College is a great time, isn’t it? You make friends, take classes you didn’t have the opportunity to take in high school, you join clubs with people you didn’t even know would ever have the same interests as you, you play sports that connect you with others as a team, and more. The list could go on forever. Here at Rutgers, there’s no way you can’t have school spirit. With the football games, greek life, and beautiful campuses, it’s hard not to get involved. College at this school is without a doubt a stepping stone into your adult life. You become independent in transforming into the person you were born to be.
I know it goes without saying that many people are nervous about graduating. People, including myself especially, are afraid about what the world beyond Rutgers has to offer. Taking that huge step from an undergraduate student to graduate student or employee at some big business is definitely life changing, and I’m sure the big question everyone is wondering is what will my years at Rutgers count for?
Besides the obvious education that leads to a profession, what else is there? I know you’re hopeful you’ll stay BFFs with your roommates when you move back home or onto different ventures, but it just won’t be the same as life at Rutgers. The pictures in your Facebook “RU RAH RAH” album will soon become outdated and your mom will accidentally throw out your stash of lost student IDs you finally found after graduation. Is there a way to really preserve all these great years at Rutgers? The answer is…yes!
If you didn’t know already, which you should because it’s everywhere, this year is Rutgers’ 250th anniversary. Crazy, huh? There are different 250 events all over campus to get involved in, but the one at Zimmerli Art Museum is the one I highly recommend. Maybe you’ve been to the museum for a class project, or perhaps you’ve stumbled in on your own time, but either way, their 250 exhibit is worth getting involved in. They’re calling it “HereNow: Rutgers 250,” and it’s truly the right way to preserve all your great memories at Rutgers.
— Zimmerli Art Museum (@zimmerlimuseum) 1 March 2016
Students get to submit their own photos onto the HereNow website, which are then approved and printed to be part of the exhibit. After the exhibit, 250 of the best photos will be compiled into a photo book which will be available for anyone. The exhibit already has over 800 photos, but don’t worry, you still have time to submit! There are still plenty of walls needing to be filled, and the photo book won’t be released until November 2016.
I visited Zimmerli Art Museum last week and got to talk to the project organizer, Donna Gustafson, and the student assistant, Angela Bouton, about the whole thing! Located on the bottom floor of the museum, a huge display of “HereNow: Rutgers 250” greets you, inviting you to walk around the maze like walls to see all the photos. The truly modern look represents current life at Rutgers, and the book will have the same design. While looking around, I saw all types of student and faculty photos. I saw everything from beautiful landscapes, to big buildings, to wild tailgates, to even Snapchat photos.
Around the corner, Angela is busy at work going through submitted photos and printing away. Angela, a senior at Rutgers, spends 2-3 days a week approving, printing, and hanging up photos. She told to me how fun it is to see all different types of photos, and seeing all different niches and cliques at school she didn’t even know existed. Both her and Donna explained to me how important this 250 project is, because it serves as a everlasting remembrance of how Rutgers is today. In 250 years from now, students will be able to see life as we live it, and will be able to compare their lives to ours. This is something we can share with our children, as it is a commentary of how life is right now. Apart from this anniversary being significant to look back at Rutgers’ history, it’s also very important to create history. HereNow: Rutgers 250 is the perfect way to preserve your best years; to make sure you don’t ever forget the memories made.
The exhibit is going on now and it’s free! You can go at anytime to check out hundreds of special photos, and get an idea of how powerful this project really is. Uploading your own pictures is easy, and can be of anything Rutgers related. Donna and Angela told me what’s really needed is more candid, everyday photos, like work in the classroom. It’s important to share every part of Rutgers life, not just the especially exciting parts everyone has already seen. Apart from being able to go to see the exhibit whenever you want, every first Tuesday of the month is Art After Hours, where there is music, food, and special guests. My advice is upload some pictures and take a friend out to see the show! There’s really no reason you wouldn’t want to get involved in this.
Visit the exhibit:
Zimmerli Art Museum
71 Hamilton St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Tuesdays through Fridays: 10am to 4:30pm
Saturdays and Sundays: Noon to 5pm
Art After Hours: 10am to 9pm
The museum is closed Mondays, major holidays, and in August.