Inspire the next generation of STEM leaders – Volunteer at Students 2 Science!

Students 2 Science, Inc. (S2S) is a national model in authentic science education and urban community development, serving to bridge the needs of the public and private sectors. Our mission is to inspire, motivate, and educate elementary, middle and high school students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM subjects). We do so by providing rigorous and hands-on STEM experiences in our state-of-the-art laboratories, complete with modern instrumentation and professional scientists. Additionally, we offer web-based, virtual STEM programs that broaden our reach to serve a wider audience.

Volunteers are an integral part of the success of the S2S model. Professionals (STEM and non-STEM) from the local community and corporations work side-by-side with our young students, providing them with support, inspiration, motivation and career advice.

S2S is currently recruiting volunteers for both our in-lab (ISAAC) and virtual (V-Lab) programs. For more information click here. We make it easy for you to volunteer at S2S:

  • Flexible schedules to fit your needs –available slots from 5 minutes to 6.5 hours, once a year or as often as you can.
  • A variety of volunteering opportunities to choose from:
    • In our ISAAC program as mentors, lab assistants or instructors working with middle and high school students in our laboratories in East Hanover or Newark.
    • In our Virtual Laboratory (V-Lab) program – as in-class or virtual mentor in a classroom at a participating school.

We recently spoke with Elizabeth Galella, Senior Research Scientist at BMS and a volunteer at S2S about her experience volunteering in our programs.

What is your background? Current position?

I received my BS and MS degrees in Chemistry from Rutgers University and have been employed at Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) for the past 22 years. BMS is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases. I am a Senior Research Scientist and my primary role involves managing the analytical development and support of small molecule drug product formulations. In recent years, I have become a subject matter expert in the area of pediatric product development, which has become a passion of mine.

What initially brought you to S2S? What sparked your passion for S2S?

Back in 2014, I was invited by a BMS manager to be a part of a volunteer group which was making a day trip up to the S2S East Hanover facility. It was a really enjoyable day, and I left there knowing that I wanted to continue to volunteer for S2S in the future. The students were very excited to be there and that is what definitely sparked my passion for the program!

Elizabeth Galella volunteering at a V-Lab at Auten School, Hillsborough, NJ

What do you like most about volunteering at S2S?

Following my initial trip to the East Hanover facility, I have often volunteered for the V-lab at local schools. I enjoy volunteering for this aspect of the program because I feel that the students truly appreciate having real scientists in their classrooms assisting them with their experiments. They also get to chat with me and ask questions about what it is like to work in a scientific field or a pharmaceutical industry.

Why do you think volunteering is important?

Volunteering is important because it not only provides adults who are in STEM fields to step out of their day-to-day job and excite students about learning, but it demonstrates to the students that people are willing to take time out of their busy schedules to teach them and show them how important it is to have role models.

Elizabeth Galella at Auten School, Hillsborough, NJ

Why do you support the mission of S2S?

I thoroughly support the mission and objectives of S2S. This program offers very unique opportunities for students of various ages, as it is never too early to introduce children to the importance of STEM-related studies and activities. Through S2S, students are able to gain valuable hands-on experience and make connections with people who work in the field. It is a wonderful way to inspire!

Thank you Beth for your support of S2S!

If you would like to volunteer at S2S, please email us at info@students2science.org or call (973) 947-4880 ext. 516. Sign up today!

Volunteering Info and Schedule for Sanofi

                                    

Program Descriptions and Volunteer Roles

ISAAC (Improving Student Affinity and Aptitude for Careers in STEM) – Provides middle and high school students with authentic and rigorous STEM work experiences in our commercial-grade laboratories, equipped with modern instrumentation and professional scientists.

Volunteer roles: Serve as mentors in the lab answering student questions about the professional work environment and career application of the laboratory techniques being used as well as ensuring safety of the students. A team of 3 -8 volunteers can participate in each middle or high school session.

Locations: S2S Technology Center in East Hanover, Hours: 8:15am to 2:30pm; Great Swamp Wildlife Refuge in Morristown, NJ (for Environmental Science Day only), Hours: 9am to 2pm

  • High School Sessions: We need volunteers who are STEM professionals and have some familiarity with standard laboratory practices and instrumentation.
  • Middle School Sessions: Volunteers do not need to have a STEM background or experience, just a desire to work with and inspire young people. We provide you with all materials needed to volunteer.

