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Pratyusha Gupta

Postlethwait Middle School and Caesar Rodney High School, DE
B.S. Finance, The Wharton School and B.S. Computer Science, School of Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
Investment Firm Analyst

What did you gain in TSA?

In the beginning, TSA taught me about myself—what I was good at, what kind of work I liked. It was TSA that introduced me to web development. TSA makes you be more inventive in how you research and apply knowledge, and it helped me realize that what I do today, fits into the bigger picture tomorrow. It was in serving in officer roles in middle school and high school—then as Delaware TSA state secretary and president and national TSA secretary and president—that I was granted the greatest gift by TSA. I learned from advisors who were intimately familiar with the rewards and challenges of student leadership, and I had conversations across chapter and state lines.

TSA also was a major selling point when it came time to apply to colleges—making me a more dynamic candidate as I shared the importance of TSA in my college application essays. 

Attending the University of Pennsylvania was the most challenging experience of my life, but I believe the wide range of soft and hard skills I developed in TSA—such as written and verbal presentation, leadership, and creativity—helped me to succeed there.

What advice do you have for current TSA student members?

Reach beyond your comfort zone. You may have one to two favorite competitive events, but every year, you should try something new to expand your horizons. Also, meet as many people as you can at TSA conferences and other events. TSA introduced me to friends and mentors I remain in touch with to this day—and hope to keep for life.