Graduate Profile: Endurance Ehimen (BA '17)

Hometown: Saint Paul, MN
Degree program: Bachelor of Arts in Public and Nonprofit Administration

Why did you enroll at SPAA?
I enrolled in SPAA after reading a story about a SPAA student who later went to Africa as a public servant.  That story really touched my heart because I do desire to render help to the public both on a local and global level. Hence, I enrolled at SPAA in order to have a firm foundation that will usher me into my purpose in life.

What do you hope to accomplish with your degree?
I hope to enter a field where I can be a public servant to my community. I also desire to pursue my master’s for an even stronger anchor for serving people home and abroad.

Best moments at Rutgers University-Newark?
My best moments at Rutgers were knowing that I had people rooting for me in SPAA.  There were several occasions in which I was ready to give up, but there was always someone to encourage me to keep going. I treasured every moment with those people.

Favorite class(es) and professor(s)?"
Leadership for the Service Professional""
Ethical Public Service""
Intro to Public Administration" "
Special Topics" "
Intro to Nonprofit Administration"

My favorite professors were Professor [Michael] Dillard, Professor [Jeffrey] Backstrand, Professor [Quintus] Jett, Professor [Lindsey] McDougle, Professor [Yahong] Zhang and Professor [Josh] Osowski

My favorite staff member was Assistant Dean [Sharon] Stroye

Biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge was trying to succeed academically and financially as an out-of-state student living in New Jersey alone with no family members around or near. 

Next steps?
Pursue an MPH (Master of Public Health)

Advice to incoming students?
My advice to incoming students is “make use of the staff members in SPAA – they are truly there to help and will help you if you come to them”. 

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