• Graduation Year: 2023

MattDillioansquareMajor: Biological Sciences

Minor: Health and Society


How did you decide on your major?

In high school, I took my first biology course, and every aspect of class piqued my interest, especially the parts related to the human body and physiology. I wanted to continue this path and pursue a career in medicine, and biological sciences felt like it was the right path for me. It was broad enough to let me explore different aspects of biology but also allowed me to try out other subfields, like genetics or cell biology and neuroscience.

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

Biology is so dynamic, in that you learn the individual pieces of each cell and function, but as you learn more, you realize everything is all connected. The more you zoom out, the more you see the mosaic of all aspects of life responding to each other.

Do you have favorite class/professor within your major?

My favorite class at Rutgers was Systems Physiology taught by Dr. Nelson in the Spring of my Senior year. I gained and even bigger hunger in this class for my drive to pursue medicine. I also loved my Virology course taught by Dr. Carr-Schmid, where I got to observe the pathology, structure, and function of real-world viruses, like Coronavirus and Adenovirus.

What are your favorite academic experiences outside of your major?

I was a part of the SAS honors program, and I completed my Honors Capstone through the  Graduate School of Education (GSE) Conversation Tree Program where I facilitated community-based ESL language acquisition with the Latinx immigrant community of New Brunswick. It was an incredible experience to  together the Rutgers and New Brunswick community into space and engage in cross cultural conversations.

What are your other Rutgers activities?

I was a part of the SAS Honors Program, Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, and Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honors Society. I had the opportunity to be an Aresty Research Assistant and a Resident Assistant. I worked at RWJBH Monmouth Medical Center as a full-time medical scribe and volunteer on an EMS squad in Allenhurst, New Jersey.

What are your plans following graduation?

I will be attending Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, NJ and pursue a career in medicine, where I hope to become a primary care physician.

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