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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. RC Ambassadors are here to help! You can also email rescollege@umich.edu with a question. 

Aayana Anand

Year: First Year

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

RC Language: German

Major: Computer Science; Creative Writing & Literature

Email: aayana@umich.edu

Campus Involvement: Writing, coding/cs, creative writing forum, What the F magazine, rc review (not all of these activities are finalized)

What first interested you in the RC? Or, why did you choose to join the RC? I chose to join the RC because of the benefits of its smaller size. Since it isn't as large as the rest of the university or LSA, I'm able to get more specialized attention from my professors. It's also made it much easier for me to make friends, since the community is more tight-knit.

What is one thing you wish you could tell yourself during senior year of high school, having the experiences and knowledge you do now? I wish I could tell myself that everything would work out in the end. I had a lot of insecurities pertaining to my abilities to succeed academically. I never believed that I could actually be admitted to Umich. Looking back, I wish I could've told myself that I was worthy and deserving to be at an institution like this.

What is the "vibe" of the RC? Friendly, inclusive, open-minded, FUN.

What is it like being an RC student studying STEM? It's the perfect way to combine my nonSTEM interests with my STEM curriculum. Ordinarily, I would have a fraction of the time/ability to take languages, writing classes, drama classes, etc. that I do now.

Alex DiGennaro

Year: First Year

Pronouns: She/Hers

Hometown: Binghamton, New York

RC Language: German

Major: Music; Computer Science

Email: adigenna@umich.edu

Campus Involvement: Michigan Pops, Music for Dementia, Video Game Music club, Wolvereads, GEECS

What do you enjoy most about the RC?
I personally enjoy the many different diverse voices and ideas found within the Residential College! There's always someone to reach out to for advice or just to hangout, from people who identify as LGBTQ, to science majors, to others who just really love tea. People are genuinely accepting and excited to hear about all kinds of activities their friends do, and no matter where you go on campus, you're bound to pass an RC friend who says "hello." The space in the Residential College has made the transition to college so much easier, and I enjoy the safety and inclusiveness of this space which has made the entire college experience much more welcoming.

What is it like being an RC student studying STEM? As someone who is currently not taking any humanities courses besides the first-year writing seminar, I have not found any major difference in my experience than my roommate for example, who is a history major. I have many friends to hangout with who are always genuinely happy to listen to me talk about Math295, and many of us eat together in the dining hall all of the time. My major has not separated me from my peers, which is what I was nervous about upon entering the Residential College, and my friends make time for me if our schedules don't align all that well. Plus, there's way more STEM majors than I thought there would be within the RC! Many of my first-year classmates are interested in neuroscience or cognitive science, for example, and some of the people I look up to the most are environmental science and math majors! Students within the RC have been accepting no matter what my major might be, which has completely erased the fear I had when I decided to focus on STEM classes for this semester.

 

Anna Lapham

Year: First Year

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Portland, MI

RC Language: French

Major: International Studies & Romance Languages and Literature

Email: laphama@umich.edu

Campus Involvement: I'm a new member of UNICEF-UM and Wolverine Support Network and am excited to get more involved!

Why did you choose to join the RC? What originally caught my attention was the size of the RC and its language program. Coming from a small high school, I was very nervous about starting at such a big university but hearing about the smaller college 'close-knit' feel of the RC sounded like exactly what I needed to help in the transition. The language program solidified my choice to join because I am passionate about learning other languages and the intense classes and lunch tables seemed the perfect way to learn how to actually use the language in the real world.

What has your experience been like in the RC language program? I had an incredible experience! All of the professors are amazing and encouraging. I was very nervous about my French classes because my speaking and listening skills weren't strong at the beginning, but the professors work hard to make sure they challenge you without leaving you behind. It definitely takes a lot of work and dedication to be a part of the program, but it's so worth it! My French skills have reached a level I never expected in just one year.

