EP #21: Shayna Mehta – Aspiring Doctor & Award-Winning Div 1 Basketball Player Challenges The Notion That Brown Girls Can’t Ball

Shayna Mehta (one half of @brownsplashsisters) is a recent graduate of Brown University (Class of 2019) where she majored in Biology and played four years of NCAA Div 1 Basketball while winning Ivy League Rookie Of the Year. She joins Ara to discuss her decision to choose medical school over a professional basketball career, balancing athletics + academics, using basketball as a vehicle for change in India through @crossoverbasketball, her love for @stephencurry30 / @warriors, and much more!

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00:54 – Introducing Shayna Mehta
02:03 – Shayna’s upbringing; Tamil roots, love for basketball and the Warriors
06:32 – Balancing athletics and academics, winning Ivy League Rookie of the Year
09:58 – Choosing between the WNBA and med school
12:46 – Using basketball as a vehicle of change through “Crossover India”
16:33 – Where Shayna sees herself in the next 3-5 years
17:57 – Shayna’s dream job
19:22 – What motivates Shayna?
21:42 – Love for travel; favourite places she’s been and where she wants to go
23:30 – Shayna’s insecurities
24:29 – Shayna’s reaction to being admitted to medical school
25:00 – The personal legacy Shayna wants to leave behind
25:52 – Advice Shayna would give her 16-year-old self
27:41 – The White Tiger
29:22 – A habit that changed Shayna’s life
30:27 – Admiration for Mindy Kaling and Stephen Curry
34:07 – Advice Shayna has for other Tamil creators
34:38 – Creator Confessions
39:10 – The Wrap Up