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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: Sabrina Howard '19 Bronx, NY

Major/ Minor:
 HSSP & Anthropology w/ Minor in Women and Gender Studies

Extracurriculars: Brandeis Bridges, Toxic Majorette Dance Line, Brandeis Fashion Club, and YourStory International. 

 

How are you a leader in the Brandeis community? Throughout my time at Brandeis I have become a Community Advisor for DCL, Head Community Advisor of Massell Quad, President of Toxic Majorette Dance Line, and a co-trip coordinator of Brandeis Bridges.

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 has been a video project I created for a final project. It focused on Black women from the Brandeis community. The video expressed their unapologetic beauty as they navigate through life here on campus while also shedding light on Black women’s position within the larger society.

How have the departments within Student Affairs helped you achieve your academic goals? The Dean of Students Office has been a support system for the Brandeis Bridges executive board, Dean Adams is the current faculty advisor. It has been such a delight to work with Dean Adams and Stephanie Grimes throughout the last semester. Their guidance and support helped implement changes to the fellowship and club.

How do you foresee yourself utilizing the services offered by Student Affairs? The Department of Community Living (DCL) is my family. As a Community Advisor, they have provided me with skills and tools that I will carry with me beyond my time here and into my professional and personal lives. More importantly the Area Coordinators and staff have been an amazing resource to me throughout my 2 years with the department. I will continue to reach out to my supervisors for their advice and support as I open new chapters in my life. In addition, Hiatt has been an incredible resource, especially as I journey through my last semester at Brandeis. I look forward to the continued aid Hiatt offers alumni specifically as I pursue a MPH degree.  

What is your favorite hangout spot in the Waltham, Boston area? I love Felipe’s in Harvard Square! It is my go-to place whenever I am in the area or have a weekend free. 

What is something interesting that you like to participate in at Brandeis and in your leisure time?When the weather is warm, I like to go canoeing on the Charles River near Moody St. For the spring semester, I am interested in taking the Brazilian jujitsu courses offered at the gym.

What are your hopes and aspirations for life after Brandeis? How are you currently working to meet these goals? One of my aspirations in life is to work with a domestic violence agency in New York City. Another is to obtain an MPH degree. The Hiatt Career Center has been very helpful in my process. The staff members equipped me with information and tips to make my own plan and get things done at my own pace. I also incorporate my passions and interest into my classwork so I can gain knowledge and apply what I am learning to what I want to do in the future.