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 Wisconsin, 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 Inventure… 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. Read other World Ready stories here- - Sridhar Prabhu (1st Year Student at Cambridge University) - Alisha Kalyanpur (JIPMER, Pondicherry 2nd Year MBBS Student) - Tejas Rao (Currently at Gujarat National Law University)
1. What are you currently doing?I am a first year undergraduate student studying Natural Sciences at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. The modules I've chosen are: Physics, Chemistry, Math and Computer Science
2. Which colleges did you receive acceptances from?
UK:Imperial College, University of Warwick, University College London, Cambridge University, University of Nottingham
US:Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, Boston University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of California Davis, Purdue University
3. How has Inventure helped you achieve your goals thus far?Inventure really helped me find a balance in my student life. I was encouraged to pursue my interests in science as well as in sports (athletics and football). Inventure's holistic approach in terms of the wide variety of opportunities and guidance provided really helped me realize my true potential both on and off the sports field.
4. Why would you recommend Inventure to a friend/anyone you know?One of the unique features of this school is that your class teachers are also your mentors throughout your school career. Many of teachers who taught me in primary school are still part of the faculty and keep in touch! This is just one instance of the tight knit community at Inventure, ranging from parents to students to faculty!
5. What were your major accomplishments at school?Sport Day Individual Championship Awards from Grades 3 to 5 100, 200 and 400m gold medallist from Grades 3 to 8 Participating and being part of the winning team of the first two MIX events at school CAIE India Topper Awards in A Levels Physics and Chemistry; and High Achievement Award in Computing
6. How have you built/used what you learnt at Inventure… how has the Inventure experience helped you in college/life?The breadth of opportunities provided at Inventure have helped develop my interests. For example, I learnt how to listen to other perspectives and lead a team when I was a member of the Student Council. Today, I am the student representative for the Math course at university. The faculty at Inventure also helped me pursue my passion for Physics beyond the curriculum. This has culminated in my colleagues and I publishing a paper. Read other World Ready stories here- – Alisha Kalyanpur (JIPMER, Pondicherry 2nd Year MBBS Student) – Namrata Ramesh (1st Year student at UC-Berkley) - Tejas Rao (Currently at Gujarat National Law University)
1. What are you currently doing?I am in my 2nd year of MBBS at JIPMER, Pondicherry, studying to become a doctor.
2. Which colleges did you receive acceptances from? Which did you choose and why?I had the choice between JIPMER and Bangalore Medical College and I chose JIPMER for a number of reasons. For one, it's known to be a very good medical college for aspiring doctors with a cohort of intelligent students and inspiring professors. As it is a government institute, it comes with patient exposure which is invaluable. It also had some sentimental value as my mother had attended a semester here in her med student days. And lastly, I wanted to be away from home and have that romanticised 'growing up experience'.
3. How has Inventure helped you achieve your goals thus far?In Grade 11, I decided that my dream was to become a doctor and Inventure helped me get one step closer to that dream by giving me expert guidance and helping me ace the final exams. There was never any pressure from any of my teachers on me to pursue any particular profession. After seeing many a batchmate who has been pressured into the medical field, I feel grateful for the freedom I received to follow my own path and dream my own dreams. By not being a believer in pure academics, Inventure also taught me how to multitask and manage my time such that 24 hours feels much longer than it is and I think I owe it to this skill that I am surviving med school!
4. Why would you recommend Inventure to a friend/anyone you know?Inventure has been like a second home to me. All my cherished high school memories are from Inventure. My peer group was very down to earth and the faculty was incredibly passionate and caring. I still recall pieces of advice I was given from teachers, like my biology teacher telling me that if one puts in a little effort every day, no mountain will seem to high to scale. I still wear my uniform shorts around. I am grateful for the habit of physical activity that I inculcated at Inventure, which keeps me healthy and happy. And most importantly, the school's cheerful environment taught me how to have a positive attitude at all times in life.
