Friday Feature with Tufts' Chista Irani

Chista Irani, Tufts

The NESCAC is brimming with talented student-athletes and the "Friday Feature" is a way for fans to get to know them throughout the academic year. The conference introduces Tufts' Chista Irani, a women's squash student-athlete who hails from Mumbai, India.

Chista Irani, Tufts

Chista Irani, Tufts University
Senior, Women's Squash
Mumbai, India/The Taft School
Majors: Biology and Community Health

Why did you choose to attend Tufts?
I chose to study at Tufts because when I visited and met a few students during my tour everyone had multiple passions and interests and I admired the way Tufts encouraged its student to extend themselves to try new and different things. I also loved Tufts because it was the best place for me to pursue my interests in joining the health profession after college.

Why did you choose to be a Division III student-athlete?
I chose to be a Division III student-athlete because I wanted to compete in an environment that also allowed me to pursue my other interests during my college experience.

What is your dream job/career? Why?
After graduation, I want to join in the public health sphere and work towards improving the cost, access, and quality of health care.

What extracurricular activities do you participate in?
In addition to being a member of the squash team, I am also on the executive committee for SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee) and I am a senior intern at the Tufts Undergraduate Admissions Office.

What has been the greatest part of your college experience so far?
The greatest part of my college experience is having the opportunity to live in a house with nine of my best friends for the past two years making Tufts my home.

What has been your favorite class outside of your major? Why?
My favorite class has been a senior seminar on the topic of water, sanitation, and hygiene practices in low and middle-income countries. This class taught me a lot on a public health topic that I knew very little about. It taught me how to analyze and interpret public health burdens and outcomes in many different communities.

Who is your favorite professor? Why?
My favorite professor at Tufts is Karen Kosinski who teaches in the Department of Community Health.

What internships/research projects have you participated in? What did you learn from these experiences?
I have worked as a Research Assistant at Massachusetts General Hospital, where I gained clinical experience and was given the opportunity to interact and work with patients and physicians. To complement my clinical experience, this past summer I worked as an analyst at a health care consulting firm and got to experience the cooperate side of health care. During my senior year, I am working as a Senior Intern at the Tufts Undergraduate Admissions Office and during the spring semester, I will be working as a Research Assistant at the Tufts Medical School.

What has been the most interesting part of your major so far?
The most interesting part of my two majors is that I get to take classes on the impact of health disease and its burden on communities, as well as classes to understand the biomedical science behind these diseases.

What is the greatest lesson you have learned from being a student-athlete?
The greatest lesson I have learned is how to be a leader on a team and how to encourage and push my teammate to work together to achieve a common goal.

What is your favorite place on your campus and why?
My favorite place on campus is the gym because it is one of the most social places on our campus. It is a great place to squeeze in a mid-day workout and catch up with some friends.