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Babatunde Odubekun, NCAS
Babatunde Odubekun majors in economics at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences. After completing his bachelor of arts in 2014, the Newark resident plans to eventually pursue a law degree. He reflects on his time at Rutgers University–Newark and his life plans.
Aspirations: First and foremost, I need to finish the book that I’ve been writing (sporadically) for over 18 months. In the long run, after law school, I want to be able to give back to communities in the cities/towns in each of the five countries that I have lived in.
Activities & interests: I’m a big fan of studying/debating international relations. Love reading about renewable energy & associated technologies. Some change is good, but when it comes to cell phones I will never abandon my BlackBerry! I’ve been involved in local politics and the Rutgers-Newark debate team. Amateur tweeter: follow me @TundeOdubekun
Favorite class or professor at RU-N: African American Literature with Professor Karen Oliver Moore. The course is full of fantastic material and leads to engaging discussions and presentations.
Biggest challenge at RU-N: Be careful: there are so many different ways to get involved on and around campus that it’s tempting to take on more than you can handle. Also, come rain, sleet, hail, snow…hell or high water…RU-N will still be open for classes. These are both blessings in disguise.
Reflections on RU-N experience: I couldn’t have asked for a more fulfilling college environment. Rutgers University–Newark has a rich history of service and activism that rubs off on anyone who walks through these doors as a freshman or leaves as a graduate. Rutgers and the City of Newark welcomed my parents to America in 1983, and welcomed me back to New Jersey in 2009 after eight years living abroad. I am forever at home in Newark.
“Tweetable” advice to incoming freshmen (140 characters or less): Be on time to that 8:30am class. Look into 5yr BA/MA programs. Explore #BrickCity while you’re at @Rutgers_Newark. Stop by Nizi Sushi. Always take the scenic route #YOLO
Expressions of gratitude: I am extremely grateful to Rutgers for rounding out my character, and to Newark for nurturing my ambition. Thank you to everyone at the Chancellor’s Office, Office of Housing & Residence Life, OSLL (Office of Student Life and Leadership), Rutgers Public Safety, our librarians, and the facilities and maintenance staff for your guidance, mentorship, and friendship over the years.