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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!

Alison Addiego
Year:
Freshman
Hometown: East Lansing, MI
RC Language: Spanish
Majors/Minors: Undecided/EEB (Ecology, Evolution, & Biodiversity)
Campus Involvement: PALMA, End Extinction
Future Goals: Ford School, Peace Corps, possibly Princeton in Latin America, possibly Law School
What first interested you in the RC? I joined the RC almost solely because of the intensive language program it offers, as well as the sense of community and social comfort attributed to it by the people I knew who were/had been involved in it.
What do you enjoy the most about the RC? I definitely enjoy the intensive language aspect of the RC the most. The process of noticing yourself become progressively more and more proficient in a language is truly amazing.
What challenges you the most about the RC? I am also most challenged by the intensive language aspect of the RC, because of both the inherent time commitment it requires and the difficulty of learning a language.
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? Having the experiences and knowledge I do now, I wish I could tell myself during my senior year of high school to take my time.
 

Sommer Albert
Year:
Sophomore
Hometown: Twinsburg, Ohio
RC Language: Spanish
Majors/Minors: Psychology and Gender and Health, with a Minor in LGBTQ+ Studies and Sexuality
Campus Involvement: Campus Day Leaders, Starts With Soap, Student Ambassadors, RC Players, ICC
Future Goals: Research, Medical School/Professional Development
What first interested you in the RC? The learning/living component as well as the language aspect. I think it’s essential to be able to communicate with others and doing so in their native tongue is the most effective
What do you enjoy the most about the RC? The professors! They are all very accessible and interested in their students succeeding and having the right resources.
What challenges you the most about the RC? The language component was a challenge at times but due to the resources both in the RC and the university as a whole, I got the most out of my experience and was very successful.
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? To be open to anything your first year on campus and to never doubt any interest you have. It’s all about learning about and creating more environments where you feel comfortable and are able to succeed. I know you’re stressed but just breathe and believe and everything will be worthwhile.
 

Zoe B
Year:
Freshman
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
RC Language: Spanish
Majors/Minors: Undecided; Looking at Math, Statistics, and Sustainability
Campus Involvement: All-Girl Competitive Cheer team, RC MAP
What first interested you in the RC? Intensive language, tight-knit community, and the arts program
What do you enjoy the most about the RC? The community and language program
What challenges you the most about the RC? The language program
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? Value can be found in every experience, go with the flow
 

Erica
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: West Bloomfield, MI
RC Language: German
Majors/Minors: Majors are German and Environment, Minors are LGBTQ Studies and Urban Studies
Campus Involvement: I run LGBTQIA+ Forum in the RC and I work as a Community Center Assistant in South Quad
What first interested you in the RC? The RC is the reason I'm at U of M - I loved the intimate class settings, making this huge university feel a lot less intimidating. I was also super into the intensive language program, because languages are very important to me.
What do you enjoy the most about the RC? I enjoy the sense of community that I feel here. Walking around East Quad and recognizing faces, and then recognizing other RC students around campus is a great feeling. I really feel like I belong in the RC.
What challenges you the most about the RC? There's a lot of work to put into it! Taking 8 credits of a language in one semester is extremely time-consuming, but it pays off in the end.
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 my high school self that I don't have to do everything all at once. It's okay to take fewer credits in a semester to figure things out. And it's okay to not have everything figured out just yet!
 

Zoey Horowitz
Year:
Freshman
Hometown: Berkeley, CA
RC Language: Spanish
Majors/Minors: Still pretty undecided, but leaning towards Public Policy
Campus Involvement: I am acting in the Vagina Monologues this semester. I also am a part of PCAP the prisoners creative arts program and will be teaching creative writing in Mens prisons!
Future Goals: I am interested in the attending the Ford School of Public Policy. I will also definitely be studying abroad and hope to test out my Spanish that I learned in the RC!
What first interested you in the RC? The RC is a great way to make a huge school like Michigan feel smaller! I love the accepting and collaborative environment of the RC, which I not only feel in my classes, but I can also sense just by walking around East Quad. People are so creative and active in the community.
What do you enjoy the most about the RC? The intensive languages, which at first seemed daunting, allowed me to make really close friends and get very passionate about learning Spanish.
What challenges you the most about the RC? The teachers in the RC are not looking for answers that are right or wrong, instead they push you to understand and discuss which is challenging but incredibly important and useful!
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 that going to school far away from home is scary and new, but it will be an experience where you learn a lot about who you are and what you believe in!
 

