Math has always been my favorite subject. My liking for math naturally morphed into an interest in technology. Programming has given me the ability to build useful products to solve problems I see around the world. I can code in languages including Python, PHP, Java and Processing.
As I gained an interest in computer programming, I began wondering how common gadgets such as computers and phones were made. This led to an interest in electronics and I have since been building and programming basic circuits.
If we want to make an impact on society, we must know about the world and what happens around us. I am the head of the Current Events club in my school and I lead school-wide forums to discuss pertinent events around the globe. I am also a member of the Model United Nations Club in my school which has given me the opportunity to learn about international diplomacy. I had the privilege of attending a conference at Harvard.
I have been playing the piano since the age of 7 and have developed a passion for both Western Classical and Modern Music since then. I also enjoy teaching myself to play Indian Clasical pieces on the piano. I have been playing the Indian Classical Violin since I was 9. My family is from India and the violin helps me connect with my heritage. For me, music is a way of expressing my feelings and unleashing my creativity.
For the last few years, I have been doing Yoga every morning which helps me feel calm and energized for the rest of the day. Evening bike rides through the neighborhood were a daily tradition when I was in elementary school and I now enjoy riding through Central Park.
As a young child, I was exposed to Country Music and have loved it ever since. I also play covers of Pop, Rock and occasionally Country songs on the piano. I like watching sports, specifcally American Football, Soccer, Tennis and Basketball. I am also interested in philosophy and like to listen to discourses on the Bhagavad Gita.
I am a senior at the Spence School in New York City and will be attending the University of Pennsylvania and pursuing a dual degree through UPenn's Management & Technology program.
I am the founder of Nerdina, a forum for school girls interested in technology to learn and collaborate, which will then prepare them to innovate and lead. I have launched a website (www.nerdina.org) as well as an iOS app as collaboration tools. I have also developed a Nerdina Kit and recorded about 25 videos (posted on YouTube Channel, Nerdinas) as tools to learn fundamental technology concepts. Using the kit and video tutorials, students can build, program and solder their own board with four experiments. I organize an Interschool speaker series called Young Innovators Meet-ups, featuring reputable speakers.
I am interested in studying Data Science and Business and have worked as a Data Analyst at CoClear, Intern at Venture Capital firm Paine & Partners and am currently working for AOL's #BUILTBYGIRLS as a technology education ambassador for girls all over the US.