5. What were your major accomplishments at school?Thanks to Inventure, academic achievements like topping the country in ICSE, weren't the only ones I had. I learnt leadership skills as the vice captain of my house, Adventurers. I learnt about worldly affairs and the art of debate by attending MUNs. I had enriching experiences at MIX for which I was selected to represent the school. And I gained some invaluable life lessons while representing Inventure at tennis events in interschool fests.
6. How have you built/used what you learnt at Inventure… how has the Inventure experience helped you in college/life?In retrospect, I realize that Inventure is a great school to prepare you for not just college, but life. One of the greatest lessons I learnt at Inventure which has helped me in college has been optimism. I imbibed a carefree attitude from the happy-go-lucky students and the positive teachers. I know now not to take life too seriously and I feel like this is very important especially in medical college where I'm constantly confronted with heart-rendering instances of disease and death. Inventure also taught me how to be independent which is vital for living the college life. This I gained by the numerous extracurricular activities at Inventure, from setting up stalls and selling things, to attending leadership workshops by inme, to organising amazing annual theatrical performances ('Muse-ical Magic' in my year). When I hear horror stories from my friends about their ‘coaching days’, I find myself reminiscing about my own pleasant high school days. And to this day when I find myself in a large lecture hall surrounded by a hundred and fifty fellow batchmates, I remember my high school class of ten students, in which my every word would be heard and acknowledged.
7. Could you elaborate on why you decided to stay/study in India? Why not go overseas?I've wanted to be a doctor so that I can make a difference in a few people's lives. I feel like India has given me so much, from a lovely growing up experience to a cultural background that I'd be proud of anywhere in the world. And so I'd love to be able to give back to my country in whatever way I can. As an aspiring doctor, I feel like if there is a need for medical services, it is here. So it made more sense to me to study in India where I could learn about its endemic diseases and the attitudes of its citizens so that I can eventually get qualified and work here. Also, I attended a summer school program in the USA during my 10th grade summer that made me realise that India is where my heart lies. That's why I decided not to go overseas for college. Note: Alisha also made it through the written exam to the interview rounds at CMC Vellore and St Johns hospital, Bangalore but chose not to pursue. Read other World Ready stories here- – Namrata Ramesh (1st Year student at UC-Berkley) - Tejas Rao (Currently at Gujarat National Law University) - Sridhar Prabhu (Currently at Cambridge University)
1. What are you currently doing?I presently study Law, for an Honours dual-degree in Arts & Law at the Gujarat National Law University.
2. Which colleges did you receive acceptances from? Which did you choose and why?I applied to and received acceptances to study Law at King's College London, as a Dickson Poon Scholar, and subsequently from University College London, the University of Durham & Warwick University. Additionally, I was accepted at the School of Law, Christ University. All of these acceptances were prior to the CLAT Examination. Having secured a rank via the Common Law Admission Test, amidst 45,000 test-takers, I got a merit seat at the Gujarat National Law University. I chose GNLU over all other colleges owing to my desire to stay within the country and discover it further, and my wish to possibly come back to India and practice Law one day. I also dream of making a change within the sphere of Legal Education and Practice within India - and learning about the workings of the system was possibly the best way to do it. Lastly, India's Legal Education focuses a lot more on practical learning, with internship breaks after every semester and opportunities to participate at Moot Court Competitions and Debate Competitions.
3. How has Inventure helped you achieve your goals thus far?Inventure was the stepping stone and breeding ground for me - in terms of everything I learned about subjects I studied, and the way I discovered myself - my passions, my inhibitions, my strengths and my hobbies. The faculty at school allowed me to go beyond what was in the textbooks and the syllabus and read around the things taught at school, which was lovely - it inculcated a passion in me for research. Additionally, the beauty of school and my fondest memories lie in the amount of autonomy I was given as a student - to join all the clubs I desired, or PODs that I wished to, which enabled me to find my penchant for public speaking, and seize every opportunity around me - whether these were MUNs I attended, or visiting the National Law School in Bangalore for Debates - which was where I ultimately found the Law. School also ensured we did an internship, and introduced me to a wide range of people, such as Ms. Menaka Guruswamy, whose success stories and inspiration guides me in my work and studies even today.
