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Tomas Manghi, A13, has spent his life doing a little bit of everything—and hopes to keep it up

He is a man of many talents.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tomas Manghi, A13, moved with his family at age nine to Chicago, where he later attended an inner-city public high school he describes as “run down.” Nevertheless, he says he was inspired by devoted teachers who instilled in him a love for history, biology, and chemistry.

Manghi started thinking about a career in medicine. But as he looked at colleges, he realized he wasn’t willing to give up his other interests. He was heavily involved in soccer and sketch comedy, and wanted to continue learning about history, too.

Then he discovered Tufts, a place, he says, “where students were encouraged to be diverse and pursue a wide variety of interests.” He was sold.

Over the past four years Manghi found a way to blend all of his academic interests, majoring in environmental studies and history while fulfilling his premedical requirements. And he has kept busy outside of class, too, getting involved in the Tufts History Society (serving as the group’s president), the Tufts Peer Health Exchange, and a sketch comedy group called The Institute.

The first in his family to study in the U.S., Manghi says one of his favorite parts of Tufts has been the close connections he has fostered with his professors. It’s only fitting that during his time here, Manghi was the recipient of a scholarship from the Gerald R. Gill Scholarship Fund.

The scholarship is named after late professor of history Gerald R. Gill, whose legacy is that of someone who built strong relationships with all of his students, whether they were history majors or future mechanical engineers.

Manghi says he is “honored” to have received the award, especially because it memorializes a great member of the Tufts history faculty. Without the help of financial aid, he says, “I know I wouldn’t be here.”

His Tufts degree in hand, Manghi plans to spend the next year in Chicago applying to medical school and doing lab research on how air pollution affects human health.