Hometown: Portland, Oregon

High School: Westview High School

Major: Planning, Public Policy, and Management

Apoorva was the vice president of the Junior State of America Club at her high school, where she also organized a Red Cross Blood Drive and a voter registration drive. Her volunteer endeavors are many, from chairing the Beaverton Student Advisory Committee, to being a peer mentor to youth volunteers at OMSI, to interning at the Casey Eye Institute at OHSU. She has played violin for the Metropolitan Youth Symphony and created promotional videos for Washington County Library Services. She was the student campaign coordinator and worked to increase voter turnout for the local option tax levy to fund public schools.

What are some things you’ve been doing outside of the classroom since you’ve been at UO? The University of Oregon introduced me to the Holden Center on campus, which is a hub for leadership and service opportunities. Through the Holden Center, I was able to participate in an alternative Spring Break service trip. On my trip, I was part of a group of students who went to a high-needs elementary school in an underserved area of San Francisco to promote healthy playground activity with an organization known as PlayWorks. However, the actual work I did on the trip was mainly in the kindergarten classroom, working one on one with children who were not receiving enough attention in the classroom. The experience was life-changing for me, and I hope to work with PlayWorks further in the future.

Describe a couple of your favorite classes you've taken at UO. I greatly enjoyed my honors college literature class on evolution taught by Professor Suzanne Clark. The course covered intersections of literature and science and sparked my interest in thinking critically about how we accept paradigms of scientific truth when in actuality the best we can do via experimentation is fail to refute a particular hypothesis. I am currently taking courses in city planning and global leadership that I am very stimulated by. I am particularly excited to learn about how these intersect with my goal of public health. I am hoping to also minor in Economics, for I value the intersections between my career goal of public health and economic policy.