March 5, 2018
Our third ambassador of the week for Spring 2018 is Saloonee Adhikari
Saloonee is a third-year Public Health major. She chose public health as her primary major because it allows students to gain an in depth understanding and analytical skills of a field that targets the population on a larger scale. It helps find ways to maximize the health of the public and the quality of life by covering big topics in our society today such as obesity, drug epidemics etc. "This field allows me to do everything from help a single individual with health issues to cure problems in a large scale population". The field also has a variety of professions that all amount to helping the society we live in. One could use this degree to become anything from a health educator to a policy maker. "I really love the flexibility it provides in general".
Saloonee's academic interests are not limited solely to the public health department, as she is an undergraduate research assistant in the Neuroscience department. She in part in Dr. Moorman Lab that focuses on understanding how networks of neurons control complex behavior. They use animal models to study motivation, learning, and executive functions such as decision-making. They also study neural changes underlying disorders such as addiction, ADHD, obesity, and depression, which amazingly aligns with her public health interests.
Saloonee chose to be a member of the STEM Ambassadors Program because it provided her with the opportunity to engage with various students that share similar interests and provide support, as well as students that are going through the same first year experiences as she was. "It would allow me to make friends that would help me get through college. I also knew that I love mentoring other people in terms of academics and social culture at Umass. I love being able to share my experience and know that it will help someone else here at UMass". Lastly, the fact that STEM provides its students with research programs early on in their college career, was a really important aspect to her; "I like research and have always wanted to gain skills in this field". Throughout her years in STEM, Saloonee has met many people from various fields whom she was able to make long term connections with and who provided her with various opportunities in her field.
Outside of academia, and science related activities, Saloonee is a Resident Assistant for the Gorman/ Wheeler cluster located in central campus. She is also the Recognition chair on the E-board of NRHH (National Residence Hall Honorary).
Ultimately, Saloonee's goal is to attend medical school, yet until then she will be joining a masters program within the Public Health department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that she has recently been accepted to. We are so very proud of you, and wish you luck in all your future endeavors.