Major: Molecular Biology and Biochemistry; Minor: Classical Humanities
How did you decide on your major?
Freshman year, I took Intro to Research in MBB which was quite a challenge for me. However, I found this challenge enticing and wanted to continue seeing where it would take me. I joined a lab my sophomore year and MBB was the perfect major in supporting my advances in research. Especially with the opportunity to complete an Honors Thesis my senior year, I have definitely found MBB a rewarding major.
What is it about your chosen field (and the MBB department) that appeals to you?
I currently work in the Aston-Jones lab at the Brain Health Institute, which has been a large portion of my undergraduate career. A large component of MBB is learning how to understand research and apply it. Through my research, I was able to experience this application hands-on. As well, many classes involve more than just rote memorization; you have to be able to apply the concepts to hypothetical experiments and be able to interpret findings. I enjoy this type of application and critical thinking a lot more because it is much more fun than memorizing amino acids!
Do you have a favorite class/professor within your major?
My favorite MBB class so far is Biology of Aging taught by Dr. Monica Driscoll. She is a very engaging professor that makes class fun and exciting to attend. Everything we learn in class is quite interesting—did you know that smell can impact the lifespan of a fly or worm?!?
What are your favorite academic experiences outside of your major?
My favorite non-science class at Rutgers so far was Public Speaking. This was a small class which allowed me to become more comfortable in speaking to large groups, which is a skill that is super applicable in the outside world. I am still friends with the people I met in that class two years ago, which is great!
What are your other Rutgers activities?
I am a member of a student organization called Taiwanese American Student Association (TASA). I highly recommend attending their events—especially their annual Nightmarket event in which they take over Morrell Street on CAC and transform it into a street in Taiwan filled with food, games, performances, and prizes. In addition, I work at the Protein Data Bank over on Busch campus (look for the sculpture of collagen outside the Proteomics building).
What are your plans following graduation?
I am planning on taking a gap year before attending medical school. In my year off, I hope to serve underserved communities around America through AmeriCorps.