Imani Baker is a rising senior at Rutgers University’s Edward E. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Health. Imani’s career goal is to complete an accelerated BS/MSN program, in order to be a Nurse Practitioner. Imani explained that she applied to Project L/EARN, following the recommendation from an academic advisor, as well as wanting to enter a program that she felt would give her adequate preparation for graduate level education.
Imani thought that the hardest part of the program was managing the amount of assignments, along with learning about statistics, due to having difficulty with math. However, she expressed that she appreciated working with her mentor, Dr. Judith Lucas, because she was able to learn interesting information about nursing homes and antipsychotic medications. In addition, according to Imani, the best part of Project L/EARN for her was meeting her roommates in the cohort, because she explained that they are “the people who always keep me going and believe in me, when I have a hard time believing in myself”.
Imani stated that the most important lesson that she learned from the program was “that not everything in life comes easy. However, looking at each day as a step towards progress leaves you even closer to your goals”. She would like future interns to know that though the program is intense at times, the reward at the end makes it worthwhile.