BOSTON, Mass.— Garen Kroshian of Cambridge, Mass. earned the Community Service Award from Boston University (BU) College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College at the annual Senior Awards Reception on Fri., May 13. The Community Service Award is given to students who are actively involved in volunteering outside the university, using the skills attained through their education while demonstrating an outstanding ability to represent the ideals set forth by the College.
Kroshian graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in human physiology on Sun., May 15. While at BU, he worked as a research assistant for a variety of studies including an anti-smoking project at Massachusetts General Hospital, a public health project at the Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester, and a cancer research project in Grenoble France. He also completed a Sargent Thesis for Distinction—one of the first students at Sargent to achieve this honor.
Kroshian also served as a Sargent College Dean’s Host, president of the Armenian Students Association, and a teacher and supervisor at Our Lady of Armenia Orphanage where he taught French, guitar, piano, and English to Armenian children. He was a recipient of the Scarlet Key, the highest student service award that BU bestows on graduating seniors.
“Growing up as a first generation student in the United States with English as my second language has been a challenging, yet important experience in my life,” says Kroshian. “I have faced much pressure to forget about my Armenian roots and traditions. However, I have persevered and not only kept my personal cultural roots strong, but inspired fellow Armenians at BU to do the same.”
“Garen leads by example,” says Academic Counselor Heather Nicholson. “One of Garen’s most apparent traits is his genuine nature, exemplified in how he spends his time outside of the classroom.”
Kroshian plans to spend the next year working in community health before attending medical school.
Source: Armenian Weekly Mid-West