Aparna Govindan

For as long as I can remember, I have been unequivocally certain that I want to become a doctor. From about the age of five I have been observing my mother, a physician, and spend several hours every night in the hospital while she completed her rounds. I noticed that her patients derived joy from her company and help, and the thought of offering people some solace and alleviation from their pain and suffering supported my almost intuitive dream of becoming a doctor.

After graduating from John P. Stevens High School in Edison in 2012, I was thrilled to learn that I was accepted to the BA/MD program. Attending Rutgers University was a major step I took toward nurturing the passion I have for medicine.  While the BA/MD program was my primary influence when I decided to join the Rutgers community, the dynamism, diversity, and opportunity Rutgers affords its students also encouraged my decision.

In the short time that I have been here, I became a Scarlet Ambassador in the Office of Admissions and a Peer Advisor for the Honors College. During my first year at Rutgers I was also involved with the Thaakat Foundation as Treasurer. In addition to clubs and extracurricular activities, Rutgers offers bountiful research opportunities. Last year I began working in an organic chemistry lab and this year I have started to explore my research interests in cognitive neuroscience as part of the Gluck lab research team.

I highly encourage students to apply to this BA/MD program. Without the uncertainty of medical school admissions looming over my head I am able to spend my time sincerely enjoying both my academic and extracurricular experiences.