What have you done outside of academics?
I wanted to get more involved at the end of my freshman year, and the opportunity to be a resident assistant came up. I figured it would be a fun way to meet people, and it’s the type of job I would only have the chance to do while I was in college. I also saw it as a chance to gain some leadership skills and experience.
This is my third year on staff, and it’s worked out well. I’m still friends with many of the residents who were on my floors in previous years as well as people on staff.
I also ended up doing some summer work I found through an email from the residence life office. I worked with a company called American Education and Travel Services, which welcomed international high school students to the New York area. I took the students on excursions around Manhattan and helped them practice English.
This year, I’ve been interning with the Intersect Fund thanks to an opportunity provided by the Voorhees Fellowship. I’m helping to promote this program that guides and helps fund small local start-ups. We mostly do community service work involving microfinance and business training in New Brunswick.