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Caden Dillon

Hello there! My name’s Caden—I’m a Computer Science major with a minor in Creative Writing, and I’m a member of the class of 2026! On campus, I’m involved in everything from student theatre to the Campus Times and WRUR, where I host two radio shows each week and hold an executive board position as the director of WRUR-TV. When I’m not on air or at a rehearsal, I can usually be found studying in Rush Rhees, making a goofy video somewhere on campus, or keeping my suitemates awake at night with incompetent guitar playing.

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Pauline Gordula

Hello there! My name is Pauline Gordula, and I live in Queens, New York. I’m currently a sophomore majoring in Political Science and minoring in Legal Studies and Journalism. On campus, I serve as a First-Year Fellow and a part of the Mock Trial team and Students’ Association Government.

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Apsharee Ireen

Hi there! My name is Apsharee, and I am from Dhaka, Bangladesh. I am a junior double majoring in Psychology and Computer Science. In my free time, I love making art, reading and writing poetry, and taking photographs of everything I hold dear to my heart!

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Melanie Landis

Hi! My name is Melanie Landis, and I am from the Washington, D.C. area. I am a member of the class of 2026, majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Philosophy. On campus, I am also the sophomore representative for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a member of the Society of Women Engineers. I also work for Wilson Commons Student Activities as a Student Life Assistant and a Photographers Assistant.

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Rachel Markowitz


Hello! My name is Rachel Markowitz, I am from Westfield, New Jersey, and I am a member of the class of 2024! I am double majoring in English on the Language, Media, and Communication track, and Public Health on the Health, Behavior, and Society track. When I’m not on campus, you can find me on the Genesee River practicing with the Women’s Varsity Rowing Team.

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Rizouana Prome

Hi! My name is Rizouana and I am from New York City. I am a member of the class of 2026 majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Creative Writing. On campus, I am part of the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students and the BCS & Neuroscience Undergraduate Council. During my free time, I enjoy reading novels, writing poetry and short stories, and painting.

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Lilli Tamm


Hi! My name is Lilli, and I’m a Biochemistry and Philosophy double major in the class of 2025. On campus, I work as a tutor, tour guide and Resident Advisor, I’m very involved in student theatre and I’m a section editor for our newspaper the Campus Times. I also conduct research in biochemistry at the Medical Center, and in the humanities through the Meliora Scholars program.

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Sarah Woodams

Hi! My name is Sarah Woodams and I’m a fourth-year student from Rochester, New York. I’m majoring in Environmental Studies and Studio Art, minoring in Sustainability and Digital Media Studies, and am doing a Take 5 in Gender, Sexuality, and Society. Outside of class, I hold leadership positions in UR Photography Club, UR Habitat for Humanity, and the Campus Times. I am also the Marketing Assistant for Facilities Team Green!

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