Cielle Waters-Umfleet

Year: Senior

Pronouns: She/Hers

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

RC Language: Spanish, German

Major: Creative Writing & Literature

Minor: Spanish

Email: ciellew@umich.edu 

Involvement: America Reads Tutoring Corps @Ginsberg Center; WQ/SQ/Betsy Barbour Community Center Assistant; Editor-in-Chief of What The F Magazine; member of UM Synchro Skating Team; Vice Chair of CAPS In Action

What first interested you in the RC? I chose to join the RC because it had opportunities that other colleges I'd looked at didn't have. I was guaranteed small class sizes, a living situation, and dedicated instructors. Making a big school small for my first year especially was a great idea.

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? The college you choose determines what opportunities and resources you'll have. While you can get a quality education anywhere, provided you make the most of what you have, not every school has the same assets, and you can't make those appear out of nowhere. The RC has so many opportunities for involvement and continued study that you can't find at other institutions.

How has being in the RC changed/shaped your experience at UM? It's been really great to have a group of students, staff, and faculty I know I can trust and relate to just from being in the RC. Being introverted, it's sometimes hard for me to make and maintain connections, but the RC makes it easy to make friends and form bonds with instructors.

Elizabeth Schriner

Year: Senior

Pronouns: She/Hers

Hometown: Olivet, MI

RC Language: Japanese

Major: Sociology; Creative Writing & Literature

Minor: Asian Languages and Cultures

Email: eschrine@umich.edu

Campus Involvement and Hobbies: I work as a research assistant for the U-M Susan B. Meister Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Center. Besides being an RC Ambassador, I'm a member of the U-M Women's Glee Club and Japanese Language Club. Additionally, I write for the Michigan Daily, WTF magazine, and Arts, Ink. under Arts at Michigan. Feel free to also ask me about my past experiences in East Quad Hall Council, RC MAP, RC Players, RC singers, or SURO (sociology undergraduate research)!

Future Goals: Master of Public Health (MPH)

What has your experience been like in the RC language program? I had a phenomenal experience with the RC language program. With no prior knowledge of Japanese, taking two 10-credit classes of the language my freshman year was daunting; however, I made close friends, learned three new writing systems, and grew close to a great professor through taking Japanese in the RC. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to take more Japanese classes and pursue the minor! Learning Japanese is one of the most challenging yet rewarding things I've ever done, and I highly recommend taking language classes through the RC.

What is it like being an RC student pursuing an LSA major or minor? The great thing about the RC is that each student decides the extent of their involvement. Depending on their own schedules and ambitions, a student may decide to participate in a bunch of RC clubs and classes. Or, they might decide to do just the essential requirements and pursue their interests elsewhere. Either way, an LSA major or minor outside of the RC is definitely attainable. As someone with an LSA minor and two majors (one of which is outside the RC), my advice would be to roughly plan ahead and not feel limited to just the RC community. Utilize the vast amount of resources and opportunities that the university as a whole provides!

 

Emily Ripper

Year: Junior

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hometown: Howell, MIRC Language: Spanish

Major: History

Minor: STS (Science, Technology, & Society)

Email: emripper@umich.edu

Campus Involvement: RC MAP mentor, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology Student Advisory Group, Michigan Ballroom Dance Team, Polish Club, Associate Artist at Ballet Chelsea, volunteer choir member at St. Mary Student Parish.

What do you enjoy most about the RC? I most enjoy the sense of community.  I had an amazing group of friends in my hall freshman year, and we still get together and catch up 2 years later.  Coming from a background in homeschooling and a tiny charter school, the RC's close-knit vibe helped me better adjust to a larger university environment.  I also love how there is always someone sharing their talents with the community through projects, seminars, or even playing on the piano in the lounge.  It's a great space for inspiration and creativity.

