Bridging the Gap Spotlight: Alexis Kapij

Major: Psychology
Minor: Sociology
Hometown: Hi-Nella
High School: Highland Regional High School

Piquing Interest

I took psychology courses in high school that piqued my interest. I knew that I wanted to help people so I figured a psych degree, with hopes to be a therapist, was in my best interest.

Stamped in My Memory

Among my most memorable experiences during my time at Rutgers–Camden, I recall presenting my psychology research at two professional conferences, one in Philadelphia and one in Boston.

I also recall working move-in day this past year as a new resident assistant. It was so crazy and exhausting, but also so much fun and I got to meet my roommates for the first time!

Never Throw in the Towel

During my time on campus, I learned that I really do not accept defeat and, even when I get pushed over or let myself down, I always bounce back. I have realized that I am a lot stronger than I once thought I was and that I can manage my crazy amount of responsibilities better than I thought.

Student Ambassador Leader

The Student Ambassador program entailed giving tours to prospective students and hosting large admissions events. In my role, I oversaw the other student leaders as well as the volunteers to ensure that the whole program ran smoothly.

I enjoyed this role for so many reasons, but mainly because I made some of my best friends through the program. Our team became so close; we have so much fun in the office and even often hang out outside of the office as well.

Showing the Way

I was on the cheerleading squad for three years and was captain for two of those. I was also vice president and subsequently president of Psi Chi – the international honor society in psychology – and a member of Athenaeum Honor Society and Omicron Delta Kappa – the national leadership honors society.

In addition, I was an RA on campus for one year and in the Honors College all four years, serving on their e-board for a year. I also completed an internship in Rutgers–Camden’s Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance and I maintained a job as a technician in a psychiatric hospital, which I gained through a job fair on campus.

I loved all of these groups and activities because I made different friends in my niched interests. It also helped me build connections that made networking much easier.

Mentoring Influence

Dr. Courtenay Cavanaugh is my role model. She is an amazing professor, mentor, mother, and just an overall super woman. She and I share the same interest in wanting to help women who have experienced trauma, so she has been my guide in finding my graduate program, as well as building me up to be a stronger student.

Words That I Live By

It is a song lyric, not necessarily a quote, but still something to remind me that life is to be appreciated:

“Celebrate, we will. Because life is short but sweet for certain.” – Dave Matthews Band

My Advice for Others

To other students considering attending Rutgers–Camden, I would say, “You do not need to attend a large university to get a real college experience. College is what you make of it and you will get out what you put into it. The four years fly, so make the most of it!”

Making Change

I am proud of the woman I have become in the last four years. When I entered college, I was a shy commuter student, unsure of exactly what I wanted to be or do. Joining different clubs and activities broke me out of my shell and, before I knew it, I was going for every opportunity thrown my way. I became a true go-getter and I am proud of that.

Looking Ahead

It doesn’t feel real to be graduating. I guess because we are in a pandemic and most of my senior activities were canceled, it doesn’t actually feel over and I do not feel like I have closure to the whole thing. Despite that, it is super exciting and, when I really stop to think about it, I am very proud and looking forward to my next journey.

Next Up

In the next two years, I hope to complete my master’s degree in counseling from Villanova University. I am still debating if I will then pursue a Ph.D. or a counseling job, but I definitely hope to work with women who have experienced some sort of domestic or sexual violence. I also want to have a family and travel as much as possible; my dream vacation is Greece!

You Might Be Surprised to Know…

… I seem well put together and super confident on the outside, but I do struggle with an anxiety disorder. Even though this has been a challenge, it pushes me to work even harder to help others.

Made All the Difference

I come from a single-parent household, so money has always been tight. Neither of my parents completed a college degree, so Bridging the Gap not only helped financially, but it has given me the opportunity to be a first-generation college student.

I finished my degree with very minimal loans, which makes me less nervous to take loans out for my master’s degree. Soon I will have two degrees for the price of what some students pay for one year of undergrad at a large, expensive school – and that is all thanks to the Bridging the Gap program.

See You Around

I will absolutely stay in touch with Rutgers–Camden. I would love to come back and talk to psychology undergrads about the opportunities that Rutgers has to offer them. I would love to visit the Ambassador Program again too, to see how it changes and grows over the next few years.

Scarlet pride forever!

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