In my senior year of college, I had the opportunity to collaborate with a senior editor in Farrar, Straus, and Giroux for Young Readers on my yet unfinished novel. I am still in awe that one of the biggest publishing companies wanted to collaborate on an incomplete manuscript before graduating college.
At Rutgers University, I also developed a passion for teaching. For me, teaching is an art that requires a formal, professional capacity and sensitive interpersonal skills. It guides someone to think and conceptualize clearly and gain the skills for analyzing all other complex aspects of their lives, identities, and the world around them.
I served as a Teaching Assistant and Barbara Voorhees Mentor for Douglass Residential College’s “Issues of Women’s Leadership” course while improving students’ grades from F to B levels through tutoring. In December 2017, I was awarded a certificate for “Outstanding Contribution by a Professional Tutor.” by the Rutgers Plangere Writing Center.
Later on, I helped my clients develop unified and coherent narratives as a freelance writer and communications coach. Besides providing edits for research papers, STEM journal articles, and other academic publications, I established long-term strategies to help my clients implement techniques for improving their writing and storytelling abilities.
Today, I am working for Coldwell Banker….
I fell in love with writing in third grade when I started using the thesaurus for class, enriching my vocabulary with words such as flabbergasted, jubilant, scintillating, and pulchritude.
By 5th grade, I was writing poetry on my own. In 7th grade, I wrote a 20-page historical fiction short story about the Holocaust. And - fast forward - during my final year of college, my essay titled “Vitiligo: My Journey through Art” was published in Teen Vogue.
As Indian-American, I grew up in an immigrant family that did not encourage any creative endeavors. Anyone who pursued a profession in the arts was deemed to have a lesser work ethic, intellect, and inherent value as a human being. Subsequently, for some time, I considered being a doctor before I finally switched to an English major after my freshman year in college.