Humans of Rutgers

"We do parkour. And you see the whole world differently afterwards. Everything's an obstacle... everything."
"And you know, you're never really living unless you're living on the edge. It's true, like just look around you; everybody's walking on the sidewalk looking at their phones, living in their phones, when there's like all this stuff around you. So, you know, if you put down the phone for like 5 minutes a day, you can live."


"If you could give advice to a large group of people, what would it be?"
"You gotta show more love. It's too sad, the news is sad, everything is. Young people dying, people committing suicide. Things are not like it used to be. The world is wicked now. Gotta show more love."

"I totally do this thing were I say hi, or smile at, or thank or help out anyone I see. Like, if it's a friend, I'll go out of my way to say hi. And if it's a stranger, I'll try to make their day better because you never really know how someone's struggling or what their day has been like. I've learned that the littlest things make a world of a difference and if everyone thought like this, our world would suck a little less."

"I'm from out of state, Albany, New York and I play lacrosse. I started from a young age and I've loved it ever since I started."
"Why do you think it's important to be on a team?"
"Everyone on the lacrosse team is a friend when you get here, so that made things a lot easier. Made me realize you should try your best; you never know unless you try, you know?"

"So I'm guessing barbeque is a passion of yours?"
"Oh yeah, barbeque is absolutely a passion of mine. Since I was very little, my father always did barbeque as well. So he always had a kitchen or something, a bar. You know, with the ribs, the pulled pork, chopped barbeque. I just took it a little further, added a lot of fresh salads, a lot of award-winning stuff. We got two award-winning salads, make our own barbeque sauce, make our own dry rub."
"And if you could give advice to a large group of people, what would it be?"
"Live life. A lot of people spend most times either thinking about the past, or about the future, they don't live in the present."
"Why do you think it's important to live in the present?"
"Because we miss a lot. We don't see what's around us, we're too locked in on what's going on, you know what I mean? What's in front of us, we miss half the things. You look into cars, and see people that are driving; they're not even looking at what they're doing. They're texting, they're on their phones, they're not paying attention, they're not living in the moment. And you know, that's where you are."

"Feels nice out here huh? You just gotta embrace the cold, that's really all you can do."

"We're Phi Mu Fraternity. We work with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, but specifically we work with the branch down the street at Robert Wood Children's Specialized. So on December 1st, we're hosting a Casino Night event where your admittance fee is $10, and then for $10 you get $200 worth of fake play money. And we have 12 professional dealers coming in and Blackjack, Craps, Texas Hold'em, Poker, a Roulette wheel. For every $100 you have left at the end of the night, you get 10 raffle tickets, and then we have like an Xbox 1, a Michael Kors purse, NFL tickets, and everything that we're raffling off at the end of the night.
With your ten dollar admittance fee, that goes directly to Children's Specialized down the street. So we're hoping to get a good amount of money donated just from ticket sales, and then hopefully people buy more fake money to play more games."
"Why do think donating to this specific cause is so important?"
"I think it's important to donate to Children's Specialized because it's a local event for us. I mean, our national philanthropy is CMNH (Children's Miracle Network Hospitals), but we get to work hands-on down the street. So we have a family that we work with specifically, the girl's name is Sasha. She's 6 years old. And it's awesome to go down, and we get to hang out with the kids and we get to see what we're doing first hand; to give them money to get the treatment that they need or just to make their lives a little easier when they're in the hospital for months at a time."

"If you could give advice to a large group of people, what would it be?"
"The advice that I would give today is to work hard and follow your dreams. It's always worked for me."
"What was a time where working hard for your dreams has worked for you?"
"I'm here. I'm on the faculty. There was a time where I had finished my undergraduate degree, I had gotten out of the Air Force, and I really questioned what I wanted to do with my life. I got really excited about science, and went out and got my PhD, followed my dream. Now I teach anatomy to first year medical students. It's been a nice ride."

"Going through Air Force ROTC allows me to both get a college degree and then once I graduate, become a service member of the greatest air force in the world."
"What do you look forward to doing in the Air Force?"
"I look forward to hopefully being a pilot, serving my country, keeping this land free. I look forward to serving the people, and also getting the personal satisfaction of knowing that something I did made a difference in the lives of many."

"When you have any sort of doubt about anything, make sure that you don't just go with your gut instinct. Well, not necessarily your gut instinct, but don't make a very hasty decision, think about it. If it's a very important decision, you really need to think about it first. Because if not, you can make a very spontaneous decision that can end up messing with your life."

"We came from China couple months ago."
"And when did you get these cool hairdos?"
"Couple months ago. New American hair styles."

"Registration is an unwrapped toy worth $10. And they go to local charities in New Brunswick and because Rutgers is connected to like everything, it branches out to a lot of other charities. There's a huge gap between the New Brunswick Community and Rutgers and it'll always kind of exist in the community, but it's important for us to try and mesh the two. And by doing so with community service and volunteering, they can know that we do care about them, and that as part of the community we're trying to make an active difference."

"What's your favorite thing about being a professor?"
"You. The students. If it weren't for you, I don't think I would be here. You're the inspiration for me. I feed off of you, you feed off of me. There's nothing better or more gratifying than to inspire you and help guide you to the path that you want."

10/31/14
"So it's statistically proven that when Halloween falls on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, there's almost 44% more of a chance than any other weekday that there will be an accident with a pedestrian and a drunk driver. So we want to do our part as college students with all of our resources to inform our peers and to remind them to stay safe."

"What's something not many people know about you?"
"I'm actually obsessed with cholesterol!"

"I came here from China in August."
"And what do you think of America?"
"It's different. The fresh air. And I'm still getting used to American food. Even in the cold weather Americans eat cold food."

"Mayapuris actually formed in 2001, but we just used to perform in our community at the temples and in our ashrams and stuff like that. Then only until like 2007, 2008 did we realize that the world out there really wants kirtan. And kirtan is a unique musical experience, and much of it is about uplifting our minds and our consciousness. So through kirtan, we are able to connect with ourselves."
"What's your favorite part about expressing kirtan through this event Sacred Sounds?"
"My favorite part about all of this is definitely seeing the joy in everyone's faces when we get them to sing and dance with us."

"Maybe I have a bitch-face or something because I guess people always perceive me as an aggressive person, but I'm really a very caring and gentle person."

"If you could give advice to a large group of people, what would it be?"
"I would say that conformity is not the answer to being accepted as a person. I'm a firm believer in non-conformity meaning that, like, there are so many factors that contribute to your overall identity, but at the end of the day, I feel like one has to come to the maturity and the actualization that what others think doesn't really matter. Just the idea of feeling like you have to conform to social ideas or ideologies, I feel like eventually you have to come to that point in your life when you realize that it just doesn't matter. And the sooner you understand that, and acknowledge it and adopt a nonconformist view, then the better you're going to be throughout the rest of your life. Because then it's all about improving yourself because you want to improve yourself, not because you want to change yourself so that you can be more accepted by others."

"Basically this campaign was started to preserve and save people's lives. For example, we wanted to commemorate the 9/11 victims because, you know, around 3,000 people unfortunately lost their lives. So every person we get, one pint, helps saves three lives. So originally we wanted to get enough blood to help save 3,000 lives; that was our goal, and we exceeded that goal, so we're coming back again this year at Rutgers New Brunswick."