CCM Student Receives NJ Institute of Chemists Outstanding Student Award
Also Selected for Internship at University of Virginia School of Medicine
Marco Amaral, of Randolph, a student at the County College of Morris (CCM), recently was presented with an Outstanding Student Award from the New Jersey Institute of Chemists (NJIC) in recognition of his academic achievements. In addition, Amaral has been selected for an internship program at the University of Virginia School of Medicine for this summer.
For the past 59 years, the NJIC has recognized outstanding chemistry students with its Outstanding Student Award. This year, 21 students representing a cross-section of universities, colleges and community colleges across New Jersey received the award.
As a recipient, Amaral will receive a copy of the 14th edition Merck Manual along with the award. He is graduating from CCM this May with an associate’s degree in chemistry.
Following his graduation, he will be interning at the University of Virginia School of Medicine through the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program. The six-week program allows students to see what it is like to be a doctor, and consists of science lectures as well as the opportunity to follow doctors in different specialties on their hospital rotations.
Amaral says he majored in chemistry because he likes the intellectual stimulation and challenge it offers. “It was the hardest work I have ever experienced, but I love the challenge,” he says, “When you succeed, you get a sense of satisfaction.”
Success has not always been easy for Amaral. He failed his first chemistry exam at CCM and had to retake the course in the summer.
“My freshman semester, I experienced my first taste of what failure is like,” he says. “I did a lot of soul searching and decided not to give up.” Fortunately, his chemistry professor that summer taught him how to study for chemistry and it made all the difference in his grades, he says. “She taught me that you can’t learn by memorizing facts. You have to understand the process. That way, no matter how a problem is worded, you can answer it.”
When he returns home from his summer internship, Amaral will be attending The College of New Jersey. From there, he hopes to attend medical school and become a neurosurgeon.
“I will miss CCM,” he says. “It’s a small, diverse school with a faculty who are always available and who genuinely want you to succeed. This school challenged me to my fullest and gave me the support to overcome obstacles. It will always have a place in my heart.”