Major: Civil Engineering Raised in: Eudora, KS Favorite Non-Profit: The Nature Conservancy an World Vision
Why did you join KSM?
I joined KSM because I was looking for a community of strong women to be apart of. I also really wanted to be exposed to more cultures that I had not experienced before, and being able to be apart of both at once is an incredible opportunity.
What is your favorite thing about KSM?
My favorite thing about KSM is the way that we embrace and celebrate diversity. Being apart of a community that is so diverse and that can celebrate different cultures really helps you grow as a person.
Why did you choose your major?
I chose my major because I eventually want to go into environmental engineering and create vertical farms using systems like aquaponics or hydroponics in vacated buildings in urban areas like Chicago and distribute healthy, fresh produce to the communities that really need it. Starting out in Civil provides a background for me in construction to be able to branch the gap between the growing and the necessary environment for the growing (basically what the building needs to have done to it to suit the needs of the technology).
Describe your culture
I am half Indian half white, but grew up in a primarily white suburb. My dad lived in Malaysia until college and came to school here in America and ending up staying for my mom. Growing up in a very predominantly white neighborhood, it was hard for me to really explore my culture outside of what my dad told me since all my Indian family remains in Malaysia. But now being in college and maintain the traditions on my own that my dad taught me about has really brought me closer to what being Indian means to me. A lot of my culture is food being able to bring people together and celebrating family and the relationships that you make in life and just being vibrant in what you do.