My culture and community have always been very important to me. Throughout high school, I held leadership positions in National Honor Society and Student Government and dedicated many hours to the study of Indian classical and folk dance. What impressed me the most about HPME was the flexibility it offered students and the willingness of the faculty to help each student have a unique undergraduate experience. For me, this meant maintaining active leadership roles in both my community and creative arts.
During my undergraduate years, I became a member choreographer, and co-founder of three different Indian dance teams: Northwestern Bhangra, Northwestern Raas, and Northwestern Anubhav, respectively. Through these teams, I was able to travel across the nation to competitions and meet new people from a variety of different backgrounds. More importantly, while interacting with my peers across the country, I become more aware of social issues facing South Asians. In addition to dance, during my third year, I was a Community Assistant (CA). I worked and lived in Elder Hall, the same dorm I had stayed in as a Freshman. Being a CA was one of my most rewarding experiences. I had the privilege to positively impact the lives of my 25 residents as well as contribute to my local undergraduate community. With leadership roles connecting me to my culture and community, I could build strong relationships and help those around me before starting medical school.
My experiences in Evanston have prompted me to continue pursuing my interests in both of these arenas at Feinberg. I was a coordinator for this year’s multi-cultural show, Fusion, which also raises money for cultural charities in the Chicago area. As the new President of the South Asian Medical Student Association, I now have the ability to address some of the social issues affecting South Asians. In addition, I am a Senator on the Feinberg Student Senate. As a College Senator, I feel a similar sense of connectedness to my college and community as I did to my residents in Evanston. I can directly help my classmates through keeping up morale and addressing class issues related to the curriculum, extra-curricular programs, and social activities.
The HPME program allowed me to hold on to important aspects of my life and develop them through my undergraduate years. It gave me the opportunity to take on leadership roles, which have helped mold and shape my medical career.