German Rojas ’18

Neuroscience had interested me ever since I was able to watch those Discovery Channel specials on the brain and the nervous system where they would show cool case studies like phantom limbs. At first it was simply a curiosity, something that caught my attention and thought was super cool, but as I got closer and closer to graduating high school, I realized neuroscience was the major for me.
Growing up I had always loved tackling challenges and solving problems, and neuroscience allowed me to do both. There is so much we still don’t know about the nervous system that there seems to be an issue to tackle anywhere you look, from understanding how we can create such a holistic representation of our environment from our sense to understanding how neurological illnesses affect the brain and nervous system and how we can combat those illnesses. I’ve always wanted to know more about the world, about our world, how it works, and why it works. Understanding the nervous system helps me explain just a small part of that, but an important part: what makes the human experience, what is consciousness.
The opportunity to work in a lab and get first-hand experience at Pomona was very important to me in terms of choosing to pursue research after graduating from college. Additionally, being able to work in a lab over the summer through SURP gave me an idea of what research life is like without having to worry about other school work.