Aayushi Mishra ’17

Aayushi Mishra ’17

Name: Aayushi Mishra ’17

Hometown: Mumbai, India

Major: biology and environmental studies double major

Campus involvement: I currently work at the Groves Health Center as a health education assistant and serve as president of the 2018 class board, as I began at MHC as a red Pegasus. My duties involve overseeing the 2018 class, organizing events like the Junior Show and the Big/Little Scavenger Hunt and connecting with our sister class of 1968. I’m also part of the Senior Ball Committee and the Climate Justice Coalition, and have served on the Student Government Association and been a delegate on the MHC Model United Nations team. For the past three years, I've attended the Five College Model United Nations Conference and served each time as a crisis director, an under-secretary general and a committee chair.

Proudest accomplishment at MHC: I’m graduating a year early with a double major, which is most definitely my proudest accomplishment at Mount Holyoke. It was really difficult to take credit overloads every semester and keep up with all my labs and assignments, but I knew from the start that Mount Holyoke would provide me with all the resources I required. I met with academic deans, professors and upperclass students to discuss my plans and get advice. My wonderful advisors, professors Tim Farnham and Stan Rachootin, were encouraging and beyond helpful every semester. If it weren’t for all of these supportive figures and exciting classes, not to mention all the one-on-one tutoring sessions MHC provides, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this goal. Mount Holyoke provided me with academic and personal support, which allowed me to explore my interests and pursue my dreams.

Favorite course you thought you might not like: My first year, I signed up for a spring class called Introduction to Environmental Studies. I went into the room thinking, “Yes, I know, save the environment, I get the idea.” Within the first 30 minutes, professors Lauret Savoy and Catherine Corson had convinced me to pursue environmental studies as a major, and as a career. Since then, I have had the pleasure of being a part of MHC’s friendliest department. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such amazing professors.

Best takeaway from internship or research experiences: Patience, flexibility, transparency and enthusiasm are the four key things that made all of my internship and research experiences enjoyable. Sometimes a client might suddenly want to go in another direction with a project and I did my best to be as accommodating and patient as possible. No matter what the job may be, tackling it with enthusiasm is not only infectious but also really helpful in the workplace.

Future plans: I’m honored to have been admitted to Columbia University for a master’s program in environmental science and policy for the next academic year.