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“The School of Arts and Sciences EOF program has been tremendously helpful. They provided emotional, social, academic and financial support. The Summer Institute helped me make new friends – who I now consider family. ”
Bryan M.
Criminal Justice and Social Work
School of Arts and Sciences and School of Social Work
Rutgers University–New Brunswick


Piscataway, New Jersey

Bryan's Story

Deciding which colleges to apply to was difficult for this aspiring lawyer. After accepting a full-tuition scholarship from Rutgers Future Scholars, Bryan discovered a community of friends and staff willing to help him every step of the way.

What’s one thing you wish you knew in preparation for college?

I wish I knew the importance of taking care of myself. I am still learning how to balance a social life and academics. Having a high GPA is great but your health should come first.

What support services have you used to assist you through your time at Rutgers?

The office of Student Support Services has been really helpful. They provide free tutoring, academic advising, and workshops for first-generation and underrepresented students like myself. The Paul Robeson Cultural Center (PRCC) staff have been supportive since my freshman year. Dr. David Jones, Tiana Ford, and Yolanda Grant have made the PRCC a home for me. The staff of the Center for Latino Arts and Culture (CLAC) have welcomed me with open arms – they are willing to listen whenever I need help. Finally, on campus events like the B.L.A.C.K. (Building Leaders & Cultivating Knowledge) Brothers’ Mentoring Circle and Black Student Social allowed me to network with like-minded peers and faculty.

Any advice for EOF students?

Never be afraid to ask for help. You do not have to go through things all by yourself. Your EOF counselor will have your back and various Rutgers departments like the Cultural Center Collaborative are there to see you succeed.

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