D.C. internship led to law career

NAME: Abhay Nadipuram

 CLASS YEAR: 2010

MAJOR: Political science

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT: Attorney, The Davis Brown Law Firm

WHY WARTBURG:  After the first time I heard the Wartburg Choir, I knew I wanted to be part of it. Wartburg also had good a academic reputation, a small campus, and a lot of opportunities for me to get involved. It just felt right.

WHAT DID YOU NEVER IMAGINE YOU WOULD DO BEFORE COMING TO WARTBURG: I never expected to build so many close relationships with fellow students, faculty, and staff that would last a lifetime. These relationships have been a critical aspect of my professional and personal growth and have made me realize that who each of us becomes is based on with whom we surround ourselves.

Abhay Nadipuram

HOW DID WARTBURG PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR FUTURE: My experience at Wartburg forced me to interact with people daily, which taught me that not everyone in this world is always going to agree with me. My experience was also shaped by the fact that I was a religious minority at a school of mostly practicing Christians. This experience helped me become a better Hindu because I was motivated by the consistency at which many Christians on campus practiced their faith.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WARTBURG TRADITION: This may be obvious, but the Wartburg Choir singing Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal arranged by Alice Parker near the end of every concert.

HOW DO YOU STAY CONNECTED TO THE COLLEGE: I stay in touch with friends, faculty and staff with whom I have a relationship and try to get back for Homecoming and Wartburg Choir concerts when I can. My family also started a scholarship to help those students who wish to do a public service internship in Washington, D.C., a city near and dear to my heart and where I was motivated to become a lawyer and better community servant.

HOW ARE YOU LIVING OUT THE WARTBURG MISSION: Wartburg is dedicated to ensuring its students live lives of leadership and service as a spirited expression of their faith and learning. I’m engaged in my community on various levels by sitting on boards and volunteering for organizations, which really does stem from what I learned at Wartburg about the importance of helping our communities and from my faith as a Hindu, which tells us that we obtain eternal salvation, in part, by serving those around us.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: Never say no to an opportunity that is going to help you grow. Don’t be hesitant to travel outside of the State of Iowa, outside of the United States, and, if even if you don’t get the opportunity to do that, keep an open mind and spread your love to those who need it most: the people who are most vulnerable in our communities, many of whom would give anything to have the opportunity to simply *consider* going to college.

WHY IS WARTBURG WORTH IT: I was able to do a lot of different things that helped me grow personally and professionally. I sang in a choir, played varsity tennis, was student body president, and led a service trip. I also spent a summer in Washington, D.C., interning for a U.S. Senator thanks to the help of my political science professors. All of these experiences helped taught me what it was really like to “lead a life of leadership and service,” which I think is helpful in my career and life today.