Meet our fall Senior Interviewers! Each year the Admissions office selects an impressive group of seniors to conduct our on-campus interviews. They are some of the most involved student leaders on campus and love sharing their experiences with prospective students. Our seniors undergo a rigorous selection and training process to bring you the best of both worlds in your interview: a highly valued admissions representative and an enthusiastic Brandeis student.

We cannot confirm your interviewer in advance or accommodate specific requests. However, we encourage you to browse our seniors' profiles to read about their exciting accomplishments.

Bethany Adambethany

Majors: Theater and Politics
Minor: Legal Studies
Hometown: New Hampshire

I was born and raised in a small town in New Hampshire. I am a Politics major with minors in legal studies, theatre, and anthropology. I was admitted as a Midyear and spent my fall semester working and interning at a non-profit theatre company. As a senior at Brandeis I have had many opportunities to participate in a range of clubs on campus including A cappella, Theatre, Orientation, Field Hockey, as well as spending a summer in the Netherlands with the Brandeis In The Hague program.

Shota Adamiashota

Majors: Economics and Sociology
Minor: Clasical Studies
Hometown: Tbilisi, Georgia

Born and raised in Tbilisi, Georgia I came to Brandeis as one of the Wien International Scholars of my class. Here I have been involved in several activist groups, each of which aims to address issues of feminism, LGBTQIA advocacy and sexual assault and violence prevention on campus. I have also served as one of the members of the Ethics Center Leadership Council, worked for the departments of sociology, as well as of development and alumni relations, led both our German and skydiving clubs and been involved with a theater production.

Having worked on several independent research projects, aided by the faculty, I am now in the process of conducting research for my senior thesis in sociology regarding the current exhibits of Russian nationalism and the reemerging sentiments of Imperialist and Soviet rhetoric in the contemporary political arena.

JoeJoe Babeu

Majors: Linguistics, Comparative Literature, and Russian Studies
Hometown: North Adams, MA

Growing up in a rural town in western Massachusetts, I faced a conundrum in my college search: I was not ready to sacrifice the small community atmosphere that I had grown to know and love, but my ideal school would be academically rigorous and in an urban area. Fortunately, Brandeis was my perfect solution. Being so close to Boston, but also home to a close-knit campus community that I knew I could thrive in, Brandeis was the only school that seemed to strike the right balance of size and community involvement.

In addition to the work that I do in Admissions, I also take advantage of many other aspects of the Brandeis campus. I am the president and founder of the Brandeis Queer Policy Alliance, an LGBTQ+ political and social advocacy group, an editor and writer for a satirical humor magazine, Gravity, and I serve on the New Student Book Forum Committee, which selects a novel each year that all first year students receive before entering Brandeis. I love foreign languages, and currently study both Russian and Japanese at Brandeis, driving me to work as a Russian translation intern for Lemberg Children's Center. Additionally, I am an Undergraduate Department Representative (UDR) for both the department of Russian Studies and Comparative Literature. Thanks to all of the opportunities Brandeis offers, it has been easy to get involved and feel like I have made a real difference in my community.

SarahSarah Hines

Major: Theater Arts
Minors: Business and Education Studies
Hometown: Overland Park, KS

Moving from Kansas to Brandeis three years ago was one of the scariest things I have ever done. However, after my first three nights here I knew I made the best decision possible. I am constantly in awe of my friends', professors', and mentors' passion for academics, community service, and social justice. These are people who I know can and will change the world. Brandeis has truly become my home and what better way to spend my last year here than talking to prospective students about how much I love it!

Around campus you will often find me in rehearsal, as I am actively involved in the Brandeis Theater Company (run by the department), as well as the Undergraduate Theater Collective, our entirely student-run theater groups on campus. In fact, this year I will be directing the 24-hour musical (that's right, we do an entire musical in 24 hours)! I am also an Orientation Leader for the incoming first year class, a Tour Guide here in Admissions, and a Teaching Assistant at Lemberg Children's Center, our on-campus day care center. I look forward to meeting all of the new prospective students this coming year. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

Alex Fayealex

Majors: Politics and American Studies
Minors: History, Legal Studies, and Music
Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ

I am from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, right outside of Philadelphia. At Brandeis I am a double major in American Studies and Politics with minors in Legal Studies and Music. On campus I music direct different musicals with the Undergraduate Theatre Collective, I conduct Top Score, our student run band and orchestra, and I am a part of the Brandeis University Wind Ensemble. Outside of music I am a Coordinator for the Waltham Group, our community service organization, an Orientation Leader, a tour guide at Admissions, and am the president of a campus political group. Since coming to Brandeis I have also studied abroad in the Netherlands with the Brandeis in The Hague program, and have interned on Capitol Hill with a U.S. Representative! I am very excited to be a part of the Senior Interviewer team and cannot wait to meet all of you!

