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A future in the Coast Guard

Star athlete and Burlington, New Jersey, resident Mercedes Glover earned her bachelor’s from the School of Criminal Justice in January 2015, majoring in criminal justice while minoring in Women and Gender Studies. She immediately began graduate studies at the School of Public Administration and Affairs.

I’m looking to officially join the U.S. Coast Guard in September. I want to gain experience and then take my vision to homeland security.  My overall vision in life is to give back to the community and possibly mentor individuals who are less fortunate. 

Activities & interests:
I'm currently finishing up my track and field career here at Rutgers University – Newark. I'm a javelin thrower who has had the opportunity to go to Nationals and be a two-time All-American. I'm very into dancing, singing, and the arts such as poetry, and showcasing my life as an inspiring story.

Favorite class or professor at RU-N:
My favorite professor hands down is Dr. Edem Avakame within the School of Criminal Justice!!! He is hilarious and always makes jokes with his African accent.

Biggest challenge at RU-N:
One of my biggest challenges here was balancing being a student athlete, having a job, having an internship, and still trying to find time for myself. Along with that my goals of being a top- notch athlete have been tested tremulously; in my sophomore year I tore my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) playing basketball here, then the following year in javelin I partially tore my UCL (ulnar collateral ligament). So, my mental toughness and physical capabilities have been tested and I wasn't going to let any injury hold me back from what I wanted to achieve.

Reflections on RU-N experience:
The way to truly have fun here is to branch out and be involved. I've had great and inspiring opportunities to compete against the best of the best. I've won awards in different activities and established some true bonds.  I'm a performer and dancer at heart and I got to be involved with a dancing video and countless parties and events. I explored areas of Newark and New York City. The city environment was one of my main reasons to come here, and I can say I made a GREAT decision.

“Tweetable” advice to incoming freshmen:
//“Be somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody”// There are no limitations, faith is all you need.

Expressions of gratitude:
I just want to thank all my track and field coaches, from Coach Edney (RU-N Track and Field Head Coach Juan Edney) down to the grad assistants in college, to my track and field coaches back at home, in particular Coach Jennifer Williams, and Coach Sorina Haddock!!! They put an ample amount of time, love, and family culture to make track and field feel like home. I appreciate my family who has been there every step of the way, from injuries to growing into  an inspiring person who believes that anything’s possible to make dreams a reality. I'm blessed and I couldn't ask for better. Thank you!

In May 2015 Mercedes became the first person in RU-N athletics history to make All-American a third time! Read more


Here's what we said about Mercedes in 2014
Mercedes Glover doesn’t try to do her best. She tries to shatter her best.

The RU–N senior was recently named to the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) 2013-14 D-III All-Academic Team in the javelin, the first Scarlet Raider in history to earn the elusive honor.

With a record-breaking throw of 43.59 meters, Glover also became the first RU–N two-time All-American in track & field and surpassed her previous record of 43.28 meters.

As the first women’s javelin thrower at RU–N, Glover’s athletic career is a stream of titles and records: Rutgers University–Newark Female Co-Athlete of the Year (2010-11 and 2013-14), two-time NJAC Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week (April 10 & May 29), the first female NCAA qualifier in outdoor track and field at RU–N, and the first female RU–N All-American, to name a few.

Glover generally wakes up at 8 a.m., has track practice from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., attends classes, reports to the Public Safety building to work as a community service officer, and spends the remainder of her days studying or enjoying leisure time before bed. “As a student-athlete, you just learn to find time to do what needs to be done. At the end of the day, commitment to sports, school, and work is a must when you’re involved in a lot of things,” she says.

With one year left in her undergraduate education, the criminal justice major is already considering her graduate studies and wants to earn a master’s degree in public administration while continuing to compete in the javelin for her last eligible year in 2015. Glover says that she wants to become a parole officer or work for the federal government to help people in the criminal justice system realize that there are alternatives to crime and imprisonment.

“I want to show people that there is hope for a spectacular future if you put your heart, mind, body, and soul into it,” Glover says. “I believe I can connect with people on a different level and I just want to be that motivational person behind someone’s life.”