Each year, we spend several months reviewing applications, interviewing prospective candidates, and selecting some of the very best Rutgers students as FIGS Peer Instructors. We’re thus thrilled when former PIs achieve academic and professional success.
Camille Ungco, a Fall 2013 Peer Instructor, was recently asked to share her Rutgers story as the Distinguished Student Speaker at the 2015 Academic Excellence Awards. The ceremony, which recognizes the highest achieving sophomores from each of the Academic Schools, served as a platform for Camille to inspire her peers to take on new challenges at Rutgers.
An English major with minors in Education as a Social Science and Critical and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies, Camille designed and taught the first Asian American Studies FIGS course, a class that has been offered every year since its creation in 2013. Camille has shared that teaching a FIGS challenged her to strengthen her public speaking and communication skills and helped her to foster a strong relationship with Professor Allan Isaac, her Faculty Mentor. Professor Isaac encouraged her to think about teaching and learning in terms of asking the right questions. In her speech at the Academic Excellence Awards, Camille shared that this experience allowed her "to contribute to Rutgers and create change" and affected her academically, professionally, and personally.
This spring Camille was awarded a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship and will be spending the 2015-16 school year in Indonesia. When she returns from Indonesia, she plans to go to graduate school and become an educator. We’re so proud that the FIGS program has been part of her incredible journey!