Priya Sabharwal, born and raised in St. Cloud, Florida, graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in May, 2017. She majored in Nutritional Sciences and minored in Health Disparities in Society. Priya was a peer mentor for the University Minority Mentor Program for three years, and she served as the historian for the Community Health Service Corps for two years. After serving with Impact America, Priya hopes to attend Dental School to become a dentist who works with underprivileged communities.

What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song?

“Girte hain shahsawar hi maidan-e-jang mein. Wo tifl kyaa girega jo ghutnon ke bal chale.” In Hindi, this quote means, the fighter can fall only when she rides the horse in the battlefield. If a coward does not even ride the horse, how can they fall? The quote serves as a reminder for me to never be afraid of failure because of the importance of trying to achieve something greater.  

What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?

My most meaningful service experience during college was volunteering in the Shands Hospital Dental Clinic. The clinic catered to patients of a lower socioeconomic status. Volunteering in the clinic, I learned a lot about patient interaction, dentistry, and empathy. I realized a little bit of kindness goes a long way in patient interactions. In any service occupation, it is important to really care for one another. I hope to bring the values I learned from the clinic into my service with Impact America.