Maanav Batch of 2020

Batch of 2020
University of California, Berkeley

  • 21 December 2020

Top ivy-league institutions look for beyond good grades for admissions to higher education. I was one of those aspiring students, who wanted to get into one of the top universities in this world.  

Deputy Head Boy, Design Championship Winner, President Rotary Interact Club, ranked #8 in International Student Math League, AI Summer Program at Georgia Tech, Startup Founder, and now accepted to University of California, Berkeley M.E.T Program—I feel humbled and elated at the same time when I look at back at my schooling. While there were only 50 students selected from the world for this prestigious program, out of 5000+ applicants (1% acceptance rate), I was elated to be the only student from India to get this offer. I will be pursuing a dual degree in Computer Science and Business in the Berkeley Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology (M.E.T.) program.  

I studied at Oakridge International School Gachibowli, since my Early Years. With innumerable opportunities provided at the school to explore and develop my interests outside the classroom such including art exhibitions, clubs, MUNs, entrepreneurship and innovation programs, I developed my passion for Computer Science and Business.

Oakridge was always open to my ideas and allowed me to introduce new initiatives in school, like the Alpha hackathon, an inter-school design, and coding competition. My business idea ‘SkillSync’ won the Schoolpreneur Summit Nationals 2018, India’s largest business pitching competition, and that was one of the major motivators for me to pursue a career in business management as well. 

On the other hand, since my early years, I have been learning to spread kindness and am intrinsically motivated to make a difference in our world. I have tried to blend both my passion and motivation to create innovative products including several mobile apps, websites and artificial intelligence projects that positively impact people’s lives. I also launched ‘Beacon Safety’ app to alert police and contact when unsafe; the volunteer project that connects student volunteers with NGOs, ‘The Girl Code’, where I conducted free workshops on computer science and programming for over 120 students in several schools in Hyderabad. I try to give back to the community as much as I can, as this is one of the many things that help me become a better human being. 

I have always believed that learning has no limits and carry this thought into practice while I also ventured in on many artificial intelligence projects including breast cancer diagnosis and stock market prediction; selected for AI Summer Program at Georgia Tech. 

At Oakridge International School Gachibowli, every student is a lot like me– multi-faceted, academically sound and world-ready. The holistic approach to education aids in pushing my boundaries in a healthy and ambitious way.