We are SAATH is a national organization aimed at raising mental health awareness in South Asian communities through activism, education, and storytelling. I am a Co-Founder of the chapter at Northwestern University.Read more...
MEA strives to promote equity and alleviate period poverty and stigma. I am in charge of directing service projects (organizing drives, donations, fundraising) and promoting outreach to local and national organizations. Read more...
I am part of Northwestern's all-female, Bollywood-fusion dance troupe. Deeva is nationally recognized and blends elements from Indian classical genres, Bollywood, hip-hop, lyrical, jazz, and ballet. Read more...
I provide 1-on-1 tutoring for middle school and high school students in Math, Science, and English. Tutoring is a great option for students who want extra help getting ahead in class or need help preparing for tests.My Virtual Tutoring Services are a great way for students to understand curriculum during school distance learning programs. Read more...
The mission of Skulls & Drills (a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization) is to make brain surgeries possible for those who need it but cannot afford it. Many victims are unable to receive timely treatment, due to its high costs. We understand the fatal outcomes that result when one receives inadequate or no treatment, so we work to alleviate this issue.
I taught one class of 4th and 5th year students who attended the Tarana Dance Academy every Sunday. I taught the basic curriculum and helped prepare students for annual exams and recitals. This was a gracious opportunity which allowed me to shape and form future Kathak dancers.
I was the Captain of our Lincoln-Douglas Debate Team at BHS, and I trained students on strategies, taught case-writing, and judged practice rounds. In the summer of 2018, I was hired as a private debate coach for incoming freshmen at Barrington High School. I train students on basic, novice debate skills to prepare them for the upcoming season. Read more...
I volunteered in the Patient Relations department at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital every Saturday for 4 hours. I helped care for the hospital’s facilities, cared for patients, and guided the visitors. My work at Advocate has opened my eyes to the inner workings of a hospital and daily interactions with those involved.
I volunteered at my local Memory Care Facility in activities and patient engagement. Often times, I helped out with daily tasks, but I mostly entertained and engaged the patients - through playing trivia games, playing Bingo, or playing my viola for them. Volunteering at Autumn Leaves has helped me form a bond with the patients, and keeps the lives of the patients exciting.
I interned at the Northwestern University Transplant Outcomes Research Collaborative (NUTORC) Comprehensive Transplant Center (CTC) Summer Student Immersion Program. I am excited to be one of a few high schoolers, to have worked alongside undergraduates and graduates. I attended lectures at Feinberg School of Medicine and worked on a research project with the guidance of my mentors - The Recent Decline of Pancreas Transplantation: Causes and Conclusions. Click here to read the medical research manuscript.
The NSLC Medical Program immersed me into the medical field by introducing me to dissections, clinical simulations, visiting hospitals, listening to experts and professionals, and more. It was here that I was introduced to the field of medicine and my passion for biomedicine was confirmed.
I attended VBI debate camp for 2 weeks where I not only developed my debate skills, but also developed my learning and inquiry skills through intensive drilling, attending lectures, and practicing one-on-one with a mentor. Being in a new environment with equally driven peers, I also developed independence, social, and leadership skills.
I attended the Global Philanthropy Summit with a non-profit organization called Allowance for Good where I learned the importance of philanthropy and giving. We visited Google, Groupon, and other corporations and learned about their charitable activities. Through the use of group collaboration and projects, we were also able to come up with an organization to donate to. Overall, this program taught me how to make a change and the importance of giving back to the world.
Published August 17, 2019
I have been dancing since I was 8 years old, and I’ve learned for 8 years. My journey in Kathak, an Indian classical dance form, has shown me how much I love and appreciate dance, and how eager I am to give back.
As a 3rd grader, I remember enjoying small aspects of class time, mostly the kinetic parts where we got to move around. Yet, I didn’t give the dance form the proper appreciation it deserved. Strict discipline at age 8 is never enjoyable. The car rides to class would be full of complaints and nagging, as repetitive and mundane tasks weren’t particularly thrilling.
Published June 8, 2019
Hello everyone, I’m back and ready to provide a more in-depth look at my favorite summer program, NSLC, seeing as students are likely applying/joining summer camps.
As mentioned before, I attended the National Student Leadership Conference in the Medicine and Health Care Program at Northwestern University. I highly recommend this specific program if you’re looking at or unsure of a career in medicine or health care.
Published May 27, 2019
Hi everyone, its Rhea. Knowing that summer is near and students are likely looking at options for summer camps and programs, I would love to share my experience with summer camps. This will be a 2-part blog. In this entry, I’ll describe the basics of my favorite program - NSLC - and the application process.
In the summer of 2018, I attended the National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC) in the Medicine and Health Care Program at Northwestern University. The program was 8 days long, and I found this to be just the right length to introduce me to the field of medicine.
My midnight labor over canvas strokes
Has left me caged by freedom of some hope.
I birthed you from a brush of hair and oaks,
Ambitious self-portrait, trying to cope.
Vermillion spills rose into those cheeks.
Perhaps the skin will bounce with youth long missed.
Titanium has glossed an eye with streaks,
A face with painted wisps of life dismissed.
But soon it rests beside another print,
Its surface cracked and worn by time's varnish.
Attempts to shape a perfect, life-like glint
Seemed had not fled the peril of tarnish.
It fades in shadows by bright heaven's days
As canvas mirror reflects my cracked gaze.
- By Rhea Sharma
National Merit Scholarship Recipient
National Student Leadership Foundation Scholarship
Barrington Community High School, Barrington, IL