Name: Simrin Dhillon

Graduation Year: 2018

Major: Exercise Science


How did you decide on your major?

As an athlete I have always had an interest in sports medicine, and how the body is able to recover from or prevent injury. Kinesiology and Health provides the perfect major to foster this interest. After looking at the wide range of course offerings on degree navigator I was excited to purse the degree and officially declare Kinesiology and Health my major. 

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

My chosen field of Kinesiology and Health is able to encompass all my interests within my academic pursuit. Instead of only learning through textbooks, the courses within this field give students a hands-on approach and stimulate discussion about the topics we are learning about. Furthermore, I appreciate how the department truly cares for its students and even makes an effort to bring everyone together, an example being the Spring Kickoff event last semester. (Spring 2017).

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

All of the classes I have taken thus far within this major have been both intellectually stimulating and very enjoyable. Two classes in particular were Systems Physiology taught by Dr. Golfetti and Research Methods (Honors Seminar in Exercise Science) taught by Dr. Alderman. Systems Physiology was a challenging course in which I learned about the human body and various mechanisms that allow us to function. Research Methods was the first class I have taken that focused on teaching us the steps to conducting innovative research. While both classes involved different subject areas, both taught me to think critically and apply my knowledge. I am really looking forward to continuing my journey in research as a member of Dr. Alderman’s lab: the Exercise Psychophysiology lab.

What are your favorite academic experiences outside of your major?

One of my favorite academic experiences outside of my major has been tutoring for Rutgers Athletics, which has been both rewarding and has helped me solidify my understanding in certain courses. Furthermore, taking courses outside of my usual science background such as Introduction to Gender, Race and Sexuality, Sport Marketing and Introduction to Sikhism has allowed me to expand my perspective regarding a wide array of topics.

What are your other Rutgers activities?

I am currently the captain of the Rutgers Field Hockey Team, the President of the Rutgers Student Athlete Advisory Committee and the Public Relations Marketing Director of the Rutgers Sikh Student Association. I have also been fortunate enough to serve on the Vice Chancellor Committee for Student Affairs for the past year and look forward to continuing this role as I move into my senior year.

What are your plans after graduation?

Following graduation I am planning on pursing my passion for medicine and applying to medical school. I hope to utilize all of the skills and knowledge Rutgers University has taught me to one day become the best physician I can be.