Anisha Padma

Photo by Dicle Kara

1. What is one of your proudest accomplishments and why?

I’m really excited that Monsoon (A UNC-based South Asian Affairs Platform) is up and running at UNC. Monsoon has been a labor of love for a couple years now and I wanted a space to voice my thoughts as a South Asian person. I wanted to discuss what it meant being a model minority on this campus as well as the feeling of cultural shame I had experienced in my earlier years. I was so glad to find a community of people who felt the same way. I’m glad that Monsoon has been a space for South Asian and South Asian diasporic folks to reminisce their own personal experiences as well as engage as a larger community.

2. What is your personal mission statement?

Question everything. Not in the sense that I’m always in a state of confusion, but that I’m challenging set norms and establishments. Why are they there?, Who set them?, etc.

3. What do you hope to accomplish in the future?

I really hope to bridge the gap between activism and academia in my “career” path.