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Babatunde Odubekun, Rutgers Law School (NCAS '14)
Babatunde Odubekun is a second-year student at Rutgers Law School. After completing his first year of law school at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, Babatunde returned to his alma mater, Rutgers University-Newark, where he received his B.A. in Economics in 2014. Upon graduation from the law school, the Newark resident hopes to practice in the areas of corporate finance and intellectual property law.
Aspirations: First and foremost, I need to finish writing the book that I've been working on (sporadically) for three years. In the long run, after law school, I want to be able to give back to communities in the five countries that I have lived in (Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Kenya, and the United States).
Activities & interests: I'm a big fan of reading up on and debating international relations and politics. Recently I've taken a huge interest in renewable energy as well. Some change is good, but when it comes to cell phones I will never abandon my BlackBerry! Amateur tweeter: follow me @TundeOdubekun.
Favorite class or professor at RU-N: As an undergrad, African American Literature with Professor Karen Oliver Moore. The course was full of fantastic material, and we had really engaging class discussions. As a law student, I enjoy the Entertainment Law & Business class that I'm taking with Professor John R. Kettle III.
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 1984 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 five-year 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.