Spotlight: Graduate Ambassador Yogesh Joshi
Meet Yogesh Joshi, a 2022-2023 ambassador from the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology in the School of Medicine and an international student from Nepal.
Below he talks about why he chose Wayne State and what he's most looking forward to as a graduate ambassador.
What inspired you to attend graduate school at Wayne State?
I believe learning is a continuous process, and I am keen to learn and interact with people from different educational backgrounds. This helps me to look at things from a different perspective than mine. Graduate school is a wonderful opportunity for achieving what I yearn for and a period to make myself ready for upcoming opportunities.
The School of Medicine at Wayne State University is one of the most diverse medical schools and welcomes hundreds of aspiring medical doctors and scientists from across the U.S. and around the world—that along with their cutting-edge research faculties makes working here a perfect choice for my career development.
What's your research interest(s)?
Neurodegenerative disease is a serious health burden in the United States as well as all over the world. I am particularly interested in the role of immune response in manifestation of different neurodegeneration. Broadly, I am interested in finding the cellular targets for therapeutic drugs for such a disease.
What do you like most about the Detroit community?
Detroit offers a community of students from different backgrounds and cultures, which makes it a small world within a campus. The tolerance of people and respect for individuality is what makes me want to live on campus and enjoy the local food, music, festival and interaction. Downtown and Belle Isle are the best places for me to hang out on weekends.
What makes you proudest to be a Warrior?
Wayne State and its alumni have a robust and lengthy history of contributing to the holistic development of science and art, not only in the city, but all over the country. I am proud to be at one of the oldest institutions that stood firm even during the hardest of times. Warriors Go Strong!!
What made you want to be a graduate ambassador?
Graduate school is challenging but full of opportunities to grow professionally and personally. I joined Wayne State University with an aspiration of being a part of a global student body that contributes to the market needs of professionals. I see the ambassadorship as an opportunity to interact with the Graduate School and broader campus and understand the university ethos better.
As an international student from the other side of the globe, I felt a hiatus in information flow and didn’t know where to reach out about the new challenges that come with a shift in culture, weather, food and everything else. I am lucky to serve as a focal person for incoming students and contribute to the outreach efforts of the university.
How do you envision your career after Wayne State?
Graduate school is an experience which prepares students to look forward for excellence in professional life and live a pleasant life ahead. After earning my Ph.D., I wish to join the scientific community tackling neurodegeneration and old age diseases. I wish to join the medical industry as a research scientist that specializes in imaging and diagnostic to make an impact in disease treatment and prevention. I will carry the compassion, composure and strong mindedness learnt during my years at Wayne State to be able to move forward in my career and life.
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