Matthew Gooden

Name: Matthew Gooden

Graduation Year: 2018

Major: Exercise Science


How did you decide on your major?

I chose Kinesiology and Health because the major provides you with the basic sciences, such as Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, while still offering a wide range of post-graduate degree programs, whether it be medicine, physical therapy, or nursing, among many others. I also had heard that the faculty and staff in the department were extremely knowledgeable, so that made my decision even easier!

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

Kinesiology and Health is extremely broad. I have had classes with future doctors, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, personal trainers, physician assistants, and research laboratory directors. It is appealing to be surrounded by fellow students who all share a love of learning about the body, yet our end goals are all so different. The department consistently goes out of their way to help each student with the smallest issues that may arise, and that makes a huge difference at the end of our college careers.

Do you have a favorite class/professor within your major?

I cannot choose just one. My first would be Dr. Alderman’s Research Methods course. His course exposes students to the basics of conducting research in a lab setting and carries you through the entire process from brainstorming ideas to publishing the paper. Another would be Dr. Nagle’s Administration of Exercise Science course. Her course shows students that there is more to Kinesiology and Health than the body – as she, and guest speakers, instruct on facility and personnel management, marketing, finance, as well as ethics and bioethics. Dr. Lentine’s Functional Human Anatomy and Cadaver Lab is another popular course in the major that focuses on the main systems of the human body. Each class within the major has a unique caveat to it!

What are your favorite academic experiences outside of your major?

My favorite academic experience outside of Kinesiology and Health was being a Peer Instructor for a Health & Medicine FIGS course during my junior year. My students made me realize the passion that I really have for this field of study. Also, tutoring Pre-Calculus and Calculus for the EOF Program, and volunteering in New Brunswick elementary schools through The Collaborative Mentoring Program made me realize the importance in giving back to the community and helping those that need it. These experiences helped make my college career be the best 4 years I have had in my life thus far.

What are your other Rutgers activities?

Some other activities that I do at Rutgers include being the Special Events Coordinator of the Kinesiology and Health Organization, working as an Honors Lab Assistant in Dr. Alderman’s Exercise Psychophysiology Lab, and working as a CA for Dr. Nagle’s Administration of Exercise Science course.

What are your plans after graduation?

Following graduation, I am planning to travel for a month, attend medical school in the fall, and then finish a residency program in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. After that, I’ll take it day by day and see where it goes!