January 2018’s Honors College Student of the Month is the one and only Kacey Dougherty (Chemistry ’18)! Kacey has been a fixture in the Honors College since she and her sister, Sydney, began at Rutgers Camden in the Fall of 2014. Looking back on her four years of college, Kacey has a lot to be proud of: a strong GPA, a record of dedicated community service and campus engagement, and even a summer internship for which she received a NASA grant! We recently caught up with our friend Kacey to reflect on her life at Rutgers and what the future has in store.
HC: If you could go back in time to offer advice to yourself as a high school senior, what would you tell her?
KD: I would tell myself that I need to believe in myself more. I think one thing that has changed throughout my time at Rutgers is that I have become more sure of myself and proud of what I have done and accomplished. Rutgers has given me the skills to be able to push myself, and apply for opportunities that I never thought I would have ever been able to do.
HC: How has getting involved on campus shaped your undergraduate experience?
KD: Getting involved on campus was imperative to my undergraduate experience. Being involved with so many different organizations on campus made coming to Rutgers more enjoyable, and working with other students who share the same drive and passion for different things outside of the classroom was definitely something that I loved throughout my time here.
HC: What has been the most memorable moment of your RUC experience?
KD: My most memorable moment at Rutgers Camden would be when my sorority Delta Phi Epsilon raised over $6,300 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation during our annual event called Deepher Dude, which is an all-male talent show. I was the head of planning for the event and I think one of the things that made it so memorable was that all of the months of hard work and planning came together for an amazing night of fundraising for a great cause.
HC: What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given, and what advice do you have for other students?
KD: The best piece of advice I have been given is to learn how to set large goals, but then make small goals in the process. Sometimes projects and work builds up and it may seem like there is only one goal in mind. By setting smaller goals it can help with motivation and making it until the end. My advice for other students is to do this, and one resource that can help a whole lot is advising. Meeting with your advisor makes life a lot easier by the time you are a senior, and saves you time and energy.
HC: What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?
KD: Something that may be surprising to know about me is that when I grew up I wanted to be a meteorologist. I loved everything that had to do with the weather, weather patterns, and how that affected the community around us locally, and globally. But once I began chemistry my sophomore year of high school, I knew this was something that I wanted to pursue further.
HC: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
KD: In 10 years I see myself having my master’s degree in Chemistry and working in a lab. My dream experience would be that throughout the 10 years I would travel the world through work and perform research and experiments in other countries.