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“I’m not going to sugarcoat it: freshman year can be nerve-wracking. I was able to keep going thanks to my English professor. He never lost faith in me, and he still helps me improve my papers for other classes and writes me letters of recommendation. ”
LeAnne Hall
Health Sciences
Rutgers University–Camden

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LeAnne is originally from Florida, but has lived in South Jersey for most of her life. Currently, she is a junior majoring in Health Sciences, living on campus here at Rutgers–Camden.

Meanwhile, she participates in the Raptor Ambassador program as an Ambassador Leader, where she hopes to give potential students a reason to fall in love with the campus. She is also member of SAAC (Student-Athletic Advisory Committee) that gives a chance for athletes’ voices to be heard in the NJAC conference, the school’s tennis team, as well as Omicron Delta Kappa, which provides her with leadership development for the professional world.

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Is there a faculty member who greatly influenced your college career?
I’m not going to sugarcoat it: Freshman year can be nerve-wracking. I was able to keep going thanks to Craig Knox, my English professor. I was afraid I’m not that good of a writer, but he never lost faith in me. He still willingly helps me improve my papers for other classes and writes letters of recommendation for me. He’s also the first in his family to go to college, so he really sees where I’m coming from. Since I met him my first semester, he was one of the first impressions I had of the faculty here and I’ve carried it with me since.

How would you describe the community of students on campus here?
Around campus it’s so easy to meet people because of how tight-knit it is. We’re hard workers, but you’ll always catch us smiling and laughing. If you need help, you can turn to the person next to you and they’ll be glad to lend a hand.  

What was the application process like for you as a first-generation college student?
I knew I wanted to go to college since sixth grade but since neither of my parents went to college, they had no clue what to do. I had to figure out everything on my own. I had to browse through all the schools, email financial aid offices, figure out FAFSA by myself.

To a 17-year-old, it’s very tough. I applied on my own, but thanks to Rutgers’ app some of that stress was taken away. Since I come from a low income family I was able to surpass the application fee. Once I saw how much I could get from the colleges, it made my decision so much easier.