What has your experience been like in the RC language program? Fantastic!  I love how immersive it is, and I particularly miss the vibrant discussions during the lunch tables and coffee hours.  The 8 credits per semester can seem very intimidating at first, but I had wonderful professors who helped me get myself oriented and were supportive whenever I felt overwhelmed.  Even though I had 3 years of Spanish study before coming to the RC, being in the language program was where I really ended up mastering the language, and I am so grateful for that as I now use Spanish frequently in both work and academic life.

What is one thing you wish you could tell yourself during senior year of high school, having the experiences and knowledge you do now? I would tell myself not to stress so much.  I am a person who likes to have multiple plans and backup plans, and who likes to have a set path.  I was so sure of what I was going to do at U-M, but ended up changing my path so many times.  It's okay to want to have a plan (a sense of direction is necessary, and organization is always your friend), but don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.  Sometimes the best opportunities and the place where you feel the most at home are nothing that you expected.  Explore.

Emmy Snyder

Year: Junior

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

RC Language: Spanish

Major: Communications

Minor: Spanish

Email: emmys@umich.edu

Campus Involvement: Working on it right now, but so far, Michigan Snowboard Club, She's the First, and Tea Forum

What first interested you in the RC? Or, why did you choose to join the RC? The RC was more or less the reason I chose Michigan, when I decided to transfer. Not only does the RC emphasize all the things I love (art, music, language, and writing) but it prides itself on creating community, something I desperately wanted. Although I didn't get to have the RC experience I envisioned of living in East Quad, I have still reaped the benefits of RC courses and RC community. All my favorite classes and favorite friends come from the RC <3

What have your experiences been like so far with the RC virtually and/or UM virtually? I spent an entire year as an online student of the RC, and a transfer. Still, I made multiple friends in my RC classes, even though I was remote and they weren't. One of them FaceTimed with me about twice a week for a year (we would use Netflix party and watch Queer Eye :)) before we actually lived in the same city or even the same state and we're really close now. All the friends I've made online we're the first to say "Let's do it!" when I reached out to make plans and tell them I'd finally arrived.

Holly Holland

Year: First Year

Pronouns: She/Hers

Hometown: Holt, MI

RC Language: Spanish

Major: Political Science

Email: hmhollan@umich.edu

Extra-Curriculars and Campus Involvement: UROP, Léim Irish Dance, UM Science Olympiad, RC-MAP, and Tea Forum. I am also a RHA Representative for East Quad, a Student Ambassador for the RC and Umich, and a tutor for my hometown.

Future Goals: After graduating from LSA, I plan on applying to the Ford School of Public Policy and staying with the Michigan community as I get my master's degree!

What first interested you in the RC? Or, why did you choose to join the RC? I became interested in the RC after I was admitted to the University of Michigan. When I got my acceptance letter, I also received a flyer talking about all the MLCs (Michigan Learning Communities) I could join, including the RC. As I researched the RC, I learned about the amazing and extremely helpful faculty, the small class sizes, and of course, the opportunity to live in the best dorm on campus. The RC so interested me that it was the deciding factor in why I chose Umich!

What is a typical RC student? RC students are fun, friendly, and ready to learn! My first night in the RC, I ran into a group of Rc-ers who invited me to a spontaneous game night, and because of that, I immediately met 20+ students right off the bat. Whenever I run into someone in the hall, we always say "hi" to each other, and sometimes even strike up a random conversation! In the classroom, RC-ers come prepared to learn and engage with the rest of the class and professor. Classes are always so stimulating and thought-provoking, and I have yet to attend a class where every single student is bored!

Jordan Preston-Forte

Year: First Year

Hometown: Warren, MI

RC Language: Spanish

Major: Undecided 

Minor: Business

Email: jordanpf@umich.edu

Campus Involvement: Fraternity and Sorority Life, MUNUM, and the RC Letters Forum

What first interested you in the RC? Or, why did you choose to join the RC? I choose to join the RC for the sense of community it had and for the emphasis on foreign language education. I went to a small-medium sized school, where everyone knew each other and being in the RC put my mind at ease. The foreign language education was very important to me, I haven taken a foreign language class every year since sixth grade and I knew that it was something I wanted to pursue in college. The RC gave me the opportunity to feel a part of a community on such a big campus and gave me the opportunity to pursue something important to me. 

