Ipsita Bhatia '11 is Named Hamilton's Twentieth GOLD Scholar
High School: Woodstock School, Kodaikanal International School
Major(s): Economics, German
Last Movie Seen in Theaters: Adventureland
Last Book Read: Tonio Kröger by Thomas Mann
Hobbies/Interests: Travelling, music, meeting new people, coffee, lots of chocolate
Thanks to the generous support of young alumni, Hamilton is pleased to name Ipsita Bhatia '11 of Mumbia, India, as its 20th GOLD Scholar. Ipsita recently sat down to reflect on her Hamilton experience, and here's what she shared.
I grew up where nothing was constant except change. I have lived in a variety of towns across India and abroad, including Tokyo, Hildesheim (Germany) and now Clinton! By the age of 7, I had lived in five cities across northern India, at which point I moved to Tokyo. Living there taught me about independence at a young age and exposed me to a culture vastly different from my own. When I was 11, I moved back to India and lived in two small hill stations, as well as the metropolitan city of Mumbai. For me, growing up was all about adapting — to different towns, friends and schools — and learning lessons from the world and people around me.
1. "Pizza and Conversation:" The first event of International Student Orientation '07, where I met some of my first and closest friends.
2. Minor Common Room: One of the most social places I know on campus. I have the privilege of living with and getting to know some of the coolest people at Hamilton five feet from my room.
3. Commons and McEwen: Yes, food could possibly define my life here. My friends and I can turn cereal, PB&J, a couple passersby and lots of conversation into some of the best afternoons ever.
Gold Scholars is an initiative supported by the Annual Fund, which has always provided direct support for the College's most important current priorities, especially scholarship aid. Starting this year, gifts from the GOLD Group – Graduates of the Last Decade – will specifically support students on campus. With each $15,000 increment collectively contributed, the College will select a student as a GOLD Scholar for 2008-09.