My Story

My story is one of combinations. I’m an American daughter to Indian parents, born in the northeast and reared in the rural south. I was quiet as a child, but developed an extroverted side when my younger sister came into my life. I’m an alumna of a STEM high school who, while there, discovered a passion for writing. As such, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is a question I’ve never had an easy answer to. I’ve explored my analytical side with interests in policy, data, and chemical engineering. I’ve embraced my creative side with my fascination with consumer decisions, the science of persuasion, and the means behind strong communication. At Duke, I studied Psychology, Computer Science, and Innovation & Entrepreneurship to combine those passions in my mission to create a unique answer to this challenging question.

I came to Duke for its interdisciplinary focus and service mindset. Knowledge in the service of society is important to me and my motivations for higher education, and it’s something I brought to my other involvements on campus. Check out a few of them below!

Duke Business Oriented Women

After taking Women at Work, a Gender Studies and Sociology class with Professor Martha Reeves, I discovered new ways to frame my passion for gender equality. I spent two years on the Executive Board of Business Oriented Women, using the knowledge I’ve gained from this course and personal experience to create pathways for women interested in less traditional business fields.

Penny Pilgram George Women’s Leadership Initiative

I was part of the inaugural PPGWLI cohort, a group of women who learn from alumnae and female leaders on and off-campus about the challenges women face in different areas of life. I helped design the program as a first-year, participated in the cohort as a sophomore, and served as a mentor as a junior.

DukeStudents Social Media

I served as the Editor-in-Chief of DukeStudents Social Media, authentically conveying the student experience to over 20,000 followers across seven platforms. Before serving as Editor-in-Chief, I oversaw special projects for the team and was an Editor for the DukeStudents Instagram.

 

I also participated in and led the Duke Authenticity Project annual retreat and designed the marketing strategy for Rewriting the Code. I conducted consumer psychology research at the Fuqua School of Business and spend my free time kickboxing and reading on my Kindle.

My experiences have helped me identify and focus my interests, and I’ll be working in innovation, strategy, and marketing after graduation.  I want to use my career to do work that improves the environment of women in male-dominated industrieswhether that’s at a creating change at a company that exists now, or at one I build in the future.