Welcome

VAISHNAVI HARISH

My name is HARISH and I am a junior at Mass Academy. Enjoy exploring my website!

(Every day I'm shuffling.)

About Me

I was born in India, and my family moved to the US when I was a toddler. I’ve spent most of my life in Woburn, Massachusetts, where I completed my elementary and most of my middle school. In 2019 I moved to Ashland, Massachusetts and completed my eighth, ninth, and tenth grade in Ashland public schools. Ashland has a lot of small businesses like Murphy’s Ice Cream and an awesome farmer’s market in the summer and fall, so come over if you’re nearby!

The shuffling code was created by Joshua Schnee.

A picture of Vaishnavi sitting on a rock on a mountain.

I like pineapple pizza and mint chocolate chip ice cream.

I really like cats but I might be mildly allergic :(

My favorite song is Yellow by Yoh Kamiyama.

An arial view of Amsterdam. A picture of my hand holding two chocolate bars with Dutch writing on them. A picture of the golden chandeliers and plant decor in the Mumbai airport.

Extracurriculars

I participate in several Mass Academy extracurriculars, including CAD, FIRST Robotics, and Math Team. (More info when available)

Piano

I have been learning to play the piano for six years now. I take a weekly piano class where I prepare for exams given by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Last year, I passed the final grade eight exam, and two years ago I took the music theory exam, passing with a distinction. Here is a link to the school: The Real School of Music. Piano has always been my outlet to express myself, whether I play complicated exam pieces or Disney show themes, and it will forever be one of the constants in my life. I was also the choral piano accompanist in my old school, and played for our pep rally and graduation, as well as the seasonal concerts.

A picture of me in a green dress playing a black wood piano.

KUMON

I work at KUMON center for math and reading in Framingham. I have been working at KUMON for about a year, and enjoy working with young children learning to read and write. I feel proud that I can contribute in a way to a skill that a child will have for the rest of their life, and love seeing the excitement that children have towards being able to identify words, perform calculations, and read stories.

Taekwondo

I have been taking taekwondo classes for three years, and am now a red belt. I will take my black belt test some time next year. Taekwondo not only introduced me to Korean martial arts but also emphasized the importance of being alert, fit, and deliberate. I enjoy learning forms and sparring with my peers.

Hobbies

aka things im not great at but love anyway

Art and Creativity

A drawing of a boy with many ear piercings and a white mohawk.

I’ve always loved to draw, paint, make arts and crafts… basically if I could create something with my imagination and my hands I instantly became attached. At first I just sketched with a pencil and paper before switching to digital art and alcohol markers. Drawing is a great way for me to de-stress after a long day, and drawing even just a small doodle once in a while is a great way to improve. Even if I never attended drawing competitions (excluding 5th grade), I still find it a valuable skill to have.

Architecture

My interest in art and design led to my interest in architecture. I reached out to a MIT graduate and professor, who was working on achieving low cost concrete housing methods, to learn about his career as an architect. I also took an online three week architecture course from UMass Amherst, where I learned about rectilinear design, physical modeling with chip board, creating parti models, creating a photomontage using Adobe products, and creating a portfolio using Adobe Indesign. I was also introduced to CAD software through Rhino 7 CAD classes during the program.

Three photos showing my studies in two point perspective art, one of which contains my rectilinear model design.
An image of my Adobe Indesign portfolio, which includes a picture of my digital and physical parti model.
A digital model of my parti model, which is a rectangular structure with a triangular protruding roof.