What has your experience been like in the RC language program? My experience in the RC language program has been above and beyond my expectations. The methods of instruction and curriculum are so impactful in the aspect that the material is integrated in everything you do, it never goes away and it builds in a way that makes sense. 

What is it like being an RC student pursuing an LSA major or minor? Being an RC student pursuing a LSA major has been a great experience. The advisors and faculty, both in the RC and LSA, are so supportive and truly want to see you be the best you can be. Professors and faculty are never out of reach and are always an available resource.

 

Katie Wiatrak

Year: Senior

Pronouns: She/Hers

Hometown: Birmingham, AL

RC Language: Spanish

Major: Gender and Health

Minor: Music

Email: kwiatrak@umich.edu

Campus Involvement and Hobbies: I work for Michigan Hillel as a tele-fundraiser, and I’m also starting a new job at Michigan Medicine as a Patient Attendant. I sing in the Women’s Glee Club, where I also hold a leadership position as Wellness Chair, which I created! I also love to knit :) 

Future Goals: I plan on becoming a Physician’s Assistant! Some PA programs offer a dual degree with a Master’s of Public Health, which is a primary interest for me. I love clinic work, but I also want to work at a community level. 

What first interested you in the RC? I attended a small liberal arts high school with only 300 students! I’ve loved Umich for my whole life, but the size of the school intimidated me. I chose the RC because it allowed me to have the large-school experience, while also giving me the amenities of a small liberal arts college. 

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 probably tell myself not to rely on a rigid plan. No matter how much you  try to control your path, things will change, and the path will take you in unexpected directions. My plan has changed a lot over the years, and it is important to keep an open mind! 

What is it like being an RC student studying STEM? I have LOVED being in the RC while studying STEM! I have many STEM friends who overload their schedules with science classes. In the RC, language and liberal arts classes give me a necessary break from STEM. I haven’t had any issues meeting requirements due to my RC Language. If anything, my RC classes have helped me succeed MORE in my STEM classes! 

Lucia Qian

Year: Junior

Pronouns: She/Hers

Hometown: Novi, MI

RC Language: Tested out with Chinese

Major: Data Science; Biochemistry

Email: luciaq@umich.edu 

Campus Involvement and Hobbies: MDraw, PALMA

Future goals: Possibly Medical School

What do you enjoy most about the RC? The close-knit community is the best. I came from a smaller high school, so being in a program where we saw each other often and had many classes together was very nice. Even though now I am no longer living in EQ, I am still in contact with friends that I made while I was living there.

How has being in the RC changed/shaped your experience at UM? Being in the RC has helped me find a community here at Michigan. The campus is so big and with so many students, I was worried that it would hard to find people with similar interests, but being in the RC has solved that concern.

What is it like being an RC student studying STEM? A lot of RC students study STEM, so I still can find others in the community who are taking the same class as me. Especially in bigger classes where it is harder to find a group of people to study with, knowing that there will be some within the RC that I already know makes taking the class easier.

 

Maya Simonte

Year: Senior

Pronouns: She/Hers

Hometown: Novi, MI

RC Language: Japanese, LSA Ukrainian

Major: Japanese; Creative Writing & Literature

Email: simontmj@umich.edu

Campus Involvements: I'm involved with The RC Review and Xylem Literary Magazine, and I work as a writing consultant at the Sweetland Peer Writing Center! In my free time I draw, sing, and play guitar. 

Future Goals: Write LGBT young adult novels 

What first interested you in the RC? I first heard about the RC because of the Creative Writing program, and I'm thankful that I did, because my experiences in it have been phenomenal. All of the RC Creative Writing professors are so dedicated to helping you make your writing the best it can be and as well as something that you feel good about. The level of personal attention and care definitely makes the program stand out! 

