Brinet Rutherford

As UB grows, I see myself growing too, and I am really proud of the young woman that I am becoming.

Major: International Political Economy & Diplomacy (IPED) and Social Sciences
School: College of Public and International Affairs
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Class Year: 2016

I was only 16 years old when I began visiting colleges, and I had no idea where I was going. But I knew one thing – I needed to go with my “gut” feeling. I visited a few schools in Connecticut, and the University of Bridgeport was not actually on my list. However, I saw a billboard for the school while driving on the I-95 North with my mother, and she suggested that we visit it.

When I visited UB in the summer of 2011, I was extremely pleased with the small size of the campus, its beauty, and my tour guide Chris O’Neill did an amazing job making me feel right at home. I truly felt comfortable with UB’s atmosphere right away. The faculty was very pleasant, and I could just tell that their energy was genuine.

UB has opened many doors for me. I was privileged to have the honor of being taught by the school’s former president, Dr. Richard Rubenstein. I am also blessed to have a great advisor, Dr. Chunjuan Nancy Wei. My professors do a great job of informing me about many career or internship opportunities. Their support has really helped me to grow as a student. I understand that in this point in my life, it is important to seek challenges and explore opportunities that will help to enhance my background and experience. Professors like Dr. Hess and Dr. Wei have given me the support that I feel any undergraduate student can benefit from. They genuinely care and they do a great job at making themselves available.

Because of UB, I was able to land an internship at the International Institute of Connecticut (IICONN), which I believe was one of the greatest opportunities I have ever had. IICONN is a non-profit organization that helps refugees and immigrants to become self-sufficient and integrated into their community. IICONN brought all that I have learned in my Political Science classes at the University of Bridgeport to life. Globalization, diplomacy, and cultural diffusion are all real issues that I was able to actually witness at the institute. My dream career is to become an immigration lawyer, so working at IICONN was a blessing.

UB is helping to mold me into the young woman that I want to be. A woman who is charming, of integrity, has perseverance, and is cultivated. In the past two years, I have studied Chinese, I joined the Student Government Association, I became president of the Civil Rights Activist Club, and I became a Resident Assistant. As UB grows, I see myself growing too, and I am really proud of the young woman that I am becoming.