Femi Betiku is a rising senior at Rutgers University, where he majors in Exercise Science. He participates in various organizations on campus such as the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, where he holds the role of public relations officer. He decided to apply to Project L/EARN after hearing testimonials from previous interns and knew the program would test his ability to perform in an intense academic setting and believed the program would take him to new heights.
Prior to Project L/EARN, Femi planned on attending graduate school to obtain his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. However, Femi has decided that in addition to his DPT, he also wants to look into obtaining a degree in public health to strengthen his knowledge and ability to address public policy issues in physical therapy. Femi notes that the hardest thing about this program was balancing the various assignments given in a day, but is thankful that he was able to persevere. He is also thankful to having had such a cohesive cohort that helped him get through this process and hopes to use his skills to mentor student who are on similar trajectories.
This summer, Femi worked with Dr. Shalonda Kelly on a project evaluating the how racial identity; stereotypical black masculinity and socioeconomic status could potentially impact the psychological and somatic health of African American men. He believes he and his mentor were able to hit the ground running with his research project because of their ability to communicate so effectively. Femi advises future interns to take the program one assignment at a time, but to never lose sight of the overarching goal.