20 Ways To Get Involved In The #LoveAScarletKnight Campaign

20 Ways To Get Involved In The #LoveAScarletKnight Campaign

I would like to throw out some cool ideas to get involved.

You may have seen a “Punish a Muslim Day” poster around the campus. Chancellor Debasish Dutta urged Rutgers affiliates to show kindness and solidarity with all of those in their Rutgers family regardless of religion, sexual orientation, nationality, or any identity in response to this viral flyer calling for savagery against Muslim individuals. The flyer goes on starting with “They have hurt you, they have made your loved ones suffer…” and added that people will be given some points as a reward, according to Rowaida Abdelaziz.

On April 3rd, 2018, Dr. Felicia McGinty, a Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs announced a “Love A Scarlet Knight — Let's Combat Hate with Love” campaign to encourage Rutgers students to spread the love with other Scarlet Knights. In brief, as we should not judge a book by its cover page, it would be unfair and illogical to boycott a specific group of people from the society. Especially, the United States of America is the county of immigrants, belief or not. America is great together, not by itself. Since the #LoveAScarletKnight campaign has announced a “bingo game” challenge, I would like to throw out some cool ideas to get involved.

Top 20 cool ideas follow:

1. Group hug selfie

What this world needs is a group hug. It would be a great way to share positivity with other Scarlet Knights. You may ask random people campus to be a part of your group hug selfie and then post on social media with #s and tags.

2. Lunch/dinner with a scarlet knight or with faculty

You always wanted to thank someone who you workout within the gym, a tutor, or a faculty member, you can invite them for a lunch or a dinner. You may get to explore your career path by learning from a faculty or a new friend. You would have an excellent conversation.

3. Wave and say, "Hi! How are you?" to at least 10 people on campus

It just takes about 30 seconds to ask someone how are they doing? It may sound like something so simple but can make someone’s day. Someone having a bad day would have a smile on their face after you would wave to them.

4. Bake something delicious as a gift for your friend

When in doubt—bake! Homemade bakes always make the delicious gifts. You don’t have to be a MasterChef. Cookies are a great option. Your friend would definitely appreciate your effort because he/she cares about you.

5. Give a genuine compliment to a stranger around the campus

A compliment could be as simple as ‘You look great today!’ or ‘I like your shoes or dress!’ Who does not love a compliment? No one! For most of us, compliments are like a cherry on the cake. Who knows, you might become good friends.

6. Share a list of things or people you are thankful for on social media

Social media is an excellent platform if it's being used for the right cause. For most of us, it would be easier and faster way to reach out someone on social media. Hence, you can take this opportunity to thank your friends and show gratitude for them.

7. Help someone carry something or hold a door for them

If you’re going in the same direction or not, it wouldn’t cost you to carry a bag for someone. You may feel great after helping someone in need. Also, you would not get late if you would hold a door for someone behind you. Personally speaking, I hold a door for people because I don’t want them to hit by a door like me back then.

8. Volunteer your time at a non-profit organization

You may or may not realize what you have gained from your community, so it’s always great to give it back. Lots of people work so hard behind the scene, but their work never gets appreciated by others. If you are fortunate to have something others don’t, it’s on you to help them and make them feel special.

9. Smile

This is my favorite. I love to smile and also love to see people smiling. If someone is smiling, I will smile no matter what. Since a smile is contagious, you are going to bring a smile on lots of faces. Sometimes it’s ok to smile without a reason, just for fun.

10. Send a card to someone in the military overseas

It’s probably easy for us to make comments and just talk about people who risk their lives protecting ours, but we should thank them for providing us a 24/7 protection. So, if you see a person in a military dress, you should thank them for their service. They would love it.

11. Drop off a game or toy at a hospital

Since kids love to play with toys, they will love your gifts while they have to stay in the hospital. They just don’t need someone to take care, but someone to play with. I love to spend time with kids and they give it all back in return.

12. If you have a car, help out someone in your dorm who doesn’t

If you live in a dorm and you don’t have a car, you would understand what I’m trying to say. I live off-campus, btw. However, sometimes you just want to relax in the back or you genuinely need a ride.

