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PDS Portraits: Rakesh Potluri '19
PDS Portraits: Rakesh Potluri '19

"Woodshop, architecture, industrial design and other courses at PDS have helped meld all my interests together into a love of design. An example of how my interests have merged is theater: I've been doing theater since Middle School, and for the past few summers I've worked with Princeton Summer Theater. My work in theater has focused on set and lighting design, and this year, in addition to the Upper School productions, I was Associate Lighting Producer for a Princeton University theater program production. Theater lighting can change the way you feel; it's like wizardry. Furniture can do the same thing; the proportions and lines can impact your experience.

I'm always thinking about design now, in a lot of different contexts. This past fall, I took creative writing, and I really got into it ... and writing, of course, is word design. My role as Student Council President allows me to participate, with a team of my peers, in the process of designing our PDS community. Last year we devoted a lot of our efforts to examining sexual harassment and developing a policy that's now in the handbook. Helping redesign the School's annual Blue and White Day experience was another major initiative for us, and seeing the entire Upper School having a great time together last May is something that will stick with me forever."