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Tanisha Nalavadi

Tanisha is a senior studying Computer Science and Statistics from Mumbai, India. After graduation she will be moving onto her next adventure in Seattle. Tanisha is obsessed with scuba diving and anything to do with the ocean. She loves to binge watch the Mindy Project, collect post cards, and go on long walks

L's Taken


"Thank you for applying but..."

  • Duke Spoon (got that rejection before I arrived on campus freshman year) 

  • SLG rush 

  • 100+ new grad job applications (no joke)


Things I thought I'd finish but never did


Everyday L's of life

  • A complete and total lack of motivation to do my weekly CS 330 psets 

  • Stress napping 

  • Skipping my workout 

  • Forgetting to do my laundry

On the Bright Side


Memories I made when I wasn't working/studying


Things I've learned that will still matter in 10 years


TV shows, movies, and books I've enjoyed


Things I'm proud of that you won't see on my resume

  • Building a community at Duke, half way across the world from home 

  • Being a great older sibling and supporting my brother 

  • Appreciating feedback and criticism and always having an open mind


Unconventional skills


Quirks that make me who I am

  • I love the ocean so so much that I get instantly happy every time I think of it/ visit it 

  • I'm incredibly spontaneous but I also have a type A side to me 

  • 57% of the reason I was most excited to move to the US was year long supply of strawberries


Small joys in my life

  • Snacking on chocolate chips 

  • Walking through campus during golden hour 

  • A sunny day 

  • Wednesday night jazz @ Mary Lou 

  • The feeling after a good workout


Obstacles I have overcome


Things I've done that pushed me out of my comfort zone

  • Moved half way across the world for college 

  • Rush 

  • Pursuing a career in tech + CS degree without ever having coded before college


Failures that seemed like the end of the world back then but don't matter in hindsight


Leaps of Faith


Life events that have made me stronger


Things I look forward to in the future

  • Building a new life in Seattle post grad 

  • Learning to sail 

  • Learning to actually cook 

  • Reading a book a week after graduation 

  • Starting a company with my best friends some day

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