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.
As the youngest in her family, Allison set expectations to follow in the footsteps of her brother and sister. As she began her journey at Rutgers she realized that she had to leave her own footsteps. Learn about Allison’s self-discovery of her passions and career endeavors.
Karishma came to Rutgers thinking she would spend most of her time studying or on a dance team, but once she joined RUPA, everything changed. Find out how Karishma uncovered new interests and combined seemingly polar opposite passions into a diverse college career.
From a young age, a love for competition and sports has fueled Julia. Whether cheering on her beloved Patriots or pushing herself to be the victor, her fierce spirit has never faded. Find out how Julia’s passion for sports helped her discover her place here at Rutgers.
Bhavna has lived in many different countries and has called many different places home. Find out how her time at Rutgers has enabled her to define a personal identity within a larger community and carve her own path.
Michael found his home at Rutgers. He has the opportunity to showcase his words in front of a large crowd that he has come to know as family.