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1812 Leadership Scholar

Rashveena Rajaram ’16

Rashveena came to Hamilton from half-way around the world—Vacoas, Mauritius, located on a small Indian Ocean island off the southeastern coast of Africa. And while the College’s “curriculum flexibility and wide array of study abroad programs” greatly influenced her decision to enroll, financial aid “sealed the deal.”

Culture-shock was anticipated and, it seemed, inevitable, when Rashveena arrived on campus. She credits the Outreach Adventure (OA) Program as key to “the easiest transition to college I could have ever wished for.” Through OA, she “met some amazing people and made friends for life. I remember that, even though I had met my friends for only a couple of days, I already felt the warmth of a new home and a new family.”

She was “set on majoring in economics and mathematics” as she began her college career. After one class in Chinese, however, and learning about the Associated Colleges in China (ACC) Program, she replaced mathematics with Chinese as her second major. During the summer of 2014, she plans to study in Beijing, China, hoping to develop fluency in Chinese while learning more about the Chinese people and their culture. Following that, she will spend the fall 2014 semester studying global financial networks through the Hamilton in NYC Program.

Rashveena serves as President of the International Student Association and participates in the Hamilton Association for Volunteering, Outreach and Charity (HAVOC). These activities hold special significance for her. “International students at Hamilton are like part of my family… I [try to] make sure they feel represented and assisted. … I [also] like going out in the community and being helpful.” She is also on the Eboard for the Hamilton Sidekicks program, a French teaching assistant and a Career Center intern. Her future is focused on a career in investment banking in New York City, with plans to eventually work on economic development in Africa. For the present, she remains engrossed in her studies and enjoying her Hamilton experience.

“The generosity of the College and its alumni has not only allowed me to get a first-class education, but also fulfill my dream of coming to this beautiful country. I would like to thank all the donors from the bottom of my heart…”

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