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HORU October 28, 2016

(10/29/16 9:02pm)

“Everything’s political. There’s politics in the workplace, there’s politics in the school place, and you have to know how to work your way around that. And I think that’s what political science really offers. There's the experience that comes from the real world implications. It’s a much more valuable skill, I think, than any so-called textbook learning; to go out there and learn how to persuade, social interaction, and when it comes down to business, how to get what you want. It’s mostly strategy, choice and it’s psychology, really; how to deal with people. I’ve worked in Trenton, I’ve run local campaigns, it’s dirty. And everybody’s dirty laundry is fair game, it’s out in the open. But a textbook can’t tell you what this guy’s next move is gonna be. A textbook can’t tell you how you should formulate your ground game, how you should come up with campaign points and target certain demographics. So that’s the way that I see it. There’s no way to learn that from any book, you know what I mean?”

HORU October 25, 2016

(10/26/16 12:25am)

“My younger sister had just turned nine when she was hospitalized for a severe diagnosis. There were times when she was in severe pain so my mom would have to stay with her all night. My dad would go to work and when he came back home, he would pick me up and we would go visit my sister every day. She always said, ‘I’ll get through this, I’ll get through this,’ and she did. She’s almost 3 years younger than me, but most of the time I feel like she’s my older sister. She’s the one that gives my family hope and always sees the bright side of things. Now she’s applying for college and she’s actually applying to become a nurse. Because of everything that happened to her, nurses really had an impact, so she wants to go to the Rutgers School of Nursing.”

HORU October 22, 2016

(10/25/16 1:55am)

“We woke up at 6 AM today to come here and set up for HackRU. There were a bunch of hiccups at the start, but now that hacking is underway, it’s smooth sailing from here on out. We’ve got team building going on, which is when hackers meet each other and form teams to work on new projects. We’ll have back-to-back workshops and tech-talks where people can take that knowledge and apply it to their existing projects or even start anew. Everyone’s hacking and learning and enjoying themselves. This is only doable because we have a great team of organizers working around the clock. Throughout our months of planning, we’ve had our ups and downs, but we still can’t believe it’s happening right now. It’s good energy, and we’re just happy to be here.”

HORU October 21, 2016

(10/23/16 12:21am)

“A lot of people think hacking has to do with computer security, or trying to steal people’s information. But it’s really about trying to find ways to solve problems. And it’s about trying to do it in a way that you think is best. It’s your solution to a problem as a opposed to a way of causing problems. This is something anyone can do. You don’t have to be a genius with this innate ability to use a computer to make something that you’re passionate about. And between helping to organize HackRU and HackHERS, just seeing people grow and get excited is what I really love. When they finally figure out what was wrong with their code, and they fix it with the help of someone else and their eyes just glow, that’s why hackathons mean a lot to me. It’s a grounds to really impact someone. Personally, I would not be a computer science major if it weren’t for hackathons. A student who didn’t know what they wanted to do all of a sudden switches to computer science because of hackathons and because they were so proud of what they built. At the end of the day, I think it’s really magical.”

HORU October 19, 2016

(10/19/16 6:58pm)

“I started going to hackathons my junior year of high school. Since then, I’ve probably been to 20 of them, and I’ve helped organize a couple too. This year, I’m the executive co-director of HackRU so I help to manage all of the teams and oversee all of the action, making sure that everything runs smoothly. Throughout the years, going to hackathons has pretty much changed my life. I’ve gotten to meet more people, network and connect with sponsors, build projects and present them, and learn about programming and about myself too. I’m a sophomore, so I’ve only been here two years, but the HackRU community is really like family to me.”

HORU October 17, 2016

(10/17/16 7:14pm)

“HackRU started 5 or 6 years ago. When it started, my older brother and a friend held the event in the basement of the Hill Center, in the dark hallways. And there were more pizza boxes than people at the time. Since then, it’s really blown up. Every university that has a budding tech community has a hackathon. And a hackathon is basically a collaborative programming marathon that takes place over 24 hours straight. It’s been such an experience. When I came to Rutgers, my older brother told me that I should get involved, but I didn’t know anything. I decided to go to my first hackathon and to get involved in the Undergraduate Student Alliance of Computer Scientists and HackRU, and since then it’s really become part of my identity. I know I sound like I’m romanticizing it, and I am. I’m sorry, I forgot the question.”

