Amit Kolli '19 shaved his head to show solidarity with his father who recently found out he has cancer. Amit's grandfather and one of his best friends have also battled cancer. Click here for Amit's Bald For Bucks page. He raised $4,540 for the cause.
Read more about Amit below.
HOMETOWN: Grand Island
FAVORITE CLASS: U.S. History – I like learning about the past and how we got to where we are today. Plus, Mr. Rizzo (Sam Rizzo '97) is a great teacher who finds ways to engage us.
ACTIVITIES: With Model U.N. I enjoy political debates and learning about other countries. It's given me new perspectives on how other countries view what is happening in the world.
RETREATS: I chose not to do an Emmaus retreat because I didn't want to commit the time and have to make up a lot of school work. I pushed myself in my junior year to try new experiences and did a Kairos retreat. It was enlightening. I made new friends and was able to open up without feeling like I was pressured. As a result, I'm now even more open to new experiences.
COLLEGE PLANS: The University of Michigan is my first choice, and I plan to major in biology on a pre-med track. Both my mom and dad are doctors, and my brother (Ajay Kolli '13) is in medical school. I'm doing an epidemiology internship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute this summer.
INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE: Traveling opens you up to new cultures and perspectives, and I may want to study abroad for a semester in college. My mom and dad are from India and moved to the U.S. to complete their residencies. We go to India almost every summer to see family, but it's also eye-opening to witness the extreme poverty in India. Seeing people suffering has influenced me to try to help people in our community. For example, two summers ago I volunteered at a Niagara Falls nursing home. I understand I that I can use the privileges I have to help other people.