Rider University: A Vibrant Living and Learning Community

Rider University: A Vibrant Living and Learning Community


[music] Rider University is a community of
people who are living together, working together, learning together, growing
together. Students are part of the ownership of this campus, they have an
obligation, they have a responsibility to make that campus as vibrant as possible
and we want them to be able to experiment, to try, to practice what they
learn in the classroom in a real-world setting, whatever your major may be. I really think that it’s important to
take advantage of the leadership opportunities because you need to do
other things and make yourself stand out and be different and Rider’s done a
really good job at helping me already establish myself. Internships are a great
learning experience for students because it puts them in the real world. They want
to be exposed to professional situations. I see success on so many different areas,
that’s the ultimate gift an educator could ask for. Going halfway across the
world to study abroad was definitely a leap of faith and I feel as though Rider
really pushed me to do it. You gain this new perspective within yourself to do
different things and challenge yourself. We have plays, we have musicals, there’s
acapella groups, there’s improv groups I could not be happier that I chose Rider.
It’s a very exciting place to be for sure. It’s often the times where you fail
is when you learn the most about what you’re doing. It’s the times we have to
go back and reanalyze your procedure and that’s when you truly learn what science
is. I love being a mentor to these students to see them go off and become
successful professionals for themselves is exceptionally gratifying to me. Service means so much to me because of
the impact that I’ve been able to have on the students I’ve worked with and I
work as a teacher’s aid at a preschool. They’ve given me unique opportunities to
grow as an educator, as a person and as a friend. Engaged learning is about connections,
it’s connecting what you learn in the classroom and applying it to real world
experiences. It allows you to create an educational journey that is your own
Rider story. My hope for Rider students in the future
is to make sure that they become very active, passionate, engaged citizens, but
with that I think students will have an obligation and responsibility to help change the lives of others. And there’s nothing more powerful than that.

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

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