Meet our Student Interviewers! Each year the Admissions office selects an impressive group of juniors and 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 student interviewers 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 interviewers' profiles to read about their exciting accomplishments.


Hannah BrownHannah Brown
Majors: 
Economics and International and Global Studies, minor in East Asian Studies
Hometown:
 Longview, TX
hcbrown@brandeis.edu

>> Hello! Thank you for considering Brandeis. During my time at Brandeis, I’ve participated in many clubs and organizations. Currently, I am the Vice President of the Student Union, an Undergraduate Department Representative for the IGS and EAS departments, the junior representative to the Alumni Board, and a Brandeis Beacon. This past summer, I studied abroad in Beijing, China, taking classes and interning with the World Food Programme.

When I’m not studying or working, I love to go into Boston with my friends to explore new places and try new foods, or stay on campus to attend shows like Mela, and participate in community service events or other activities like Trivia Night at the Stein.

One of my favorite parts of Brandeis and something that drew me to this university is the exceptionally caring and committed community. Everyone here makes you feel welcome and loved, and they care deeply about the world and pursuing their interests. This warm community has made me feel welcomed and included since my first day on campus.

I love to meet new people, so please reach out to me if you have any questions about Brandeis.

Gianna PetrilloGianna Petrillo
Major: 
Anthropology, minor in Hispanic Studies
Hometown:
 Stoneham, MA
gpetrillo@brandeis.edu

>> I am so excited that you are interested in Brandeis. I am a junior from Stoneham, MA and I am pursuing a major in Anthropology and a minor in Hispanic Studies. I am also on the pre-health track so I have had the opportunity to take a large and varied selection of classes so far at Brandeis. In fact, one of the main reasons I loved Brandeis during my college search was its outstanding science offerings as well as an incredible and diverse selection of non-science classes—the best of both worlds for someone like me!

When I’m not studying or in class I love spending time in many of my other roles on campus. In addition to being a Student Interviewer for our Office of Admissions, I am the co-president of the gymnastics team as well as an undergraduate department representative for the Anthropology Department, and I spent the summer planning the 2017 New Student Orientation. These activities have given me the opportunity to meet and get to know tons of students, faculty, and staff. They all make up a really special Brandeis community that I cannot wait to tell you about and for you to experience for yourself when you arrive on campus.

I can't wait to meet you and learn about your interests and stories. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you have about student life, the application process, or Brandeis in general.

Rasheed Peters Rasheed Peters
Major: Business, minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST)
Hometown: Spanish Town, Jamaica
rspeters@brandeis.edu  

>> Hello, I am so glad to hear that you are considering Brandeis for the next stage of your educational journey. I am an International Student from Jamaica and a Wien International Scholar. Inside the classroom, you can find me crunching numbers and analyzing case studies for my Business major or coming up with creative solutions to the world's problems for my CAST minor. Outside of the classroom, I am the President of the Campus Activities Board and a Brandeis Bridges fellow. 

Coming to Brandeis from another country was a really daunting experience, but I am fortunate enough to say today that I have become a part of a community that is welcoming and inclusive. Being in an environment that has so much diversity of thoughts and perspectives is a college experience that is second to none. I am excited to get to know you all and to welcome you to campus. Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have. 

Zach Cihlar Zach Cihlar
Major: Economics, minor in Legal Studies
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
zachcihlar@brandeis.edu

>> Hi and welcome to Brandeis University! Brandeis is a unique and welcoming place with so many great opportunities to offer. I'm thrilled you're interested in our university. 

I'm a senior majoring in Economics and minoring in Legal Studies. Outside of academics, I am passionate about all things Brandeis Athletics. I am captain of the Men's Varsity Tennis team, and one of my favorite things to do on campus is attend sporting events. I am also a writer and editor for the Brandeis Hoot Community Newspaper. Additionally, I have served as an Orientation Leader multiple times. In the Fall of 2017, I got the opportunity to plan, organize, and implement Fall Orientation for the incoming class of 2021 with two of my fellow classmates.

My favorite thing about Brandeis is how the students reflect the university's values and missions. They have a strong dedication to the pursuit of academic excellence, while holding an unwavering commitment to social justice in both their thought and action.

I look forward to meeting all the prospective students and getting the incredible opportunity to learn all about your academic and extracurricular experiences. If you have any questions feel free to email me!

Fatma SiddiqueFatma Siddique
Major: Politics and International & Global Studies, minor in Legal Studies
Hometown: Bayonne, New Jersey 
sfatma@brandeis.edu 

>> I am delighted to hear that you are considering Brandeis University to further your studies. I grew up in Bronx, NY and my family made their way over to the garden state. I just graduated from Brandeis this May, and participated in many activities while I was here. As a student I acted as the president of the Turkish Student Association, and was also involved in our mock trial association and law journal. During my junior year I studied abroad in The Hague, Netherlands where I interned at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in the Defense Office. 

As a first-generation student Brandeis University has provided me with plenty of opportunities. My friends and professors have supported me along the journey and reminded me of how important it is to have a community. Let me know if you have any questions about Brandeis. I am here to help.