Motion to Enter PhilMUN

This past weekend, I had the incredible opportunity to be on staff at Philadelphia Model United Nations, a four day debate conference for high school students. Working as the assistant director for the Commission on the Status of Women, my director and I spent this weekend facilitating discussion on the topics of Women in STEM and Women in Politics. The disputes and eventual resolutions that came about in committee through our group of high school delegates were absolutely insightful and undoubtedly remarkable. In addition to celebrating Girl Power throughout the world, the delegates became more aware of the process of compromise and what it means to reach an international agreement.

To those interested in applying to Rutgers, many of you have probably attended one of the many Model United Nations conferences run by some of RU’s finest students. Whether it is Rutgers Model U.N. right on the Rutgers campus or Philadelphia Model U.N. in the historic old city, these experiences of debate and international camaraderie are invaluable to the high school students who attend them. For anyone unsure of what Model U.N. is, it is a simulation of the actual U.N. where high school students come together in different committees, such as the U.N. Development Program and the World Health Organization, and represent nations to tackle various global topics. The various conferences are organized by IDIA, or the Institute for Domestic and International Affairs, and staffed by college students all passionately invested in global politics and in creating a discourse-centered environment for students to learn as well as have fun in.

Model U.N. was a large part of my high school career, and even though I did not attend any IDIA conferences, I knew I still wanted to get involved as a staff member at Rutgers. While I loved the debate aspect of Model U.N., being on the other side of committee has been phenomenal and just as much of a learning experience. Before the conference, I heavily researched the two topics picked by our director, created a comprehensive research binder, and looked through countless Position Papers carefully written by our delegates. Within committee, my director and I were committed to creating an environment for our students where all of them felt comfortable speaking and were encouraged to dive into the topics being discussed. By looking at this experience as part of the Chair, I realized that Model U.N. is so much more than just being recognized for winning an award. It is about the genuine want to create a global change, even if it is within a simulation, and to have the ability to compromise with others to create a solution that will benefit the most people. The best part of the experience was seeing our delegates grow as speakers, become “Parli-Pros” at Parliamentary Procedure, and evolve into expert negotiators. Also, bonding with all the astonishing and brilliant people on staff was beyond extraordinary.

The intelligence, maturity, and determination each delegate brought to the committee proved they were all well beyond their years. The same diligence could be seen within the staff, from our fearless Secretariat to the Directors and Logistics and Simulations teams which provided the framework of the conference. Whether or not you did Model U.N. in high school, anyone can benefit from an experience on staff. For anyone interested in global relations, teaching, and creating a multi-dimensional conference experience on international politics for high school students, IDIA is definitely the organization for you!

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Classes for Undecided Majors

Most college students enter their universities with one of two extremes: they either definitively know their major or they are completely unsure of how they want to spend the rest of their lives. The rest of the crowd lies in a dynamic flux, where they easily switch majors back and forth until they decide which one they are most suited for.

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Here are some diverse classes that are good to audit or even register for:

  • Intro to computer science:

Easily one of the most important classes to possibly take, computer science offers a very diverse array of coding skills. Albeit while it is not necessarily a GPA booster, it may be good to audit. After all, with our technology reliant generation, it would be extremely useful.

  • Any introductory Philosophy course:

Philosophers are growing rather scarce as the usefulness of the major is growing increasingly bleak. However, it is still a phenomenally interesting field and taking a few courses would definitely improve your critical thinking capabilities.

  • An Introductory business course:

A class in the business field may help you determine whether you would like to be a leader in your future profession, or whether you really can be for that matter. While it is not a difficult course, it provides a lot of priceless experience. Moreover, Rutgers is renowned for it’s strong business school, so if it seems appealing perhaps you could even major within the field.

  • A GPA Booster class:

These classes are perfect because, not only do they raise your grade point average, but they also provide unique knowledge in a field that may be very different from where your interests lie. These classes are typically fun and may provide you with the motivation to transition to a more enjoyable major. (See my previous blog post for a list of these.)

