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Abhilash Mathews

Abhilash Mathews

Abhilash Mathews - PhD Student in Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


“My original goal was to pursue veterinary medicine, and the modules available in Physics & Astronomy provided the flexibility to do exactly that. As an undergraduate here, you have tremendous opportunities available both in the university and larger community as a whole. By simply seeking them out I was able to work in veterinary clinics, volunteer with wildlife rehabilitation efforts, and still pursue research projects in areas such as particle physics and quantum optics. Assistance from professors here allowed me to take the courses I sought, and I can’t emphasize enough the importance of speaking to faculty!
 
An essential lesson Western has taught me these past four years is that you can learn as much as you dedicate yourself to learn. With intriguing courses offered ranging from scientific computing to quantum mechanics, students are always provided an exciting challenge to grow—although it is upon the student to reach out and take it!
 
While I hope to still continue volunteering in different capacities with animal rescues, I’ve decide to pursue graduate studies at MIT in hopes of advancing fusion research that is working towards clean, sustainable energy for everyone. But this is just my path. In the end, heed the advice of others while ultimately making final decisions yourself. Doing what I love has helped me thus far, and I hope the Physics & Astronomy department can offer that for you, too.”