KRUPALI TEJURA ’97:
MANY TRAVELS, MANY ASPIRATIONS
ike many Trustee Scholars, Krupali Tejura found some of the nation’s top colleges and universities seeking to enroll her during her senior year of high school. Turning down full-tuition scholarship offers from Berkeley and UCLA, and rejecting other universities such as Dartmouth, Georgetown and Wellesley, Tejura chose USC after visiting the campus and receiving a dean’s scholarship. She then applied for and received a Trustee Scholarship.
In her junior year, Tejura was inducted into both Phi Kappa Phi (which requires a 3.9 or higher GPA) and Phi Beta Kappa, two honor societies that normally admit only those in their senior year. Now a senior, the biology and sociology double-major has completed research projects in neurobiology and molecular biology under the mentorship of professors William Mc Clure and Leslie Bell, respectively.
Intending to become a doctor, and perhaps a neurosurgeon, Tejura was admitted to USC’s B.A./M.D. program and has spent every summer since 1991 working in a philanthropic hospital in India, where she had the opportunity to assist in an open-heart surgery.
“Working there inspired me to become a doctor,” she says. Besides volunteering at the Sri Satya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, she traveled throughout India as part of a University of Pennsylvania study-abroad program, learning about the culture and about traditional medicine there.
Not content with the prospect of earning only a medical degree, Tejura says she also plans to get a J.D., M.B.A. or master’s in public health. As a resident adviser in North Residential College this year, and a leader and volunteer in many student-run organizations, she has experience in balancing a heavy work load.
Tejura took time off from her USC activities last fall to attend Harvard as a visiting scholar. Toward the end of her stay there, she was offered the opportunity to enroll as a transfer student. Tejura declined the invitation.
“At Harvard, I was lost in a sea of students,” she says. “Here at USC, the professors and administrators are accessible and committed to undergraduates.”


 

 


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