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.
International students arrive in the United States sometimes with fear of not fitting in or missing home. For Henry Yeh, Rutgers provided an opportunity to get involved, to ride every roller coaster in the theme park of college. He wanted to get a full college experience by getting involved in many organizations, and he has done just that since beginning his undergraduate career. At the same time, he has also spent his time
preparing for his career post-college by expanding his network and taking advantage of many opportunities offered through Rutgers.
Henry is a junior majoring in
economics and sports management with a minor in sociology. He came to America six years ago from Taiwan determined to attend Rutgers University, graduate, and excel in whatever career path he decided to choose. Henry is the 7th member of his family to go to Rutgers. Fortunately, Henry thought hard about what path he wanted to take and decided to take a route that he believes is useful and helpful in today’s society.
In five or ten years he sees himself in law school or as an accountant.
I think the two most important things that everyone should be familiar with is law and business. It doesn’t matter what profession you study or job you take, you will need those two backgrounds. They are very powerful and can change the world.”
Henry has been involved with the Rutgers Medium, a satire based paper, as a business manager. He has contributed to the Rutgers Review both on paper and as their treasurer. Henry has also served as a team leader for the international student orientations in the summer and winter. He also is a member of the Phi Sigma Pi Honor Fraternity. He volunteers for the Rutgers Alumni Association and helps out in the Alumni Parade on Alumni Day.
Henry volunteered for the Class of 1965 Reunion dinner where he met the founder of the Rutgers Review. He was able to learn about how the founder thought of the idea and the work he left behind. It was truly a very honorable moment for him. Henry likes to write on the side and share his work. This also encourages him to aspire the possibility of law school.
I knew that I wanted to do something meaningful so I could be involved in college. I am constantly expanding my network and contacts. I want to grow my experience in the US college life because not everyone in Taiwan gets to have this experience.”
One of Henry’s biggest achievements is his involvement with the Rutgers Women’s Basketball Team as their undergraduate manager. He’s in charge of filming, coding and editing practices and actual games. He picks out clips that demonstrate different offense and defense techniques during games and any mistakes they may make. The coaches are able to see this film and evaluate players’ future performances and improvements during the season. He has also edited clips of two players who got drafted to the WNBA.
It was a very interesting experience that
enabled me to interact with people that are really out of my circle. I get to be involved with the Hall of Fame head coach, Coach Vivian Stringer, and with her assistant coaches who have previously played in the women’s NBA or other professional teams. You get to travel while you’re working and get to network and meet different people with sports backgrounds. It’s definitely something that I wouldn’t want to trade for something else. I’m certainly coming back next season!”
One of the most challenging things Henry has faced so far was his first semester at Rutgers. He didn’t really know anyone, and at the time he didn’t understand American culture or speak English very well. It was difficult to connect with his fellow classmates. Fortunately, he met some good friends that helped him adjust to college and get involved.
This is what inspired me to be a team leader for the international student orientation because I was helped when I came here. Now that I’m older with a few years of experience at Rutgers under my belt, it’s my turn to help more people, and one day they will do the same. That is what life is about, you get help from others and you pass it on.”
One of the most memorable moments Henry remembers is when he worked as the camera operator for Big Ten TV network. He was in charge of capturing the sound for the football game, Rutgers vs. Michigan. Someone blocked him the whole time, which made it difficult to get good sound for the network. He was frustrated the whole time, and a friend of his took a picture of the scene. When he saw the picture after the game he realized that the person in front of him was a former New York Knick NBA player, Timothy Hardaway Jr. How small this university can sometimes seem. You never know who you might meet just by getting involved at Rutgers!
Aside from getting involved
at Rutgers, Henry has taken steps to jump-start his work experience. He interned two summers ago as an Accounting Intern at American Renewable Energy Inc. in Piscataway. This internship experience inspired him to start his own company called CY Travel. It’s a small travel agency that sells international flight tickets and cruise packages. This gives him the opportunity to gain more experience with running a business and managing company financials through accounting. He is off to intern in New York Life this summer.
Henry also takes time to work on research and projects with his professors and fellow colleagues. He is working on a book on Rutgers’ 250th anniversary and Phi Sigma Pi Centennial Anniversary and Biographical Directory. The book will be published sometime in November and December 2016. Henry is working on a research paper called, “49 Day Funeral Ceremony in Buddhism,” with Dr. Fernandez, the head of the Caribbean Studies department. Professor J. Rand, from the sociology department, is working with Henry on a research paper called, “The Positive Effect and Indirect Relationship between Legalizing Abortion and Crime Rates.” Henry is also working with another professor from the sociology department, Professor K.W. Springer, on a research paper called, “Academic Performance and Social Competency between Domestic and International Domestic Adoptees. He is expanding his Rutgers pride by working on establishing an Alumni Chapter in Taiwan with the Rutgers University Foundation. Henry has come to immerse himself in the opportunity of research within this distinguished university and is working on these projects to help give back to the community.
Henry’s involvement in leadership allows him to be a better person and influence other people. He believes that he owes all of this to his mother. She inspires him because she brought him to the States to get a better education.
I do all of this for her, to show that I appreciate her.”
As he continues to another year at Rutgers, he will be serving as President for the RU Pre-Law Society (2016-2017). He is also looking forward to another season at the Rutgers Women’s Basketball Team and volunteering at Alumni events.