Sonum Tharwani was born in Charleston, West Virginia, and raised in Cary, North Carolina. She graduated summa cum laude from Emory University, where she majored in neuroscience and behavioral biology. She was the Co-Founder and President of “Red Light” at Emory, an organization that works to implement a program that focuses on healing the psychological scars of sex trafficking survivors in Atlanta. Sonum hopes to go to medical school and receive a dual MD/MBA degree after serving with Impact.

What do you like to do for fun?

I love to explore the world through dance. Ever since I was little, I’ve been interested in learning different styles of cultural dance. Throughout college, I created a “cultural fusion” dance class that mixes together Indian, Latin, and African movement. Throughout college, I taught this class at a homeless shelter for women and children and really enjoyed the infectious energy in the room.

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

“Not a word passes between us, not because we have nothing to say, but we don’t have to say anything” – Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

What do you with you could have studied more in school?

I wish that I had studied nutrition more in school. I have always been fascinated by the relationship between diet, health, and disease. I am also specifically interested in a career in pediatric medicine, so more information on nutrition would allow me to educate children about the importance of healthy eating patterns early in life.