What do you enjoy most about the RC? I love that there's always so much happening in the RC. Not only are there tons of events, talks, and performances every week, but there's a huge variety of classes and forums all within the RC, too. In my freshman year, I got to take a class where we repurposed everyday objects into instruments and put on a concert in East Quad's Keene Theater. Having all of that under one roof makes it really easy to get invested in something you had never considered studying before! 

What is the “vibe” of the RC? My friends and I joke a lot about how nobody is more than two degrees of separation away from each other in the RC. One of the best things about living in East Quad was walking by a lounge and seeing someone you took a class with once, or a friend's roommate, or someone you sort of remember from orientation, and being able to talk to them and find something in common. That "small school, everyone-knows-everyone" vibe paired with how passionate and open-minded the students are makes being in the RC a really special experience. 

 

Morgan Palmer

Year: Senior

Pronouns: She/Hers

Hometown: Charlotte, MI

RC Language: Spanish

Major: Spanish; Psychology

Email: morganpa@umich.edu

Campus Involvement and Hobbies: Club figure skating, PALMA, and research, Comprehensive Studies Program

Future Goals: Graduate School for Clinical Psychology

What has your experience been like in the RC language program? At first it was a huge adjustment from High School Spanish. And not going to lie, it was a little stressful - but that’s a given with any new college transition. The stress didn’t last long as I had great support from all of my professors. Now, I’ve made such great bonds with all of the Spanish professors and even now that I’ve “finished” the program I’m still in contact with them going to office hours (virtually) and chatting over email. They are life long friends and mentors which is very common for the RC language programs - to connect with the instructors and students in a personal way. 

Mya Strayer

Year: Junior

Pronouns: She/Hers

Hometown: Clarkston, MI

RC Language: French

Major: Statistics

Minor: French

Campus involvement and Hobbies: I'm currently the Treasurer for U-M's intersectional sorority, Zeta Omega Eta and am also an Advocacy Chair for The Dot Org! Last year I worked at Matthaei and I currently work at the UMMA! I've also been a part of RC MAP, Eco and Film Forum in the RC!

Future Goals: I'm planning on getting my Master's in either Data Science or Statistics, and hoping to work on making the industry more ethical!

What first interested you in the RC? I actually had no idea what the RC was until I signed up for my Campus Day, and thought RC meant people who would be living in the residential halls! Thankfully, I had a really good RC spokesperson that brought me up to speed, and completely sold me on the program. The biggest draw for me was the intensive language, since I had always felt like my French skills were too "school-taught", but I also loved how friendly everyone was. It was really easy to tell that the RC truly had its own community, and that RC staff/students will do whatever they can to support each other, which made me so excited to join!

What has your experience been like in the RC language program? I have absolutely LOVED my experience in RC French. Even after a week or two, I could easily tell that my French skills were a thousand times better and I felt so much more comfortable speaking and understanding French. The lunch tables also allowed me to meet some of my closest friends and have genuine conversations with them (even if they were a little uncomfortable at first), which is something that really helped me to feel at home at Umich and in the RC. And of course, all of the staff is amazing! It's very obvious that they genuinely care about me and my well being alongside my French skills and I've never had a problem talking to them about my concerns (in and out of class). 

How has being in the RC changed/shaped your experience at UM? The RC has been instrumental to my time at UM for two reasons: community and academic pursuits. In high school, I was in a pretty tight knit program and I was really worried that I wouldn't be able to find "my people" (especially since UM is such a big school), but being in the RC made everything a lot more manageable because my class friends lived in my hallway, and I would have multiple classes with the same people, AND we shared common interests. On top of that, though, the RC has also given me more opportunities to broaden my thinking on certain topics and have a more creative/ethical approach to everything I do. I've found that this has been incredibly helpful as I try to find out what I want to do post-grad, and makes me a better candidate for numerous opportunities!