V-Lab (Virtual Laboratory) – Laboratory for the 21st Century, the V-Lab program conducts sessions via a collaborative communication platform and enables students (grades 5-12) in their classrooms or non-traditional settings to simultaneously conduct hands-on science experiments along with highly-qualified instructors at S2S Technology Centers.

Volunteer roles: Serve as a mentor in a classroom at a local participating school. Sessions are typically run during a normal school day between 8:15am to 3:00pm. There are 2 ways to participate:

In-Class Mentor – Volunteer on-site in the classroom, supporting students as they work through experiments. Requires approximately 2-hour time commitment.

Virtual Mentor – Livestream into a classroom session to talk to students and encourage them about the benefits of STEM learning. Virtual mentors are needed from 5-10 minutes at the beginning of a class session.

Group Volunteering – “Kit Build Day” activities on-site at Sanofi to prepare science kits for students to use in our V-Lab program.

Upcoming Dates for Volunteering

Please click the link for ISAAC schedule: Sanofi ISAAC dates

Please click the link for V-Lab schedule: Sanofi V-Lab dates

Students 2 Science is looking for STEM professional volunteers

Students 2 Science, Inc. (S2S) is a 501(c)(3) model program in New Jersey that bridges the needs of the public and private sectors. Our mission is to inspire, motivate, and educate elementary, middle and high school students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM subjects).

We do so by providing an authentic, state-of- the-art laboratory experience complete with modern instrumentation and professional scientists. Teams of students, working collaboratively with scientific professionals who serve as role models, solve real life problems while being introduced to a wide variety of 21st century STEM career opportunities.

We need Instructors and Lab Assistants to work in our ISAAC (Improving Student Affinity and Aptitude for Careers in STEM) Program at our Technology Center in East Hanover. The commitment is a few days per month.

We are looking for STEM professionals who are familiar with some of the following areas:

  • Conducting laboratory experiments; sample preparation, lab instrumentation, testing, collection of data, interpretation and documentation of results
  • Wet Chemistry; titrations, pH, ELSA (Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay), SDS-PAGE Electrophoresis, etc.
  • HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography)
  • ICP-OES (Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectroscopy)
  • Ultraviolet/Visible Spectroscopy
  • Infrared Spectrophotometer
  • GC (Gas Chromatography)

Who can volunteer:

  • Retired and Scientist-in-Transition: For retired STEM professionals or scientists who are actively seeking new employment. Volunteering is a highly supportive activity, as it provides both emotional support and networking opportunities.
  • College and Graduate Students: Students working towards a college or post-graduate degree in STEM offer insights into a specific field of science, connect with students through their personal experiences, encourage them to pursue higher education in STEM, and help us in contemporizing our experiments and programs.
  • Teachers: STEM teachers can play a vital role in making our programs a success through their breadth of experience and perspective.

Click here for more information on our organization and volunteer opportunities.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact us via email at info@students2science.net.

Supporters of the S2S Newark Technology Center

We like to thank the many extraordinary individuals, corporations, foundations and public partners who made this center possible. 

Special thanks to our leadership sponsors – Panasonic Foundation, PSEG Foundation and Thermo Fisher Scientific. 

In Alphabetical Order:

Airgas

Carway Communications

The Celia Lipton Farris and Victor W. Farris Home Community Fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey

Claremont Construction Group/  Daybreak Fast Freight, Inc.

Mr. Boykin Curry

Edison Properties Newark Foundation

Elm City Communications

Gerhart

The Hyde and Watson Foundation

Johnson & Johnson 

LDI

Merck

Newark Public Schools

Novartis

Overdeck Family Foundation

Panasonic Foundation

Pfizer

PSEG Foundation

Rutgers University

Startup: Education Fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Verizon

Victoria Foundation

A Dialogue with Karnel Walker, Global Business Director, Thermo Fisher Scientific

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Karnel Walker, is the Global Business Director, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Member, African Heritage Employee Resource Group for Diversity and Inclusion Programs, as well as Lead, S2S Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board.

