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Day in the Life: Avni Parikh

Posted on April 21, 2014 | by Kari Sonde

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LS freshman Avni Parikh has been interested in global education since she was in middle school. By ninth grade, she started an organization called Let’s Hope International which raised money through jewelry sales. The accessories were designed by Parikh and other volunteers. The money raised was for educational and sanitation purposes in Kenyan and Indian schools and orphanages. Now, Parikh is working on a platform advocating for civics education around the world. She focuses on speech and debate skills and may combine this project with Let’s Hope or start a separate organization.

10 a.m.: Parikh wakes up and heads to Downstein to have coffee, eggs and bacon before going to her first class of the day.

12:30 p.m.: Parikh attends her Social Foundations class. She particularly enjoys this course because it explores how ideas spread, which she said links well with her efforts to spread her own message about civics education.

2 p.m.: Parikh goes to Think Coffee and reads for one of her classes while drinking coffee and eating a grilled cheese sandwich. She chooses Think Coffee as her study spot because of the outreach work the company does in other countries, which she finds inspiring.

3 to 5 p.m.: Parikh has a meeting with her mentor and co-founder of the foundation There is No Limit Mariama Mounir Camara-Petrolawicz. Parikh met Petrolawicz at a teen leadership conference called Three Dot Dash which aims to bring together teens around the world who are working on global issues. They discuss Let’s Hope and talk about extending Parikh’s current civics education program to the Republic of Guinea, where Petrolawicz is from.

8 p.m.: Parikh studies for her Education and Globalization class, which gives her a great perspective on her own interest in global education.

“It helps [me] process this fast-paced world we live in and what education can do to help people make more sense of it,” Parikh said.

9 p.m.: Parikh heads back to Think Coffee to meet up with a friend. Parikh trades coffee for Chicken Tikka Masala that her friend bought her and they talk about collaborating on Parikh’s speech and debate work in India.

11 p.m.: Parikh heads over to Third North residence hall with her friend to speak with other collaborators across the United States and in India. After the discussion, they wind down by eating Oreos, listening to music and going on Facebook.

A version of this article appeared in the Monday, April 21 print edition. Kari Sonde is a staff writer. Email her at


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