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Running Out of Dining Hall Ideas?

It’s that time of the year- winter. We stay inside, we bundle up, and we eat. Whether it’s to pass the time or because we refuse to leave the warmth of our dormitories, winter is a time where a trip to the dining hall may become a little boring. You may find yourself eating the same meals each day- he same toast for breakfast, the same salad for lunch, and same chicken for dinner, or even find yourself running out of your so called “stock” in your room as you hibernate during the cold. Although it may seem hard to be healthy on campus, especially during the winter months, there are so many options available not only to kick you out of that winter rut but to also prevent that winter gut!

So you’re sick of the dining halls, but you have that 210 meal plan you can’t waste. There are so many options on each campus to make use of your meal plan other than sitting in at the dining hall. To begin, each campus has takeout, and the menus are listed online and on the Rutgers mobile app for students’ convenience. There are also other areas where you can make use of that meal swipe and enjoy meals with family or friends that do not have a meal plan- without using up those guest swipes. Make sure to note the hours listed below, which are not the hours of operation, rather the hours in which meal swipes are accepted.


Woody’s Cafe (open- 11am and 1pm-close)


Cook Cafe (open-6pm)

Douglass Cafe (all day)

UNO Pizzeria (all day)


Kilmer’s market (11am-3pm and 5pm to 8pm)

The Rock Cafe (all day)

Sbarro Pizza (all day)

Although there are not as many options on College Avenue, the Knight Wagon can also be found around all campuses and accepts swipes all day in its designated location for certain hours on certain days.

All of these locations have a variety of wraps, salads, burgers, pastas, and anything you can think of. With this kind of selection at your fingertips, there is no reason to complain about the “same-old” dining hall selections or about the difficulty of making healthy choices on campus.

Keep a lookout for these locations during the day if you want to avoid walking for long periods of time in winter weather, for some of them may be located much closer to your residency or classrooms than you may realize! Happy Eating!


Interested in Greek Life?

Once you arrive at Rutgers, one thing will be overwhelmingly evident- Rutgers is a big place. After being here for your semester, I can tell you that a sure-fire way to find your place at Rutgers is to get involved.  If you interested in Greek Life as a way to get involved, Rutgers is a great place to take advantage of the philanthropic, leadership, and social opportunities that being in a fraternity or sorority offers its members.  As someone who recently went through Formal Recruitment, or rushed, the 7 sororities on campus, I will be able to speak to that side of Greek life more so than someone who had rushed the numerous fraternities on campus.

The recruitment process at the beginning of the Spring semester is a very exciting time. Unlike other schools, Formal Recruitment at Rutgers occurs over two weekends in the beginning of the Spring semester, rather than for a full week before, or during, the Fall semester.  In order to rush at Rutgers, it is required to be a full-time student, and to have completed 12 credits at the university with a minimum GPA of 2.5.  This may seem confusing, but it only means is that you must complete one full semester at Rutgers with a C+ (or better!) average.  “Going Greek” is a good inspiration to do well in your classes during your first semester.

Formal Recruitment concludes with “Bid Day,” which is when a Greek organization formally invites you to join their chapter.  This year, Bid Day was on Monday, February 8th, and I was lucky enough to receive a bid from one of Rutgers’ fabulous sororities!  I couldn’t be more excited for everything that Greek Life will offer me during my college career.  

If you have any questions about Formal Recruitment, or would like me to expand on anything mentioned above, let me know in the comments!


Getting into the Swing of Spring

It is the beginning of February, and the Spring semester is well-underway for Rutgers students. Students are now becoming accustomed to their schedules, diving deep into their studies, and figuring out the fastest bus routes to each class. As a freshmen at Rutgers, getting into the routine of college was definitely a large adjustment, and at times even overwhelming. After the first semester swept past me faster than the bus at College Hall, I decided to look back at all I have learned and implement that for the new semester. It may seem challenging to buckle down back into the routine of work after a month of Winter Break, but there are steps you can take to make things a little easier.

