Rohith Palem

UWC attended: Mahindra United World College of India
Class Year: Class of 2015

I went to the Mahindra UWC and was a part of the Class of 2011. Born and raised in India, attending UWC was not a very big geographic challenge. However the culture of UWC was more of a shock to me. At the time of my admission into UWC, I remember my dad telling me “this place is like an open zoo on top of a hill. Well, I guess I’m just going to have to leave another animal inside the zoo.” I later realized that in many ways what he said was true. We were a bunch of young kid of different sizes, color and even spoke different languages, brought from all across the world, geographically isolated from their homes and left on top of a hill to interact with each other.

This unique community was my family and home for two years and I had a marvelous two years at MUWCI.  At MUWCI we were all living on a biodiversity reserve in the picturesque Mulshi Valley. This green environment and my love for cross-cultural communication led me to Lewis and Clark. At Lewis & Clark, I would like to peruse a degree focusing on Economics and International Affairs.  Political philosophy and environmental science are my other academic interests. Living in a serene natural environment inside the liberal city of Portland, having a small class size, helpful faculty and access to the law school and the graduate school resources, a strong emphasis on international studies and study abroad programs, and most of all a strong sense of a warm community is what attracted me towards perusing my undergraduate education at Lewis & Clark College.

Outside the classroom I love travelling and taking road trips. I am very fond of getting away and gathering momentum on unplanned trips and enjoy having an adventure. I am very passionate about playing chess and have played chess regularly since the age of 10 up until attending MUWCI. I also enjoy organizing events and games that involve the gathering of the community I am a part of; I take great pleasure in learning and sharing life experiences from members of a highly diverse community.

When I was younger, once in a while my dad asked me to check the current price of a particular stock on TV, because he did not have his glasses on. I would look carefully through the hundreds of stocks flowing across the screen and would give him an update. I never really understood what these numbers meant and it was all like a game to me. But as I grew older I developed a great interest in the stock market and one day aspires to become an investment banker.