For me, solving math problems is a constructive way of thinking, explains Neel Naik.
Cerebral activity enables me to come up with ideas, understand tasks, question my preconceived notions about people and concepts. It fascinates me, as it opens endless possibilities.
Neel is the typical shy nerd. He discovered the power of systematic thought when his grandfather, his mentor and mate, was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Being the only helping hand of his parents, Neel was suddenly saddled with immense responsibilities at the age of 14. The experience of taking care of his grandfather, prevailing upon him to take his medicines and countless trips to the hospital transformed this dreamy teenager into a mature wise individual.
He gradually developed an abiding interest in the mechanics of things and in programming. An SAT score of 1440 in conjunction with his honest essays, led him to be accepted by 5 top US universities—Purdue University, University of Wisconsin Madison, Texas A&M College Station, the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and Georgia Tech.
Neel is currently in the Class of 2021, BS Industrial Engineering at Georgia Tech. Good going, bro!