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Virali Shah '19

Virali Shah '19

Job Title
Admissions Interviewer
Department/Program: Admissions

Why did you choose Union: When looking for colleges, I knew I wanted to attend a small liberal arts school where I could pursue my interests in the performing arts while earning a quality education in the sciences. At Union, I saw that the students were not only academically engaged but also socially and extracurricularly involved. In addition, I had found a passion for medicine and healthcare management early on in my high school career. Therefore, I found the Leadership in Medicine at Union College/Albany Medical School a perfect fit to meet my future professional interests as a physician leader. Seeing the tight-knit community and learning about the interdisciplinary opportunities during my campus visit pushed me to pick Union as my top college!

Major: Biology and Psychology (Interdepartmental)

Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.

Study Abroad: Klemm Fellowship to Nadi, Fiji (Winter 2017) for Nutrition and Chronic Disease Management

Internship: Saratoga Gastroenterology Clinic

Favorite professor: Professor Hayes – he is an engaging and dedicated teacher, who is extremely passionate about his work. He goes above and beyond to make his students excel inside and outside the classroom. He tries to build personal connections with students, and I truly began to love neuroscience after taking his courses.

Favorite class: “Franklin Method” by Laurie Cawley – a dance practicum that taught students a new technique to improve body movement and position, increase muscle tone, and relieve physical stress in targeted areas with the use of Franklin Balls.

Favorite activity: Dancing (Bhangra, Modern, Jazz, Classical)

Favorite place on campus: My work study is in the Mandeville Gallery, which is on the second floor of the Nott. I love seeing each new art exhibit, talking to the visitors, and studying amidst the silence of the grand memorial.

Favorite local restaurant: Pho Queen – I love their drunken noodles!

Favorite food on campus: Ozone Café, every Friday in Old Chapel