Student's community service inspires career choice
Krishnamani also quickly became involved in the community surrounding USC through a Joint Educational Project tutoring program. She was able to apply her classroom experience in medicine to tutoring elementary students on health topics.
This led Krishnamani to seek a program where she could also mentor teenagers. She found it as one of the first student tutors for the Department of Public Safety’s Cadet Program, which teaches young men and women about law enforcement and emergency services.
Tutoring community children has inspired Pavitra Krishnamani to become a child psychiatrist. (USC Photo/Allison Churchman)
Using her background in psychology, Krishnamani realized the key to helping these students succeed academically came from taking their personal circumstances into account.
“I think it became a lot more about forming connections than simply instructing,” she said. “As I learned more about the students’ personal lives, I really got to know them in more than just an academic capacity.”