The question “Why” has always been on LP’s mind, ever since she was a young child. She was often seen asking random (sometimes weird) questions about everything around her. So when her parents bought her a toy microscope from Hamleys, it undoubtedly became her favorite toy. Curious, she gathered some leaves, dirt, hair, finger nails, and anything else she could find her hands on to look at under the microscope. This fascination with why things look different normally and through a microscope led her to begin writing her own song of the cell through her University of Chicago summer program, which focused on biology and its modern applications. LP continued to gain deep insights into biology through her comprehensive study and research work on a diabetic drug (metformin) with a renowned lab in Mumbai. She also reviewed seven research papers from all over the world on topics pertaining to chemical signals, bioactive compounds, oncology, and so on as a research intern.
Her passion for biology is not just academic related. She has led and been a part of many health and hygiene, poverty alleviation, and eco-sustainable initiatives to contribute to the community. Her prominent one being the one where she reached out to Procter & Gamble’s marketing head via cold email and, under CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), convinced P&G to donate 72,000 sanitary napkins for 1500 girls and teachers across 7 MUKTANGAN BMC schools.
LP’s journey to Columbia has been one of passion, consistency, and rigour. We are excited to have been a part of her journey and wish her all the best in all her future endeavors. We are confident that this is just the beginning of her journey to awesomeness. As the Columbia slogan says – “In Thy light shall we see light,” LP will be that light who will show millions of people their light.
By Lead Counselor – Tanvi Doddanavar