Honors College Ambassadors are current students who share their experiences and stories with prospective students and their families. Ambassadors volunteer in providing tours of the Honors College, connecting with prospective students at events such as showcases, open house, and other special on and off campus events, and sometimes representing the Honors College at their former high schools.
Meet Our Lead Ambassadors
Neha Aluwalia (HC '22) is a junior double majoring in Political Science and German Studies from Plainsboro, New Jersey. Neha is the Lead Ambassador for Recruitment and Retention. At Rutgers, she is a team captain for the Rutgers University Mock Trial Association (RUMTA) and organizes their yearly invitational tournament. She also conducts research on women’s political participation at the Center for American Women and Politics. Neha’s favorite Rutgers memory is going to MidKnight breakfast with her friends the day before finals.
Abby (HC '22) is a junior from Flemington, New Jersey, majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Business Administration and Math. She serves as the Lead Ambassador for Assessment and Development, an RA, and mentor in the CS Department. The constant support and motivation from the staff and students is what has made the HC feel like home to her for the last three years.
Will (HC '21) is a senior from Montgomery, New Jersey studying history with minors in art history and linguistics. He is the Lead Ambassador for Scheduling and Signature Events. He also interns in the editorial department of Rutgers University Press and joins the Outdoors Club on hikes around New Jersey. His best memories at the Honors College have been late night study sessions and movie nights with friends in the seminar rooms.
Jake Rattigan (HC ’22) is a junior from Pilesgrove, NJ. He is pursuing a double major in Psychology and Economics, along with a minor in Spanish and certificate in Public Policy Economics. In addition to serving as the Lead Ambassador for Student Outreach, Jake is a Site Leader for Rutgers University Alternative Breaks, LEx Leader, active member of HC Speaks and the HC Media Team, and research assistant in the Social, Health, & Interdisciplinary Psychophysiology Lab. Jake cherishes his time at the HC for all of the wonderful adventures he has had there—ranging from planning the annual Winter Ball to the frantic essay writing at 3 A.M. Jake is also the lead ambassador for Student Outreach and is a member of the HC Media Team
Meet Some of Our General Ambassadors
Chloe Tai (HC '21) is a senior double majoring in Political Science and Journalism, with a minor in Chinese from Morristown, New Jersey. At Rutgers, she is a DJ at WRSU and a reporter for The Daily Targum.
Sofia Lake is a junior majoring in Computer Science with minors in Physics, Creative Writing, and Art, hoping to combine her interdisciplinary background to work in animation. Apart from serving as Secretary of the Student Advisory Board, she is an Aresty Peer Instructor, an HC Ambassador, a member of the Rutgers Performing Dance Company, and is a member of the professional and social sorority Alpha Omega Epsilon. Outside of academics and clubs, Sofia enjoys art, reading, and movie nights.
Abhi (HC '22) is a junior at Rutgers Business School majoring in Finance and Economics, originally from North Brunswick, NJ. He is a member of the Road to Wall Street Program and the Student Managed Fund. He enjoys playing volleyball and tennis and is a novice rock climber.
Alex Nguyen (HC '21) is a senior majoring in Supply Chain Management and Business Analytics and Information Technology (BAIT), with minors in Mathematics and Italian. He is from Old Bridge, New Jersey, around 25 minutes from Rutgers. On campus, Alex is a Resident Assistant for first-year students, a Build Manager for Habitat for Humanity, and a sustainability advocate as part of the social entrepreneurship club Enactus. Alex chose the HC for its focus on interdisciplinary education.
Alysta Paneque (HC '23) is a sophomore majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Spanish from Haworth, NJ. At Rutgers, she is a member of the Phi Mu sorority and does research in the Jacinto Lab. Alysta chose the HC for the unique opportunities it provides and its goal to expand the horizons of each student. Alysta’s most memorable moment in the HC was baking with her friends at the Honors College's coffee bar in the middle of finals her freshman year.
Amy Narakornpichit is a junior majoring in Computer Science with minors in Physics, Creative Writing, and Art, hoping to combine her interdisciplinary background to work in animation. Apart from serving as Secretary of the Student Advisory Board, she is an Aresty Peer Instructor, an HC Ambassador, a member of the Rutgers Performing Dance Company, and is a member of the professional and social sorority Alpha Omega Epsilon. Outside of academics and clubs, Sofia enjoys art, reading, and movie nights.
