University of Maryland Individual Studies Program

Priya Parikh
Global Public Health, 2016

Priya doing service

Internships: Maryland Center for Health Equity, The Wilson Center

Study Abroad: Ethiopia, Peru

Extracurricular Activities: Public Health without Borders, Dean of Undergraduate Studies Student Advisory Council, Dean of the School of Public Health's Council of Student Leaders, IVSP Student Advisory Board

IVSP Experience: Creating my own major through IVSP was the best decision I could have made about my academic career at Maryland. It's so worth putting in the effort in the beginning when the end result is a major that you are completely passionate about! The staff in the Individual Studies office is incredible, too — they are the best support system you could have during your time in college. Before meeting with the faculty board they made sure I was fully prepared, practiced with me and put me at ease — as nervous as I was going into that meeting, I was 100% confident that my proposal was as good as it could be thanks to the IVSP staff. Since joining IVSP they have always made me feel welcome to ask questions, attend events and just stop in and catch up on what's going in my life. They take a really personal interest in their students' lives that I think is hard to find in any other program on campus.

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