Saturday, April 19, 2014
Hi everyone! I had a Formal event through SLU last week. We celebrated the end of the semester by dancing the night away at Windows on Washington, a venue right by City Museum in St. Louis! There was Indian food, caricature artists, photo booths, ice cream from Coldstone, and so much more. A huge thanks goes out to my date Luke for trying new things and making the night so much more special! 
I also hope everyone is having a wonderful Easter. Since we have a long weekend in celebration of the holiday, I came home to Chicago and am relaxing before finals studying begins. 
Wishing you all an Easter filled with love, peace, and joy.
-Brinda

Hi everyone! I had a Formal event through SLU last week. We celebrated the end of the semester by dancing the night away at Windows on Washington, a venue right by City Museum in St. Louis! There was Indian food, caricature artists, photo booths, ice cream from Coldstone, and so much more. A huge thanks goes out to my date Luke for trying new things and making the night so much more special! 

I also hope everyone is having a wonderful Easter. Since we have a long weekend in celebration of the holiday, I came home to Chicago and am relaxing before finals studying begins. 

Wishing you all an Easter filled with love, peace, and joy.

-Brinda

Sunday, April 13, 2014

My Spring Show hosted by the Indian Student Association could not have been more perfect. My family even came down to see me perform and many of my best friends watched as well! All proceeds benefited an NGO called Manav Sadhna, which helps the needy in Ahmadabad, India. It offers many resources such as health education, childcare, and spiritual programs. ISA also sponsors a scholarship to send one student to India over summer to work at Manav Sadhna. SLU students have fun while helping communities around the world in need, and I can’t be prouder to be a Billiken.

-Brinda

Thursday, April 3, 2014

This week is SLU’s Atlas Week! There are a lot of speakers, film screenings, discussions, and much more going on around campus to increase awareness for global issues. This year, the theme of Atlas Week is “Education: Igniting the Flames of Change”, with internationally renowned Shabana Basij-Rasikh giving the keynote address tonight about advocacy efforts in Afghanistan. Her TED talk has been viewed countless times, and she even helped start a boarding school for girls in Afghanistan. 

What’s also exciting is that the Indian Student Association’s Spring Show is culminating the week with our biggest event of the year! Nearly three hundred tickets have been sold already. To give you an idea of what to expect, here’s a video of my dance from last semester! A lot of my friends in my show dance group are part of SLU Shakti. They just won first place in a Midwest competition called Tufaan and are headed to nationals in California in a couple weeks to represent our University. Wish them luck! 

-Brinda

Sunday, March 30, 2014
I am part of the University Honors Program at Saint Louis University. The Honors Student Association (HSA) held a formal banquet this weekend. The HSA executive board recognized members of organizations such as L.I.N.K which assigns freshmen honors students with an upperclassman mentor and acknowledged our academic advisers for all their hard work. It was also a great time to catch up with friends! 

I am part of the University Honors Program at Saint Louis University. The Honors Student Association (HSA) held a formal banquet this weekend. The HSA executive board recognized members of organizations such as L.I.N.K which assigns freshmen honors students with an upperclassman mentor and acknowledged our academic advisers for all their hard work. It was also a great time to catch up with friends! 

Monday, March 24, 2014
I went to the Young the Giant concert at the Pageant with my friends Allie and Emma last Friday! It was such a great time. I could barely speak and walk afterwards from all the singing and dancing. We were all the way up front so I could even catch the lead singer’s guitar pick. The Pageant is a music venue in the Delmar Loop, east of University City. As I mentioned before, this area of St. Louis is only ten minutes away from SLU’s campus!
Next up on my concert calendar? SLU’s Student Activity Board (SAB) is bringing Walk the Moon to our campus recreation center (Simon Rec) this weekend!

I went to the Young the Giant concert at the Pageant with my friends Allie and Emma last Friday! It was such a great time. I could barely speak and walk afterwards from all the singing and dancing. We were all the way up front so I could even catch the lead singer’s guitar pick. The Pageant is a music venue in the Delmar Loop, east of University City. As I mentioned before, this area of St. Louis is only ten minutes away from SLU’s campus!

