Senior Spotlight: Dipali Arora’s Advice? Focus on What You Want to Do

by | Aug 2019

East Ridge High School's Dipali Arora, a member of the 2019 Senior Spotlight

Photo: Tate Carlson

We put the spotlight on Dipali Arora, an East Ridge High School student who is planning a future in neuroscience and international affairs.

Woodbury’s class of 2020 are athletes and creatives and academics who juggle complicated workloads. But they have their favorite clothes and jams and beverages they can’t live without–just like any high schooler ever. We sat down with a few of Woodbury’s rising seniors to find out their favorite things—and their favorite places in Woodbury: Jack LoweLily SwansonJonathan TorrenceKavin Muhil RameshMarta Struve

Dipali Arora
East Ridge High School

What has been your favorite class? 
I don’t have a favorite class, so much as a favorite teacher. I had Stephanie Harberts in 9th and 10th grade for pre-AP chemistry and AP biology. She’s really inspiring, super nice and helpful.

What do you do outside of class?
I’m a part of Youth in Government, a YMCA-based program where students learn about current issues and how decisions are made. I also do mock trial and play tennis.

Favorite book?
To Kill a Mockingbird. I love that it talks about serious issues—like slavery and the law—that we don’t otherwise talk about. It’s a good anecdote of how life was then.

Favorite musical artist?
Billie Eilish—even though she’s a little depressing sometimes!

Signature outfit?
Um—it’s probably a color, actually. I wear this tan-brown color a lot. I have probably five sweatshirts or pairs of pants in the same shade. It makes getting dressed really easy, and I always get compliments!

Beverage you couldn’t live without?
Water. I love drinking water, and I probably drink eight glasses a day.

What words of wisdom would you share with younger students?
Focus more on what you want to do and not the stuff you feel like you should do but don’t care about.

What’s next for you after high school?
UCLA is my top school right now, and I want to study neuroscience and international affairs. Those are two very different subjects, but I want to go into medicine and do international relations—perhaps with UNICEF or Doctors Without Borders. We’ll see!

What’s your favorite spot in Woodbury?
My friends and I love Ze’s Diner. Food—I love it.


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