All right. Hi guys. It's Jen from Pincurl Girls. This is the GIRLBRAVE podcast. And today I am super excited about my guest, her name is Janani. Janani is an amazing girl. She lives in New Jersey doing awesome things for the world and for other girls. And so thank you so much for being here.
How are you today?
I'm so great. Thank you so much for having me.
Sure. Yeah. So let's start off with the basics. How old are you? What grade are you in?
So I'm 15 and I'm a sophomore in high school. And so where are you living right now? I live in McCutcheon, New Jersey. Yes.
And so is that where you've gone to school your whole life?
So I actually started out, well I was born and raised here in McCutcheon. So I went to preschool elementary school here in New Jersey and my parents really wanted me to sort of gain exposure to living in another country and understanding our own, like cultural roots spreader. So we moved to India, um, in fifth grade when I was in fifth grade. And I when I was in India, I studied all through middle school there and then we decided that it would be best for me to come back to the US for high school. Uh, so in 9th grade, I came back to the US and I'm now in 10th grade and this is where I'll continue to study and go to college and hopefully I'll get to go back to India and see my family and maybe even live there again one day.
So looking back on that experience, what did you learn from studying abroad and being in a new country?
Well, the experience was actually amazing. The first two years were, were extremely difficult though because it was a completely different environment, a very open and uh, environment in general because people in India are, well, they're, they like to socialize a lot and they're honestly like amazing people. And it was just kind of a difficult switch to make though because I had grown up here studying in like a private school. And, um, in India, although I went to a private school there, um, the students there spoke different languages and it was a little bit hard to like mingle with them and understand them. But, um, since it was an English medium school, everything was like all our communication was in English. But I definitely was exposed to so many different backgrounds and cultures because everyone had such a unique story. And just being able to meet new people like that and learning about their experiences and over the course of four years definitely helped me make some bonds that still exist to this day. Like some of my best friends that I've ever made, um, are still back in India and I continue to like speak with them and hopefully, get to see each other again one day.
What an amazing experience. So what is your typical day look like?
Um, so my day usually starts out by me walking my dog Cooper in the morning, um, and just, uh, giving him like food and just playing with him for around like half an hour just before I go to school. Um, because it's sort of fun to just be like carefree and not have to worry about anything happening in school for a little while before, like the pressure hits. Then I usually start to like get ready for school.
And I like making my own mind sometimes because I'm, well, I'm vegan and my school doesn't really offer a lot of being in food. So I love making my own food, but my parents usually help out too. And then I'm in school whenever I'm like free, like if I have a free period or during lunch, I might work on doing something for my organization, just like catching up on emails or something that I missed.
Um, and then I just continue about my day in school. Um, and I usually get out at around 3:00 PM. Um, so in the fall I play soccer. So right after school I usually have practice for about two hours. Um, but in the spring, um, I, I run track. So I also have practiced for about two hours, but sometimes, um, meats can take longer, so it can take anywhere up to like three to six hours. So sometimes it's pretty late by the time I get back.
So on the days where it does get pretty late, as soon as I get home, I try to um, finish all my homework and studying as soon as possible. But if I do get home kind of early, then I just like to hang out with my dog Cooper and maybe, um, go outside for a while or go to the library cause I love reading. So the library's one of my favorite places can go. And then after I'm done with homework and studying, I usually like to eat dinner with my family and watch TV for a little while. Um, and I go to bed around 10 30, although sometimes it can take longer because, um, in high school we do get like a lot of homework and a lot of, um, studying material and stuff.
So sometimes it can take longer. Um, but yeah, that's usually how my week goes. But in the weekends it can be quite different because I'm an activist for the environment as, as well as for animal rights. So I do attend a lot of events and protests every few months. I also have like speaking engagements where I speak in various middle and high schools about the environment and animal agriculture as well as other global issues. Um, so, and I've spoken in various middle and high schools as well as colleges in the US and in India. So traveling also affects my schedule, but this is generally what my week looks like.