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Meet the RC Ambassadors!

Connect with experts on life as an RC student!

From Anthropology to Philosophy, and International Studies to Urban Studies, the RC Ambassadors are more than just the "typical" RC student! Whether it was four years ago or less than one, every RC Ambassador was once a prospective RC student and considering the RC just like you. Connect with RC Ambassadors during the University of Michigan Campus Days for admitted students. You can also email rescollege@umich.edu with a question - RC Ambassadors are here to help!

Eva Yeh      

Year: First Year
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
RC Language: French
Major: Cognitive Science
Minor: Math
Campus Involvement: SALT campus ministry, RC RA in fall 2019, MAC-ASB.
What first interested you in the RC? I come from a pretty small high school, with a similar liberal arts academic environment. I was worried about the transition from a small high school to one of the largest universities in the world. Being a part of the RC helped me transition by having smaller classes, while allowing you to experience the large research university at the same time. Best of both worlds!     
What do you enjoy the most about the RC? I like how it allowed me to connect with people instantly when I first got here. It was pretty intimidating to come to college without knowing anyone, but just saying "hey are you in the RC?" was such an easy way to make friends. And the best part? We all live together - so it's not hard to stay in touch and actually hang out. 
What challenges you most about the RC? For me it was the two-year live in requirement. I'm already an out of state student paying for tuition, and I knew that this requirement would make a larger dent in my parents' savings. But I got really lucky, because I'm able to stay in the RC and be an RA next year. I value the reasons why the RC was designed to be a living community and I really love being a part of East Quad.
What is one thing you wish you could tell yourself during your senior year of high school, having the experiences and knowledge you do now? If you've had a nice life until now (a comfortable childhood, with a pretty healthy family life, countless opportunities at your fingertips), the truth is, being at UofM, you're going to have to grow up REAL FAST. This is 100% my personal experience; some of my friends have had the same experience, others the opposite. These are real world situations where real stakes exist. After my first semester of college, I had a lot of reflecting to do. Growth happens when you are broken down, and having a community to support you while you build yourself back up is extremely important.

Spencer

Year: First Year
Hometown: Novi, MI & Shanghai, China     
RC Language: French          
Majors: Social Theory & Practice; History
Minor: Music 
Campus Involvement: Model United Nations - UM
What first interested you in the RC? My teacher who knows the RC said I would like it; I didn't put much other thought           
What do you enjoy the most about the RC? The small class sizes and the passionate, knowledgeable instructors, as well as the numerous events that are held at East Quad weekly 
What challenges you most about the RC? The intensive language program is the most challenging aspect of the RC, but like all things RC, it is fun while being challenging.    
What is one thing you wish you could tell yourself during your senior year of high school, having the experiences and knowledge you do now? College is not at all like what you dreamt: It is better.

Jennie Wang 

Year: First year          
Hometown: Rochester Hills, Michigan
RC Language: Japanese     
Major: Economics
Minor: Asian Languages and Cultures             
Campus Involvement: East Quad Hall Council, RC Student Union, Mswing, GIEU Study Abroad Program                   
What first interested you in the RC? I graduated from a small high school and needed help with a smooth transition into college. The RC offers the "atmosphere of a small college with the resources of a large university."           
What do you enjoy the most about the RC? Being able to eat, sleep, learn, study, and hang out with friends in the same building! Also, having close relationships with my professors and classmates.         
What challenges you most about the RC? The intensive language program is a lot of work.    
What is one thing you wish you could tell yourself during your senior year of high school, having the experiences and knowledge you do now? It's okay to feel scared and unprepared for college, but you're gonna be okay. It's extremely easy to make friends! Everyone here is super welcoming and accepting.

Yi Qing Zhou

Year: First year
Hometown: Montreal, Canada         
RC Language: Spanish        
Major: Undeclared; Psychology, Organizational Studies, Cognitive Science                     
Campus Involvement: AIESEC, fneUM, Female Gayo, Dance Marathon               
What first interested you in the RC? I chose the RC because I wanted to belong to a small, close-knit community in this huge university! I was also attracted to the diversity of classes, organizations, forums, and opportunities the RC had to offer.         
What do you enjoy the most about the RC? The support from the professors and advisors, the kindness of the students, the small classes, and the general vibe of East Quad... Being in the RC really made my transition to college so much easier!         
What challenges you most about the RC? My Spanish Intensive class was definitely not a piece of cake, but looking back at it, I don't regret it at all. It has not only provided me with useful knowledge on the language and the culture, but has also allowed me to discover new  opportunities, such as volunteering in Nicaragua!         
What is one thing you wish you could tell yourself during your senior year of high school, having the experiences and knowledge you do now? I wish I could tell myself to take my time, calm down, try things I've never tried before, explore all kinds of classes no matter how weird their names sound, and trust the process! Stop stressing, everything will be okay :)

Rachel Paroff          

Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Montclair, New Jersey 
RC Language: Spanish        
Majors: Spanish; International Studies                     
Campus Involvement: I'm on the publicity committee for Habitat for Humanity, I volunteer at the Campus Farm, and I'm a Spanish language intern at a local preschool.       
Future Goals: I'm considering going to graduate school for Public Policy. 
What first interested you in the RC? I first became interested in the RC for its intensive language program.    
What do you enjoy the most about the RC? It makes U of M feel smaller - which is a really nice thing to have as a new student here. Also, the community of RC students and professors make it special. Everyone I've met is engaged in multiple different activities and areas of study at once. The excitement is contagious!
What challenges you most about the RC? Living in the dorms for a second year can be a bit tiring.    
What is one thing you wish you could tell yourself during your senior year of high school, having the experiences and knowledge you do now? Try not to be too intimidated by college - socially or academically. If you approach it with a good attitude, everything will fall into place. You can handle it!

