Anjana Parashar

April 10, 2019

I truly enjoy all my classes now and learn so much about the medical field from a very different perspective than other pre-med students.

Hometown: The Colony, Texas

Major: Sociology with Pre-med track, minoring in Neuroscience
Expected Graduation Date: May 2021

UT Dallas Achievements & Activities

  • Hobson Wildenthal Honors College
  • Mentor in Freshman Mentor Program
  • Treasurer & Fundraising Coordinator of Symbiosis
  • Member of Active Minds
  • Member of Molding Doctors
  • Academic Excellence Scholar
  • Texas Biomedical Device Center Research Assistant

Deciding on Sociology with Pre-med track

I initially entered UT Dallas as a neuroscience major, joining the bandwagon of the “brown pre-med girl.” After my first two semesters of spending most of my time rigorously studying and pressuring myself to get good grades, I realized that I didn’t want to be forcing myself down a path I knew I wasn’t going to enjoy. Neuroscience was, and will be, an extremely interesting subject for me, but as a pre-med student who already knew that she wanted to work with underserved communities in the future and focus on public health as a doctor, I chose the Sociology major. It was difficult at first to push myself to change my major when every other pre-med student around me was a STEM major. It seemed too different from the norm to be in the EPPS school as a student focusing on health and science classes. However, I haven’t regretted a minute of my journey in this major. I truly enjoy all my classes now and learn so much about the medical field from a very different perspective than other pre-med students.

My EPPS Success

My biggest saviors and inspirers were the EPPS faculty, staff and students. I spent so much of my time speaking with many different people within the school to help me convince myself to change my major. And each and every single person gave me advice that is still helping me today. Knowing that I wanted to go into the medical field might have seemed enough for the high school graduated “me,” but after deciding to be in EPPS, I feel like I belong better in the UT Dallas community.

Plans for the Future

After graduating from UT Dallas, I plan to go to medical school and pursue an MD and Masters in Public Health. As a doctor, I plan to work in underprivileged communities in the U.S. and around the world and focus on the field of women’s health.

Advice to Prospective EPPS Students

The EPPS school might seem smaller compared to the other schools at UT Dallas but putting yourself out there and interacting with different types of people, subjects, activities, etc. can really help you feel big in a small school. The advisors and professors are all great, so make sure you use them and everything else you can get on campus. It’s a very friendly and helpful environment if you let yourself open up to it.