Elena Insleyelena

Major: Biology
Minor: German
Hometown: Sparta, NJ

I was raised in Sparta, NJ (not Greece, unfortunately), a small town about an hour northwest of New York City. I was a volunteer EMT in my hometown and have continued my passion for medicine here at Brandeis. I am currently pursuing my B.S. in Biology with a minor in German Studies and I am on the pre-med track with the hopes of attending medical school in the near future. Aside from academics, I teach a fitness class at Gosman Athletic Center, I am the chair of the Student Health Advisory Committee, a member of the Catholic Student Organization board, a Teaching Assistant for Physiology, a tour guide here at admissions, an orientation leader for incoming first years, and am currently doing research for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Brandeis is truly an inspiring place and I am looking forward to sharing it with each of you!

Daniel Novakdanny

Major: Health: Science, Society and Policy
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY.  I have never been far from home so going away to school was a frightening experience for me.  When I am not interviewing in the Admissions office you can find me driving the Brandeis Emergency Vehicle around campus.  I am one of the crew chiefs on our student run Emergency Medical Corp. I am also involved in our community service Waltham Group and a member of the Student Union for which I served as Class Senator for two consecutive years.  Currently I serve as the Undergraduate Curriculum Representative to the Dean of Arts and Sciences. I am also one of the Organic Chemistry Laboratory Teaching Assistants. I am so excited to meet and chat with prospective students. Please feel free to email me with any questions that you may have.

Mara Nussbaummara

Majors: Neuroscience and Biology
Hometown: Highland Park, IL

I was born and raised in Highland Park, Illinois, a suburb about a half hour from Chicago. Like most Brandeis students, I have many passions outside of my majors (Neuroscience and Biology). Music is a huge part of my life, and as a science student I wanted to attend a school where I could do both science and music. I am the Secretary for Top Score, a student-run orchestra, as well as an active member of the Brandeis  Wind Ensemble. In the sciences, I’ve been a research assistant at the Brandeis University Memory and Cognition Lab for the past two years. In addition, I am an Orientation Leader for the incoming first-year class and a copy editor for the Justice, one of the Brandeis newspapers. I am thrilled to be a Senior Interviewer and share my love of Brandeis with prospective students! Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

Amanda Pereiraamanda

Majors: International Global Studies and African and Afro-American Studies
Hometown: São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Coming from Brazil at the age of six, my parent’s main goal for my brother and I was that we would have a good education here in the US.  I wanted to find a place that not only would allow me access to a great education but would also be welcoming to diversity and Brandeis was that place for me.

In addition to the work I do in Admissions I am also involved with other campus activities. This past summer I was funded by Brandeis’s World of Work Fellowship to teach English at a children’s camp in Hinche, Haiti. I am the Administrative Assistant of the African and Afro-American Studies department. In this role I have the privilege of working under the administrator and the department chair to plan events, design the newsletter and be a crucial part of other departmental duties.  I am also a member and mentor for Student Support Services Program, a support system for first generation college students. This year I am also working on my senior thesis and applying to graduate schools in pursuit of a PhD.

Abby Rosenblumabby

Majors: Economics, International Global Studies, and Legal Studies
Hometown: Shaker Heights, Ohio

I was born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland, and I am now finishing my last year at Brandeis, pursuing a double major in International and Global Studies and Economics and a minor in Legal Studies. Outside of working for the Admissions Office, I am an Undergraduate Departmental Representative for the Legal Studies department, President of the Ice Skating Club, and a Teaching Assistant for Macroeconomics. I also enjoy doing volunteer work with Brandeis' General Tutoring program, where I tutor math and reading to elementary school students in the Waltham area. I am very excited to be a part of the admissions team and sharing my love of Brandeis with all of you!