What is it like being an RC student studying STEM? I think a lot of people assume that the RC and STEM are the foils of each other, but I've found that that couldn't be further from the truth. Inherently, there isn't a lot of overlap class-wise with the RC and STEM fields but that doesn't mean that the knowledge isn't applicable to both. Some of the things I've learned in my RC classes have made me more globally aware and conscientious, while some of the things in my other classes play an impact on how I think about my RC classes. A perfect example of this is poetry and code, two things that I'm learning simultaneously. Due to my exposure of both, I have a better understanding of how to see code as a creative measure (like poetry) as well as how to understand poetry as a methodical process.

 

Paige Boost

Year: First Year

Pronouns: She/They

Hometown: Brownsburg, IN

RC Language: Spanish

Major: Psychology

Minor: Spanish

Email: pbost@umich.edu

Campus Involvement: RC MAP, a handful of RC Forums (not for credit), LSA Mentorship, Community Matters Cohort Program, Animania, etc.

What first interested you in the RC? Or, why did you choose to join the RC? I was worried that being the only person from my out-of-state high school to go to the University of Michigan this year I wasn’t going to make any friends or at least have someone with some shared experience to me. The idea of going to a school with over 40,000 students and not knowing a single person terrified me and almost convinced me not to attend in the first place. Fortunately, I looked into learning communities and the Residential College stuck out to me as being more than just a learning community. I was immediately drawn in by the language side of the RC because I was taking AP Spanish my senior year of high school and I was loving it. I was also intrigued by the arts side of the RC too - I had been into art for most of my life and at that point I was really in love with painting and sculpting. The variety of classes that I could take to expand my love of art might’ve been the selling point of the RC for me, as well as the intensive language classes so that I would be able to have as much immersion as possible at the collegiate level without taking a semester abroad. I chose the RC because I loved the class options, the way current students spoke so highly of it, and because I knew I was bound to make friends with people who also share my love of languages and the arts.

What is one thing you wish you could tell yourself during senior year of high school, having the experiences and knowledge you do now? During my senior year of high school, I got caught up in regretting all of the things I had “missed out on” throughout my high school career. I made myself feel terrible because I hadn’t joined as many clubs as I thought I should’ve, I regretted not going to a high school football game or social events. I didn’t realize that there is definitely still time for that in college, and in a lot of aspects being involved with your school in college is way more fun than it is in high school. I wish I could’ve told myself my senior year of high school that there’s still time and that I’ll join plenty of clubs in high school, be able to go to so many football games, and that there’s going to be thousands and thousands more people to get to know and have fun with. High school will not be the end of having fun, in fact, it’s only just the precursor to college.

What is the "vibe" of the RC? The vibe of the RC is difficult to describe in words, but there’s definitely a comfortable feeling that comes with living in and being a part of the RC. I love that wherever you go in East Quad, there’s always an RC student doing something creative - whether it be playing music, making art, or displaying their own form of expression. The students in the RC are incredibly brilliant and studious, but they also know how to have fun with their friends. All of the RC faculty I’ve met have been just as unique as the program, and they’ve all been awesome in their own ways. The environment and the people of the RC demonstrate great passion and I think the passion is one of the strong feelings you get from the RC.

Robert Dedvukaj

Year: Sophomore

Pronouns: He/Him

Hometown: White Lake, MI

RC Language: French, BCS (Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian)

Major: Psychology; Philosophy

Minor: Religion

Email: rdedvuka@umich.edu

Campus Involvement: YDSA, Michigan Parliamentary Debate, (hopefully) Mock Trial, (possibly) RC Players

What first interested you in the RC? Or, why did you choose to join the RC? I was first interested in the RC because its values lie in the liberal arts and social justice. Those areas are deeply important to me, and the thought of a learning community built around those principles attracted me as I knew that I would meet others who shared those same interests.

