Hi, I am Rajat Baldawa, a Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science (MAMS), class of 2023, student. I was born in Hyderabad, India and moved to America when I was about 2. I moved around a lot before settling in Grafton, MA in 2016. Before MAMS, I was a student at Advanced Math and Science Academy (AMSA) in Marlborough, where I was involved in Speech and Debate, Math Team, Varsity Boys Tennis, Coding Club, and NHS. In my free time, I enjoy playing video games and going out with friends.
One of my favorite sports to watch and play is tennis. I played varsity tennis for the MHS-AMSA team, my sophomore year, and I would have played as a freshman as well but was unable due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the early stages of the pandemic, I was able to get out and improve my tennis skills, while still social distancing. Last year, our team was able to make it to the states tournament and we won the Central Mass D2 Championship. Along with tennis, I enjoy watching and playing football in my neighborhood. Fall Sundays are my favorite time of the year for this reason. One brain "sport" I like to play is chess whenever I have some free time. Click here to see my chess profile and play me in a game!
My family consists of my dad, my mother, and my 20-year-old sister. I enjoy spending time with my dad, while biking with him on Saturday mornings and fixing random stuff around the house. He has been one of my biggest supporters and gives advice that I wouldn’t think of. I enjoy talking with my mom and especially making food and tasting her delicious food for her. My sister is a current Junior at UMass Lowell, majoring in Computer Science. She currently has an apartment in Lowell, but when she’s home, she and I love to talk or go out on drives for food or random errand runs. This past summer, our family went on vacation to Yellowstone and other national parks in Wyoming and Denver. Being able to spend time with them was a blast and these vacations are a great way to connect with my family.
Outside of school, I am a Boy Scout in Troop 106, Grafton and a current Life Scout. I am currently working on my Eagle Project of making a trail in Grafton ready to be hiked, along with adding blazes to the trail. I plan to finish my Eagle Project in Fall 2021 and get my Eagle by the end of the year. My favorite part of Boy Scouts are the challenging hikes that we go on and cooking meals at camp. Along with Boy Scouts, I volunteered for a Boy Scout Leadership Training Program called NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training). We had a total of 54 participants this year and I oversaw a patrol of 9. We taught younger Boy Scouts different leadership skills that help increase the quality of the troops in our council. I had a blast working with the other youth staff, and despite the tiring work of leading and teaching a group of 9 along with the lack of sleep, I found myself a better leader and a teacher as a result of it and I plan to volunteer for NYLT next summer as well. Click to see what I taught at NYLT!