The League has received money from The Patron’s Fund, which the Trustees have agreed to use towards an annual gift for a resident who best promotes Commonwealth friendship in Student House. Anupriya was the 2018 recipient. Currently in her second year of a PhD programme in Civil Engineering (Transportation) at Imperial College London, Anupriya is from Ranchi, Jharkhand, India. Here’s a quick Q & A with Anupriya:


Q: Why London?

A: The reasons to choose London included both studying at a world class institution like Imperial College with very high quality multi-disciplinary research environment and living in a multi-cultural city regarded as the best in the world for students.


Q: How did you hear about Student House?

A: I came to know about Student House from a previous resident and also from one of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission newsletters, which enlisted the best of hostels to stay in London.


Q: What are your studies to date?

A: I graduated from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India with a Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil Engineering in 2014. Thereafter, I completed my Masters in Transportation and Sustainable Development from Imperial College London in 2016.


Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?

A: I am quite a travel freak. I love to travel to different places, explore various cultures and spend my weekends in countryside. I am also a foodie at heart. So, I love to cook different Indian as well as other cuisines.


Q: What is your ultimate dream/objective?

A: After my Ph.D., I plan to pursue a career in academia, contributing towards research and development in the field of transportation and being actively involved in teaching. I also plan to get actively involved with Government departments around the World and provide technical advice towards sustainable mobility solutions for the future.


Q: Most memorable moment?

A: Nothing in particular that I can pick, I like to cherish every small moment in my life.


Q: What is something you couldn’t live without?

A: As my friends say, I am a very social animal, I love to stay around people, share and celebrate all small moments of my life with my friends.


Q: What is something you loathe?

A: Related to what I mentioned above, I get irritated when I have to stay alone for a long time and have no one to talk to.


Q: Do you have an interesting fact/story about yourself?

A: Although I am a bit old to play with toys, I have a child-like fascination for toys especially those that speak. I have a small collection of these in my room.


Q: What’s your favourite quote or who is your most inspirational figure?

A: My parents have always been an inspiration for me. The kind of sacrifices parents make for their children is something that is invaluable. For me, my parents have been my strength and main motivational force in getting where I am now.


Q: Anything else you want to share?

A: My stay at Victoria League has provided me with an extended family away from my home, so I have very special memories associated with this place.