Inspired by “The Last Lecture” delivered to her graduating class by Michael Tomko, PhD, Aisha Chughtai ’15 CLAS is taking what she learned at Villanova into the world as a 2016-2017 Fulbright US Student Grant recipient. Aisha will be traveling to Turkey to teach English at a university.
“My CLAS experience was one filled with everything from stress and tears to uncontrollable laughter and unforgettable moments of pure joy and profound academic enlightenment,” said Aisha. “As an English and Biology double major, my academic experiences taught me to think critically and with a particular mindfulness for intersectional studies and analyses.”
Aisha credits many of her professors in CLAS for inspiring her and to realize her potential and to be ambitious. “My Biology professor Dr. Vikram Iyengar taught me about the true applicability of science in the real world. I have him to thank for igniting my interest in the epidemiology of public and global health. My English professors were also vitally instrumental in my undergraduate experience and I truly cannot thank them enough for introducing me to the gift that is a liberal arts education. Finally, my Spanish professor Dr. Adriano Duque was immensely influential in helping me realize my own potentials and pushing me to stay ambitious by applying for a Fulbright.”
The founder and president of the Villanova Muslim Student Association, Aisha was also an active member of Campus Ministry. Aisha continued to give back to the community as a member of service break trips and as a tutor at the Writing Center.
Aisha has big plans for after her Fulbright ETA. “After my Fulbright, I’d like to pursue an MD/MPH, focusing primarily in global healthcare disparities, practices, and policy,” she said. “I hope this experience deepens my thought, enhances my understanding of others, and increases my knowledge of international affairs, all of which will contribute to making me a better citizen of the world and future medical professional.”