Rachel Hurwitz
Year:
Senior
Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI
RC Language: Latin
Majors/Minors: Evolutionary Anthropology, Creative Writing
Campus Involvement: I am involved in Filmic Productions which is the leading student video production organization on campus, Hillel, the RC Review which is a literary magazine and am an RC Resident Assistant. I also work in the Gross Anatomy Lab in the Medical School and a skeletal development lab in Anthropology.
Future Goals: I hope to work and teach in the healthcare field. My current plan is to apply to MD/PhD programs after taking one or two gap years to pursue more creative endeavors such as writing and film.
What first interested you in the RC? I loved the concept of smaller class sizes and having professors in the building. Additionally, the personalized comments from professors on my transcript was really appealing to me.
What do you enjoy the most about the RC?  The people!!!  Both regarding professors and students, they're some of the most passionate people you'll find on campus.
What challenges you the most about the RC?  There are some stereotypes in the RC and it sometimes gets tiring constantly fighting against them.
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?  Calm down a little. Enjoy the ride. Classes and grades are important, but part of college is all of the experiences you'll have in office hours, around campus and learning to live by yourself, so don't hole yourself up in your room studying all the time and forget to experience Ann Arbor.
 

Rachel Kaufman-Levine
Year:
Sophomore
Hometown: Oak Park, IL
RC Language: Spanish
Majors/Minors: Computer Science with Minors in Music and STS (Science, Technology, and Society)
Campus Involvement: Michigan Marching Band, Basketball Band, Clarinet Choir, Starts With Soap, RC MAP (Mentorship Among Peers)
What first interested you in the RC? I chose to join the RC because it was the perfect way for me to make a big university smaller.
What do you enjoy the most about the RC? I love the people. Everyone is so friendly, welcoming, and full of interesting stories and life experiences!
What challenges you the most about the RC? The language intensives were probably the most challenging for me, but the RC has lots of resources to help you succeed!
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 not to stress so much, because if you try your hardest that's all that matters and everything has a way of working itself out.
 

Katie Kubitskey
Year:
Junior
Hometown: Northville, MI
RC Language: German
Majors/Minors: German, International Studies, and Sociology
Campus Involvement: Dance Marathon, Feel Good, Barger Leadership Institute
Future Goals: Graduate School to pursue a Masters in Higher Education in Student Affairs
What first interested you in the RC? I originally wanted to go to a small liberal arts school but also appreciated aspects of large universities, and the RC was the best of both worlds
What do you enjoy the most about the RC? I love the East Quad community
What challenges you the most about the RC? The language requirement was daunting at first, but ended up shaping a big part of my college experience
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 my high school self not to stress out as much and enjoy
 

Hoai An Pham
Year:
Senior
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
RC Language: French
Majors/Minors: Social Theory and Practice Major;  Music and Community Action Social Change Minors
Campus Involvement: Timmy Global Health, UM Student Carillon Guild
Future Goals: Graduate school for Public Health
What first interested you in the RC? I chose to join the RC because my sister was part of it, and really encouraged me to. I wanted to improve my French, and really liked the intensive languages. I also have a lot of creative interests that the RC has classes and resources for, such as Chamber Music and Writing.
What do you enjoy the most about the RC? My favorite thing about the RC is the supportive environment. U of M is a big school, and it can be hard sometimes to be in classes with 400 people where the professor will never learn your name. In the RC, every lecturer, professor, staff and admin makes an effort to get to know you and your interests.
What challenges you the most about the RC? What challenges me is also another one of my favorite things about the RC - how involved and creative all of the students are. Everyone is doing incredible projects, and it pushes me to want to work even harder.
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? Looking back, I wish that I could tell myself how important it is to be taking classes that I'm interested in, rather than blindly following the career path that I had decided on before I even entered college. Switching majors and career paths doesn't mean that you've failed, or you're not good at it, but just that it might not be right for you. Being happy and healthy, and practicing self care, needs to be prioritized over everything else.
 

