Family members: Kaushik Kundu (father), Kwanjai Chonlapan (mother), Anita Kundu (sister)
Favorite subject: I love all of the sciences – biology, physics, chemistry – because they are each like a looking glass: through each of them, I’m able to catch a small glimpse of the amazingly complex world which we live in.
Activities: I am involved with the Robotics Team & Club, tennis team, debate team and Science Olympiad Club. Extracurricular activities really enrich the high school experience.
Next steps: After I graduate from Liberty, I hope to earn my bachelor’s degree and then apply to medical school.
Career goals: I hope to become a physician in the future. I love to help people, and I believe I can do so most profoundly in the field of medicine. Also important is my love for the subject; I find the human body fascinating. Isn’t it amazing that our cells can read DNA like we read a book, all without eyes or a brain? It is almost incomprehensible to me how a single cell functions, let alone how we awesomely intricate human beings do. As Mrs. Bednarkik, my biology teacher, put it, “How do you boil a memory down to a chemical reaction?”
Heroes: My heroes are my parents. They are both in the medical field and I greatly respect them. They have also given me countless opportunities in my life for which I will always be indebted to them.
Hobbies: I enjoy robotics, programming and technology in general. I also enjoy playing badminton and tennis, though I am not very good at the latter. Learning is also very fun, but not so much the part that includes being swamped with homework and exams!
Volunteer/community work: I have painted soccer fields for the Bethlehem Soccer Club and assisted reception at St. Luke’s Hospital’s Physical Therapy department. I volunteer as an EMT in Hanover Township. I would also like to create a free standardized test tutoring resource for student at Liberty HS, which I am working hard to get off the ground.
Likes: I really enjoy my hobbies: robotics, badminton, tennis and keeping up with the newest gadgets. I like macOS and iOS. I really love learning about the sciences!
Dislikes: I don’t particularly relish the stress of college applications. I also don’t care too much for Windows computers or Android devices.
Greatest accomplishment (so far): My greatest accomplishment is whatever I’ve done that has helped other people the most.
Advice for peers: Whenever there’s a problem, sometimes it’s easy to sit back and complain. Instead, if you first focus on fixing the problem, you’ll soon see that there’s no reason to complain at all!
Julia Swan coordinates student profiles for the Bethlehem Press. Student profile subjects are selected by faculty and administration at the individual schools.