PujanDesaiName: Pujan K. Desai

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Year: Class of 2014

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Irrelevant. I never want to grow up.

Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever been?

Toronto, Canada. Literally.

What’s something you discovered lately?

Everyone in the world is figuring it out as they go.

What’s something interesting you learned in class?

If you make a deal with someone over email and sign it with your name it’s considered a legally binding contract in Maryland according to the Uniform Computer Information Transaction Act. And apparently texting counts, too.

What’s a piece of advice that you would give to an incoming student?

If it seems fun or interesting, just do it. Those experiences will teach you a lot more than you think. This is the time to take risks.

What’s your favorite thing about this school?

Everyone can be so unsuspecting but they are always up to something big. This school dreams big.

What’s something you wish you got involved with?

Indian dance groups. I love dancing and have been told I’m decent at it.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

How I Met Your Mother reruns. I’ve seen them all at least twice.

What’s a change you’ve made recently?

Working out regularly. And I mean 5 days a week.  It’s the best thing you can do for yourself.

What’s your favorite memory since you’ve been at Hopkins?

During the summer after my sophomore year, I was with Engineers Without Borders leading a team to follow up on irrigation pump installations in a few communities of KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa, a few hours outside of Durban. On this day, we were in a village named Mary Grey, essentially deep in Zulu tribal land. After interviewing a few community gardeners and checking their pump,  we ate lunch with the entire community, consisting of a chicken they had killed a few hours earlier and a number of dishes from the garden our pumps were feeding. We introduced ourselves to everyone Zulu and then danced to a traditional Zulu beat. We made fools of ourselves but I have to say it was one of the best days of my life.