Student Spotlight: Rinku Skaria, Freeman Medal Recipient

Eller PDC Student Stories

Rinku Skaria3By Rinku Skaria

Hello, my name is Rinku Skaria, and I am a senior double majoring in Business Management and Physiology. During these past four years, Eller has provided me unparalleled opportunities that have shaped me as an individual.

Through the Eller Global Cohort program, I completed the first semester of my upper division classes in Bangalore, India with thirty other Eller students. Born and raised in India till the age of 9, I was somewhat familiar with the different cultures and languages and was therefore able to help acquaint Eller students to India’s culture. Our excursions to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Mysore, and others provided us a chance to immerse ourselves in the traditions of Indian locals. During the ten week program as a scholarship recipient and Cohort manager, I had the opportunity to administer a team of six other students. Apart from studying India’s economic growth in the global business arena, we also had the opportunity to learn yoga and dance. As the dance coordinator, I managed dance practices and a stage performance for the Cohort students and faculty to learn the three dance forms – Bharatanatyam, Kathak, and contemporary.


I was also heavily involved in organizing the 2013 Eller Make a Difference Day. Over a span of nine weeks as a team of students and staff, we worked together to provide 3600 hours of service through 45 engagements with over 900 volunteers. This experience not only brought together past, present, and future Wildcats, but also promoted community growth.

Additionally, I have been involved in numerous organizations at the UA and the Tucson community. I serve as a volunteer at Odyssey hospice to provide assistance and care for patients and families. And last year, I initiated a mentoring and tutoring program through the Mary Belle McCorkle PreK-8 School by partnering with UA-AMSA to work with middle school students from educationally disadvantaged      populations. These opportunities have allowed me to contribute to the community and continue my passion in medicine.

I have been involved with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) for the past four years while welcoming more responsibility each year. As the current AMSA Premedical Regional Director for Region V, I have been able to assist officers with resources within my region of 13 states and 90 chapters. During my tenure as UA AMSA President, I had the opportunity to work with a team to offer clinical, philanthropic, and social events to over 160 chapter members. I also coordinated the Admission Dean’s Panel and Education Day for the UA-Pre-Health Professions Expo Week. By working with other wonderful students across the country and within the UA, I have learned so much in terms of leadership, teamwork, and management.

My commitment to leadership, service, and academics has rewarded me designations as a University of Arizona Freeman Medal recipient, the Eller College of Management Outstanding Senior Award, and the Management Outstanding Senior.

After graduation, I will be attending medical school in the fall. My recommendation to students is to take initiative and find opportunities that they are passionate about. Eller provides countless opportunities and resources to students, and it is important that students take full advantage of them. I also advise that students get to know the faculty, staff, and their peers well at Eller and ask for guidance regarding their future and career goals. College is beyond academics, and so I recommend students to get involved in extracurricular activities. These experiences will create lifelong memories and long lasting relationships.