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Akash S.

Oxford Ambassador at Emory University

Class of 2023

Hometown: Santa Clara, CA

Major: Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology

Minor: Quantitative Sciences


What has been your most impactful class?

Adolescent Psychology has been my most impactful class at Oxford. I had the opportunity to mentor children at Clements Middle School and analyze their normative adolescent behaviors during the semester. After the semester, I worked with a group of students to redesign the literature for the course and collaborated with two professors to hold a discussion about recent discoveries about hormones and adolescent behavior. Wading through dense papers about the neurobiological correlates of adolescent aggression, I realized I had a passion for neuroscience and decided to continue my studies in that major.

On a random day, you're most likely to find me….

Studying in our new Student Center or hiking the Oxford Nature Trail!

My favorite thing to do in Atlanta is...

Eating a plate of chicken biryani and chicken 65 from Zyka! The food always reminds me of home and my mom's cooking.

What is your favorite Emory tradition?

The Candlelighting Ceremony in front of Phi Gamma! All first-years at Oxford bring a candle to Phi Gamma Hall and get their candle lighted by a second-year. This ritual symbolizes the handing of torches from one class to the next, and I'll always never forget the experience of getting my favorite second-years to light my candle.

I'm passionate about...

Student Advocacy Social Justice Nonprofit Leadership Hiking and the Outdoors Research Biology Neuroscience Data Science Healthcare

I'm involved with...

Resident Assistant Tarbutton Leadership Fellow Advanced Genetics Supplemental Instructor Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Research Intern Food Recovery Network South Asian Cultural Association Student Admission Association Helping Hands Clinical Intern
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