Name: Saitheja Gadde
Major: Human Biology
Minor: Health Promotion
Hometown: Novi, Michigan
You’re now a senior at MSU, how does that make you feel?
Gadde: Honestly I don’t feel like a senior. One, because with COVID-19, this doesn’t feel like it’s a normal school year, so I still feel like it’s my junior year. I’m sad I won’t get to experience all the senior year events like senior spring break and other stuff. Second, because I still feel young like I’m twelve, it’s hard to believe I am already a senior in college. Sometimes though, when it hits me that this is really my last year, it makes me sad to think college is gonna be over soon, and I’ll be entering the real world soon.
What did you love the most about your undergraduate experience?
The thing I loved the most about my undergrad experience was meeting new people and going to different events. I also just liked that feeling of being young and a college student with my backpack. I got to travel a lot as well during these four years, so that was pretty cool to experience.
What do you think you’ll miss the most from undergrad?
I think what I’ll miss the most about college is spending time with people regardless of what the activity was. Looking back, even walking to class with people and staying up really late in the library studying them was really fun. I also will miss being able to do almost whatever I wanted like sleep at random times during the day.
What do you regret or wish you did differently?
I feel like I shouldn’t regret anything because who knows how I would’ve turned out if things changed, but if I could go back and do things differently, I would try to participate in more clubs that involve things I’ve never tried before. I don’t know the next time I’ll have the opportunity to experience these kinds of activities, so that would’ve been nice.
What are your plans after you graduate?
I’m planning to go to dental school, and hopefully after that, I will become a dentist, possibly specializing further. I also want to travel to as many places as I can before dental school starts.
Any advice to incoming freshmen coming into MSU?
Something I learned during college is not to worry too much about school. Obviously it’s important and you want to do well, but I feel like there’s always someone smarter or better than you in class, so don’t compare and tire yourself out looking at others. Everyone’s going to end up where they want to eventually, even if it takes different amounts of time to get there. Focus on other things too, and just enjoy the experience.