Meet our Mentors

 Meet the 2019-2020 Peer Mentors

*Peer Mentors with an asterisk next to their name are serving on the 2019-2020 Peer Mentor Programming Board.

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

 

  Name Major(s) Minor(s) Hometown Advice for New Students
Kinza Abbas This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cell Biology and Neuroscience Psychology Egg Harbor Township, NJ Be open to explore and step out of your comfort zone because there are so many amazing opportunities that you will miss if you don't take the extra step to put yourself out there. Although it can be scary, it will definitely be worth it for your academic and personal endeavors!
Ann Albert

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Philosophy Economics 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 it to go; 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.
Declan Alvidrez

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Political Science & Philosophy   Summit, NJ Take advantage of every opportunity that even remotely interests you! You never know what new passions you could discover.
Kesha Amin

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience Spanish & Psychology Holmdel, NJ Rutgers has a lot to offer; there are so many opportunities to get involved so take advantage of it! Be sure to dedicate some time to your studies, but leave some room for socializing and leisure. It's important to find a balance between academics and life. Most importantly, have fun and make the most of your college experience!
Richa Amin

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Molecular Biology and Biochemistry  Sociology Dover, NJ College will fly by, so don't waste any time. Get involved, take risks, and have a blast. These will be the best years of your life.

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Biological Sciences Economics Livingston, NJ If you feel nervous or stressed during your first few days, try to remember that everyone else is in the same boat as you.
Angad Arora

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Supply Chain Management   Finance Dayton, NJ There are endless resources available at Rutgers to help you grow; it is just up to you to take advantage of them!
Sandra Ashamalla

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience & Psychology Chemistry East Brunswick, NJ Find your niche. Rutgers is a very large and diverse campus, and it can be overwhelming. However, if you find where you fit in, you will realize how easy it is to make a large state university like Rutgers feel like a small university.
Jusleen Basra

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English & Anthropology Spanish & Economics  Colonia, NJ Seek out opportunities that interest you (RU has PLENTY of them) and do things that challenge you -- you'll gain a lot from it!
Namarata Battula This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Biological Sciences Physics & Nutrition Annandale, NJ Go to those cheesy events, the ones your RA or RUPA organizes. I know you want to stay in bed and Netflix, but these events are the best way to make unexpected friendships and meet the upperclassmen who will be some of your best mentors during your first year! Also, they are actually really fun! Big schools can be intimidating, but you will find your way and people. Don't forget, everyone is looking for the same thing first semester, so keep your mind and heart open to new experiences and friendships!
Sanjana Belthur This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Finance & Business Analytics and Information Technology (BAIT)   Monroe, NJ Work hard, play hard. Find a balance between meeting new people and focusing your ambition in the right direction. Have new experiences but keep your priorities straight.
Jesus Benites This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Biological Sciences Spanish Carteret, NJ DO NOT BE INTIMIDATED BY WHAT YOU MIGHT HEAR ABOUT COLLEGE! You might hear often that college is really hard, I’m not taking anything away from that, but what people fail to tell you is that YOU CAN DO IT!
Joseph Benson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Biological Sciences Graphic Design East Hanover, NJ No matter what is thrown at you, and no matter how difficult things seem, you can get through it. There's always support if needed.
Noelle Bessette This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cell Biology and Neuroscience Psychology Chatham, NJ Make sure to stay on top of due dates by writing everything down during the first week of classes and give yourself plenty of time to get to class.
Atul Bhattiprolu

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience Statistics Parlin, NJ Whatever you do, make sure it makes you happy. :-)
Bhuvi Boda

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 Finance Supply Chain Management New Brunswick, NJ Explore and take all the opportunities given to you. Try something you wouldn't normally do, and don't be afraid to put yourself out there. College is all about finding where you fit in and what makes you who you are.
Julia Bond

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience Creative Writing Phillipsburg, NJ There is no shame in asking for help! I wish I had reached out for help earlier than I did my first semester. Even though I realized I was struggling in some of my classes, I didn't see a tutor or go to office hours until later on. I wish I had hit the ground running in regards to taking advantage of the multitude of valuable resources the SASHP provides.

