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Kritika Kumari is a graduate from Asian University of Women, Bangladesh who shall be going to Portland State University, Oregon in Fall 2016 for Masters program. She plans to study Economics & Public Policy, as she believes that it would give her tools and insights to solve problems faced by developing nations. However, each step of her education has come with additional challenges, and your support is needed to make her education possible.

She fondly recalls her childhood as a memorable one, having common dreams such as raising a family and working at a good job. However it was when she was 12 that her family circumstances pushed her to interact with the “real world”. Her mother could no longer run the roadside vegetable shop as her health deteriorated, forcing Kritika to take care of the shop: the only means to support her family. She would run home after school finished to manage the shop, often as late as 8 at night. Sometimes the workload of the shop made her skip school, which she used to handle by studying on her own. She recalls the exhaustion she felt while going to bed: un-finished lessons, unsold vegetables, and uncertain future. Reflecting back, she feels that this chapter of her life was harsh that made her tremendously grow as a person. While interacting with customers, she was perplexed by seeing how some people had too much at their disposal, while others were hardly making their ends meet. On further introspection, she realized that the difference is in the level of education, and since then she has tenaciously focused on getting herself educated to escape poverty.

After an intense college application process, she got accepted to Asian University for Women, Bangladesh with a full scholarship, thus becoming the first one from her family to attend college. She co-founded the debating club in her college, through which she won accolades for her oratory skills. More importantly, debating allowed her to explore different socio-economical issues that affected the world. Through it, she realized that Economics can offer solutions to these pressing problems, and since then has pursued to study it earnestly. Her fervor to understand disparity and, in particular, economic “unfairness” motivated her to study North-East India lags behind rest of India, which developed into a paper examening impact of being landlocked, as part of her undergraduate thesis. To further her quest, this summer she is interning with a think tank - Indian Institute, to have a closer look at the nuances of the challenges faced by India and other developing nations.

Kritika is determined on continuing her journey of learning, and solving problems that press developing nations. However, this will be only possible if she can afford to go to Portland State University. Even though her graduate assistantship scholarship covers her tuition, she required additional funds to cover her health insurance, and living expenses, which falls to $5000 for her first 9 months of college. Your contribution will help her achieve her dream of serving as an Economic advisor to developing nations and be a part of prosperous world.

You can reach her at:  @kritikakumari

Her blog: 

You can also read her story on this published article:

Her journey to Philips Exeter Academy:



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