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Alumni Portrait
Jeffrey Chang
Rutgers College '08
Major(s): History, Political Science

Activities: Eagleton Institute of Politics Undergraduate Associate, Phi Alpha Theta, Pi Sigma Alpha

What attracted you to Rutgers University and the Honors/Scholars Program?
A high-quality program with intelligent and articulate classmates at an affordable price.

Why did you choose your major and minor?
I always gravitated to history and politics and naturally enjoyed the courses offered at Rutgers. I took a few classes with excellent professors and kept on going.

Tell us a little bit about what you're doing now. What was your first job after Rutgers? Where do you live? 
[I am currently an] Associate Attorney at Heilbrunn Pape, LLC working in residential/commercial real estate and land use development. My first job after Rutgers was clerking for Judge Lawrence M. Lawson, AJSC. I live in Robbinsville, NJ.

What has been your greatest professional and/or personal accomplishment since you graduated Rutgers?
Having a well-balanced work/life so that I can spend time with my family.

Was there a class and/or experience at Rutgers that led you to pursuing your current career?
When I was at Eagleton it seemed a number of influential people went to law school. I figured attending a good law school would be helpful no matter my career decision. The skills learned at law school would provide transferable skills.

What three words describe your experience at Rutgers and the Honors/Scholars Program? 
Challenging. Motivating. Affordable.

How has your Rutgers and Honors education benefited you in your post-Rutgers life?
I was able to access small seminar courses, interact closely with intelligent and passionate peers and learn from professors who were masters of their field of study. Learning to challenge myself helped give me the initial tools that I use on a daily basis: critical thinking, concise writing, and team-work.

What advice do you have for our current SAS Honors Program students?
You form special relationships with your Honors peers. Hang on to those and treasure them. Seek out mentorship. You have access to incredible role models in the Honors program. Even if that unique professor/student relationship doesn't fall into your lap, go out and seek it. It will propel you further than you can ever travel alone. To seek any and every opportunity presented. You will be presented many unique privileges whether seminar courses, study abroad, research assistant and/or internships. Each of those opportunities will have important positive ramifications in your life and connect you to people that may be instrumental in helping you finding a job or finding your passion.

For more information about this Honors alum, visit: http://www.hpnjlaw.com/

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