Anurag Nadgir, a Year 13 student at our school, has been awarded a University of Auckland Top Achiever Scholarship for 2017, valued at $20,000.
He will study Biomedical Science at the University of Auckland next year, and aim to secure a spot in the second year of the University’s Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB).
He said pursuing medicine appeals too him for the opportunity to make a real difference to people. “Being able to contribute to someone’s quality of life is something that brings a lot of satisfaction and it’s something I see myself thriving from,” he said.
Anurag, who scored marks in the 90s in his Cambridge curriculum Chemistry and Physics exams last year and is now waiting for his Year 13 results, said he has always loved sciences, particularly how they can be applied in the real world. “For example, my mum told me not to put an open can back in the fridge because it would go rusty and I realised that that process – oxidisation – was exactly what we had been studying in Chemistry class,” he explained.
Where does he see himself in ten years’ time? “Hopefully in a residency position, pursuing one of the many specialties of medicine,” he said. “The field is so broad that there are seemingly endless areas to specialise in after the medical degree. The length of the degree (six years) also means that I have plenty of time to make this decision!”
Principal Nathan Villars said Anurag, who was our Dux for 2016, was an extremely hard working, motivated young man who excelled in all areas of school life. “He has real integrity and a clear vision for his future and I personally wish him all the very best with his endeavours in 2017,” he added.