Meet our Mentors

Meet the 2020-2021 Peer Mentors

Please excuse our appearance as we update this page with our new Peer Mentors.

*Peer Mentors with an asterisk next to their name are serving on the 2020-2021 Peer Mentor Programming Board.

 

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N P R S T U V W Z

 

  Name Major(s) Minor(s) Hometown Advice for New Students
Peter Agress 

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Economics & Political Science   Maplewood, NJ Don’t freak out. One out of four people you see around you are going through the exact same transition, and the other three have gone through it too.

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Public Health Creative Writing Piscataway, NJ Be sure to try talking to a variety of people. You never know who you may find as a new friend. 
Ann Albert

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Philosophy & Political Science   East Hanover, NJ Your first semester will be your transition period. Knowing this, do not be disappointed if it does not turn out the way you want; that's usually how it goes for everyone here. Prioritize your studies, but, at the same time, make an effort to make good friends, join extracurriculars, and find your place at Rutgers. Your experience here will be as good as you make it. Also, if your dorm does not have air conditioning, bring several fans.
Noor Amanullah

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Political Science South Asian Studies & Public Policy Hillsborough, NJ Rutgers is a huge and sometimes scary place, but its size is your greatest advantage. Use the resources available to you through SASHP and other programs, go to the events your RA plans, study with a tutor at a Learning Center, explore Rutgers Gardens, apply for an internship through Handshake, or submit a painting for an art show. Don't cheat yourself of the world of opportunities at Rutgers!
Kesha Amin

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience Spanish & Psychology Holmdel, NJ Finding the optimal balance between academics and life is very important. Dedicate some time for your studies, but don't forget to have fun along the way by socializing with new people and going to events! These years will fly by so make the most of your college experience! 
 Katherine Andersen

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Political Science & International Relations Spanish & Religion West Orange, NJ Use your resources wisely. Rutgers is a huge school with a bunch of programs/events going on all the time. Use them to your advantage!
Steven Arnold

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience Economics Livingston, NJ If you feel nervous or stressed during your first few days at Rutgers, try to remember that everyone else is in the same boat as you.
 Angad Arora

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Supply Chain Management Business Analytics and Information Technology (BAIT)  Dayton, NJ Don't be afraid to try new things. Rutgers has so much to offer and it's up to you to seek it out!
Jusleen Basra This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cultural Anthropology English & Sustainable Global Food Systems Colonia, NJ Put yourself outside of your comfort zone when you get here! Rutgers has so many incredible opportunities that you don't want to miss out on. Definitely get involved. :)
Namarata Battula This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cell Biology and Neuroscience  Undecided Bridgewater, NJ Find a healthy balance in your schedule so that you can do your best in the courses and extracurricular activities that you want to devote your time towards. There’s no need to do a million things your first semester. Good things and opportunities will find their way to you!
Brynn Bean This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cell Biology and Neuroscience Nutrition North Brunswick, NJ Take chances! Even if you are unsure about the outcome, you never know where it could lead you. Try new things, engage with new people, and always stay positive!
Jesus Benites This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Biological Sciences Health and Society Carteret, NJ Your first year is really important in terms of grades, but this is not the only defining part of the semesters. Prioritize your mental health, and enjoy your new experiences in college. :) 
Joseph Benson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Biological Sciences Nutrition East Hanover, NJ Despite how bad and depressing you may think it is, it is actually a great school. Sure there are a lot of people and it is massive and overwhelming, but you will find your group of friends and really get into it. 
Noelle Bessette

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience Undecided Wellesley, MA As corny as it sounds, time flies by, so make sure to make the most of the different experiences offered!
Atul Bhattiprolu

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience Health and Society Parlin, NJ Move beyond your comfort zone and explore something new!
Bhuvi Boda

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Finance & Supply Chain Management Business Analytics and Information Technology (BAIT) Montville, NJ Find your fit within Rutgers. It is a huge university and can very overwhelming, but finding clubs or activities that you enjoy will go a long way. They connect you to lifelong friends and also give you time away from the stress of school work.
Deanna Bolislavsky

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Business Analytics and Information Technology (BAIT) Undecided Rockaway, NJ College gives you a perfect opportunity to figure out what you love and what you don't. Step out of your comfort zone and expand your horizons! 
Julia Bond

