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On a Bustling and Diverse Campus, She Found the Right Balance

Wide-open possibilities define an undergraduate journey


When Rashmi Singh arrived at Rutgers as a first-year student, she encountered a campus that was the opposite of her quiet little hometown of Flemington, NJ.

And as she discovered, that was just the change she wanted.

Singh plugged into the social and intellectual currents of the New Brunswick Campus. In so doing, she stepped into multiple roles: proud Indian-American, captain of the cross-country team, literature student, public policy analyst, and environmentalist.

“I consciously get involved because I strongly believe in balance,” said Singh, a School of Arts and Sciences senior. “I’ve always avoided being entrenched in one way of thinking or in one way of being."

As she prepares to graduate and possibly pursue graduate study in public policy, Singh said she’ll miss the sense of wide open possibility at Rutgers.

“I love how big Rutgers is,” she concluded. “I like meeting different kinds of people all the time. And I thrive on getting different perspectives.”

That desire for balance fueled an eclectic undergraduate journey. As a student, for example, she drew connections between humanities and public policy, majoring in English at SAS and minoring in Environmental Policy, Institutions, and Behavior at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS).

“I love literature, and the way it teaches us about the human condition,” she said about her major. “With my minor, the intent was to work in a very specific way, at the local and global level, for the greater good.”

Singh’s education at Rutgers extended beyond classrooms, and libraries. She participated in five service programs, including serving as a camp counselor for at-risk New Brunswick kids and as a conversation partner for adult immigrants learning English.

“It was important for me to get to know New Brunswick as a community, and not just be a student on campus,” Singh said.

Yet the campus itself provided another important avenue for personal transformation. She found a welcoming community of fellow Indian-American students - a small, supportive niche in the larger university constellation.

“It felt very comfortable,” she said.

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