Motivated by the hardships witnessed in his hometown, Takondwa was ignited by the research opportunities presented at Rutgers – New Brunswick. This rising junior is determined to bridge the gap between aid and economic sustainability in South African countries – while making friends that will last a lifetime.
What stands out most about your college experience?
Most faculties are willing to meet you, especially during office hours. They’re very helpful. They want you to succeed. I feel like there’s a stigma that, if you go to office hours and you don’t know the material, the professor won’t like you as much. But they walk you through it – they step-by-step make sure you understand because they love teaching.
What impacted you the most about Rutgers University–New Brunswick?
The fact that the community is so diverse. I found people that could actually relate to my experience. They understand that I come from an international background and they were willing to become friends with me and help me grow. I met a lot of great friends at Rutgers, life-long friends.
What is your greatest academic achievement
My greatest academic achievement has to be the McNair research proposal. I intend to turn it into my honors thesis and research the same topic in graduate school. I feel like the McNair Program, as well as [Dr. O’Keefe], really helped me hone in on my purpose in life. After I obtain my Ph.D., I hope to work for the World Bank or Goldman Sachs International to work on developing nations and figure out how I can give back to the communities I hold so dear.
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