Scholar Spotlight: Hardik Kalra
School: University of Iowa || Major: Human Physiology
Hardik is majoring in human physiology. When asked which famous person he would choose to room with at college, he chose Dr. Stephen Hawkings because he studied the theory of everything and time itself, so there would be some interesting conversations. Scroll to read Hardik’s full interview below!
What opportunities or experiences have you been able to take part in that you might not have been able to without the scholarship?
This scholarship has allowed me to continue my studies by paving a path for me to attend college and pursue my dream of becoming an oncologist. Over the last three years, I have the opportunity to shadow doctors in the field and read up on new cancer research. I have also been learning from professors who are either currently working, or previously worked, in oncology.
What does being a Bright Scholar mean to you?
Being a Bright Scholar means being part of a family that is selfless and giving, and which strives to provide a better future for today’s youth who, in turn, will contribute to society.
What is something important you’ve learned, outside of class, since you’ve started college?
I have learned the importance of expanding my network. I recognize the value of meeting new people, making friends, getting to know classmates and building relationships with professors.
If you had to pick a famous person to room with at college, who would it be and why?
If I could resurrect someone from the dead, I would room with Dr. Stephen Hawkings because he studied about the theory of everything and time itself. He studied how the universe began and how it may end at some point. I find it fascinating to learn about complex space theories and how time works.
Among the living, I would choose Elizabeth Blackburn, as she discovered the telomeres at the ends of chromosomes. Telomeres are what cause the aging effect in humans. I would love to discuss her thoughts on the aging of a human body and whether the process can be reversed.