Student Highlight – AJ Keshinro
AJ was born in Washington DC, but grew up overseas since the age of five. She spent her early childhood in Ibadan, Nigeria before moving to England. After completing high school in Bristol, AJ completed a post-secondary college program at Filton College and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Sciences at the University of Birmingham. AJ ultimately envisioned practicing medicine in the United States. After 16 years abroad, AJ moved back to the states with her brother – this time to New York. She worked part time while completing a post-baccalaureate pre-medicine program at SUNY Stony Brook prior to matriculation at the NYU School of Medicine.
Alice's Teacup with med school friends
At NYU, AJ serves as the academic recruitment chair for BALSA (Black and Latino Student Association), for which she speaks with minority students interviewing at NYU School of Medicine to elucidate the process. She also serves as the treasurer for Ibn Sina, the Muslim student association on campus.
AJ enrolled at NYU because she was initially attracted to the 18-month curriculum and its organ-based block system. As a second year medical student, she explains that NYU Med offers so much more than that. "You really get to explore yourself outside of your academic goals," she said, "NYU has such a welcoming and relaxed environment for a top school." She mentions that NYU has a "very family-oriented kind of feeling" and that we do so much for each other outside of academics. AJ regularly participates in school social events: hiking and paint-balling with the Outdoor Club, and creating Netter-esque paintings with the Painting Club. Outside of school, AJ enjoys dancing, playing/watching basketball, and exploring the city.
With the painting club