Janani Arangan, B.A. 2015

Medical Student, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University

2015 Major: Brazilian & Global Portuguese Studies and Environmental Sciences

How has being a Romance Studies graduate from Duke helped shape your professional success?

"In my first two years at Duke, I completed coursework in Spanish, Haitian Creole, and Portuguese. My goal was to explore the breath of this department while working on my environmental science degree, with a focus on public health. Then in my last two years, I found a mentor within the Portuguese department that supported my interdisciplinary interests and gave me the opportunity to complete a second major in Portuguese. I am very grateful to the Romance Studies department for equipping me with the skills to translate, both literally and figuratively, my coursework into a meaningful foundation for a career in medicine, in which I can engage with a diverse array of patients. In the years between my undergraduate and medical education, I’ve had the opportunity to pursue a Fulbright teaching grant in the Brazilian Amazon and extensively utilize my language skills as a community health worker in the United States."

What advice would you give to students in Romance Studies?

  • Immerse yourself in the coursework and travel opportunities
  • Connect with professors and mentors
  • Share your interdisciplinary interests with the department!
Jan Arangan