My experience in the Rutgers-Camden Community Development Ph.D. was enriching and fulfilling. The choice of elective courses were varied which enabled me to create a learning niche for myself building on the core requirements. The coursework was instrumental in helping me grasp the nuances of conducting independent research while adding more tools to my ability to do the same. Discussions in classrooms were engaging and challenging. While the department is rooted in Camden and issues surrounding distressed cities, the opportunities for engagement with truly global issues are strong. I was surrounded by a supportive and diverse student community which is an added bonus has helped create a holistic educational experience.