“When I was 4, my great-grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease,” she said. “As I matured, I watched her progress through the stages. She is now late-stage, and 95 years old. I can remember where I was when I was told of her diagnosis, and from that moment on I have been passionate about the brain. I love learning about it, and it is what I ultimately wish to study.”
This past summer, the student-athlete spent several weeks enhancing her knowledge and exploring her interest as an intern at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J., and by working as a lab assistant at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.