May 20, 2016
Brown University seniors and cheerleaders Aashna Mansharamani and Janice Havasy visited the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster Wednesday, May 11 to speak about their experience in working toward science degrees.
Their visit was possible through the Science Cheerleader program, a group of professional cheerleaders that encourages young women to pursue science careers.
According to the Science Cheerleader website, Havasy is majoring in biology with a focus in immunology. She is also an EMT.
“I chose to concentrate in Immunology because the immune system is crucial to complex organisms, such as humans,” she stated. “While it is vital for human existence, the immune system is also beautifully complex and it’s interesting to learn about the many ways the immune system fights off pathogens. Learning about the human body not only allows me to understand my own body better, but also will undoubtedly help me in my endeavors to become a doctor. In the future, my plan is to become either a trauma surgeon or an ER physician. Either way, I plan to do pediatrics because I love children.”
Mansharamani is majoring in architecture.
“Architecture is a perfect blend of design and logic,” she stated. “It involves aesthetics, spatial relations, physics and personal engagement within society to understand and design for a site. Architecture gives the designer an opportunity to accept social and environmental responsibility while challenging systems of representation to communicate creativity, logic and the final product. In the future, I would love to design low-income housing for communities that need it, designing systems that increase access to health care. Another project I have been considering is the revamping of the slums in India. So much of the population would benefit from restructuring of these areas and with cheap local materials and local labor this would be possible.”