Bridging the Gap Spotlight: Melanie Javier

In fall 2015, Rutgers University–Camden launched Bridging the Gap, a bold financial support program that transforms access to a Rutgers degree by helping New Jersey families dramatically reduce their college costs by covering tuition in full or by half. The first students were admitted the following fall and many are now graduating this May.

Melanie Javier
Major: Nursing
Hometown: Avenel
High School: Colonia High School

My Turn

As a young kid, I was in and out of hospitals due to a neurological/cardiac issue that I was dealing with. Being constantly surround by medical professionals, I was drawn instantly. I also come from a family of medical professionals; many are nurses, so I was raised by many people who influenced who I am today.

Role Model

My role model is my cousin Krystle. I have always looked up to her and aspire to be half the amazing nurse that she is today.

Stay the Course

During my time on campus, I learned that you should never fear the thoughts and/or opinions of others and do whatever it is you want to do without any shame. I learned to have more confidence and independence while on campus.

Memories to Last a Lifetime

Some of my most memorable experiences during my time at Rutgers–Camden were of learning to live on my own and meeting my roommates, who have become my forever friends.

Words to Live By

“You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously.”— Sophia Bush

Just Be Yourself

If I could offer advice or words of wisdom to other Rutgers–Camden students, I would say, never be afraid to ask questions. Never be ashamed of asking for help. Unapologetically be yourself.

Surprise, Surprise

People would be surprised by the number of nurses that I have in my family.

A Pinnacle Moment

I am most proud in my life for getting to this momentous moment of graduating from a four-year university. Proud that I finally made it to end of this chapter of my life. Proud that this degree has landed me my dream job as a neonatal intensive care unit nurse at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick.

One Part Amazing, One Part Scary

To be graduating feels amazing and scary at the same time. Amazing because all of the hard work I have put into school has paid off. Scary because I now enter the career of my dreams, not knowing if I will be able to live up to the standards.

In Ten Years…

… I see myself as an experienced and well-skilled nurse still at SPUH’s NICU, and married with at least two kids.

Grateful for the Opportunity

Bridging the Gap has made my college experience possible. My family and I are extremely thankful for a financial assistance program like this. The program has helped my parents and me not only financially, but mentally as well. It has given us peace of mind knowing that I would be able to pay for a reasonable amount given my circumstances. Saying ‘Thank You’ is an understatement for everything this program has done.

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