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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, transfer from McGill University     
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.

Brookelyn Wheeler

Year: First year
Hometown: Sturgis, MI (Indiana border)
RC Language: Spanish
Major: Neuroscience
Campus Involvement: I am apart of a pre-med fraternity (Mu Epsilon Delta), I volunteer with kids through BookMark, and work in the Housing Office
Future Goals: I hope to go to med school and obtain a degree in child psychiatry!
What first interested you in the RC? I joined the RC because I came from a small town and I thought going into such a large school would be too overwhelming at the beginning. The RC was like a family where I felt comfortable, but I wasn't smothered by being in the RC. I also was interested in the language program.
What do you enjoy the most about the RC? I enjoy the close connection with staff and with other students. You become very close to them because it is a small, close knit community. What challenges you most about the RC? The language program is definitely a challenge in the RC, but it is definitely worth it. I took spanish in high school, and it does not compare at all to this 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? Don't focus on all the things that you aren't doing, instead focus on what you are accomplishing now.

Fiona Lynch   

Year: First year          
Hometown: Originally D.C., but I moved to Ann Arbor 5 years ago!
RC Language: Spanish        
Major: Sociology (with a subplan in Law, Justice, and Social Change)
Minor: Spanish                      
Campus Involvement: I am an intern for Central Student Government and I sing in the Women's Glee Club.           
What first interested you in the RC? I went to a local high school (Community High!) and I had friends who were attending and who loved it.  The RC seemed like the perfect place for me, as I am passionate about theater, writing and reading, language, and activism.            
What do you enjoy the most about the RC? I love the community of it and how easy it has been to make amazing friends.  I also love how in my Spanish classes we dive deep into serious issues and learn about really important cultural and historical aspects of the world that I wouldn't otherwise get to explore.        
What challenges you most about the RC? Because of the small class sizes and personal relationships with professors, you have to be on your game more than you do for large lecture classes, which means putting in the extra work to be able to come to class and participate.  This is actually something I really like as well, because I learn more and in a more active style.
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? Everything is going to be ok!  College is so much less scary and stressful as it might seem from the outside.  It is challenging, but so fun and interesting!

Sommer Albert          

Year: Junior   
Hometown: Twinsburg, Ohio
RC Language: Spanish        
Major: Psychology and Gender & Health
Minor: LGBTQ Studies and Sexuality                      
Campus Involvement: Campus Day Leaders, Starts with Soap, First Year Experience Student Coordinator     
Future Goals: Graduate School for Clinical Child Psychology       
What first interested you in the RC?  Before coming to college, I always had to choose between the arts and the sciences. The RC allowed me to explore both and get proficient at a language. I am able to benefit from small class sizes with engaging professors and peers rooted in material and performing arts; while also, having the opportunity to be a research assistant in ground breaking labs on campus.       
What do you enjoy the most about the RC? I love the people that I have met throughout my entire time being in the program. Being placed within a living-learning community that is geared towards the liberal arts, granted me friends and peers that were already interested in similar things as me. Some of the closest friends that I have now I met either during RC events or within my RC hallways freshman year.      
What challenges you most about the RC? Most definitely the language requirement; Intensive Spanish pushed me harder than any class has ever and probably ever will. It taught me the discipline to study and ask questions when I need to very early on in college and I am forever grateful for that. 
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 just relax! Since no one from my high school was coming to Michigan, i did not know what to expect when I got here. I was very stressed the two weeks prior to college because I was spending most of my time worrying about whether or not I would make friends and find clubs and experiences that I like. As soon as I moved in, I felt at home. From the first RC dinner, I felt like I was in the community that I was supposed to be in. I would just tell myself to not stress so much and just experience all that UMICH has to offer.

