Having spent 13 years in the same, comfortable environment of NIST International School, Shreyans Sethi faced an unprecedented change as he graduated in 2018 to begin his university experience — from size and population to the increased rigor as a Computer Science and Physics major, his move to The University of California, Berkeley was a challenge of which he was initially wary. However, he soon began to see new and inviting aspects of college life. In this episode of globeChang(e), Shreyans shares his experiences through the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, including how the skills and lessons learned from his high school years enabled him in his college career.
As Michael and Shreyans reflect on his formative years, they explore the ways in which NIST has shaped the way he thinks. On top of the rigorous courses he took in the IB, being Student Council president to co-heading the Model United Nations program at NIST gave him the soft skills needed in college, while also allowing him to explore various interests. Particularly, his heavy involvement in NIST’s service initiatives as a co-founder of Priceless has paved his way into the service scene at UC Berkeley, where he is currently a Project Leader for Project RISHI, where he furthers their mission to promote the sustainable development and growth of rural Indian communities. Shreyans comments on how his experiences at UC Berkeley have strengthened his interest in social impact, and Michael and Shreyans trade anecdotes on their experiences as impact-oriented individuals.