My name is Priyanka, and I’m an undergrad at Princeton University. I’m majoring in English and pursuing certificates in Creative Writing, Italian, Visual Art, and Cognitive Science. On campus, I’m involved with slam poetry, beekeeping, the Prindie Independent Film Festival, the student-run Disability Collective, and the Office of Disability Services. Outside of school, I’m an internationally award-winning and critically-acclaimed writer. I’m the author of three published books of poetry as well as a peer-reviewed scholarly study. I’ve worked with literary festivals and performed my poetry all around the world, and I’m the founder and editor-in-chief at the independent publishing house Half Mystic. In my spare time, I love exploring new hiking trails, thrifting, reading mystery novels, and baking bread. I grew up with depression, anxiety, OCD, and an auditory processing disorder called hyperacusis, so I know the struggle of falling behind on schoolwork and feeling “stupid” even when things look like they should be fine. I’m passionate about tutoring because I’m passionate about learning—I believe that process should be joyful and exhilarating rather than scary and shameful. I love working closely with my students to develop a relationship that focuses on more than grades: on their dreams, hopes, and goals, and on finding a drive to succeed not for the sake of the numbers but for the sake of themselves.
Education: Princeton University
Undergrad Major: English
Other Degrees/Minors: Certificates in Creative Writing, Visual Art, Cognitive Science, and Italian
Class Rank: Magna Cum Laude
Awards & Honors: Academic awards: National Merit Scholar Finalist, AP Scholar with Distinction recipient, AP Capstone Diploma recipient, Best in English for the Class of 2018. Artistic awards: finalist in the Broken River Poetry Book Prize, highly commended in the Gingko Prize for Ecopoetry, winner of the Ellis Awards (LGBTQIA+ category), finalist in the Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize, gold medals in Interscholastic Association of Southeast Asian Schools Forensics & Debate (Oral Interpretation of Literature and Original Oratory categories), two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, finalist in the CINE Golden Eagle Awards, 1st place in the University of Virginia Young Writers' Workshop Poetry Slam, official selection in the Newark International Youth Film Festival, shortlisted for the My Rode Reel Film Festival, Best Actress in the Singapore International Student Film Festival, finalist and Editor's Choice in the Brain Mill Press Student Poetry Month Contest, official selection in the Laurie Nelson Film Festival, shortlisted for the Across Asia Youth Film Festival (Drama category), gold medals in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards (Poetry and Science Fiction/Fantasy categories), 1st place in the Writers Eye Awards, finalist in the National YoungArts Awards, shortlisted for the Write the World Novel-Writing Contest, 1st place in Poetry Out Loud.
Interests & Activities: President of Creative Writing Club, Vice President of National English Honour Society, member of National Honour Society, member of National Social Studies Honour Society, head mentor and student coordinator at National History Day, student librarian at Elementary School library, varsity member of Forensics Oral Interpretation of Literature team, varsity member of Forensics Original Oratory team, author of three books of poetry, writer of a weekly blog with over 30,000 subscribers and 2 million hits, writing published in over 40 print and online journals and magazines, founder and editor-in-chief at internationally-acclaimed publishing house Half Mystic
SAT Scores: 1530 (800 Reading and Writing, 730 Math)
AP Exams: 5 Literature and Composition, 5 Language and Composition, 5 Environmental Science, 5 Seminar, 5 Research, 5 Statistics, 4 Microeconomics, 4 Biology
SAT Subject Tests: 790 Literature, 720 Biology
Other Awards: Winner of the Haarlow Prize for Humanistic Studies, Grand Prize in the Vocal Poets in Motion Contest, Finalist in the Singapore National Poetry Competition
Other Interests & Activities: I am the Publicity Director of Songline Slam Poetry (the youngest officer on the team), a fellow at the AccessAbility Centre by the Office of Disability Services, a member of the Beekeeping Team, a member of the Disability Collective, and an intern at the Prindie Film Festival. Outside of university, I am the author of three books of poetry, writer of a weekly blog with over 30,000 subscribers and 2 million hits, and the founder and editor-in-chief at internationally-acclaimed publishing house Half Mystic. My poetry, fiction, and essays have been published in over 40 print and online journals and magazines. I have travelled across the world to speak and perform my work at venues such as the Boston Poetry Slam, the Singapore Writers Festival, Singapore's National Library, Purnell School for Girls, and many more.
Location: Princeton, NJ