Hello everyone! My name is Shefali. I am 25 years old and I am going to be a senior in the fall. I am a transfer student from Los Angeles.
I was born in India, and adopted by Indian parents at 4 months old. My ancestry has always been a mystery to me, and recently I’ve been trying to explore my lineage (with little success). I took an ancestryDNA test and received results that listed me as 92% South Asian, and the rest as Indonesian (they included Melanesian in this description). I am a biological anthropology major, so I took a Genetics class in which I got to assess my own DNA myself, and found similar results.
My knowledge of the Pacific is limited, however, I’d love to learn more about this area since I have heard so little about it. I am taking this course to fulfill my practicum requirement, but also to gain knowledge in library science. I have a sweet dog named Donnie. My hobbies include playing guitar and drums, going on motorcycle rides with my dad, writing music, reading Harry Potter too many times to count, and skating poorly. I have included a photo of my dad and I, my sweet dog Donnie, and the crib at the orphanage in New Delhi where my birth mother dropped me off at. There is a sensor on the crib that alerts the personnel inside the orphanage that a baby has been dropped off. It’s interesting for me to think about how I’ve gotten here.