Princeton Summer Program Opportunity For Four Union Students

Cranford, NJ – Union College of Union County, NJ is proud to announce that four students, Dejanayha Hill, Katherine Mejia, Gabrielle Mojena, and Precious Opaola, have been selected to participate in a summer intensive program at Princeton University. Seven community colleges from New Jersey were invited to have students apply for this summer program with only 35 students accepted to this summer’s cohort.

The summer intensive program at Princeton will take place from June 26 to August 18, with students taking two, four-credit courses, at no cost to the student. The first course is research and argument, which is a writing course, and the second course is quant lab, with five options. These options include: computer programming, engineering, humanistic approaches to media and data, life sciences, or visualizing data. Each course includes “course fellows,” which are peers who have already successfully completed the course and will act as additional support for the students. 

Dejanayha Hill, of Linden, is one of four Union students selected for Princeton’s summer program. She is pursuing her degree in social services at Union and is part of the American Honors Program, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society, and is a student worker for College Life. She plans to continue her studies in social work by transferring to a four-year institution after she graduates from Union. Her career goal is to obtain her master’s in social work and become a children’s therapist.

Katherine Mejia, of Plainfield, is currently studying social services and is a member of the American Honors program, PTK, and the Educational Opportunity Fund. She plans to continue her studies at a four-year institution and her career goal is to work in the social work field, specializing in immigration.

Gabrielle Mojena, of Linden, is an architecture major. She is a member of PTK and the Architecture Club. After she graduates from Union, she plans on continuing her education at a four-year university to obtain her bachelor’s degree in architecture. Her career goal is to be a licensed architect and someday own her own architecture firm.

Precious Opaola, of Linden, is also studying social services at Union. She is part of the American Honors program and a tutor at Union’s Academic Learning Center. After she graduates from Union, she is hopes to transfer to Rutgers University, Columbia University, or the University of California, Berkeley and wants to continue studying social work.  

“What a special opportunity for our four scholars to attend and learn at Princeton University, at no cost to them,” stated Union’s President Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin. “At Union, we help set our students up for success with transformational opportunities to broaden and enhance their experience.”

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