One Busy Student
Pavitra Krishnamani was 16 when she entered USC through the Resident Honors Program, but the teenager was wise enough to quickly get involved.
“I think, in a way, I’ve helped build a curriculum for myself at USC, through extracurricular activities that have helped me learn about other people, as well my major.”
Although those activities cover a wide range — from tutoring community students to founding a dance team to editing health publications — it has all come together as the progressive degree student prepares to complete a bachelor’s in psychology from USC Dornsife and an M.S. in global medicine from the Keck School of Medicine of USC. She plans to attend medical school in the Fall.
Growing up in homogenous suburban towns in Delaware and Pennsylvania, Krishnamani wanted to understand culture from a psychological point of view when she came to cosmopolitan Los Angeles.
“One of the things I was very focused on was culture,” Krishnamani said of her arrival. “I got involved with USC’s Hindu Student Organization and Student Interfaith Council to apply what I learned in psychology classes to understand people who bring different cultural perspectives to the table.”