Beginning with her freshman year, Sasankan immersed herself in the academic and co-curricular life of the university. For four years, she has served in the Student Government Association as well as a member of the campus Medical Emergency Response Team
Her peers describe her as passionate in everything she does, whether it’s developing choreography as dance manager of Asian Students in Action (ASIA), volunteering with the campus Food Pantry, or helping other students as a Peer Tutor.
Throughout her time at St. Bonaventure, Sasankan has dedicated herself to the campus community: She was a First-Year Experience resident assistant, a supplemental instructor for PSYC-201, and the Franciscan Health Care Professions student coordinator,
where she assisted the Office of Admissions with applications to the combined-degree and early assurance programs.
In preparation for medical school, she has completed several internships and shadowing experiences including two stints as a research intern in the Department of Immunology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo.
Since fall 2019, she has participated in the Experience in Clinical Medicine Program at Olean General Hospital in which St. Bonaventure students visit a number of hospital departments and explore issues not covered in traditional pre-medical courses and
patient care in a rural environment.
In addition, Sasankan has pursued academics abroad by spending the summer of 2019 in England through the Francis E. Kelley Oxford Program.
While she has spent a significant amount of her time serving as a student leader, Sasankan’s Franciscan spirit “truly shines through during a one-on-one conversation,” said student Paul Boyd in his nomination of her for the Ideal award.
“If you have not had the pleasure of having a deep, faith-based conversation with Puja in the House of Peace at the Mountain, you have missed out. I have lost count of the number of lengthy discussions we have had comparing and contrasting our faiths’
rituals, beliefs and virtues. Beyond these deep conversations, Puja uses every interaction to better her community,” he said.
Student Anna Egli said Sasankan spreads the joy of being Hindu, showing the beautiful diversity the campus holds.
“Puja is a kind, caring individual who takes the time to build lifelong friendships and connections here on campus. I know her attributes have not only made an impact here at St. Bonaventure, but also will continue to impact the lives of others
as she moves forward in her career,” said Egli.
This fall, Sasankan plans to attend The George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C.