In Pursuit of Intellectual Vitality and Taking Risks at Harvard!
– Parth Mehta, Harvard University
Academic vitality is important for Parth, who started his freshman year in Fall 2016 at Harvard University. It was important for him to take intellectual risks and devote himself deeply to learning. It was in that spirit that he enrolled in courses such as Math 25, an honors course in Abstract Linear Algebra, in which he spent the majority of each week catching up with students who had a background in proof-based math, and devoted himself with equal rigour to classes outside of his major like, Music I: 1000 years of listening and Econ 1057: Game theory and social behaviour.
Parth enjoys pursuing social opportunities with equal enthusiasm. He served as one of the chairpersons of Harvard US-India Initiative, inviting entrepreneurs, politicians, scientists, and actors to annual student conferences in India. He also serves on the diversity committee of the Harvard Applied Math Society, promoting equity and diversity in thought, ethnicity and gender as well as organising various speaker sessions and events at Harvard College as well as local Boston schools.
“I thoroughly enjoy being part of the campus experience,” said Parth, “Working for a semi-secret robotics start-up from my dorm, teaching Math21a as a Course Assistant, and having lunch with professors!” The Red Pen enjoyed helping Parth frame his dynamism and many interests into a cohesive whole.