HORU October 14, 2016

(10/14/16 7:26pm)

“I have a condition called Vitiligo, which causes loss of pigment in the skin. I’ve had it since I was five years old. My family is from India and this condition is really stigmatized there, especially for women. Throughout my life, my family attempted to use Hindu astrology and alternative medicine to try and cure my Vitiligo and other chronic health conditions, but obviously that didn’t work. They would scrutinize my skin on a daily basis and blame me if my skin wasn’t regaining its pigment. They were concerned about me being part of Indian culture and also not being accepted in America either. But more importantly, my fundamental ability to be an Indian woman was compromised. For a long time, I never talked about it because I didn't know how to and because my family wasn’t ok with me discussing it. It was only when I came to college that I started talking about it. I realized that there are a lot of people that can be going through the same thing or through something similar. And if you don’t voice what kind of struggles you’re going through in your personal life, you could be depriving someone else of having their voice heard too. Right now, I’m writing a novel based off my experience. It’s about an Indian-American girl with Vitiligo. I’ve had the chance to work with an editor from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. It’s the same publishing house that’s published “A Wrinkle in Time”, “Holes”, and “Speak”. I have 170 pages right now. I'm both excited and scared about writing this piece. No matter what, I don't think I could stop writing this even if I tried."

HORU October 10, 2016

(10/10/16 8:40pm)

“I’ve been coming to Rutgers football games on and off since the mid-90’s, and I bring my own personal antique firetruck with me to every game. I’ll always remember in 2006 when we beat Louisville. It was an amazing comeback, an amazing game and rushing the field like that is a memory you just don’t forget. I know it may not be the same today, but we’re going to get where we need to be soon enough.”

HORU October 8, 2016

(10/09/16 2:55am)

(3/3) "As a history major, I’ve been taught to question everything that you’re given. And to ask, ‘Who’s telling the story and what biases do they have? Why are they telling this story and whose story are we missing?’ And that’s the thing; so often in history classes, we’re missing the story. Most of the time, we’re taught from the white perspective or from the victor’s perspective. I think a lot of people feel helpless about the inequalities in our country and I, in a lot of ways, still feel very helpless myself. But I know that there’s something I can do about it, even if it's small. It's really exciting for me to look forward to the classes I’ll teach in the future and think, ‘I can use this type of primary source to tell this story, or I can point to a part of history and show that while the white men may have been on top, all of these other Americans were here too, and their stories matter just as much. It’s not just a white history, it’s everyone’s history.”

HORU October 8, 2016

(10/08/16 6:58pm)

(2/3) “Now I’m in the Graduate School of Education and we’re having these discussions all over again in a lot of my classes; about race and religion and inequalities in our country and in our school systems. And I’ve realized that I had a totally different education than a lot of my classmates. Often I didn’t learn history from the white perspective. I was introduced to the civil war not through Abraham Lincoln but through Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. I read these incredible stories of human beings who lived their lives and overcame obstacles. I was fascinated by these stories. And so I was being taught this very important part of American history, not through the view of the oppressor but from the view of those who overcame. I remember feeling passionate about this from a young age, but was still very ignorant to the racism that exists today. And I think I still believed that it existed, but I didn’t know what it looked like. And I didn’t know how it was affecting me.”

HORU October 8, 2016

(10/08/16 4:19pm)

(1/3) “I’m very aware of my position in society as a white woman from the upper-middle class with no religious affiliation. And as a historian, a future teacher and as an American citizen, I feel like I need to be. Because of my outward appearance, I’ve been given things without asking for them or without having to work for them. But this is a problem because I’m receiving them and not everyone else is. I grew up in South Jersey in a town that had an awesome public school system. It was very diverse and as I take more classes at Rutgers, I’m starting to realize that my educational experience growing up was really very unique. I can remember discussing things like respect and trustworthiness and acceptance. And even from a young age, we were always encouraged to have these really difficult discussions and to share our experiences about how these issues affected us based on our backgrounds.”

HORU October 3, 2016

(10/03/16 10:09pm)

“I was in India last year visiting family and we were just traveling as tourists in Delhi and there was this kid who approached us because we were carrying a box that he knew had food in it. And these people are almost treated like animals, it’s so terrible to see, and it’s obviously something I’m not used to. Seeing people starving and living in tents along the highways while we stayed in these beautiful hotels, it really affected me. I’m a freshman now, studying to eventually become a doctor, but seeing children like that, and reading about the little boy in Aleppo, Syria, it really made me want to travel internationally with organizations one day. I want to volunteer and help people who can’t afford to help themselves, and then hopefully make that my career.”

