Alex's Story


After two years learning in Shaalvim in Israel, I knew I wanted to attend a university where I could get a good academic foundation while engaging in serious Torah learning. No other nationally ranked university has this type of intense Jewish learning woven seamlessly into students’ daily schedules.

It isn’t easy juggling a full college schedule, an internship and sports with learning until 2:30pm every day and then night seder, but I like being involved. I think of it as a good dress rehearsal for life after YU, when we’ll be juggling work and family life, while still finding time for learning with a chevruta.

When I’m not in the classroom or beit midrash, I’m playing tennis with YU Macs’ NCAA Division III team. It’s amazing playing with such a diverse group of guys. My teammates come from Israel, France, South Africa, Panama, Morocco… and we’ve won the Skyline Conference Championship for the last 5 years in a row.

Outside of YU, I work as an intern at a real estate management firm on the Upper West Side. My employers tell me how impressed they are with how my corporate finance courses have prepared me. It’s a testament to how strong the Sy Syms program is.