Dhairya decided on UGA after acceptance to the UGA Honors Program. He had access to exclusive internships, classes, and research opportunities.
It didn’t take Dhairya long to leverage the university’s generosity into good works.
His first semester, as president of the Myers Community Council, he began his involvement with University Housing, helping peers enter the college system. Sophomore year, he became liaison between the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia and UGA, learning first-hand the challenges of food supply in Athens.
At the food bank, he met other students passionate about service and social justice. “They inspired me to join the Public Service and Outreach Scholars Program (PSO),” he says.
Through PSO, Dhairya interned with Campus Kitchen, “a student-powered hunger relief organization,” as he describes it. He led a weekly cooking and delivery shift that took unused food from dining halls, restaurants, and other sources and transformed it into packaged meals for the needy.
Alongside these mercy missions, he developed a public health research study to find new ways to get food and health care information to families where grandparents raised grandchildren.
Between busy hours of service, Dhairya also conducted high-level laboratory research.
“In just my second semester, I began working in a genetics lab researching the epigenetic causes of obesity and a possible genetic treatment,” he says. “It was a highlight of my student career.”