Student Spotlight – Shivam Bhargava
Loves About Brebeuf
I love the opportunities Brebeuf gives to students to succeed not only in the classroom, but outside of the classroom as well. It’s not just about becoming a better student, but also about becoming a better person. Brebeuf allows you to live out your passions in many ways, and I love how there’s a space for everyone. I also really love the people at Brebeuf. Whether it’s the close community, helpful teachers, or lifelong friendships I’ve made, the people at Brebeuf are amazing.
My favorite classes have been Honors Anatomy with Mrs. McCarter and Honors English 10 with Mrs. Neukam. Anatomy was such a hands-on class, and I really enjoyed the labs that we were able to do. Mrs. McCarter really knew how to keep the class interesting and fun. English with Mrs. Neukam was enjoyable because she really helped me develop my writing, and I was able to analyze material on a deeper level.
I do not know where I will be attending college yet, but I am interested in studying neuroscience, psychology, and political science.
Teams and Co-Curriculars
Varsity Tennis Team
President of Asian Student Union
Brebeuf Mentors Program with Nora Elementary
Academic Super Bowl
National Honors Society
Outside of Brebeuf
Vice-President of Carmel Mayor’s Youth Council
Founder of Special Olympics Tennis Program in Zionsville and Carmel
Most of my friends already know this, but I can put both of my feet behind my head at the same time.
During senior year, my friends and I meet on the first friday of every month and have a potluck breakfast before school. It’s been one of my highlights of senior year.
I used to do Bollywood dancing when I was little.
What is your current favorite show or series on tv, Netflix, etc?
My favorite shows on Netflix include The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Law and Order SVU.
If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go and why?
I would love to travel to Australia one day. My ideal day would be watching tennis at the Australian Open, playing with kangaroos, and chilling on a beach there.
Tell us about your upcoming trip to China…
Over Spring Break, I will be going to China for about 10 days. I consider myself an avid traveler and love exploring different parts of the world as well as experiencing different cultures. I truly believe that anyone is able to gain different perspectives on life and gain more knowledge by traveling and experiencing the world. One of my goals in life is to visit all 7 wonders of the world. So far, I have only seen the Taj Mahal in India and the Chichen Itza in Mexico, and I am excited to see the Great Wall of China over break. My parents and I will be touring across the country and visiting many cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, and Guangzhou. I can’t wait to immerse myself in the beautiful culture of China and experience all that the country has to offer.
You are now in your final semester at Brebeuf Jesuit. Has it sunk in yet?
Definitely not. The excitement of graduation is definitely there, but I don’t think that it has sunk in that high school is really almost over. This might sound cliche, but it really does feel like freshman year was yesterday. Four years flies by so fast and the fact that we are all moving on to a new chapter in our lives doesn’t seem real yet.
In what way have you changed the most since your freshman year?
I’ve definitely matured a lot since freshman year. I came into Brebeuf as a frazzled, stressed out little freshman who was very naive and assumed that everything was going to be perfect. Little did I know that the stress of balancing everything would be harder than it looks. I started to realize that high school was not meant to be perfect and learning from my mistakes was integral to being successful. I now realize that one bad test grade isn’t the end of the world, and I’ve become a more optimistic person because of this growth.