• Graduation Year: 2025

 Anshruta Chidananda squareMajor: Biological Sciences

How did you decide on your major?

I was born and raised in India. Since then, I have loved biology. Learning about my own body and how it functions has been an interesting field for me, even down to the cellular level. It has always been intriguing to study new topics in this field. I still remember learning about the mechanism of how the motor proteins work and how they can 'walk'. This left me in complete awe.

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

My passion for biology stemmed from my curiosity, my mother’s dream, and one other incident that happened to me when I was in sixth grade. I had a kidney infection at that time, and my mom took me to our family doctor (a pediatrician). After this, he diagnosed me and gave me a shot. I used to be scared of needles (trypanophobia), and once, I also fainted after getting my blood taken. But somehow, the doctor distracted me from the pain by talking to me about school and other stuff. After this incident, I was more inclined toward the idea of becoming a pediatrician to treat children and put a smile on their as well as their parent’s faces. This was the main reason that initially got me interested in biology.

Do you have favorite class/professor within your major?

My biology professor, Dr. Christy Beal, was amazing, and she is one of the most important people who unknowingly pushed me toward biology. She made the topics fun and interesting. When she used to explain topics, I never got bored. I would highly recommend her for General Biology I and II.

What are your favorite academic experiences outside of your major?

One of my favorite courses was creative writing, where we had to write poems and short stories and read/discuss some interesting pieces of art. It was a blast. Yehoshua November was the professor for this class, and he was so diligent and funny. I would recommend this class to anyone with any major if they have even the slightest interest in poetry or writing.

What are your other Rutgers activities?

I have been on a few hikes, and they were amazing. Especially in the winter season when it snows. The view is so elegant and eye-catching. I also want to make music and have already released a few tracks in the past with my close friends. I also love to swim, but the only downside is that all the chlorine in the pool makes my hair super dry.

What are your plans following graduation?

I plan to complete my undergraduate studies and then work at a lab with some fieldwork to gain some experience before pursuing further education (a master's in a specific field I like). My other plan is to attend medical school to become a doctor, but as we all know, it is too expensive, so I will think about it in the future after doing some lab work. In this way, I can help people while working in a field I love.

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