Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
BackgroundInterview Date:November 2018
Gender Identity: Male
Race/Ethnicity: South Asian
Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual
Graduation Year: 2020
High School Experience: Public school in Morristown, TN with a graduating class of about 400 students. About 60-70% of students went to college.
First-Generation College Student: Yes
Major: Aerospace Engineering
Extracurricular Activities: I am a learning assistant which is sort of like an R.A. where I live in the freshman hall and help students learn study skills and time management skills. I am an I-Persist mentor, I [have a leadership role] in the Indian Student Association, and I am in the Professional Leadership Program.
Did any of your extracurricular activities have a particularly big impact on your experience?
All of the professional leadership activities like learning assistant mentoring and the Professional Leadership Program have all considerably helped me get into internships, develop my leadership skills, and time management skills. With the Indian Student Association, the cultural side has made a huge impact in terms of what I do outside of school after academics are done, how I have fun, and it helped me develop a friend group.