Favorite Jewish food: "Falafel with israeli salad and hummus - it’s so, so good.”
“And does Chinese food count? Also Chinese food, definitely Chinese food.”
Ice cream flavor that fits your personality: “At home, there’s a great ice cream place that has cinnamon churro ice cream - so not the first flavor you would think of, but once you eat it, that’s it, it’s your new favorite. I love cinnamon and sweet things, and it has a little crunch in it.”
“The kids came up to me and commented that they really liked how I didn’t do it for them, because now they’ll be able to do it later, which was pretty cool to hear,” Agranoff said.
Agranoff, a social work major, started working as a classroom aid at Hilltop this semester. She helps teachers set up class and keeps kids engaged.
This experience allows her to work with kids, which is something she wants to do in the future. Through working with this age group, she said she is able to learn new strategies and gain new skills about social work.
“Kids are my favorite people, they’re funny,” Agranoff said. “It’s cool to see, especially in the 3-5 age range, how they act on just pure instinct and...it is really good practice for my future career goals.”
The job also acts as a destresser for Agranoff, as she gets to come into class and hang out with the kids in a different environment than her own classes.
“The kids start to get to know me and they’ll ask me how my day was and we’ll color together,” Agranoff said. “It’s cool when I walk into the room after coming from a really stressful class to see kids who are excited to see me and who want to hang out with me. It’s just a great feeling.”
At Hillel, Agranoff interns with Shabbat Around KU, where she hosts Shabbat dinners for herself and others at KU. Recently, Agranoff held a jean-themed Shabbat dinner at her apartment for her and friends, which was a “silly” experience she said made the Shabbat dinner different and fun.
“I want to make it a meaningful experience for others because my Shabbats at home were a lot of relaxed, family tradition,” Agranoff said.”I like the fact that I am leading the meal and it’s my responsibility and just kind of through facilitating that, [my friends] can gain from it, too. I’m thankful to have Hillel as it enables us to continue living Jew-ishly while on campus.”
Agranoff is also a part of the community service sorority Omega Phi Alpha at KU, as well as a team captain for the club ultimate frisbee team, Betty Ultimate.
“My goal in everything I do is helping others and I want to help better other people,” Agranoff said. “So whether that’s through doing service or that’s through whatever other opportunities, then I’m in.”