13. Give directions to someone who looks lost on campus.

You were probably in their shoes once. It feels worse because you don’t know even whom to ask. Hence, you will love to help others to get wherever they want to be by showing them right directions.

14. Study with someone after class

To get involved with someone who shares similar interest as you, you should hang out after class with your classmate. You would not just make friends but also get to learn from each other to do it. Don’t be shy!

15. Say “Thank You” to bus drivers for their service

You just have to do this because driving in the same boring rout for about 20 times per day would make anyone miserable. It must be an annoying job to do, so they definitely deserve appreciation.

16. Wear a customized t-shirt with positive thoughts on it

If you want to be stand out and show some of your creative skills, this is a great opportunity. A group of people wearing a unique design shirt would definitely attract lost of people to notice you. It’s not just about getting noticed by others but for good cause, if you promote some non-profit or an organized group activity. For instance, #LoveAScarletKnight

17. Go to "Rutgers Dance Marathon" even if you’re not a dancer

It’s coming soon! You should get your tickets ASAP! It’s one of the biggest events at Rutgers and you would love it regardless if you’re a dance or not. In Dance Marathon, you would just go in your party style clothes and keep dancing till you want. It raises money and increases awareness for Embrace Kids Foundation. In fact, they have raised $1 million last year.

18. Donate used books to the library

Books don’t belong in your garage or a recycle bin! It belongs to a library so go and donate it.

19. Pay meal for next person in line

Just for fun, you would get to see all kinds of response from people positively. It’s a great thing to share a meal with either a stranger or your friend.

20. Spend some time with yourself by doing what you really enjoy

Last but not least, sometimes you just have to make sure that you are happy with what you do in your daily life. You can assign a specific period for yourself, so you don’t forget it. Besides whatever you do for others, you should make sure that you’re happy first.

In short, these are just a couple of ways to get involved with the campaign but the limit is sky. You can be super creative about this. Start a blog and spread your own take on positivity and motivation to the world (Sound familiar?) Then, Do it by joining the Odyssey community at Rutgers. The main purpose of this campaign is to spread positivity among students for other students. See you next week!

Cover Image Credit: Dhruvil Patel

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Dear Senator Walsh, I Can't Wait For The Day That A Nurse Saves Your Life

And I hope you know that when it is your time, you will receive the best care. You will receive respect and a smile. You will receive empathy and compassion because that's what we do and that is why we are the most trusted profession.


Dear Senator Walsh,

I can't even fathom how many letters you've read like this in the past 72 hours. You've insulted one of the largest, strongest and most emotion-filled professions.. you're bound to get a lot of feedback. And as nurses, we're taught that when something makes us mad, to let that anger fuel us to make a difference and that's what we're doing.

I am not even a nurse. I'm just a nursing student. I have been around and I've seen my fair share of sore legs and clinical days where you don't even use the bathroom, but I am still not even a nurse yet. Three years in, though, and I feel as if I've given my entire life and heart to this profession. My heart absolutely breaks for the men and women who are real nurses as they had to wake up the next morning after hearing your comments, put on their scrubs and prepare for a 12-hour day (during which I promise you, they didn't play one card game).

I have spent the last three years of my life surrounded by nurses. I'm around them more than I'm around my own family, seriously. I have watched nurses pass more medications than you probably know exist. They know the side effects, dosages and complications like the back of their hand. I have watched them weep at the bedside of dying patients and cry as they deliver new lives into this world. I have watched them hang IV's, give bed baths, and spoon-feed patients who can't do it themselves. I've watched them find mistakes of doctors and literally save patient's lives. I have watched them run, and teach, and smile, and hug and care... oh boy, have I seen the compassion that exudes from every nurse that I've encountered. I've watched them during their long shifts. I've seen them forfeit their own breaks and lunches. I've seen them break and wonder what it's all for... but I've also seen them around their patients and remember why they do what they do. You know what I've never once seen them do? Play cards.

