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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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Make your back-to-school transition the smart way

As announcements for back-to-school sales bombard us in every direction, it is time to get ready to leave the lazy days of summer and begin a new school year. While we think of school primarily for the academic purposes it serves, it is also where your child develops as a person and socially. To that

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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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Can Indian-Americans begin to make our voices heard?

When I originally started writing this piece, there was an ongoing discussion in the United States about kneeling during performances of the American national anthem. NFL athlete Colin Kaepernick started this trend as a way to speak out against unwarranted police brutality against Black Americans. The conversation went beyond football, sparking a greater debate about

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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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Ask the educator: Can privilege become a problem?

Recently, The College Board, the company that produces the SAT and related tests, announced that it would be utilizing an “Environmental Context Dashboard” (known in the popular press as an “adversity score”) to help college admissions officers better understand a student’s SAT score in the context of his/her home and school environments. This dashboard gives

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This graduation season, take time to celebrate

It’s June, which means “graduation season” for parents, grandparents and students. This year is especially resonant for my wife and me, as our son graduated from high school, and we celebrated with a modest open house for our son, family and close friends.  “Modest” was the compromise negotiated with our son, who had respectfully asked

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