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Radhika Pothi

Radhika Pothi is a PhD student at Surrey studying the BCG vaccination, given to prevent tuberculosis (TB).

Radhika Pothi is a PhD student at Surrey studying the BCG vaccination, given to prevent tuberculosis (TB).

Despite taking a loan from her home government, receiving help from her parents and juggling a number of part-time jobs, Radhika still found it wasn’t enough to make ends meet. The situation got worse when both her parents became seriously ill and their medical fees meant they could no longer afford to contribute towards her living expenses.

“Last year was a nightmare”, Radhika says. “I was so worried about the financial burden, coupled with trying to fit in my studies around my jobs. I care deeply about my research but I felt the situation was affecting my academic work and I simply couldn’t do my best”.

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Radhika Pothi

If it weren’t for the kindness and generosity of Surrey alumni, Radhika would have been forced to drop out of university, unable to continue with her research that could potentially save many lives.

Coming from India, Radhika has seen countless TB patients from early in her life and knows how merciless the disease is. Those experiences have been a major drive in her aspirations to help completely wipe out TB, which kills people of all ages, beliefs and ethnicities across the globe.

Luckily, her future looks a lot brighter now. With the help of donations, our dedicated team at Student Support were able to offer Radhika a lump sum that was enough to take some of the pressure off.

Radhika says she’ll be forever grateful to the donors. “This money was my lifeline – it gave me back my confidence and made me feel happy again. Now it’s my turn to give something back to society”.

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