What inspires you?
I’ve always wanted to build things of value that solve problems I see around me. I came to America when I was 7 to meet my parents for the first time. My experience transitioning from a developing country like India to America helped me understand my privilege, and it also motivates me to innovate so I can give back.
Who was your role model and/or inspiration?
I’ve had multiple role models in my life. My parents motivate me because they literally came from the slums of India, and they worked hard to establish their lives in america. They are business people who have now seen success, and their hard work helped me realize the value of persistence in success. Other people I’ve looked up in my life are Edison and Elon Musk. Early on in my life, I was obsessed with learning about Edison. I found his curiosity, risk-taking nature, and intelligence to be captivating. It inspired me to pursue science and to take risks. I think Musk is very inspiring in that he understands what are the biggest problems needed to be solved, and he goes ahead and takes the steps necessary to attack those issues.
What is the best piece of advice have you received that has helped you be successful?
Understand when to say no, more than when to say yes to opportunities. Take risks and be different. DO what you ENJOY, and don’t chase money
What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
I would say my strengths are that I’m risk taking, good at brainstorming, and persistent. My weaknesses would be that I have an ego, I’m unproductive at points, and I sleep too much
In your opinion, who do you think is the most impressive person in the world right now, and why?
I think the most impressive people in the world are those that sacrifice their happiness for the happiness of others. Examples include parents.
What advice would you give fellow or younger students?
Be different, question your surroundings, and don’t be afraid to break rules and take risks.
If you could go back in time, is there, if at all, anything you’d do differently?
I’d spend more time with the people that really matter to me and show them how much I love them. I’d avoid unnecessary arguments and be more aware of others perspectives.