Deshna Majmudar, a recent graduate of Cal State University-Los Angeles, has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship as part of the English Teaching Assistant Program, the university announced.
Majmudar, 21, graduated from the Southern California-based university with a biology degree and, through the fellowship, will head to Spain to teach for the 2016-2017 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
According to CSU Los Angeles, Majmudar had hopes of becoming a lawyer, but was swept off her feet with biology when she began studying it in high school.
Majmudar, who minored in Spanish, said in the news release, "Since I’m going into healthcare, Spanish is a really useful tool. Plus, I love learning new languages.”
The Indian American aspires to become a pediatrician, focused on global health.
“I’d like to serve for Doctors Without Borders, the Rancho Cucamonga resident told CSU. "It would give more meaning to providing healthcare for areas that aren’t accessible."
The daughter of Gujarat natives, Majmudar credits her parents, who maintained odd jobs to make ends meet, for her passion to fulfill her full potential.
According to the CSU-Los Angeles news release, Majmudar believes her biggest achievement is to be more confident in her abilities and in her future.
She says she has become more passionate in the pursuit of her goals and has gained the confidence to go after them, it added.
“It’s a product of what I’ve been able to achieve at Cal State-LA," she said. "Anywhere else, I don’t think I would have found what I needed.”
Fulbright awards honorees are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.
Majmudar is among more than 1,900 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research and provide expertise abroad for the upcoming academic year.