Skip to Main Content

Meet the Class of 2018: Avid Volunteer Took Time Off Before College to Discern Her Path

Meet the Class of 2018: Avid Volunteer Took Time Before College to Discern Her Path


 

When Anissa Nashikkar graduated from high school in 2012, she was very unsure of what she wanted to do. It wasn't that she didn't have any ideas, but rather that she had too many. Faced with indecision, she made the brave and ultimately, for her, wise choice to take some time off before going to college.

To get a better feel for what career path she should take, Nashikkar has spent the past two years volunteering at a variety of places, including North Texas OB/GYN Associates, Creekview Orthodontics, the Akshaya Patra Foundation (an organization that fights poverty, hunger and malnutrition in India), the no-kill animal shelter Operation Kindness and the Nasher Sculpture Center.

"I shadowed the doctors and got to see a lot of interesting things in different areas of the huge health care field," Nashikkar said of some of her volunteer experiences.

For spending money, Nashikkar has also done some pet-sitting and worked part-time at Starbucks.

Nashikkar enjoys history and travel and is an art enthusiast; for a time she had considered working toward her doctorate in art history. She also loves science and animals, however, and has determined that the best route for her is to study biology and attend veterinary school. UD's Core curriculum provides the perfect outlet for her other interests, though; in fact, UD as a whole is exactly what she was looking for: a small, private university that would give her a well-rounded liberal arts foundation and also offer a good study abroad program.

Unsurprisingly, Nashikkar is very excited about the prospect of a semester in Rome.

"Of the schools I was looking at, UD seemed like the best fit for me," Nashikkar said.

Nashikkar's younger sister is a freshman at St. Louis University this fall, so Nashikkar just got back from helping her get settled in her residence hall there. Nashikkar herself will live at home in Plano and commute to UD.

"Right now, I only have classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays," Nashikkar said. "So I want to keep doing volunteer work on the other days."

She does hope to be involved in life on campus too, though, and find outlets here for some of her favorite pastimes: playing piano (which she has done since the age of five), yoga, Pilates, swimming and reading.

"I'm excited to meet all the people," Nashikkar said. "And I just think college offers so many opportunities as compared to high school. The world opens up a bit more."

News

How Do You Build the Perfect Sandcastle?

According to a team of University of Dallas juniors, there's an optimal water-to-sand ratio, roughly 6%, along with a borrowed methodology that's endured the test of time dating back to the relics of the Old Kingdom. The students' research, titled "The Best Sandcastles Are Egyptian: Pyramids Reign Supreme," was awarded a Meritorious designation in the International Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) -- a first in university history.

+ Read More

Alumnus Named Among 2020 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America

Savoy, the leading African American business and lifestyle magazine, recently dubbed University of Dallas alumnus and Gupta College of Business Hall of Fame recipient Irvin Ashford Jr., MBA '00, among its 2020 list of elite Black executives. The listing garnered Ashford industry recognition along with the likes of Robert Smith, billionaire founder of Vista Equity Partners, out of more than 500 prospective candidates.

+ Read More

University Announces New AVP for Marketing, Communications

The University of Dallas has announced a new assistant vice president for marketing and communications. Clare Venegas, who has over 20 years of executive management and strategic communications experience in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, begins her new role on Aug. 3.

+ Read More