Neharika (“Neha”) Arora was born and raised in Punjab, India. She moved to the United States with her family at 14. Upon moving to the U.S., Neha was bullied for her Indian accent and brown skin. The culture shock and an intense family responsibility significantly affected her mental health growing up. Getting diagnosed with multiple mental health disorders has allowed her to become more outspoken about the stigma around mental health in her brown community. In high school, Neha stepped out of her comfort zone and joined many clubs that allowed her to embrace her Asian identity and her brown skin. Neha Graduated from George Washington High School in Denver, Colorado, in 2020.
Neha currently attends Colorado College, where she plans to earn a major in Psychology and a double minor in Feminist and Gender Studies and Film and Media studies. At Colorado College, she is engaged with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, South Asian Student Association, and much more. She took various pre-med courses throughout high school, completed internships at local hospitals, and went to nursing school. However, her college experience in the Feminist and Gender Studies field made her realize that she is passionate about more than just medicine. She desires to combine her love for advocacy, medicine, and Feminist and Gender Studies. She hopes to lead her community differently and learn how to initiate changes in the health law industry. Neha dreams of practicing health law in the future, specifically for the women of color in our country who are victims of racially motivated medical malpractice. Neha will be interning at Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, a health law firm, in the summer of 2022.
Neha believes that one’s dream job or envisioned impact should not be limited because of family income, gender, or race. She is willing to learn from the resiliency and ambition of the law industry. She believes that being a part of LSYWC would not only bring her a step closer to her goal by providing her with opportunities to build an impressive skill set, but it will also allow her to learn from the ambitious mentors in the field and help her gain exposure in the legal professional field. LSYWC invests in the future of individuals with great minds and dreams; she hopes to become a lawyer for herself and her community.