Hello, my name is Manasa Prabhala! I am from Dublin, Ohio, and I am currently a 1st-year Computer Science major in the College of Engineering.
I am a huge lover of books, running, singing, and dance. I love to read young adult, fantasy, and science-fiction; I am constantly reading and updating my Goodread’s account. You might think, how can someone love running? My years in cross country during high school taught me running is a great way to stay healthy, explore new areas in your community, and make long-lasting friendships with your running buddy or teammates. Also, joining a school choir made me interested in singing so I decided to join The Music Academy where I had been a vocal student practicing a variety of pieces, favorite being Italian Arias (2014-2019).Dance was another art style that has been a part of my life for about 10 years (2006 -2016). It helped me get involved in the Indian community, make great friends, and get rid of my stage fright. I wanted to share what I had been performing for so many years, so I taught Bollywood dance to kids from ages of 5 to 12 during the summers when I was in high school (2015- 2019). My love for teaching kids encouraged me to also work as a Math tutor at Mathnasium (August 2018-present).
Volunteering at the food pantry and with different organizations over the years helped me learn to appreciate the life and opportunities I am provided. I realized that not everyone is as fortunate as me, and I believe it is my responsibility to give back to my community. I am thankful that I was able to help the individuals in my community overcome different obstacles they may be facing in their lives with my actions. I want to continue giving back, so I plan on getting involved in some service clubs at OSU.
My family and I love to travel to experience new cultures and learn more about a country. As of now, we have traveled to 14 countries. I get to learn more every time I travel, which has motivated me to try a study abroad program during my time at OSU. It would be an extremely beneficial opportunity because you meet people who have different perspectives and approaches to a problem; it is similar to the workforce where you have to work with a diverse set of people.
Computer science is challenging, rapidly advancing, and provides numerous benefits to all aspects of life. My appreciation for technology encouraged me to study the language of computers and algorithms. It inspired me to be part of the driving force towards technological innovations and the exploration of the unknown.
I plan to utilize OSU’s abundance of resources, opportunities, and supportive staff to build a successful future for myself in engineering.