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Amanda Johnson, biomedical sciences, College of Health Sciences and Technology

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Amanda Johnson has combined her love of sports with a passion for science as part of RIT’s biomedical science program. The fourth-year science major used her time at RIT to fully explore the vast field of medicine.

“Since the fifth grade, I’ve always wanted to go into medicine,” she said. “Just being immersed in all the classes, really seeing what they were all about, helped me make my decision.”

While at RIT, Johnson was a teaching assistant for the human anatomy course in the College of Science, working with faculty member Michelle Lennox to prepare and teach classes—she taught a segment on the digestive system—as well as working with classmates during labs.

“Having the assurance that I’d be able to go my full four years and not have to worry about finances was a big thing,” she said. “My family did not have the money to give me for school.”

Johnson completed coursework in December and is awaiting responses to graduate school and physician assistant programs, her next step after graduation in May. She is considering orthopedics and sports medicine.

She had heard about the Rochester City Scholars program through her mother, Teri Johnson, when it was first announced in 2009.

“The scholarship was a godsend for us,” Teri Johnson said. “Amanda would never have been able to pursue a career in medicine without this.”

Outside of RIT, Johnson works part-time at JCPenney and at Highland Hospital as a companion/observer with dementia patients.

“I think it’s important that more people know about this program,” Johnson said, “because it opens a lot of doors.”