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Psychology & Economics Creative Writing Stewartsville, NJ Take a deep breath and go with the flow! Rutgers can be a bit overwhelming at first because of its huge size and innumerable opportunities, but you'll quickly find your niche, your friends, and your passions. These four years will go by so fast - don't waste any of it letting nervousness keep you from trying new things or meeting new people! 
Maggie Brancato

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Business Undecided Philosophy & Spanish Cedar Grove, NJ Take advantage of every opportunity the Honors Program offers. Go to the honors events and talk to as many people as you can. Push yourself out of your comfort zone to meet new people, because Rutgers truly has some of the most amazing, interesting students.
Samantha Brokaw

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Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Undecided Piscataway, NJ Edit your first semester schedule to fit the type of person you are: If you're a morning person with night classes, that's a recipe for disaster! Take risks, get involved, apply for internships you think you'll never get, take classes that interest you, and get some sleep. 
Klaudia Bunkowski

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Biological Sciences  Spanish Manville, NJ Don't be afraid to explore your interests and step out of your comfort zone! Get involved in clubs and activities early on so that you can start building strong connections with other students, professors, and the community.
 Joseph Cajigal

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Business Analytics and Information Technology (BAIT) East Asian Studies & Korean Metuchen, NJ Rutgers has a diverse and talented pool of students and staff, each with their own unique story. Befriend them all! 
 Rachelle Cha

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Computer Science Statistics & Entrepreneurship Clifton, NJ Try things you would have never thought to before! (I tried something new and completely unrelated to my major and now I am a Co-Founder of a sustainable, eco-friendly business.) Definitely join clubs that interest you even if they're unrelated to your major. It'll help you pick up a new skill/hobby or even help you decide on a minor you might want to pursue. 
Andy Chae

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Computer Science Mathematics & Japanese Harrison, NJ No matter who helps you with your classes, it is meaningless if you can't do it yourself. Better to be a lighthouse than a ship on water.
Ashley Chang

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Computer Science & Economics   Plainsboro, NJ Rutgers is a huge school and really has something out there for everyone. Put yourself out there and you never know what you can find and what you're capable of accomplishing here!
Naomi Chee

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Biological Sciences French Leonia, NJ My biggest mistake as a freshman was not getting involved right away. The more you get involved the more people you will get to meet, and it definitely makes such a big school feel a bit smaller! Also, don’t worry too much about the buses, everyone figures it out, I promise! 
Fiona Chen 

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Biomathematics Sociology & Health and Society South Plainfield, NJ Don’t stress too much if you don't know what you are doing. College is a time for you to explore your talents and interests so there is no rush to have your whole career path planned out when you come in. There's nothing wrong with taking a few random classes to fulfill cores or joining a club you did not think you would be in. There's also no shame in asking for help when you need it. The people around you are here to help if you just ask for it. 

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Cognitive Science & Information Technology and Informatics (ITI)   Edison, NJ Stay organized! Use a planner, Google Calendar, or both. It makes college feel way more manageable and less overwhelming.

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Biological Sciences Supply Chain Management North Bergen, NJ Cherish and explore the opportunities that Rutgers offer. There are so many clubs, events, research opportunities, etc. that I wish I attended and took part in, rather than just hiding myself in the textbooks and assignments. Rutgers may have not been your dream school, but the opportunities, academics, and professors and friends you will may here will be hands down unforgettable.

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Biological Sciences & Public Health   Hillsborough, NJ Make having fun a priority, and make time for things you enjoy. Stress builds when you have nowhere to release it.
Justin Confalone

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Communications & Cultural Anthropology Music New Brunswick, NJ No matter what twists and turns Rutgers may throw your way, always remember that you will grow from it. Question everything, learn, branch out, and grow as a person.
Katie Cotter This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cognitive Science & Linguistics Mathematics & Music Cherry Hill, NJ Say yes to as many opportunities as you can! You never know what club, event, or seminar will change the rest of your college experience!
Surabhi Dattatri

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Computer Science Economics South Brunswick, NJ Stay organized! College can be overwhelming, so keeping a planner/online calendar will lead to a more stress-free and fun experience!
Camden De Sanctis

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience Philosophy Skillman, NJ Take advantage of every opportunity that you are afforded. Freshman year passes almost too quickly. Revel in everything it provides.
Cara Del Gaudio

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History & Art History Women's and Gender Studies Morris Plains, NJ Get involved and don't be scared to challenge yourself! Really great things can come from places you might not think to look. 
Yashavani Dhawan

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience Spanish Mount Laurel, NJ Don't be afraid to attend office hours because it is hard to get help last minute. Don't be afraid to try new activities! 
Matthew Dilloian

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Biological Sciences Health and Society Oakhurst, NJ Use every resource available to you when you enter college. This Honors Program offers so many opportunities in leadership and academia, as well as socially. It is such a unique program compared to other honors programs, especially because of the community it builds, but to reap the benefits, you must utilize these resources. 

