Eliana Callejas, '15, Chemistry, came to the College of Saint Elizabeth enrolled as a Foods and Nutrition Major. As she started taking classes, however, her future direction shifted with a little guidance from her professors.
Her first year at CSE, she took Organic Chemistry and as she became more involved with classes, she noticed how intrigued she became in learning about science. "The Chemistry Department staff is fantastic; they really focus on their students on a one to one basis. They are always willing to help you figure out your career choices and always are willing to answer any questions. Even my other classmates, it is almost like we are one big family, the students just always seem to bond in Chemistry classes." Finding her love for the sciences, Callejas is involved with the Chemistry Club and is a member of the Honors Program.
Callejas became familiar with CSE because her cousin received both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the College. "My cousin told me what a great school CSE was ... I decided to apply and went on a tour," she said. "When I stepped on campus, I knew this was a good place for me. It was peaceful, provided a clean environment and I noticed that it was a small community. I really love that."
Callejas recently received a research grant from the Independent College Fund of New Jersey Undergraduate Research Symposium for her work on measurement of fungal biomass in the forest floor. She will present her results at the Research Symposium Conference in the spring of 2014.
"My future plans are still evolving," she said. "I plan to go to medical school after I receive my degree and hopefully become a doctor. I always liked the idea of becoming a doctor but never thought I was cut out for it. Now I realize I was."