Shriya Soora

As a graduate student at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Shriya Soora understands the myriad of challenges that college can present to someone with ET, especially with hands-on learning. “The laboratory environment could often be a demoralizing setting,” says Shriya. But that didn’t stop her from following her dreams with a sunny attitude. “Instead of giving up, I learned to adapt, cope and, above all, have patience.”

Currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health, Shriya has used her ET to motivate her to help others: she’s served as a teacher for impoverished children in New Delhi, India, and as a peer substance abuse educator. She adds that “essential tremor has pushed me farther than I ever thought possible.”