Anthony Sochan (HC '22), from Mahopac, NY, is a junior double majoring in Exercise Science and Nutritional Science. At Rutgers, he is the Vice President of Club Baseball, Secretary of the Kinesiology & Health Club, and an elementary school tutor with Youth Empowerment Club. Anthony chose the HC because of the multiple opportunities for community involvement and engagement.
Audrey Terrany (HC '23) is a sophomore in the School of Arts and Sciences majoring in Genetics. She is from Oceanport, New Jersey, and is on the Pre-Medicine track. At Rutgers, Audrey is involved in Health Occupations Students of America, which is a club designed for service, learning more about the health professions, and participation in competitive medical-based events at internationally-recognized competitions. She is also involved in Greek life and is responsible for connecting with alumnae of her sorority and planning networking events. Audrey chose the Honors College for the community feeling consisting of like-minded peers who always have each other's backs. Her favorite memory at the Honors College was baking cookies late at night with her roommate and friends at the coffee bar in the Fireside Lounge!
Dean Schansinger (HC '21) is an Honors College junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Education as a Social Science. He is currently a Research Assistant in the Cognitive Development Lab, a Peer Instructor for the First-Year Interest Group Seminars teaching Exploring Education, a Teaching Assistant for the Psychology Department, and previously served as the Executive President for the Residence Hall Association. Dean’s most memorable moment during his Honors College tenure was planning the 3rd annual Winter Ball, an HC party hosted for all first-year students.
Ethan Lim (HC '22) is a Junior majoring in Pharmacy from Somerset, New Jersey. At Rutgers, he is a Co-Chair for the Student National Pharmaceutical Association, a member of the NJ Society of Health System Pharmacists, a pharmacy mentor, and a tutor for the SAS Honors Program. Ethan’s favorite memory of the HC is the time power went out (due to a squirrel) and a building-wide game of hide-and-seek ensued.
Hannah Lake (HC '23) is a sophomore at Rutgers University majoring in Genetics and Cognitive Science and minoring in Spanish. Hannah grew up in North Jersey in the smalltown of Mount Olive! On campus, Hannah is a goalie for the club field hockey team, she is the Vice President of Chapter Wellness of the sorority Alpha Gamma Delta, and she conducts research at the Sally Radovick genetics and endocrinology lab in RWJMS. Hannah chose the HC for the living-learning community and the opportunities and connections that come with being part of an amazing school!
Hannah Oliveira (HC '22) is a junior majoring in Exercise Science and minoring in Health & Society and Women's & Gender Studies on a Pre-Med track from Livingston, NJ. At Rutgers, she is involved in club soccer, her sorority, Sigma Delta Tau, and is a member of the IWL (Institute for Women's Leadership) Leadership Scholars Program. Hannah's favorite thing about Rutgers is trying new food on Easton Ave and George St!
Isabelle Souza (HC '22) is a junior majoring in Public Health and French on a Pre-Med track. She is from Ramsey, New Jersey, in Bergen County. She is a part of the Women's Club Soccer Team as well as Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. She enjoys tutoring through the Youth Employment Service's after-school tutoring at Roosevelt Elementary School in New Brunswick. Isabelle chose to be an Honors College Ambassador to continue her involvement with her first home at Rutgers.
Isabelle Tseng (HC '21) is a senior from the San Francisco Bay Area, California, majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Business & Technical Writing. She is on the e-board for the Youth Empowerment Club, Pediatric Pharmacy Association, and Rainbow Pines; she is also a tutor with the Digital Writing Center. One of her favorite HC memories is taking over a seminar room with friends for a midnight movie marathon.
Jackson Snellman (HC '22) is a junior majoring in Political Science and double minoring in French and Women's and Gender Studies from Roswell, Georgia. At Rutgers, he is very active with the Center for Youth Political Participation, and works as a Resident Assistant for freshmen. His favorite thing about Honors College is the HC community that has supported him since freshman year, and helped greatly with personal and professional development!
Jake Roy (HC '23) is a sophomore majoring in Environmental and Business Economics as well as Information Technology and Informatics. From Cranford, NJ, Jake is involved with Rutgers Economic Society, Hillel, and plays on the men's ultimate frisbee team. Jake chose the HC for the strong community and its proximity to honeygrow.
