Hi y’all! It’s Sachi, the social media intern for JRF! I’d like to take a second to introduce myself and let y’all know who’s behind some of these posts!
I was born and raised in Putnam County, Georgia, which is a tiny, rural, conservative area (read: many cows) about an hour south of Athens. Growing up in Eatonton was a trip, because as one of the only Indian Americans (and the only one in my grade), I stuck out like a sore thumb. While I endured a lot of teasing, being different wasn’t always bad. In fact, being unlike anyone around me gave me a different perspective, the ability to break the mold of thinking and see things from an outsider’s perspective. I was interested in things that my peers weren’t talking about: women’s rights, social justice, and activism. It wasn’t until I stepped onto the campus of the University of Georgia that I realized I’d been lacking the language and the community I’d needed to fulfill my passions.
At UGA, I explored different organizations and groups, but I didn’t find my home until I decided to pursue my degree in Women’s Studies. In the very first class, I learned about feminism, equal rights, and social justice movements, and I realized that studying such topics gave me a thrill and a sense of purpose. I knew that activism was my calling.
Over the years, I’ve come to care about a lot of issues, but some of the ones I’m most passionate about include interpersonal violence prevention, women’s rights, uterine rights, anti-racism/discrimination, and equal education! I enjoy doing the research and getting properly educated on these topics and many others, and I love creating community around fighting for equity. Chances are if there’s a protest in town, I’m there!
In the long term, I want to be a physician, an OB/GYN specifically, and I’ll be attending the Medical College of Georgia starting Fall 2021. What draws me to the profession is the fact that I will help people. It’s cliche, I know. But it’s also the truth, and I can’t change that. I see the physician as an activist; they are doing many of the same things, after all. They both advocate for the populations they care about and work hard to improve the lives of those populations.
My heart will forever be married to Women’s Studies, so it’s important that I mention that I understand the complexity of medicine. I understand that the economic, social, and material conditions of my patients ultimately impact their ability to seek and access care. It’s not lost on me that unless we are able to fight for our patients outside of the patient room, people will keep getting sick and dying. As a physician-activist, I will not only help patients individually, but work on the local/state level to advocate for policy changes that will better the circumstances of my patients as a whole.
To wrap it all up and explain why working at JRF means so much to me: education impacts the health of people. More education means more money, which means more access to better healthcare. Increased education also means better access to housing and food, as well as better job security! Each of these factors impact health, so by working for JRF, which provides scholarships to women who may be unable to get their degree otherwise, I feel I am directly helping women better their health and overall lives. It’s an honor to have such an impact, however small, in the process of improving the lives of such amazing women!
Thanks for sticking through the end and reading a little about me! I hope you have a wonderful day 🙂