Meet our 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.

Amanda Anderson
Amanda Anderson
Afro African American Studies and Psychology
Windsor, CT

>> First, let me express how excited I am about the prospect of meeting you!  I’m assuming that since you’ve arrived at this web page, you’d like to know a little bit about me, AmIright? Here goes: I am a double-major in Afro and African American Studies and Psychology, and as such, I’ve peer-assisted for ‘Black Feminist Thought’ as well as conducted undergraduate research through the Provost’s Fund in topics surrounding black women and mental illness. Throughout my years at Brandeis, I’ve been involved in a host of clubs and activities. To name a few; I’m a member of Brandeis’s Black Student Organization, was the President and Trip-Coordinator for Brandeis Bridges, hosted ‘Night for Africa’ and as a member of the  ‘Undergraduate Theater Collective’ acted in Anna Deavere Smith’s Fires in the Mirror, and Suzan Lori Parks’ The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, Assistant Directed Lynn Nottage’s Ruined, and Costume Designed for The Wiz.

When I’m not in class, taking part in the any of the aforementioned extracurriculars, or in admissions, you can probably find me in my room listening to Billie Holiday sing me the blues, or reading the latest in African-American literature (Beloved, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and A Woman’s Place are some of my favorites!) Okay, that’s enough of me. Can’t wait to hear about you all through our on-campus interviews.

Cameron BrazCameron Braz
Major: Neuroscience and Philosophy
 Monson, MA

>> Congratulations! Finding your way to this bio means that you are investigating some of these incredible people I am so proud to work with as a Senior Interviewer.  I enjoy meeting students from all over, with a variety of backgrounds and interests.

At Brandeis, you can find me hanging out on the deck of Lindsey pool or in the varsity weight room in the Gosman athletic facilities along with the rest of my Varsity swim team.  When I first came to Brandeis, I was looking to transfer to a university that fulfilled everything I wanted my college experience to be from athletics to academics to community.  As a neuroscience major with a premedical focus, the cutting-edge research on campus was a huge draw. I had the opportunity to work first-and in a sleep and memory acquisition lab on campus. Research peaked my inquisitive nature, and led me to double major in Philosophy. As part of my premedical focus, I was also involved with the Pre-Health Society, which encompasses many different avenues within the healthcare field.

Brandeis has really let me explore my passions and narrow down my path to exactly what I want to do with my life. I am confident it can do the same for you! So please, if you feel I can help you in any way, reach out and I will be more than happy to assist you.

Kyla GabrielKyla Gabriel 
Major: HSSP and Business
Tivoli, NY

>> I chose to attend Brandeis University because of its commitment to social justice. I am passionate about health policy, arroz con habichuelas, and the New York Yankees.

In addition to being a Senior Interviewer, I am a member of the Brandeis Women’s Basketball Team, a teaching assistant at the International Business School, and a tutor for the Language Empowering Action Project. My extracurricular activities in conjunction with my top-tier classroom experience have allowed me to grow in ways I never could have imagined. Who would have thought that I would be conducting research at the Harvard School of Public Health? I sure did not.

It is an honor to represent Brandeis University as a Senior Interviewer. In that light, I am eager to hear your stories and learn why Brandeis is the place for you! Do not hesitate to reach out to me, or another member of the tremendous Senior Interview team, regarding any questions you may have.

Daniel KhudyakDaniel Khudyak
Major: Business and Film 
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

>> It is with much jealousy that I sit on the opposite side of the college experience, reminiscing what it was like to begin the wonderful journey that your upcoming years hold for you. Starting as your typical “I have no clue what to major in” freshman, I am now finishing a double major in Business and Film with a minor in Anthropology. I am a member of the Brandeis Men’s Soccer team, Mountain Club, Ski Club, Photography Club, and have participated in a bunch of community service endeavors at Brandeis. Over the last several years, I have been able to see everything that Brandeis offers, from obscure classes that change your entire view on life to community events that give you to opportunity to change the lives of others. I am returning to Brandeis after an unforgettable semester studying abroad and can’t wait to meet you!

