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“Rutgers-Newark has enabled me to effectively work towards my degree by providing a wide range of financial support and a strong path towards graduate school.”
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Political Science and Journalism
School of Arts & Sciences-Newark
Rutgers University–Newark

Dina's Story

Why Rutgers-Newark?

Although I was admitted to more than 10 universities across America, I chose Rutgers University-Newark mainly because of the scholarship and financial aid packages offered to me. The stories, histories, and narratives that poke out from between the buildings of Newark also fascinate me. Lastly, Rutgers University-Newark’s student body diversity was definitely appealing and has helped me ease into college life and contributed to my comfort.

Best Experience So Far

My best experience was being fully funded by The Observer to travel to Ferguson and report on the events unfolding immediately before the no-indictment verdict was released in November 2014. They’ve helped me expand my mind in ways I never imagined and pushed me far beyond my comfort zone while also inspiring and motivating me.

Career Plans, Goals, and Dreams

I am interested in professional journalism research internships and editorial and writing opportunities that will help me mold my beliefs and figure out what career path I wanted to pursue.

More Affordable Access

I was granted a scholarship upon admission to Rutgers University-Newark, which significantly reduced the financial burden that college can be.

Involved in 

I have been involved with numerous student organizations, including the Rutgers Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), the Muslim Students’ Association (MSA), the Student Governing Association, and The Observer, RU-N’s independent student newspaper. I owe much of my growth to my peers who I encountered through SJP and MSA, where I learned about intersecting struggles and injustices, and how we can work against them. MSA gave me a better idea of how I wanted to lead my life: the ethics and morals I wanted to adapt.

Community Connection

I was involved with The Observer, RU-N’s independent student newspaper, initially as a staff writer, and then the Opinions Section Editor, and finally as the Executive Editor.

What I love most about Rutgers University–Newark

The small, intimate setting; I don’t feel like I’m drowning in a sea of strangers. Classrooms are relatively small, which makes it easy to build relationships with students and professors alike. It also allows for student movements to gain momentum and the attention they deserve.

Provide and describe one word to describe Rutgers University-Newark and why

Comfortable. The diversity of backgrounds and thoughts at Rutgers University-Newark has helped me feel comfortable expressing myself.