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
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."