Safanah Abdulsalam

Why I Chose The College of Science and Mathematics

I’m Safanah Abdulsalam and I’m a senior majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. I immigrated to the United States from Baghdad, Iraq when I was 17.

I chose Montclair State because of its diversity, quality teaching, friendly atmosphere, and convenient location. I’m a commuter, so I stay connected to my friends and family who are my energy to keep going! They support me, but so does my Red Hawk family right here on campus.

While the English language was one of the biggest obstacles that I faced upon moving to the U.S., Montclair State – and the Center of Academic Development and Assessment and the Writing Center -- provided all the help I needed to help me adjust and excel in my path of study.

It’s easy to get involved at Montclair State. I am a member of Alpha Lamda Delta, a national honor society, as well as the Biology Club. Since I am a certified CPR and AED healthcare provider, I was able to volunteer at Montclair State Emergency Medical Services during my junior year.

I’m getting the best education, while gaining experience and preparation for the future. I am currently working with Dr. Elena Petroff on neurophysiology research that can help us better understand many neurological diseases.

After graduation, I plan to go to dental school, so that I can achieve my goal of providing free dental care to new immigrants and others who can’t afford it.

Montclair State University provides everything you need to excel. I encouraged my brother Mohammed and my sister Maryam – who are also majoring in Biology – to come here. Like me, they are proud to be Red Hawks.