Meera was drawn to Ohio State for the diverse opportunities it offers its students. In her first year, she has taken advantage of those opportunities by participating in research, joining student organizations, and raising funds for charity through her artwork.
Meera is a human nutrition major, something she chose for its wide applicability and its connection to the medical field. “There’s so much about it that’s relevant to society. You can link nutrition to cancer research, to community health, to obesity trends, I was just so interested in how applicable it is,” Meera said.
Currently, Meera is working on community-based research with Dr. Carolyn Gunther in the human nutrition department. In her work with Dr. Gunther, she helps facilitate the Simple Suppers program, a healthy cooking and nutrition education program for parents and their young children.
Meera is interested in pursuing a master’s in public health in addition to an M.D., and would like her work to focus on food security issues and global nutrition. Her study of global health has sparked her interest in joining different clubs such as Global Health Initiative and Project Nicaragua, which study health issues abroad.
In addition to public health and nutrition, Meera is an artist and entrepreneur. Although this is not something she is pursuing as a career, Meera has stayed connected to her interest by running a greeting card company with her sister, Thara. Meera and her sister hand-draw the cards, sell them online and donate half of the proceeds to charitable organizations. Meera said, “We’ve always made greeting cards during the holiday season, and we finally decided that we should put our art towards a good cause.”