Indian student thrives on learning a variety of subjects

ATHARVA TENDLE
AGE: 18
HOME: MUMBAI, INDIA
MAJOR: COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ECONOMICS
HOBBIES: READING, SKETCHING, PLAYING SOCCER
FAVORITE SAYING: “A GUEST SHOULD BE TREATED RESPECTFULLY.”

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Atharva Tendle remembers well the day his mother told him he probably wouldn’t be good at cooking.

“And I was a kid at that time,” he said. “So I was like ‘No, I am going to cook really well.’”

His first round of cooking wasn’t great, but it sparked an interest in a new field. Tendle could learn more about the practice – and that was exciting because he loves to learn.

Although cooking is his current favorite, Tendle, a computer science and economics major, enjoys learning all sorts of subjects, including history, math, English and chemistry.

“I just want to learn a lot of things,” he said. “I personally love learning things. And I hate that I cannot take more than two majors, but it’s just not possible to do that.”

Of course, learning can take place outside of school. And when he has free time, Tendle uses it to learn something new. He does this through reading books, talking to friends or going online and finding courses to take.

But school comes first, and like many college students, Tendle is busy keeping up with classes, work and friends. This leaves a small amount of time for learning things that don’t come from class.

To Tendle that is what breaks are for.

“During the winter break, I was here (in Lincoln), and didn’t really have anything to do,” he said. “So I thought, ‘Why not learn a new computer science language.’”

He said he hopes to get an internship this summer, but if he doesn’t, or has free time, he has plans for what he could learn next. Playing piano properly and learning German are at the top of his list.

Just as with the cooking, Tendle finds inspiration from his parents. Both are doctors who enjoy learning different things and teach him along the way.

“I see them constantly trying to learn something new, anything, like any random weird thing.”

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