Have You Met Rutgers-Newark?

I believe college is what you make of it; you have to put in what you want to get back.

A native of Newark, New Jersey, Paulo Seabra decided to continue his post secondary education in his hometown. Read why Rutgers University-Newark was the right choice for him.

Aspirations: My biggest aspiration when coming to Rutgers University-Newark was to grow. I wanted to be able to become more mature, more responsible, more effective in whatever project I tackled and most importantly, I wanted to be able to give back more.

Activities & interests: Some of my interests outside of academics include photography, playing volleyball and being spontaneous with friends. I love to live in the moment because I know when I look back five to 10 years from now I will have regretted not having more fun.

Favorite class or professor: My favorite class at Rutgers Newark is Elementary Russian taught by Prof. Lyubov Ginzburg. What I like about learning another language is it allows me to become more diverse. Learning a new language allows you to immerse yourself in another culture, is proven to increase cognitive processes and gives you a more worldly view. I highly recommend it and have to thank Professor Ginzburg for her amazing teaching style.

Biggest challenge at RU-N: I believe my biggest challenge at Rutgers Newark is gauging myself so that I'm not stretched too thin. I joined countless student organizations like First Year Leadership Council and Student Government Association and I recently accepted a resident assistant position for 2014-15 academic year. If anything, time management and balancing my priorities were my biggest challenges.

Reflections on RU-N experience: Looking back at these past two years at Rutgers Newark I couldn’t be happier with my choice. I believe college is what you make of it; you have to put in as much if not more of what you want to get back. College is an experience to say the least. It’s time to have fun, to be independent, to establish yourself, but it’s also a time to focus on your future!

“Tweetable” advice to incoming freshmen (140 characters or less): The moment you enter RU-N you’ll realize it’s a fresh start, a clean slate for you to mold yourself into whoever you want to be.

Expressions of gratitude: I am so happy with where I am right now in my life and it’s all thanks to RU-N. The dedicated administrators, faculty and staff have done so much to help the students out. A lot of their work goes unnoticed, but they should be recognized for it.