Friday May 03, 2013
After graduating from Illiana Christian High School in Lansing, Selladurai applied and was accepted widely at many schools. But it was IU Northwest that awarded her with the baccalaureate/medical degree (BMD) scholarship, which not only covered all of her undergraduate tuition, but also granted her a provisional seat at the IU School of Medicine (IUSM) when she finished her undergraduate work. With academic honors and MCAT scores, one of the highly competitive spots had been reserved especially for her. Selladurai will begin medical school at IUSM in the fall.
Selladurai said she has wanted to be a doctor since she was five. Recently, she went on a mission trip to Brazil for reasons unrelated to healthcare. Still, she saw injured children and desperately wanted to help them heal.
“I thought, one day, I want to be able to help someone like that,” she said.
While following her pre-med track, Selladurai chose psychology as her major, which she feels will help her in her chosen career as a pediatrician.
While pursuing her studies, Selladurai has worked as a supplemental instructor for math classes at IU Northwest and also served as a tutor and piano teacher. Her current job at a local hospital is related to computer systems but has her working directly with physicians.
Selladurai is active in her church and in student activities on campus. Her face graces the IU Northwest billboard on eastbound I-80/94.
Going to school close to home meant that Selladurai’s support system was always nearby to help her stay focused and determined.
“I had pastors and good friends and my parents who were there to remind me of the goal, when I forgot the goal myself,” she said.
Selladurai has been accepted to three medical schools, a testament to the quality of her IU Northwest education.
“Keep (your) goal in mind because I think that is what really got me through the hard tests … It did help that I knew what I wanted to do. But even for someone who doesn’t know what they are going to do, just keep little goals in mind.
About the Class of 2013: Indiana University Northwest conferred 854 degrees at the 47th Annual Commencement ceremonies on May 9, 2013. The Class of 2013 collectively received 123 associate’s degrees, 606 bachelor’s degrees and 125 master’s degrees. More than a hundred of the graduates have earned their diploma with honors.