I am in my last year of law school focusing on environmental law. In college at the Indiana University Bloomington - Kelley School of Business, I majored in Business Economics, minored in Spanish, and created my own minor called “Business and the Environment” which led me to study sustainability in the Monteverde Cloud Forest of Costa Rica. While there, I worked with a local seamstress to start an online apparel company selling accessories made out of recycled textiles.
My appreciation for the environment is rooted in my experiences as an American of Indian descent. I grew up all over the US (having moved over 10 times) which has given me deep respect for the protection of nature and wildlife in the diverse ecosystems of the US. My Indian heritage has inspired my passion for the environment as my mother taught me the cultural values of living in-sync with the planet and protecting it for continued life on earth. As a kid, we used to visit my family in India and each trip I'd collect National Geographic magazines to take in a suitcase to my grandfather given his limited mobility and his desire to experience the world. As we'd read the magazines together, he used to share cool facts and tell me stories that sparked my love for storytelling. Modeling his passion for exploration, I am inspired to tell stories in the hope that I can spark interest in the curiosities of our natural world for others like he did for me.
My work at the Environmental Law Institute and the Nature Conservancy has further fueled my desire to share environmental stories and inspire others. After graduation I plan to use my J.D. to continue to serve the environment and continue storytelling.