Hello there. I'm


Ranya Sharma

I’m a high school sophomore aspiring to work at the intersection of cybersecurity and public policy, in love with dance, debate and volunteering.

General Info

Picture of Ranya Sharma - a sophomore at Barrington High School in Barrington, Illinois

Work & Volunteer

Skulls & Drills


Chicago, 2018

The mission of Skulls & Drills (a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization) is to make brain surgeries possible for those who need it but cannot afford it. Many victims are unable to receive timely treatment, due to its high costs. We understand the fatal outcomes that result when one receives inadequate or no treatment, so we work to alleviate this issue.

Barrington High School Debate

Debate Coach

Barrington, since Fall 2018

I have been participating in debate since my freshman year of high school, and attended an intensive debate camp at the Victory Briefs Institute during the summer before my sophomore year, to further and strengthen my skills in debate. The primary reason that I initially started debate was due to my interest in current events and my strong opinions on these various topics. However, I was surprised at the intricacies of debate and how it involves utilizing many more skills. My passion for debate truly stems from how unpredictable it is and how it always remains challenging, because you are always debating people better than you. I can also see how debate has impacted other parts of my life through my heightened abilities to think quickly and generate new arguments.

Revere Court Memory Care

Facility Volunteer

Barrington, since Summer 2017

I have been volunteering at Revere Court Memory Care ever since I was in 8th grade, and it has been a part of my routine ever since. Being able to simply put a smile on a patient’s face or make them laugh gives me an unmatched feeling of joy. I typically entertain them through trivia, playing bingo, making crafts, and painting their nails. What draws me most to continue volunteering is watching my bond strengthen with them.

Activities & Summer Camps

Victory Briefs Institute

Debate Camp

UCLA, Los Angeles, Summer 2019

I attended an intensive debate camp in Los Angeles for two weeks at the Victory Briefs Institute. Through modules twice a day, private mentor sessions, and daily drills and practice rounds, my debate skills were taken to another level. With this full immersion into the world of debate, I fell more and more in love with debate as each day passed. Further than strengthening my debate skills, though, I garnered skills pertaining to independence, confidence, and being a leader.

Tarana Kathak Academy


Bartlett, since Summer 2010

Dance is an art form that I hold close to my heart. From the tender age of six, I began Kathak (a North Indian Classical Dance), and it has remained a significant part of my life ever since. As I grew, dance became a sort of meditation and comfort in my weekly routine. It has taught me about strength, discipline, confidence, and much more beyond the realm of dance. During the summer of 2019, I did my Visharad, which is the term for my graduation from Kathak. Refer to my blog post below for more details on the special day!


Mindful Ramblings

Picture of children dancing Kathak - an indian classical dance
My Dance Journey and Giving Back

Published August 17, 2019

I have been dancing since I was 8 years old, and I’ve learned for 8 years. My journey in Kathak, an Indian classical dance form, has shown me how much I love and appreciate dance, and how eager I am to give back.

As a 3rd grader, I remember enjoying small aspects of class time, mostly the kinetic parts where we got to move around. Yet, I didn’t give the dance form the proper appreciation it deserved. Strict discipline at age 8 is never enjoyable. The car rides to class would be full of complaints and nagging, as repetitive and mundane tasks weren’t particularly thrilling.

Picture of students attending summer camp at Northwestern University as part of National Student Leadership Conference on Medicine and Health Care
A Closer Look at NSLC Summer Camp

Published June 8, 2019

Hello everyone, I’m back and ready to provide a more in-depth look at my favorite summer program, NSLC, seeing as students are likely applying/joining summer camps.

As mentioned before, I attended the National Student Leadership Conference in the Medicine and Health Care Program at Northwestern University. I highly recommend this specific program if you’re looking at or unsure of a career in medicine or health care.

Picture og students attending summer camp as part of National Student Leadership Conference

Published May 27, 2019

Hi everyone, its Rhea. Knowing that summer is near and students are likely looking at options for summer camps and programs, I would love to share my experience with summer camps. This will be a 2-part blog. In this entry, I’ll describe the basics of my favorite program - NSLC - and the application process.

In the summer of 2018, I attended the National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC) in the Medicine and Health Care Program at Northwestern University. The program was 8 days long, and I found this to be just the right length to introduce me to the field of medicine.

Fine Art Portfolio

A sonnet

My midnight labor over canvas strokes
Has left me caged by freedom of some hope.
I birthed you from a brush of hair and oaks,
Ambitious self-portrait, trying to cope.

Vermillion spills rose into those cheeks.
Perhaps the skin will bounce with youth long missed.
Titanium has glossed an eye with streaks,
A face with painted wisps of life dismissed.

But soon it rests beside another print,
Its surface cracked and worn by time's varnish.
Attempts to shape a perfect, life-like glint
Seemed had not fled the peril of tarnish.

It fades in shadows by bright heaven's days
As canvas mirror reflects my cracked gaze.

- By Rhea Sharma

Study in Realism #4, Teapot


Impression of Italy


Ocean Eyes

Oil Paints on Canvas

Study in Facial Features

Oil Paints on Cold Press Paper

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