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Biological Sciences Economics Millstone, NJ Branch out and make as many friends as possible.
Dina Doctoroff

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Psychology Biological Sciences Livingston, NJ Take every opportunity. Join that club. Make friends in all your classes. College is about challenging yourself and making memories! 
Maxine Ellicott This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Biological Sciences Psychology Williamstown, NJ Get involved with as many organizations that you find interesting as soon as possible. Being involved and making friends makes the college transition and being away from home way easier and less stressful. Do not be afraid the first few weeks or even months to just explore. Becoming familiar with this huge school makes it way easier when it comes to knowing where events and classes are being held, and it will help you feel more comfortable at Rutgers.

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Political Science & English   Freehold, NJ Join clubs and don’t be scared to talk to people! Rutgers can be overwhelming at times due to its size, but joining clubs is an easy way to get to know people who have similar interests and to make friends. Don’t be nervous to talk to others, either in your dorm or in class. Chances are they are on the boat as you and are also looking for a friend.
Evan Feldman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Economics & Computer Science   Howell, NJ Get involved, have fun, and find your passion!
Sam Friedman

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Computer Science Mathematics, Physics, & Economics Fair Lawn, NJ You will thank yourself later for pushing yourself to work hard and get involved. But as you do it, don't forget to enjoy the ride.
Khushi Gandhi

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Business Analytics and Information Technology (BAIT) & Marketing Women's and Gender Studies Monroe, NJ Be comfortable with being uncomfortable. College is an opportunity to gain new experiences and you won't be able to do that until you step out of your comfort zone.

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience Economics  Marlboro, NJ Establish good study habits early because schoolwork only continues to pile on as the semester progresses. 
Isha Gill

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Biological Sciences Dance  Monroe, NJ Make the most out of your first year and establish good time management skills as soon as possible. Being in a new environment without having parents constantly around you is a big change that most of us have very little experience with. However, by accepting responsibility, being organized, and asking for help when needed, the transition can be a lot easier. Making a good group of friends also helps to make freshmen year a lot more fun! 
Zachary Goldman

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Cognitive Science & Economics   Philosophy & Political Science Teaneck, NJ Remember to drink water and breathe. The amount of times that I've felt unmotivated and overwhelmed because of being dehydrated are just too many to count. Drink water. It helps. And breathe. Everything will work out if you're proactive. 
Joshua Gole

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Computer Science Mathematics & Business Administration Tenafly, NJ Step outside of your comfort zone! Don't let your fear hold you back from who you want to be! You just might surprise yourself!
Samarth Gupta

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience Psychology Parlin, NJ Never forget that, when times are tough, you have friends, mentors, and faculty who can help you out. As you transition into your life at Rutgers, remember to make friends, prioritize your classes, pursue activities that you are interested in, and most importantly: be open to new things and never keep your negative feelings and emotions to yourself!
Shreya Gupta

