Zoe Kress

Mount Laurel, New Jersey

Major: Undecided    Interests: Expressing myself through art. I love photography, art, and dance, especially Zumba and Israeli dance. I'm also a big fan of old movies and reruns of I Love Lucy  

Extracurricular/Cocurricular Activities: I initially joined the Asian Youth Program, a community impact club that pairs college students with children who have been affected by domestic violence, as a way to connect to my Chinese heritage. Seeing how I have made an impact on the lives of the children I work with has been amazing. I am also part of Shalhevet, the Israeli dance troupe on campus, and am a new member of Alpha Chi Omega.  

Three Favorite Things About List College: Without a doubt, the community is my favorite part of List College. It's an environment where I can have an engaging and intellectually stimulating conversation with a fellow student or a professor. I love how my Jewish studies enrich my secular studies and everyday life. My classes at List College add new dimension and meaning to the things I do. Also, I'm a huge fan of the cafeteria's cookies.   

Three Favorite Things About Living in New York City: Living in New York City for college is great. I love seeing Broadway shows and visiting museums. There is always something to do in NYC, so I'm constantly trying new things. There is so much diversity-the people, the food, and how the city brings together various cultures.  

Best Class at List College: My favorite class, so far, has been Women in Biblical Institutions. I studied the Torah for many years at Jewish day school, and my learning felt repetitive. However, seeing the Torah through a feminist perspective has ignited a new appreciation-my perception of these stories has suddenly changed.   

One day I want to . . .  return to China, where I was born before being raised in the United States, and help provide much-needed care to the children in orphanages. Whether I provide that aid as a doctor; by donating toys, books, school supplies, and clothing; or merely by being a helpful presence, it doesn't matter. I will make a difference in these children's lives.