New Students

Spring 2023 Arrivals - Dates and Deadlines

We are excited to have you here! Below are some student leaders who are here to help you throughout your first semester at Brandeis.

Meet your Orientation Core Committee!
The Core team is made up of 3 current students who are working with the Director of Orientation and First Year Experience to help prepare your Orientation Leader team for your arrival as well as plan your Orientation schedule of events! Learn more about the Core team

Meet your Orientation Leaders (OL's)!
Your Orientation Leaders are here to help you get to know Brandeis! They are current students who will be guiding you through Orientation and are a resource you can reach out to even after Orientation ends. You will be assigned to an OL with a small group of other incoming students. Our OL's are involved in lots of different areas on campus and are happy to answer any questions you may have.


Orientation

Your Orientation experience has two parts. First, you will complete a set of virtual Orientation modules before you arrive at Brandeis. These will be sent to you via email in mid-December and are due on January 11. The first is the '2023 Midyear Orientation' module and the second is the 'What Would Brandeis Do?' module. Both of these must be completed prior to arriving. Second, you will attend an in-person Orientation program on January 15 & January 16. Learn more about Orientation, arriving on-campus and view the in-person Orientation schedule.


Midyear Ambassadors

The Midyear Ambassador Team will be providing outreach and programming specifically for Midyear students throughout the entire spring semester! Your Orientation Team will "pass the baton" to the Ambassadors, who are all Midyear students themselves and are here to answer questions that arise and plan opportunities for you to stay connected with your Midyear cohort as well as meet other current Brandeis Midyears.

Meet your Midyear Ambassadors!

Alyssa Allen, Midyear Ambassador
Alyssa Allen
Midyear Ambassador

Pronouns: She/her
Hometown: Belmont, MA
Class Year: Junior
Major: Education Studies
Minors: Theater Arts and Legal Studies

Favorite thing about Brandeis: The people! I have made some of my best friends in life through my classes and clubs. I love how no matter where I go on campus I always see a friend or person I know!

My advice for Midyear Students: Go to everything/every event and don’t be afraid to go alone! Some of my favorite memories that I’ve made at Brandeis were at events that I never planned on going to. During my first semester on campus, I went to as much as possible and that made joining the Brandeis Community less intimidating!

Photo of Midyear Ambassador Skye Spinner
Skye Spinner
Midyear Ambassador

Skye Spinner (she/her/hers)
Hometown: Columbus, NC
Class of 2025
Undeclared/ Business Minor (although will be applying to the business major and soon declaring an IGS minor)
My favorite thing about Brandeis is the campus: I love being able to sit outside and look at the leaves changing colors and watch the wildlife play. The squirrels, chipmunks, and bunnies make my day!
One piece of advice for Midyears: Do not think you were rejected from the school for the first Fall. Brandeis specifically picks Midyears that they feel are strong and independent enough that they can be a part of bigger things than coming straight to school. Take advantage of that opportunity to study abroad, get a job or internship, or participate in something you're passionate about.

Photo of Midyear Ambassador Sherry Tao
Sherry Tao
Midyear Ambassador

Hi everyone! My name is Sherry Tao, Class of 2025 Midyear. I use the she series pronouns and I am from Hangzhou, China. I am majoring in environmental studies. Besides being a full-time student, I am also the midyear senator in Student Union, the club support committee chair, an ultimate frisbee player, and a member of the TAMID consulting club. My favorite thing about Brandeis is the tight community, wherever I go on campus I can always see people I know. My best advice for midyear students is to sign up for as many clubs as possible. Similar interest is the fastest way to get to know people and fit into the Brandeis community. We are so happy you are here!!! You can always email me if you have any questions! xuanyutao@brandeis.edu

This picture is taken when I blew up this ginormous shark by mouth with no electric inflator at the August orientation! Forever proud of myself!

Photo of Midyear Ambassador Eva Tibbetts
Eva Tibbetts
Midyear Ambassador
Class of 2025

My name is Eva Tibbetts (she/her) and I am a sophomore at Brandeis! My major is Psychology and I am also following the Pre-Med path. One thing I love about Brandeis is its location; I love how we have the option to go into the city or stay right in Waltham by going to Moody Street. Brandeis is close to the Boston Area without all the dramatics of being near a city. Also being a home-body, I love how close I am to my family and I know that I am more than just a phone call away.

The advice I would give Midyears is to welcome the feeling of being "new" on campus. Though it may feel like you are much further behind than those in your class, you are not. Enjoy the welcome feeling of seeing Brandeis as it should be now that you are officially here as a student! You are going to be greeted by so many people and have so much to do, and it will feel overwhelming at first so take one step at a time. Sooner than you know, you will be incredibly overwhelmed by the multitude of opportunities to be part of different Brandeis communities - but don't put too much on your plate! Remember that you are not obligated to do anything. Everything will be up to you and what you enjoy. Eventually, you will find your people, and you will find what you want to do with your time, so do not worry!