Elgin High School 2015 graduate Megha Bhattacharya is taking on a whole new level of leadership roles at the University of Chicago where she is double majoring in political science and public policy.
Megha’s first few weeks of college were spent campaigning for a position on the student government where she was elected one of four Class of 2019 Representatives. She is involved in Alpha Kappa Psi, a business fraternity that consists of highly motivated and ambitious students. Megha was selected to be part of a cohort of Women in Public Service Projects (WPSP), an opportunity to receive personalized leadership training and discussion about public projects with a panel of successful guest speakers on a weekly basis. Megha joined a group named MoneyThink, where she visits schools on the south side of Chicago to teach about financial literacy.
Megha credits her 2014-15 role as the Board of Education's Student Advisor for inspiring much of her college work. Much of Megha’s success in college is attributed to the strong foundation she built in high school.
“I was very lucky to meet such a large cross sample of the District and create lasting relationships with them,” Megha said. “I received an insider view of the workings of a large conglomerate and it was such a fascinating and educational experience.”
During her years as a Maroon, Megha was involved in the Gifted and Talented Academy and helped create a middle school mentorship club to help young girls with their transition to high school.
“My experience with the Elgin Gifted and Talented Academy helped me meet some of the best educators in the District,” said Megha. “I am a firm believer that there is more to school than just an education.”
During the summer of 2016, Megha worked for University of Chicago's Institute of Politics (IOP) founded by Barack Obama's senior campaign advisor. She worked as the program coordinator in Washington where she arranged a robust 10-week program that included site visits to the Pentagon, White House, Capitol, Department of Justice, and the Supreme Court. Megha also arranged panels, seminars, and managed the 8,000-plus University of Chicago contacts in the D.C. area.
Currently Megha is the Series Speaker Program intern at the IOP. Megha helps bring in speakers to talk to the student body, she creates event briefs, drafts letters of invitation, and provides logistical support for the Speaker Series production team.
Megha plans to continue to build a strong foundation to attain her dreams and goals. She hopes to secure an internship in Chicago gain more experience before attending law school.