BackgroundInterview Date:December 2018
Gender Identity: Female
Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual
Graduation Year: 2021
High School Experience: A public school in Clarksville, TN with a graduating class of about 350 students. There was a culture of going to college.
First Generation College Student: No
Minor: Computer Science
Extracurricular Activities: I [hold a leadership position] on the Rhodes College Crew Club, and SACA (South Asian Culture and Advocacy). I’m a big sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Memphis at Springs Elementary, and I’m also part of Best Buddies.
Did any of your extracurricular activities have a particularly big impact on your experience? In what ways?
All the things I do impact my day to day and long-term view on life. [having a leadership position] in SACA opened up my eyes to having Indian culture. In high school, I was the only Indian girl in my grade. I wasn’t exposed to many Indians my own age who I could relate to. When I came to Rhodes, it was cool because there are 20 or so Indian girls who are passionate. We put together Diwali performances, we go to the South Asian Fest, and do dances together. I have a sense of community I didn’t’ have in high school. I have my other White and Black friends as well, but there is also a sense that I have my Indian girls.