In this conversation, Mr. Walker reflects on the impact of S2S programs on students, especially ones from vulnerable communities; the partnership between S2S and Thermo Fisher Scientific in making the S2S Newark Technology Center a reality; and the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

  1. What initially brought you to S2S? What sparked your passion for S2S?

I came to S2S as a volunteer and was impressed with the program in terms of the level of sophistication in the lab and what it offered the urban community youth. In addition to seeing the kids work in the laboratory, it was the leadership at S2S that inspired me. Then, you layer on the role of the corporate role models and mentors and you have a fantastic recipe for success. What you see is students able to make a direct link to career paths that they would otherwise not be introduced to.

From the diversity and inclusion standpoint, too often students in vulnerable communities do not have role models of color to emulate. It was important to me and my fellow TFS team members that we could be part of a solution to bring more students into 21st century global STEM careers. With the support of Stan Nelson, S2S Board Member and Director, Food & iAgriculture Markets at Thermo Fisher Scientific, we were able to ignite a flame and passion throughout our African American Heritage Employee Resource Group to support S2S’s Newark Technology Center. Across the nation, Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Analytical Instruments and Laboratory Products Groups – with their support we were able to equip the six analytical laboratories at the S2S Newark Technology Center. Our work at the TFS African American Employee Resource Group has been celebrated for its powerful impact in support of a community that is very important to our corporate philanthropy.

  1. How do you see how other corporations can make diversity and inclusion a priority in the workplace?

At Thermo Fisher Scientific, we see it as a corporate priority. Leaders in the African American Heritage Employee Resource Group devote as much as 20 percent of their weekly goals to making that happen. When diversity and inclusion is a priority at your organization it becomes part of the corporate DNA. It’s also how you define diversity and inclusion. Here at Thermo Fisher Scientific, our Employee Resource Groups include a range of groups including the African Heritage, Latino, Women, Millennials, PossAbilities, LGBTQ, and Veterans.

  1. We believe a partnership with S2S and TFS is very impactful.  How do you see this partnership expanding over the next five years?

Of course, we will remain committed to supporting the model program in Newark and the S2S Newark Technology Center. But, we can also see that the virtual laboratory has global capabilities to tie our employees together behind great STEM education in communities where we work and live.

  1. S2S brings authentic STEM education to vulnerable communities.  Can you share with us why you believe that is important?

For me, it’s a matter of equity. Having a strong STEM background is a passport to jobs for the future.

  1. If there are three adjectives to describe you to let people know who you are, what would they be?

Adventurous

Trailblazing

Community convening

Click here to watch a video interview with Mr. Karnel Walker.

In Conversation with Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director, Panasonic Foundation

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Alejandra Ceja is the Executive Director of the Panasonic Foundation.  Ms. Ceja has extensive experience in education advocacy and is passionate about the academic and social success of students in underserved communities. Formerly, Ms. Ceja served as the Executive Director of White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics at the U. S. Department of Education. She has also served as a Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Education and as Senior Budget and Appropriations Advisor for the House Committee on Education and Labor. In 2015, she was awarded the Marshall Memorial Fellowship from the German Marshall Fund to prepare leaders from the U. S. and Europe for transatlantic relations.

In this conversation, Ms. Ceja offers her perspectives on the importance of the S2S Newark Technology Center, the importance of educational equity and the role Students 2 Science can play in bringing about that equity.

  1. What do you think of the impact of the S2S Newark Technology Center?

S2S Newark Technology Center is a game changer for students in Newark and for us as a country, to be able to provide more students with hands-on access to innovation and technology. The impact for students is infinite – this is definitely a 21ST Century workforce gaining skills at its best.

  1. What brought about the partnership between Panasonic Foundation and Students 2 Science?

At the Panasonic Foundation, we are invested in educational equity. After learning about the work and mission of Students 2 Science and the S2S Newark Technology Center, it was a no-brainer for us. This is an opportunity for us to align our efforts. Students 2 Science is a model for corporate sponsors, non-profits organizations, parents, community leaders to get involved and to invest in the future of our students and by doing so we are supporting a non-profit that’s going to put students first.

The uniqueness about working with Students 2 Science is that we are helping address an issue that we see across the country. The harsh reality is that a lot of students, predominantly low-income students of color – e.g. Latino and African-American students –  do not have access to the full range of STEM courses in their schools. To have a non-profit that is centered right in the heart of your community, to be able to provide that service and also help our teachers when it comes to science curriculum – this is really what it is about and this is what most communities should be looking at in terms of motto and best practices.

