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Ankita Nikalje

Ankita is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program in the College of Education at Purdue. 

Her research focuses on the continued psychological impacts of colonization in South Asian populations. She wants to understand how historical oppression and current experiences of racism impact mental and physical health. Ankita am also interested in developing culturally-sensitive assessments and measures to help internationalize psychology! 

Where do you spend most of your time on campus?

Beering Hall & Marriott Hall! 

How do you recharge physically and/or mentally?

In my free time I am usually on Skype with my friends from back home. 

Computer/Phone setup?

MacBook Pro; Nexus 6P.

What apps, software, or tools can't you live without?

Sleep as Android: It tracks my sleep cycle and tells me when I need to get to bed to get my 7.5 hours! Sleep is non-negotiable for me.

Twilight/F.lux: It reduces the blue light on my phone/laptop and has significantly reduced eye strain and headaches!

WhatsApp: This is how I stay in touch with friends and family back home.

Google calendar/iCal: This is how I (attempt to) keep myself organized.

What's your workspace setup like?

My most productive workplace setup is coffee shop with laptop and headphones specifically because of the easy access to coffee (shoutout to Fuel on Main St.!).

What's your best time-saving shortcut or life hack?

Plan your week in advance! This means blocking out all fixed, recurring commitments such as classes or grocery trips, then one-off appointments such as meetings, and then identify and block-out when you will be working/studying... whatever it is you need to get done that week. Don't forget to block out times you wake up and go to sleep, this gives you a realistic sense of how much time you actually have that week... as a grad student usually not much.

Career goals?

My career goal is to work as an Academic and be a practicing Psychologist!


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Satadru Roy

Making it to a top graduate school is one thing and how the school helps you guide to a fulfilling career is another part. A big share of my success ties back to the opportunity I had to meet great people around the campus. Let alone the resources and supports one receives as a student, these people inspire you, motivate you and get the best out of you. One such people - Dr. Crossley, an AAE faculty, have a big role for what I am today both professionally and individually. Despite being an international student, I had this opportunity to contribute to numerous NASA-funded projects that let me collaborate with several industry-level engineers and scientists working on leading-edge technologies.

A world-class education is a plus for professional development, but what I cherish the most is the accomplishment as an individual. As a part of the most culturally diversified campus, I got to see the whole world, met people from different countries, learned about their culture and, most importantly, made friends. My three months in Japan (thanks to Mary Schweitzer of GEP), as a part of the Purdue-Keio exchange program, helped me understand the work-culture difference.

Currently, I am collaborating with the Burton Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship to start a company with the vision to revolutionize General Aviation industry, making it more accessible and affordable to the public. Will I succeed? – That is not my concern, but I feel my experience at Purdue has prepared me with all the right attitude, expertise, connections and qualities needed to pursue my passion.

Satadru Roy, Ph.D.
Aeronautics and Astronautics
Post-Doctorate Research Associate, Purdue University

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