Manasa Saripalli (OL 2013)

The first things that come to mind when I think of my time at Lauriston are the participation aspect and the opportunity to be involved. I think it’s a real strength of the school that every girl has the opportunity to be involved in extra-curricular activities regardless of her abilities. 

I have an older brother who was unable to attend School because of an intellectual disability. Consequently, I always knew I wanted to study neuroscience or neurology and be a part of the advancement and development of science in this area. Recently, I completed my first independent research project in the field of Neurosurgery, the findings of which I will be presenting at a conference in Amsterdam this year. 

I have completed an undergraduate degree in Bio-Medicine at Melbourne University and am now studying for my Doctor of Medicine. I’m interested in pursuing a career in surgery and have continued my environmental work that began at Lauriston by joining the Doctors for the Environment organisation. I have also been working at Royal Melbourne Hospital as part of my three-year placement. I was awarded the John Flynn Scholarship for a rural placement which I completed in the coastal rural towns of Forster and Taree in New South Wales. 

Lauriston still plays a strong role in my life. At school, I chose to study the International Baccalaureate and continue to tutor at Lauriston in several IB subjects. I have also been involved in the School community as a volleyball and tennis coach. 

I believe scholarships play an important role in the School. In addition to providing financial aid to girls like myself who may not have been able to experience a Lauriston education, scholarships also encourage diversity within the School.