Carly Neren

What is your name?
Carly Neren

Where are you from?
White Bear Lake, Minnesota 

What is your major?
Medical Laboratory Science

Why did you choose the UofM?
I love that there are so many things to do, it is right by the amazing city of Minneapolis and close to home!

Where did you go to high-school?
White Bear Lake Area High School 

What is your favorite book? Why?
The Fault in our Stars, because it makes you think and its written in a very unique way

Favorite Jewish memory? Why?
My favorite Jewish memory is hard to choose because there are many. I would say my years at Camp Chi, my birthright trip, or my confirmation trip to New York with my synagogue crew

What is your favorite Jewish food?
Falafel all the way

If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
Back to Israel of course

What's your favorite class?
Anything in the sciences, biology and chemistry

What makes you happy?
Spending time with the people that I love, traveling, and laughing

When have you felt proud being a Jew?
I have felt proud to be a Jew whenever I have had the ability to put the Jewish values into action in my life. 

How would you describe Chabad in 1 sentence?
A very welcoming and safe place where Jewish college students can come together and feel accepted

Do you prefer to read the book or see the movie?
Definitely see the movie.

In your spare time what do you like to do?
I like to spend time with my family and friends, I love to dance, and I enjoy music, movies, eating out, and exploring new places.

Do you prefer living on campus or off campus? What would you recommend to freshmen?
I prefer living on campus because you get to meet many people who are in the same situation as you and you can become really close to them in this way. It’s nice having every close to you like classes, the gym, groups to study with, and restaurants. I would recommend living on campus!

If you had a message for the freshmen what would it be?
I would say that the transition into life as a college student can be really challenging, but as long as you know who you are you will do just fine. Also it is a huge campus so it is easy to feel like you don’t belong anywhere, but you just have to search and you will find your niche!

What would be the biggest "don't ever do" to a freshman?
Don’t ever stop personally developing yourself. Once you are happy with yourself and proud of what you are doing, everything else comes a lot more easily.