Staff Writer Profile: Marcela Homsany

By: Rivka Inger  |  March 28, 2024

By Rivka Inger, Senior Features Editor

What year are you in YU? I’m a senior.

What school are you in? I’m in Stern College for Women. 

Where did you go to high school and for your gap year? I went to Nova Southeastern University School for high school and Bar Ilan for my gap year.

What is your major? Media Studies with a concentration in journalism.

What do you want to do after college? I would like to become a grant writer after I graduate. 

I’ve explored many avenues, such as journalism— really mostly journalism— I’ve written for The Jerusalem Post, the YU Observer, the Maccabees, and I’m the Managing Editor of The Breather. I’ve found a passion for grant writing and giving back in that way. 

What is your favorite section to write for? The Features section. It’s my soft spot. I love hearing other people’s stories, and transcribing it in a way that can be passed on for generations, since that’s what writing’s all about. It’s about the preservation of history and people’s histories. 

Why did you decide to join the YU Observer? I joined three years ago because I’ve always loved the Editors-in-Chief, and even more so because I saw the impact that the YU Observer had on the student body. I wanted to be a part of that change and impact on the student body— for teachers and administrators— and show that there is a voice at school, you just need to find avenues to use it. The YU Observer is the one of the best ways that you can express yourself and make the message that you want heard. 

What is your favorite article that you have written? My first article was about the LGBTQ case against YU, that’s my favorite article to this day.

Why should someone join the YU Observer? The YU Observer is the perfect avenue for a student to use their voice to communicate with the rest of the student body to share like minded ideas, and to share messages to the administration and staff in a way that they’ll be heard. I can promise you that you’ll be heard, because I’ve seen it firsthand multiple times. The YU Observer has this charisma that brings others’ attention, and it’s truly admirable.

What is your favorite part about Yeshiva University? I’ve actually written an article about how Stern is like a sorority, but even more so it’s like a family. You can depend on one another for literally anything; you will never find a community like we have at YU, where anybody can find their group. I went to a secular high school so I can tell you firsthand, it’s a beautiful thing to see trust and community within a school. In Stern, if you leave your computer in the library and come back, your computer will still be there. People will even be looking out for you, sending photos in group chats to say “hey, someone left their computer here.” People really have each others’ backs and it’s something that you don’t see anywhere else.

What is your favorite pie flavor? I like pecan pie. I haven’t really tried many pies in my day because they’re not really part of my culture, but I like pecan. It’s pretty good.

If you had to have strawberry ice cream, would you want it with chunks of strawberries or without? Okay, I feel very passionate about this. If I had strawberry ice cream, I would want chunks of strawberry in it. Additionally, you can only eat strawberry ice cream with peanut butter, because it’s like peanut butter and jam, and I will die on that hill. The sweet and salty go perfect together. I don’t care if it’s peanut butter ice cream, I don’t care if it’s peanut butter itself, peanut butter is it. If you’re going crazy, put it with some graham crackers and some chocolate, you’re welcome, I’m a person of the people. I’m putting you on to something that other people haven’t thought of but need to.