• Graduation Year: 2025

 

Megan Hsu square  1Major: Biological Sciences

Minor: Spanish 

BA/MD Rutgers/Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Medical School Joint Program


How did you decide on your major?

I always found myself drawn towards STEM as I love the combination of learning and problem solving. My AP Biology teacher in high school ignited my interest in potentially studying biology in college, and once I learned about all that the department at Rutgers had to offer, I knew it was the right major for me. Biological Sciences allows students to embark on a very flexible academic path due to the diversity of its courses. As an incoming first year student who was uncertain on which science discipline to focus on, the Biology Department allowed me to explore different areas in microbiology, genetics, and neuroscience, among others.

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

I love the holistic approach to science that Biological Sciences has to offer. Its scope extends beyond the lecture hall and allows for real world application. One of my favorite experiences has been through research. I work in a Genetics lab, where I study reproductive biology using C. Elegans and fostered long lasting mentor-mentee relationships that I am forever grateful for. These foundational experiences inside and outside the classroom allowed me to further explore research and healthcare. Interning at Memorial Sloan Kettering and Harvard Medical School, I learned to appreciate the importance of practice, patient care, and continuous advancement in research to help others.

Do you have favorite class/professor within your major?

My favorite class was Honors General Chemistry with Dr. Marc Muñiz. I was initially nervous about taking a college level chemistry course, but Dr. Muñiz helped calm those nerves almost instantly. He fostered such an amazing collaborative learning environment and always encouraged us to reach out if we ever needed help. I went to every one of his office hours and got to know him on a more personal level. I never imagined that chemistry would be my favorite class throughout my college academic experience. Dr. Muñiz’s teaching style inspired me, and I continued to try and implement those approaches working with him as a Chemistry Teaching Instructor (TI) for the past 2 years.

What are your favorite academic experiences outside of your major?

 Some of my favorite academic activities ventured outside of STEM. As a Spanish minor, I took advantage of the different language and culture classes. I delved into the history of numerous Latin American countries while improving my own Spanish speaking abilities. The Spanish
Department at Rutgers has an extraordinary faculty who cultivate a collaborative and exciting learning environment. I am excited to continue to expand my exploration of Spanish literature and different writing styles post graduation.

What are your other Rutgers activities?

I am grateful for all the guidance I have received as a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honors Society, and Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Honors Society. I have had the privilege of giving back to the Rutgers community
serving on the SAS Honors Programming Board, providing tutoring as a Chemistry TI, and helping first-years navigate the intricacies of college as a mentor. I am also President of Rutgers Hong Kong Student Association, a multicultural organization aimed at cultivating a welcoming
environment for all students and helping them connect with their heritage. Additionally, I love to play soccer with my friends on an intramural team and coach young kids to teach them the love of the game.

What are your plans following graduation?

I have been accepted into the BA/MD Rutgers/Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Medical School Joint Program, where I am excited to begin my next journey.

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