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Biological Sciences Business Administration Piscataway, NJ Don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and explore clubs, activities, and opportunities. Getting involved will open numerous doors for you!
Alan Gutman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Finance & Business Analytics and Information Techonology (BAIT) Undecided Montville, NJ Rutgers is a large university with so many opportunities available to connect with student life and culture. Explore any club that you find interesting, and really find your niche at Rutgers.
Ummehani Hakimi This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Biological Sciences  Psychology Cranbury, NJ College is whatever you make of it.
Kuhu Halder This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Computer Science Mathematics Highland Park, NJ Make the most out of your college experience! Rutgers offers an abundance of opportunities in whatever field you are pursuing. It is up to you to take the initiative and show interest and enthusiasm in them. Step out of your comfort zone, explore new interests and passions, and be involved in student organizations on campus. Stay organized with a planner and practice good time-management skills.
Ahri Han This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Molecular Biology and Biochemistry General History Highland Park, NJ Embrace opportunities that challenge and inspire you! Every step beyond your comfort zone is a chance to learn something new about yourself.
Anum Ilyas This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cell Biology and Neuroscience Psychology Paramus, NJ Your first semester is supposed to be hard. You will struggle, but do not be discouraged. College is a brand new environment, but you have several resources and people to help you overcome the obstacles you may face freshman year. If you're struggling, just know that it'll get better; any hardship you face today will make you a stronger person tomorrow. Besides that, don't forget to enjoy yourself! You can keep your grades up, be involved in extracurriculars, and have fun as long as you are proactive.
Deeraiya Islam This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Political Science & Religion   Morganville, NJ Get involved with clubs and on-campus organizations as soon as possible! It makes Rutgers seem a lot smaller and you'll meet more like-minded people.
Salma Ismail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cell Biology and Neuroscience Undecided South Brunswick, NJ Go after your goals and dreams, and don’t be discouraged to explore different opportunities or apply for anything you may be interested in! Your first semester is only your first semester, and your college experience will only get better from here. Stay positive, work hard, and enjoy your time on campus!
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cell Biology and Neuroscience Undecided Wayne, NJ Don't be afraid to try something new; you never know if you'll find something that you will fall in love with.
Ameel Jani This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Computer Science Economics Edison, NJ Try to get to know other students and professors and don't procrastinate on assignments or exams. Also, try to join activities, clubs, jobs, or research labs to enhance your RU experience. Finally, take advantage of Rutgers' academic, professional, medical, and physical resources and remember that counselors and mentors are there for you if you're ever confused about or need help with anything at Rutgers.

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Psychology & Biological Sciences Undecided Parsippany, NJ Take every opportunity to meet new people and introduce yourself. Just saying "hi" can go a long way. 
Amalia Jimenez This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Psychology Latino and Caribbean Studies Piscataway, NJ Get involved! Don’t let college slip away from you and enjoy all the amazing opportunities Rutgers has to offer! Also, don’t forget to make time for hobbies you love and self-care. It is so easy to get wrapped up in academics and forget to take time for yourself. It’s ok and necessary to take a self-care day once in a while! 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mathematics - Education Track & Chinese Business Cherry Hill, NJ Rutgers is a big school. The way to make it feel smaller is to be involved in something you already enjoy or something new. Make friends, ask questions, advocate for yourself and, most importantly, ask for help. Find a balance between academics and social.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Chemistry Undecided Rockaway, NJ I hope that you all enter this school with open minds and open hearts, and leave here with both filled with some of the best memories of your life.
Ritik Kadakia This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cell Biology and Neuroscience Business Administration Morganville, NJ Have an open mind about everything; you may end up having an interest in something you didn't expect to.
Indhu Kanakaraj

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Biological Sciences  Psychology, Business Administration, & Health and Society Bayonne, NJ Take the time to branch out and try new things, whether it's an elective class or an unfamiliar club! Once you find out what you like and want to devote your time to here on campus, time management will come more easily to you.
Michael Kang

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Computer Science Undecided Marlboro, NJ Organization and time management is key to a successful college career. College semesters fly by ten times faster than high school semesters, so always keep up with your studies and don't fall behind too much. However, it is also very important to hang out with friends, go to events, and have fun.
Arzoo Kapil

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Business Analytics and Information Technology (BAIT) & Political Science   Undecided East Brunswick, NJ Don't be afraid to ask for help or make mistakes. Remember who you are and what your goals are, and enjoy the new experiences. You don't get time back!
Frederric Kelada

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience    Basking Ridge, NJ Exercise caution when implementing habits in college that you learned from high school. Things are different now; what worked before won't necessarily work now. 
Nadya Khan

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Political Science & Communication Business Administration Piscataway, NJ Juggling schoolwork, friendships, and extracurricular activities, while also maintaining your mental health, is not an easy task. With time management skills and determination, it becomes easier. Never be afraid to try new things or ask for help. The more you are willing to put yourself out there and be bold, the more you will learn and gain from your college experience.
 

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Finance   Piscataway, NJ Get out there and out of your comfort zone! College is the time to try new things so don't be afraid. Go to random club interest meetings, you'll never know if you'll like it or not if you don't try. And don't be shy to reach out to others and ask for help!
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Computer Science Englewood, NJ Rather than taking an enormous number of credits, consider taking fewer. It is very important to enjoy and experience social and cultural aspects of Rutgers; college is more than just a place of studying. Social connections and relationships with other students help you grow and learn other people's perspectives and viewpoints.
Neha Kuderu

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience   Dance Marlboro, NJ

Don’t be afraid to ask for help from you peers, professors, and advisors. Don’t be afraid to ask the same questions and schedule multiple meeting in a row. College is new to you and people understand that, you just need to reach out for help. This University has so much to offer, it’s just a matter of actually going and seeking out those opportunities.

