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Shamsul Chowdhury

Hey, I am Shamsul and I am a junior double majoring in Data Science and Political Science. On campus, I am involved in many clubs and organizations, notably The Hartnett Gallery, our only literary magazine called “LOGOS”, Mock Trial, ADITI (Association for the Development of Interest in the Indian Subcontinent), and the Delta Upsilon fraternity. In my free time, I like lifting weights, playing tennis or badminton, and watching movies.”

Evan Coleman

My name is Evan Coleman and I am a junior from Hamilton, New Jersey. I am a member of the Class of 2023 currently pursuing majors in English and Business with a minor in Legal Studies. On campus I work as a Resident Advisor and Writing Fellow, and spend the rest of my time involved with ROC Players, Mock Trial and as a Student Alumni Ambassador.

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Apsharee Ireen

Hi there! My name is Apsharee, and I am from Dhaka, Bangladesh. I am a sophomore double majoring in Psychology and Brain & Cognitive Sciences. On campus, I hold executive positions in the Creative Arts Club and the Peers for Animal Wellness & Safety Club. In my free time, I love making art, reading and writing poetry, and taking photographs around our beautiful campus!

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David Jin

Hi people! I’m David and I am a senior studying Music with minors in Legal Studies and AME. I’m from California but obviously I love the snow. I’m also in the Midnight Ramblers, an on-campus TTBB a cappella group. Needless to say, I love singing, writing, and producing music.

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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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Brynn Murphy-Stanley

Hi! My name is Brynn Murphy-Stanley from Syracuse, NY and I am in the class of 2023! I am dual majoring in African and African American studies and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s studies with an interest in religious and legal studies. In my free time I am very involved with activist groups in the University and in the wonderful city of Rochester. I can’t wait to share my experiences with you all and help you fall in love with the city and the University community as much as I have!

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Justin O’Connor

Hey there! My name is Justin O’Connor; I’m a junior from Chicago studying History and English: Language, Media, and Communications. I serve as News Editor for the Campus Times — UR’s student-run newspaper — and work as a reporter covering mainly labor, activism, and corporate accountability for the Rochester Beacon, Rochester’s only nonprofit news outlet. As a low-income, first-generation college student and Handler Scholar, I hope I can help some prospective students from underrepresented backgrounds find their place here!

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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Haven Worley

I’m Haven Worley from Portland, Oregon. I’m a member of the Class of 2024 and I’m double majoring in Art and Social Change. I hope to tell diverse stories through creative activism as a career.

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