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“At other colleges, I was just a number. My professors didn't know my name. Here, they want to engage you. You feel more motivated to study and do well because they know you.”
Jennifer Wain
Nursing
Rutgers University–Camden

Jennifer's Story

1st Lt. Jennifer Wain of Philadelphia earned a biology degree from Temple University in 2013 before going into officer candidacy school in in the Army National Guard. She was drawn to Rutgers–Camden, where she is at work on her second degree, for its dynamic nursing program. “The Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden offers tremendous research and networking opportunities. I’m a big advocate for research. Nursing has evolved around evidence-based research and evidence-based practice, which is why I got into nursing. The school’s location near major hospitals in New Jersey and Philadelphia also make for excellent clinical and networking opportunities. And I’m very excited about studying in the new Nursing and Science Building opening up in Camden in 2017.”

A Special Bond

Wain said that support from Rutgers–Camden faculty sets the school apart. “At other colleges, I was just a number. My professors didn't know my name. Here, they want to engage you. You feel more motivated to study and do well because they know you. They know your face. They know how you are doing. They know your weaknesses and strengths and they help you any way they can.” 

A Commitment to the Military and Veterans

After she was commissioned, Wain became the first female combat arms officer in the history of the New Jersey Army National Guard. At Rutgers–Camden, she has worked in the Veterans Services office and serves as vice president of the Student Veterans organization. “This campus has been given military friendly awards and was the first college in New Jersey to be named a Purple Heart University. It's a very difficult transition to go from active duty to an educational environment. We try to provide an easy transition. We work closely with veterans to find out about the benefits for which they are eligible. We also have a veterans’ lounge, host luncheons, and have a special welcome packet for veterans.” 

Opportunities Abound

She said the opportunities that she has had on campus have developed her leadership skills. “I work with many different types of people and personalities—veterans, nursing students who are young and just starting out in college, and people like me who already have a degree. People at RutgersCamden are so caring and concerned for your well-being—whether it's financial, emotional, or health-related. Even though it is a small campus, there are many opportunities for students here.”