I WAS BORN IN JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, to Israeli parents, and then we moved to Israel. When I was about 3, we moved to Tenafly, N.J., and there’s where I grew up. That’s what I would consider my hometown even though culturally there’s a lot of layers in me.
WHEN I WAS APPLYING FOR COLLEGES, Lehigh grabbed my attention because, first of all, it has really good academics, and I know that Lehigh has a lot of different opportunities for students of all backgrounds, of all races, finances, whatever it may be. When I got in, there was no question [I would attend].
WHEN I WAS A FRESHMAN I MADE A TRANSITION from more of pre-med classes—that’s what I had wanted to do—to more of a journalism career path. It’s something I really appreciate because I don’t know if I would have been able to find my true passion or commit to my true passion without Lehigh’s help.
THE FIRST SEMESTER OF FRESHMAN YEAR, I learned a lot about myself in all aspects, especially academically, and got a lot of confidence [thanks to] my teachers, especially with my communications skills. So I decided to pursue something that I deep down always knew I was more passionate about than anything else. I was in an English class, English 1, and my teacher [Nicole Batchelor] … built up my confidence. [She said] to me during my meetings [with her] that I should go into writing, that I have the talent, something’s there. It’s just something I need to work on, and I’ve been improving it ever since then. Those little sincere comments built up my confidence and are ultimately what led me to fully embrace my communication skills and embrace what I am really passionate about.
LEHIGH HAS HELPED ME IMMENSELY in figuring out who I am and what place I have in the world, and what I want to do in the world and how I can help the world. … I realized if I’m the happiest I can be, it’s more likely that I’ll be able to help others be the happiest they can be.
IT WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE FOR ME TO GO ABROAD without Lehigh’s financial aid, and it wouldn’t have been possible to get a Lehigh education and get a Lehigh network and get everything that comes with Lehigh, which is beyond what it says on paper. And I want to just put an emphasis on the people … all the professors, all the faculty, all the staff, all the students. Lehigh is truly a place I can call home.
I’M IN A PROGRAM IN SPAIN CALLED CIEE SEVILLE COMMUNICATIONS, NEW MEDIA AND JOURNALISM. I’m working with a bunch of journalism students from around the country who are studying abroad as well. We are in classes that were tailored specifically to journalism and communication in Spanish culture. All of them are in Spanish, and I’m also living in a homestay, with a local Spanish family. It’s a very immersive experience.
I WENT ON AN IACOCCA INTERNSHIP LAST SUMMER IN MILAN, ITALY. That was a journalism program with Professor Jack Lule. That was an incredible experience, and it was my first time working abroad, my first time really being abroad for a long period of time in a place I didn’t know. This semester I’m doing a lot of my journalism-centered things, and next semester I’m doing more of my global-centered things [at Tel Aviv University in Israel].
NOTHING’S EVER SET IN STONE, but I really want to be a journalist, specifically a broadcast journalist, whether that be an anchor on a news show or a photographer or a videographer or something with multimedia journalism or data journalism. The Lehigh journalism department got me really passionate about journalism and how important it is. … I consider myself artistic and creative, so if this takes me more into the fictional side of TV or movies or production, I would be very, very happy as well. But, whatever I do I will be a storyteller…
I’M OPEN TO WORKING ABROAD AND WORKING DOMESTICALLY—wherever the opportunities take me, I’ll go. I love traveling, meeting new people and learning about different cultures, and that’s also why I enjoy journalism, because journalism is something that no matter where you are in the world, there’s always an important story to tell.