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UA Freshman Parneeth Nandamuri received full scholarship; valedictorian of high school

Dreams of becoming a doctor
Parneeth Nandamuri
Posted at 8:03 AM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 11:03:51-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Three months ago, Praneeth Nandamuri was graduating from Livemore High School with a 4.59 GPA as Valedictorian, but Monday he's starting his first day at the University of Arizona on a full scholarship.

Throughout high school, he received 40 college credits from AP classes and interned at the VA, which inspired him to want to become an orthopedic doctor.

"From my time at the VA, I really liked looking at bones and it just, it seemed like a cool place to start," Nandamuri said. "I've always had a morbid fascination with like broken bones and dislocated joints."

He said he applied to other colleges from California to Michigan, but it's the weather and research opportunities in Tucson that drew him into coming to UA.

"I visited the other schools and like I went to Michigan State and was not a fan of the cold or the surrounding tow, so I came here and I really liked Tucson and the college itself," Nandamuri said.

He said he's now more than ready for his new adventure as an Arizona Wildcat.