Hometown: Jamaica, NY
High School: Queens High School for the Sciences at York College
Bio: Isaiah Sypher is from Jamaica Queens, New
York. He attended Queens High School for the Sciences. He is in his last
semester as a Wesleyan student and has been very active on campus for the last four
years. He worked as a senior interviewer, a teaching assistant for Spanish
101, and a department specialist at the Office of International Studies.
In the past, Isaiah has been a TA for Elementary French and volunteered both at
Woodrow Wilson Middle School and the Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown.
On a more creative note, he sang with Ebony Singers for
two semesters and took two West African Dance classes, which were as enjoyable
as they were exhausting.
Isaiah studied abroad in Madrid, Spain for the full 2011-2012 academic year. For the past two summers, he worked as a psychology research assistant, first at Wesleyan in the Cognitive Development Lab and then at the Stanford Mood and Anxiety Disorders Lab. Isaiah has also interned at a number of cultural institutions throughout New York City.
Due to a strong interest in mental health, Isaiah plans on doing a 1-2 year research assistantship with a focus on mental disorders, after which he plans to apply to PhD programs in clinical psychology.
He enjoys music, film and trying new recipes.
Isaiah answers the question "Why Wes?"
Why Wes: As I was navigating the college search and application process, I used my high school experience as a point of reference to determine just what I wanted out of a school. I greatly appreciated the diversity of the student body and the feeling of being in an intimate and close-knit learning environment, like my high school afforded. On the other hand, I did not want this to come at the expense of academic opportunities and resources. Wesleyan was one of the only places that made me feel that I didn’t have to compromise. Coming to WesFest definitely solidified that impression. In a 72-hour period, I came into contact with more passionate, driven, and quirky people than I had in my entire life! I realized that coming to Wesleyan would not only help me to grow as an intellectual, but as an individual. As I reflect on this decision over 3 years later, I really do believe I couldn’t have made a better choice.
Favorite Song: "A Foggy Day" by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
Favorite Movie: Rashomon
Interesting Fact: I am a third-generation New Yorker