Delta Zeta Chapter, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

My name is Nicole Fosko, and I am from the Class of 2018 Delta Zeta Chapter at Stevens Institute of Technology. After graduating in May with my Bachelors of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering, I have started my first year of medical school at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson in New Brunswick, NJ. Although it has been tougher than I could have ever imagined, I am loving every minute of it. All of my hard work now is only paving the way on my journey to becoming a physician, which has been a lifelong dream.

One of the most formative experiences of my undergraduate years has been the sisterhood I am honored to be a part of, Phi Sigma Sigma. Before joining as a sophomore, I enjoyed my time at Stevens but unknowingly felt that something was missing. When I found my home in the Delta Zeta Chapter, it was like reuniting with an undiscovered part of myself in the genuine, vibrant, and inspiring community.

Being a sister of Phi Sigma Sigma means much more to me than a few years of wearing letters, going to meetings, and attending events. It means being a part of an organization bigger than myself, with generations of astounding sisters before me who have accomplished so much. Who have worked to found the sorority in 1913 and charter it at Stevens in 1982. Who are out in the male-dominated worlds of engineering and STEM after graduation from Stevens. Phi Sigma Sigma is an organization that has given so much to me, and that I hope to have helped advance and grow in my time as a sister. I have gained a network of support, endless opportunities to build my leadership and serve others, and a sense of belonging for life.

I truly believe that my time in Phi Sigma Sigma has challenged me to “Aim High” in all that I do. Before joining, I was unsure if I was good enough or smart enough to get into medical school. However, with constant support and encouragement from my sisters, I balanced my rigorous engineering course load, prepared for the MCAT, and managed the extracurricular and clinical requirements to apply to medical school. Many thought it would be impossible at a school like Stevens to do it all, but my sisters always believed in me. And now just a short ways into my medical journey, I could not have been happier with my decision to attend Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Medical school thus far has challenged me more than I have ever been challenged before, but I am confident that the rewards greatly outweigh the sacrifices. This being said, I am funding my medical education on my own, a daunting feat considering I have been in college for the last four years and have only saved small amounts of money on the side. Medical school is notoriously expensive, albeit an investment; however, with support from the sisterhood that I am already so indebted to, I can become the physician I have always dreamed of with a little extra weight off my shoulders.

Although I can hardly put into words what this award means to me, I would like to express my gratitude to the donors. My time in the Delta Zeta chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma has been the foundation of my undergraduate years and the entity I miss most. More so, my sisters are the reason that I go back to visit Stevens, to see them grow and see my chapter as it moves into the future. Receiving a scholarship or educational grant from any organization would have been wonderful; receiving such assistance from Phi Sigma Sigma means the world to me. With your help, I will continue to aim high, aspire to inspire others, and work through the grueling years of medical school to be an advocate, servant, and healer for others. I am honored to have received the Kristina Witten Memorial Award and can only hope that I have lived up to the ideals of Phi Sigma Sigma, just as I am sure Kristina Witten did.

Once a Phi Sigma Sigma, Always a Phi Sigma Sigma.