Staff Social Media Manager
As someone who loves writing, comparative literature, and critical reading, it made perfect sense for Abby Baker to major in English and minor in Creative Writing at Rutgers University. She realizes the value this degree brings to future employers in the form of analytical skills, and after she graduates in 2020, Abby would like to put her knowledge to use in the field of social media marketing — specifically branding, online content, and marketing campaigns.
Abby is a member of the Douglass Residential College, a school within Rutgers University which has been dedicated to elevating female students within STEM and the humanities for over 100 years.
When she’s not doing school work, Abby enjoys learning new things. She’s recently been studying plants and agriculture, and she would eventually like to teach herself the basics of traditional marketing and American Sign Language. Abby also writes a Tumblr blog — Lissten — which she describes as “an online destination for the intersections of topical social commentary and music criticism.”
After graduating from high school, Abby worked for a year before starting college. She wanted to get as far away from New Jersey as possible, so she chose a school in Oregon. Abby describes this as “the scariest (and craziest, and also dumbest)” thing she’s ever done. While she is grateful for that time on her own and what it taught her, she now realizes that the University of Oregon — with a small student body and even smaller number of minority students — simply wasn’t the right school for her. “I’m a lot happier now at Rutgers, a university with 40,000 students, five campuses, and a bus system big enough to rival N.J. transit,” Abby said.
Abby was drawn to this year’s program not only for professional reasons but personal reasons as well:
“As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I feel that it is my duty to represent and serve others accurately and honestly, specifically on issues that I intimately care about. … Promoting the work done by your journalists would align with my personal goals of shining light on the intricate intersections of race, gender and sexuality within the LGBTQ+ community.”