Jacob Shelton (HC '23) is a sophomore in the School of Arts and Sciences. He is currently studying marine biology. At Rutgers, he is involved in Navy ROTC and serves as an E-board member on the Rutgers SCUBA diving club. Jake chose the HC because of the tight-knit community and support from the staff and deans.
John Yager (HC '21) is a senior majoring in Applied Sciences & Engineering and Computer Science and minoring in Political Science from Randolph, NJ. On campus he is involved with the Rutgers Engineering Honors Council, where he currently serves as President. In the past, he has engaged in research at the Center for Quantitative Biology through the Aresty Summer Science Research Program, and currently has a job tutoring Rutgers student-athletes on campus. John chose Rutgers for the vast array of curricular and extracurricular opportunities and for the opportunity to study and grow in a collaborative environment such as the Honors College.
Julian Carter (HC '22) is a junior in the Honors College from Houston, TX, majoring in Journalism and Media Studies and minoring in Math and Spanish. At Rutgers, he takes part in Rutgers Dance Marathon, and he is currently interning with the Honors College in the admissions office. His favorite things about Rutgers are brisk walks on Cook/Douglass in the Fall and the ease with which you can find a second family.
Kavi Chigurupati (HC '23) is a sophomore majoring in Political Science with minors in Creative Writing and Labor Relations from Jupiter, Florida. At Rutgers, she is a research assistant with Aresty Research Center and a DJ for 90.3 The Core. Kavi chose Rutgers for the abundance of opportunities to get involved with the close-knit Honors College community.
Myah Rios (HC '22) is a junior majoring in Biotechnology with a specialization in microbiology. She is an undergraduate research assistant at the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine doing research on the human microbiome. In addition to this, she is on the club Field Hockey team, a member of the Food Science Club, and writes for GreenPrint Magazine. Myah chose the Honors College because she liked how it was interdisciplinary and a mix of all schools.
Myera Mian (HC '23) is a sophomore majoring in Business Analytics and Information Technology and minoring in Biology from East Brunswick, New Jersey. She is on the E-Board for the Muslim Student Association and is a member of the current cohort of the Diversity Peer Educator Program at the Honors College. She is also a part of the Innovation Lab course through the Honors College. Her favorite aspect about the Honors College is the close interactions students have with the professional staff as they truly provide students with an abundance of resources and opportunities and push them to pursue new endeavors.
Nick Sweeney (HC '22) is a junior in the School of Arts and Sciences studying Biological Sciences with minors in Economics and Women’s and Gender Studies with aspirations of going to medical school. At the Honors College, he has been a mentor in residence and is now a facilitator for the LGBTQ affinity group. Outside of the Honors College, he is involved with Rutgers Dance marathon. Nick chose the HC because of the community feel and the opportunities.
Odhran King (HC '23) is a sophomore majoring in Biochemistry and Economics from Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey. At Rutgers, he is the Treasurer of the Rutgers Habitat for Humanity Club and the Director of Recruitment for RUAA Scarlet Council. Odhran chose the HC to have a smaller, focused learning community within Rutgers and to have access to many of the HC’s incredible resources!
Sydney Jenkins (HC '22) is a junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a Certificate in Packaging Engineering. Outside of volunteering with Honors College Ambassadors, at Rutgers she is currently serving as a Site Leader for the HC Serves Leadership Team, Secretary for the service-based organization Engineers in Action, and a tutor through the Office of Student Services. One of her favorite HC memories is staying up late to play board games in the 2 North Lounge!
Winnie Zhu (HC '23) is a sophomore majoring in Finance and Economics from Livingston, New Jersey. At Rutgers, she is a competitor on the Rutgers Mock Trial team and a cohort member in the Road to Wall Street program. Winnie chose the HC because it gave her the tight-knit, supportive community she was looking for at a large school like Rutgers.
Zoë Gold (HC ‘23) is a SEBS student majoring in biological sciences. On campus, she is also part of the Douglass Residential College and RU Thrifty (an organization that promotes sustainable fashion choices). With the HC Media Team, she primarily contributes as a videographer. She enjoys creating content that people can connect with and finds her involvement in the Media Team to be a wonderful way of utilizing her passion for creativity. In her spare time, she can be found caring for her succulents, listening to music, and playing the guitar or ukulele.