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Biological Sciences Spanish Manville, NJ Take advantage of the amazing opportunities Rutgers has to offer. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and explore different majors, try new clubs, and talk to new people!
Joel Cabrera

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Economics Political Science & International and Global Studies Kenilworth, NJ Take a Byrne or FIGS Seminar, or both! They are easy 1-credit courses that not only help you explore what subject(s) you might want to major and minor in, but also allow you to connect with distinguished faculty members. Also, don't be afraid to be more involved in your extra-curricular activities. They are excellent ways to build your resume!
Aimee Carey

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Journalism  Psychology South Amboy, NJ Your studies are important so make sure to stay on top of them throughout the semester. However, don't neglect the amount of involvement opportunities Rutgers has to offer! Explore the GetInvolved website to see all of the clubs we have to offer and try find one that fits your best interests. Also, try to make as many connections as you can, whether its by talking to those in your classes or grabbing something to eat with those in your dorm! Don't just stay in your dorm all of the time binging Netflix shows, instead try to attend different programs on campus.
Ankita Chatterjee

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Biological Sciences Psychology Franklin Park, NJ Be brave, come in with an open mind-set. Be patient with yourself and do not sell yourself short-you are more resilient and capable than you think.
Naomi Chee

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Biological Sciences  French Leonia, NJ Get involved in as many activities or clubs that you can. The great thing about Rutgers is that, since it is such a big school, there is something for everyone. The best way to feel involved in the community is to expose yourself to what Rutgers has to offer. Another important piece of advice is to learn time management, especially with homework, studying for class, and in regards to the bus schedule. Knowing how to divide your time between social activities and academic responsibilities are crucial for any incoming freshmen.
Fiona Chen

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Biomathematics Sociology & Health and Society South Plainfield, NJ Make sure you manage your time properly. Studying and doing well academically is great and all, but it's also important to manage one's health. Eat and sleep properly and don't be afraid to talk to peers and upperclassmen if you are struggling in any way. Rutgers also has multiple resources for help.

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Public Health   Hillsborough, NJ Learn to adapt and take more enjoyment out of the little things despite.
Katie Cotter

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Music & Cognitive Science Mathematics Cherry Hill, NJ Don't be afraid to get involved and step outside your comfort zone! Leave your dorm and sign up for events, clubs, and activities (especially if you don't know anybody else going!). All the friends I have made in my first year of college have come from some activity or club I went to on my own and when I left I knew at least once more person! Meeting new people and participating in fun clubs and activities makes such a big campus feel much smaller and friendlier.
Jeel Daftary

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Biological Sciences Psychology Parsippany, NJ It took me a while to realize that Rutgers was my home away from home. Change doesn't come easy, especially transitioning to college. Lots of mistakes are made, but those are what bring you to the right path to find people and experiences that will change your life. Take it one day at a time and you'll realize it's not as hard as you though it was.
Surabhi Dattatri

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Computer Science Economics Dayton, NJ Make sure you manage your time! At Rutgers, there is a lot going on, so stay organized to avoid feeling overwhelmed. From assignments to club meetings to events, it can feel like there's so much to do and so little time. Keep a planner and stick to a schedule that works for you - time management is key in enjoying your college experience!
Cara Del Guadio

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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.
Zully Delgado

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Psychology Cognitive Science Lake Hiawatha, NJ Rutgers is what you make it to be. In order to get the full Rutgers experience, I would recommend trying out whatever interests you.
Myrhiam Diarra

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Biological Sciences Health and Society Pisctaway, NJ Don't wait to ask for help, as soon as things start getting confusing, reach out -Do not be afraid to try new things, four years go by really fast and by the time you realize, you will be a senior -take advantage of all the resources here.
Ashini Dias This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Political Science Economics & Criminology Piscataway, NJ Remember to have fun and make the most out of your college career. It really is what you make of it. Everything you do that makes this place your home will slowly show you that it isn't as big as you first think. Don't leave room for regrets, and don't ever leave an opportunity unexplored. Take that class that interests you that isn't in your major, or go out to a new club that you heard about.
Olivia DiTrolio

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History Education Rockaway, NJ Believing in yourself is just as important as hard work and don't let others define what you do!

