Dharini Parthasarathy was born in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and lived there until high school, which she pursued in Chennai, India. It was after her high school graduation that she moved to the United States for her higher education. She graduated from Miami University in Ohio in May 2017, with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics and Statistics. During her years at Miami, she worked as an International Orientation Leader for two years and in International Student and Scholar Services for a year. She was also part of a three-year leadership certification program for Engineering students called the Lockheed Martin Leadership Institute, where she learned about transformational leadership and what it meant to be a leader in school and workplace settings. Through the Institute, she was part of a University-wide endeavor called Listen4Insight, a podcast series that interviewed leaders in different fields about their thoughts on creativity, innovation, and leadership. At NYU, she is excited to work with faculty and students with different experiences and goals in higher education and to shape her own career, values, and goals.