Catching up with Dr. Shelly Agarwal ’00 …

Q&A

What are you up to now?

I am an OBGYN physician here in the Chicago area. That means I deliver babies, perform surgery, see women in the office for their pap smears, birth control, gynecological issues — basically any women’s health issues that arise.

I love this field because not only is it a great mix of surgical and medical care, but also I see a large variety of women in the office. My days are never boring!

“MPA provided me with an incredible foundation in ways that I never could have imagined. I am extremely grateful for that.”

In my free time, I continue to study French, read, and travel. Most recently, I spent a week in Bolivia working in a village hospital. I still keep in touch with a lot of my MPA family as well. We’ve now known each other for more than 30 years!

How did MPA help you get there?

MPA provided me with an incredible foundation in ways that I never could have imagined. Critical thinking and valuing education is paramount in my career. Approaching problems from different viewpoints, being able to discuss solutions clearly and confidently, and understanding that every person brings a unique perspective are skills that I first learned at MPA.

I also fell in love with theatre under the guidance of Ms. [Jean] Doyle. When I am going from room to room among patients, sometimes delivering happy news, sometimes sad, or life changing, it’s important to compartmentalize. I learned very early on how to harness and control emotions during theatre practice.

There are countless ways that my MPA experience continues to help me in my professional and personal life. I am extremely grateful for that.