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

John Zadroga

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Good Afternoon Dr. Khan,

I just wanted to let you know that I was accepted to PCOM's class of 2019 and that I sent my deposit in yesterday. I will be matriculating this August at PCOM for medical school. Thank you for the support I received from you and your staff. My transition into Rutgers was not an easy one and ODASIS made it entirely manageable. I will always look back on my time with ODASIS fondly when I think of Rutgers. My success is your success too, so I'd like to reverse roles and tell you "congratulations" for once. You have built an academic program that really works and helped me make my dream of being an osteopathic physician come true. For that I can never thank you enough.


John Zadroga

Parent Testimonial

From: Parent
Date: April 5, 2014 at 7:56:30 PM EDT
To: "Khan, Kamal" <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Subject: The Rutgers ODASIS program

Dr. Khan

I am one of the parents who attended the Rutgers open house today and would like to thank you for the inspirational talk you presented.  My daughter is a sophmore at Monmouth University and had applied to transfer to RU.  She is currently doing Biology with a Molecular Biology concentration and her ambition (since 3rd grade in elementary school!) has been to be a pediatrician.  Before coming to the open house, we had never heard of ODASIS and even when we got to the entrance and one of your students offered us a leaflet to consider attending ODASIS instead of going to room 103, I was reticent until I read the leaflet .  It was an eye opening and as my daughter later explained to your colleague (whose name I did not get, but with whom my daughter spoke and agreed to arrange a meeting with some time in the summer), it was God-sent that we did not go to room 103.

 She is a very determined student (3.933 cum GPA) and has made her mind to join ODASIS once she gets to to RU.  I have gone through your website and LOVE everything I read about it.

 Thank you for this effort and I pray God should continue to help you and your team with this effort.  My daughter would not have spent two years at Monmouth if I knew about this program.

 Thanks again.

Proud Parent

Daniel Ulloa

Good Evening Dr. Khan,
I was able to personally thank Jon on Friday, but I never got the chance to say the same to you. I wanted to take some time off to thank you for all that you have done. It's nice knowing that I have someone behind my back that is supporting me and wants me to succeed. I cannot decribe to you the confidence I have coming into freshmen year. The Summer Prep Program has provided me with a head start on the rest of the freshmen class, but this doesnt mean that I can lay back now. Im going to continue working hard to maintain that head start. I now know what I have to do to achieve my dream of getting into Medical School and eventually becoming a doctor. Today I went to Hackensack Medical Hospital in search of volunteer opportunities and unfortunetly they were full. I made a good first impression and the lady said that I should call back in October and that I have a good chance. I cannot begin to thank you for everything you have done. I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer.
Thank you,
Daniel Ulloa 

Adeima Ibanga

Joining ODASIS has truly been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Coming from a small high school with less than 300 students to a big state university like Rutgers was a major transition for me. Aspiring to pursue a career in medicine I knew that I needed to excel academically, especially in my math and sciences. My primary concern before attending Rutgers was losing the benefits of an intimate classroom setting to the large lecture halls filled with hundreds of students, in addition to acquiring proper study habits that would lead me to maintain good grades throughout college. Being a part of ODASIS has really provided me with all the essentials that I need to succeed. Through academic support I have been given the opportunity to benefit from the small recitation classes taught by amazing ODASIS instructors who take the time to reinforce and thoroughly explain the most complex concepts presented in lectures. Also, with the help of ODASIS advisors I was taught proper study skills and the importance of time management. In addition to academic support ODASIS has also allowed me to develop friendships and to become a part of a close knit community filled with ambitious students like myself who possess goals and yearn to become successful in life. Without a doubt I believe ODASIS has and will continue to play a major role in my academic career as I strive to achieve my goal of becoming a physician. 

Adeima Ibanga
Rutgers University, Class of 2016