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Vijay

Pronouns: he/him/his

Hometown: Brookline, Massachusetts

 

Extracurriculars: Prison Outreach Initiative, Student Government, snowboarding

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Why are you studying data science?
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"Data science is incredibly useful in so many fields and opens a lot of doors. I'm really passionate about urban planning and public policy, so I'm probably gonna do a minor in urban planning, public health, or probably econ. I want to use data science to do public policy and city planning research in Boston."

What objects in your dorm represent your identity or home life?
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"My sister made a poster for my birthday, and she put my favorite albums on it. “Vigor” is Vijay and “Igor” from Tyler, the Creator mixed together. My grandpa went to BU to get his MD, and he was a pediatrician in Massachusetts, and I have the plaque that he had on his desk at his practice. This tapestry is from India, and I volunteered while I was in India, at this home for children in my mom's city, Kolkata. They all are autistic and have Down syndrome, and they made art, and it's saying that there's all these religions and we're all in one boat. And I guess that the last item I'll say is my rings. I really like rings."

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What are you struggling with?
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"I don't have enough issues where I'm struggling to be able to afford basic needs, but something that's been really hard for me is trying to save money. I've always been from a family that like, doesn't necessarily spend insanely, but what I've noticed is a lot of my friends will go out every single day for a $9 coffee. It was really hard during the first month because I felt a need to be social with people and make friends and people were eating out a lot. So I'm starting to get better at being like “I'll meet you all at the restaurant, I'm going to eat in the dining hall first.”

College can be hardStudent Wellbeing provides support for Boston University students with resources, like the one below:

"Smart Money is a BU Financial Assistance initiative established to provide the Boston University community with online tools, information and other resources to promote effective money management."

BU Smart Money

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