AMY MENG Class of 2001
Amy Meng

What do you plan to major in?
I hope to double major in English and Chinese, with a minor in art history.

What type of goals do you have, both academically and personally?
Academically, my goals are basic: I want to do the best I can in my classes, while keeping a balance between my schoolwork and personal life. In my personal life, I want to constantly challenge myself and others.

How do you think Rutgers University will help you fulfill these goals?
The areas I want to major in all have very strong departments, making these majors practical—and personally satisfying—options. Additionally, my internship with the English department has allowed me to become better acquainted with various professors and with the structure of the department.

What do you feel is unique or exceptional about Rutgers?
Practically every need or desire, be it academic, social, cultural, or otherwise, can be addressed at a school this size. The fun—and the challenge—comes in the search.

What do you like to do outside of classes?
I have been writing since I was six (and reading for even longer), and these continue to be my two favorite activities, outside of spending time with family and friends.

Do you have any writing awards or recognitions?
I received a Governor’s Award in essay writing and was a semi-finalist in the National Foundation for Advancement in the Art’s Presidential Scholars Program.

Are there any poets or authors you find particularly inspiring?
Marie Howe and William Faulkner are long-time favorites.

What books are on your summer reading list?
A few books I read this summer include: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, Life at These Speeds by Jeremy Jackson, and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I am currently reading Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore and Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin.

What has been your proudest achievement to date?
I am an alumna of the Governor’s School for the Arts, a month-long program in New Jersey that, annually, accepts twelve writing students from the state.

What are your plans for next year?
Continue to do what I’m doing, and maybe try to attend more extracurricular events.