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Shivam Mani

Hello, I am a first-year from the SF Bay Area, interested in politics, history, language, and IR, specifically that of South and East Asia. I am also a meme, video game, music, and book enjoyer. In my free time, I like reading material such as: memes, twitter posts, my own twitter bangers, and much more. I also can be very sarcastic so if anything down there makes you do a double-take, don't worry about it.

L's Taken

"Thank you for applying but..."


Things I thought I'd finish but never did

  • My Costco-sized box of tea

  • That one song with only one good part in the middle so you skip it

  • My childhood, seems as though it hasn't ended

Everyday L's of life

On the Bright Side


Memory I made when I wasn't studying/working

  • Once I got one of those marketplace cutlery packs, and it had two spoons in it instead of one.


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

  • There is no such thing as 'useless' learning or knowledge, always keep learning and it'll pay off, and if it doesn't, that's okay too.

  • Relationships, how you treat people matters

  • Physical, emotional, and mental health


TV shows, movies, and books I've enjoyed

  • Thinking Fast and Slow

  • Think Again

  • Atomic Habits

  • Christopher Nolan films

  • Hayao Miyazaki films

  • Quentin Tarantino films

  • Coen Brothers films

  • Midnight Diner

  • Gintama

  • Frasier

  • Curb Your Enthusiasm

  • Parks and Rec


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

  • I can't break an egg properly but if someone helps me with that part then I can make a pretty decent omelet.

  • 118 WPM

  • I know the national anthems of ~20 countries


Things I want to get better at

  • Languages (including English)

  • Going to class

  • Basketball

  • Enunciating (apparently I mumble sometimes)


Things I'm looking forward to in the future

  • Spending more time with family and friends, making memories

  • Visiting more national parks

  • Traveling around the world


Small joys in my life

  • Seeing my friends and family laugh

  • Drinking tea and/or coconut water

  • Good handwriting

  • The MSNBC election night music


Obstacle I've overcome

  • The WU doors


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

  • Moving to the US

  • study abroad

  • Teaching

  • going to university


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

  • High school (all of it)

  • College Apps

Ways I take care of myself


Unconventional skills

  • I can wiggle my ears

  • I can whistle breathing in

  • Good at imitating accents in foreign languages

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