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It’s not ‘just a phase’: How college students are addressing mental wellness in a climate of silence

Until recently, I think it’s safe to say conversations surrounding mental health and wellness have been few and far between in a vast majority of Indian and Indian-American households. For this reason, the immediate picture many generations of Indians have long held in mind when imagining someone “mentally unwell” might include alarmist and harmful fears

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NextGen: Dhruv Rathod

Dhruv Rathod, the only child of Manisha and Ashish, is a fourth grader at Novi’s Deerfield Elementary School who’s been singing since he was four years old. In March, the 9-year-old will have the opportunity of a lifetime: singing the national anthem at a Detroit Pistons game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. (He’ll also be

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NextGen: Srushti Gubbi

With an enthusiasm for the vocal arts and a passion for music, Srushti Gubbi, 13, has taken the center stage at many events, including a Detroit Lions game and the U.S. Open, where she sang the National Anthem after Serena Williams competed. Poised and steady, Srushti performs with ease and shows that even a middle-schooler

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NextGen: Sahil Deenadayalu

Next fall, Sahil Deenadayalu will attend Case Western University, where he was recruited to play tennis. But for now, he’s a senior at Greenhills High School in Ann Arbor, where he lives with his parents—whom he describes as “funny” and “forward-thinking”—and “two cute, fluffy, white bichons named Coco and Louie.” The Indian SCENE caught up

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NextGen: Isha and Eera Bhatt

As an older sibling, I’ve come to appreciate the saying that “every girl needs a sister.”  That was evident in the closeness between Isha and Eera Bhatt. On a steamy summer’s day in June, the Bhatt sisters invited me to their home in Troy and showed me the loving relationship which sisters sometimes possess. Isha

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NextGen: Sindhu Vasudevan

Raised in Detroit suburbs for most of her young life, Sindhu Vasudevan has been earning prizes and critical acclaim as a vocalist in Carnatic music, a South Indian classical style. The junior at Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas came to our notice about a month ago through a Facebook video of her singing

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NextGen: Arthi Nithi

There was no shortage of conversation on my first phone call with Arthi Nithi, a powerlifting champion who is an engineer by profession. What I found was a multitude of unique traits, painting a picture of woman who is anything but conventional. The Indian SCENE: Tell me a little bit about yourself. Arthi Nithi: I am 22

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NextGen: Ambika Tripathi

Ambika Tripathi, 16, doesn’t let the pressure of academics to take a toll on her. Instead, she uses art as an outlet to relax and see the world from a new perspective. A talented cartoonist and member of DECA with a brain for business, Ambika took an hour out of her busy day to meet

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Want to succeed in college? Here are 3 steps to start.

Twenty years ago, I started college as a know-it-all, confident, 17-year-old. A National Honor Society member, an AP Scholar of some sort, and several other accolades that I no longer remember even vaguely. I got into the University of Michigan with enough credits to almost be a junior. I had everything perfectly mapped out. As

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