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Savannah Seraphim


From Rutgers to Urban Emergency Room

Savannah Seraphim

Savannah Seraphim

School of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Emergency Assistance Scholarship

Class of 2020: Major(s) and Minor: Major: Biology, Minor: Psychology


How did you decide on your major?

I love science, and I have wanted to be a doctor since I was a little girl. I feel that the biology major contains many classes that have prepared me for both the MCAT and medical school itself.

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

I love learning about how the world around me works and, more specifically, about the way the human body works. We are a fascinating machine and I love figuring out its mysteries. I also enjoy helping people and making their lives better in any way I can. If I could have a career where both of these passions are fulfilled, I would never have to work a day in my life.

What are your plans following graduation?

To attend medical school, beginning in the fall of 2021. The year immediately following graduation will be spent working, filling out med school applications, and interviewing.

What are your dreams and aspirations?

My ultimate goal is to be an ER physician in a major city, such as New York.

What challenges or barriers did you feel were between you and your goals?

The number one barrier that has been between me and my goals has definitely been money. Standing between me and med school admission is an undergraduate degree. I attended community college before attending Rutgers to save money; when I came here and found out that FAFSA did not cover the entire term bill (not even close), I did not know what I was going to do. I felt scared and alone.

How did this scholarship transform your educational experience?

This scholarship has made my educational experience focused on what it should be- learning. It is hard to put your full mental effort into studying when you are constantly worrying about the financial aspects of school. A huge burden has been lifted, and the mental space that was previously taken up by fears is now used for knowledge.

What did this scholarship make possible?

This scholarship has made my educational success (including my 3.9. GPA!) possible. If I had not been awarded the scholarship, I would have had to work full time rather than part time (making my grades suffer tremendously) or would have had to withdraw from school altogether.

What was it like the moment you found out you had the scholarship?

The moment I found out about my scholarship I was elated. It was like a huge weight had been lifted off my chest, and I could finally breathe!

What did that mean to you?

To me, it meant that I could stop worrying about finances and instead focus on my schoolwork. It was difficult to 100% focus on classes when there was a dark cloud of “Can I afford to be here?” following me around.

What does that allow you to do that you wouldn’t have been able to do?

If I had not been given my scholarship, I would not have been able to afford school. I would have had to temporarily withdraw from classes and work in order to earn enough money to continue my education.

What would you like to say to the donor?

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for making my education possible. If it wasn’t for your generosity, I would not be able to attend school; I would not be able to follow my dreams. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

What has Rutgers made possible for you?

The education I have received at Rutgers has made me a much better version of myself. I have learned so much not only from classes in my major/minor, but also in the classes that fulfill core requirements. It has also solidified my desire to attend medical school in the future, as I love what I’m doing.

What is your favorite thing about Rutgers?

My favorite thing about Rutgers is all the opportunities I have been allotted here. I have joined a sorority, clubs, and even got a job in the ER at St. Peter's! I have learned a lot about myself and what I want for my future by going to school at Rutgers.