I consider myself to be a simple and outgoing individual. I love to play the drums, as it provides an outlet for me to express my individuality. I am a percussionist for my church band and a strong believer in my faith as a Christian. I believe that through music, God’s love, power and grace can be shown to and experienced by others. I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my eight nieces and nephew. I also enjoy traveling to different places around America and visiting my family in India. My parents are my two greatest motivations and inspirations in my life. As a first generation Indian-American, I have seen the struggles and trials that my parents have had to undergo in order to provide me with the best opportunities to thrive and become not only successful in my academic life, but also become a better human being. My respect and honor for those values that they have instilled within me has transformed into a want to strive for the best in all that I do.
Campus and Community InvolvementI have been a Junior Volunteer at Sugar Land Methodist Hospital since the summer of 2010. I have also had the opportunity to volunteer at the local YMCA, work with the city of Sugar Land as a volunteer, build homes for the underprivileged with Habitat for Humanity and shadow family practitioners at a local hospital in Richmond, Texas. During high school, I held leadership positions in Mu Alpha Theta (Math National Honor Society) and Spanish National Honor Society. As an officer in Spanish National Honor Society, I helped coordinate volunteering events, including walks for Hydrocephalus and Alzheimer’s Disease. I was also a member of Fort Bend ISD’s Youth Expanding Service, a volunteer organization that encourages individuals to help the community through various outlets. I plan on joining Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Medical Honor Society.
Awards and Honors
I was fortunate enough to graduate third of five hundred and seventy students at Elkins High School. I was also an AP Scholar with Distinction and a proud member of Elkins’ Academic Decathlon team. During my time with the team, I was a gold medalist in Speech, Interview and Essay at the school and local level competitions. Our team also advanced to the state competition for Academic Decathlon and competed against thirty-nine other schools.
I am not currently taking any foreign languages. However, I do plan on taking Spanish courses during my time here at the University of Houston. I would like to study in Europe or Asia. Not only do the plethora of advancements in technology and research in these two areas of the world allure me, but also the differences in culture and the vast of amount of knowledge that I could gain from these differences. Moreover, I believe that these differences will mold me into a better human being, and give me a better understanding and prospective of the world around me.
Hematology is a field that interests me very much, and furthermore an opportunity to do research in this area will give me a chance to work within the medical field and understand and envelope the issues that hematologists and oncologists must tackle when it comes to fighting cancer. The field of nanotechnology is very enticing as well, as it provides an opportunity for improvements in the quality of life at an atomic scale.
I would like to graduate in three years with a major in Biochemistry and minors in Business Administration, Medicine and Society, and Chemistry. I am planning to pursue an MD after my undergraduate studies. I want to become a doctor. My passion lies within giving my ALL towards helping anyone and everyone despite ethnicity, creed, color, race etc. My experiences through volunteering and shadowing these past two years have shown me what an honor it is for someone as high in stature as a doctor to stoop down to help people who are in need and going through trials and tribulations. It is truly a humbling experience to know and see that doctors give their ALL towards helping individuals with the expectation of nothing in return. I was thinking: if I SAW these doctors and felt that way, imagine if I WAS a doctor. The feeling and emotion behind that feeling would truly overwhelm me. It would be indescribable. My passions and career are thus the same. They are intertwined. I was given the privilege of shadowing a doctor two summers ago, and I remember one conversation in particular. This doctor was telling me that money was nothing to her. Fame, respect, honor- these were nothing to her. At the end of the day, what mattered to her was that she was able to save a life, give a father an opportunity to see his daughter get married, give a mother a chance to see her son graduate, give a brother a chance to go to the movies with his sister. At the end of my academic career, I also want to feel the reward and satisfaction of giving life to someone who may not have had it.