Seventh semester senior Ester Wasserman is from East Haddam, Connecticut. She’s been a counselor at the Hole in The Wall Gang Camp for three years, where she interacts with kids diagnosed with serious illnesses. An allied health major in the Diagnostic Genetic Sciences Program, Wasserman enjoys working with kids, watching documentaries and crafting needlepoint DNA structures. Here is what she said about her experiences as a CAHNR student.
What attracted you to UConn? I went to a STEM magnet high school in Hartford, called the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering. UConn was close, and it had a great academic reputation. The DGS program has given me so many opportunities, and I’m glad for that.
What is your major, and why did you choose it? I was originally majoring in physiology and neurobiology, and I was on the pre-med track in my freshman year. I went to an honors event about genetic counseling, which was led by Dr. Judy Brown. I didn’t even know that was a profession. When I left, I realized that genetic counseling really interested me. After doing some research, I applied to the program in my sophomore year. I’m incredibly fascinated by genetics and how it influences everything about us.