4. Why would you recommend Inventure to a friend/anyone you know?This is a biased question - as an alumnus, Inventure is the only school I'd recommend to anybody and my heart bleeds the Orange, White & Blue, as my mind chants Carpe Diem. But if I have to set that bias aside and reason my decision, I'd highly recommend Inventure for the following reasons:
1.The Student Population: Inventure's student crowd is the most dynamic crowd I've been a part of - and there's so much to learn everyday from people around you. In the 12th Grade, especially, I found my classmates to be the most comforting, inspirational, and humble people I knew - and that creates motivation to come to school everyday. School is an atmosphere of fun - even in classrooms, so learning isn't stressful or strenuous. It's enjoyable.
2.The Faculty: The Faculty-Student relationship is the one that stands out at Inventure. Teachers go beyond their call-of-duty, acting as Mentors and Guides, and as Heads of PODs or Beyond Academics, teach you so much about organizing events, and organizing your life, and figuring out values and morals you stand for. I knew I could speak to my Faculty about everything under the sun, whether these were problems at home, or conflicts in my brain, and having multiple Grievance Counselors, or fora to address concerns was lovely. Teachers are also receptive to feedback in senior classes - so if we told our teacher we were bored, they found ways to make classes more lively and interactive - through models, or fun activities to make learning so much more enjoyable. For the A Levels I took, I couldn't have asked for anything more.
3.The Facilities and Infrastructure: Can you name something the school doesn't have? I think the beauty of Inventure lies within how much the school helps you find yourself. You want to be a champion footballer? We have the Coaches, the Field, and the Opportunity. You want to become a Theatre Artist? We have annual productions. You're an avid reader? Every book you want is in the Library. You're a budding Musician? There's the Music Room. There's nothing school doesn't give you. It's just the question of going and using it.
4.The Administration and all the Support Staff: What I loved was how much the Administrative Staff helped the students. Nobody is as helpful. I've spoken and interacted with students from several schools, and no one can match the warmth of Preet Ma'am greeting you every morning, or Varsha Ma'am helping you out with any issues you may have. Every student forms relationships with every single adult at school, and as part of the Inventure family, going out into a big, scary world isn't as scary, because you know the warmth of individuals, and how easy it is to strike and form a rapport with people.
5.The Community Outreach: I undertake Pro-Bono Work at college, and serving the society is something that is inherently part of my profession. But Inventure really taught me the value of these tasks through different opportunities - whether it was visiting the Urdu School, or the Government Schools around us - I learnt the importance of helping the underprivileged and enabling them to reach a fair start.
5. What were your major accomplishments at school?The MUN Culture I helped to create is one of my favourites. It's so nice to see my juniors - the ones I trained with my batchmates, winning awards at every Conference they go to these days. It's very father-like, in a lot of ways. I was an active MUNer, and served as an Assistant Director at the Harvard MUN India 2013, in addition to winning awards at other conferences. A treasured accomplishment was hosting INMUN 2014 - my last INMUN, which had over 100 participants, a huge improvement from the 15 that MUNed during the first edition. At the NLS Debate, I was a semi-finalist. Additionally, my most treasured accomplishments and memories are from my tenure on the Student Council - I was Venturers House Captain & School Captain, and raising Rs. 7 Lakhs through The Kick, The Quest, The Question, for an underfunded school was a satisfying feeling. Lastly, working for the DAKSH Legislation Drafting Challenge, winning an Honorable Mention in a college-level competition, and working on Our Safety, Our Voice, are memories and experiences I value deeply. Read other World Ready stories here- - Sridhar Prabhu (1st Year Student at Cambridge University) - Alisha Kalyanpur (JIPMER, Pondicherry 2nd Year MBBS Student) - Namrata Ramesh (1st Year student at UC-Berkley)
- Adorning the benches in the school’s Zen Garden with mosaic art
- Making wooden shoe racks from scratch
- Constructing a Treehouse and Rope Course
- Making and donating high-visibility jackets to the neighbouring villages
Sanaya Katrak of Grade 12 ISC.
Sanaya Katrak Grade 12 ISC