Before she even stepped foot on the Wesleyan campus, Aditi personified her own definition of a Wesleyan woman. One of the primary reasons Aditi was attracted to Wesleyan was because of the reputation the College’s graduates have for being accepted into the best advanced-degree programs at top rated schools across the country. Today Aditi is counted among these successful graduates. Her desire to learn earned her a triple major (biology, psychology, neuroscience), magna cum laude, and a 3.9 GPA. In the fall, Aditi will begin pursuing a doctor of medicine degree as well as a PhD in neuroscience at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) in Augusta. In the meantime, Aditi will spend her summer completing a neuroscience research program at MCG.
This Munroe Scholar said the College’s strong biology and psychology departments also played a role in her decision to attend Wesleyan. “The excitement the science faculty have about their subject, their teaching, and their pride in representing Wesleyan played a role in my decision. They have been extremely encouraging. I cannot imagine a larger school having multiple faculty members who support me to this extent and who take the time to know my strengths and weaknesses,” Aditi said.
A self-proclaimed car fanatic and terrible cook, Aditi found plenty of ways to stay busy on campus. A student worker for the CIR, CRA, and IT departments, she also served as a member of WAVE and a STUNT participant, as president of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, treasurer of Splinter Athletic Honor Society, Evercare Hospice volunteer, and as a tutor at Stratford Academy and Wesleyan’s Writing Center. For three years Aditi served as a research assistant in Dr. Rowan’s comparative cognition lab and counts presenting research with fellow student Soniya Bastola ’15 and Dr. James Rowan at the International Conference for Comparative Cognition among her favorite Wesleyan memories. Other research opportunities she enjoyed include being an intern at Georgia Health Sciences University Summer Training and Research Program and at Mount Sinai Medical School Summer Undergraduate Research Program.
Included among her many honors and awards are being named Wesleyan Woman of Success, making Dean’s List, and winning the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Academic Achievement award. As a member of the cross-country team, she won the Sportsmanship award and the All-Academic Conference award presented by the Great South Athletic Conference and served as co-captain for the cross-country team in 2010 and 2011.
Aditi belives that one of the most valuable things she learned at Wesleyan is how to push her mind outside of her comfort zone through educational challenges and running with the cross-country team. “I find myself much stronger and much more dedicated to my pursuits than I have ever been. Wesleyan has taught me how to overcome obstacles by engaging peers and mentors.”