Vrinda Bhandari has been awarded the Rhodes Scholarship
For those who think that academics and sports do not go hand in hand, here is someone who has excelled in both fields.
Vrinda Bhandari, a national-level basketball player and a long-distance runner who was born and brought up in Delhi, won seven gold medals at the National Law School of India University convocation here on Sunday.
Ms. Bhandari told The Hindu: “I strongly believe that there should be a combination of academics, sports and other activities in a student’s life.” Ms. Bhandari, who has played in five national basketball tournaments besides participating in half-marathons, brushed aside the notion that sports comes in the way of academic excellence.
“Contrary to what people say, my involvement in sports inspired me to do better in academics. Sports gave me much-needed exposure as I have met different kinds of people. This will help me in my career as a lawyer.”
According to her, it is sheer hard work that helped her excel in academics.
She says she took up law as “the amount of difference a lawyer can make to society is huge.” She has been awarded the Rhodes Scholarship.