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“Since coming to Rutgers- New Brunswick, I have grown into a much more curious and independent person. I have been pushed to move outside of my comfort zone to advocate for myself and my needs. I have also been challenged to interact with peers and members”
Public Health
Honors College, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Rutgers University–New Brunswick


West Orange, New Jersey

Maya's Story

When she’s not busy completing teaching fellowships in New York City and Washington, D.C., this rising senior is facilitating FIGS seminars on Exploring Public Health or tutoring the New Brunswick local community. It’s no surprise – Maya is determined to find the next breakthrough in children education for underserved communities.

What were some of the emotions you felt when choosing a college?

I felt a lot of anxiety when choosing a college. I had many preconceived notions about college and I felt a lot of pressure to make sure I was making the “right” decision. I had quite a few options and felt nervous about choosing.

Why did you choose Rutgers– New Brunswick?

By the end of high school, I was interested in many different areas of study, and I knew that Rutgers would provide the space for me to have an interdisciplinary college experience. [From] its curriculum [to] the opportunities to study and move within other schools in the university.

Why should an admitted student choose Rutgers– New Brunswick?

You are bound to find your home away from home. There are so many different spaces to experience and enjoy on campus. From academic to social environments, Rutgers allows every student to explore themselves. Also, Rutgers is such a large, prestigious research institution with endless opportunities to be innovative and get involved in your areas of interest!

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