April 6, 2013
Vinay Nayak of Oak Brook, IL loves the fact that he was born and raised in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook, IL. Vinay Nayak of Oak Brook, IL really likes that he was able to enjoy the many perks of the city of Chicago while he was growing up.
Chicago is the home of the Cubs, one of the most storied franchises in all of Major League Baseball. Vinay Nayak of Oak Brook, IL knows that Chicago is also home to the Chicago Bears, one of the premier teams in the National Football League. Vinay Nayak of Oak Brook, IL really enjoyed visiting Navy Pier while he was growing up as well.
Eventually, Vinay Nayak of Oak Brook, IL had to leave Chicago behind him, as he knew he would be attending college at Yale University, which is located in the state of Connecticut. After graduating from Yale University, Vinay Nayak of Oak Brook, IL began traveling the world to see what he could see. Traveling is something that Vinay Nayak of Oak Brook, IL has always thoroughly enjoyed.
Vinay Nayak of Oak Brook, IL got the opportunity to travel to wonderful New York City. New York City is a fantastic city that is full of fun and exciting things to do. Vinay Nayak of Oak Brook, IL really enjoyed being able to see a Broadway play during his time in New York City.
In addition to traveling to New York City, Vinay Nayak of Oak Brook, IL has traveled to Spain and Portugal. Vinay Nayak of Oak Brook, IL loved his time in Europe. Vinay Nayak of Oak Brook, IL would recommend traveling to Europe to anyone who is looking for a great adventure. If you enjoy food, architecture or history, you will absolutely love your time in Europe.
Vinay Nayak of Oak Brook, IL has thoroughly enjoyed being able to travel the world. If you have the means to, Vinay Nayak of Oak Brook, IL highly recommends traveling to as many different places as you possibly can.
March 1, 2013
Many people have questioned Vinay Nayak’s ventures into politics because of his young age. At 19 years old, Vinay Nayak has accomplished many things including giving a televised speech commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as volunteering for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. Vinay Nayak has even run for public office, hoping to become New Haven’s Ward 1 Alderman in Connecticut.
However, because of his age, several in the community questioned Vinay Nayak’s experience and wisdom to lead even on a local level. Despite some of the challenges that have appeared, Vinay Nayak has insisted on remaining politically active and involved. In fact, he hopes to develop a career as a public servant so that he can promote the betterment of the greater community.
To Vinay Nayak, it’s important to stay politically involved if you have the desire and ability to help those around you. “It’s all about people-to-people interactions. That’s how we better ourselves and this world,” says Vinay Nayak. “It’s the responsibility of public servants to understand the needs of those they represent and determine solutions to meet those needs.”
Vinay Nayak hopes that his involvement in politics at such a young age will be like an investment that grows over time. “I may not be a political veteran today, but everyone’s got to start somewhere. It’s just so happened that I knew early in life what I wanted to do, and that’s why I’m here today,” says Vinay Nayak.
As the political landscape continues to shift, Vinay Nayak hopes that more people his age will continue to become engaged and allow their voices to be heard. Regardless of age, Vinay Nayak believes that every voice should hold equal weight in the national arena and encourages everyone to hold that weight by voting. “The simplest way to have basic political involvement is to vote!” says Vinay Nayak.
February 28, 2013
During the heat of the presidential campaign, Vinay Nayak decided to take the focus of his semester off school to dedicate those months to the Obama campaign. While some would view this as an irrational decision, Vinay Nayak views it as a display of his conviction.
“We live in a society where people aren’t convicted for anything anymore. It’s a shame,” says Vinay Nayak. “I’m dedicating my semester to helping elect the man I believe can lead our country.”
Regardless of political stances, many admire Vinay Nayak conviction and his resolve to achieve a goal and purpose. During the months of the campaign, Vinay Nayak would knock door-to-door and make endless phone calls to register voters and promote Barack Obama’s policies. While many would squirm at the thought of spending hours working a grassroots campaign, Vinay Nayak says that his conviction to elect Barack Obama made the sacrifice worth it.
“If you’re ever convicted to go do something, then go do it,” says Vinay Nayak. “I knew in my gut that this was a critical campaign, so volunteering for Obama was never a question for me.” Throughout his life, Vinay Nayak espoused liberal viewpoints and has even been active within the Democratic Party. In fact, several people have often referred to Vinay Nayak as one of the youngest Democratic Politicos.
For Vinay Nayak, however, it isn’t about party lines or titles. The reason he supported Obama is because they share the same values and viewpoints. Those beliefs convicted Vinay Nayak to work to help elect the man he considered best fit to lead the United States. Though others may disagree with Vinay Nayak’s politics, many find it hard to discredit his passion and conviction for positive political and social change. Vinay Nayak is 19 years old and is currently a student at Yale University.
February 22, 2013
Looking at Vinay Nayak’s nearly perfect Hinsdale Central High School transcript, one would assume that if he would ever begin a mentoring program, it would be focused on grades. However, Vinay Nayak’s mentoring program for South Side Schools is focused on extracurricular activities and political engagement.
