The transition to college can be an intimidating one, even when you grew up just a few miles from campus. For Chinaza Okonkwo, now a junior at Rutgers–New Brunswick, the close-knit community of women at Douglass Residential College, the women’s residential college at Rutgers, made all the difference. “Living at Douglass really helped me during my first year,” says Chinaza, who is from Piscataway.
Now Chinaza mentors other Douglass students and lives in the Human Rights House, a special-interest community of 20 students in the Jameson Residence Hall. Students from the Human Rights House, who have been studying Romania and children’s rights, traveled to Romania over winter break to meet with educators and deliver educational toys.
Born in Nigeria, Chinaza came to the United States when she was 4. A double-major in criminal justice and history, she hopes to work in Africa after graduating.