"The lack of accessible healthcare and the need to act on climate change inspire me to work harder towards achieving my goal. The Bachelor of Biomedicine offers intensive learning and the ability to pick a breadth outside biomedical subjects."
Chandrika started the Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne in 2018, after completing an International Baccalaureate at Jayshree Periwal International School in Jaipur, India.
The Bachelor of Biomedicine pathway to the Doctor of Medicine was just one of the reasons Chandrika was drawn to the University of Melbourne.
"The lack of accessible healthcare and the need to act on climate change inspire me to work harder towards achieving my goal. The Bachelor of Biomedicine offers intensive learning and the ability to pick a breadth outside biomedical subjects. The Bachelor of Biomedicine also helped me develop new active learning skills as well as improve my time and stress management."
Chandrika majors in Human Structure and Function, a specialisation which combines anatomy and physiology.
For her breadth, Chandrika studies Spanish as a second language.
"My elementary school was in Texas, which is near Mexico, and so I had several Hispanic friends there. I learned a little bit about the Hispanic culture through them and ever since, I’ve always been motivated to learn more about the culture and language, especially as I found it similar to my Indian culture."
"Now, as someone interested in medicine, I am also aware that South America acutally needs help in healthcare, so, through my breadths, I am preparing for when I eventually spend time in Latin American countries through organisations like Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)."
Outside of class, Chandrika is involved in various extracurriculars, including serving as the General Secretary for the Australian South-Asian Healthcare Society (ASHS) and participating in the University of Melbourne Student Union (UMSU)’s Summerfest festival during O-Week.
After graduation, Chandrika plans to pursue the Doctor of Medicine or take a gap year to volunteer with the Government of India.