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Undecided Undecided Piscataway, NJ Manage your time well. Find time for studies, extracurriculars, family, etc. Focus on the present. 

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience Psychology Basking Ridge, NJ Don't hesitate to quit activities and move on until you find what your passion is. Have fun but don't get distracted from your goals either.

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience & Communication   North Haledon, NJ Try your best to plan ahead, but don't expect everything to always go as planned. It doesn’t hurt to have an idea of what you want to do in college, but you'll definitely need to learn to be flexible! 
Melissa Kwok

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Biological Sciences  Business Administration Jersey City, NJ Everything is a new experience. Take it in slowly and enjoy the ride. Even though you might feel out of place sometimes, remember that almost everyone feels the same. You'll soon get the hang of everything. This is the perfect opportunity to try something new and find your passion. Seek discomfort and optimize the vast resources Rutgers has. You are bound to find something you love.
Doriana Lacitignola

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Political Science & Psychology Cognitive Science Clifton, NJ Do not stress. Seriously, don't. There are many faculty, staff, and peers who are there to support you during this time. Chances are, you were chosen to be a part of the Honors Program for a reason. Rutgers is amazing and will give you friendships that will last a lifetime. If you work hard, you will be able to maintain the GPA you were accustomed to in high school. When you come here, don't be fazed by how big the school is. Go out, join a few clubs, and have fun!
Evan Lenkeit

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Chemistry & Biological Sciences Undecided Plainsboro, NJ Make sure your major is something you are truly passionate about. If your classes fascinate you, you will enjoy the work. If you enjoy the work, it will never feel like a chore.
Eric Leong This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Finance & Supply Chain Management Undecided Pine Brook, NJ Keep an open mind to experience new things and never be complacent.
Christina Li

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Biological Sciences & Genetics  Chinese Burlington, NJ The transition from high school to college can be daunting; however, know that are many resources and people on campus who are excited to help you be successful in college. 
Elena Lisci

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Biological Sciences Nutrition Westfield, NJ Give yourself time to get adjusted to Rutgers and find good friends. Things may not be like you'd like them to be at first, but they always get better!
Anny Lu

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History & Linguistics   Edison, NJ Don't rush! Work at your own pace and take time to learn what interests you. Rutgers has a lot to offer, so take the opportunity to explore, learn, and grow!
Joy Lu This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Linguistics & Psychology   Edison, NJ You got it! Everything is overwhelming at first, but you'll get the hang of it in just a few weeks! Step outside your comfort zone and go for it!
Raj Malhotra

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Genetics

Health and Society Edison, NJ If you do what you enjoy, you won't have to work a day in your life.
Lilyana Malmqvist

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience Psychology Chatham, NJ College is a learning experience, equally academic as it is introspective. Don’t fret over not being where you want to be today, because you will get there, or that person might even change over the course of four years. In the meantime, take each day as it comes, and be nice to yourself. Rutgers is your oyster! Go explore and get involved, it’s a lot of fun. I promise! 
Ashley Mathai

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Computer Science Undecided Parlin, NJ While keeping on top of your work is important, don't hole yourselves up in your room studying! Join clubs, go to events, and meet people. Make the most of your four years here, you won't get them back!
Ria Mehta

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Communication - Public Relations & Leadership and Management   East Brunswick, NJ Relax. Coming into college can seem extremely daunting and intimidating but if you focus on one thing at a time and enjoy the process, everything will come together AND you will have the best time! Good luck!!
Jovita Mesa

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Business Analytics and Information Technology (BAIT) French Bridgewater, NJ Step out of your comfort zone! Take advantage of any opportunities that interest you because you never know how they can benefit you. It is better to try than to regret not trying at all.
Jil Modi

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience  Psychology Monroe Township, NJ Pursue all of the interests you have in college, no matter how odd or random they may seem. College is one of the only times when you can learn and get good at a various number of topics you are interested in. Take in as much knowledge and get as may experiences while you can!
Lauren Moskal

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Psychology Undecided Fairfield, NJ Be yourself and strive to do your best! Now is your time to discover who you are, so don't be afraid to try new things and find your place. It might seem scary at first, but it'll become easier as you go. :) 
Caitlin Moy

