New Undergraduate Student Orientation

Resources for Midyear Students

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

Midyear Ambassadors

The Midyear Ambassador Team will be providing outreach specifically for Midyear students once you have confirmed your acceptance to Brandeis. You can reach out to them with any questions you have even before you are on-campus. They will host some virtual hangout opportunities to meet other incoming midyear students as well as answer your questions and talk about their experiences as midyear students at Brandeis. The Ambassadors will also serve as a resource to you during your first year at Brandeis and collaborate with the First Year Ambassadors and other campus departments to plan programs for you.

Meet Your Midyear Ambassadors

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Alyssa Allen
Midyear Ambassador
Pronouns: she/her

Spring 2024 Office Hours: 
Wednesdays 4:30pm-5:30pm & Fridays 11:30am-12:30pm
Location: Shapiro Campus Center (SCC) Room 328 (Department of Orientation and First Year Experience)
Need to Zoom? https://brandeis.zoom.us/j/9222119716

Some areas of expertise I can discuss with you during office hours:

  • Education Studies, Theater Arts, Legal Studies and Social Justice Social Policy (SJSP) departments

  • Getting involved with student theater, acapella and the Music department on-campus

  • On-campus employment/how to get an on-campus job (I'm also an Admissions Ambassador, Orientation Leader and work at the Lemberg Child Care Center)

  • Navigating the T and public transportation in Massachusetts.

Bio:
Hometown: Belmont, Massachusetts
Class Year: Senior
Major: Education Studies
Minors: Theater Arts, Legal Studies & Social Justice Social Policy (SJSP)

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!

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Skye Spinner
Midyear Ambassador
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Spring 2024 Office Hours:
Mondays 3:00pm-5:00pm 
Location: Shapiro Campus Center (SCC) Room 328 (Department of Orientation and First Year Experience)
Need to Zoom?  https://brandeis.zoom.us/j/96334899986

Some areas of expertise I can discuss during office hours:

  • Business Major

  • IGS Minor

  • Scheduling classes as well as preparing to apply for the major

  • Studying Abroad and transitioning back to campus (I studied in Florence before beginning at Brandeis)

  • Moving to Brandeis from another state/transitioning to the Northeast

  • Brandeis Student Alumni Association

  • Real Estate Investment Club

Bio:
Hometown:
Columbus, North Carolina
Class of 2025
Business Major/ IGS (International and Global Studies) 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.

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Eva Tibbetts
Midyear Ambassador
Pronouns: she/her

Spring 2024 Office Hours: 
Fridays 12:45pm-2:45pm (email me if this time does not work and we can schedule a time together)
Location: Shapiro Campus Center (SCC) Room 328 (Department of Orientation and First Year Experience)
Need to Zoom? https://brandeis.zoom.us/j/4852936856?pwd=cWZtTkVNYXlCaXFnR2FFaVhBRkw1UT09

Some areas of expertise I can discuss with you during office hours include:

  • Pre-med and pre-nursing tracks

  • Psychology courses

  • How to plan your science-filled schedule as a Midyear

  • Studying abroad (I studied abroad in Florence before coming to Brandeis)

  • I've lived all over New England so I can suggest local places to visit

Bio:
My name is Eva Tibbetts, and I am a junior 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!