Meet Namrata Ramesh, UC Berkeley 1st Year – Nurtured at Inventure, Ready for the World.

1. What are you currently doing?

I’m a first year undergrad at UC Berkeley, intending to major in Physics.

2. Which colleges did you receive acceptances from? Which did you choose and why?

I received acceptances from:
UC Berkeley
UPenn
University of Madison
UC Santa Barbara
Carnegie Mellon

I chose Berkeley as it has one of the best physics programs in the world, and because of its unique and multicultural atmosphere.

3. How has Inventure helped you achieve your goals thus far?

Doing A-Levels at Inventure helped me place out of at least a semester’s worth of introductory courses. Also, Inventure’s flexibility in allowing me to pursue advanced mathematics, MUN, and student council has prepared me both for coursework and equipped me with crucial people skills.

4. Why would you recommend Inventure to a friend/anyone you know?

Because Inventure takes risks, and it thinks outside of the box – which is how you need to be as an individual at places like Berkeley, as opportunities are not given to you on a platter unlike in some other schools – you need to seize them, be creative about them.

What I mean by taking risks is that Inventure approaches education unlike other Indian high schools – we are not afraid to try out new things. Take, for example, Maker Space or the Writing Workshop – these are interesting additions to Inventure as they focus on enriching our students’ intellectual stimulation, rather than in other schools that focus merely on programs that ‘look good’. In my particular case, Further Math was definitely taking a risk that paid off in the long run for me.

5. What were your major accomplishments at school?

Well I loved all the community outreach work that I did at Inventure. I also loved being a part of the MUN team and in student council – really helped me become the person I am today.

6. How have you built/used what you learnt at Inventureā€¦ how has the Inventure experience helped you in college/life?

Inventure’s a school that gives you many avenues and opportunities. Unlike some other high schools, where academics is the only thing you do, at Inventure you are encouraged to be a part of a POD, work with your houses, and be a part of schools productions over and above your primary interests (which could be academics or sports or a combination of both). This is useful in Berkeley, as I’ve noticed that people have to juggle many roles in order to be truly successul in college. You are encouraged to be a part of many extracurricular clubs to build your skill sets and your network, to reach out to your professors and do research… And to simply be involved with the rest of campus. In order to be successful at college, you need to be more than someone who simply focuses on academics, which is what Inventure’s philosophy perfectly reflects.

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