Het Adhvaryu, an international student ambassador and fall 2019 graduate, spent his undergraduate years at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock extending friendship and assisting in research to address breast cancer with the aid of nanotechnology.
As UA Little Rock’s international student ambassador, Adhvaryu emphasized communication, friendship, and making people feel at home.
“When an international student arrives to UA Little Rock, distinctions make them feel different,” Adhvaryu said. “Communication is key. We should treat international students like they are no different from our other friends. Use actions to show them you are friendly. If you are going grocery shopping or out to eat with friends, invite them along.”
Adhvaryu said that as an ambassador, he often helped international students acquire transportation and get settled in the U.S.
“Relationships are what will matter at the end,” Adhvaryu said. “Each person contributes to our constant learning experience of life skills that define us and guide our future. Our path is indirectly shaped through friendships and relationships we develop along the way.”
Adhvaryu also played intramural soccer and ultimate frisbee during his time at UA Little Rock.
“The best thing about the intramural sports program is that it brings people together from all over the campus to have a good time and play games,” Adhvaryu said.
Adhvaryu said that he observed anxiety and depression in college culture.
“It’s important to surround ourselves with people who have the right attitude,” Adhvaryu said. “Some people enter college with a mindset that they have to get As because life depends on it and that’s all that matters. I disagree a little. We should be sincere in our studies, but also enjoy the college experience by having a good balance of hard work and fun time.”
Studying biology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock turned out to be a strategic move that created opportunities for Adhvaryu. Because of his intense science studies while growing up in India, Adhvaryu was prepared to demonstrate to biology professor Dr. Ali Nawab his understanding of biology.
“I’ve been very fortunate to have the opportunity to work alongside doctoral students in lab research that explores the use of nanotechnology to address breast cancer,” Adhvaryu said. “I’m very thankful to Dr. Nawab, Bryan White, and UA Little Rock for allowing me that opportunity.”
Adhvaryu said that when he looks back on his time at UA Little Rock, his memories will be a reminder of what people can do in your life.
“UA Little Rock faculty are phenomenal,” Adhvaryu said. “You can always count on them for guidance and knowledgeable options. They have our best interests at heart.”
Adhvaryu plans to continue focusing on molecular biotechnology and pursue graduate and doctoral degrees, possibly with an interdisciplinary focus. First, he hopes to gain some practical work experience in research focusing in a related field.
“Graduating is bittersweet,” Adhvaryu said. “I feel excited about the future, and I’m taking with me the positive lessons that people have contributed to my life.”