For Shantell, gratification doesn’t always need to come from recognition. She believes she has made a difference in the lives of many people around her without having to step into the limelight or receive any validation.
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.
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.
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.
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!
“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.
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.
Find out how graduating senior, Alec Tripodi, is making a difference through Rutgers Cru and other community service activities!
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.
This piece is part of the Letters to My First-Year Self series in which students (current or past) look back on their first year here at Rutgers and give advice to their former selves. Mercedes emphasizes the importance of self-love and reminds her first-year self to live in the present rather than constantly worrying about the future.