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Monica Rivera

Hometown: Menlo Park, California

Possible major: Chemical engineering

Her parents and sister were born in El Salvador. "I miss my mom's Salvadorian food," she says. "But I call twice a week, and e-mail helps me stay in touch with my family and friends."

William Jennings

Hometown: Billerica, Massachusetts

Possible major: Math (in the College) and composition (at Eastman)

It's not that you choose to become a composer, he says. "It's more like something you have to do. There's a musical idea that's gotten hold of you and won't let go until it's close to being right."

Kellie Roccabruna

Hometown: Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Possible major: Chemistry (through the Rochester Early Medical Scholars Program, which guarantees admission to the School of Medicine and Dentistry)

"A big part of college is doing things for yourself. That's your motivation," she says. "In high school, you're doing what other people tell you to do."

Ward Richardson

Hometown: Sandy Hook, Connecticut

Possible major: Chemistry (pre-med)

"I like all kinds of music, especially jazz and Big Band," he says. Hendrix and Garcia, too, it would seem from the posters on his wall.

Dimitry Shmoys

Hometown: Rochester

Major: Undecided

A native of Uzbekistan, he moved to this country with his family six years ago knowing no English, and is still, he claims without a trace of an accent, "learning the language." Carlson library is his favorite study venue.

Alexandra (left) and Victoria Boyer

Hometown: Chicago

Majors: Undecided

University of Chicago President Hugo Sonnenschein '61 persuaded them to enroll at Rochester (he's close friends with their dad, who's the dean of the college there). The food at Danforth also made an impact: "Anyplace that has pierogies on the menu has got to be good," says Alexandra. "We're Polish and we love them."

Julie Gallagher

Hometown: Shaker Heights, Ohio

Possible major: A dual major in English and history

"I love to read," she says. "In high school, people would ask me, 'Why would you read a book like Jane Eyre just for fun?'"

Manuel Ramirez

Hometown: New York City

Possible major: Dual major in political science and history

"I wanted to go away to college, to a place that was different from the environment I grew up in," he says. "And then, hopefully, I'll go back and help change things."

Alan Katz

Hometown: Chappaqua, New York

Major: Undecided

His mountain bike takes up most of the free space in his dorm room--but never mind, he says. "Have you ever ridden on a mountain bike at 30 miles an hour? It's awesome!"

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