NAMRATA VERGHESE
Emory College
Undergraduate - English/Creative Writing
and Psychology/Linguistics
FOR WRITING HER OWN SUCCESS:
Namrata Verghese recently graduated with highest honors from Emory University as an interdisciplinary scholar double majoring in English/Creative Writing and Psychology/Linguistics. In the midst of designing her own course of study, Verghese found time to develop and teach classes as an Interdisciplinary Exploration and Scholarship (IDEAS) Fellow, including one on Bollywood cinema and another called “The Power of Black Self-Love,” which went viral online. In addition, she co-founded Model Minority, a magazine designed to challenge Asian-American stereotypes, and gained experience interning with Google and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapala, the first Indian-American woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Meanwhile, Verghese’s writing appeared in literary magazines such as Tin House and World Literature Today, as well as online platforms such as The Emory Globe, a student journal for which she served as Co-Editor-in-Chief. Her contributions earned her the Boisfeuillet Jones Medal, awarded to one graduating senior in Emory College, that distinguishes her as one of Emory’s students believed to be a “change agent” in the world. Impressively, Verghese, who was the recipient of a full ride Robert W. Woodruff Scholarship during her time at Emory, also won the Charles Elias Shepard Scholarship for Graduate Study – resulting in the opportunity to pursue a funded one-year master’s degree in the U.K. this fall. But, before heading across the pond, Verghese will publish her first book, a short story collection titled The Juvenile Immigrant, forthcoming from Speaking Tiger Books later this summer. (Stay tuned — it’ll be available to pre-order in early August!)​​​​​​​