Why did you choose your major/minor, and what did you like most about it?
I chose the Exercise Science and Sports Studies major because I have always been fascinated by the human movement system, especially kinesiology. (I’m kind of a “kinesiology nerd” now...) I also knew that I wanted to be a physical therapist, and being in a major that provided so much collaboration with other students who were working towards the health fields was a great experience and gave me a ton of insight.
Tell us about your journey since graduation and the ways your experiences at Rutgers and SAS have contributed to your success:
After Rutgers I went to Columbia University for my Doctorate of Physical Therapy. I worked in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy for a while, and then transitioned into inpatient rehabilitation. Participating in a lot of hands-on experiences while in classes at RU, as well as working as a personal trainer during that time, were really important in developing my interpersonal skills, my role as a member of the health care team, and my initial application of theoretical knowledge into clinical practice.
What advice do you have for our current Arts and Sciences Students?
Enjoy your time in undergrad - it may be tough to balance school and fun, but do your best, because there is no other time like it! Also, don’t be afraid to reach out for mentorship early, and get as many hands-on experiences as you can!
Where was your favorite study spot at RU? The basement of Alexander Library if I actually wanted to study, or at Gerlanda’s for coffee if I wanted to be distracted.
What is your favorite memory from RU? Getting engaged at the Zimmerli Art Museum!
Is there an experience that you had at RU that current students will never understand?Using Yik Yak to find out why my bus is so late. Also, Stan the bus driver - The Legend!