By Casey Wang
Shreya Thakkar’s suitcase is getting a workout this summer.
The Prospect High School senior attended an 11-day engineering camp in Michigan and visited California before getting back on a plane for JCamp.
Prospect High School
Mount Prospect, Ill.
How I plan to use my JCamp skills: To write stories people might not otherwise hear, change minds and make a difference.
She’s excited to see what new doors JCamp will open for her and she hopes to learn from students and instructors who are just as enthusiastic about journalism as she is. Then she hopes to take what she learns and make an impact with her writing and as editor in chief at her school paper, Prospect Now. She wants to tell stories that people would never otherwise hear and use journalism to inspire and educate readers.
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She’s the second member of her family to attend JCamp. Her older brother, who attended in 2010, encouraged her to pursue journalism in high school. She was reluctant at first, but fell in love with writing and discovered she could interact with teachers and students she otherwise would never meet. She enjoys writing profiles, human interest stories and breaking news. She interviewed Ian Brennan, a high school alumnus and creator of former TV series “Glee.”
Thakkar plays tennis and leads her school’s Women and Stem Club, which she founded, when she’s not writing. The club invites speakers to talk about their careers. She wants to encourage and inspire through her club activities and her writing.
Family and her Indian culture are also important to her. She’s fluent in Gujarati and has practiced Bharatanatyam, an Indian classical dance, since she was six years old.