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Biological Sciences  Spanish  Millstone, NJ  Get involved and have fun!
Dina Doctoroff This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Psychology & Biological Sciences Jewish Studies Livingston, NJ Get involved on campus! While it may be intimidating to go to a club meeting for the first time by yourself, it can lead to new friendships and new experiences. And if you don't like the club, there are plenty more to choose from. That's what freshman year is for!
Maxine Ellicott

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Biological Sciences Psychology Williamstown, NJ Get involved with as many organizations that you find interesting as soon as possible. By being involved and making friends, it 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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Cell Biology and Neuroscience Music & Spanish East Brunswick, NJ Use the resources and do not be afraid to stand out. Rutgers is a big school and you don't want to end up just being a number. Do the things you love in Rutgers and be passionate about all the classes you take; exceed your own expectations and don't let spontaneous, singular failures shake your confidence in yourself.
Angela Febres

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Political Science Sociology Perth Amboy, NJ College goes by in the blink of an eye! Enjoy it and experience as much as you can, but diligently plan ahead!

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Supply Chain Management   Frankford, NJ Get involved in all that Rutgers has to offer, because it really is a great school. But, also make sure to stay on top of your grades while doing so.
Timothy Formanuk

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Finance   Lincoln Park, NJ If you enjoy something, make sure to do it. There seems to be a lot of time, but friend groups form in the first half of the semester so do a sport or activity and make friends early on.
Sonya Gande

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Information Technology and Informatics Computer Science New Brunswick, NJ Being open to anything and everything! Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, you'll be glad you did at the end.
Khushi Gandhi

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Business Analytics and Information Technology (BAIT) & Marketing Women's and Gender Studies Monroe, NJ Step outside of your comfort zone. Trust me, you won't regret it. It might be nerve-wracking at first, but at the end, you'll be glad you did.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Chemistry & Business Law Economics Morganville, NJ It is important to stay focused in the beginning so that you do not fall behind, but also enjoy freshman year because it will all be over before you know it.
Christa George

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience Psychology & Public Health Oak Ridge, NJ The hardest part of college is creating your own path, so remember to create a path of happiness, strength, and success.
Jonathan George This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Business Analytics and Information Technology (BAIT)   Edison, NJ Take time to explore clubs, different courses, and step out of your comfort zone. You will grow as a person by exposing yourself to new, but safe, experiences, and also find your best friends along the way. Good luck :)
Joshua Gole

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Computer Science Mathematics, Physics, & Economics Tenafly, NJ College is not the same as high school! You will probably have to change your study habits in order to keep up with your workload. Don't get blindsided by exams and homework assignments piling up.

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Psychology English Union City, NJ Whenever you feel like the world's crashing down, don't forget to breathe, and most of all, don't forget that you are capable.
Ummehani Hakimi

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Biological Sciences    Cranbury, NJ  Study smart, but not hard.
Deeraiya Islam

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Political Science Religion  Morganville, NJ Make sure that you are making time for yourself and prioritizing mental health because school can get stressful, and everyone needs time to take care of themselves.
Simran Jasnani

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Genetics   Spanish Edison, NJ Have a plan but also don't be afraid to shy away from your to-do list. It's okay if things don't always go the way you expected and that just leaves room to try out something new, which you may not have thought to include before.

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience Business Administration Morganville, NJ Get involved early because this will help you make some great connections and friends and meet different types of people that you may not have met otherwise.
Indhu Kanakaraj

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Biological Sciences Psychology & Business Administration  Bayonne, NJ If you're interested in trying something new, don't be afraid to just do it! Don't let others' expectations of you hold you back.
Arzoo Kapil

