Vinni Anandham

“In order to be successful you need to work diligently and stay focused on your goals, which requires a lot of patience and hard work.”

Hometown: Hutto, Texas

Major: Political Science
Expected Graduation Date: December 2014

UT Dallas Achievements & Activities

  • Student Organizations Forum (SOF) Student Coordinator
  • Marketing Director of International Political Economy Student Association (IPESA)
  • Secretary of Whoosh the Vote
  • EPPS Student Blogger
  • Former EPPS Student Mentor for HBI Mentoring Program
  • Former Student Worker in the Office of the President

Deciding on Political Science

I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a political science student because since childhood I had always had an interest in government, history, and social sciences so my mind was set that this would be my major. However when I looked into attending a school and was comparing various degrees, UT Dallas' political science degree appealed the most to me because I could tell that it provided for students to learn from each area in the broad field of political science. You are required to take a pre-law class such as "constitutional law" along with "global politics" which is focused on international politics and economics. As well as "political behavior" that teaches you the foundation of elections and campaigns, and then some history and deeper understanding of various regimes including our system of democracy in "political theory" and "American political institutions"! And after having taken all that, there is still plenty of open credit space where you can take courses on areas you would like to explore more about, so I was bound to select Political Science as my major!!

My EPPS Success

I believe that in order to be successful you need to work diligently and stay focused on your goals, which requires a lot of patience and hard work. However it's not easy to wake up every morning with your game face on, and sometimes your goal seems faded and faraway. But luckily at UT Dallas, we have professors that are a big part of us being successful because they really care about their students. In my freshmen year, I was considering switching majors—not because I was interested in another field, but because I thought I wouldn't be able to find a job with my degree. Then one day I came across one of my teachers to whom I mentioned this, and not only did they listen to me and give me advice, but they also sent me an e-mail with a video that talked about imagining what we would do in the world, if the incentive of money were taken away from the equation. After that I decided not to switch my major and continuing to pursue my goal. Our professors are always a big reason behind our success, but I would say that my professors are the biggest reason behind my success as an EPPS student!

Plans for the Future

I would like to work in Washington D.C. for the federal government in an agency that works for what I believe in such as the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of State, or U.S. Environmental Protection agency. No matter where I work, I would like to do something that brings a positive change in other people's lives.

Advice to Prospective EPPS Students

Keep believing in your dreams and striving towards them. Make sure to finish all homework before coming to class!!

Other Interests

I love to participate in various cultural events because it's amazing to experience what each culture has to offer. In my free time I love to dance, cook, or go shopping. I am also a big fan of Bollywood films!! :)