play with my dogs. I look forward to meeting all of you, it is going to be a great summer!

Ivania Nunez
Class of 2021
Bronx, New York

Hi everyone! My name is Ivania and I am a rising Junior. I am a Public Health major and a Psychology minor. I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic, but have lived in New York City for several years. I am a very energetic person and I really enjoy exploring, meeting new people, dancing, and singing (I’m part of an on-campus a-capella group called ‘PASApella’) as well as talking to others. I’m very excited for this summer and I can’t wait to meet all of you. It’ll be a great and fun time.

Ichchha Pradhan
Class of 2021
Kathmandu, Nepal

Hi Everyone! I am Ichchha Pradhan from Kathmandu, Nepal. I am a soon-to-be junior majoring in International Relations and Psychology, and hopefully minoring in Economics. On campus, I am a teaching assistant and research assistant for the Department of Psychology ( social psychology in particular) and resident advisor for upperclassmen. I am also involved in bellydancing and Bollywood dance groups. I love reading fiction and poetry. I am hoping to complete my summer study abroad program in Procida, Italy right before returning to Rochester to meet you all. This is my first summer in Rochester, so I’m really looking forward to having great conversations, supporting your program experience in the best way possible and enjoying a lovely summer in Rochester with you all.

Ahona Shirin
Class of 2022
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Hey guys! I’m Ahona, a rising sophomore, currently majoring in Biochemistry, on the pre-med track and minoring in Public Health. I was born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh. At UofR, I devote a lot of my time to the association of South Asian students and a dance group called Rochester Rangoli because dancing brings me a lot of happiness! I love walking through busy cities and exploring places I haven’t been to before. Most of all, I love meeting new people and getting to know them! I’m very excited to spend my first summer in Rochester with all of you. See you soon!

Bassie Turay
Class of 2020
Freetown, Sierra Leone

Hello! My name is Bassie Bondeva Turay. I am a rising senior, majoring in International Relations, and working towards a minor in French. I was born and raised in Freetown Sierra Leone, and studied for two years in Norway before starting college in the United States. On campus, I am the newly elected President of the Pan-African Students Association, a member of the Meridian Society, as well as a member of PASApella (an African ‘a cappella’ group). I also work with the University of Rochester’s Advancement Office.
Some of the things I enjoy doing are reading memoirs, writing, singing, traveling, and watching Manchester United FC play. I am excited for the summer and looking forward to meeting you all!

Alejandro Julian Vera
Class of 2022
Fairfield, California

Hi, I am Alejandro! I am a rising sophomore majoring in Bioethics. I am originally from the San Francisco area in California and came out here to Rochester for my undergrad. On campus, I serve as the Internal Development Director for First Generation Society and I am a brother in Sigma Phi Epsilon. This past year I worked at the Goergen Athletic Center as a Building Manager, and next year I will be a Resident Advisor in Susan B. Anthony hall. This is my first summer in Rochester, and I am extremely excited to meet all of you!

Naya Winanta
Class of 2020
Washington, Germany

Hello! I’m Naya. I was born in Indonesia, grew up between there and Germany, before eventually moving to Seattle, Washington. In the past, I have been dubbed nomad because I travel and backpack so much. Fun fact, I have never stayed in the same country consecutively for longer than six months! Camping, hiking and endless long drives are cool too. At the time of writing, I’m a rising senior majoring in International Relations, minoring in Business. I transferred to the University of Rochester Fall 2018 after graduating High School (Class of 2018) with college credits. On campus, my time is mostly spent between work, cheerleading and sorority involvements. This will be my first summer in Rochester and I cannot wait to meet all of you!

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