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Computer Science & Linguistics   Berkeley Heights, NJ Try new things, step outside your comfort zone, and take advantage of everything Rutgers has to offer!
Matthew Mulkay

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Accounting & Business Analytics and Information Technology (BAIT)   Lumberton, NJ While you are at Rutgers, get involved! The best experiences that RU has to offer are from extracurriculars.
Julianna Mullen

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Economics Undecided Metuchen, NJ Give it time! College can be a scary place, especially at a school as large as Rutgers. You will find your place, even if it's not right away.
Anna Newen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Biological Sciences Spanish Hackettstown, NJ Make connections early on, ask all your questions, understand as you go. Also, look up every now and then, notice the sky, and just breathe.
Thomas Newton This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Music, Chemistry, & Psychology Milltown, NJ Explore all your options! Take a class you never thought you'd like, join a new club, and make new friends!
Archi Parekh

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Computer Science Economics & Hindi Iselin, NJ Do things outside of your comfort zone. That's where you grow!
Aayushi Parikh

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience Psychology Marlton, NJ Lots of people have lots of opinions about college. Listen to them, but, in the end, make your own decisions and do what makes you happy.
Anand Patel This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Biological Sciences Undecided Old Bridge, NJ Make sure you enjoy every second. Work hard in your classes to have fun when you can. Time here goes by way too quickly and you want to make the most of it.

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Computer Science Undecided Piscataway, NJ Create a GroupMe for your courses. It really helps to have a resource to ask for help or just connect with classmates if you cannot go to office hours.
Haley Patel

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Finance Business Analytics and Information Technology (BAIT) & Finance Bloomfield, NJ At first you may miss home and your old friends. Everyone is in the same position as you and wants to make friends, so don’t be afraid to reach out. You will adjust faster than you think and it’ll only get better.
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Biological Sciences Psychology Piscataway, NJ Even though transitioning from high school to college can be daunting, take everything one step at a time, and you'll get through it. Make sure to enjoy your time in college and find a good balance between academics and your social life!
Kishan Patel

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience Chemistry & Psychology Pompton Lakes, NJ Think about something you've always wanted to do, and do it. Explore yourself and find your interests. College is made for exploration.

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience Health and Society Franklin Park, NJ This is a new and exciting chapter in your life. Although university might seem daunting at first, it is important to utilize the resources available to you, especially as honors students, and enjoy the journey these four years hold.
Nira Patel

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience Psychology Piscataway, NJ Never be afraid to ask for help. Every time I have asked for help when I'm confused or unsure, it has always ended well for me. You never know who knows what and how much good advice people have and are willing to share. It's not always professors. Ask your peers, talk to your deans, definitely go to office hours, and keep asking questions.
Lavanya Pushparaj This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Psychology Chemistry Edison, NJ Do something that makes you happy, and don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it!
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. English & Journalism and Media Studies Psychology South Brunswick, NJ Rutgers has so much to offer. While it can be daunting, there's something here for everyone, and you will find your niche. Be yourself and have fun!
Tiana Rahi This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Marketing Arabic Language Highland Park, NJ Pursue whatever you believe will make you happy! Take advantage of all the great opportunities Rutgers has to offer because you never know where they will lead and how they will shape your college experience.
Yuthikaa Raj This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Psychology & Finance   Edison, NJ Come in with an open mind and an open heart. You may find that the things you liked or didn't like in high school were simply due to social pressure or based on what your friends liked or didn't like. Branch out, explore new things, you never know what you will find.

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience Health Administration & Psychology East Windsor, NJ Breathe. College is an exciting experience and you shouldn’t feel the need to overwhelm yourself your first year. 
Aishwarya Ramaswamy

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Supply Chain Management & Marketing Entrepreneurship Concentration Dayton, NJ  Nothing changes if nothing changes. Try a new organization, go to an intramural meeting, sing at a coffeehouse - you can always change your mind but you never get the chance to know if you never walk through that door.
Anirudh Ramesh 

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience Economics & Sociology Flanders, NJ Don't underestimate your classes, but also socialize as much as you can your first year.
Neel Rana This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Undecided Edison, NJ Everything is fluid; how you react will change the direction of your life and everyone has potential; success is what you make of it.
Melanie Raush This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Journalism and Media Studies Creative Writing & Theater Arts Cherry Hill, NJ Don’t take a second of your Rutgers experience for granted. Also, if a major or a club or a class doesn’t feel right for you, change it.
Aditya Ravi Sankar This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Finance & Supply Chain Management Economics Plainsboro, NJ It is key to find the right balance between school work and social life. Focus on achieving your academic goals and, at the same time, be open to meeting new people that will make your time at Rutgers memorable.
Ramya Ravuri

