University of Michigan Student Panel
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About this livestream
Ask current University of Michigan students questions about academics, campus life, dorm living, and more. Livestream viewers will get to vote on questions and ask their own!
Meet the panelists: Isabel, Surina, Justin, Rachel
Izzy is a sophomore at the University of Michigan from Rye Brook, New York in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. She plans to study Cognitive Science with a Decision and Cognition track. Izzy is a captain for Dance Marathon at UM and is a member of the Organizing Team for Wolverine Support Network. She is also a member of a social sorority, Alpha Delta Pi. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, hanging out with friends, and finding great restaurants in Ann Arbor.
Surina is a sophomore from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in the Ross School of Business. She is getting her Bachelor in Business Administration with a concentration in finance. She hopes to either double major in the School of Public Health or minor in philosophy. Surina is a junior fund manager for UpRound, a venture capital accelerator and sourcer, an active member of Wolverine Support Network, VP of Recruitment for a nonprofit called Business BootCamp, and a member of her business fraternity, Pi Sigma Epsilon. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her friends, traveling, and scuba diving.
Justin is a junior from Rye Brook, New York in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. He is a double-major in Film, Television, and Media and Communications. He works as a prospective student tour guide, is a member of a social fraternity, and is a part of two student film organizations -- WOLV-TV and M-Agination Films. He was also in a Michigan Learning Community his freshman year, focused on writing and the arts and located on the Hill Campus.
Rachel is a sophomore at the University of Michigan. She is in the college of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA) majoring in psychology. She hopes to minor in gender and health studies. She is very involved in Dance Marathon at UM (dmum), a sister of Kappa Delta sorority, and a member of Salto Dance company.
Undergrad College: Harvard University '16
Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.
Work Experience: Now in my third year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored hundreds more through my livestreams. I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist, and I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston and as Opera Saratoga's assistant conductor. I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States, and I'm looking forward to making my international conducting debut in Vienna this fall.
My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into CommonApp.org in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.
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