Violet Needham         

Year: First year - Dual LSA/RC and SMTD  
Hometown: Chicagoland
RC Language: Japanese     
Major: Psychology/Multidisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in French Horn (SMTD)
Minor: Interested in a minor/major in Asian Studies
Campus Involvement: Pops Orchestra, Keene Theater, Kendo, Film Forum       
Future Goals: Dual degree with the SMTD, travel/study in Japan, post-graduate degrees in Psychology, interested in nonprofit child development organizations, writing a musical       
What first interested you in the RC? Largely on impulse; I knew little to nothing about it, but saw that it offered a smaller setting for living and taking classes than the entire LSA
What do you enjoy the most about the RC? RC JAPANESE
What challenges you most about the RC? ALSO RC JAPANESE         
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? Practice your horn more often! Jeez Louise!

Saya Takai    

Year: First year          
Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
RC Language: Japanese     
Major: Undeclared                
Campus Involvement: Michigan Equestrian Team, Michigan Women's Glee Club                      
What first interested you in the RC? I was interested in the small community in the larger college.
What do you enjoy the most about the RC? I love the community and the people in the RC!   
What challenges you most about the RC? The language class challenges me the most     
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 will get through it and it will be okay!

Holly Price     

Year: First year          
Hometown: New Baltimore, Michigan
RC Language: Spanish        
Major: Undecided, Creative Writing             
Campus Involvement: Seven Mile, Kappa Delta, DMUM  
Future Goals: I want to do the Michigan in Washington program! I'm currently looking at Law School.   
What first interested you in the RC?  I came from a pretty small city, and I wanted to make such a big school smaller. The academic requirements, specialized courses, passion of the students, advisors, and instructors, as well as the well-roundedness of the learning community pushed me towards the RC!   
What do you enjoy the most about the RC? How every student is doing really amazing things! Everyone is passionate about what they're studying, whether they have an RC major or not, as well as the organizations they are in and it is so easy to get to know others with the small classes and living in the same building.     
What challenges you most about the RC?  The language program! While the benefits far outweigh the challenges, the language program is called intensive for a reason.  
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 clubs that you're not sure you're interested in! Try that class that doesn't have to do with your prospective major! Say hi to the person who lives down the hall from you! Your interests will develop and change and that's perfectly normal and okay, don't stress about it!

Juhui Oh        

Year: First year          
Hometown: Korea
RC Language: Spanish       
Major:
Psychology    
Future Goals: Graduate School       
What first interested you in the RC?  Art Practicum and close community!       
What do you enjoy the most about the RC? There are lots of events held only in the RC and you get to know almost everyone in your RC classes, which is amazing!      
What challenges you most about the RC? Language class and lunch hour. It is quite time consuming.
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? Make sure you know how to manage your time. Balance your academics with you extracurricular activity!

Elizabeth Schriner     

Year: First year          
Hometown: Olivet, Michigan
RC Language: Japanese     
Major: Undecided
Minor: Asian Languages and/or Creative Writing                 
Campus Involvement: East Quad Hall Council, RC's Art Club, RC Players, Arts Ink (program under Arts at Michigan)   
What first interested you in the RC? I come from a small town, and when choosing where to go to school, the vastness of U of M was intimidating. Having a smaller community such as the RC quelled my fears while allowing me to reap the benefits of a huge university. The RC's intensive language program in particular seemed like a unique opportunity. Additionally, the practice rooms, Keene Theater, and other amenities in East Quad seemed really convenient. The RC ultimately solidified my confidence in choosing to go to U of M.           
What do you enjoy the most about the RC? I credit the RC for making U of M truly feel like home. There’s an incredible sense of community throughout staff and students that make you feel welcome (despite the diversity of backgrounds, interests, and majors). I met my best friends through classes, organizations, and by seeing them around the building.    
What challenges you most about the RC? The intensive language classes are definitely “intensive,” but they’re very rewarding. For other RC classes, the smaller class size and interdisciplinary aspect encourage students to be engaged and think critically (which is sometimes intimidating).        
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? While it's okay to be nervous, know that there are great things ahead!