HORU September 27, 2016

(09/27/16 8:35pm)

(3/3) “I was a bit apprehensive at first, but CAPS eventually convinced me to go to an outpatient program. And for two months this past Summer, I did nothing but that. From July 11th to September 1st, I went there pretty much every week. There were times when I came close to drinking, I admit. And unfortunately, the other day, I did relapse. It was a bad mixture of things going on that week. I know I messed up when I lied to my roommates, and that next morning I felt guilty. Addiction is a cruel disease. I’ve learned to cut out the negative people in my life, and I hope to complete my steps in AA. I go to meetings 5 days a week, at night. I have one tonight. And what I’ve realized is that people actually care for me, and that people care when you’re in recovery. And when you’re addicted to a substance, there is hope for you. You are not a lost cause.”

HORU September 27, 2016

(09/27/16 6:21pm)

(2/3) “People started knowing me as the kid who wanted to get drunk, whether it be a Tuesday night or a Wednesday night. Weekend, forget about it, I would be completely plastered. My grades started to tank. I was an A, B student at Seton Hall, and after I transferred, I was lucky to get a B at Rutgers. I kept on making excuses for myself, saying it was transfer shock, all that bullshit. But 2016 is when it started getting even worse. I remember one day I was supposed to study for an exam, and I was studying all day and I thought I could just excuse myself to the bar. I failed the exam. I keep on having reoccurring nightmares about that. I was never in trouble with the law, but I should've been. I never got hospitalized, I never got physical. And I had spoken to people here at Counseling and Psychological Services about this, because there was one time when I went to sleep with shorts on and woke up with jeans on. I had no idea how it happened. And it may sound so trivial, but that was the first time where I was like, ‘Whoa. I’ve been doing this for three years now, and something’s up.’ I realized I was following the wrong footsteps. And luckily for me, CAPS saved my life.”

HORU September 27, 2016

(09/27/16 4:21pm)

(1/3) “A close family member of mine is an alcoholic, and up until when I was around 19, I saw what alcohol did to them. They had made many mistakes in their life, some I don’t want to share, but it made me stay away from drinking. I swore never to drink. But there was one night in March of 2013 when I was alone by myself. My parents had gone away on a cruise and I was snapchatting a friend. And this friend was, I don't want to say pressuring me to drink, but that’s what it was. And my parents had some wine in the house that they used for cooking. So like the little sneak I was, I drank it. I had a quarter of the bottle, gotten completely drunk, and it felt good. I didn't think about my parents getting angry at me, and I told my friend about this. The next day, I had gotten drunk again, with him. That year wasn't such a bad year for me. It was only once every couple of weeks. It wasn’t a big thing, and I would think about it, but I would always prioritize my work. But later on in 2014, things changed.”

HORU September 23, 2016

(09/23/16 5:31pm)

“Growing up, I played basketball and every year I ended up getting injured. Freshman year of high school, I had a concussion. Sophomore year, I fractured my ankle. Junior year, I dislocated my shoulder. And then this past year before Rutgers, my senior year, I sprained my ACL. I just always seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I would go to physical therapy every year, so after going there and learning about my injuries, I started to really have an interest in exercise science. And that’s when I knew what I wanted to do in college and in life.”

HORU September 20, 2016

(09/20/16 4:10pm)

“I’m really close with my family. They’re really hard workers and we have a very tight knit bond, so a lot of my values and the way I treat people is a lot how I saw my father and my brother treat their relationships. I’ve been through a lot of shit with my family, I’m sure everyone has, but we’ve all been able to find humor in everything that’s happened to us, just being able to laugh about everything after the fact even when it’s difficult. And I feel like my friendships are very important to me too, and I get that from the closeness with my family. I think these strong relationships have been so important because I’m very shy and I’m very private. It’s always been very hard for me to meet new people, so once I develop those relationships I tend to hold on to them because they’re people that I trust and that I’m comfortable with. I’m not the type of person that easily branches out. I like to find comfort in the relationships that I’ve had the longest.”

HORU September 14, 2016

(09/14/16 7:08pm)

“Wyatt’s new, he’s about 14-15 weeks old and he’s been with the Seeing Eye Puppy Raising Club for only a short period of time. I’ve always had cats my entire life actually, and I’m a pre-vet major, but I’ve been a sitter for these seeing eye puppies since around October of last year. My stepdad is a vet too, so that also helps. For me, my goal right now is to be a small animal vet. I don’t necessarily need to have my own practice, but I would like to work in a small animal hospital. The vet I work for right now, they do small animals and exotics. And the only animal they don’t work with are snakes because both the doctors that work in the hospital are afraid of snakes. Personally, I don’t mind snakes. But I do love puppies.”