Hetali Mehta is a junior in the School of Arts and Sciences currently majoring in Cognitive Science and minoring in Biological Sciences. Along with studying, she juggles her roles as a co-peer-mentor chair in AMSA (American Medical Student Association) and the treasurer for Active Minds, an organization that raises awareness for psychological issues. Her interest in the medical field began in her senior year of high school when she did an independent study in neuroscience.
I like that [Cognitive Science] combines a lot of fields into the major. I like that it deals with the brain, specifically neuroscience because that is what I want to go into.”
The pressure and intimidation that becoming a doctor brings can be tough, but for Hetali the process at its core has always been about the humanity that the profession brings.
“An eye opening experience for me was the Global Brigades trip to Nicaragua. Just seeing these modest communities and seeing how much they needed help made me want to be one more person that can make a difference.”
Hetali’s advice for incoming first-years following the Pre-Med route is to really explore the different aspects it has to offer.
“Don’t follow what everyone else is doing in terms of the popular science majors; try to take as many classes as you can and then narrow it down to what closely matches your interests.”
Currently, Hetali is a research intern at the Child Health Institute. In the future, she is planning on going to medical school and would like to eventually work in a hospital or become a pediatrician.