My name is Manaswi Maddipatti. I am a freshman at American University in Washington DC. I am pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with a certification in Advanced Leadership studies from the School of Public Affairs. Ever since I was little, I craved for my opinion to be heard, and that desire soon encouraged me to join my school’s Model United Nations team. I fell in love with the energy and collaboration that filled the committee rooms, inspiring me to major in political science. In the political atmosphere, I am interested in international relations, women’s rights, and economic inequality. While in school, I started a Girl Up club, through the Girl Up Organization, and led it for three years to not only teach girls around me about girl’s rights around the world but to also gain a better understanding for myself. For the club, we would host meetings where we would either explain a certain issue or play some team-bonding games.
Outside of academics, I am interested in learning languages and the cultures behind them. I started learning Spanish in middle school and found it fascinating to be able to understand a different world with its own music, movies, and even jokes. Growing up in a strong South Indian community, I came to love my family’s origins and have developed an interest in understanding my religion, Hinduism, past the surface level. From the age of five, I have been learning Carnatic music, a form of Indian classical music, vocally, and instrumentally (Veena).
I am excited to be studying in DC for the next four years and looking forward to becoming more involved in politics!!