Squash Champion Amita Gondi receives offer letters from Harvard & Stanford
Securing a seat at one of the Ivy league colleges would be a dream come true for many. But imagine these universities approaching you to enrol yourself ? That’s what happened to Amita Gondi of Hyderabad. This grade XII student of Oakridge International School has received offer letters from both Harvard and Stanford.
Harvard University approached her in July 2017 inviting her to visit their campus and finalise the admission process. Following this, she received an offer from Stanford University, which she accepted earlier this month.
Amita, plays squash and racquetball at the international level. Besides this, she is a national-level swimmer as well.
She is currently ranked first in India, in squash, in the girl’s under-17 category. She has finished in the top three at major tournaments, including the 2016 US Junior Squash Open, the 2015 Canada Junior Open and the 2016 Canada Junior Open.
Luke Hammond, the assistant coach of the Harvard University Men’s and Women’s Squash Teams, had written to Amita in July, asking her to visit the campus for an official visit and interview, upon which her acceptance would depend.
Subsequent to her visit, she received a letter from Stanford which read,
“It is a tribute to your outstanding achievements as a student-athlete that our Department of Athletics has requested an early review of your application for admission to Stanford for Fall 2018. I am delighted to share this good news with you ahead of our regular notification period. We offer congratulations on your distinguished accomplishments and welcome you to Stanford.”
According to a report by Hindustan Times, she was 6 when she took up swimming. She then started playing racquetball which culminated in gold at the world junior championships in Colombia. In 2014, she started playing squash and won the national girls’ title last year.
Girls like Amita Gondi and their passion for what they like deserves a lot of appreciation.
More power to you!
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