January 3, 2019
Rising senior and GMED student, Neha Pondicherry knew she wanted to become a doctor but hadn’t picked a major when she enrolled in VCU. She quickly decided to combine pre-med requirements with a humanities degree from the School of World Studies.
Working within the International Studies B.A. she crafted her own concentration, International Health: Policies, Health Systems in Developing Countries. Pondicherry’s choice was informed by her desire to “understand healthcare from the perspective of actual people.” She credits coursework from our Religious Studies and International Studies program with giving her the analytical and communication skills to understand values across cultures.
Pondicherry also helped form the VCU World Studies Society and served as its first president. Created in the Fall of 2018, the group aims to connect students across the four programs through cultural activities on and off campus. Pondicherry notes that the student-run group offers not only camaraderie but leadership opportunities through its elected positions on the Eboard.
Pondicherry won’t be able to attend any of the Society’s outings this semester, however, as she is currently studying abroad in Catalonia, Spain through our International Studies Abroad program.