Advice From Great Jewish Women



March 20, 2023

Each March, we recognize Women’s History Month, and this year, we asked Hillel International Student Cabinet members who identify as women to share reflections on their college experiences, and advice for younger students who are beginning their college careers. Here’s what they had to say:

“As a first-year student, it’s important to remember that college is a time to learn about yourself, so make time to reflect on your experiences and think about what you want out of the next four years. Remember to be true to yourself and don’t be afraid to try new things, including exploring your Jewish identity and getting involved in Hillel. Embrace the journey of college and be willing to welcome change!”

— Danielle Sobkin

“These next few years will shape your values and the person you become. Choose to surround yourself with people who help you be the best version of yourself.”

— Rebecca Weiss

“If you want to be more confident, if you want to pursue a new hobby, or if you want to explore Judaism in a new way, college is a great time to seek out the resources and the “reset button” to do those things. Give yourself permission to be the person you’ve always wanted to be, and if you need help getting there, Hillel staff make great mentors!

— Samantha Brody

“During my studies, I found that the best way to figure out what I want to do next is to gain as much experience as possible.  Whether it is working or volunteering, experience indicates your ability to work and your determination and your motivation to go beyond your classes.  Professional experience is just as important as the classes themselves.

— Linoy Barokas

“College gives you a space and a platform to learn, meet, and explore new people and areas of life. Use the time to get out of your comfort zone and grow. It goes by fast and you should make the most of it!”

— Jessica Yeroshalmi