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.

Amaris Brown

MajorAfrican & Afro-American Studies and Sociology
HometownBrooklyn, NY

I’m a Brooklyn-born scholar and activist. As the daughter of a Latina mother and African-American father—both first-generation college students, I understand my identity to be both a source of inspiration and contention—and this has influenced my academic interests. I double major in African and Afro-American Studies (AAAS) and Sociology. I am a Dr. Martin Luther King Scholar, a Schiff fellow, and serve as the Undergraduate Representative for the AAAS Department. Over the course of my freshman and sophomore years, I served as the Co-president of Brandeis University’s Women of Color Alliance, as well as a Co-Coordinator for the Brandeis Bridges club/fellowship. Towards the end of May, I returned from studying abroad in Denmark, and completed a summer fellowship at The Schomburg Institute for Research in Black Culture. Upon reflection, one of my most fulfilling experiences at Brandeis thus far was taking part in the 2014 production of The Vagina Monologues—a performance that was both healing and uplifting.

Pooja Gupta

MajorNeuroscience and Biology
HometownWestford, MA

Hey everyone and welcome to Brandeis! I am very excited to meet you all and to be able to speak with you about Brandeis and all I’ve learned and loved here for these past four years. I was drawn to Brandeis because it is both a private research university as well as a liberal arts college. I was excited to explore what research was and practice it, but I also wanted to learn on a more holistic level. Brandeis allowed me to do that and I’ve grown for the better because of it. Alongside working at a neuroscience memory lab here, I am also co-president of the Krav Maga club and co-captain of Chak De, the Bollywood fusion dance team on campus. I am also a peer counselor under Students Talking About Relationships (S.T.A.R.) and a peer academic advisor as a Roosevelt Fellow. Brandeis has provided me with so many options and areas of exploration that I really got to learn who I am and what my true passions are. I am excited to hear your stories and hope you enjoy your visit!

Meher Irani

MajorBiology and Chemistry with a specialization in Chemical Biology
HometownMumbai, India

Hello everyone and welcome to Brandeis! It is my pleasure to serve as one of the Senior Interviews this year and to be able to share my wonderful experiences at this university with all of you. I am an international student and can confidently say that I have found my second home among the friendly faces of the Brandeis community. I am currently applying to medical school but when I’m not finding new ways to write essays about myself, I am very involved in different aspects of student life. As a way of always being connected to my cultural heritage, I am the President of the South Asian Students Association and work with my peers to plan large cultural shows on campus.  Being a part of the Intercultural clubs has given me the opportunity to learn about new cultures and appreciate unique traditions. As a Roosevelt Fellow for Academic Services, I serve as a peer academic advisor for incoming first year students and help them plan their academic schedule at Brandeis. I also serve as the undergraduate representative for biology as I assist prospective biology majors with their academic coursework. In my spare time, I am often spotted at the gym or walking around aimlessly on Newbury Street in Boston. I am very excited to meet you all and hope you have a wonderful visit to Brandeis University. 

Daniel Koas

MajorAmerican Studies and History
HometownHuntington, NY

Hi, my name is Daniel Koas and I couldn’t be more excited to meet you! Choosing to come to Brandeis was one of the best decisions of my life and I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences with you. I spent the spring of 2015 abroad in Sydney, Australia, and had the chance to take classes, intern with an environmental organization, and spend a lot of time exploring the country’s incredible natural beauty. On campus, aside from my work at Admissions, I am the co-coordinator of our campus bike-sharing initiative, host two radio shows on Brandeis’ own FM station, and serve as a student supervisor at the Brandeis Phonathon program as part of the Department of Institutional Advancement. I also love playing intramural sports, including soccer, swimming, dodgeball, and flag football, and in my spare time can often be spotted riding my bike, reading, or hiking. If you have any questions about my involvement on campus or anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Rachel Liff

MajorTheater Arts and English, minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
HometownBedford, NH

Hello future Brandeisians! I’m Rachel, a proud member of the Midyear class of 2016 (meaning I started in the Spring semester my freshman year). I am beyond thrilled to help you find your path as you embark on the exciting journey of choosing and attending a college. When I’m not in Admissions, you will probably find me in the theater. I spend most of my time directing productions, taking classes, and advising students as one of three Undergraduate Departmental Representative for Theater Arts. During my time at Brandeis, I have been involved in research, the feminist club, a capella, admissions, orientation, and, of course, lots of different theater productions. I am currently working hard on my thesis while finishing up my majors. During my first semester of college, I studied abroad in London as part of the Brandeis Midyear program. This past summer I interned at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center as an Artistic Director Assistant, where I had the opportunity to assist in the creation of new musicals, plays, puppet creations, and cabaret shows. After Brandeis I plan to pursue a career in the arts, theater education, or drama therapy.

