Kynza Khimani ’22, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

"I was able to build a community by joining different clubs and organizations."

Student Kynza Khimani wears a pink shirt while sitting on steps of building.

Kynza Khimani ’22, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

What’s your major and why did you choose it?
I chose physiology and neurobiology because I was interested in how the brain works. At the time, I thought I wanted to go to medical or pharmacy school. Then, I took an introductory course in public health and health care policy. It encouraged me to meet faculty with expertise in the field at UConn. For the first time, I was able to see that there are careers besides medicine in which you can help improve global health.  

When I began my junior year, I decided to create a major in global health through the individualized major program alongside my physiology and neurobiology degree. It allowed me to expand my knowledge on the social determinants of health and global health inequities. 

What are your plans after graduation?
I’ll be pursuing a master’s degree in global health and population at the Harvard School of Public Health. I’m planning to concentrate on infectious disease epidemiology. My long-term goal is to work for a multilateral organization like the World Health Organization (WHO) or the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). 

What activities were you involved with as a student?
I was involved in a few different student organizations throughout my time at UConn, including Huskies for Refugees. We do a lot of advocacy work for refugees, panel events to educate the community, and fundraisers with local nonprofits. I was also part of Husky Hungama, a South Asian fusion acapella group, and participated in health research through the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR). I ended up working as a peer research ambassador, which is something that I’ve loved doing in my senior year.  

What’s one thing that surprised you about UConn? 
Despite being a large university, I was surprised how small UConn begins to feel after a few years. I walk around on campus now, and I’m shocked by how many people I recognize. I was able to build a community by joining different clubs and organizations. 

What’s one thing every student should do during their time at UConn?
Go to a basketball game. I was only able to go to a couple of games because so much of my college experience was dominated by COVID. Take advantage of our amazing athletics programs. You go to a university with so much school spirit. 

What’s one thing that will always make you think of UConn?
Ice cream! I love the UConn Dairy Bar.