  1. How do you see the future of this partnership?

This collaborative partnership between the Panasonic Foundation and Students 2 Science is one of many I hope, in terms of partnerships and opportunities to address those critical issues we know our students are facing. Most importantly, it’s going to allow us to work together to close the opportunity gap that we know exists when it comes to offering students access to STEM curriculum.

Click here to watch a video of the interview with Ms. Alejandra Ceja.

A Dialogue with Robert Gregory, Interim Superintendent of Newark Public Schools and Paul Winslow, President and Co-founder of S2S

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Robert Gregory, Interim Superintendent of Newark Public Schools and Paul Winslow, President and Co-founder of Students 2 Science offer reflections on the partnership, student growth and the role of science, as well as the S2S Newark Technology Center as a solution and integral part of elevating the district’s STEM education.

  1. What is unique about the partnership and the impact it will have on students?

Paul: From the first meeting the organization had, it was apparent that the board of education, district and the Newark community had mutual goals – to simply ensure Newark’s students would be included in a dialogue for 21st century New Jersey STEM careers.  We believe that this collaboration laid the foundation for the successful launch of this model. Just two years later, there are over 20 corporate partners and over 10 higher education institutions who will support us in serving more than 32,000 students throughout the Newark Public School system from grades 5-12.

  1. How does NPS see the S2S Newark Technology Center as a catalyst for change?

Robert: In order for our students to compete in a global economy, we need to educate and inspire them to the vast potential that awaits them in the various STEM careers. S2S does exactly that.  We believe that no other program in the country exposes students in a modern and contemporary way to solve real-world problems such as food scarcity, water pollution, pandemics, and others. These are critical issues our students will grapple with over their lifetime and S2S shows them that they can be part of the solution through STEM careers. This motivation, I believe, is a game changer for our students. I’m happy to continue the work started by past Superintendent Chris Cerf.

  1. What is the impact S2S can have as a national model on authentic STEM education and urban community development?

Paul: S2S is a convener. We are here to serve as a bridge between the public and private sector.  Our corporate partners unanimously are seeking a ready workforce connected to the skills and high demand careers throughout the state of New Jersey and across the country. We understand the skills needed and teach students through modern technologies, role models and experiences that bring STEM to life. Also, our corporate partners are committed to Newark students and the community through nurturing their passion for science from the first experiment to a thriving career in one of New Jersey’s many STEM companies.

  1.  How do you see S2S as a Change Agent for the future of STEM?

Robert: The S2S Newark Technology Center serves as a hub for STEM stakeholders from all sectors including students, teachers, parents, and industry leaders, to celebrate continued innovation in STEM education. Hands on access and experience will allow our audiences to solve issues by finding solutions themselves.

  1. What are the three adjectives to describe this national model and partnership with NPS?

Paul:

Innovating

Authentic

Scalable

Robert:

Equalizing

Inspirational

Life-changing

Click here to watch remarks by Dr. Paul Winslow at the opening celebration of the S2S Newark Technology Center on May 7, 2018.

Click here to watch remarks by Mr. Robert Gregory at the opening celebration of the S2S Newark Technology Center on May 7, 2018.

A Dialogue with Ellen Lambert, Chief Diversity Officer at PSEG and Renaissance Woman

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Ellen Lambert is the Chief Diversity Officer at PSEG. In this interview, Ms. Lambert reflects on the critical challenges facing our world and our communities, the role of science in coming up with solutions, and the integral role of a good education system.

  1. As citizens we will face many challenges including scientific ethical dilemmas, limited resources, sustainable lifestyles, and last but not least, saving the planet. What do you see as critical challenges facing our world?

We live in a very, very complex world. It is complex on a global level, it is complex on a national level, and it is complex on a city level. And the issues are historic traditions, social behaviors, geographic issues, climate, (and) population issues. So I think the solutions, many of them, exist in this idea of innovative thinking and technology. Because perhaps the one thing that connects all of us, whether we live in vulnerable communities or very wealthy communities, are the technologies – (the technology of) cell phones, the connection of the internet. And technology is a way into it. The other thing that technology does is that it actually gives you the opportunity to test hypotheses. When you have an understanding of science, you can begin to really look at where the answers might be, in a deeper way. So it answers theoretical questions. And the complexity of the world is really about theoretical questions.

