Major(s) and Minor: Major in CBN, Minors in Spanish and Psychology
How did you decide on your major?
Biology has always been my favorite subject, but when I took AP Psychology in high school, I quickly discovered that I loved the brain and the nervous system. Since I also planned on being pre-med, I knew that CBN would be the best major for me very early on. It aligned with my academic interests and career goals.
What is it about your chosen field (and the department) that appeals to you?
I was very fascinated with how we are able to function as complex organisms due to movements of ions and conduction of electrochemical signals all happening within billionths of seconds. CBN offers classes that explores that interest. What I also appreciate about CBN is that many of my classes have also been great forms of preparation for classes I will likely take in medical school, in terms of both subject matter and difficulty.
Do you have a favorite class/professor within your major?
Dr. Uzwiak is amazing! Fundamentals of Neurobiology with him has easily been my favorite class at Rutgers.
What are your favorite academic experiences outside of your major?
As a junior, I was the Peer Instructor (PI) for a First-year Interest Group Seminar (FIGS) on Exploring Health and Medicine. This was a wonderful opportunity for me to guide and help students acclimate to our university while discussing relevant topics in medicine. I am now a Senior Peer Instructor, and have been helping next year’s PIs prepare to teach their own courses.
I have also enjoyed working as a research assistant with Dr. Mladen-Roko Rasin at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School since my sophomore year. I will be completing my honors thesis with him next year as well.
What are your other Rutgers activities?
- Member of Phi Delta Epsilon, International Medical Fraternity
- School of Arts & Sciences Honors Program Student Advisory Board
- School of Arts & Sciences Honors Program Senior Ambassador
What are your plans following graduation?
I hope to attend medical school following graduation.