Daniel Abrams is a rising senior from Marlton, New Jersey studying Human Resource Management and Psychology at Rutgers University. Dan decided to apply for Project L/EARN because he believed the experience this program provides would expose him to the challenges he should expect when pursuing a graduate degree. After being a full-time student and working full-time Dan was motivated to apply for Project L/EARN as it afforded him the opportunity to focus solely on being a student and developing his skills. After graduation his goals are to pursue a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management.
Over the course of the summer, Dan worked with his mentor, Dr. Manuel Jimenez to study the impact of adverse childhood experiences on academic, social and behavioral outcomes in middle childhood. Dan appreciated the experience he had working with Dr. Jimenez because,” He sincerely cared about my progress and well-being and is a strong believer in choosing your own path.”
Dan believes the most difficult thing about Project L/EARN was being able to appropriately prioritize all the assignments. However, he is grateful for the support he received from his cohort who kept him motivated and supported him throughout the entire experience.
Dan believes that the most important thing that he has learned from Project L/EARN is the value of networking. He says “In Project L/EARN there are established experts in every avenue of research and they are all willing to help you.” He wants future interns to know that while it may seem overwhelming you simply need to work hard and minimize distractions. He hopes future interns will see that the staff wants them to succeed and will go out of their way to help them in any way that they can.