Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration Prepared Recent Graduate for Challenging Field
Beyond her experiences in the classroom, Bhargavi Srirampur Gowda '19 MHA, a native of India, says she learned about different cultures, a new community, and how to lead – enabling her to feel confident as she began her career.
September 25, 2019
By Renee Chmiel, Office of Marketing and Communications
When Bhargavi Srirampur Gowda '19 MHA began her graduate coursework at the University of New Haven, she was also adjusting to life in a new country – and living half a world away from her family for the first time. Before long, the native of India immersed herself in her coursework and got involved in the campus community.
"My time at the University made me independent," she said. "I felt stronger and more confident. During my last semester, I was involved with Indian Student Council events and the winter gala, and I learned how much I am capable of."
"I strongly believe the exposure to different cultures – in the classroom, at festivals, and at graduate student events – prepared me for the real world."Bhargavi Srirampur Gowda '19
Now an assistant practice/office manager at Manchester Pediatric Associates in Manchester, Conn., Gowda says her experiences at the University were critical to preparing her for her position. She cites team presentations, case studies, and peer assessments as especially beneficial. Her education, ultimately, extended far beyond the classroom, and she says her time at the University provided countless invaluable learning opportunities.
"I strongly believe the exposure to different cultures – in the classroom, at festivals, and at graduate student events – prepared me for the real world," said Gowda, who also completed an internship at Bristol Hospital. "This enabled me to feel at ease on my first day at work."
Eager to get involved on campus, Gowda served as president of the Indian Student Council, developing her managerial skills as she organized events. An active member of the University's Society of Healthcare Administration chapter, she also welcomed new students to the University as part of the International Services Office's "buddy" program.
One of her favorite experiences at the University was her graduate assistantship in the University's Center for Family Business. As a graduate assistant for Christine Delldonna, director of operations for the College of Business centers and institutes, she learned about the importance of a mentor.
"This position was an enriching experience and a treasured memory that will always be special to me," said Gowda. "I found a guide, mentor, and friend in my boss. Being her assistant helped me to understand how administration works."