If you want to know more about anything I’ve been involved in, just send me an email! I am so excited to get to know who you are and where you want to be.

Josh Luger

MajorPolitics and American Studies, minors in Legal Studies, and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
HometownMinneapolis, Minnesota

Born and raised in wonderful Minneapolis, Minnesota, I decided to head out East for school and could not be happier with my decision to come to Brandeis. I am a double major in Politics and American Studies with minors in Legal Studies and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. When I am not in Admissions working as a Senior Interviewer or one of our Coordinators for the Ambassador program, I am President of Brandeis' oldest improv comedy troupe specializing in musical long-form performances. I have also been involved in many capacities within multiple groups under the Hillel Jewish Life organization. I spent this past summer studying International Criminal Law on the incredible Brandeis in the Hague program in the Netherlands and have spent two summers interning in Washington DC. I am so excited to have another opportunity to share my amazing college experience with prospective students and answer all of the questions you may have about Brandeis University.

Nyah Macklinbethany

Major: African and African American Studies
Hometown: Hamden, Connecticut

I am more than honored to get to know you, where you have come from, and how Brandeis can help you with where you want to go. Even though I am from a small city in Connecticut with family in Atlanta, GA, I have travelled to China, Tibet, Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands with my high school and previous university. These experiences gave me a more global understanding of my place in this world and the places of others. I would have say, going abroad, if you have the opportunity to, is an invaluable experience that shapes who you are for the better.

I have a background in Neuroscience and Chemistry, but I am studying with by far one of the most rigorous, relevant, and thought provoking departments that exists on this campus: African and African American Studies. I am also the President of the Student Union, so when I am not having intelligent conversations with my peers about the history of race relations both inside and outside of our campus, I am working with members of the Union to make sure that when you get to Brandeis, and when you graduate you have the voice, the team, and the tools to create the positive change necessary to improve our world. I have been in your place before so I know how nervous you might be. If you have any questions, never hesitate to ask me.

Linda Phiri

Major: Business/International and Global Studies and Film, Television and Interactive Media
HometownLilongwe, Malawi- Maputo, Mozambique and Recife, Brazil

The journey of finding the right college is an important and exciting one, and I am more than happy to meet you as you take steps to reach your goals.  I am an international student here, majoring in Business and International and Global Studies, with a minor in Film. One of the aspects that I love about our academic culture is its interdisciplinary nature, allowing for students to explore diverse fields.  Through Brandeis, I have received fellowships, research opportunities and have had three amazing internships in a law firm in Australia, a non-for profit in Brazil, and with the United Nations in Ghana.

At Brandeis, I have been a Community Adviser, a member of the Student Conduct Board, and I am currently a Study Abroad Ambassador. If I am not promoting Study Abroad or spending my time in Admissions, I am in class, studying, reading, engaging with my peers, attending club meetings or dancing on stage, around campus or by myself.

Fallon Rosen

MajorSociology and minor in Business
HometownNew York, NY

Hi, my name is Fallon Rosen and I am so excited to meet you! I come from New York City, the second best place in the world after Brandeis. I have spent my time here participating in various different clubs such as the culinary club, the chess club, and an Israel advocacy group; although I spend most of my time in Admissions as a tour guide, in addition to being a Senior Interviewer. I am also the Undergraduate Departmental Representative for the Sociology department, where I attend faculty meetings and advise students on the major. This past Spring I was abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. I traveled to 12 different countries in 4 months! It was tiring but such an incredible experience. After Brandeis, I want to pursue a career in Marketing and most recently spent my summer interning for Ralph Lauren in their Wholesale Marketing department. Please let me know if you have any questions- talking about Brandeis is one of my hobbies.

Brendan Weintraub

Majors: Health: Science, Society and Policy/International and Global Studies, Hispanic Studies
Hometown: Port Washington, New York

Hello everyone! Welcome to Brandeis!  I am originally from the great Long Island, New York and decided to come up to Boston for my college years. Brandeis was what I was looking for in a University, with a research mindset in the form of a smaller liberal arts institution. I am a Health: Science, Society and Policy major, with double minors in International and Global Studies and Hispanic Studies. Other than my involvement in admissions, I was a part of a group of five students that planned Orientation for the Class of 2018, and an Orientation Leader. I have an on campus job at the Office of Prevention Services, and I am the Vice President of Brandeis’ only competitive hip-hop dance crew, Kaos Kids.  Last semester, I was abroad in Madrid, Spain and had the best experience I could have imagined. I could not recommend studying abroad more to anyone and everyone! When I got back, I interned at The Fenway Institute in Boston working on epidemiological studies pertaining to HIV/AIDS.

I am so excited to meet all of you and share why I think Brandeis is so special. Feel free to shoot me an email if you have any questions!