Senior Margaret Christian has been accepted into the nation's top medical schools.
Margaret Christian was accepted into the nation's top medical schools. Those include Yale, Albert Einstein, Jefferson Medical College, Rutgers-N.J. Medical School, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson and Columbia.
After much deliberation, she decided to attend Columbia. She likes Manhattan, where Columbia is located, and the med school gave her a generous financial aid package. Columbia also has a strong cardio-vascular program, which is one of her main interests.
Once you know Margaret's record of accomplishment at NJIT, you'll understand why all those top med schools wanted her.
Her four years at NJIT have been filled with the fruits of of diligent study. Her GPA, for instance, is a perfect a 4.0 and she belongs to the Albert Dorman Honors College. She worked on stem cell research with NJIT professors and, under their direction, designed a surgical device that reduces the time it takes surgeons to repair heart valves. Her device, which produces multiple stitches, has funding from two sources and was awarded a provisional patent. She’s now developing a prototype for the device, which she spoke about during a recent TEDx talk.
In recognition of these achievements, the Newark College of Engineering recently named her the Outstanding Senior in her major: biomedical engineering. In this interview, Margaret discusses her time at NJIT.
When you were in high school why did you apply to NJIT?
I went to a diverse high school (Montville High) with students from all over the world. I liked that and I wanted a college that had a diversity of cultures. NJIT, I soon discovered, was twice as diverse as my high school. I learned so much from my classmates. The Honors College also gave me a generous scholarship and NJIT was close to my home, so I could see my family often. I also knew from reading student profiles on the NJIT website that students here have the opportunity to do research.
Did you enjoy your major – biomedical engineering?
Biomed is one of the most challenging majors, and I had to work really hard. But the professors and TAs (teaching assistants) are more than happy to help. They want you to succeed, which is a big reason why I put the effort in. They made me feel like they really cared about me and that motivated me to study hard.
You are graduating in May: What were the highlights of your years at NJIT?
Being part of an IDS (Interdisciplinary Design Team) team for two years -- an experience that helped me to later design my own multiple stitching-producing device. I’m really grateful to the Honors College for starting the IDS teams and to my teammates. I also enjoyed giving a Tedx talk, the theme of which was The Story of an Innovation. I talked about how I came up with the idea for my device. I also loved competing in the Newark Innovation Acceleration Challenge, the Capital One Challenge and NJIT TechQuest. Winning these competitions helped me raise enough funds to get my device project off the ground.
Do you think your NJIT education has prepared you for medical school?
I used to read the student profiles on the NJIT homepage, and the biomed students who got into med school all said the same thing. That an engineering background gives you the critical thinking skills required to become a successful doctor. Engineering helps you put the pieces together and solve the puzzle, and I think this skill will really help me to get through med school.