ZIMBABWEAN RHODES SCHOLAR KHAM KIDIA ’11 REFLECTS ON DISEASE, AFRICAN HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS, AND THE INHERENT DANGERS OF PRINCETON REUNIONS.
Name: Khameer Kishore Kidia
Major: French and Italian
Hometown: Harare, Zimabwe
Eating Club/Residential College/Affiliation: Tower/Forbes
What was your initial reaction when you found out about the scholarship? I felt a little dazed but deeply privileged and honored. The Zimbabwean Committee is a little more humane than the American one. They send you home and wait five to six hours, during which your family sits in silence with you in a room (as though there has been a death), and then they call.
Who’s your favorite Princetonian, living or dead, real or fictional? Jack Donaghy
What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in Princeton? Two words: Tomo. Sushi.
In one sentence, what do you actually do all day? I think probably more than anything, I listen to people repeat the things I say to them; either in what they assume is a correct imitation of my voice or in a purposefully melodramatic affectation that sounds something akin to a cross between a dying old lady and a mule.
What is your greatest guilty pleasure? Whatever I happen to walk out of the Wa with after 3am.
What are your plans for the Rhodes? To read for an M.Phil in Medical Anthropology for two years at Oxford, likely focusing on the institution of systems of health care and medical education in Zimbabwe.
Do you know all the words to Old Nassau? No, but I vow to learn them before I graduate.
What is your biggest fear? Catheterization. Don’t ask.