Everyone has their own story, and I’d like to share mine with you. I’m Priya, a junior at Sarah Lawrence College. I was born in New Jersey, then moved to North Carolina, then moved to Connecticut, then went to New York for college, then went to India for a few months–so I’ve been around a lot! I am studying literature and world music, which are my academic and personal passions. Two of my favorite things are to read and play music, however, there are many more things I love to do: run with my dog Mischa, watch movies, play sports (especially Quidditch!), bake desserts, draw and paint, to name a few. I also love to spend time with my family. I have two sisters, one older and one younger, both of whom I miss very much. My parents are great as well, and each have different things to offer. My dad is from Philadelphia and my mom is from Trinidad. They are really interesting and experienced people, and I owe them a lot for my own international and cultural interests.
Right now I am a Gilman Scholar studying in Hyderabad, India for the semester. I am taking classes on Indian culture, philosophy and literature, as well as Hindi language. In my free time, I hang out with my host family (a wonderful young mother, her four-year old daughter, and my roommate from Texas), travel around the country, and eat as much amazing food as I can. Travelling to India has been one of the best decisions of my life. I’m becoming a more worldly and perceptive person, and I know that when I return to the U.S., I’ll have new ways of looking at my own life and the lives of people around me. I feel lucky to have the opportunity to travel and see new worlds, and I encourage anyone who can to get out there! Travelling to a new place is the best thing you can do to become a better citizen of the world. It takes young people like us to make the changes we need. I’m happy to share my experiences with you, and I hope you’ll share them with me too!