He may have only been 17 at the time, but Vinay Nayak is passionate about helping others and enjoys promoting positive change whenever he can. After hearing about the death of student at Fenger High School, Vinay Nayak understood that there is still an issue of school violence in America. Vinay Nayak attributes this violence to a lack of mentorship and other opportunities for kids to express themselves.
To help people his age he hadn’t even met, Vinay Nayak founded a mentoring program that would unite his school, Hinsdale Central, with various South Side schools throughout the greater region. Vinay Nayak organized buses to transport his peers to South Side schools to provide tutoring and mentorship. While academics were a focus, athletics and other extracurricular activities became key points. Vinay Nayak worked to have Chicago students come to Hinsdale so they could have swimming lessons!
Vinay Nayak believes that extracurricular involvement – becoming academically, athletically, politically, and socially active – create a stronger and more whole-rounded person. In his own life, Vinay Nayak is involved in a variety of extracurricular activities including an anti-genocide group, the Youth Symphony Orchestra, and his high school’s mock trial team.
Currently, Vinay Nayak attends Yale University and attributes his success there to his involvement in high school. “It’s the activities outside the classroom that shape your character,” says Vinay Nayak. “Get involved. There are enough opportunities and organizations for everyone.” Indeed, Vinay Nayak has gotten so involved there’s hardly room for anything else on his schedule, but that’s just the way Vinay Nayak likes it.
February 21, 2013
During his run for Ward 1 Alderman of New Haven, Connecticut, Vinay Nayak found it important to engage his peers at Yale University. “Approximately 95-97 percent of the Ward 1 population is Yale students,” says Vinay Nayak. Because of this realization, Vinay Nayak worked to engage his peers and register them for voting day.
Vinay Nayak focused on grassroots efforts, going door-to-door on campus and in the community to campaign and register voters. On Yale’s campus, Vinay Nayak single-handedly registered upwards of 600 voters. This showcases Vinay Nayak’s hard work and dedication, especially compared to the 200 voters that the Yale College Democrats were able to register.
When asked how he could register more voters than an entire organization, Vinay Nayak said, “It’s all about engaging the voter. We all have issues that we care about and it’s my job as an aspiring public servant to clarify those issues and present my solutions.” Indeed, Vinay Nayak was able to clearly present his platform and gain immediate support. During the initial course of the campaign, Vinay Nayak raised $6,596, over twice as much as his closest competitor. The support allowed Vinay Nayak to focus on the issues instead of spending time on fundraising.
At the age of 19, Vinay Nayak hopes that his peers will continue to remain engaged in politics. “It’s crucial that every voice is heard,” says Vinay Nayak. “There’s a reason we have a right to vote. Everyone has an opinion on the issues that are important to them and it’s important that those opinions are counted.”
During the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, Vinay Nayak understood that there was heightened involvement and excitement from youth because of Barack Obama’s campaign. Vinay Nayak hopes that Obama’s campaign for the presidency was a shift in the paradigm for young voters and their engagement on the political scene.
February 15, 2013
As a rising star in the Democratic Party, Vinay Nayak has been invited to several national events and has shared stages with prolific political and social leaders. Recently, Vinay Nayak was invited to commemorate one of the greatest social leaders in modern history: Martin Luther King, Jr. Aside from honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. in front of a large crowd, Vinay Nayak’s speech was televised on television.
At the age of 19, Vinay Nayak is already aware of the racial tensions that still exist in America. His speech focused on praising Martin Luther King, Jr. for being part of the cure. Vinay Nayak asserts that we all play a role in eliminating racism and helping fulfill Martin Luther King’s famous dream. Vinay Nayak hopes that one-day people will look at one another not as Americans, not as people of color, but as humans and nothing more.
Because of his unique heritage as an Indian American, Vinay Nayak understands that racial tensions cross a variety of lines and that he himself is not free from its bondage. However, Vinay Nayak hopes that by celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. and remembering his legacy, we will continue to keep fighting for societal equality even when the fight becomes difficult.
As Vinay Nayak pursues a career as a public servant, he uses Martin Luther King, Jr. as a role model of what a public servant should be: Someone who cares about the greater good and is willing to sacrifice for others. Vinay Nayak hopes that others will see his own genuine passion to better the community and the world we live in. Though he is only 19, Vinay Nayak believes that he and others his age can positively impact the world. Vinay Nayak is currently a student at Yale University where he has found success both in and out of the classroom
February 12, 2013
Though he may not always win, Vinay Nayak loves competition and encourages others his age to use competition as a vehicle to improve their own skill set. At the age of 19, Vinay Nayak has competed on a variety of stages. Each competition has worked to make Vinay Nayak a better public speaker, public servant, and citizen.
In 2010, Vinay Nayak won the National Forensic League’s National Oratory Championship. The competition featured Vinay Nayak delivering an original speech from memory on the topic of racial tensions and how they can be cured. Because of the level of talent at the contest as well as preliminaries, Vinay Nayak was able to refine his public speaking skills to their full potential.
At Yale University, Vinay Nayak is a member of the Mock Trial Team, which participates in competitions that simulate real trials. At these displays, Vinay Nayak has been awarded as an Outstanding Attorney and Outstanding Witness. