Student engagement at Frisch is flourishing even during COVID-19. Yeshivat Frisch’s roster of over 100 co-curricular activities continues to expand, and club leaders continue to spearhead incredible programs weekly and biweekly, providing students with exciting, safe opportunities to socialize, hone real-world skills and learn cool new things. Over the past month alone, three new clubs have been added.
Students interested in getting a cutting-edge window into the 21st century professional world can check out the new Future in Tech Club, founded by Eliana Bane. This club aims to broaden the audience base and application of technology in different fields by showing students that technology is apparent in every career. The club’s first speaker was Elisabeth Schwartz, head of information technology for Phathom Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company that transforms the treatments for gastrointestinal disorders. She discussed her previous coding, engineering and business experience, the role she plays in Phathom Pharmaceuticals and how her job connects technology, business and medicine.
For those with their eye on Wall Street, the new Venture Capital Club, founded by Isaac Brainson and Will Trump, takes an in-depth look at what venture capital is, how private equity firms work and examines the most successful venture capitalists through slideshows, Youtube videos and guest speakers. One of the first speakers was David Brainson, who manages a family investment office and was able to share his expertise in the venture capital world and what others do around him. Plans are also underway for club members to take part in pitching their own private company ideas.
In addition, Frisch’s new Psychology Club—independent from the school’s psychology elective offerings—had a Zoom discussion last Wednesday with Dr. Joshua Ackerman from the University of Michigan about the psychology behind decision making.
There are other co-curriculars that have started or grown this year. Intramural boys football league is back, masked and ready to let students channel their energy into athletic competition and camaraderie. The Frisch Bulletin, a one-page wonder of a news briefing, has published consistently every week, including a hit Purim edition. History Bowl is back and better than ever, with two teams recently competing in the National History Bowl’s Winter League.
“We are so proud that our students continue to hone their skills as young leaders, while pursuing their passion and sharing these opportunities with their peers,” said Frisch Principal Rabbi Eli Ciner. “As a faculty and administration, we are eager to support any student who comes to us with an idea for a new club or co-curricular activity.”