Southeast Missouri State University

Opportunities Await Southeast Student from India

College of Science and Mathematics

Southeast Missouri State University bio-medical science major Vandana Grewal says the biggest difference between the United States and her home country of India is the wealth of opportunities available.

Vandana said she decided to come to America to study because “the opportunity to interact and study with multi-cultural students attracted me.  It is the land of opportunities.”

Since her enrollment at the University in 2007, Vandana has taken advantage of those opportunities.

Hoping to become a physician, Vandana has delved into positions and situations that will help her dream come true.  She volunteers at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau; works in the research lab on campus with Dr. Jai Dahiya and Dr. Santaneel Ghosh, faculty members in the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics; and attended a five-day student seminar with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., last spring.

In addition to the country’s capitol, Vandana has traveled to Texas, Kansas, Illinois and Pennsylvania during her time in America.

She says the friends she has made at Southeast and the small class sizes have helped in her adjustment to American life.

“The small class sizes have helped me develop a better understanding of the course material,” Vandana said.

In spite of the amazing experiences she’s had in her time thus far at Southeast, Vandana says she misses her family a lot—and the Indian food.

“Studying in America has helped me broaden my thinking and knowledge, but at the same time, I miss my family and the food,” she said.

Nevertheless, as secretary of the Indian Subcontinent Student Association at Southeast and as a participant in the Indian festival Diwali on campus, Vandana manages to uphold and celebrate her culture.