Ruma Jadhav is a student intern with the Contemplative Sciences Center. She is a fourth-year student majoring in Anthropology with a concentration in Medical Anthropology, Ethics, and Care. She was exposed to contemplative practices like yoga and meditation early in her life, and her interest continued to grow in college. Once she started implementing practices like journaling and meditation in her daily life, she observed a significant difference in the way she was able to adjust to life’s challenges.
In her second year, she sought out a position as a student intern at the CSC through the USOAR program to assist in research surrounding contemplative practices, allowing her to use her depth of information to make these practices applicable and accessible for any lifestyle. She was able to present her findings on Student Flourishing at the UVA Undergraduate Research Symposium, earning her team an Honorable Mention.
In addition to her research position, Ruma spends her time working toward spreading information about mental health and holistic well-being as a Peer Health Educator and a Peer Contact for IfYoureReadingThis.org. She also loves to draw and paint and is a Cartoonist for the Cavalier Daily. After completing her undergraduate education, Ruma hopes to attend medical school where she would like to use her experience in this position to help her introduce new perspectives to healthcare in the future.