• Anny Lu
  • Anny Lu
  • SAS '21
  • Major(s): History and Linguistics

Activities: FIGS Peer Instructor and Senior Peer Instructor; Aresty Research Assistant, Peer Instructor, and Senior Peer Instructor; Resident Assistant

Tell us a little bit about what you're doing now. What was your first job after Rutgers? Where do you live?
After graduating from Rutgers in 2021, I received a fellowship that covered my full cost of attendance for a master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington. I moved out to Bloomington for two years for my master's and served as the Cox Legacy Scholars Program Coordinator at the IU Office of Scholarships. During graduate school, I also had the opportunity to work at a large-scale annual conference in Chicago and complete a summer internship in Boston. After receiving my degree, I decided to move back to the east coast, and I am currently the Assistant Director of Experiential Education for Career Readiness at the Office of Career Exploration and Success back at Rutgers on the College Ave Campus!

Was there a class and/or experience at Rutgers that led you to pursuing your current career?
In my first month of college and in the Honors Program, I met my Honors faculty mentor who encouraged me to get involved with the Aresty Research Center. After joining as a Research Assistant, I took on leadership roles in Aresty and became a Senior Peer Instructor by my senior year. As a Senior Peer Instructor, I co-chaired an outreach committee, developed professional development series for Peer Instructors, and led bi-weekly meetings. This experience sparked my interests in working with campus partners and professional development for undergraduate students, which led me to a degree in student affairs and a career in the field.

What three words describe your experience at Rutgers and the Honors/Scholars Program? 
Supportive. Opportunities.  Fun.

How has your Rutgers and Honors education benefited you in your post-Rutgers life?
My Honors education prepared me for my post-Rutgers life through all the Honors course offerings. Throughout my time at Rutgers, I loved taking different Honors courses and seminars to learn about different academic fields and topics while completing my Honors requirement. This piqued my intellectual curiosity in different areas and made me more open-minded as a student. In graduate school, my program required us to take electives in different departments and topics as well. Having taken classes on a variety of topics as a part of the Rutgers Honors education, I was able to transfer some foundational knowledge and skills to do well in the required courses and the various electives at the graduate level.

What advice do you have for our current SAS Honors Program students?
Take advantage of the Honors courses! There are so many options to choose from to expand your academic experiences at Rutgers. They are such amazing opportunities to make new faculty connections, meet other Honors students, and learn something new that may spark new interests or shape your academic/career path!

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