Name: Tushar Rawal
Hometown: New Delhi, India
Year: Class of 2016
Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever been?
This past summer, two of my beautiful Turkish friends at Hopkins were kind enough to invite me to Turkey. It was absolutely the most amazing place I have visited yet! The country is at the unique intersection of a strong culture, incredible people and unbelievable food. I spent two weeks meeting their amazing families and friends and having an experience that is going to be very difficult to match anytime soon. Just an example of how my experiences at Hopkins have taken me places, literally and figuratively, that I never could have imagined.
What’s a piece of advice that you would give to an incoming student?
Try out everything (legal) that scares you. Public Speaking, debate, music, photography, filmmaking, dancing, enrolling in quirky courses and anything that you’ve always wanted to give a shot. The best part about being an incoming freshman is that no one knows you so use that invisibility cloak to put yourselves in uncomfortable situations. You will be surprised at what you discover. Doing this exercise will bring out some strengths that you never knew you had and also bring to light your obvious weaknesses. A big part of college, as I have realized, is not only discovering what you want to do but also what you don’t want to do. So go embarrass and discover yourself freshman year because that handsome guy you see at Orientation might just be a member of the business fraternity on campus.
What puts a smile on your face?
Great conversations and good food. I actively seek to meet new people everyday because I want to surround myself with as many different perspectives as possible. The world around us is becoming smaller and smaller everyday and the only way to collaborate is to learn more about each other and what makes us unique. I have given up countless hours of ‘valuable’ study time because I was in conversations that lasted a couple hours more than I had anticipated but were too exciting to leave.
Also, having been born and brought up in India, nothing brightens my day more than a great tasting meal. I’m a big foodie and I have been known to make some questionable decisions in order to get my hands on delicious food.
What do you do when you’re not studying?
When I’m free, I take some time out to play music. I took a gap year after high school to play music professionally with my band ‘Plok’ in New Delhi, India. Four years and a debut album and music video later, we’re still going strong and are actually currently working on our second album. Being a musician continues to be one of the most exhilarating and dynamic experiences and it’s something that has played a huge role in shaping me into who I am today. I’m proud that I have been able to continue pursuing this passion even though I’ve been so involved at Hopkins.
Additionally, I am Vice President, Communications for Alpha Kappa Psi, the professional business fraternity and a Securities Analyst for the Marshal Salant Student Investment Team.