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Business Analytics and Information Technology (BAIT) & Political Science   East Brunswick, NJ "The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.“ -Winston Churchill
Frederric Kelada This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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.
 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cell Biology and Neuroscience  Psychology Jersey City, NJ Approach everything with an "I can handle this" perspective, try not to think of the word 'impossible' as an option. Everything is possible if you approach the situation wisely.
Leen Kharboutli This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mathematics  Economics Westfield, NJ Don't just study; seek out experiences. Chase opportunities, get to know professors, get work or research experience as soon as possible.
Simerjot Khurana This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Business Analytics and Information Technology (BAIT) & Finance     Coming into Rutgers is very scary, especially with the school being so big. One piece of advice that helped me through my transition was always put yourself out there and try new things. The most important thing is to get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable.
Christian Kim This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Exercise Science   Fort Lee, NJ How well you can manage your time will result in how much stress you will have. Never study for too long, but instead, study really hard for short periods of time and take a few breaks. Space out your time accordingly, and you will never need to cram for an exam.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Physics - General Option Psychology & Biological Sciences Palisades Park, NJ College is all about making new experiences that you can look back on and say that you have no regrets. Coming to a new place is a frightening experience for many, but one must be willing to try new things. Talking to new people, exploring campus, or taking a class because it is interesting are all experiences that can shape people in a positive way. It provides the opportunity for both social and academic growth through their years here, but only if they are willing to take that step.
Neha Kuderu This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Dance Morganville, NJ Do not be afraid to seek out help! You will experience a lot that you do not know about so, instead of making guesses, make informed decisions. A lot of times you will need to meet with advisors and other people to get the answers you need, so do not be shy or lazy. Go ask! You will be using your time efficiently by seeking out answers rather than trying to figure things out on your own. There are so many people on campus that want you to succeed, but you need to ask for help in order for them to help you.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Biological Sciences Mathematics East Brunswick, NJ Don't do something based off the fact that nobody or everybody is doing it- you are on your own journey and should do what is best for you.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Genetics Public Health Skillman, NJ Work hard, have fun, and pursue opportunities that interest you.
Alekhya Kunaparaju This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cell Biology and Neuroscience  Psychology Edison, NJ Your college years will be some of your best years in life, so make the most of it. Step out of your comfort zone and take in all that Rutgers has to offer.
Melissa Kwok This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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. It's okay to be lost sometimes because you'll soon get a hang of everything in time. 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.
Samuel Leigh This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Physics & Mathematics    Livingston, NJ Find a group of people working just as hard, or harder than you -- this makes it easier to learn about opportunities and to push yourself. 
Eric Leong This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Supply Chain Management & Finance Entrepreneurship Concentration Pine Brook, NJ Step outside of your comfort zone. Make memories and find yourself through clubs, extracurriculars, and school-run events.
Sarah Liang

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Computer Science   Mathematics Monmouth Junction, NJ Go to class. Go to lecture. Have lots of fun times too.
Elena Lisci

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Biological Sciences & Exercise Science   New Brunswick, NJ Adjusting to college may be hard at first, but by getting involved in the community and giving yourself time to adjust, things will get better!
Stephanie Loy

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Psychology   Education Demarest, NJ Try to plan out when you're going to work on your assignments and stay organized. Even if it's doing a little bit every day, in the end you won't be dragged down by all of your assignments right before it's due and you'll feel accomplished every day!
Anny Lu

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History & Linguistics     Edison, NJ Don't rush! Work at your own pace and take time to learn what interest you. Rutgers has a lot to offer, so take the opportunity to explore, learn, and grow!
Joy Lu

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Linguistics & Psychology Japanese Edison, NJ Use Google to find anything specific about Rutgers! With such a big school, clicking around different websites will take forever!
Ria Malatesta

Ria Malatesta '22 

Journalism and Media Studies & English Human Resources Management Fort Lee, NJ College is a big shift in mentality; everything from academics to social life is bound to change in some way. Don't be afraid of it. Everyone else is navigating the same unknown waters. 
Raj Malhotra This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Genetics Health and Society Edison, NJ Don't let excuses get in the way of exploring what college has to offer. With proper balance, nothing isn't possible.

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience   Economics & Chemistry Elmwood Park, NJ Get involved. Rutgers has so much to offer, so get out there and experience it! If you want to try something just do it. Don't ever say you'll do it next week or next semester because time really does fly in college and next thing you know you'll be graduating and wishing you would've done more.

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Psychology Dance & Religion Teaneck, NJ Spend time evaluating your weaknesses because once you begin your first semester those weaknesses will be challenged profusely and will become even more apparent. Therefore it's important to have a clear understanding of your weaknesses so you can position yourself in situations that will allow you to make thoughtful decisions.

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Exercise Science   Gillette, NJ Join a club or some type of community to make friends. It is amazing the benefits you can get from being around others who share similar interests and values as you.
Shannon Meledathu

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Exercise Science   Classical Humanities Edison, NJ Work hard from the beginning, but also have fun. Be proactive.
Jovita Mesa

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Finance & Business Analytics and Information Technology (BAIT) French Bridgewater, NJ Take advantage of as many opportunities as you can and try to join clubs, big or small, from the start to set a foundation for yourself.

