Meet Matthew, Violet and Nathan, Members of #Drew21
They’ll pursue physics, biochemistry and fencing in The Forest.
In fall 2017, we’re welcoming 372 new undergraduate students from 26 states and 18 countries. Get to know a few of them below.
Ocean Township High School
Ask Matthew to describe physics in two words, and he’ll reply, “Elegant and magical.” The incoming Baldwin Honors Scholar, who took a whopping nine advanced placement classes at Ocean Township, plans to major in physics and math and find a research mentor at Drew. Another big passion of his is music. Matthew plays guitar, is the drum major of his high school marching band and is writing music for a student-run play.
Why Matthew chose Drew:
“The opportunity to do research and be involved right out of the gate. Dr. Knowles approached me at an information session and talked to me about the recent proof of gravitational waves, even though astronomy isn’t his field.”
John P. Stevens High School
Violet embodies what it means to be a student-athlete. She was a varsity cross country athlete throughout her four years at John P. Stevens and ran varsity track for three. She also excelled academically, becoming a representative of Girls Who Code and earning a Joetta Geniuses Scholarship for her dual achievements in track and in class. Violet, an incoming Civic Scholar and Presidential Scholar, will study biochemistry and molecular biology at Drew, with an eye toward becoming an emergency room doctor.
Why Violet chose Drew:
“I knew I was going to come here from the moment I first stepped foot on campus: I was 9, and my dad took me to visit Drew, his alma mater. Then I came for a visit at the beginning of my senior year and the student ambassadors were really nice and informative. I felt like I could fit in here. I applied early decision, and the rest is history.”
Kehillah Jewish High School
Palo Alto, Calif.
Nathan dedicates countless hours to his biggest extracurricular passion: fencing. He competes both nationally and internationally, including at the 2015 European Maccabi Games in Berlin, where his team earned silver and bronze medals for the U.S. Nathan will continue to compete on Drew’s fencing team. He’s also passionate about helping others. He started a nonprofit organization called Advance, which collects and donates toiletries to family shelters, and worked as a camp counselor for seven years.
Why Nathan chose Drew:
“When I visited, everything fell into place: the small campus, the friendly people, the athletics, the engaged and passionate students, the out-of-classroom opportunities. It really was a no-brainer.”