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Jillian Robredo Gets Accepted Into New York University

The youngest daughter of Vice President Leni Robredo and the late Jesse Robredo has been accepted into the university's Biomolecular Science Program.
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Jillian Robredo, youngest daughter of Vice President Leni Robredo and the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, has been accepted into New York University’s Biomolecular Science Program under the Tandon School of Engineering. The news comes almost a year after eldest daughter Aika Robredo made headlines for getting into the Master of Public Policy program at the University of Oxford, as well as the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration program at Harvard University.

Super late post since Jillian received this almost a month ago. But good news is always good news no matter how late....

Posted by Leni Gerona Robredo on Sunday, April 29, 2018

Leni Robredo shared the news on her official Facebook account on Sunday. The post reads, “Super late post since Jillian received this almost a month ago. But good news is always good news no matter how late. Just one more day left to decide.” The Vice President added, “Jillian has been accepted into the BioMolecular Science Program under the Tandon School of Engineering. However, she has not confirmed until now because she is still awaiting word on her scholarship applications. As of now, her scholarship is still partial and she has decided that she will only go if she gets full scholarship.”

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The Biomolecular Science Program in the Tandon School of Engineering was Jillian's first choice at NYU. "During the applications process, I was torn between choosing a math-related course or a bio-related course, so in some schools, I applied for Math and others, for Bio," shares 18-year-old Jillian, who graduated from Philippine Science High School in Quezon City. "In Pisay, we’re required to take a core science subject (Bio/Chem/Physics) in Grades 11 and 12. I was really a Math person almost all my life, but I had to choose at least one. So I chose Bio and I eventually liked it. I wanted to choose a major that’s not offered here in the Philippines. So when I was looking at NYU majors, I chose Biomolecular Science."

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The NYU Biomolecular Science Program is popular as a “starting point for careers in medicine” and was developed with the help of deans from major medical schools. Graduates have gone on to institutions such as Harvard Dental School, Mount Sinai Medical School, and NYU Medical School. The first two years of the program focuses on the fundamentals of science including math, physics, chemistry, and biology. Students can then choose to concentrate on either biomedical science, biotechnology, or chemistry.


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"Based on my understanding, it’s a program that focuses on the cellular and molecular level to basically improve the quality of life. Whether it’s for humans to extend their lives through artificial organs or address environmental issues through different techniques like bioremediation, which is also similar to my research in Pisay," adds Jillian. "Having this degree, I can be in the medical field even though I’m not a doctor. I can develop medical devices, antibiotics, vaccines, etc."

When asked why she specifically chose this path, she says: "One of the main reasons why I’m interested in this field is because in my father’s side of the family, we have this hereditary condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa. It’s a progressive degeneration of the vision. My lolo, tito, tita, and some cousins have this illness and the cure is still unknown. Even though it’s hard to find treatments, I think I would understand the illness more and maybe be one step closer to finding or creating a drug that can help them."

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Posted by Leni Gerona Robredo on Sunday, April 29, 2018

Earlier, she was accepted into Ateneo de Manila University for BSM Applied Math and Finance and De La Salle University for BS MEM Specialization in Biomedical Engineering.

She found out this afternoon that she also passed the University of the Philippines College Admission Test and was accepted into the College of Science for BS Mathematics.

UPCAT results finally out. Good news come in pairs. Congrats, Jill!

Posted by Leni Gerona Robredo on Sunday, April 29, 2018

In an earlier Facebook post, Robredo stated that her daughter’s top choice among the country’s universities is Ateneo.

Ateneo's BSM Applied Math and Finance program is a five-year program that allows Jillian to have a BS degree after the fourth year, and masters after the fifth year. Jillian tells Town&Country Philippines, "It focuses more on applications like financial markets, risk management, and forecasting." She continues, "I really enjoyed taking economics last school year so Applied Math and Finance is like a mix of economics, mathematics, accounting, finance, statistics."

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