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Student Spotlight

Ninika Osuji, First Year Emory Student c/o 2021

Why did you choose to participate in a STEM program?

I have always been fascinated by the human body and specifically the skeletal system. When I saw the class options for the Emory pre-college program I was ecstatic they had a course exactly related to what I wanted to study!

How did you decide which STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) field was right for you?

This was an easy choice for me because I knew that there was nothing that I wanted to know more about than the natural sciences. I chose [Pre-Med Studies] the anatomy of human movement course because it is similar to the courses I would want to study in the future and I wanted to get insight as to what a college level class in this field would be like.

What is a typical day like in your STEM experience?

At the Emory Pre-college program, my day began in the cold basement of the School of Medicine building, where we were only a few steps away from the morgue. After our 2.5 hours lecture, I went to grab lunch with a few friends from class at the Cox or the DUC. In the afternoons is when our RAs/ the pre-college program would usually have some cool activity for us to do. For example, an escape room, visiting the Oxford Campus, or going to the CDC.

What was the most memorable moment of your STEM program?

The most memorable moment of my STEM program was the first time Professor Abelew brought cadavers into the classroom. Being able to see the diagrams and textbook photos come to life was inspiring, at that moment I knew that this is what I wanted to do.

What advice do you have for teens looking at STEM degrees and/or career paths?

My advice is to explore everything and try your best to get first hand experience. Sometimes we believe that we know what we want to do from seeing and studying in the books, but none of that compares to the labs, research projects, and countless hours of dedication that field really requires. Emory pre-college program was a perfect way to do this because I got to stay on the campus, meet professors, make good connections and explore my field of study and the city around me all in two weeks.

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I feel like this experience not only acquainted me with business, but also with college life in general. I was able to experience balancing schoolwork and fun, something crucial in the life of a college student. I think this program motivated me to not only further pursue business as a potential major, but also to look forward to college life. 

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Last summer was amazing. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to attend Emory University, but I never had a chance to actually get a glimpse of what college life as an Emory student would be like. So, I decided to apply to the summer pre-college program. On move-in day, I instantly started making connections. The residential advisors were very welcoming and one of them even knew my high school! After I received my pre-college shirt and room keys, I knew this was going to be a good two weeks.

Coming from an international high school, I was amazed at the diversity of the student body at this program. Students came from all over the country and one student even came from the Netherlands! My peers were academically gifted, artistically talented, and athletically skilled.

Whether it was going to a Braves game, visiting the Georgia Aquarium, going on a burrito run, getting chipotle, watching the World Cup games, swimming at the SAAC, or even just hanging out as a group in our dorms at night (of course with a shoe in the door), every activity presented me with an opportunity to make some memories at Emory - or should I say mEmorys?

I took Dr. Abelew's pre-medical studies course titled "The Anatomy of Movement". I learned about almost all of the bones, muscles, tendons, and joints in the body. I also applied this knowledge to some hands-on time with real bones, muscles, and even the brain! Dr. Abelew was unequivocal in his teaching and answered everyone's questions no matter how difficult or time-consuming they may have been.

It is the culmination of these experiences that will make you love Emory (more than you already do if you were in my position). The experiences I shared with fellow students and the Emory faculty have propelled me as well as some other seniors to apply early decision to Emory! I remain in contact with my professor and the friends I made at pre-college this past summer, and I hope we will get to be together once again on campus next fall as freshmen. But, if your question is, "Is the Emory pre-college program worth it?", my answer to you is yes. (Student Testimonial, Summer 2014)

"It is an ideal trial of what being in college is really like."

"I really enjoyed taking a Pre-College Course at Emory. It was a very valuable experience for me. I was able to experience what a college class was truly like, and also got a feel for campus life. Emory really has a beautiful campus."

"On a scale of 1 to 10, my Pre-College experience was an 11!"

"An amazing experience. I'm a much better writer than I was before and now I know what a college class is like, and how much you're on your own in college."


And Here's What Parents are Saying:

"When you send your kids away, you are entrusting a school with the most precious person in your life. The Emory Pre-College Program staff takes that job seriously."

"A very well-planned program. Two weeks is just the right length of time to get a taste of life in college and a great introduction to Emory."

"I was incredibly pleased by the caliber of the faculty working with the program."

"It was a life-changing experience for my child. He made many friends and it gave him the confidence and motivation to aim higher."

"Emory's Pre-College Program provides a perfect academic and on-campus college experience for serious college-bound high school students."

"This was a very positive experience for my daughter. Also, and most importantly, because of the fact that Emory faculty was involved. Many pre-college programs have outside instruction rather than their own faculty."

"Our son loved it so much he wants to apply to Emory. It could not have been better."

"I only have positive remarks about the program and the staff and students that organized the two-week course. Everyone was professional and caring. My son came home with fond memories and with a stronger desire to work harder at school."

"My son liked it so much he stated that when he had children - he would make them go."