Afshin Khan | Biology
Pomona Days: Class of 2011 | Biology
Current Employment: Graduate Student at Emory University (MPH) - Class of 2014
Past Employment: Watson Fellow (2011-2012)
Pomona was one of 5 US institutions that I applied to and it was the first one to get back to me with a full ride. I chose Pomona because of its generous financial aid, not knowing that there was more to this amazing institution. It truly opened up my eyes and pretty much gave me free reign to do whatever and whenever I wanted.
Pomona made me a hard core researcher but also a documentary maker. I became a well-rounded person because of the variety and breadth of opportunities at my disposal. I became confident in my ability to interact with people from all walks of life, which prompted me to apply for a Watson Fellowship. I was fortunate to be one of two sagehens to be able to travel around the world on a project of my choice.
After spending time in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Turkey, and South Africa, I found myself back in the US, yearning to do an MPH in Global Health and a certificate in Global Complex Humanitarian Emergencies. I am currently searching for a job but I know that Pomona's investment has made me a better person. My biggest advice to students: stay focused but flexible. I would love to be of any and all help to Sagehens.
My heart beats for Pomona and I will never want to cease to pay back to Pomona in some shape, form, or the other :)