Sam is part of the Rider University Veterans Association as a military-connected student and serves as the recording secretary as part of the recruitment committee for the Gail Bierenbaum Women’s Leadership Council.
Sam assisted in running a Samsung rollout across 1400 Target locations nationwide and helped run and coordinate training procedures within the Chick Fil A franchise as an Account Coordinator.
Why Sam chose Rider
Sam transferred to Rider while also changing her major from mathematics to computer science. Her main concern was how her credits would transfer, but she was also looking for a school that would make her feel “cherished,” one that saw Sam for herself and not just another number or statistic. Luckily for Sam, Rider’s Admissions team was there to ease her mind and guide her through the process of not just transferring but also applying for scholarships. Sam cites a combination of rigorous coursework and a strong family community that made her realize Rider is where she belonged.
Rider’s impact on Sam
Sam was faced with the difficult task of balancing work, school and life while maintaining a good GPA. She is learning three different programming languages this semester, as well as working as an account coordinator for Pure Install Solutions and on the leadership team for the Gail Bierenbaum Women's Leadership Council. On top of that, Sam is part of Rider’s Veterans Association as a military-connected student.
Sam has learned valuable work and life skills during her time at Rider. Aside from everything computer science, Sam has learned how to communicate more effectively and developed leadership skills that she can apply to her career now and in the future.
There is always someone that is willing to lend a hand and support you in anything you need.”
Between Rider’s Office of Career Development and Success and the career-focused coursework, Sam feels more than confident that she can excel when she graduates. Sam knows that at Rider, there’s no such thing as a lone Bronc. People are always ready to lend a hand when needed and provide countless connections and opportunities for student success during their time at Rider or after graduation.
Sam is a working student with a career in logistics and project management. Her accomplishments are impressive, from helping with a Samsung roll-out across 1,400 Target stores across the country to assisting and coordinating training procedures within the Chick-fil-A franchise.
Sam’s end goal is to run operations for a tech company. With all the valuable skills she is learning while at work and at schools, such as problem solving, project management and leadership, that goal is certainly in reach.
Sam’s advice to her fellow/future Broncs is to “be as transparent as possible!” Ask questions where you can and be clear about what you want to accomplish not just in school but in life too. A reminder that you can do anything, perseverance is key. Four years ago, Sam had to drop out of her original college due to the financial impact on her life, but she persevered, worked while attending community college and now is graduating with little to no debt. “If you are avoiding transferring to Rider due to finances — don't! There are plenty of scholarship and financial aid opportunities that can help.”