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Biological Sciences & Religion     East Brunswick, NJ Use core requirements to take classes you're interested in that don't fit within your major. You may discover a new interest!
Jil Modi This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cell Biology and Neuroscience Psychology Monroe Township, NJ Attend the getINVOLVED fair and talk to clubs that may be a bit out of your comfort zone. College is all about trying new things and you never know what new interests or hobbies you may find!
Mahinaz Mohsen

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience   Psychology East Rutherford, NJ Take advantage of all the resources and opportunities Rutgers has to offer. Ask questions, explore new things and have fun.
Kevin More

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Actuarial Mathematics  Economics Towaco, NJ Plan what classes you need and want to take ahead of time; that way, you find your interests earlier, and scheduling simplifies immensely.
Paige Mosher

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Finance & Business Analytics and Information Technology (BAIT)      Manahawkin, NJ Enjoy every day because you are only a freshman once and the year will go by before you know it.
Lauren Moskal This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Psychology     Take it slow and enjoy every moment. College may seem stressful, but you have plenty of resources around you to help you get through it!
Matthew Mulkay

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  Lumberton, NJ Get involved! Whether it be a sport, a performing group, or a extracurricular club, find something that you are passionate about, meet new people, and have fun!
Varsha Murthy

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Chemistry & Cell Biology and Neuroscience   Lake Hopatcong, NJ Come to college open-minded and ready to make friends. There is so much to learn both inside the classroom and from the people around you!
Sri Narayanan

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Business Analytics and Information Technology (BAIT) & Marketing   Princeton, NJ If you want something, ask for it. If you don't ask, you don't get.
Tommy Newton

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Biomathematics  Music Milltown, NJ No matter the stress or anxiety, you will get through it. There may be a long road ahead of you, but just live it up, and enjoy yourself!
Zurwa Nishat

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience   Egg Harbor Township, NJ Step out of your comfort zone and make sure you're not afraid to ask for help since there are so many resources available on campus!
Feruza Norqulova

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Accounting & Finance     Plainsboro, NJ Be proactive! It's never too early to go to recruiting events, network, get involved on campus. This will help you in kickstarting your career.
Giovanni Occhipinti

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Political Science & History     Hawthorne, NJ Join a club, study hard, be yourself! Most importantly, get out of your comfort zone!
Anand Patel

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Biological Sciences    Psychology Old Bridge, NJ Make sure you know what you're in for. College comes at you fast so you have to make sure you enjoy the moment but also keep the future in mind. It makes life so much easier to plan ahead and be prepared to avoid as many of life's curveballs as you can. Get on top of everything and you can make your Rutgers experience the best it can be.

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Accounting & Finance   Paramus, NJ College is going to be one of the greatest experiences you have! Keep your priorities in check, but always save some room for fun! Good luck!
Kajal Patel

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Biological Sciences Psychology Bloomfield, NJ It can be nerve wracking to start college but don't be afraid to try new things! Be open to new experiences, activities, and people.Try to take as much advantage of all the opportunities and resources that Rutgers has. Also try to find the right balance between academics and your social life. And don't be afraid to ask for help. Good luck!!
Kishan Patel This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cell Biology and Neuroscience & Psychology   Pompton Lakes, NJ Explore the campuses to find a study spot you enjoy and vibe with to make for more comfortable studying. My favorite is the Douglas library.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Genetics & Psychology   Piscataway, NJ When making your schedules each semester, be sure to check RateMyProfessors and r/rutgers to see which classes and professors your fellow peers recommend.

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience   Health and Society Franklin Park, NJ Welcome Class of '23! Although this initial transition from high school to university may seem daunting, take advantage of the many opportunities Rutgers has to offer. Pursue your passions and enjoy each day to learn and explore.