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Computer Science   East Brunswick, NJ  Don't be afraid to just ask for help. The worst case is that they don't know and you're exactly where you started. 
Cecilia Ritacco

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Political Science Women's and Gender Studies Oakland, NJ Find ways to become meaningfully engaged as early as you can! Get involved in clubs, participate in campus events, and take risks. Apply for internships, research opportunities, and certificate programs even if they’re competitive. These types of activities will enhance the sense of community that you feel at Rutgers, and the relationships you build through your involvement will take you far. 
Brielle Roper

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Biological Sciences Undecided Tinton Falls, NJ Take your academics very seriously. Find a study group, go to professor review sessions/office hours, and keep up with your assignments. But, downtime is just as important, so make time for friends and get involved in clubs. The first year goes by so fast!
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History & Political Science French & Women's and Gender Studies Warren, NJ College presents you with many paths, but taking time to build long-lasting friendships will make the journey so much more enjoyable.
Chandravathi Sayani This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cell Biology and Neuroscience Health and Society & Nutrition Skillman, NJ Coming to college can be overwhelming at first. However, try to use this as an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone, venture out to explore different interests, meet new people, and develop a sense of independence. Your mentors will be there to help you at any time!
Alexandra Schindewolf This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. History Russian Woodbine, NJ 1. Try new things! Especially as a first-year, make use of the many opportunities that college can offer you! 2. Go to office hours with professors and try to introduce yourself to them! Not only is this a great way for you to get better in your course, but it helps with networking and recommendations in the future. 3. Study abroad if you can! Rutgers offers incredible study abroad opportunities and scholarships to make your travel dreams a reality!
Noah Schneider This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Accounting & Finance   Marlboro, NJ Balance is essential. While academics and extracurriculars are important, it is key to have fun and leave time for yourself as well.
Drew Schreiber

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Supply Chain Management Economics Monmouth Junction, NJ You need to make sure to have fun and not get to hung up on grades. 
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Biological Sciences Public Health Berkeley Heights, NJ You don't have to be completely sure on your future plans. We are all still trying to figure things out!
 

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Psychology & Journalism and Media Studies French Holmdel, NJ It’s okay to be nervous--everyone is--but keep yourself open to all the amazing experiences college has to offer. Take advantage of every opportunity, and don't be scared to get involved! College is a lot of work, but it's so rewarding. The beginning of freshman year is such an exciting time, and I can't wait for you to experience it!
Nabiha Sherali

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Genetics Psychology Edison, NJ Don't be afraid to participate in class/ask questions! Lecture halls can seem daunting, but, chances are, many people have the same question!
Ruchi Singh

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Genetics Latino and Caribbean Studies Highland Park, NJ Always be willing to take advice from others, but never forget to trust yourself!
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Computer Science & Cognitive Science   Edison, NJ If you don't ask, you don't get.
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Public Health   Biological Sciences Old Bridge Township, NJ Believe in your capabilities and take each day one step at a time. Do not let any single course, exam, or assignment define your worth as a student.
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Mathematics & Economics     Marlton, NJ The future is important, but so are college memories.

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Genetics or Cell Biology and Neuroscience   Mahwah, NJ Don't panic. You don't need to plan your whole life yet. You are just building the base of your life skills, not the entire building.
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Cell Biology and Neuroscience Psychology South Plainfield, NJ Enjoy your first year to the fullest by gaining new experiences, meeting new people, and visiting new places. It only gets harder from there!

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Supply Chain Management Chemistry Cherry Hill, NJ Don't overthink. Go with the flow, take it easy, and ~relax~. 
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Genetics Spanish Iselin, NJ Don't be hesitant to use your resources.
Manjari Swarna

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Biological Sciences   Psychology & Nutrition Galloway, NJ Get involved and open yourself up to new experiences! Rutgers has so many wonderful things to offer to everyone, and there will be something for you if you find it. Make the most of your experience here!

