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Nikita Jhangiani
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Ever since I was a little girl, I have known that becoming a doctor was the path that I was meant to take. There are pictures scattered around my home of me placing a stethoscope to a stuffed Elmo’s chest, or injecting “life-saving” vaccines to my dolls. As I grew older, my passion for medicine blossomed as well. I found myself drawn to the science classes, going above and beyond in order to succeed in them.

My academic achievement in both accelerated Biology and Chemistry classes in my freshman and sophomore years, and my passion for the subject material showed my counselor that I was ready for more challenges. In my junior year, I was given special permission to join a senior level Accelerated Human Anatomy and Physiology class, just by exhibiting my hard work ethic to my counselor, in addition to taking AP Physics 1. This year, I was awarded the Outstanding Biology Award as an AP Biology student, and voted Most Likely to Become a Doctor. At Tulane University, I hope to continue on my learning by partaking in the Cellular and Molecular Biology major with a minor in Neuroscience or Psychology. By majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology, I will be continuing my passion for science in an undergraduate setting with opportunities for internships and research not given to undergraduates in other colleges.

I have always known that I have wanted to be a doctor, and have always been drawn to the field of science in high school. In addition to learning opportunities in class, I have been very involved in the Future Doctors of America Club at my school, and have been selected to be on the executive board for my senior year. I was also selected to go on field trips to cadaver labs, - identifying cause of death in over forty cadavers - and the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago. I even took my desire to learn into the medical world, shadowing Biomedical Engineer, an OB/GYN, a Cardiologist, and lastly, an Oncologist.

All of these experiences have only made me sure that I want to pursue medicine as my future career. I love learning about the human body and how it works, and this love of learning won’t end for me after medical school. As a doctor, I hope to learn something new everyday.  Majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology will allow me to look at the basic building blocks of life, and study the chemical processes in which these cells interact with each other. After my undergraduate experience in Tulane University, I wish to continue on to medical school, and preferably study oncology and participate in cancer research. The new idea in the oncology research world is cellular immunotherapy, which is trying to use our own immune system to target DNA mutations in tumorous cells and eradicate them. However, I have thought of using an alternate method, an idea that first came to me during the skeletal unit in my Anatomy class. I have thought of using bone regulators, or osteoclasts, to destroy cancerous cells by replacing the original bone - degrading acid with an acid formulated by cellular technology that recognizes mutated cells and targets them. We are essentially using our own body regulator to fight foreign mutations. This idea, along with many others, is just some of what I wish to study about in the Cell and Molecular Biology major offered at Tulane University.

I also wish to explore other ideas, to learn things that I haven’t even dreamed of being possible, and to receive the education necessary for me to pursue a career in the medical field.
 
 

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