Morristown, N.J. (August 18, 2015) – When she was five years old, Eliana Callejas wanted to be a doctor. As she grew older, she wanted to be a professional ice skater or a fashion designer. As she entered CSE, she majored in nutrition, then switched to chemistry. She has now gone full circle, although instead of becoming a doctor, she is actively working towards her goal of becoming a physician assistant.
To accomplish this, Eliana is taking a year off after graduation to work with Americorps. She found Americorps while attending a career fair. Within Amercorps she is working with Zufall, a nonprofit healthcare group that serves the underprivileged and poor in both Morristown and Dover, N.J.
During her time working with Americorps, Eliana, who is from Randolph, N.J., will be helping in many areas, including using her bilingual skills to help with paperwork and applications for government assisted healthcare, working with children and their parents on the topics of healthcare and obesity, and shadowing some of the healthcare professionals to learn more about the medical field.
The term of service is 11 months at about 40 hours per week. She must complete 1,500 hours in her 11 months and will receive money to put toward student loans. She will also receive a monthly stipend to cover some of her costs.
Eliana did an internship through CSE in emergency medicine at Morristown Memorial Hospital where she shadowed both doctors and physician assistants. She found that she was more attracted to the discipline of the latter.
Eliana was the vice president of the Chemistry Club and in the honors program. She is an avid sports enthusiast, which is what she does for fun.
A product of a Catholic education, Eliana discovered CSE when she attended her cousin's graduation. Upon learning that CSE had a nutrition program, she applied for admission. "I like the fact that science is important here," she says. "And as a woman studying science, I received a great education."