Graduation year: 2015
Hometown: New Delhi, India
Major: Applied Health Science
Why OC? I have been a part of the orientation process for the past 2 years; the first year as an incoming freshman, new to everything and excited to be at Wheaton; and the second year on the International Orientation committee, welcoming and helping first year students. I have realized that one of the ways to enjoy a place and learn more about it is to see it through the eyes someone new. I really want to appreciate my Wheaton experience and to see it with a fresh set of lenses to enjoy it all over again. I wanted to help and be a support to the first year students especially to those whose home may not be the United States.
About me: I grew up in the busy, vibrant capital of India, New Delhi. My dad is an American and my mom is Indian, and an alumnus of Wheaton (‘87). I am the third generation at Wheaton. I am an only child, so I fill the position of eldest, youngest and everything in between. I spent a fantastic 2 years of my life in Japan, experiencing International school and what it is like to be a TCK (Third Culture Kid). After Wheaton I am looking at the possibilities of being a Nutrition/Dietitian.
Why Wheaton? Coming from India, I wanted to go to a small Christian College. I wanted it to be small so I would not get too lost in the crowds of people; ironic seeing that New Delhi has 20 million people! Having a mom who had studied at Wheaton, it was on my radar since I was a kid and I had heard all about dorm life, pranks and the Stupe. The Lord opened the door and here I am today!
Favorite place on campus? The dance room in the SRC (Sports and Recreational Center). Wheaton has a variety of classes offered from Zumba and Turbo kick to Pilates and Yoga that are taught in the dance room. Exercising is so much more fun when there are tons of you sweating it out and laughing together!
Describe Wheaton in three words: Everything I needed
Favorite Wheatonism: Tor--our mascot. The cutest, biggest most intimidating mascot ever!
Most memorable experience at Wheaton: Pulling my first all-nighter with my roommate first semester freshman year to finish an English paper--40 hours of staying awake with no caffeine to aid the process!
What makes Wheaton unique? It is fabulous to be in an environment with people who live within a Christian context. To have professors pray and have devotions before class is something that can be taken for granted. Students are so committed to what they are here for; they study hard, play hard and get involved in everything!
Favorite CU or campus event: I enjoy the official dances that Wheaton has- square dancing, the Presidents Ball …
What person at Wheaton has had the greatest impact on you and why? I feel like everyone at Wheaton leaves a mark on you! … My anatomy professor (people tend to have life changing experiences when you are working on a cadaver together); my RA, a chapel speaker, a person you randomly strike up a conversation with in Saga. You have so many 'that was amazing' moments that you lose count! But if I was forced to choose one person, I would choose my roommate. I met her when she walked into the dorm room and she is one of the most head-on-her-shoulders, inclusive, driven and committed person I have met. She has been a great encouragement and has great views and opinions. If you get a chance I would suggest meeting her!