Erica Meyers

Year: Junior   
Hometown: West Bloomfield, MI
RC Language: German        
Majors: German; Environment
Minors: LGBTQ Studies; Urban Studies                
Campus Involvement: Semester in Detroit 10 Planning Committee    
What first interested you in the RC? The RC is the reason I'm at U of M. I was drawn to the small classes, heavy language focus, and how personal it feels.   
What do you enjoy the most about the RC?  I enjoy the sense of community throughout all RC students and faculty.           
What challenges you most about the RC? The RC is a beautiful place to challenge my thought process. RC classes foster the opportunity - and necessity - to look at things from a different perspective.       
What is one thing you wish you could tell yourself during your senior year of high school, having the experiences and knowledge you do now? I would tell myself not to be afraid of certain classes. Sure, there will be hard classes, but there is nothing that I cannot handle with some help. Help is available as long as I make the time for it.

Rachael Bittick

Year: Senior  
Hometown: Clarkston, Michigan
RC Language: Spanish        
Majors: Anthropology; Arts & Ideas in the Humanities
Campus Involvement: RC Student Ambassador, CGIS Student Ambassador, past member of RC Players, Honors Thesis, CYA Student Ambassador.   
Future Goals: Explore higher education during my gap year, and eventually work in international education; Or go on to Graduate School for Anthropology or Higher Education.        
What first interested you in the RC? The Arts & Ideas in the Humanities major. It showed me how flexible I could be with my academic interests as well as my personal passions, while also achieving the necessary university requirements. I was very excited at the prospect of an opportunity to have fun while also learning valuable skills to help prepare me for my future.         
What do you enjoy the most about the RC? I honestly enjoy the RC community most of all. You can be as involved or as detached as you want, but no matter what, you are always welcome, and there is always a home for you there. This is a place where people find out how to be true to themselves and explore everything that the University of Michigan has to offer.    
What challenges you most about the RC? The biggest challenge that the RC gave me was stepping outside of my comfort zone. I was rather afraid of new things, but the RC (despite its home within East Quad) pushed me to test my limits, push boundaries and try new things.  
What is one thing you wish you could tell yourself during your senior year of high school, having the experiences and knowledge you do now? Stop being so afraid of life's possibilities.

Samantha Redlich   

Year: Sophomore      
Hometown: Potomac, Maryland
RC Language: French          
Majors: International Studies; French                       
Campus Involvement: I teach violin to elementary schoolers with Seven Mile, sing in Hillel's a cappella group (KHK), and play intramural soccer.   
Future Goals: I would like to work in global health!
What first interested you in the RC? The language program caught my eye - I loved learning French in high school and wanted to continue in an intensive way. I was also looking for a community inside of the larger Michigan community, and thought the RC would be perfect for that.  
What do you enjoy the most about the RC? I love the RC community. The people are the greatest :) 
What challenges you most about the RC? Definitely the language intensives and readings courses. It is a lot of information in a short amount of time, but is totally worth it. 
What is one thing you wish you could tell yourself during your senior year of high school, having the experiences and knowledge you do now?  In high school I thought of college as this huge "end all be all" destination, and now, looking back, I would tell myself that college is just a part of the journey, as is everything else.

Taylor Luthe   

Year: Junior   
Hometown: Rockford, Illinois
RC Language: French          
Major: History                       
Campus Involvement: Prison Creative Arts Project(PCAP), Prison Re-Entry Project(PREP), Kessler Scholars, Barger Leadership Institute, Peace Corps Prep
Future Goals: Peace corps, Activism and advocacy, community organizing        
What first interested you in the RC?  I joined at the end of my freshman year because all of the friends i made happened to be in the RC. I also took Detroiters Speak before I was actually in the RC.   
What do you enjoy the most about the RC? The people, its focus on the arts, the real relationships you make with professors and faculty, the community  
What challenges you most about the RC? The program's progressive outlook which constantly challenges my notions of the world we live in while challenging students to advocate for themselves and their society.    
What is one thing you wish you could tell yourself during your senior year of high school, having the experiences and knowledge you do now? Join the RC sooner! Also, just because your path changes to something less “prestigious” doesn’t mean it’s any less difficult or rewarding. In fact, it’s more true to who you are and what you want to achieve.

Anna Tropiano           

Year: Sophomore      
Hometown: Westchester, NY
RC Language: French          
Major: Political Science Major
Minor: Writing           
Campus Involvement: The Sopranos Acapella, SAPAC Volunteer, Diversity and Politics Forum
Future Goals:  Graduate School       
What first interested you in the RC?  I wanted a small community on campus where I could take smaller classes, and get to know my teachers on a more personal level.      
What do you enjoy the most about the RC? The community! You meet so many people through classes and clubs. There are always so many friendly faces in East Quad.        
What challenges you most about the RC? The language is a big commitment, but the professors are always there to give you support, and push you to improve.            
What is one thing you wish you could tell yourself during your senior year of high school, having the experiences and knowledge you do now? College requires independence, and putting yourself out there! Even joining one extracurricular makes such a difference in college life, and is really helpful in meeting people.

Hayden Graves        

Year: First year          
Hometown: Traverse City, MI
RC Language: French          
Major: Romance Languages & Literatures   
Campus Involvement: RC Players, Rotaract, Comité Francophone     
Future Goals: Possibly School of Ed
What first interested you in the RC? The intensive language program!   
What do you enjoy the most about the RC?How easily accessible the staff is and the small class sizes.  
What challenges you most about the RC? Always doing my best because professors are very personable and will reach out to you if they see something wrong.         
What is one thing you wish you could tell yourself during your senior year of high school, having the experiences and knowledge you do now? Please, please, PLEASE don't be afraid to put yourself out there and step outside your comfort zone.