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Psychology Biological Sciences Old Bridge, NJ Rutgers offers a multitude of opportunities that are not found in many other colleges. Go out and explore these opportunities, join clubs, and enjoy every moment you have here! Within the next few years, you will make unforgettable memories and grow so much as a person. This is the next chapter of your story, so make the most of it. 
Xerxes Tata This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Business Analytics and Information Technology (BAIT) & Music Undecided Piscataway, NJ Take a deep breath! Things might seem a little scary right now, but things will make sense. You'll find your place here soon. :)
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Cell Biology and Neuroscience Religion & Psychology Flemington, NJ Go over material before and after lecture! It really helps to solidify the information and makes studying for exams a lot less stressful.
Alisha Tiwari

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience & Psychology   Bridgewater, NJ Your freshman year at Rutgers is the time to explore new things! Don’t be afraid to attend club meetings alone and keep your mind open to meeting new. Putting yourself out there may seem really scary at first, but it is definitely worth it!
Emily Tronolone This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Computer Science Business Administration Middletown, NJ Don't be afraid to get involved! Taking advantage of the opportunities that Rutgers has to offer will help you find your place and make the transition easier.
Monisha Trousdale This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Economics & English   Edison, NJ Sometimes you're going to feel uncomfortable or unsure about yourself, but it's at those times that you're being forced to grow. At some point you'll look back at the person you were when you came into college and be so thankful that you were allowed to fulfill your potential. 
Nafee Ullah This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Biological Sciences Health and Society Bayonne, NJ Work hard, work smart, learn to adapt, and enjoy! Persevere through challenges, and don't hesitate to ask for help. You'll meet great people that way!
Vinnie Vaca This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Biological Sciences Psychology Bayonne, NJ From now on, in everything you do, do your best, and do it with passion. All you have to do is learn with an open mind and an open heart. 
Athmika Vaseeharan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Biological Sciences Psychology North Brunswick, NJ  Explore the vast and endless opportunities at Rutgers. Try new things, become involved, and branch out. It is important that you maintain a balance between academics/extracurriculars and family/friends. Pursue your passions and take advantage of the opportunities you are given.
Bridget Vaydovsky This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Genetics Spanish Morganville, NJ Try to put yourself out there and be open-minded because if you do not welcome new experiences, you may never learn about certain things that interest or excite you. It is important to sometimes step out of your comfort zone because college is about finding your true self. Join organizations and clubs and try to find smaller communities of students with similar interests to your own.
Faith Verderose

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Genetics  Psychology & Astrobiology Newfield, NJ As you enter college, you're often faced with many responsibilities, and it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Sometimes it's best to just take a step back and breathe for a moment. Your mental health matters!
Mahek Virani This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Biological Sciences & Genetics Psychology & Organizational Leadership Secaucus, NJ Use your first year to explore courses and take the classes that you want to. It is very easy to get caught up in trying to meet every requirement and doing what everyone else is doing, but taking the classes you want and exploring majors is important in your first year. Make use of the great facilities on campus and try to fit extracurriculars into your schedule!
Leda Wang

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience Chemistry & Philosophy Hillsborough, NJ Fill your years at Rutgers with as many novel and wonderful experiences as possible. Time can pass so quickly, and you only get this one chance to explore so many opportunities and freely take risks to pursue what you love.
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Physics & Mathematics Philosophy Leonia, NJ Don't eat at Brower Commons.
Zoe Wang

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Business Analytics and Information Technology (BAIT) & Economics Supply Chain Management Edison, NJ Don't forget to have fun!
 

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Molecular Biology and Biochemistry   Belle Mead, NJ Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try new activities!

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Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Chemistry & French Princeton, NJ College is really a time of self-discovery. Don't get too focused on one thing, because there is so much more out there than you first think. It won't all be sunshine and rainbows, but don't let small failures discourage you from completing the bigger picture.

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Biological Sciences Undecided Morris Plains, NJ Don't compare your college experience to other peoples', especially on social media!
Franchesca Zilinski This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Genetics Psychology Old Bridge, NJ Rutgers can feel overwhelming at times, especially in the beginning. At those times, ask for help. Also, get involved! There’s so much to do at Rutgers; the possibilities are endless. Don’t miss out on any opportunities that may come your way!
Hossein Zolfaghari This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Marine Biology Spanish Princeton, NJ Go out and explore your new school! Rutgers has a lot of hidden gems and exciting secrets. :)
Mary Zsolway This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mathematics Undecided Hamilton, NJ Consider each opportunity that comes your way and jump on the ones that interest you. Over the next few months you'll receive countless emails about ways to get involved, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. But don't be afraid to attend different club meetings, even if they seem out of your comfort zone. You never know what you're going to enjoy until you put yourself out there, and try new things.

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