March 2012 Student Spotlight

March 2012 Student Spotlight



Shreya Jagadish Shetty


Hometown: Mangalore, India
Program of study: Masters in Clinical and Translational Science

Why did you choose Creighton? I first came to Creighton University and Omaha as an intern in General Surgery at the hospital and fell in love with the city (as clichéd as that sounds!). After my year as an intern, I started work in research and actually developed an interest in it. I figured it would be in my best interest to get a formal degree in it and had seen firsthand by then how dedicated Creighton University was to truly educating its students, intellectually and spiritually. Moreover, the program that was relatively new had renowned faculty with years of experience in mentoring students. Omaha and Creighton were home to me by then and so it was naturally my first choice.

What made you decide to pursue education in this program? Circumstances led to my changing gears from a clinical field to research (till then in an informal setting) and I ended up looking for a structured education and engagement in research. Admittedly, going back to school after five years, and that too in a completely foreign (literally and figuratively!) setting was daunting at first but I'm thoroughly enjoying the challenge. Translational Sciences is the future, especially for clinicians interested in research and that's where I'm headed.

What are your interests outside of graduate school?  Reading, just about everything I can get my hands on. I'm super excited about the fact that my classes actually REQUIRE me to read books I'm interested in. (Who would've thunk?) So currently, "The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks" and "Acres of Skin" are my "fun" projects. I've also trained in Indian Classical Dance for 13 years and absolutely adore dance in any form. I wish I could do more along those lines here but somehow never seem to find the time or opportunity.


What experiences at Creighton have best prepared you for life after Creighton? Over the past few years, I've had a couple of rude wake up calls and am still going strong and going after my goals. I think that is quite a necessary quality our in the real world and it's only because of the opportunities that Creighton (and the people at Creighton) have given me that I'm doing what I'm doing. I've gone back to school, am growing intellectually and am meeting people from all walks of life and with different perspectives in life. More than anything, I think that is going to be an asset to me in life after college.

What is your most memorable experience at Creighton? It's not really got to do with Creighton, but I guess it was on campus.  The first time I had a run in with snow! I grew up in Dubai, so one can imagine how my only experience with snow was the fake "bubble" snow in shopping malls during Christmas...Boy was I in for a surprise...Totally and utterly charmed by snowfall...of course that lasted till I had my first near-collision on black ice and my first encounter with almost-frostbite. :)

What is one thing that you have accomplished that makes you proud? I have taken up a field that I was a complete stranger to and now truly enjoy what I'm doing and feel like I'm making it my own. I've found that as hard as it is, learning new things gives you a sense of accomplishment that little else does.


What have you most enjoyed about your experience at Creighton? Interacting with the faculty, both at the hospital and at the university. They are so very approachable and I've yet to meet a single faculty member who resents your approaching them with problems. My interactions with my classmates, colleagues and faculty is something I really treasure and will probably miss the most.

Are you involved in any community service activities? Unfortunately, I've to answer in the negative. Regardless of good intentions, I've never managed to find the time.


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