Hi, I’m Rahul Kalluri and I am one of the co-presidents of the new Aahana chapter at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I’m studying Economics and Statistics and I’m heavily involved in our student government known as the Illinois Student Senate.
In my sophomore year, a friend and I were looking to get more of an ‘Indian experience’ on campus and we couldn't find any clubs that allowed us to learn more about our culture and participate in sharing it with other students. We drafted an idea for starting our own club but, then I noticed a friend of mine posted on social media that she was the secretary for this new club called Aahana at Loyola University.
After some research, I thought of starting a chapter of Aahana here. When I applied to bring it to UIUC, I found out another student had also done the same and that’s how it all began! My goal on campus is for Aahana to provide an outlet for students to come and learn about our culture and to remove any pervasive stigmas about India and its history. I know that given the opportunity, students are excited to learn about different cultures and histories. I'm excited to see what we can do on this campus and how we can coordinate with the main Aahana team to bring a cohesive and comprehensive experience.