Conn Coll Confidential

- The Experience, Julia Kaback '18 

Julia Kaback sits at her desk in the Admission Office.
Come visit me at my office in Horizon House!

In March 2013, I visited Conn for the first time as a high school junior and fell in love at first sight with the school. Back then, I was leaning toward applying to a small school with academic support and Conn certainly felt like the right fit for me.  When I applied to colleges that January, Conn was my first choice. I remember being drawn to it because, like my high school, it was a small community that fostered student relationships with professors inside and outside the classroom. Now, I share my college-search experience and why I chose Conn with interviewees from all over the world through my job as a senior admission fellow.

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Finding my Center, and Rosh Hashanah Core

As I sat with my feet shoulder-width apart, Rabbi Susan Schein led our Hillel group in meditation. As Jews, we are in the midst the month of Elul. Elul is the month leading up to the High Holy Days, of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It is also during this time that I am drawn to exploring meditations and thinking about the year ahead of me even as I reflect on the past year. At our most recent home-cooked Shabbat dinner, I took a liking to a unique part of the Shabbat service. After all, the Shabbat meal is the beginning of the day of rest and I wanted to explore my spirituality within Judaism. This meditative exercise came from Psalm 27 in which, the kingdom of G-d is proposed and challenged.

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Ammerman in New York

Saadya and Andrew Nathanson ’13 pose for a photo together in NYC at the Ammerman Center event.
Meeting Andrew Nathanson ‘13 who manages social media for Bisnow, a company focused on commercial real estate news. We bonded over our shared experiences at Conn.

I recently had the opportunity to go on a field trip to New York City with other students, faculty and staff from the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology, one of the five academic centers on campus, which fosters students, faculty and staff doing interdisciplinary work in arts and technology. We began our day in the city with a visit to Flavor Lab, a New York-based audio production company. We met with Eric Stern ’13, an Ammerman Center alumnus who works there. He showed us around the company’s studios and described his work editing audio for TV shows and films. Given my interests in sound and music, it was fascinating to see this space as a potential place where I could work at with my Ammerman Certificate after graduation.

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Finding Courage to Leave the Comfortableness

It wasn’t a hard decision to study abroad. I always knew that I wanted to live in a Spanish-speaking place at some point in my life. I also always knew that I wanted the chance to explore Europe while I was still an undergrad and the severity of life’s responsibilities were not yet going to deter me from traveling around for four months. Conn’s study away options are plentiful, so I had many different choices. But, when it came down to it, I was drawn to Barcelona, Spain. 

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Home for the Holiday

It was worth getting up at 7:45 in the morning (a time normally too early for me to be out in public) on Friday, September 29, 2017 (or the 9th of Tishrei, 5778 by the reckoning of the Jewish calendar), to catch the train from New London’s Union Station. The reason: For the first time since senior year of high school, I was going to be home for Yom Kippur. I wanted to arrive in Springfield, Massachusetts, early so that I would be home well before the beginning of the holiday at sundown.

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How I chose peace (and conflict)

Hanna Bobrowicz ‘20 of Burlingame, California, is a history major and theater minor at Connecticut College. She is on the Leadership Committee of HerCampus, a member of the PR committee for the Women’s Empowerment Initiative, a member of Connecticut College Democrats and a Tour Guide. She plans on declaring her Peace and Conflict Pathway this fall.

As a first year, I was one of those lucky people who knew what they wanted to major in. History has always been a passion of mine, particularly social movements. Before college, I would often spend hours watching documentaries and interrogating my parents about life during the ‘60s. I was also extremely passionate about social events and community service. In high school, I was a part of the Young Dreamer organization that allowed me to work in communities in Guatemala, Costa Rica, and India. So while I was determined to major in history, I also wanted to make sure I would use my degree to impact the world in a positive way.   

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Welcoming the new academic year

As I drive back onto campus for the first time in the new academic year, I am overwhelmed with a feeling of familiarity and of returning home. It feels strange to be back. I have been away for an entire summer but it feels like I never left at all. I park my car and pick up the key to my room this year. I live in Smith House, which is in central campus across the street from Shain Library and the College Center at Crozier-Williams (Cro).

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Just a minor problem

Before coming to Conn, my mind was already set on a major. I had told all of my family and friends that I was going to major in behavioral neuroscience. There was no doubt in my mind that was the degree I wanted to pursue. Of course, I had other interests like acting, photography and writing, but I never considered pursuing any one of them as a major or minor.

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Summertime Livin’ at Glimmerglass

A photo of the front of Glimmerglass’ Alice Busch Opera Theater.
One of the lovely pictures that I took of Glimmerglass’ Alice Busch Opera Theater while eating breakfast one morning.

As I’ve mentioned previously, this summer I was the public relations intern at The Glimmerglass Festival, an internationally acclaimed summer opera festival near the Otsego Lake in Cooperstown, New York. Glimmerglass presents four fully staged operas each season and many other events including recitals and lectures. My internship had many responsibilities, especially after the season began. I wore many varied hats including assisting with media communications and being the point person for the lost and found.

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I Must be Funny

I wasn’t even going to audition.

It was yet another bright and sunny Friday afternoon at Conn, and the annual club fair was in full force on Library Green. I was running the Ski Club booth given my new position as president for this academic year. Along with the other club members, I had been recruiting new members for about an hour before I took a break to say hi to my friends at other booths. My friend and fellow blogger, Dani Maney ‘20, was running a booth at the fair for her improv group N20. 

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