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Q&A with Devika Nambiar ’20

Devika Nambiar ’20


Hometown: Kerala, India
High school: American International School of Guangzhou, China
Major/minor: Potentially psychology and neuroscience

Why did you apply ED to Skidmore?
I had no prior expectations for Skidmore until I walked on campus for a visit several summers ago. When I did, I fell in love with this place. The faculty members are genuinely interested in their fields, and students are so open-minded. Coming from an international school background, the atmosphere was exactly what I was looking for. I toured 10 colleges and universities that summer, but none had the vibe that Skidmore did. I’m so glad I did Early Decision because it allowed me to complete my last semester of senior year comfortably knowing I’d found a place that would continue to allow me to explore my interests and passions and not have to worry about it until April.

Best parts of your college experience?
I think pre-orientation was pretty amazing. I highly recommend it to all first-year students because it really helped me settle into college and make a good group of friends. After orientation, when everyone else began to return to campus, we didn’t see each other a lot, but it’s always nice to see a familiar face, especially the first few days when things seem overwhelming.

Most surprising moments?
Definitely the amount of free time I have. Time management is key, of course. But unlike high school, everything isn’t scheduled to the minute every day. Some days I’ll have classes from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and other days I’ll be done at 11 a.m. and have the rest of the day to get work done or maybe go into town with some friends. I prefer this lifestyle as it instills a strong sense of independence in me and I feel more in control of myself and my time.

Advice on applying ED?
Do your research. Be sure that Skidmore offers all the facilities and opportunities that you require in your dream school. You might not find everything, but definitely prioritize. The website is an amazing resource, and you can always pick up the phone and call; everyone is so helpful!

Something most people don’t know about you?
Moving every four years, my family and I have always lived in big metropolitan cities. I had never lived in a small city before coming to Skidmore and didn’t think I would end up attending college in an environment such as Saratoga Springs. It is one of the best decisions I have made for myself.

Post-Skidmore plans or dreams?
I am not sure. That’s the beauty of a liberal arts education; you don't have to know what you are doing, at least not yet. Hopefully I will graduate majoring in something that I love and pursue it.

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