What is a typical RC student? At the end of the day, a typical RC student is someone who not only wants to learn more about the world but also someone who wants to use what they've learned to make a positive impact in it. An RC student is someone who grounds themselves in the liberal arts in the hope of being a force in the world that works towards the goals of social justice.

What is it like being an RC student pursuing an LSA major or minor? I have found that, even though I am not pursuing an RC major or minor, the lessons that I have learned from the RC classes that I have taken are always with me when I am pursuing classes for my major and minor. My FYS (First Year Seminar) in the RC gave me so many tools to use in how I go about analyzing situations and solving problems. I also have a community within the RC that is diverse in thought that allows for me to have discussions with my peers and former professors about my areas of study. Although I am not pursuing and area of study that is directly related to the RC, my experiences with those in the RC inform the thoughts, decisions, and actions that I take in my academic life. 

 

Roshni Veeramachaneni

Year: Sophomore

Pronouns: She/Her

Hometown: Rochester Hills, MI

RC Language: French

Major: Creative Writing & Literature

Minor: Asian Studies

Email: rove@umich.edu

Campus Involvement: Tea Forum, Film Forum, South Asian Awareness Network

What first interested you in the RC? Or, why did you choose to join the RC? I wasn’t seriously considering UM until I heard about the RC. I was certain that going to a big school would swallow me up and leave me feeling isolated. But the RC promised small classes and personable professors who would learn my name. I wanted to know my classmates and to feel comfortable saying hi to them on the streets. On the academic side, I was thrilled to learn about the creative writing tutorials offered at the RC. They seemed like the perfect opportunity to further develop my writing and become more comfortable with the editing process.

What is a typical RC student? The typical RC student is above all compassionate and interested in improving the world through the work they do here, whether through the arts, sciences, or another field. In fact, RC students usually have interests in several varied disciplines. They are welcoming and passionate about their education. There’s probably a plant in their room.

 

So Jung (SJ) Shin

Year: First Year

Pronouns: They/She

Hometown: Jakarta

RC Language: Spanish

Major: Psychology

Email: sojungsh@umich.edu

Campus Involvement: RC Review, Project WriteOn, End the Cycle, Creative Writing Forum

Future Goals: I’m interested in continuing my studies in graduate school for psychology and work towards a license to work as a therapist. 

What first interested you in the RC? Or, why did you choose to join the RC? I wanted to have a smaller community within the large institute of U of M that would let me explore a liberal arts education with more depth. The classes itself were ones that I wanted to take, like the first year seminars, drawing class, and even the Arts and Ideas in the Humanities major. I was also interested to learn more languages, and because the RC offers intensive language programs, I thought it would be a good opportunity for me. Mostly, though, it was the casual and friendly “vibe” of the RC that made me choose to join. Everyone seemed really friendly and so creative, I wanted to be part of that vibrant energy here.

What has your experience been like in the RC language program? I am currently studying Spanish in the RC and I love it so far. The Intensive I class was full when I registered for classes, so I started in Elementary Spanish, but that in no way took away from the experience. Classes are small, so it’s easy to feel close with classmates and get comfortable with the professor. You do work everyday, which helps with getting more familiar with the language, and is almost like a bonding experience with other students. It definitely makes me excited to get to the Intensive classes and do readings in Spanish. Instructors are patient and make classes fun, and the conversation circles are another opportunity to practise speaking and get closer with other students learning Spanish.

What is the “vibe” of the RC? The first thought that came to mind when I saw the RC page was “quirky.” Everyone seems to have their own thing going on, with some sort of passion to back it up. Like with many students in the university, everyone is incredibly driven and passionate and academic, but the energy in the RC feels more creative and vibrant in its own unique way. There’s a focus on culture and social outreach and art, and I would say it feels like a warm environment. There’s always someone playing on the piano in the lobby, studios and practise rooms are open to students, art works are all over the building. I felt the most “RC-esque” studying Spanish or doing my readings on language and culture on my picnic blanket in the courtyard with other students, with warm tea and my journal off to the side.

 

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