Olivia Robinson
Year:
Freshman
Hometown: Grosse Ile, MI
RC Language: German
Majors/Minors: Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN) and German
Campus Involvement: Starts with Soap, RC Players, and the Abeng Multicultural Council of East Quad.
Future Goals: I am hoping to pursue my Masters in Education and Psychology
What first interested you in the RC? I came from a small school with a very close community. I always wanted to go to U of M, but was nervous about coming into such a large community. The close-knit and friendly atmosphere of the RC was just what I wanted when coming to such a large school. The RC gave me all the comforts of a small community, while still allowing me to utilize all the benefits that the University of Michigan has to offer.
What do you enjoy the most about the RC? The community here is truly amazing. Everybody knows each other and is extremely friendly. You are never alone in the RC.
What challenges you the most about the RC? I am in German and the intensive language program can be, well, intense. It sometimes gets intimidating having to speak another language and the workload is challenging, but it is all worth it when you start being able to communicate in another language.
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 very intimidating when you first come in, but after your first semester you get a good routine going, have a great friend group, and truly experience all that college has to offer.
 

Samantha
Year:
Freshman
Hometown: Maryland
RC Language: French
Majors/Minors: Undeclared, but thinking Anthropology or Biology, Health, and Society paired with French and Francophone Studies for a Major, and a History of Art Minor.
Campus Involvement: I give violin lessons to elementary and middle schoolers in Detroit through Seven Mile Music, I am active Hillel on campus, U of M's on campus radio station (WCBN), and enjoy spending time at U of M's Campus Farm.
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 U of M 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 the most about the RC? Definitely the language intensive and now readings course. 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.
 

Julia Silverman
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Boston
RC Language: Spanish
Majors/Minors: Undecided
Campus Involvement: Intramural soccer, improv, work, RC Sex Forum
What first interested you in the RC? I wanted to have a smaller community within the university and I liked the arts and language oriented curriculum.
What do you enjoy the most about the RC? Language professors are very accessible and really want you to succeed.
What challenges you the most about the RC? What challenges me about the RC is what challenges me about college in general. It still feels large at times, you really have to put yourself out there.
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? You won't know what to expect in college until you're in it, and once you're in it you won't be able to know what anything else could have been. You have to just dive in headfirst.
 

Andrea Tillotson
Year:
Sophomore
Hometown: Hudsonville, Michigan and Guatemala City, Guatemala
RC Language: Spanish
Majors/Minors: Triple major in Political Science, Philosophy, and Anthropology
Campus Involvement: Angels on Call (philanthropic a cappella group), Tour Guide, UROP
Future Goals: I plan on doing the Peace Corps after graduation from the University of Michigan and then proceeding to my graduate studies. I hope to get a PhD in Political Science and another PhD in Philosophy.
What first interested you in the RC? The RC found me, actually. My roommate, who was going to be in the RC, and I did not know that I had to be in the RC to room together. When we realized, I called the RC, asking about the program, and realized it was a great fit for me because of my experiences living abroad and my interests in language, international law, etc.
What do you enjoy the most about the RC? I love how East Quad and the RC has become such a home to me the past two years. It made my transition into college much easier to have a home-base.
What challenges you the most about the RC? I think the way the RC has most challenged me is in learning to think outside of my conception of the way the world is.
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 think I would tell myself to not be so stressed about college, because everything will work out. I would also tell myself to be more open to the world around me.
 

Lauren Ayako Tischler
Year:
Sophomore
Hometown: Novi, MI
RC Language: Japanese
Majors/Minors: Program in the Environment, CASC & Japanese Minors
Campus Involvement: Women's Glee Club, Educational Theatre Company, Epsilon Eta, Net Impact
Future Goals: It's on my bucket list to work for the National Park Service!
What first interested you in the RC? I was first interested in the RC because I came from a small high school and was looking to replicate the small classroom/community experience in college!
What do you enjoy the most about the RC? I am thankful for the support and encouragement the RC gives me to pursue interdisciplinary studies that may not have a traditional or defined career path.
What challenges you the most about the RC? What challenges me most about the RC is keeping up with the vast interests and goals that the students are pursuing. But because of this, I find myself always being open to new perspectives and taking time to learn from my peers!
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 high school me to just ASK; the worst thing they could say is no!