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Jose Vargas ’15

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Major(s): Physics

Minor(s): Computer Science

Service Projects/ Life at Brandeis:

What made you decide to attend Brandeis?

JV: A big part of it was Posse; I didn’t even know about Brandeis until I saw it was one of my options for the Posse scholarship and my college counselor suggested I look into it more. I liked what I saw in terms of the Physics program and campus in general, so it was in my top 3. Then I became a Posse finalist for Brandeis and it went from there!

What is it like to be a member of Posse?

JV: Fun and amazing! I’ve had such a great time with my posse, and I always feel like I can talk to them and hang out!

What is your favorite subject to study?

JV: Well, I know this is a shocker, but definitely Physics with CS as a close second. I’ve always liked all the sciences but Physics seemed the coolest to me, and I’ve always been a big gamer so CS has appealed to me for a while.

What is your favorite thing about astrophysics?

JV: SPACE! There is a lot of cool, crazy stuff in the universe and I think it’s amazing to learn about them, stars and black holes in particular. I’ve been obsessed with space since I was a child, so it’s the perfect pairing.

What made you decide to be apart of Teach for America?

JV: I didn’t know what I wanted to do for a long time, because there were many careers that I could see myself enjoying, and teaching was one of them. A recruiter for TFA approached me last semester because someone in Posse had recommended me, and the more I learned about it the more I could see myself as a teacher. Eventually I applied, got accepted, and said yes! I’ll be going back to NYC to teach physics in the fall, which is a big plus for me.

What do you when you are not in the lab?

JV: Classes and assignments, hanging out with my girlfriend and friends, playing video games, eating, sleeping, etc. I feel that a lot more of my life should and will be becoming the lab in the following weeks though, because I am working on a senior thesis.

Has it been difficult to balance all of your service projects and schoolwork?

JV: Absolutely! Time management has always been a struggle for me, and I know I am not alone in that. But eventually we all have to buckle down and handle what needs to be handled. If I feel behind in something I’ll dedicate a large portion of my time to it until I’ve caught up, in which case I’ll undoubtedly have to do it again for something else! It is something that I have to continue to work on.

What do you like better Sherman or Usdan

JV: Usdan, because I like the variety available.

What’s your favorite meal from Usdan?

JV: Curritos’ chicken tikka burrito! It’s delicious and spicy!

What’s your favorite movie?

JV: Probably The Lego Movie… I really like Legos, and the character of Benny the 1980s Spaceman is me. We are both super hype about SPACESHIPS

Favorite place on Brandeis?

JV: That’s difficult… probably wherever my friends are at the moment.

Celebrity Crush?

JV: By far the most difficult question; I don’t really have any!

If you met Louie Brandeis tomorrow what would say to Louie Brandeis?

JV: “I thought you were dead?”                       

Have you ever Sherman shopped?

JV: I think I took an apple once?

Favorite TV show?

JV: I don’t really watch that much TV, but I like Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, Doctor Who, and Scrubs.

Repping the 305. From Miami to Boston. Likes: House music, Tuna Fish, Rom Coms, Sunshine Dislikes: Track, Roller coasters, Snakes
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