"Our institution really trusts the student body and values our input."

photo of Lakshmi Somasundaram“I love that Bryn Mawr is very student-forward; students are actively engaged in planning the college’s events and activities and in organizing residential life. Bryn Mawr provides many opportunities for our students to pursue leadership roles. My experiences in being part of the Dorm Leadership Team, as a customs person during my sophomore year, and now as a hall advisor, have made me more comfortable and confident as a peer leader. Our students are truly passionate about making that “meaningful contribution to the world,” and this is evident in the service projects and volunteer opportunities that we pursue both on and off campus.

“While at Bryn Mawr, I have come to realize how important it is for women to assume more leadership roles. The environment at Bryn Mawr is ideal to develop the next generation of women leaders. It is a privilege to be surrounded by such knowledgeable, passionate women who came to Bryn Mawr from around the world and want to excel in life; it leads to intelligent discussions and a very motivating campus atmosphere. I know my fellow Mawrters will be very successful in their fields, and I look forward to their accomplishments in the future!”
photo of Lakshmi Somasundaram


Lakshmi Somasundaram ’13
Avondale, Pa.
Major(s): Psychology, with a concentration in Neural and Behavioral Sciences


Note: Lakshmi Somasundaram initiated and organized a $40,000 campaign to build a science lab for orphan girls in tsunami-affected Vedaranyam, India. Born and raised in the United States, Somasundaram spent the summer of her sophomore year of high school volunteering at Kasthurba Gandhi Kanya Gurukulam, home to 2,000 orphaned and underprivileged girls. As a pre-med student at Bryn Mawr, she has used funding from the Alumnae Regional Scholars program to do a research internship at the A.I DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del. She also volunteers at La Comunidad Hispana’s Project Salud, a service clinic run by nurse-practitioners to help low-income Hispanic mushroom workers and their families in Kennett Square, Pa.