Like many first-year students, Dan Mascarenhas was unsure of his life’s course. In high school, he had volunteered with the Emergency Medical Squad (EMS) in his hometown of Moorestown, New Jersey, as a community service activity and gravitated to “the high intensity and personal dedication required to serve and help patients in need.”
So it seemed only natural that he would set his sights on medicine, especially since his mother is a physician. However, when he arrived on campus, he was reluctant to head in that direction, mainly because he had witnessed firsthand and “appreciated the daily sacrifices that physicians make in not only long hours, but also missed family time.”
Nevertheless, after Dan’s graduation in 2013, he applied to and was accepted into the University of Maryland School of Medicine and expects to receive his M.D. degree in May 2017.
“Coming into college, I was reluctant to pursue medicine but kept my mind open,” he recalled. “I decided on biotechnology as a major because of my interest in science, the field’s promise for employment and success, and the caliber of the program at Rutgers.” [Read more…]