Harshil Bhavsar in cap and gown.

Majors: Neuroscience, biochemistry 

Co-curriculars: MOSAIC (program coordinator and director), Hanson Center for Inclusive STEM Education (student projects coordinator), independent research and honors thesis, Academic Resource Hub (supplemental instruction leader and peer tutor), resident adviser, American Chemical Society, Neuroscience Resource Team, South Asian Students Association, Marquis Scholars and Fellows, Chi Phi

Post-graduation plans: Moving to Boston this summer for a research technician position at Massachusetts General Hospital. During these gap years, Bhavsar will be conducting Alzheimer’s disease research while preparing his application for medical school. Specifically, he hopes to enter M.D./Ph.D. programs and become a physician-scientist who is able to treat patients in the clinic and run a research lab at an academic medical center.

What’s the most important thing you learned at Lafayette?

Lafayette taught me resiliency. When I arrived as a timid first-year student, I had no idea that I would be this involved with the campus community by taking on leadership roles and constantly trying to contribute something worthwhile! There have been many times when I felt defeated—when my goals seemed unattainable. Thanks to the network of mentors and friends that I chose to surround myself with, I was able to find motivation and confidence to never take no for an answer. Instead, I learned to just do it because ‘Cur Non.’ It’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission!

What one lesson or memory from Lafayette will remain with you for the rest of your life?

I recently learned that it is OK if things don’t go as planned. It’s draining to be someone who needs to plan out everything and expects things to work out in a certain way every time. From this, I had to adapt and adjust my mindset and be open to paths that I did not think of pursuing a few years ago. As I begin my gap years before returning to school, I will keep this lesson in mind: There is no ‘right’ path to get to where you want to go, because the final destination can still be the same!

What advice would you give to high school students who are considering Lafayette?

Give it a chance! I didn’t apply Early Decision to Lafayette and waited until the last minute to accept my seat in the Class of 2023. Looking back on these four years, it’s nearly impossible to imagine what life would have been like if I didn’t spend them at Lafayette. You have so much freedom here to start a new club or take on whatever major/minor you want. Lafayette doesn’t restrict you; it pushes you to find problems and implement solutions, which is why Lafayette is great at cultivating changemakers!

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1 Comment

  1. Harish Shah says:

    Congratulations for great achievement and all the best for a very bright future.

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