Entering into my final year at this school, I can whole-heartedly say it is a place that embodies what is found inscribed on its crest to full extent. If you have any questions regarding any aspect of Brandeis, feel free to reach out to me.

Jordan MerkerJordan Merker
IGS, minors in Legal Studies and Business
Hometown: Safety Harbor, FL

>> Hello! If you’re reading this bio, it likely means that you’re looking into Brandeis as a potential school choice, and I couldn’t be happier that you’ve found us. When I was searching for colleges just a few years ago, I was hoping to find a liberal arts school with a more personal community feel, and Brandeis was the perfect fit! I’m excited to get to know you and hopefully help you to love Brandeis as much as I do.

Generally, my time on campus is spent working in the Box Office, stage managing for UTC (Undergraduate Theater Collective) productions, or tutoring for the Waltham Group. Brandeis has given me some wonderful opportunities off campus as well. In the spring semester of 2016 I studied at the University of Seville in Seville, Spain through a language immersion program, which was the best experience I’ve had to date! Also, as a Legal Studies minor, I recently interned in the Massachusetts Senate doing work on legislation involving equal rights for transgender individuals in public accommodations. Opportunities such as these, as well as the close relationships I have built with many of my professors here, have made my Brandeis experience an incredible one!

I’m confident that Brandeis can provide you with an experience that is just as amazing as the one I have had. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Leah NewmanLeah Newman
American Studies and History, minor in Journalism
Hometown: Silver Spring, MD

>> I went to a high school with only 50 students in my grade, so it was a no-brainer that I wanted to go to a smaller university where I could be involved in many different extracurricular activities and have the chance to stand out academically by forging close relationships with faculty. I am an American Studies major and Journalism minor and have taken so many cool classes during my time at Brandeis. This past spring I studied abroad in London on the Boston University London Internship Program and was able to travel all over Europe and work at a PR agency.

I have been involved in many activities including serving on the boards of the Brandeis Orthodox Organization and Chabad at Brandeis, two Jewish organizations on campus. I also have served as an assistant treasurer in the Student Union, the advertising editor of The Justice, Undergraduate Department Representative for the American Studies Department, and coordinator of Generations, a program bringing together Brandeis students and senior citizens. I hold two additional jobs on campus, as a research assistant for one of my professors and as a marketing specialist for one of the graduate schools.

If you have any questions about academics, student life, study abroad, or anything else please don't hesitate to reach out.

Mesa RobinovMesa Robinov
HSSP, minors in Legal Studies, SJSP, and Philosophy
Hometown: Portland, ME

>> Welcome to Brandeis! I, along with all of the other Senior Interviewers, Admissions Counselors, and the entire Brandeis community are so excited that you are interested in our university! I know that the college process can at times be tedious and daunting, but I am so looking forward to helping you navigate even just a small piece of your journey. As a sentimental Senior reflecting on my time at Brandeis, I am so looking forward to hearing about your interests and passions and what excites you about the university.

One of the greatest pieces of advice I received in my time at Brandeis came from our Dean of Students, Jamele Adams, just one week into my first semester on campus - “Do not think of yourself as undeclared or undecided -think of yourself as exploring.” And so that is what I have done! I have explored. With the support of the incredible faculty and friends that will be with me long after I graduate, I have found a combination of majors and minors that is thrilling, challenging, and fulfilling. Outside of the classroom, I have participated in a variety of on-campus activities, served on the executive board of Brandeis Students for Reproductive Justice, and have had the opportunity to complete three amazing internships in the greater Boston area. Brandeis has helped to set me on my path, and I know it can do the same for you!

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions about the application process or life here on campus! I am more than happy to help.

Abigail RothsteinAbigail Rothstein
Education Policy, minors in Evironmental Studies and SJSP
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

>> Welcome! I am so pleased you have made your way to the Brandeis Admissions page, the first of many steps in your college search. I am just as eager to share with you how Brandeis has crafted my college experience into a challenging and rewarding four years. Being a bicoastal student is never easy (and yes, I was shocked when I saw that strange white substance falling from the sky for the first time), but the six-hour, cross-country trek is certainly worth it since it means I get to return to my second home every year.  Brandeis’ academic rigor was not the only feature that attracted me to this campus. The abundance of creativity, willingness to push the status quo, and a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary interests are reasons why Brandeis has helped me grow as a student and prepare for lifelong learning.

