Bridging the Gap: Sierra Neal

Sierra Neal, a first-year student majoring in psychology, is a member of the first class at Rutgers University–Camden to participate in our innovative Bridging the Gap program. It enables New Jersey residents to reduce tuition cost by up to 100 percent. If you qualify, this program gives you access to a world-class degree by reducing or avoiding student debt completely.

A graduate of Willingboro High School in Willingboro, N.J., Sierra lives on campus in Rutgers–Camden housing. Her long-term plans are to earn a doctorate in psychology and build a career as a counseling psychologist.

How has the Bridging the Gap program helped you?

It was such a huge relief to my parents for me to be enrolled in this program. It was very important that I get a good education while not taking out huge student loans and putting my parents or myself in debt. My older brother is already in college, so it was a bit difficult for my parents to put both of us through school. I am really happy with my decision and I plan on staying here for all four years. Bridging the Gap has definitely helped me enjoy the most out of my college experience by not stressing about how I was going to afford to pay for school. I made the smartest decision by attending Rutgers–Camden.

What is your favorite thing about Rutgers–Camden?

All the opportunities offered here on this campus, such as the Career Center, the 60-plus clubs and organizations, and the more personal attention received from the instructors in small classes. There are so many programs to get involved in and many ways to land jobs and internships. Our location close to Philadelphia opens the gate to getting many jobs and internships.

Also, this school focuses on research, so many majors can participate in doing research with their professors and having the chance to get experience and putting it on their resumes. My favorite course in my first semester was my Intro to Psychology course. Of course, because I am a psychology major, I loved everything I was able to learn in that course. I had a great professor to teach me. 

Are you involved in campus activities?

I am a Raptor Ambassador, which are the students who give campus tours. I am also a member of the Psychology Club. The club hosts guest speakers, study sessions, fundraisers, and discussions on the benefits of our major, future plans and opportunities, as well as other cool events.

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