Global health and Blending the arts & sciences
Pavitra is currently a B.A. Psychology candidate at USC (the University of Southern California) with a minor in the Natural Sciences as well as an M.S. Global Medicine Candidate at USC’s Keck School of Medicine. She plans on pursuing an MD before becoming a practicing physician for the majority of her career. Eventually, she hopes to work on creating health interventions that will impact individuals on a global scale.
Your website features many sub categories including research, clinical diaries, photography and performing arts just to name a few. Rather than dive into each category, can you tell us a little bit about what inspires and drives you to be so busy in both academic and extracurricular activities?
My inspiration to be so involved with curricular and extracurricular activities really comes from my genuine curiosity about humankind. I was a psychology major as an undergraduate and this was really to understand the theory behind how people and the society they create operate. Every activity I have taken to at USC is one that involves interactions with different groups of people, and this really serves to teach me in reality the manifestations of thought processes I have explored in my classes. Additionally, my core philosophy is to “Live, Appreciate, and Contribute.” In other words, I believe that life is a beautiful thing - it gives us an opportunity to interact with scenarios on a micro-level and a macro-level. However, while an appreciation of these scenarios is important, the next step is to derive from that appreciation a contribution. Bottom line: I love staying active and learning about others, and the best way to do this is to get involved.