Korleki Akiti

Molecular Biology Major
Certificates in Quantitative and Computational Biology and Neuroscience

Why did you enroll in the Integrated Science course?

I was drawn to the program because it blended the different scientific disciplines. There's a lot more to be learned from studying various subjects together rather than in isolation. Today's groundbreaking research requires collaboration and the exchange of information between experts from across many different fields.

What has it been like?

While it has definitely been my most challenging class at Princeton, it has also been the most rewarding. I learned to think about and approach scientific questions in a completely different manner. Instead of being daunted by extremely difficult puzzles, Integrated Science has taught me to engage with them and find ways to use the knowledge at hand to answer the questions in creative ways.

How has the course benefited you academically, and has it made you think about what to do after you graduate?

The Integrated Science curriculum has prepared me to think like a researcher and has given me valuable skills that I will take with me to graduate school. I am working toward earning a Ph.D. in neuroscience or neurobiology.

How do you like working with the various Integrated Science faculty?

The personal interaction made possible by the small class size in this program is incredible. I became more and more comfortable speaking up in class because I knew that my professors would take the time to answer my questions either immediately in lecture or afterward when they had spare time.

What is it like going through the Integrated Science curriculum with a close cohort of student peers?

I could never have made it through the program without help from my fellow students. There is no way I would have understood the material or the problem sets without them. My classmates were the first friends I made at Princeton and I still keep in touch with many of them. Working with such a small group of students over the course of several years is an experience I wish everyone could have at Princeton. It really creates a tight-knit community.