On Tuesday at our weekly 7am, Zoom gathering, Rudi Atkinson welcomed our Guest Speaker, Kriti Agarwal, friend of our Club and 2006-2007 inbound exchange student from India.
Kriti entertained us by explaining her experience as a Rotary Exchange student; how her life was shaped as she moved from Preyagrai India, to Norfolk County, and eventually onto Albuqueque as a young adult; how her exchange experience shaped her development and success as a person. She commented that such life-changing, exchange experiences allowed her to see life as the uniquely-talented person that she is (a snowflake!!) and how Rotary brought out the very best in her. Kriti is now living in Albuquerque, and works as an engineer at Intel Corp.  You can read more about her life by going the the 'Read more ...' tab below.
Of course, many in our community were glad to see Kriti return to share her life and professional experiences with us; none moreso that those who counselled her and provided the needed family support. In that sense, Kriti recognized Stella Barker as her year-long RCNS Counsellor as well as (the late) John and Janet Kazakevicius, Rudi Atkinson and James Kristof (along with Kelsey and Tasha) and Brian and Jen Gedye as her three Norfolk host families.
On behalf of our Club, Stella Barker expressed our appreciation for Kriti's morning presentation as well as the regard with which we hold Kriti; an excellent role model for the Rotary Exchange Student program(s). 
Kriti currently lives in Albuquerque, USA and works as an Integration Engineer for the chipmaker Intel Corporation. After graduating from Holy Trinity High school in 2007, Kriti went on to earn her Ph. D. degree at the University of Minnesota (UMN), USA in Applied Physics. Her dissertation work focused on light matter interaction in 3D nanoscale devices than could one day be used to achieve non-invasive liquid biopsy. While at UMN Kriti was elected as Student body President to represent 15000 graduate students. She is a Paul Harris Fellow and an honorary member of the Minneapolis University Rotary club.