Next up on my concert calendar? SLU’s Student Activity Board (SAB) is bringing Walk the Moon to our campus recreation center (Simon Rec) this weekend!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Spring break was so much fun. I had an awesome time seeing my family back home in Illinois, catching up with friends, and eating (a lot). It was a much needed relaxing time. I had 5 midterms the week before spring break (I know, it sounds great). I basically lived at the Pius Library and Medical Center Library during midterms and ignored several texts, Facebook, and Snapchat… which is a HUGE deal for me. Though I miss home already, I’m glad that SLU is a community that encourages me to keep studying while having a great time. That said, I have a couple study tips for all you prospective (or current) students: 
1. Take breaks — Watch a TV show between subjects, or grab a snack at places like Fusz (a food court in a dorm that’s open late with midnight breakfast, burgers, Jamba Juice, and much more!). 
2. Try eating fresh fruit instead of salty foods — When I was re-reading my molecular & cellular biology notes for the umpteenth time, I felt like I was retaining much more information when I was munching on strawberries and not chips…
3. Practice exams and office hours should be your best friend — take advantage of everything professors offer! They want to help you for a reason and have these resources only for your benefit. SLU has a great tutoring program (which is FREE), where you can get one-on-one help from a student who has already completed the course. There are also free “Supplementary Instruction (SI)” sessions where a teaching assistant (TA) reviews material from lectures weekly. 
4. Sleep is important — Take it from me, I regret the nights I stayed up super late because I actually couldn’t remember anything I studied the next morning. 
5. Stay calm and confident! As long as you tried your best, you can rest peacefully trusting that your hard work will pay off.
In the meantime, wish me luck as I catch up on my schoolwork! 2 months until finals….

Spring break was so much fun. I had an awesome time seeing my family back home in Illinois, catching up with friends, and eating (a lot). It was a much needed relaxing time. I had 5 midterms the week before spring break (I know, it sounds great). I basically lived at the Pius Library and Medical Center Library during midterms and ignored several texts, Facebook, and Snapchat… which is a HUGE deal for me. Though I miss home already, I’m glad that SLU is a community that encourages me to keep studying while having a great time. That said, I have a couple study tips for all you prospective (or current) students: 

1. Take breaks — Watch a TV show between subjects, or grab a snack at places like Fusz (a food court in a dorm that’s open late with midnight breakfast, burgers, Jamba Juice, and much more!). 

2. Try eating fresh fruit instead of salty foods — When I was re-reading my molecular & cellular biology notes for the umpteenth time, I felt like I was retaining much more information when I was munching on strawberries and not chips…

3. Practice exams and office hours should be your best friend — take advantage of everything professors offer! They want to help you for a reason and have these resources only for your benefit. SLU has a great tutoring program (which is FREE), where you can get one-on-one help from a student who has already completed the course. There are also free “Supplementary Instruction (SI)” sessions where a teaching assistant (TA) reviews material from lectures weekly. 

4. Sleep is important — Take it from me, I regret the nights I stayed up super late because I actually couldn’t remember anything I studied the next morning. 

5. Stay calm and confident! As long as you tried your best, you can rest peacefully trusting that your hard work will pay off.

In the meantime, wish me luck as I catch up on my schoolwork! 2 months until finals….

Saturday, March 8, 2014
My best friend Grace visited me at SLU for her spring break! I was so excited to show her around St. Louis. We first toured campus and then went to eat dinner at Fitz’s with a couple friends. We luckily got a table right in front of an area where you can watch workers pack and make their famous Fitz’s root beer. After eating our meal, we also couldn’t resist stopping by Piccione Pastry. The next day, Grace and I made brunch at my dorm.
Fitz’s and Piccione Pastry are both located in an area of St. Louis called the Delmar Loop. It’s only a ~10 minute drive from SLU, or you can directly take the MetroLink public transport there. I’m so lucky that my university campus is surrounded by amazing restaurants, shopping areas, and much more. I love living in an urban environment. I’ve been keeping a list of places in St. Louis I need to visit by my graduation, and I’ll be sure to keep you all updated about my adventures :) 
-Brinda

My best friend Grace visited me at SLU for her spring break! I was so excited to show her around St. Louis. We first toured campus and then went to eat dinner at Fitz’s with a couple friends. We luckily got a table right in front of an area where you can watch workers pack and make their famous Fitz’s root beer. After eating our meal, we also couldn’t resist stopping by Piccione Pastry. The next day, Grace and I made brunch at my dorm.

