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Being a Rutgers student was 'one of the best experiences of my life'

Shmuel Libby is an undergraduate majoring in Finance & Accounting at Rutgers Business School. The Nutley resident will receive a bachelor of science degree in May 2014 but already has his eyes set on an MBA. Here’s what he has to say about RBS and his future.

Aspirations: After completing my undergraduate degree, I will be working at BNY Mellon. The rotational program I will be taking part in will cover BNY Mellon’s financial services segments. Within the next three or four years, I plan to pursue my MBA. My primary aspiration is to continue my education.

Activities & interests: My primary interests are economics and public policy. This is why Yaroslav Imshenetsky and I started The Arbitrader. The goal of the site was for students and professors to be able to write articles to help educate the public and cultivate debate.

Favorite class or professor at RU-N: My favorite professor was Professor Rose Liao. While I was taking her corporate finance class, her mentorship and guidance helped shape my career path.

Biggest challenge at RU-N: The biggest challenge I faced was confronting all that was required of me beyond the classroom to succeed as a student. It is easy to study and receive good grades, but taking on leadership roles, extracurricular activities, and networking - in addition to classwork - can be daunting.

Reflections on RU-N experience: Being a student at Rutgers has been one of the best experiences of my life. Not only did I grow as a person, I was challenged, mentored, and given the opportunity to find my passion for finance. Taking part in student organizations, case competitions, and internships enabled my student experience to be so much more than I expected.

“Tweetable” advice to incoming freshmen (140 characters or less): Attaining your degree is not easy; it will take work and dedication, but that is why it has value.

Expressions of gratitude: When I reflect on myself before I became a student at Rutgers, I did not possess the skills needed to succeed. Through the challenges of being a student, I am now entering my career prepared and with confidence. Thanks to the education I received, the foundation to continue to develop has been established.