When not nestled with a good book, I am a fellow and coordinator for Brandeis Bridges—a student-led racial and religious coexistence program—a mentor for the Jewish Big Sibling program, and a Teacher’s Assistant for Fundamentals of Environmental Challenges. Through Brandeis, I received the Schiff Undergraduate Research Fellowship where I had the opportunity to conduct research both in the United States and while studying abroad in Chile on a comparative education and social change program. I am passionate about educational justice; my relationships with professors and internship opportunities through Brandeis have helped me cultivate a strong, interdisciplinary interest in this field. If you can’t find me behind a stack of research articles in the library, I’m probably at the track trying to sharpen my running skills or scoping out the finite amount of cute dogs that come on campus.

Alleah SaloneAlleah Salone
Business and Economics
Hometown: Atlanta, GA

>> Hello All! I am currently a senior studying both business and economics with a specialization in finance. I hail from Atlanta, GA as a Posse Scholar. On campus, I am currently on the E-board of Cru Brandeis Christian Fellowship, the Entertainment Director of Student Events where I plan different pop-up events, comedy shows, and stress busters for students on campus. I am also co-editor of our school's yearbook named Archon. I'm very passionate about students and helping everyone I can which is why I became an Orientation Leader as well as an Admissions Ambassador Coordinator. I enjoy hanging out with my friends watching movies and going to as many concerts as I can. As I am in my last year at Brandeis University, my hope is to leave a mark on campus and to always spread the joy Brandeis has given me. 

Ayantu TemesgenAyantu Temesgen
Major: Biochemistry, minor in Computer Science
Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

>> I am super excited to welcome you to Brandeis!  I am an international student from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia starting my senior year here at Brandeis. Before transferring to Brandeis, I attended a small liberal arts university in North Carolina. Although I enjoyed the small and especially close-knit community in my previous college, I couldn’t find the rigorous research experience I was looking for. Transferring to Brandeis, I found the perfect balance between academic rigor of a top tier research institution and the warm, homey feeling of a small university.

Both my academic and social experiences at Brandeis have been extremely rewarding. Besides working as a Senior Interviewer, I serve as the Undergraduate Departmental Representative for the biochemistry department, I volunteer as a mentor for middle school students through the Waltham Group and I work as a research assistant in the Kern biochemistry lab.  My time in the Kern lab has afforded me a phenomenal hands-on research experience and has helped me get a better understanding of the research industry. Outside of academics, I also enjoy participating in and going to cultural shows, playing volleyball and watching Suits!

The college search process can be overwhelming. So, if you have any questions regarding academics or student life at Brandeis, I will be more than happy to help.

Kaija TownsendKaija Townsend
Major: Business and IGS, minors in Economics and Legal Studies
Hometown: Sandwich, MA

>> Bonjour tout le monde! It is so exciting that you are thinking of taking a visit to this stupendous university that I and my fellow Senior Interviewers are so lucky to call home.  Let me tell you that an experience at Brandeis is not to be missed, as you’ll quickly realize that our campus is home to an incredibly kind, eclectic, passionate community of students and faculty alike.

A bit about me!  I am from Cape Cod, Massachusetts and grew up as a member of a die- hard Red Sox clan. I came into Brandeis as a midyear admit with about a hundred other students and absolutely loved the experience.  Besides being a Senior Interviewer, I also volunteer for admissions as an ambassador, host, and chatter, which basically means I get to spend a lot of time hanging out with visiting high school students, like you!  Additionally, I am part of an all female a-capella group called Too Cheap for Instruments, and I tutor elementary school children through our community service organization, the Waltham Group.  This past summer I interned at a think tank in Jerusalem, Israel, and was lucky enough to have the quintessential life- changing abroad experience! My dream is to one day attend law school and study human rights law.

I am so excited to meet you and get a chance to chat with you about your personal accomplishments and passions.  I hope to be a great resource for you if you have any questions at all about student or academic life here at Brandeis.