Roshan Guharajan

by Benjamin Skye | April 24, 2010 | inFocus 0 Comments


Roshan Guharajan came to Hardin-Simmons University (HSU) in the spring semester of 2007 to pursue his dream of working as a wild-life conservationist. Majoring in the field of biology, Roshan intends to use the knowledge and skills he has acquired during his studies at HSU to work with various endangered species.

Roshan will graduate in December 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and believes that his time at HSU has equipped him to be a exceptional not just professionally but in every other aspect of life.

He chose Hardin-Simmons University because of the small class sizes and dedicated faculty, a choice that has reaped significant benefits. When asked about his experiences on the academic level, he recalls being able to engage in dialogue with professors and learn from them on a personal level.

He appreciates the fact that faculty members know who he is by name. There have been countless occasions when Roshan, as he described it, would pass by his professors walking down the hallways of the science building and they would stop to talk or joke with him.  Roshan explains that his relationship with his professors extend beyond academics, in that the professors have shown to take serious interest in Roshan’s professional career, advising him on opportunities to learn and grow outside the classroom.

As an example, Roshan participated in a summer wild-life conservation programs through the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) focusing on the Malayan tiger. Upon returning from his trip in Malaysia, he was asked by his professor to prepare and present a slideshow for the students in the school of science.

Through this experience, Roshan was given the opportunity to gain experience and insights into his future career.

Outside the classroom, Roshan is actively involved with the International Student Fellowship. He is the current president of the organization for the 2009/2010 school year. He views this extra-curricular activity as an avenue to enhance his social and conflict-resolution skills. Being president of an international student organization has helped Roshan, in his own words, “to understand and gain deeper respect for all peoples.”

Roshan is also an active member at University Baptist Church (UBC), located right across the street from the HSU’s campus. He has been attending UBC since his freshman year and now serves as a piano player for the worship band. Working with the worship band, which practices twice a week, Roshan has seen his piano-playing skills significantly enhanced, and as he enjoys every moment of it.

These are but a few of the many opportunities for holistic growth and education which Roshan has gained during his time at Hardin-Simmons University.

Roshan is confident he has been enriched by the warmth shown on this campus and will leave as a more mature person than when he first came to the “Forty Acres” almost three and a half years ago.

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