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Indira R. Dhandapani '10


  • Hometown: Wallingford, Connecticut
  • Major: Biology; minor in Spanish; part of Albany Medical College program
  • Class Year: 2010
  • Activities:  Captain of Siena's Bhangra Team, Vice President of the Read for the Stars, Asian Students Association, Ambassador (volunteer tour guide), two month service trip to Honduras, spring break service trip to the Dominican Republic.
  • Why you chose Siena?  I loved the presence of a real community at Siena!  I knew I wouldn't be just another face in the crowd.
  • Have you changed since you came to Siena?   Oh yes, I've become an entirely different person!  I'm more out-going, I have better leadership skills, and most importantly, I like who I have become.  There is so much opportunity to grow at Siena and it has left me with a new sense of confidence.
  • What is your favorite Siena memory?  There are far too many to choose from!  But I do have really great memories from freshman orientation when I met a group of students who eventually became some of my best friends.  We all randomly sat together at the lunch one day, and before I knew it, we were playing football out on the quad and watching movies later that night.  We were inseparable throughout freshman year.
  • What would you say to a Siena community member who has changed your life?  That would be Cindy Soja, the first person I met in Admissions.  She has taught me how to be kind and compassionate, and most importantly , how to show others how much you care.  I'd like to thank her for being such a positive role model for me and for being there every step of the way.
  • What are your aspirations?  As a part of the Albany Medical Program, I am planning on going to Albany Medical College right down the road from Siena.
  • What motivates you?  I am motivated by the fact that I know I haven't reached my full potential yet.  I know I've got a lot more to learn in life and that by improving on my talents, I can better help others around me, including myself.
  • What is one thing you could not live without?  I couldn't live without my family.  Their unconditional love and never-ending support is what helps me get through the good and the bad.  They're with me every step of the way and I couldn't be more grateful.