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Miranda Bandeli (Newark College of Arts and Sciences-Biology Major; Mathematics and Chemistry Minors)

This Wayne, New Jersey, resident shares why and how Rutgers University-Newark has opened many doors for her.

Aspirations: I hope to receive a doctoral degree in ecology and conduct research through an academic institution, museum or zoo.  I want to study different types of interactions and behaviors of mammals.    

Activities & interests: I spend a lot of my time with the children of my church teaching our kindergarten Sunday school class and helping with PTA events.  I also choreograph and teach Arabic dances to third to eighth grade students.

Favorite class or professor at RU-N: I enjoy independent study because I am able to bring classroom knowledge to life through laboratory research.

Biggest challenge at RU-N: My biggest challenge on campus is trying to be involved within the RU-N community. I spend most of my time on campus either in classes or in the lab doing research. This makes getting involved with activities and organizations on campus challenging because I am always busy during meeting times. 

Reflections on RU-N experience: My experience has been much more than I ever expected. My instructors are always available for my questions and extra explanations if needed. I have been able to be part of two different research labs on campus. Such access has opened doors to other outside research opportunities. I have been able to work on research studying the effects of temperature change on bee emergence as well as the effects of urbanization on birds that migrate through Newark. 

“Tweetable” advice to incoming freshmen (140 characters or less): So many exciting opportunities are available to those who are willing to look within the RU-N community!

Expressions of gratitude: Receiving a scholarship has allowed me to attend RU-N without financial concerns holding me back. I am honored to have been given so many opportunities through RU-N and know that these experiences will take me beyond my studies here.