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Finance & Business Analytics and Information Technology (BAIT)     Pennington, NJ Go out of your way to put yourself out of your comfort zone. College is a place to experience new things. By doing this, you can meet people you ordinarily wouldn't and make new friends. I would also recommend taking classes that sound interesting rather than simply rushing to fulfill your requirements. There are so many cool classes to take at Rutgers!
Nira Patel This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cell Biology and Neuroscience   Women's and Gender Studies   Always ask for help. Whether it is a scheduling question, course question, or you're lost and can't find your class, always find someone to ask. There are deans for each School at Rutgers, your professors are always willing to answer your questions, and
Nishita Patel

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Biological Sciences Cultural Anthropology New Brunswick, NJ There is nothing worse than having to miss out on exciting social and academic experiences because you procrastinated studying for a test or completing an assignment.
Genesis Perez

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Public Health   Biological Sciences Paterson, NJ Whatever you are, be a good one. 

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Supply Chain Management & Business Analytics and Information Technology (BAIT)  Biological Sciences Flemington, NJ Take the time to explore your interests and find your academic and personal passions. Join different clubs, take interesting classes, and talk to different people; college is the best time to try new things!
Dalia Ragab

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience   Spanish Hillsborough, NJ Focus on how you can improve on yourself and what you can do to be proactive in reaching your goals.
Tiana Rahi

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Marketing Arabic  Highland Park, NJ At Rutgers, you will find people from all walks of life. Don't be afraid to talk to others and get to know them. Whether it's someone sitting next to you on the bus or a professor, you never know what you will learn and where it will get you.
Shivani Raizada

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Biological Sciences   Edison, NJ Don't be afraid to ask for help! It'll take you a long way.
Yuthikaa Raj This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Psychology, Economics & Finance   Edison, NJ You're going to think you have a lot of time in college, and that's not wrong, you do. But don't waste that time thinking about what you want to do with your time, just go for it and try everything, because if you try everything you're bound to enjoy something.
Aishwarya Ramaswamy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Undecided   Dayton, NJ College is one of the best adventures of your life. Don't waste it worrying about things out of your control.
Neel Rana This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Molecular Biology and Biochemistry   Edison, NJ Stay organized. Make a plan. Follow through on your plan. Be fluid with your plan, but never forget the plan.
Esha Rao This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Astrophysics &  Professional Physics Mathematics & Naval Science East Brunswick, NJ It is very important that you make sure you stay organized, balanced and learn how to manage your time wisely with both academics and social life.
Melanie Raush

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Information Technology and Informatics   Creative Writing & Theater Arts Cherry Hill, NJ Don't be afraid to ask your professors and advising deans for help! They are here to answer questions and help you with whatever you need.
Aditya Ravi Sankar

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Supply Chain Management Economics & Statistics Plainsboro, NJ Congrats on being accepted into the Rutgers Honors Program. Get pumped for an exciting year ahead!
Ramya Ravuri

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Computer Science Biological Sciences East Brunswick, NJ Just remember that you don't have to be everywhere and do everything in your first couple of months at Rutgers. Don't be scared to put yourself out there and take your time exploring the things that interest you around Rutgers. Most importantly, take advantage of the Starbucks Truck and use your meal swipes!!
Gabrielle Reznick This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Exercise Science   Marlboro, NJ Don't worry if everything doesn't immediately go the way you think you want it to, and don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
Kazim Rezvi This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mathematics & Political Science   Princeton Junction, NJ Be open to friends, clubs, and new people. Try your best not to close yourself out and only be in your dorm room when you have to. You won't regret exhausting yourself with work, clubs, and friends, but you'll regret it if you don't.
Cecilia Ritacco This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Political Science French & Labor Studies Oakland, NJ Rutgers may be a huge school, but you are not just a number, and your experience at Rutgers depends on what you make of it. Find your niche by building a network of connections with faculty and students who will work collaboratively with you and take your ideas into consideration. You will find that the combination of the independence Rutgers grants you, the rigor of the courses, and the quality of the staff will give you all that you need to be successful and make yourself stand out.
Bennett Rosner

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English & Political Science     Park Ridge, NJ Don't choose a certain path because you want to appease someone. It's better to try and fail different things, rather than to pigeonhole yourself for someone else.
Julianna Rossano

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English & Information Technology and Informatics     West Windsor, NJ Try new things! It's okay to go to club meetings or take classes outside of your interest. You'll meet new and interesting people. Keep an eye out for fun events Rutgers and the SASHP has to offer. There's almost always something fun to do on a weekend with your friends here.
Hemisha Sangani

