Languages spoken, read and written: Tamil and English
What was your family life like? My father's native village is Gummidipoondi, which is near Chennai. But my father came to the Virugambakkam neighborhood in Chennai for a job while I was studying primary education. My mother is a homemaker and I have an elder brother who is doing his second year of study for a degree in law.
Describe your childhood community environment: In my community, people are not educated and most of them are non-Christian. Just like me, a few children do attend church and they get to know Jesus. Mostly, my friends are Christians, so I feel very good. I had good friends during my schooling and many were from my project. We used to learn together in the project and play and have fun.
What are some of your personal interests and passions? My interests and passions are to study well and move up in life. I want to serve the poor people in the medical field by helping sick people with medicines. I like to sing songs and listen to music.
What is your vision for your time in the Leadership Development Program? My vision is to become a doctor or engineer and to lead my younger generation in the right path. I want to develop my skills and become a good Christian leader and help people around me who are suffering.
Tell us about your spiritual, physical and academic goals for the next few years: My spiritual goal is to lead a responsible Christian life. I want to share about my testimony about Christ to others and I want to be more close with Christ by spending time in prayer and reading the Bible. My physical goal is to maintain good health. I will eat healthy food and exercise daily and take fresh vegetables. My academic goals are to finish my course and score high marks in my class, just like when I was in secondary school. I will concentrate on difficult subjects and take help from my friends.
Is there anything else you want to share? I want to be a humble servant of God and share my testimony to others. I want to teach children about the love of Christ. I will build good relationships with others and be patient at all times.
How did you come to accept Christ as your personal Savior? We come from a Hindu background. My parents believed in Jesus and accepted Him as the Savior. At first I didn't believe in Jesus, but by their teaching, I also accepted Jesus as my Savior when I was 10 years old.
What is God teaching you right now? God is teaching me to obey Him and love others. In my tenth grade God gave me a score of 97%, though I studied in a Tamil language school. God gave me knowledge to score third in Thiruvallur district. From that day forth I started loving my Lord and kept faith in Him. I studied well. In my class 12 I scored 82%, because of God. From then on I came closer to Him; still now He is holding my hand. I pray to God always.
Describe the impact Compassion has had on your personal and spiritual development: I was in Compassion from grade 3. Compassion played a great role in my life. I learned many new things. I was able to complete school because of Compassion. I learned about love, care and spiritual insights through Compassion. I thank God for giving me such an opportunity through Compassion.
How are you currently serving in your local church? I like singing in the choir; I can feel God's presence with me. I love God very much and I want to glorify Him by singing songs of praise.
Who has had the most influence on your life and why? Jesus is my first influence. From the time I was in my mother's womb he had planned everything for me. Then my parents influenced me. They helped me to go in the right path, but they can never take the place of Jesus. He is a super guide, because He leads me in the path of righteousness.
What challenges do you think you will face during your university experience? I think my communication skills might be a challenge for me.
What are some of the problems in your community? Untouchability and protests against inter-caste marriage, corruption, poverty.
How do you hope to use your future career and leadership skills to be a servant leader and help your community, church and country? I will advise the younger generation by creating awareness of higher education. I will give legal advice to solve the problems in the community. I will support the church economically and try to live as a responsible citizen of our country.