Eric Atanga ’21, College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources

Eric Atanga reflects on his time at UConn

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Eric Atanga (Contributed photo)

Why did you choose UConn?
UConn is very popular, and one of the most prestigious schools in the country. It is also relatively affordable, and above all, referrals from family and friends who are Husky alumni was the major part of the decision, as they shared their learning experiences to encourage me.

What’s your major/area of study and why did you choose it?
I’m studying pathobiology because I am very much interested in infectious diseases and diagnosis. I would like to one day teach people how to prevent them, diagnose, and treat them. My vision is to open a state of the art clinic and a diagnostic lab in Ghana, and a psychiatric/mental health practice in the United States.

How has UConn prepared you for the next chapter in life?
I’m well-prepared for life because at UConn I had the opportunity to meet with experts and professors in my area of interest. I was able to do hands-on labs with students from diverse backgrounds. My direction is clearer coming out than going into UConn.

What’s something you learned in a class that you’ll always remember?
Infection is not always synonymous with disease.

What’s one thing that surprised you about UConn?
I was surprised at the number of great labs and some of them the only kind in the entire country.

Any advice for incoming first-year students?
All of the professors will help you if you ask (at least my experience with all of my instructors). The support system in UConn is very good, so use it. If you need help in anything for your studies, ask and it will surprise you how much help there is.