Adapting to Change Opens up New Opportunities!

– Shreyansh, University of Washington

As a child of doctors who were eager to combat widespread health issues in the ill-serviced region of Atraulia, Uttar Pradesh, Shreyansh was exposed to the many challenges facing rural India. When the limitations of surroundings began to impact his educational opportunities, Shreyansh moved to Dehradun. Learning to adapt to life without his parents but supported by other family members proved to be a welcomed challenge. Transition soon became the watchword of his life, when he was admitted to the Doon School and moved from day school to life as a boarding student, interacting with classmates from backgrounds in stark contrast to his hometown. 

Shreyansh’s high school experience was one of adapting and exploring. He discovered a multitude of interests–flute, soccer, basketball and a passion for coding. A class assignment to create a website sparked his imagination. Shreyansh collaborated with the head of his school’s science department, exploring concepts from biometrics to cybersecurity, going on to represent his school through a research paper at the World Science Congress in New Delhi. He worked with Gamezop, a start-up, learning about the intersection of business, security and coding in real-time. 

Now Shreyansh is pursuing his academic passion and finding other interests at his new home at the University of Washington. 

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Here are 5 things families should consider when looking to hire an IEC:

  1. Does the IEC belong to a professional association such as IECA with established and rigorous standards for membership?
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