Spring Break 2022 was an unforgettable week for almost everyone I’ve talked to. So many of my friends traveled internationally—to Europe, Hawaii, and (of course) Cabo. Others went on road trips, visited high school friends, or picked up some really cool hobbies. Everyone seemed to have taken full advantage of their spring break, myself included.

 

In fact, my spring break might have been the most fun of all: I got my wisdom teeth out!! I know international sight-seeing can’t compare to the unforgettable fun of wisdom teeth removal, but it can try and get close. 

Sarcasm aside, I did have an enjoyable spring break. After being inundated with back-to-back midterms the two weeks immediately before spring break, I welcomed the bliss of sleeping in every single day (getting my wisdom teeth out just gave me an excuse to do what I’d already planned on doing). On top of that, I got to spend time with my family and celebrated my favorite holiday of the year—Holi, the Indian festival of colors—with them, which was so fun! I hadn’t celebrated Holi in years due to the pandemic, so I was so excited to be able to do it again!

 

 

 

 

 

I was even able to get a double dose of Holi—once I got back, I attended one of the many Holi events around USC with my friend! It was so nice to be able to connect with the Indian community on campus and to get to see people’s non-Indian friends also joining in the celebration 🙂

In my time at USC, I’ve realized it’s been so important to me to find a cultural community on campus. It helps me feel more at home to know that I have a group of friends to celebrate festivals and dance to Indian music with. Whether it’s celebrating Diwali or Holi, or attending the various Indian culture shows and performances held by different organizations on campus, I am glad to have stayed in tune with—and even learned more about—my culture since coming to USC. Honestly, one piece of advice I’d give to anyone who’s starting college is to look out for organizations that share your racial, ethnic, and/or cultural identity; it’s a super easy way to meet new people on campus as well as find people you can discuss your experiences and celebrate your culture with.

Neha Yadav

Neha Yadav

MAJOR: Biomedical Engineering YEAR: Class of 2023 HOMETOWN: Benicia, California PRONOUNS: she/her/hers INSTA: @nehaha.838 On campus, I'm a project manager for Engineers Without Borders, on the Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering Executive Board, and a researcher at the USC Biomedical Microsystems Laboratory. I have some experience in entrepreneurship—I won the Min Family Social Entrepreneurship Challenge in 2020 and interned at two startups last summer. In my free time, I love reading, hiking, and road-tripping!

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