In my freshman year, I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried out for the Speech and Debate team. Little did I know that this would be one of the best decisions I had ever made. The feeling of connecting with and getting a reaction from an audience is unmatched and is one of the best feelings in the world. This includes having the power to make an audience feel something, for example, by making them laugh when telling a joke. By speaking about issues that I care about, whether it be through an interpretive (acting) piece or an oratory (like a TED talk), my hope is that people leave the round with a new perspective than which they entered with. The first step to creating change is to educate and bring awareness to the topic, which is the goal of all my 10-minute pieces. After a performance, I anticipate that people will leave wanting to do something about the issue presented to them.
Tournaments usually last all day and are a lot of fun from beginning to end. From the beginning of my time on the team, we were told that, “you are a winner the moment you step on the bus,” which I still believe to be true. All in all, Speech and Debate is a highly rewarding experience. Click here to learn more about the different categories involved in the National Speech and Debate Association!
As far as I can remember, music has been a huge part of my life. The idea of being able to convey various emotions through music notes is fascinating to me, and one of my favorite hobbies is experimenting both with different instruments and genres of music to convey said emotions. Look below to learn more about the “Sound of Music” in my life (see what I did there).
I’ve been playing the violin since I was 9 years old in the 4th grade. Since then, I’ve played a variety of pieces, ranging from composers like Paganini to Beethoven. Playing the violin is greatly calming and helpful for reducing stress. Currently, I play concerts as a soloist, but I’ve participated in the Joy of Music Program Advanced Sinfonietta in the past. Currently, I am working my way through Mozart’s “Concerto in G Major.”
From singing in the shower to performing in front of big audiences, singing has always been a vital part of my life. I’ve been learning Carnatic style music since I was 5 years old and since then have expanded my range to a variety of modern styles. Along with singing, I enjoy writing songs to help my friends and I make more sense of the world around us. Recently, I got a guitar and taught myself to play a couple chords. I use those chords to write lyrics to songs on my guitar. I also write songs on the piano, which I’ve played since I was around 6 years old as well. Look below to hear a song that I wrote in January 2021!
Both of my parents were born in India but immigrated here before my brother and I were born. My brother, named Sashwath (Sash for short), and I were born in Houston, TX but moved to Shrewsbury, MA when I was a year old. Sash is 4 years older than me and currently attends Rutgers University in New Jersey. I also have a 3-year-old Bichon named Bobby. I’ve gone through the Shrewsbury Public Schools system my whole life until I decided to transfer Mass Academy as a junior.
My family enjoys sitting down together on Friday nights to watch a movie. This is our way of spending time with each other after a long, tiring, and stressful week.
With my friends, our main activity is going to get food. We aim to try all the restaurants located in Shrewsbury and neighboring towns at least once. Pictured, you can see my best friend and I going everywhere together, to accomplish this goal.
Growing up as an Indian girl in the United States, it was challenging to maintain a balance between the two cultures. I want to avoid losing touch with my roots, so I participate in as many Indian events as possible. This includes Garba, which happens every Fall. In summary, Garba is a Hindu event that consists of everyone gathering to dance and celebrate God. I also watch a lot of Indian movies, whether it be Tamil (my native language) or Bollywood (in Hindi, which is more mainstream). Take a listen to my favorite Tamil song!
The name directly translates to “Beautiful Eyes," and it comes from one of my favorite movies, “3”. Songs like these are only beautiful in their native language and attempting to translate them to English would cause the meaning to get lost in translation. Songs, as well as movies, are the perfect way for me to learn about my culture from overseas. You can always find me playing Indian music in the background while completing my homework. Click here to view my Bollywood music playlist!