Nihal Kariparduc

How did you earn The Congressional Award?

VPS: I volunteered at the Emerald Hills Institute for over 400 hours, contributing to event

planning, event set-up, and teaching at their Saturday School. I also held leadership positions

within clubs at my school (National Honor Society and Technology Student Association), and

organized events and fundraisers for the clubs. Volunteering in my community made me more

aware of the community at large I live in.

PD: I worked at a seasonal part time job, where I learned the behind the scenes of how to run a

business. I was also part of my school’s College Mentorship and Leadership Program, where I

studied for college entrance exams.

PF: I did fencing and biking.

EXP: I organized a trip to Northern Utah. I learned about what nature has to offer while learning

to overcome obstacles as they come.

What are your current ambitions?

I am currently a freshman at Boston University. My interests include research and volunteering.

In the future I hope to pursue a career that combines research, education, and health.

Where do you find your motivation?

Both of my parents being educators, education played a very important role in my life. Knowing

that there is always more to learn continues to make me motivated. Some may say that I am

self-motivated, but I simply like the process of learning. As I learn more, I have more questions,

which continues to make me seek answers.

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