• Graduation Year: 2024

 Anshruta Chidananda squareMajor: Biological Sciences

Minor: Health Administration

How did you decide on your major?

Choosing Biological Sciences as my major stems from a deep-rooted passion for understanding life and its intricate mechanisms. I have always enjoyed science in high school and harbor a desire to pursue a career in medicine/healthcare. Biological Sciences provides a comprehensive understanding of living organisms, ranging from molecular and cellular levels to ecosystems and beyond. By majoring in Biological Sciences, I knew I would delve into the complexities of human anatomy, physiology, genetics, and microbiology, among other disciplines, laying a solid foundation for a career in medicine/healthcare.

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

My chosen career field appeals to me because I have a genuine passion for making a positive impact on people’s lives. I want to alleviate suffering, provide care, and improve the health and well-being of my patients. I also want to be a part of the global impact of medicine. Healthcare is a universal need, and physicians have the potential to make a difference not only in their local communities but also on a global scale, whether through medical missions, clinics, or research. I am also drawn to the intellectual challenge and technological aspect, as medicine is a constantly evolving field that requires critical thinking, problem-solving, and continuous learning.

Do you have favorite class/professor within your major?

My favorite class within my major is Immunology because it delves into the fascinating intricacies of the immune system, revealing how our bodies defend against pathogens and maintain health. Exploring topics like antigen recognition, immune cell interactions, and the development of immunological memory is intellectually stimulating and provides profound insights into the complexity of our bodies’ defense mechanisms. Additionally, understanding immunology is crucial not only for healthcare professionals but also for comprehending various diseases and designing effective treatments and vaccines, making it an incredibly relevant and impactful field of study.

What are your favorite academic experiences outside of your major?

My favorite academic experience outside of my major is conducting pharmacological research at the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine!

What are your other Rutgers activities?

Rutgers activities that I have participated in include being the public relations officer for the pre-health honor society Alpha Epsilon Delta, being director of marketing for Blueprints for Pangaea, being an intern in the Abraira Lab at the W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, and being a volunteer in the neonatal ICU at RWJ’s children’s hospital. Non-Rutgers activities that I have participated in include being a summer camp counselor, being a tutor at Accel Learning, and being a medical assistant for a pain management and rehabilitation office.

What are your plans following graduation?

I will be attending medical school! 

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