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Mekeme Utuk

Taruna Chugeria is the kind of advisor that all students, regardless of their major, should desire to have. As an ODASIS student, if you demonstrate to Taruna that you have the desire and drive to succeed, she will work tirelessly to ensure that success is what you get. Because of her passion, heart, quick wit, and sense of humor, for me, Taruna has gone from the advisor I've always needed to the friend I've always wanted. Thank you, Taruna, just for being who you are!!

Grace and Peace,

Mekeme Utuk
M.D. Candidate | Class of 2013
Harvard Medical School

Marisa Gilstrop

Taruna serves the role of an advisor, a mentor, a supervisor, a confidant, but most importantly a friend. As she juggles multiple tasks on a daily basis, she still manages to maintain her genuinely caring demeanor and remains the guiding light for many students. Taruna continues to put her all into the ODASIS program in order to ensure that her students receive the most out of their education at Rutgers University and beyond. Thank you, Taruna, for being all of this and more to both my peers and myself.

Marisa Gilstrop
UPENN Class of 2014

Sahil Parikh

Dear Dr.Khan,
It gives me great pleasure to tell you that I have been officially ACCEPTED for a medical school seat at NJMS. I got the call from the dean of admissions a couple of days ago but picked up my official acceptance letter today from the admissions office. I have waited long for this day and know that wouldn't have been possible without your unwavering support throughout this years. I am forever indebted to ODASIS for providing me with the best support system a student can ask for. I, like my fellow peers, might have had petty issues and trivial differences with the program many times but in the end I think there is no two ways about it, ODASIS is something that always worked in favor of the students and provided them with an edge that puts them ahead of the curve. ODASIS taught me not only to work Hard but work Smart, and I think that something that is going to serve me well in medical school as well.  I am glad that I had chance  to be part of ODASIS during my stay at Rutgers.

Sincerely,
Sahil Parikh
NJMS Class of 2014

Janet El-Maraghy

“It was nice speaking with you on Monday. I also just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for taking an interest in my son and helping him get admitted to ODASIS. In a university the size of Rutgers, it is so important to the success of the future generations to have such a program. I know this to be the case from personal experience at Rutgers. ODASIS makes them realize the amount of time and effort that is required to be successful in the sciences. If there is anything at all that I can do to help in anyway, please don't hesitate to contact me. I'd be more than happy to help. I hope this program can grow and more students can benefit from the assistance. In the global society in which our children will be expected to compete, it is so important to have a program that will assist our children in being successful in the math and sciences, areas where, unfortunately, students in the U.S. generally fall short.”

Janet El-Maraghy
Mother of John El-Maraghy
Rutgers University Class of 2014

Olivia Ike

March 7, 2015

Good Afternoon, 

My name is Olivia Ike and I am a former ODASIS student. I just wanted to take the time to say thank you for the academic resources and coaching I received as an undergraduate student in your program. Navigating the sciences was a challenging one as I was C science student, and ultimately I graduated feeling defeated. However, I realized the biggest challenge in my fight was to gave myself a second chance. Because I did, I now have a Master’s degree and currently trying to determine which dental school I would like to attend in the fall. I have managed to overcome the adversity I have faced in both my personal life and in academia and have become a testament of hard work and courage paying off. I encourage you to continue empowering your students with this confidence of mind, beyond the books, as we are growing up in a world where minority students like me are told and made to feel that we are not good enough. My hope is that one day that this achievement gap in education will be remedied and that my peers and I will be able to give back to our communities in ways such as the ODASIS program.

Thank you and I wish the ODASIS staff and its students the best of luck and much success this remaining school year.

Kind regards,

Olivia Ike

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