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Biology major Raymond Cherian followed in his family's footsteps when he enrolled at UHD, but still found plenty to love about the University through his own experiences.
According to Cherian, UHD was the only college he applied to while in high school. With two older siblings attending UHD and his mother working in the University's English Language Institute, Cherian was already familiar with the school.
"I knew that UHD had smaller class sizes than other schools and that there would be opportunities for me to do research as an undergraduate," he said. "And it is conveniently located close to my home, which I liked, but also in downtown, which is really cool."
Thanks to his siblings, Cherian also knew about UHD's Scholars Academy and was eager to join the academically competitive program.
"Scholars Academy is a great organization to join," he said. "It provides students with opportunities to attend seminars, field trips and to connect with mentors. I still talk to my mentors who are now in medical school. They pass books on to me and give me great advice."
An active member of Scholars Academy, Cherian serves as a peer mentor himself. He also was able to travel to Panama to conduct research into the social and biological aspects of millipede species.
"One of the major opportunities I've had at UHD was the research trip to Panama," he said. "UHD helped fund the trip the summer after my freshman year. I know that students at other universities don't get those same opportunities as undergraduates."
Cherian hopes to channel his research skills and education into a career in medicine. And while attending UHD was originally a matter of familial ties, Cherian acknowledges that the school is a great fit for him.
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