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Rah, Rah, Shish-Koom-Bah!

I don’t know if you feel this way, but I just don’t have EVEN CLOSE to the same level of pride for Rutgers as my graduate school institution as I did and do for my alma mater. Maybe it’s because I’m older or maybe it’s because it doesn’t have that magic something that my undergraduate institution had…

I’m a Cavalier…

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See–I used to have lots of school pride!

But, I just don’t feel like a Scarlet Knight…

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It just doesn’t feel the same. Even though I participate in university events and spend 99% of my time on campus through my live-in internship, I just don’t find myself feeling much (if any…) Rutgers pride.

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But, many of the undergraduates do. Especially leading up to the Rutgers v. Louisville football game last week, it was pretty clear that a significant amount of the student population has school spirit…until they lost the game, but that’s an entirely different story.

As grad students, it’s a little bit harder to really latch onto school pride. There’s just something different about being an undergraduate. If you’re a grad student like me, you’re wondering how to develop school spirit.

Well, I think learning more about the institution is a good first step. After all, it’s not all about football… History, tradition, and notoriety are huge factors in creating a culture of school spirit and pride. So, let’s learn more about what makes Rutgers special.

We share good company...

We share good company…

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1) We’re Old! 246-years to be exact: Did you know that Rutgers is the only university in the nation that is a colonial college, a land-grant institution, and a leading public research university?? Did you know that this makes Rutgers the 8th oldest school in the nation and one of only 9 pre-American Revolution institutions?! Now you do!

2) Calling all Sports Fans: Rutgers is also acclaimed as the birthplace of college football…pretty cool, eh?

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3) Prestige: Rutgers is a member of the Association of American Universities, which comprises the 62 top research universities in the nation. That’s not too shabby at all!

4) Our Rankings: Among many accolades, Rutgers ranks #1 in the nation in U.S.News & World Report for Best Graduate programs in School Library Services/Media and Women’s History. We also rank #1 for most Diverse Campus in Rutgers-Newark. See more about how Rutgers measures up here.

5) We’re Big! And, so are the opportunities: Rutgers has 28 schools and college that offer over 100 undergraduate majors and more than 100 graduate degree and professional programs. Our undergrad/grad population numbers over 58,000. Whoa…

6) Our History in Song: Rutgers has a very long history in the form of song dating back to 1873. Check out these songs here & learn the lyrics.

Here’s a clip of holiday lights synced to the Rutgers fight song to help get you more in the spirit…

7) Famous Degree Holders: Rutgers was home to countless notable alumni. To name a few…Natalie Morales RC’94 (TV Journalist, NBC’s Today), Eugene M. O’Hara UCN’62 (CFO, Prudential), Gary Brackett CC’03
Linebacker and Captain, Indianapolis Colts, & (soon) YOU! 
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8) Beautiful and Historic Buildings: With age comes wisdom and interesting architecture, and Rutgers has both. Each campus has some interesting gems. Old Queens on College Ave was declared a historical landmark by the US Department of the Interior. Check out some of Rutgers’ oldest and most historic buildings. 

9) There’s a Campus for Everyone: Not to sound like an admissions brochure, but there really is a campus for everyone. Each of our five campuses has a vastly different feel and culture. From the farms on Cook to the rich women’s tradition on Douglass, the sports culture on Busch, the up-and-coming nature of Livingston, to the urban environment of College Ave, a piece of Rutgers appeals to all.

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10) We “R” THE State University of NJ: That’s right. We’re the flagship. The big cheese. When people think NJ schools, they think Rutgers.

So, if you’re a grad student like me who struggles to feel the magic as a grad student at Rutgers, maybe it’s time to start looking around. Put down the books for a minute, and go for a walk on a different campus. Take a campus tour. Maybe even take in a performance at Mason Gross or a sporting event. Get acquainted with the history and tradition. Just ’cause we’re not undergrads anymore doesn’t mean we can’t show school spirit!

R-U, Rah, Rah,

R-U, Rah, Rah,

Whoo-Raa, Whoo-Raa;

Rutgers Rah

Up-Stream Red Team;

Red Team Up-Stream

Rah, Rah,

Rutgers Rah!!

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