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A woman sitting in a chair at Hawa Mahal (Palace of Wind) in Jaipur, India. Photo by Eliana Rothwell (2016 Fall Semester Photo Contest Finalist).

Introductory Yak

I was born in Haifa, Israel but have lived in Massachusetts for the past 17 years, where my Israeli parents have ensured I’ve maintained fluent Hebrew.

Since 4th grade, I have had a pluralistic Jewish education, first at Jewish Community Day School and then at Gann Academy for high school. This pluralism manifested itself in conversation-based learning environments with people whose beliefs, opinions, and perspectives were sometimes very different than mine, and this has played a huge part in shaping me and the way I approach the world. I can’t wait to extend this pluralism to an even more diverse and challenging setting in India! I’m passionate about working for positive change in my community, and the way I’ve been enabled to tackle systemic and environmental issues from within has led to my heavy involvement in Gann’s Student Council and a passion for student-driven change.

When I get to campus, I could see myself studying anything from politics, to psychology, to philosophy (I guess I like P’s… Perhaps that’s why I ended up at Princeton!) I also love talking and spending time with friends, playing basketball and ultimate frisbee, reading, avidly following the Boston Celtics, and going on adventures.