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Are you a Brandeis University student and want to be featured on our website? Along with a photo (preferably in Brandeis gear), email the following information to studentaffairs@brandeis.edu, using "Student Spotlight" as the subject line:

  • Full name and class year
  • Major(s) and Minor(s)
  • Extracurricular activities
  • How are you a leader in the Brandeis community?
  • What is your greatest achievement since coming to Brandeis and does it tie into Brandeis’ mission and values? 
  • How have the departments within Student Affairs helped you achieve your academic goals? 
  • What are you hoping to achieve this semester?
  • How do you foresee yourself utilizing the services offered by Student Affairs? 
  • Do you have a Brandeis bucket list?  
  • What is your favorite hangout spot in the Waltham, Boston area? 
  • What is something interesting that you like to participate in at Brandeis and in your leisure time?  
  • How have you enjoyed your experience at Brandeis thus far?
  • What are your hopes and aspirations for life after Brandeis? How are you currently working to meet these goals?

Student Spotlight

Cyril Ojilere

Name/ Year/ Hometown: Cyril Ojilere '21 from the Bronx, NY. 

Major:
 Biology. 

Extracurriculars: I am a co-publicist for the Brandeis Black Students Organization. I am a member of Brandeis Beacons, Rebelle, Brandeis African Students Organization, and Minority Association of Pre-Med Students.

How are you a leader in the Brandeis community? The role that I play in the Brandeis Beacons has helped me to become a leader. I am able to create an environment with other Beacons to talk about issues that we notice with our school community, regarding improvements to the school spirit, and plans that we have to change the narrative placed upon Brandeis.

What has been your greatest achievement since coming to Brandeis mission and does it tie to Brandeis's mission and values? My greatest achievement since coming to Brandeis was being able to host events for the school. In Spring 2018, I co-hosted Brandeis Black Students Organization’s Shades of Blackness with my friend and co-hosted Brandeis Beacons’ Hoops of Help with my two other friends. One of the core values of Brandeis is civility, which is being compassionate in doing what you interested in doing, regardless of any worries you have. Looking back, I love the fact that I was given these opportunities in my freshman year because I was able to go outside of my comfort zone and become more confident with myself in the process.

What are you hoping to achieve this semester? I am hoping to improve myself academically, compared to my first year. Also, my best friend and I have a project for improving the black community on campus that we’re working on and I hope that it gains traction. On my free time, I hope to work more on my photography. 

Do you have a Brandeis bucket list? My Brandeis bucket list isn’t anything specific, other than having the utmost fun with my friends, enjoying campus and Boston life

What is your favorite hangout spot in the Waltham, Boston area? I don’t have a favorite hangout in the Waltham, Boston area yet, but I like going to the CambridgeSide mall.

What is something interesting that you like to participate in at Brandeis and in your leisure time? In my leisure time, I like to watch Netflix tv shows and YouTube videos, look at/share memes on Facebook and Instagram, going to parties, and spending time with my friends. I also like to partake in photography.

How have you enjoyed your experience at Brandeis thus far? Although the science classes haven’t been pleasant, I have enjoyed my experience at Brandeis. I had the mindset going into college that college is what you make of it; it was important for me to get the experience that I wanted with all that was presented to me and my friends. I have enjoyed making new friendships and spending time with my closer ones, being silly on and outside of campus. I’ve also enjoyed the opportunities that I’ve gotten while being in Brandeis. I can’t wait for the opportunities that I will get in the future.

What are your hopes and aspirations for life after Brandeis? How are you currently working to meet these goals? My hope for life after Brandeis is to get into medical school because my overall goal is to become a general pediatrician. This is why I am a part of my school’s Minority Association of Pre-Med Students club because I want to know of summer programs/internships that can help me gain the skills and experience needed to do well in medical school.