|by Stephanie Steward, Class of 2006
Whether you’re haggling over the price of a purse with vendors on Broad and Market streets in the downtown shopping district, dancing at a Brazilian club or eating Portuguese food in the Ironbound, taking the PATH train into Manhattan, or craving fried chicken at one o’clock in the morning, Newark has what you want and will show you things you haven’t seen before. Throughout the day, ambulance sirens scream past campus on their way to UMDNJ’s hospital, sub-woofer stereo systems blast bass beats so intense that they rattle the windows of 100-year-old brownstones, jazz from the Newark Museum’s garden clings to the sticky summer air, and voices on every corner, in every language, echo the city’s past and determine its future. Then, just after the sunset paints the downtown skyline pink and gold, when the rush hour evening commuters have rolled out, Newark is peaceful.
In the 90-degree heat of July or under a foot of snow in January, Newark’s quiet evenings create a comfortable, safe, and inviting environment on campus. Newark is no scarier than any other big city and has long outgrown its bad reputation. The Rutgers-Newark campus is woven into the city, taking full advantage of the rich history and cutting-edge programs and developments that students have access to in Newark and neighboring New York City.
A big city can seem intimidating, but when seen as a tapestry of communities, it’s nothing short of exhilarating. An urban education exposes you to ideas and cultures you’ve never known before in a place that encourages maximum growth, while offering a multitude of opportunities and choices. R-N can bring out the explorer in each of its students and facilitates students’ desires to learn, travel, and experience any area of study.
Stephanie Steward is from Los Angeles, California. She came to Rutgers-Newark to study Journalism.
This guide was compiled by the Stephanie Steward (’06) and the Office of Communications of Rutgers-Newark solely as a means to provide a partial listing of dining establishments and services in the vicinity of the university. Rutgers-Newark does not endorse any commercial vendors operating outside of the campus.