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Humans of Rutgers

HORU October 9, 2017


"Music has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. I started out with private piano lessons in elementary school and eventually violin lessons in school in 5th grade, though I didn't really become the passionate musician I am today, until middle school. My three best friends at the time were all violinists, and when they advanced ahead of me, I became more competitive, and tried to improve myself by practicing a ton. I continued with violin in high school, and started learning a few other instruments as well. I’m also really passionate about foreign languages, so I would translate my favorite songs and learn to play my guitar and sing along with them. In college I joined the swing club, opening up a whole new world of dance and 20s-40s music. Violin continues to play a big roll in my life, and whenever life gets too dull or stressful, I like to pick random spots around campus and play for a couple hours."
October 9, 2017

"Music has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. I started out with private piano lessons in elementary school and eventually violin lessons in school in 5th grade, though I didn't really become the passionate musician I am today, until middle school. My three best friends at the time were all violinists, and when they advanced ahead of me, I became more competitive, and tried to improve myself by practicing a ton. I continued with violin in high school, and started learning a few other instruments as well. I’m also really passionate about foreign languages, so I would translate my favorite songs and learn to play my guitar and sing along with them. In college I joined the swing club, opening up a whole new world of dance and 20s-40s music. Violin continues to play a big roll in my life, and whenever life gets too dull or stressful, I like to pick random spots around campus and play for a couple hours."
October 9, 2017 +more

“Hawaiians have a lot of traditions. We have leis for everything. At my high school when you graduate, everybody comes down to see you either at the ceremony or an event afterwards called the lei portion. It’s where people bring you leis made of flowers, money, or candy, and they’re a way of showing aloha and congratulations. After we graduated, we spent an hour on our field and everybody would stand in a circle. We’d hug each of our classmates goodbye, and it would be the last time we would ever see half of them. At the time you think do I really have to hug all 400 students? But you get to one person and once they see you, you start tearing up. I think it’s one of my favorite things about Hawaii because everybody acts like they’re family.”

September 17, 2017 +more

When I first got to Rutgers in 2013, I had no clue what I wanted to do with my time. Sure, I had a hobby or two, but I know now that creating Humans of RU has absolutely steered me in the right direction. Meeting so many of you has been an incredible honor and a real pleasure, and it has made this huge Rutgers community seem small, welcoming, interconnected, and really, genuinely human.

This project represents the conversations we should all be having here on campus, acknowledging and exploring the incredible diversity that exists here, and sharing our stories with one another so that we may learn outside of the classroom too. It really makes a difference.

I plan to take that with me as I continue my work as a photographer and as a journalist; As one of the many Scarlet Knight alum and as just one of the many humans of Rutgers University. I have grown so much because of this. Thank you all for coming with me on this ride.

- Jeremy Berkowitz

May 14, 2017 +more