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Biological Sciences   Psychology & Multicultural Certificate Closter, NJ Be open to new experiences and don't limit yourself by being afraid to step outside of your comfort zone.
Chandravathi Sayani

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience   Health and Society Skillman, NJ Don't be afraid to ask upperclassmen, professors, or the Deans any questions! They're super friendly and won't bite :)
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Economics Political Science Freehold, NJ Adjusting to your first couple of semesters seems quite stressful and at some points frightening, but do not doubt your ability to do so. Be sure to utilize all of the resources that you are presented with by the school and most importantly your professors. If you make sure to manage your time efficiently while also making good use of these academic opportunities, adjusting will become much easier and ultimately you will feel more comfortable in your classes. I personally made sure to attend my professors' office hours and sought out academic tutoring and assistance whenever I felt as though I was struggling in my classes, and it allowed me to bypass any circumstances that specifically challenged me.
Noah Schneider This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Accounting & Finance   Marlboro, NJ Maintain balance in college. While academics are crucial, making time for friends and clubs that you interested in is equally as important.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Supply Chain Management Economics Monmouth Junction, NJ The best part of college is the friends and people you meet so make sure to put yourself out there!

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Genetics Economics Edison, NJ Welcome to Rutgers Class of '23! Hope you all enjoyed your summer and are excited to experience a new adventure here in New Brunswick. I know some of you might be feeling a little nervous or anxious, but don't worry you will get adjusted in no time.

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Biological Sciences   Entrepreneurship & Nutrition Morris Plains, NJ Never be afraid of trying something new. At college, it is important to be ambiguous and open to new ideas and explore different clubs and organizations that may spark an interest. At the same time, interacting with unique types of people will allows you to grow as a person and become open minded to different ideas in our progressive society.
Gopna Shekaran

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Biological Sciences Statistics Berkeley Heights, NJ Attend class, even if most people don't show up. You never know when the professor will decide to hand out extra credit to those who actually show up!

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Journalism & Sociology French Holmdel, NJ Don't be scared to come to college! It's normal to be nervous, but college has been such a fun and eye-opening experience that I'm excited for you to experience. Be open to new experiences, branch out of your comfort zone, and make new friends. The friends you make in college will most likely be with you for the rest of your life, and they will help you through so many challenges. College is challenging, but if you have the right mentality, and friends to get you through it, you will, without a doubt, excel!
Barbara Shi

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History Women's and Gender Studies & Gender and Media East Brunswick, NJ Do things that make you happy! You do not have to be super involved or have perfect grades -- you should prioritize experiences that enrich your time in college and help you grow.

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Biological Sciences Latino and Caribbean Studies & Psychology Highland Park, NJ It's all about progress. Don't get discouraged, and never be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
Bartosz Skiba

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Public Health   Biological Sciences Old Bridge Township, NJ Your college degree is a marathon, not a sprint. Do not let minor setbacks ruin the entire marathon.
Amy Smaldone

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Mathematics & Economics     Marlton, NJ Everything will turn out okay. As you go through college, you will find yourself and your place at in the world.

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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.
Ria Soni

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience Psychology South Plainfield, NJ Get involved in things you genuinely enjoy and have a passion for, whether they are related to academics or not. Or, try something you've never done. College is the perfect place to try new things. The Starbucks truck lines are long, but totally worth it. Turn on their notifications for Twitter so you can stay updated on their locations and times. Dining halls aren't the only places that take meal swipes. Try to use them so you don't end up with a bunch of swipes left over at the end of the semester. Start studying for finals as early as possible and create a game plan. Your future self will thank you.

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Finance   Morristown, NJ To be engaged in your surroundings because every opportunity you take and engage in can create a lifelong relationship or experience.
Aishwarya Sridhar

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience Psychology  Piscataway, NJ Get involved! Academics can be challenging, but involvements outside of class is what is will make your college experience special. Don't be afraid to go out of your comfort zone!
Katelyn Sudak

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience   Psychology Oak Ridge, NJ Get involved on campus! There are so many opportunities available at Rutgers.

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Genetics   Iselin, NJ Don't worry if you get on the wrong bus or get off at a wrong stop, we all learn eventually. 
Manjari Swarna This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Cell Biology and Neuroscience Psychology Galloway, NJ Being at Rutger is what you make of it and it can be a genuinely positive experience if you make it one. Get involved, step out of your comfort zone and make it amazing.