  1. What are some of the biggest challenges facing Newark that are related to science and why? How do you believe science would alleviate them?

Newark has become an area of tremendous growth, growth in industry, growth in population, and growth in cultural mix. When you have growth in the way that Newark keeps growing, you need to understand how science can benefit the city- how science can bring all of us together, how science can speed up the way we move through the city, the way we do healthcare in a city, and the way we help people in crowded cities. There is a program that MIT did in India – it was called Kumbh Mela, a festival that millions of people attended. What they looked at were the large scale planning problems that came when lots of people came together. MIT did research on how science could support feeding people, (provide) clean drinking water, and clean up after the festival. And I think you can use the examples from the Kumbh Mela to look at Newark. Here is a city with lots of people – so how do you address the food of our future, the water (issues), and the antiquated infrastructure systems that need fixing? And how does STEM help those systems meet the needs of what is a growing city? Newark is a city of the future and yet so much of the city’s future is based on the past. I have to think science has at least some of the answers to guide people to tie that together, and that science and technology will provide the bridges across cultures, across populations, across ages.

  1. PSEG has been a tremendous advocate for STEM education. What do you believe are the critical skills needed for students to compete in 21st century STEM careers?

So I’m going to start really early – I think curiosity, the ability to fail and pick yourself up, and perseverance are critical pieces of the work. And resilience is also a critical piece. None of our school systems are consistent in always providing that top-notch developmental kinds of education. If you watch young children, they are putting dirt in jars, they are adding water to different things, they are coloring, they are digging, they are exploring bugs. They are natural scientists. They are naturally creative, innovative and inspired. And somehow we lose that. So when we equip young children with the desire to dig through the earth, to dream about what the stars are about, to look up and to look around you – those are the first skills that children need and they are fostered with good education.

  1. From your perspective what are the high demand jobs within PSEG?

On a skilled labor side, we would look at roles such, union and non-union roles, utility technicians, plant operators, line workers, people involved in bringing power to homes and businesses. On the professional sides, we hire engineers (mechanical, civil, electrical). We also have an IT-infrastructure system, finance and accounting, and always (need people with) business management skills. So those are, on the skilled labor side and professional side, the jobs that we would see being high demand, not only within our utility (company), but within the utility industry and the energy industry.

  1. What solutions do you believe S2S programs and services provide to STEM education?

So here I am pretty passionate. One of the things that Students 2 Science does is that it takes exploration out of the textbook. I listen to some of the young people talk, and they put on a white coat and they become scientists. How often in a child’s learning career do we take the time to have them don the clothes, to touch the equipment, to experience the idea that they can be an explorer, a scientist? I think S2S is about that deeper experience – it is about mentorship without just a mentor; it is about book-learning outside the book; it is as if you could take the science experiment that you reproduce in textbooks and you put them up in the world in 3D. It does end that cycle of two-dimensional (education), killing curiosity and innovation, and it enables young people’s experience to envision themselves and actually behave the way they might behave should they be scientists.

Think about this – so I am not young, but I had the opportunity to put on the clothes of a fireperson, and even that silly little exercise put me in a different place in the way that I think. It changed the way I think. I think that is what S2S does. It actually gives you a unique experience, not just a reading experience. I have young people who come into the company, come to see me, and they say, “I don’t see someone who looks like me at the top. Can I get there?” And what S2S does is that it puts them in the role that they might imagine themselves in. It is funny, if you do not see someone like yourself, you may not be as inspired, you may not feel you can achieve. I think it is an amazing thing – to be able to go in and experience this classroom of experience.

  1. If you could choose one word to describe yourself, an adjective or a noun, what word would it be?

I would call myself a human explorer and a world traveler. I would call myself an adventurer. I am also an artist. I have a Master’s degree in Arts. Maybe a Renaissance Woman – that may be the right word.