Here are some “Keys to Success” that have helped me successfully kick my Spring Semester off to a fulfilling start:

1. Plan Ahead: Take a look at everything you can do during Winter Break for a smooth transition into the second semester. Generally, schedules are chosen and finalized before Winter Break even begins, so that gives you plenty of time to review your classes, figure out bus routes, and pick up any books you may need. Also, making a variety of alternate schedules, which can be done on the Course Schedule Planner, is a great way to have options if there comes a time where you want to switch classes. It is also a good time to finish any other work you need to get done, such as special projects, applications, or research for internships, that you may not be able to devote as much time to when school becomes more hectic. You can also use this time to research more clubs or activities you wish to do and find out about any interest meetings that will take place during the semester. When you come into class ultra-prepared, you will be able to get straight to work with little worry or distraction.

2. Make a Schedule: Managing time in college is absolutely essential, and for myself personally, I cannot do this without a physical or digital aid. By keeping a planner or online calendar, you will always know exactly where and what to do at a specific time, as long as you keep it updated. Being able to visually see your week laid out in front of you helps you to put in times for studying, going to the gym, clubs, etc. It can also always be used to refer to as well as updated whenever new events come around. Major Key: Take all the dates given on your syllabi for exams, projects, essays, etc. and put them in your calendar. This way, you will never be surprised by a creeping up deadline and can always plan ahead on your assignments.

3. Organize, Organize, Organize: One of the hardest things to do in college is to keep an organized lifestyle when so much is going on. Different organizational tactics, from keeping a neat dorm to keeping separate folders for all classes, will save time and make things more convenient when things are at their busiest. Taking a few minutes everyday to file papers from teachers and keeping your desk generally clear of clutter will save hours of running around looking for items in the future. Make sure you organize your time realistically between studying, hanging out, clubs, sports, etc., as the previous tip indicated. Between classes, clubs, and social events, things may seem a little muddled, so it is important that you stay as organized as possible and have control over everything.

4. Get Involved: Now, the words “Get Involved” may be a little cliche at Rutgers, but their message continues to be supreme. Whether you like dancing, politics, singing, art, or student advocacy, there is definitely a club at Rutgers for you. During the first two weeks of the semester is the perfect time to find out more about clubs you are interested in by attending interest meetings. Since the first two weeks are typically not too strenuous in terms of workload, you can afford to go to many interest meetings in a week to figure out which club or clubs you would want to be a part of. A recommended number of things to get heavily involved in is two, but it’s up to you to decide how much you can manage. Being part of activities outside of the classroom not only lets you explore something you’re interested in, but let’s you explore it in new ways while getting the chance to meet many others who share your passion.

5. Head-Start, it’s Never Too Early: One of the most important aspects of college life to always remember is to not fall behind on your studies. In college, it may seem as though you have endless time to do your work, but the time passes quicker than you can imagine. Sure, an assignment may not be due in two weeks, but two weeks will pass and five more additional assignments will have been assigned since then. To avoid procrastination problems, it is vital that you get a head start in all your classes within the first weeks of the semester. This means getting straight to work, getting reading done, beginning to make outlines for exams, etc. It may be difficult at first to get into the full college workload, but as the semester progresses you will realize how much easier it will be to manage everything that comes at you when you do work in advance.

6. Take Some Time for Yourself (Major Key): After you’ve color-coded your planner based on courses and finished your chapter of reading, set up time for yourself to unwind. Whether this means watching Netflix, working out, or playing Cards Against Humanity with your floor-mates, it’s very important that you avoid getting super stressed out and have some you-time. This will help you relax and reflect upon the start to your semester without taking things over the edge. Always save some free-and-me-time in your schedule, and getting work done in advance will help save some time to cut loose on the weekends guilt-free!

Whether you’re a high school student entering Rutgers or a senior in college, the start to the semester can always seem a little daunting. Hopefully with these tips, your journey to success can get off on a smooth start.


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