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She's Building on a Family Tradition

One of the most difficult decisions for college freshmen is choosing a major. But for Wilton High School graduate Shwetha Raghuraman, who will enter Princeton University in the fall, chemical engineering was the obvious choice.

Both her parents, as well as her sister, are engineers, and she is just following suit, though she adds there was no family pressure. "I was always interested in science, going back to middle school," Shwetha said.

She traces her attraction to science to a course she took the summer before eighth grade. Since then she has been involved in energy conservation and was asked by the Wilton Energy Commission to organize the Green Cup Challenge in 2009 for homes and businesses in Wilton, Weston and Westport to participate in.  The competition is meant to raise awareness of how environmentally conscious the towns are.

Though she is looking forward to being at Princeton and meeting new people, Shwetha said she will miss the comfort she felt at Wilton High.

"I am going to miss the fact that when I walk around Wilton High School where even if I don't know everyone really well, I kind of know who everyone is," she said. "It's going to be an adjustment, but I am still excited for it."

Shwetha chose Princeton because she wants more to learn about subject other than engineering. "Other schools that are good in engineering limit kids only to math and science. I feel like Princeton really encourages you to get a well-rounded education," she said.

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