Class of 2019
Where is your hometown?
I was born and brought up in Chennai, India, but I consider Charlotte my hometown.
Why did you choose UNC School of Law?
Apart from being one of the most important factors in establishing the Research Triangle Park, University of North Carolina is one of the oldest public universities in the country and has been consistently ranked among the upper echelons of academic institutions for decades. Having embraced North Carolina as my home away from home, I wanted to go to a school which embodied the spirit of the Carolina community. My thoughts and goals about the legal field matched what UNC School of Law teaches its students. The more I looked into it, the more I fell in love with it. It was a no-brainer.
What was your focus of study in undergrad?
My undergraduate and graduate studies focused on electrical engineering, and more specifically, communication technologies.
If you worked before coming to law school, what did you do?
After identifying law as a possible career path, I decided to first dip my toes in the field before diving into law school. I worked for a general practice firm in Charlotte as a patent agent for about four years to gain some perspective before making the decision to go to law school. During that time, I worked with inventors seeking to patent various inventions in electrical, mechanical and computer engineering. I liked it enough to want to go to law school to pursue a career in the legal field.
What is your passion?
My passion is to live the life that I want to live, and not the life that I have to. It may not seem like much, but that’s what drives me every day.
How do you like to spend your free time?
Any free time I get, I like to spend it with my wife and our dog. Sometimes that involves just sitting at home and watching a few episodes of a TV show, going on a hike, cooking dinner or working out together.
Name one of your favorite TV shows or movies and explain why it is your favorite.
I tend to love any show that forays into the realm of fantasy. My favorite movie is Lord of the Rings. I love it because it combines the epic with the ordinary. I tend to appreciate different aspects of the movie based on how I’m feeling when I watch it. For example, take a Hobbit's life-the life of drinking ale, enjoying simple food, and appreciating the small things. The Shire is my kinda place and I see myself living in it. On the other hand, I love the idea of battling magnificent beasts and saving the world. One can live both lives via the movie.
What’s one of the most recent books you have read, and what did you think about it?
I tend to lean more towards fiction, than non-fiction. One of the most recent books I read was Wool. It was engaging and entertaining without much melodrama. The dystopian world described in the book was vivid and at times, genuinely terrifying. I would recommend the book to those who like the sci-fi genre and those who have never read the stuff.