As the eighth oldest institution for higher learning in the United States, Rutgers is celebrating its 250th anniversary on November 10, 2016. To celebrate this monumental milestone, I Am Rutgers will be featuring Rutgers’ most involved and accomplished students in a new series, “250 for 250.” This year-long series will serve as a reflection of Rutgers’ diverse student body and status as a premier national research university.
One of the best ways you can give back at Rutgers is through community service. Whether you participate in Scarlet Day of Service or are a part of the alternative breaks organization, there are so many ways you can make a difference here in New Brunswick and in the surrounding community. Alec Tripodi, a graduating senior studying finance, thrives on helping other people in any way he can through Rutgers Cru, working as a Supervisor for Intramural Sports, being an Apartment Assistant, participating in an alternative breaks trip and more.
Alec has been an Apartment Assistant (AA) for the last two years in the Livingston Apartments. As an AA, he works to provide programming that focuses on upperclassman, such as hosting career oriented and alcohol safety events. Alec feels that he was truly able to cultivate his skills as a leader during his time as an AA.
I wanted to learn more about myself and my abilities as a leader. For example, how I would handle situations dealing with conflict resolution, as well as working with a team of AAs and RAs. My previous RAs inspired me to be apply as a way to help residents, and be a resource for students.”
Alec is also heavily involved with Rutgers Cru, a Christian group on campus that aims to be “a resource for Christians to grow in their faith and learn how to tell others about Christ. [They also serve] as a resource for people that do not identify as Christians, but have questions about Christianity,” according to their website. One of their events this semester was called Pizza and God, where they provided free pizza and a safe space to discuss the idea of God and spirituality in general.
Alec has also participated in two Scarlet Days of Service and went on an alternative breaks trip this past winter called “The Scarlet, White, and Blue: Farming With Veterans” trip to Texas, where he worked on an organic farm that was founded by veterans.
I’m definitely passionate about community service and helping others. This alternative break trip was a great way for me to do that, and I want to be able to continue to participate in activities that are similar. But also, we do active community service with Cru like outreach to the homeless, and with my church back home, we’ll prepare all these meals and deliver them to people who live in motels within the community.”
Apart from these Rutgers related activities, Alec genuinely enjoys the finance field. He loves the forward thinking nature of finance, as well as the analytical and problem-solving aspects. He has had three major finance internships at three different companies in New Jersey. Last summer, he interned at the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) in their technology and life sciences department, and he has recently accepted an offer as a Venture Associate there following graduation.
As graduation approaches, Alec has become somewhat nostalgic and reflects on why he loves Rutgers so much. He ultimately decides that he couldn’t have asked for a better college experience.
I’m really passionate about Rutgers in general because I love this place. Being here in a university environment with other like minded and even not like minded individuals who are passionate about learning and figuring themselves out has been an amazing experience.”