Rebecca's Story

Rebecca Gordon
Hometown:  West Hempstead, NY.
Senior, Class of 2020 Biology


Selecting Yeshiva University for college was an easy decision. Stern College offered me opportunities to enhance my religious growth, while not compromising my education in the least.

This year, I’m working on my senior project with one of my favorite professors, Dr. Harvey Babich. Dr. Babich is chair of the Biology Department and teaches genetics. I am a teaching assistant for his genetics lab and have gained so much having him as my mentor. I have chosen to study a topic that combines my major as well as my interest in healthcare. My working title is: “Occupational Therapy Related Disorders in the Bible and Talmud: Ancient Remedies and Modern Treatments.”  I also plan to summarize my findings and publish them in Stern’s Science and Torah publication, Derech HaTeva.

When I’m not studying, I enjoy many chesed opportunities both in and out of YU. I have volunteered for Project START, teaching exciting science lessons and doing cool experiments with kids in public school. I am a Crisis Counselor for Crisis Text Line, an organization which provides free support for people experiencing mental distress. I also spend about 6 hours a week helping an adorable 94-year-old woman who lives near the Beren Campus.

I have had so many great opportunities at YU; I have attended ballets and Broadway shows with the honors program and participated in a variety of extracurricular activities, but my absolute best times at YU are right in the dorm, hanging out with my friends.