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Biological Sciences Health and Society Old Bridge, NJ Rutgers is a large school, which may be intimidating to many college freshman. However, joining a club or student organization can build families because it makes a big school seem small and intimate. The Involvement Fair helped me to find clubs and organizations that I was interested in and allowed me to become more involved in the Rutgers community. Although it is important to do well academically, it is also important to develop social relationships and explore all the opportunities Rutgers has to offer.

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Finance & Business Analytics and Information Technology (BAIT)   Robbinsville, NJ Don't be afraid to try new things. There are so many opportunities on campus and through those things, you can meet so many different people.
Sonia Tam This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. English & Asian Studies Comparative and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies & Art History Montville, NJ Go at your own pace. Don't feel pressured to rush into your course requirements or take on more responsibilities than you can handle. Everyone adjusts to college differently, and you have plenty of time to figure out what works for you.
Shruthi Thiyagarajan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Biological Sciences 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.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cell Biology and Neuroscience Spanish & Psychology New Brunswick, NJ Don't rush things. It may seem like everyone around you is living the perfect life, but this is most likely not true. Give yourself time and have patience, and everything will eventually settle into place.
Emily Tronolone This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Computer Science Business Administration & Music Middletown, NJ If you feel stressed or overwhelmed when you come into college, don't worry because you are not the only one. In the beginning of my first semester, I often felt like I had a hard time navigating through college while everyone else had no worries. The truth is, you will always find people to relate to, and therefore, you can help each other out in times of need.
Monisha Trousdale This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. English & Economics   Edison, NJ Be open-minded to new experiences and people. Coming to college enlarges your world and the activities and people you are exposed to. People have come from all different backgrounds to work and grow and the best thing you can do is learn from them.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Genetics   Edison, NJ Do not be afraid to try new things. Attend the events you wouldn't otherwise, join clubs you haven't joined before, and take classes that simply interest you. There are so many opportunities available to expand both your in class and out of class experience. However, do make sure you have a plan in the back of your mind as to what you plan on accomplishing during your time at Rutgers; what it means to you to be here, and why you are here.

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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.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Genetics   Newfield, NJ Try your best to find a balance between working and having fun. Sometimes the pressures of assignments and academics get to be a little overwhelming, so it's important to remember to relax and take breaks when you need them. Mental health is just as important as anything else! Go and grab lunch with friends if you have time to. Take a walk around campus and spend time outdoors. Get involved with a club or organization that catches your eye. Who knows? You might even make some new friends who have similar interests! The most important thing to remember is that getting your assignments done on time and studying for exams should be a priority, but so is taking care of yourself and having a little bit of fun!

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Cell Biology and Neuroscience Philosophy Princeton, 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 Find people you enjoy spending time with and spend as much time with them as possible.

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Finance & Accounting     Belleville, NJ Get involved on campus! There are so many organizations at Rutgers that it can be scary and overwhelming, but it will help you feel at home!
Usman Zareef

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Genetics   Chemistry Edison, NJ If you start strong you won't be trying to catch up later!

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Supply Chain Management & Finance   Egg Harbor Township, NJ College is a time where the options are limitless so be open to new experiences because you may surprise yourself with what you end up loving!

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Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Chemistry Princeton, NJ Transitioning from high school to college can be extremely overwhelming, especially when Rutgers is such a huge school with so many people. However, as college students, we can easily get used to such an environment with correct guidance and healthy human connections. If any of you are just feeling overwhelmed at any point in time because you don't know something about academics, housing, or even how to make new friends that would come with you to a football game, just reach out to your peers. Freshman year is really a time to just make the most unlikely of friends. Everyone is in the same boat of knowing basically nothing. Get involved and pursue your passions and that will get you wherever you need to go.
Franchesca Zilinski This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Genetics Psychology South Amboy, NJ It's not too early to get involved! Venture out, join new clubs, meet new people, and just immerse yourselves into this new and wonderful experience!
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   Hamilton, NJ Make new friends, learn new things, and try new activities. You never know what you are going to fall in love with until you broaden your horizons, so in your first few months of college, don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Chances are, you'll find something you love and even if you don't, you'll make new friends.