• Graduation Year: 2020

Sofia Chapman Pic 2 SQUAREMajor: Biological Sciences

Minor: Spanish and Economics

How did you decide on your major?

I took an Anatomy & Physiology course at my high school and I absolutely loved it. I tried General Biology here and fell in love to the point that I transferred into SAS in order to major in biology. I looked at the list of electives and swooned over how interesting they sounded.

What is it about your chosen field (and the department) that appeals to you?

My favorite part about this field is that it is so applicable to your everyday life. From talking about bacteria that might make you sick to the complexity of your immune system, there is so much to learn about the world around us that directly influences our lives.

Do you have favorite class/professor within your major?

Both General Biology courses were incredibly interesting to me. I loved Bio 1 because it was my first time experiencing a science class here at Rutgers. I loved Bio 2 because it discussed many of the human physiological systems. I had Professor Keating for both of them at 8:40am on Tuesdays and Fridays. It is very difficult to hold college students’ interest at 8:40am on a Friday morning, but somehow, she managed to get us excited about the material every single lecture.

What are your favorite academic experiences outside of your major?

I am currently on my fourth semester of taking Spanish here and it has truly been a wonderful experience. Every Spanish professor that I have had teaches in such a way that allows their students to feel comfortable to put themselves out of their comfort zone while speaking in Spanish. I will be studying abroad in Argentina for all of my junior year and I feel as though my Spanish courses have prepared me well.

What are your other Rutgers activities?

I am a member of Phi Mu Fraternity, a social sorority on campus. We do a lot of community service events which help me take a nice break from studying!

What are your plans following graduation?

Following graduation, I would like to get my MBA and eventually work in hospital management. I have also been getting very interested in joining the Peace Corps. I think this would be one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences that I don’t want to miss.

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