BS Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (Major); Biology (Minor) Cornell University, 2021
Why did you choose to pursue this degree, and why did you choose Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine to pursue this degree?
Hi there! My name is Eliza and I’m from New York. I graduated from Cornell University in 2021, where I majored in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and minored in Biology, with a concentration in Animal Physiology. I spent the past year teaching 2- and 3-year-olds, who, as it turns out, aren’t all that different from small, wild animals. My interest in infectious diseases started my junior year of high school, when I researched Ebola for a math project, using exponential functions to model the outbreak. In college, I wanted to explore the intersection of environmental science and ecology, disease spread, and conservation biology but was not sure how to tie in my love for animals.
I’ve worked with tarantulas, crayfish, octopi, fish, and mice in laboratory settings, and I’ve cared for birds and waterfowl at a wildlife rehabilitation center. These experiences have motivated me to pursue a career that blends animal-human interactions and medicine. The MS-IDGH program seems like a natural next step. I was especially attracted to Tufts for its emphasis on research methods and benchwork techniques.
In my spare time, I enjoy baking, watching TV and movies, taking walks outside, petting soft animals, wearing turtlenecks, and half-finishing The New York Times crossword.