Major: Cognitive Neuroscience
Minor: English, Art
How did you decide on your major?
I entered Rutgers on the pre-med track, but realized that my interests were more interdisciplinary. Cognitive science offered an opportunity to explore the mind's system from a variety of different perspectives, expanding my knowledge of the mind while developing useful skills in a host of different fields (Computer Science, Biology, Philosophy, Psychology).
What is it about your chosen field (and the department) that appeals to you?
As I mentioned before, the interdisciplinary nature of Cognitive Science excites my diverse interests. The neuroscience track appeals to my longstanding curiosities about the brain as the elective courses on that track delve into forming interesting connections between the structures and physiology of the brain in relation to our emergent minds. Recently, I have developed an interest in artificial intelligence which is likely not an area I would have been exposed to in a different field.
Do you have a favorite class/professor within your major?
Last, year Professor Leslie instructed a seminar on the engines of cognitive development. His expertise on this area of cognition made for a very engaging, exciting, and interesting course.
What are your favorite academic experiences outside of your major?
I have a passion for literature which I have explored through my English minor. Taking one English class each semester has allowed me to continue pursuing this interest (which is vital to my general sanity).
What are your other Rutgers activities?
I work as a biology tutor, meeting students several times a week to help their understanding of the complex material in General Biology. I am also a member of the Cognitive Science Club. I paint and draw avidly as well; scenes from on and around the campus have made many features in my work.
What are your plans following graduation?
Since I will be graduating at age 20, I have decided to take some time between the end of my bachelor's and beginning of my graduate degree to travel and explore the professional world before officially determining what I should study in subsequently higher levels of education.