Meet our impressive first-year Junior Consultant!
First-year Business Economics major Aarushi Gupta is an amazing asset to our 180DC team. Hailing from Fremont, California, Aarushi started as an undergraduate last Fall and has quickly made her mark on campus. Not only is she a Junior Consultant for 180DC, but she is also a Strategic Planner for the Bruin Advertising and Marketing Team and a Volunteer for the Volunteer Income Tax Association.
Q: Why did you join 180DC, and how did you hear about it?
I initially heard about 180DC at the activities fair when I was exploring business clubs on campus, and I’m super glad I joined! I already knew I was interested in business from my experiences in high school, but I still wanted to explore the various industries in business. Consulting and 180DC seemed like a great fit, as I can constantly learn about different fields from collaborative projects and continue my involvement with nonprofits in the community.
Q: What is the most valuable thing you've learned through your time at 180DC?
Definitely collaboration. Discussing different ideas and hearing everyone’s opinions are really crucial steps to formulate the best possible solution, and 180DC actively encourages this. The environment here at 180DC is one of teamwork, and it’s truly amazing to learn from everyone else around me.
Q: What's your favorite thing to do in LA?
I love going to amusement parks in LA with my friends, whether it’s Disneyland, Universal Studios, or California Adventure. The thrill of going on rollercoasters and just being a kid for the day is like no other, and I would happily spend every weekend there if I could.
Q: What would you rate 10/10?
My mom’s cooking deserves a 10/10. Anything she cooks is always amazing, and she never needs a recipe—she can just eyeball the ingredients. I admire her so much, because even though she can already make a wide variety of cuisines, she’s always expanding her knowledge and experimenting in the kitchen. Her food really represents “home” to me.
Q: What is your spirit animal?
My spirit animal is definitely a hummingbird. They are capable of such amazing feats despite their tiny size, which is a quality I really admire. Also, they fly really quickly from task to task—something I can relate to as I’m never satisfied with one thing for too long.
Q: What is one fun fact about yourself?
I used to be a competitive figure skater! When I was around 6, I started taking group classes, and it eventually turned into private lessons and then competitions. I loved being out on the ice and performing in front of others, but the sport was excessively time-consuming, so I stopped. I still like to skate for fun on the weekends or whenever I get a chance!