These first-year students have arrived on campus ready to explore the arts and sciences, discover their calling, and experience the richness of a diverse campus.
Name: Ruben Lizardo
Hometown: North Bergen
Favorite Subject in High School: English
Choosing Rutgers: I really liked the diversity. There are many different kinds of people and I felt I could definitely find my niche.
First Year Expectations: Meeting new people.
Name: Samantha Jeannot
Hometown: North Plainfield
Favorite Subject in High School: Journalism and English. I love reading and writing and I hope to major in English at Rutgers.
Choosing Rutgers: There’s the close-knit environment, and the camaraderie that is palpable. There’s a spirit here that reminds me of my own school.
First Year Expectations: Seeing a lot of new faces. Getting lost, but having fun.
Name: Victor Bonilla
Favorite Subject in High School: History
Choosing Rutgers: To me, Rutgers is home. I have been a Rutgers Future Scholars since seventh grade, and I live right around the corner from campus. Coming here feels totally natural.
First Year Expectations: Making new friends. Taking a mix of courses, and developing an idea of what I want to do with my future.
Name: Aneesa Ahmed
Hometown: New Milford
Favorite Subject in High School: Biology
Choosing Rutgers: Rutgers is a very large community with amazing organizations and amazing research opportunities, all of which I am really excited to be a part of.
First Year Expectations: Socially, I want to meet new people and volunteer for organizations. Academically, I want to pursue molecular biology and biochemistry. I want to meet the professors and find out more about the major and the available research opportunities.
Name: Anthony Santiago
Hometown: West Milford
Favorite subject in High School: Science. I’m interested in majoring in computer science at Rutgers.
Choosing Rutgers: I was drawn by its size and its reputation.
First Year Expectations: I’m looking forward to being on my own and having that sense of independence.
Name: Wolfgang Albrecht
Favorite Subject in High School: English and History.
Choosing Rutgers: Rutgers felt like home. It felt like a place where I could find myself and find my future.
First Year Expectations: Trying to not be overwhelmed, and looking forward to the football games.
Name: Elisheva Sherman
Hometown: Highland Park
Choosing Rutgers: There is so much here to choose from. I am coming in undecided, so I feel like I have a lot of opportunities to figure out what I want to do as opposed to a small school where there are fewer options.
First year expectations: It’s going to be awesome! I’ve seen photos of someone dressed as a scarlet knight on horseback. I would like to be that person!