My PSL mentor that I interviewed is Anya Chew. She is a second year in PSL who is studying Political Science with a minor in German. She is involved with Greek life here at OSU and she really enjoys her major and minor. She hopes to be more involved with helping out the first-year cohort and leading us to better understand the PSL program. She is an extremely nice and inviting person and I am thrilled to have her as my mentor.
- Global Awareness: As an immigrant, global awareness is very important to me. My appreciation for my culture and others’ cultures is deeply rooted in my curiosity for the way different cultures engage in society. I try to surround myself with as much diversity as possible, through my friends and my every day activities. Diversity is an important part in my life, and I hope to promote diversity through my tenure at OSU.
- Original Inquiry: I have considered doing research in a lab with one of the professors of Microbiology at OSU. I am looking forward to my research opportunity in summer of 2019.
- Academic Enrichment: As a Neuroscience major, I take a lot of challenging courses. As a STEM major, my classes take a lot of academic rigor and hard work.
- Leadership Development: I am a part of College Democrats here at OSU, and I am hoping during my second year I will have an elected position on the Executive Board.
- Service Engagement: I am an active volunteer at Peter Maurin Center, a homeless shelter in my hometown of Akron, OH. I volunteer there every Sunday and it is one of my favorite parts of the week. I look forward to finding a similar shelter in Columbus so I can continue with my service engagement.
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Hello! My name is Anagha Velamakanni, but everyone calls me Nikki. I’m from Hyderabad, India but I’ve lived in the United States my entire life (I’ve recently gained my citizenship!). My family moved here when I was three years old and since then, I’ve lived in many states, such as Rhode Island, Illinois, Texas, and, of course, Ohio. I am a determined, outgoing, passionate, and sympathetic person. I am a Neuroscience major on the Pre-Med track, and I plan to go to Med School. I hope my academic career helps me achieve my goals of being a psychiatrist.
I’m in college to further pursue my academic career. I hope, by indulging myself in an excellent, rigorous, and diverse environment, I can learn more about myself, my future, and my peers. I want to build my secure future at OSU and I’m really grateful for this opportunity. I would say my academic goals are high, they would take a lot of hard work and determination to achieve but I believe in myself and I will take advantage of all the resources I have at OSU. I want to continue my growth as person, especially in my patience. My job as a Teaching Assistant at Sylvan Learning Center has helped me learn patience with others, especially with my co-workers and my bosses. In the future, I hope to make a political and scientific change in society through my involvement with PSL Scholars and my major of Neuroscience.