Anshika Patel, from a small village in Uttar Pradesh, is a great example of how much hard work can achieve. The 18-year-old from Pakri Godam village in Jaunpur district has secured a place at Washington and Lee University, USA on a 100% scholarship, where she will study majors in economics with a minor in mathematics. She was also selected by Georgetown University in Qatar and was on the waiting list of five other universities.
Anshika recently graduated from VidyaGyan Leadership Academy, Bulandshahr with 95% in class 12. She had economics courses in class 11 and 12 with a focus on Indian Economics, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. She got 98% in class 10.
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While her father works in a small general store, her mother is a seamstress. She also has four siblings. “When I was selected, my teacher and my family were thrilled with the news. I would be the first in my whole family to study abroad. It’s like a dream come true for me and my family” , she told News18.
Talking about her future plans, Anshika says that after graduating from Washington and Lee University, she wants to become a data analyst. “At the same time, I can also decide to continue my studies. My main goal is to work for the welfare of the community by working with NGOs or social service organizations where I can use all my learnings,” she told News18.com.
“In 2019, VidyaGyan gave me the opportunity to go to the United States on an exchange student program. I liked the education there and started exploring universities, courses, professors and future opportunities or internships. I started discussing everything with my mentor at the academy and my advisor. They guided me every step of the way,” she said. , adding that she was already impressed with the University of Washington and Lee, as one of her seniors is studying there. “The facilities they provide in their economics and mathematics course are world class,” said she declared.
“The process is to apply through a common admissions website. In America, all the universities have a common application where one can apply for the university of his choice. To apply for a scholarship, there is also a common scholarship form. As part of the process, I submitted three essays and also took a proficiency test,” she said of the US college admissions process. If it weren’t for a university in the United States, she would certainly have done her higher education at an Indian university, she claimed.
His course at Washington and Lee University focuses on entrepreneurial economics. Ansikha believes her mother is a motivator, “a mini example of women’s entrepreneurship”, as she teaches basic sewing skills to women in her village, helping them to become financially independent. “Women’s financial empowerment not only brings change at the family level, but can also pave the way for greater transformation at the societal and country level. This is what stimulated me to study economics with a particular interest in entrepreneurial economics,” she added.
“I come from a modest background, like all the other girls in our country. I would like to tell them that they have to believe in themselves. You have to be focused and work towards your goal. It is important not to be afraid to be able to overcome all the obstacles that come their way. It was not easy for me to get out of my village. The people of my village tried to influence my parents against my sending to the academy, but my father saw a dream for me and my family. It’s the best decision so far!” exclaims the youngster.
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