Divya Jayaraman '04
At Waterford Since: PreK-4
The last gift she received: A moustache glasses stand from her aunt (although she doesn’t wear glasses)
What she does when she’s alone in her car: Listens to soulful music and stares longingly at other drivers
What would she do if she won $10 million dollars: Pay off her student loans, send her parents to Europe annually, and then give the rest to charity
Divya Jayaraman’s parents chose Waterford because they knew education was the most important gift they could give their daughter. “My parents moved to Utah in the 80s, but it wasn’t until they’d been settled for a few years that they began to look seriously at schools for me. When they came to campus and met with Nancy Heuston, my mother knew right away that this was the right place.” And, it was Heuston’s vision – a well-rounded approach to life rooted in the Liberal Arts - that has set Divya up for the success she now enjoys.
“Waterford gave me an incredible gift: a strong sense of the importance of a well-rounded life. I love writing. I have a sincere love of the arts. I was a member of the Waterford Singers and took AP Ceramics while I was a student. But, I also took enough math and science courses during my time at Waterford to keep my Indian father happy.”
Divya graduated from Waterford in 2004 and then from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 with a degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. She returned home to attend Medical School at the University of Utah and followed that with a residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. An interaction with a pediatric patient suffering from an anaphylactic reaction resulted in fellowship training in Allergy and Immunology at National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado. And now, Divya has come home again to join the faculty at the University of Utah School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Allergy and Immunology. She specializes in the treatment of asthma, allergy, and immune disorders in pediatric and adult populations, with a special interest in eczema management, food allergy, and severe asthma.
In her new role, Divya will not only practice clinically, but she’ll also have the opportunity to mentor and teach medical students and residents at the University. The teacher-student relationship is something she learned to appreciate at Waterford.
“Waterford has such an incredible sense of community. I experienced one on one attention in a nurturing environment – something I have yet to experience again. This is a community that cares about generations of students. I’ve run into many of my teachers since moving back, and each time, it’s a wonderful homecoming.