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RU Connection 2021: Letter from the Editor

After spending such a long time away from campus, students should view this semester as an opportunity for a fresh start.  – Photo by Nadia Rahim

After what feels like an eternity, I am pleased to finally be able to say: Welcome to Rutgers! 

The fact that we’ve all made it to this point is a testament to our resilience. Whether you’re coming to Rutgers for the first time, returning for another year or transferring from elsewhere, enrolling this fall is no small feat. So many of us have worked to overcome hardships in our individual lives this past year, and as a community, we’ve made countless sacrifices in order to protect one another. 

This year is going to be an adjustment for all of us, regardless of what year you’re in or if you’ve stepped foot on campus before. Our daily routines, the structure of our classes and even our social lives will likely be very different from what we once expected. Even though we are finally able to reunite on campus, there will be more challenges ahead of us. 

Rather than dwell on what the past year and a half could have been, or worry about what is to come in the next few months, I invite you to view this year as an opportunity for a fresh start. Now is the time to make the most of all that Rutgers has to offer, whether it be through academics, extracurriculars or social life. If there’s a topic you’ve always wanted to study, or an activity you’ve always wanted to try, this semester is the perfect chance for you to branch out.

Here at The Daily Targum, we’re also embracing the spirit of a fresh start: We’ve moved into a new office, located on the College Avenue campus in the Student Activities Center, making it easier than ever for students to stop by our office and get involved. As the University’s only independent, student-run news source, we’ll continue reporting on the most pressing issues facing the Rutgers community, but will do so in an exclusively digital format to better reach our readers.

The constant uncertainty of our new lifestyles can be overwhelming, but if you don’t know where to begin, the Targum is here to help. This week we’ll be publishing “RU Connection” on our website, which is a series of articles to help you grow accustomed to Rutgers and college life as a whole. To check out these stories and stay up-to-date with future campus news, make sure you’re following our social media accounts. If you want to know more about our work at the Targum, or even just say hello to some of your new classmates, come check out our booth at this year’s involvement fair!

A year unlike any other awaits you. And through its inevitable ups and downs, just know the Targum, and the Rutgers community as a whole, will be right there with you.


Hayley Slusser


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