Akash Shah

Hometown: Doylestown, PA
Major: Health Science/Biology
College: Bouvé College of Health Sciences

What was you favorite Honors class?

My favorite Honors class was the Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar I took – Contemporary Issues of Substance Abuse. The class was taught by Professor Carol Paronis. The reason I loved this class so much is because it took a different look at drug abuse. We talked about how drugs worked pharmacologically, how they affected people psychologically, and what the sociology behind substance abuse was. It was different from any class that I’ve taken at Northeastern and it gave me the opportunity to step out of my normal set of classes and explore something that I was interested in. It also was the only class I’ve taken that looked at an issue or subject from three different disciplines.

During your time at Northeastern, what experiences shaped who you are today as a graduating senior?

There were definitely several experiences at Northeastern that shaped me into who I am today. First of all, I think coming in as an Undeclared student really gave me the opportunity to explore all the majors that Northeastern has to offer and confidently choose the one that was the best fit for me. Second, both of my coops definitely solidified my love for healthcare. My second coop showed me that I love working with elderly and now I’m pretty sure I want to work care for elderly as a doctor. Lastly, my ASB to Ecuador was one of the most influential experiences of my college career. It gave me the chance to help people out who really needed it and really inspired me to make helping people out a staple of whatever I choose to do in the future.

What is your best memory from being a part of the Honors Program?

The most memorable part of my Honors experience was the Honors Leadership Institute! I really enjoyed this experience because I got the opportunity to go on a retreat with some of my closest friends in the Honors program, learn about different types of leadership styles, and spend some time hanging out on the ropes course at the Warren Conference Center. There was a lot of cool information on how to best work with other leadership styles. It was also a great time to step away from the chaos of school work and have a relaxing, but also productive weekend.

Where are you headed after you graduate?

After I graduate, I will be attending an M.D. Program at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, PA.