We could not agree more! In addition to being the Chief Diversity Officer at PSEG, Ms. Lambert holds the position of the President of the PSEG Foundation and Director of Corporate Responsibility and Culture. Formerly, she has held leadership positions in diverse organizations such as the Merck Foundation, the Roche Foundation, the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, and the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Foundation. Her extensive experience in philanthropy and development of social investment strategies; her passion for diversity, inclusion and community engagement; and her advocacy for a strong education system give her a perspective that is both broad and in-depth as well as compassionate and optimistic. On a more personal note, Ms. Lambert recently became a grandmother for the first time to a baby boy . Our congratulations to the family!

A Dialogue with Nomase Iyamu, Future Pharmacist and STEM Leader

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Nomase Iyamu is a senior at Bard Early College Newark High School. In this debut edition of S2S: The Dialogue, Nomase talks about the critical challenges facing our world and communities, his experience at S2S, and his hopes and dreams about his future.

  1. Your generation will face many challenges including scientific ethical dilemmas, limited resources, and sustainable lifestyles and last but not least saving the planet. What do you see as critical challenges facing our world?

My generation is between a rock and a hard place. Problems that we face today are products of the problems we neglected to solve. Global warming was something we could have prevented and now it is something we cannot avoid. The ethical problems with my generation is authenticity. So many people have a hard time looking at themselves in the mirror and accepting who they are. This is why social media has become the new cocaine. My generation uses social media to make an image of themselves they know does not exist. I once read in a study that the same hormonal chemicals released when someone takes a drug, dopamine, is released whenever (one) gets a text or an update from their social media platforms. There is satisfaction in knowing someone accepts an image of yourself that is not true and my generation embraces this addiction. I believe that if this energy can somehow be navigated to solving the social problems of the world such as bullying, we will be in a much better state morally and physically.

  1. What are some of the biggest challenges facing Newark related to science and why? How do you believe science would alleviate them?

Some of the biggest problems in Newark related to science is the waste disposal system. There needs to be a cleaner way to safely degrade the waste in our society. I believe there is a lot of energy being developed through natural gas that I believe can be produced through burning waste. The heat produced from the burning trash can be used to energize certain functions that natural gas used to energize. This would solve two problems instead of the one I chose to address.

  1. What inspires you about a career in STEM?

All my life I have wanted to help people, even the ones who have turned on me. I have always stuck my arm to the one trying to cut it off and that mentality never seemed to evade me. I thought about being a lawyer but I am not someone who would enjoy being at a desk every day. I thought about being a doctor but I am not necessarily solving the problem, I am just identifying it. I chose to be a pharmacist because we are the ones that actually solve the problems. We develop and create drugs to tackle the problems the physician find. I find more value in actually solving the problems rather than finding it.

  1. What are your goals for college and career? Where do you see yourself professionally 20 years from now?

I will be attending The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science in Boston, in the fall. I will major in Pharmaceutical Sciences/PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy). And I should be finished within the next 5 years. I come from a school where I have already accumulated a substantial amount of credits, so my time in college will be condensed. I will then go back to school and pursue a psychiatry M.D. while I work for a leading pharmaceutical company.

  1. Tell us about your experience at S2S? What impact did it have on your STEM education?

I enjoyed my experience at S2S. I had to recreate aspirin. This experience gave me a preview as to how the rest of my life would be and I completely enjoyed it. It reinforced my position as to why I decided to become a pharmacist.

  1. If you could choose one word to describe yourself, what word would it be?

One world that would describe me is ruthless. I get what I want because I know I deserve it. I do not wait for handouts and when I feel like I have been handed something for a reason other than I deserve it, I throw it away because I do not value it. I am ruthless with my goals and my endeavors. If I see something that I want, I make a plan, and follow it to the fullest of my capabilities. If there are changes in my plans, as there have been multiple times, I adapt, grow stronger and push harder. I have to be ruthlessly successful because anything other than that is mediocrity in every sense of my existence. I developed this approach to my entire life because I realized that the ones you need the most are the ones who look at you when you are down and see if you are going to pick yourself up. Not only will I pick myself up but I will become greater than anything they ever knew existed. For me this is not a goal, this is a prophecy.

Nomase is a remarkable 18-year old with an intense determination and a clear vision for his future. His eagerness to engage, his intense focus, his kindness in helping others, and his larger-than-life personality make him a stand-out. He will be attending The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston. In the future, he also plans to pursue an M.D. in psychiatry and work for a leading pharmaceutical company. We wish Nomase the best in all his future endeavors!