May 2, 2018


Dear Scarlet Knights,


Reading Days have officially begun, and finals are on the horizon. Without a doubt, this is a busy time of year and can leave you feeling overwhelmed. I recall my academic journey during finals, studying for hours in the library and pulling all-nighters. There were often feelings of anxiety because I was worried about failure. And while I certainly had my share of disappointments as an undergrad and graduate student, each experience strengthened my resolve, and enhanced my successes. If things don’t feel as if they are going as planned right now, I urge you to keep going. Push forward and learn everything you can along the way. I’m reminded of a quote by Walt Whitman, “Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and the shadows will fall behind you.”


As difficult as it can sometimes feel, I’ve always believed adversity can be a good motivator; it helps us to make the extra effort needed to perform our best. However, if it starts to feel overwhelming, I encourage you to reach out to the Office of the Dean of Students, CAPS, a member of the Residence Life staff, or anyone that you feel comfortable or connected with (faculty, staff, advisor).


The Division of Student Affairs has a number of resources and programs available to support you through this final stretch. I’ve listed a few below:

  • Additional rooms have been designated as study spaces throughout all of our Student Centers
  • Stop by CAPS Let’s Talk drop in hours
  • Starbucks truck and stores have late night hours tomorrow May 2nd until 3am, and the Knight Wagons late night is Friday May 4th
  • The Rutgers Student Food Pantry (RSFP) is open to all students and provides non-perishable food and personal care products to members of the Rutgers community in need. All services are confidential and no appointment is necessary—only a Rutgers ID card is needed
  • The Office of the Dean of Students is hosting Deans and Dogs on May 2nd from 2-4pm at 88 College Ave. They’ll have comfort dogs and food for students to de-stress


With the finish line in sight, I urge you to stay focused, positive, and take the time to acknowledge and celebrate all that you have accomplished this academic year – both individually and as a member of the Rutgers-New Brunswick community.


Wishing you a successful conclusion of the semester, and a happy and healthy summer.


Warm regards,

Dr. Felicia McGinty



Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Rutgers University – New Brunswick

College Avenue Student Center

126 College Avenue

New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1166

(848) 932-8576