Athlete Student Spotlight: Kevin Hejnas

Kevin Hejnas is the president of the Powerlifting Club at Rutgers. A natural-born athlete, Kevin took up powerlifting during college where he fell in love with the sport. His passion for nutrition makes him more successful, as he has learned to balance his diet with the sport.

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#RUIDProject: Tatianna Amatruda

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.

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#RUIDProject: Sean Downey

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.

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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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#RUIDProject: Jason Gaines

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.

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#RUIDProject: Safaa Khan

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.

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#RUIDProject: Allison Chicoma

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.

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#RUIDProject: Karishma Motwani

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.

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#RUIDProject: Julia Freeman

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.

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Student Spotlight: Nick Cahill

Since coming to Rutgers, Nick Cahill embarked on a successful weight loss journey, got involved in a fraternity and numerous on-campus organizations, and turned his passion for history into numerous internship opportunities. Find out how Nick is making the most of his college journey.

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#RUIDProject: Bhavna Bhatia

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.

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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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