Swati Madankumar

Here is a collection of all the writing I have done over the past few years. Navigate through the topics using the tabs to the upper-right. 'Dance' will direct you to a brief highlight video of my graduation recital in Indian classical dance. Hope you enjoy!

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Welcome Back, Welcome Home?

(Publication pending as Centerpiece article of Sept/Oct 2021 issue of the Barnard Bulletin) While it’s easy to lament the limitations that are placed on how we are able to interact in person, I think our interactions have been made all the more sweeter. Humans have always been innately social creatures, but we now approach others as profoundly changed people and with an appreciation for the moment. This appreciation comes from both looking back at the opportunities that we lost due to COVID-19 and looking ahead with the acknowledgement that the time we have with each other, and in any stage of our lives, such as college, is limited and something we should make the most of, no matter the circumstances.

46 LI students named Regeneron Scholars

Forty-six Long Island students in public and private schools were among 300 high school seniors nationwide named scholars Tuesday in the prestigious Regeneron Science Talent Search, the country’s oldest high school competition in the math and science. In the Bethpage district, educators said Bethpage High School senior Smiti Shah — whose research project focused on efforts to increase access to clean water — is their first-ever honoree in the contest. “Since eighth grade, it’s been my goal to

Childhood, as well as India, needs space for playgrounds

(Silver Key in Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 2018 Contest, Archival Pending on Indians 4 Social Change) Remember the rush of loping through the monkey bars on the playground back when you were little? Or the thrill of dangling your legs from way up high on the swings? Sadly, many children in India are shortchanged​ of this experience. On the bright side, a component of the Right to Education (RTE) act signifies a recognition of the basic playground’s importance in fostering children’s development.
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