Sarah Salazar is a rising senior at Rutgers University, majoring in Exercise Science and Sports Studies with a focus in Applied Kinesiology. She is also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Delta Epsilon Iota, and a returning site leader for Rutgers University Alternative Breaks (RUAB). Sarah decided to participate in Project L/EARN because she did not have any background in research and was interested in understanding the importance of research in explaining and tackling numerous social phenomena.
Entering the program with much anticipation, Sarah notes that the intensity of the 10-week program requires one to strengthen their time management skills and self motivation. She states that the program allowed her to build networks and friendships that will continue to be supportive through her future educational endeavors. Sarah plans to attend graduate school in pursuit of a DPT (Doctorate of Physical Therapy), but notes that after Project L/EARN, she is also considering the possibility of a MPH (Master’s in Public Health) so that she can be an active participant in community outreach/service programs. She believes that one of the most important things the program has taught her is to persevere through situations when there are overwhelming amounts of work to do.
This summer, Sarah worked with Dr. Kristen Springer on a project entitled the Implications of Strong Stereotypical Beliefs in Masculinity on Health: Are Smoking and Drinking Mediating Behaviors. Sarah is grateful to Dr. Springer for being a constant source of motivation and excitement. Dr. Springer made learning the research process fun and never gave up on her. Future Project L/EARN interns should know that is program is unlike any other. “Project L/EARN is hard, it will push you past your limits, but know that it is all worth it.”