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PDS Portraits: Jacob Tharayil '19
PDS Portraits: Jacob Tharayil '19

"As a Freshman coming to PDS, I never expected this sort of vibe. I guess I thought I would have to wait until college to be part of a place with this kind of mindset. There's an incredible amount of blending and connection between students with different passions, backgrounds and identities. More than anything, PDS has helped me to find balance as well as connections between my interests, and a sense of balance between academics, sports, music and my social life.

For my senior reading intensive, I'm working on a documentary film about our school culture and history. PDS is different from other schools of this caliber. I've never felt that it's an elitist place. There's a deep sense of community, and this community is united by joy. The work we do here isn't just a means to an end. There's a sense of passion here for its own sake."