Anaum Showkat '20 has spent her time at Lausanne embracing a variety of challenges, which led to a unique Lynx journey and some extremely impressive accomplishments.
"From extravagant Bollywood performances during International Week to simple English novels, I love the wide array of opportunities Lausanne has provided me," Anaum said.
As a fluent speaker in Bengali and French, the senior's academic achievements include being an advanced member of the National Honors Society, National Science Honors Society, National French Honors Society and Rho Kappa Honors Society. Anaum is also the President of HOSA and was awarded first place in the field of Medical Assisting at the club's regional competition all four years of High school.
In addition to her academics at Lausanne, Anaum successfully took multiple college-level courses at Cornell University, completed scientific research papers for Cornell and Harvard, published an educational video on stem cell research and created a blog that discusses ways to prevent child marriage.
Along with being a powerhouse academically, Anaum's extracurriculars have also been a huge part of her life. Anaum is a member of the National Music Honors Society, Clarinet Section Leader and First Chair for the Lausanne Band and President of the Multi-Cultural Outreach Club. The senior has also been a ballet dancer at Memphis Ballet since she was four, which has resulted in numerous awards.
For Anaum, exploring different academic and extracurricular opportunities has been her favorite part of her Lausanne experience and what initially helped her choose a future path.
Although she is still deciding where she wants to attend college, Anaum is certain that she wants to major in women and gender studies, a decision she has known since 10th grade.
"I never would have discovered my major if it wasn’t for reading A Thousand Splendid Suns in my 10th grade English class," Anaum said. " The novel discusses the prevalence of child marriages in Afghanistan, and, through my research, I was disturbed by how common this occurred globally. As a result, I knew I had to take action and bring awareness to the predicament of worldwide child marriage and to reach out to people who feel the same way as me. If it wasn’t for Lausanne, I never would have discovered this."
Her goal is to empower young girls all over the world to express themselves with ease and to become a voice for inequality of women's rights, especially in third world countries, and she is thankful Lausanne has given her the confidence to follow this plan.
"As my senior year comes to an end, I have never felt more confident in what I want to do and how I will live my life in college and beyond," Anaum said. "Lausanne has taught me to challenge myself, while also recognizing my boundaries, allowing me to become the best I can absolutely be at anything I put my mind to."