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18 y/o UP Girl Awarded 100% Scholarship at US University, plans to Become Data Analyst

by Rishika Choudhury

Date & Time: Aug 24, 2022 7:00 AM

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Anshika Patel, who is from a small village in Uttar Pradesh, is a great example of what can be accomplished through sheer hard work. The 18-year-old from Pakri Godam village in Jaunpur district has been awarded a full scholarship to Washington and Lee University in the United States, where she will study economics with a minor in mathematics. She was also chosen by Georgetown University in Qatar, and she was on the waitlist at five other universities.

Anshika recently graduated from VidyaGyan Leadership Academy in Bulandshahr with a class 12 grade point average of 95%. In 11th and 12th grades, she studied economics with a focus on Indian economics, microeconomics, and macroeconomics. She received a 98 percent in class 10.

Want to become a data analyst

While her father works at a small general store, her mother is a tailor. She also has four siblings. Talking about her future plans, Anshika says, after graduating from Washington and Lee University, she wants to become a data analyst. “Along with that, I may also decide to study further. My main aim is to work for the community welfare by working with NGOs or social service organizations where I can utilize all my learnings," she stated.

“Back in 2019, VidyaGyan provided me with an opportunity to go to the US as a part of a student exchange programme. I liked the education there and post that I started exploring the universities, courses, faculty and future opportunities or internships. I started discussing everything with my mentor at the academy and my counselor. They guided me at every step," she said, adding that she was already impressed by Washington and Lee University as one of her seniors is studying there. “The facilities that they provide in their economics and mathematics course are world-class," she said.

“The process involves applying through a common admission website. In America, all universities have a common app where one can apply to the university of their choice. To apply for a scholarship, there is a common scholarship form as well. As part of the process, I submitted three essays and also gave a proficiency test," she said about the admission process at the US university. If not a university in the US, she would have definitely done her higher education from an Indian university, she claimed.

Mother is a mini-example of women-entrepreneurship

Her course at Washington and Lee University focuses on entrepreneurial economics. Ansikha feels her mother is a source of motivation, “a mini-example of women-entrepreneurship", as she teaches basic sewing skills to women in her village thus helping them become financially independent. “Financial empowerment of women not only brings change at the family level but can also pave the way to a greater transformation at society and the country level. This is what stimulated me to study economics with a special interest in entrepreneurial economics," she added.

 “I come from a humble background just like all many other girls in our country. I would like to tell them that they have to believe in themselves. One needs to be focused and should work towards their goal. It is important to be fearless so that one can overcome any hurdles that come their way. It wasn’t easy for me to get out of my village. People in my village tried to influence my parents against sending me to the academy but my father saw a dream for me and my family. It has been the best decision so far," exclaims the youngster.

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