• Graduation Year: 2019

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Major: Biological Sciences

Minor: Modern Greek Studies, Psychology

How did you decide on your major?

When I first came to Rutgers, I was unsure about the direction I wanted to take my studies; there were so many possibilities! I decided to enroll in various classes in areas that I was interested in, in attempts of discovering my true passion. I found that the amazing science courses I took really spoke to me, and from then on I knew I wanted to dive deeper and deeper into the field. The Biological Sciences major was the perfect fit for me, and its courses can provide me with the skills that I will need and can build upon while becoming a great physician.

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

I am in awe of how much the study of Biology can be used to help people. I have especially noticed this through having the opportunity to work on cutting-edge research in the field. I am able to see first-hand how new discoveries can lead to solutions to many of the problems we face. The Biological Sciences major really fuels my passion for learning the next big thing.

Do you have favorite class/professor within your major?

One of my favorite professors that teaches biology courses here at Rutgers is Professor Jessica Schjott. I have been in her “Brain, Mind, and Behavior” course, along with her “Essentials of Cell Biology and Neuroscience” course that I am currently in. Professor Schjott is an inspiring, caring professor who has taught me eye-opening concepts about biology, the mind, and the way we think.

What are your favorite academic experiences outside of your major?

Being of Greek decent, I have chosen a minor in Modern Greek Studies, as well as joined the Hellenic Cultural Association here at Rutgers. The program has allowed me to stay connected to my culture, make new friends, and even study abroad in Greece! It has truly been the experience of a lifetime, and the journey isn’t over yet!

What are your other Rutgers activities?

During the week, I participate in the Rutgers Peer-Tutoring Program, where I am able to provide one-on-one help to my peers in subjects I have done well in. This experience is one of the most rewarding, as I am able to directly see the impact I am making when I help my tutee form a connection and understand what they’re learning.

I am also part of several health-related organizations here on campus, such as AED and NADI, which allow me to participate in a wide range of rewarding community service opportunities, from conducting health screenings to helping out in the New Brunswick community kitchen.

What are your plans following graduation?

Upon graduation, I plan on taking a gap year and then attending medical school to achieve my dream of becoming a physician, where I can put all the skills I have learned here at Rutgers to the test!

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