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.

250 for 250: Nadine Azari

Nadine Azari is on the Board of Directors for Rutgers’ largest student-run event, Dance Marathon. She is also in her third year as a Resident Assistant on College Avenue, where students go to her for support. Nadine plans to do research abroad when she graduates in May.

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250 for 250: Radha Patel

Radha Patel is a third year supply chain student who has not only interned for companies including Diaspark and Verizon, but also remains actively involved on campus as an RA, a RBS tour guide, and as the Director of Internal Affairs for her professional fraternity, Phi Chi Theta.

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250 for 250: Deondre Smalls

Find out how Deondre chose Rutgers and has taken advantage of the opportunities and extracurriculars offered. He is on his way to graduate in Journalism and Media Studies in May 2017. He’s landed an internship with CNN and hopes to work in sports production after graduation.

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250 for 250: Ajay Kashi

Ajay Kashi, a senior studying chemical engineering and physics, has conducted research on renewable energy in world-renowned schools like the University of Southern California and Columbia University. Originally from California, Ajay has always had a specific interest in climate change and has gone a step further by trying to tackle this problem through his involvement both at Rutgers and on an international level.

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250 for 250: Victor Gatica

Victor Gatica had always maintained the belief that he was not good enough to succeed, and was shocked when he was accepted into Rutgers. He jokes that his acceptance was an accident as he tells me about his journey here. Although his acceptance was clearly real, it was conditional.

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250 for 250: Kaila Lim

Recent graduate, Kaila Lim, discovered a passion for public speaking through Rutgers Toastmasters and competed in contests hosted by Toastmasters International, TedX Speechcraft, and the Rutgers School of Communication and Information during her time at Rutgers. Find out more about her college journey and her career plans as she begins her first full-time job in New York City.

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250 for 250: Madison Little

Madison is an internationally published HIV researcher and has presented papers in South Africa, Australia and throughout the United States. Get to know the Rutgers grad who will be pursuing graduate studies in social policy at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom this fall.

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250 for 250: Anthony Mollica

Growing up only ten minutes away from Rutgers, Anthony Mollica had the opportunity to see what life in college would someday be like for him. Find out how Anthony has made the most of his experience thus far and what plans he has for the future!

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250 for 250: Henry Yeh

“I knew that I wanted to do something meaningful so I could be involved in college.” International Students at Rutgers can sometimes have a different journey at Rutgers than others. Take a look into what Henry Yeh has been up to throughout his Rutgers experience and how he has thrived along the way.

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250 for 250: Kayla Jackson

Rising senior, Kayla Jackson, once dreamed of a career in professional golf. Find out what influenced her to pursue a career in media and entrepreneurship instead, along with how she became a co-founder of PeduL, a higher education crowdfunding platform.

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250 for 250: Alec Tripodi

Find out how graduating senior, Alec Tripodi, is making a difference through Rutgers Cru and other community service activities!

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250 for 250: Atif Ahmad

Atif Ahmad moved to the United States at the age of 19 from Bangladesh to pursue his dream of attending law school. Find out how Atif’s passion for law transformed into one for policy, as well as the lessons he’s learned along the way.

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