Spotlight

Kierra Pean, SSS & Paul Robeson Scholar.
My name is Kierra Monique Pean and I am the daughter of two Haitian immigrant parents. I grew up in a predominantly white neighborhood and was in the Catholic school system for the entirety of my elementary, middle and high school careers. I was used to being one of the few, if not the only person of color in my classes. It was never something that bothered me, but I was aware that I was different from the majority of my school, and sometimes people found a need to make that painfully clear. I was often called an “Oreo” and any other name that conveyed surprise that I did not act like the stereotyped image that some people associate with black people. Of course I had experienced diversity... Continued
Meet Desai, SSS Scholar & Tutor
I am a junior, in the School of Arts and Sciences, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. I have a passion to learn about the practical applications of Computer Science and use my knowledge and experience to contribute the community. I am a tutor for Introduction to Computer Science (CS-111), Introduction to Computers and Applications (CS-110), and Calculus I (Math-135) at Student Support Services (SSS). I have also held the position of Database Management Intern at SSS during summer 2015. With the supervision and help of Mr. Moses Kim, I learned how to create web forms, and manage the database using the appropriate functions. It was a great learning experience which helped me to... Continued
Victor Mensah
I am a Biology major and a Public Health minor in the School of Arts and Sciences. As a first generation student, I came to college with two goals in mind; to graduate in four years and to get accepted to medical school. In December I succeeded at the ladder when I was accepted to Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Furthermore I am on track to graduate in May and complete my goal of graduating in four years. The question I get most often from people is “why do you want to become a doctor.” I always liked working with people especially the less fortunate. Granted those attributes could have led me down a slew of different paths I decided I wanted to be a doctor for one specific... Continued
Tutor of the Semester: Stephanie Castellanos
I am a junior in the Edward J. Bloustein School and I am currently working for a Bachelor's degree in Health Administration. I have a passion for helping others, especially the least fortunate. I want to increase the access of healthcare to achieve equity. Additionally, I have always had a strong interest and have excelled in the sciences. This is why I decided to become a Biology tutor and try to instill the same passion for the subject in others. For me, being a tutor is not only about teaching others how to study and how to get good grades, but it is also about myself growing as a person. This year was my first one tutoring Gen. Biology and, even though it was challenging at times, I... Continued
Big Chill Group Photo
Hi everyone! To start off my name is Christopher Rubi, I’m a first year student in the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers New Brunswick with ambitions to major in Political Science, and minor in the languages of French and Spanish, and I was born and raised in Camden, New Jersey. Coming into Rutgers this year I had the great opportunity of joining Student Support Services (SSS) and have had the opportunity to participate in many amazing programs offered by SSS. By far, the Personal Wellness Training module for the Big Chill 5k run has been my favorite as well as one of the most challenging. This year, the Big Chill consisted of a 3.1 mile through the College Ave Campus beginning at the... Continued

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