The best thing about our profession, Senator, is that we are forgiving. The internet might be blown up with pictures mocking your comments, but at the end of the day, we still would treat you with the same respect that we would give to anyone. That's what makes our profession so amazing. We would drop anything, for anyone, anytime, no matter what.

You did insult us. It does hurt to hear those comments because from the first day of nursing school we are reminded how the world has zero idea what we do every day. We get insulted and disrespected and little recognition for everything we do sometimes. But you know what? We still do it.

When it's your time, Senator, I promise that the nurse taking care of you will remember your comments. They'll remember the way they felt the day you publicly said that nurses "probably do get breaks. They probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day." The jokes will stop and it'll eventually die down, but we will still remember.

And I hope you know that when it is your time, you will receive the best care. You will receive respect and a smile. You will receive empathy and compassion because that's what we do and that is why we are the most trusted profession.

Please just remember that we cannot properly take care of people if we aren't even taken care of ourselves.

I sincerely pray that someday you learn all that nurses do and please know that during our breaks, we are chugging coffee, eating some sort of lunch, and re-tying our shoes... not playing cards.

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Dear Nancy Pelosi, 16-Year-Olds Should Not Be Able To Vote

Because I'm sure every sixteen year old wants to be rushing to the voting booth on their birthday instead of the BMV, anyways.


Recent politicians such as Nancy Pelosi have put the voting age on the political agenda in the past few weeks. In doing so, some are advocating for the voting age in the United States to be lowered from eighteen to sixteen- Here's why it is ludicrous.

According to a study done by "Circle" regarding voter turnout in the 2018 midterms, 31% of eligible people between the ages of 18 and 29 voted. Thus, nowhere near half of the eligible voters between 18 and 29 actually voted. To anyone who thinks the voting age should be lowered to sixteen, in relevance to the data, it is pointless. If the combination of people who can vote from the legal voting age of eighteen to eleven years later is solely 31%, it is doubtful that many sixteen-year-olds would exercise their right to vote. To go through such a tedious process of amending the Constitution to change the voting age by two years when the evidence doesn't support that many sixteen-year-olds would make use of the new change (assuming it would pass) to vote is idiotic.

The argument can be made that if someone can operate heavy machinery (I.e. drive a car) at sixteen, they should be able to vote. Just because a sixteen-year-old can (in most places) now drive a car and work at a job, does not mean that they should be able to vote. At the age of sixteen, many students have not had fundamental classes such as government or economics to fully understand the political world. Sadly, going into these classes there are students that had mere knowledge of simple political knowledge such as the number of branches of government. Well, there are people above the age of eighteen who are uneducated but they can still vote, so what does it matter if sixteen-year-olds don't know everything about politics and still vote? At least they're voting. Although this is true, it's highly doubtful that someone who is past the age of eighteen, is uninformed about politics, and has to work on election day will care that much to make it to the booths. In contrast, sixteen-year-olds may be excited since it's the first time they can vote, and likely don't have too much of a tight schedule on election day, so they still may vote. The United States does not need people to vote if their votes are going to be uneducated.

But there are some sixteen-year-olds who are educated on issues and want to vote, so that's unfair to them. Well, there are other ways to participate in government besides voting. If a sixteen-year-old feels passionate about something on the political agenda but can't vote, there are other ways of getting involved. They can canvas for politicians whom they agree with, or become active in the notorious "Get Out The Vote" campaign to increase registered voter participation or help register those who already aren't. Best yet, they can politically socialize their peers with political information so that when the time comes for all of them to be eighteen and vote, more eighteen-year-olds will be educated and likely to vote.

If you're a sixteen-year-old and feel hopeless, you're not. As the 2016 election cycle approached, I was seventeen and felt useless because I had no vote. Although voting is arguably one of the easiest ways to participate in politics, it's not the only one. Since the majority of the current young adult population don't exercise their right to vote, helping inform them of how to stay informed and why voting is important, in my eyes is as essential as voting.

Sorry, Speaker Pelosi and all the others who think the voting age should be lowered. I'd rather not have to pay a plethora of taxes in my later years because in 2020 sixteen-year-olds act like sheep and blindly vote for people like Bernie Sanders who support the free college.

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