Rebekkah has been through obstacles to be where she is now. Thanks to the support of her family, friends and Rutgers, she has been able to gain confidence in herself to pursue her dreams.
Kelly came to Rutgers unsure of her major and career goals. Three years later, she feels much more certain about the future and is thankful to have discovered subjects she feels passionate about.
As the daughter of two immigrant Haitian parents, Kierra struggled to find a feeling of belonging growing up. It wasn’t until she came to Rutgers that she felt accepted by a diverse student body and discovered new opportunities to explore other cultures.
Ankita Veta has always been passionate about learning. Since coming to Rutgers, she has channeled this passion into a mission and is now the president of a club that fundraises money to provide scholarships for women who are the first in their families to get an education.
Kofi, or Nicholas, gives the background story of his name and how it has played an integral part in his Rutgers journey. Here Kofi shares his identity through his name and his story.
Gabe is from Piscataway. Rutgers’ English and Media studies degree has given Gabe an opportunity to connect to his hometown in creative ways.
Tatianna came to Rutgers with a completely different mindset on what she wanted to do in life. After being asked what she really enjoyed doing, she focused on her passion. Ever since, she’s had various internships and been inducted in one of the most esteemed honor societies at Rutgers.
Sean Downey considered himself an introvert throughout most of his life. It wasn’t until his sophomore year of college that he decided change needed to be made and his talents should no longer be hidden. Learn more about how Sean used Rutgers as the platform that would help him begin to take new strides and leaps.
Jason Gaines tells the story of how the Rutgers Future Scholar Program helped shape his identity and affinity for Rutgers, as well as how he dealt with the untimely death of his mother.
Safaa Khan’s hijab has ignited her desire to stand up for marginalized communities and defy inaccurate stereotypes. Her decision to wear her hijab while at Rutgers has enabled her to not just be okay with her identity, but to be proud of it.