Jonathan Gluck '08, RPS Lifer (pre-k-12th grade)
Double Major B.A. Computer Science & Linguistics, with High Honors, Swarthmore College
M.S. Computer Science, University of Maryland College Park
Current Position: Apple, Cupertino
As a lifer at RPS, attending from pre-k4-graduation, I graduated with people I knew my whole life, and I am still in contact with many of them. Prep gave me a really good foundation on how to do a lot of difficult work and my time there added up to a lot of little things that culminated in a set of tremendous life experiences. I would definitely say that it prepared me well for my career. The school was, and still is, a very open community and wasn’t a monoculture. I have friends who have had very different experiences and I value that greatly and it prepared me for the world ahead.
Zoran Gajic '14
B.A. Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Minor: Computer Science, Rutgers University
Current Position: Lab Member, Imielinski Lab, Affiliated with the New York Genome Center
The diversity of the opportunities at Prep is one of the biggest benefits of being a part of the community. All of the things that I am involved with in college have started at Rutgers Prep- with my Chemistry classes, research, and club involvement. My time at Prep allowed me to springboard ahead in college. All of my AP courses at RPS helped me with the MCATS tremendously. When I was reviewing for the MCATS, I distinctly remembered AP Chemistry Class at Rutgers Prep and referenced it consistently.
Scott Mory '92
B.S. Political Science and Criminal Justice, George Washington University
J.D. George Washington University Law School
Current Position: Vice President for University Advancement, Carnegie Mellon
I am proud to be a Prep alumnus. At Prep I learned the importance of getting involved and being engaged. While in the Upper School, I was involved in class government and theatre. Faculty members like Arlene Wacker, Barbara Herzberg and Geraldine Alfandre actively encouraged and supported me in both of those activities. My sophomore year I remember not getting a part in the spring production I thought I was good for, and I contemplated not being involved. Then Mrs. Herzberg offered me the role of stage manager, which I’d never thought about before. That experience taught me new things about my own capabilities, and was incredibly fun. It also affirmed that you can be involved in many different ways, but that the most important thing is to be involved.
Alana Karen '95
B.A. History, University of Virginia
Current Position: Director, Access, Alphabet/Google
At Prep I felt like we were in the real world. We learned early on that our actions had consequences, and we saw the impact in our small classes. That helped me in college and beyond think bigger than myself.
Going to a smaller school made me focus on people and building relationships. You couldn't burn through friends when your class was so small! That served me well when I started my career at Google; I sought to connect with people beyond day-to-day work which has helped me get things done, make unexpected connections, and build an enduring network. Those connections have served me well to help navigate a rapidly growing company.