Sullivan award winner's college career exemplifies service
By Office of Communications and Public Affairs
Adarsh Shidhaye says he “hit the ground running” thanks to a pre-medical summer camp offered by the Office of Pre-Professional Advising. The program was so valuable to him that he started working as an ambassador during his freshman year, providing that same help to incoming students.
“Acting as a support system for students going through a similar process as myself allowed me to further my commitment to medicine and love for mentorship,” Shidhaye says in his personal statement.
Shidhaye’s service to his fellow students while earning a degree in public health as well as minors in business administration and medical humanities and culture has also earned him the university's highest undergraduate honor, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. The award, named for a 19th-century New York lawyer and philanthropist, is given each year for outstanding achievements, campus leadership, exemplary character and service to the community.
“Since my freshman year at USC, I have aimed to make an impact during my time at Carolina,” Shidhaye says. “Through my involvement with numerous student organizations, student employment through a variety of campus departments, and a multitude of co-curricular experiences, I believe that I have exemplified my commitment to the University of South Carolina.”
Acting as a support system for students going through a similar process as myself allowed me to further my commitment to medicine and love for mentorship.
Sullivan award winner Adarsh Shidhaye
A Capstone Scholar, Shidhaye is also a Presidential Academic Excellence Scholar and Galen Health Fellow. He is a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society and the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society.
Most recently, he has served as a peer educator with the UofSC Career Center.
“Through my role as a Career Studio Peer Educator, I have been able to provide a wide array of advising and support services to students during COVID,” he says. “I am humbled by the opportunity to serve USC during this time.”
Shidhaye also has worked as a photographer and content director for the Garnet & Black magazine.
In the Columbia community, Shidhaye volunteers at the Free Medical Clinic and Harvest Hope Food Bank. In his free time, he plays the violin, viola and piano, specializing in Indian classical music.
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