Why I Chose Fuqua
I chose Fuqua because of how much this school invests in people. That investment in people has remained a constant throughout my time at Fuqua. Despite pursuing a non-traditional career path of launching my company instead of recruiting, Fuqua created a support system for me beyond traditional classes. Solely through entrepreneurial opportunities on campus with events such as Fuqua Fast Pitch and the strong mentorship culture, I was able to raise $35,000 to fund my venture over the summer. This support has positioned me to launch and work on my startup after graduation.
5 of My Favorite Fuqua Activities
Fuqua Friday. I love coming together with the larger Fuqua community and closing the week out on a high.
INDUS Diwali Celebration. A little bit of home away from home.
Orientation Offsite. Team Fuqua is real, and it all begins on day 1! Spending a day with my section and C-LEAD outdoors and participating in team-building activities was the best way to make friends and find my community early in the year.
Campout. An unforgettable Duke tradition that has bonded my classmates and me for life.
Rise Against Hunger. I found a place with a shared passion for social impact and this event truly exemplifies that passion.
My Life Before Fuqua
Before Fuqua, I was working within the social impact space. First I worked at a civil rights law firm called Sanford Heisler Sharp where I supported victims of discrimination in academic and corporate settings to provide equal access and opportunity. I was then selected to serve as a Clinton Fellow with the American India Foundation. This opportunity allowed me to return to my home country India, for a year, where I helped an education nonprofit establish high-impact partnerships with state governments to disseminate their unique life skills-focused curriculum. For five years, I had also been running my nonprofit Jazz Hands Foundation that supports underprivileged students in Pune, India by teaching them English using a one-of-a-kind drama curriculum that I developed in conjunction with faculty at NYU.
My Life After Fuqua
After Fuqua, I intend to continue working in the social impact space. However, my focus has shifted from nonprofits to building sustainable social enterprises that can manage a double bottom line. Through Himayat I hope to transform the informal labor economy to make it more equitable, ethical, and profitable. By pursuing a dual MBA/MPP at Duke, I’m trying to develop the skills needed to succeed as a social entrepreneur.
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