Before arriving at the University I knew I wanted to get involved with Hillel, as I had been active in my synagogue for many years growing up, but I was not expecting to get attached so fast. The first event I attended was the Brody Jewish Center BBQ on the first day of classes, and I automatically felt a bond-- not only with my fellow first years, but also with many upperclassmen. Everyone was so welcoming and excited to bring us into the Hillel family.
As a first year representative, I have also had the opportunity to get more first years involved-- whether that be through promotion of events or just talking to people about what they are looking to get out of Hillel. About two weeks ago I had an idea to organize a first year dinner at one of the dining halls in order for people to get to know each other outside of a Hillel-sponsored event. The turnout wound up being great and there were even a few new faces. This past week we also had our first year retreat and first year movie night, which both went extremely well and seemed to make everyone enthusiastic for the rest of the year. It has been a great experience getting to know my fellow WaJews and I am excited to continue this journey during the next four years.
Wa-Jew Class of 2018