A common mistake when trying to transform the education system is the subconscious cognitive bias within those who help. People often seem to believe that school systems in first world countries- like the US or UK- are the most effective and should be implemented in schools being transformed. In my opinion, as a high school

Striving for Sustainability

The first time I visited the Gori Palya area of Bangalore over a year ago, I noticed the smiling faces of students, teachers, and parents. They were eager to learn more but didn’t know how to do so in their existing school system. The lack of opportunities for these curious and self-motivated students shocked me.

The Projects of Happiness

Project: Digital Library Our first goal is to give the students access to educational resources on a digital platform. As a high school student, when I am not confident in a certain topic in school, I use educational resources like Khan Academy, Crashcourse, and Quizlet. I have access to video tutorials, flashcards, quizzes, and games.

A Summer Full of Learnings

Growing up as a privileged American teenager with access to computers, books, and other luxuries, I sometimes find it difficult to keep my feet on the ground and keep in touch with my roots. On many occasions, I have taken for granted the resources I am lucky to have access to in order to make

A Summer of Transformation

The Preparation For as long as I can remember, I wanted to go out and serve the under-privileged, but I always thought of it as something that I would do in the future when I had free time and some money. However in spring’16, when my cousin Aishwarya mentioned going to India to help “Mantra4Change”
“It seemed as if the students, teachers, and parents were becoming more invested and were collaborating together to enhance the learning experience for the children. One parent even approached us and asked how she should help her son learn outside of school. This was incredible to witness, and warmed my heart.”  In the Spring of
Situated in a small slum in Padarayanapura (Bangalore), Florida English School (FES) teaches hundreds of students from low-income backgrounds. Although it is still a small school with limited resources, FES boasts of colorful classrooms and a community dedicated to providing the best education to its students. Three weeks ago, I began my month-long internship with