Fitz’s and Piccione Pastry are both located in an area of St. Louis called the Delmar Loop. It’s only a ~10 minute drive from SLU, or you can directly take the MetroLink public transport there. I’m so lucky that my university campus is surrounded by amazing restaurants, shopping areas, and much more. I love living in an urban environment. I’ve been keeping a list of places in St. Louis I need to visit by my graduation, and I’ll be sure to keep you all updated about my adventures :) 

-Brinda

Friday, February 28, 2014
Lis and I participated in the SLU Muslim Student Association’s (MSA) annual Fast-a-Thon for the first time! We got to experience a day of fasting (no eating AND drinking from 5:27am to 5:49pm) and learned about the Syrian Relief Effort. To break the fast, MSA provided an incredible Indian/Pakistani dinner. It was a really interesting interfaith event, and I know we’ll be participating again next year.

Lis and I participated in the SLU Muslim Student Association’s (MSA) annual Fast-a-Thon for the first time! We got to experience a day of fasting (no eating AND drinking from 5:27am to 5:49pm) and learned about the Syrian Relief Effort. To break the fast, MSA provided an incredible Indian/Pakistani dinner. It was a really interesting interfaith event, and I know we’ll be participating again next year.

Sunday, February 23, 2014
Here’s a photo of me and Luke before we interviewed students for the SLU Presidential Scholarship.
I loved meeting some of the most gifted high school students in the nation. During interview weekends, you have the option to visit a class, have lunch with current Scholars, take a trolley tour of the city and SLU campus, and participate in a Welcome Reception in the John Cook School of Business. 
I’d be happy to answer any questions regarding this Scholarship (and many more that SLU offers) at http://babbrinda.tumblr.com/ask. I hope to see you on campus soon! 

Here’s a photo of me and Luke before we interviewed students for the SLU Presidential Scholarship.

I loved meeting some of the most gifted high school students in the nation. During interview weekends, you have the option to visit a class, have lunch with current Scholars, take a trolley tour of the city and SLU campus, and participate in a Welcome Reception in the John Cook School of Business. 

I’d be happy to answer any questions regarding this Scholarship (and many more that SLU offers) at http://babbrinda.tumblr.com/ask. I hope to see you on campus soon! 

Saturday, February 15, 2014
All students at Saint Louis University love giving back to the community. We don’t learn to only further our careers, but to improve society as a whole.This is done in many ways — classes have service learning components, clubs devote time at non-profit organizations together, and people go out to volunteer simply for fun!
Before moving in to the university for the first time, I assumed that I may have to give up several of my hobbies such as dance, piano, and flute. However, little did I know that SLU would allow me to integrate service and my hobbies into my college schedule.
I first started by participating in cultural programs around campus. Word got out to the St. Louis community that I perform Odissi (a very unique Indian dance form, and one of the oldest styles in the world).
I was given the privilege to perform with the Kuchipudi Arts Academy of Dance and a ballet troupe from California for a fundraiser benefiting The Pablove Foundation. After classes nearly every day, I went to practice in the suburbs of St. Louis. We performed a fusion dance with different Indian styles and ballet technique. It was incredible, and we managed to raise more than $14,000 for pediatric cancer research! 
I’m so glad I came to SLU because I am encouraged to work with people at school and around the city. After dancing for charities (and through my other volunteering activities), I have a new-found passion for making a difference in any way I can.
-Brinda

All students at Saint Louis University love giving back to the community. We don’t learn to only further our careers, but to improve society as a whole.This is done in many ways — classes have service learning components, clubs devote time at non-profit organizations together, and people go out to volunteer simply for fun!

Before moving in to the university for the first time, I assumed that I may have to give up several of my hobbies such as dance, piano, and flute. However, little did I know that SLU would allow me to integrate service and my hobbies into my college schedule.

I first started by participating in cultural programs around campus. Word got out to the St. Louis community that I perform Odissi (a very unique Indian dance form, and one of the oldest styles in the world).

I was given the privilege to perform with the Kuchipudi Arts Academy of Dance and a ballet troupe from California for a fundraiser benefiting The Pablove Foundation. After classes nearly every day, I went to practice in the suburbs of St. Louis. We performed a fusion dance with different Indian styles and ballet technique. It was incredible, and we managed to raise more than $14,000 for pediatric cancer research! 

I’m so glad I came to SLU because I am encouraged to work with people at school and around the city. After dancing for charities (and through my other volunteering activities), I have a new-found passion for making a difference in any way I can.

-Brinda