Padmini D.

Tour Guide at Clark University

Class of 2019

Hometown: Oakland , CA


Major: Political Science

What makes you feel most alive?

Dancing! I love having mini dance parties with my friends where we all just let lose and let the music consume us. The best part is that it can happen anywhere and everywhere. Who cares if people think we're a little crazy? They're probably right to some degree.

What's your favorite thing to do in Worcester?

Exploring! In particular there are two types of places that I especially love to explore in Worcester: diners and coffee shops. All of the diners in Worcester are over a century old and kept intact to show the character of Worcester. Me and my friends are usually smushed together sharing a giant order of banana pancakes. And then there are the coffee shops. Worcester has some amazing coffee spots, one of my favorite being Birchtree Bread Company. It's this bakery/cafe/coffee shop that in the Canal District. My friends and I love to drive over to on a Saturday morning to chat and relax over a nice cup of coffee.

What makes you a Clarkie?

What makes me a Clarkie is my open-mindedness and eagerness to learn. The world is a complex place that I know I will never be able to fully fathom, but I am open to understanding and learning more. I think it's very important to be open to new perspectives without allowing preconceived notions come in the way.

What's your favorite class at Clark?

This is a really tough question. I'd have to say my favorite class was my First Year Intensive that I took with Michael Butler, Just and Unjust Wars. It was a class of about twelve students that would meet in a room with books lining the walls and a large circular table in the middle that we all sat around (including our professor). We talked about the issues with Just War Theory from a contemporary lens, taking into account all that is currently occurring in the world. This class was my first real exposure to a critically challenging environment. Professor Butler created a Socratic learning environment where we as students were questioned, argued with, and expected to defend out positions. It was a demanding, but rewarding experience.

I'm passionate about...

Law and Order: SVU Orange Is the New Black Stranger Things Camping Roadtrips Hiking POC Activism Feminism Political Science Coffee Pesto Pasta Exploring Libraries Global Affairs International Relations Social Justice

I'm involved with...

Vagina Monologues Variant Dance Troupe Clark International Affairs Society South Asian Students Association
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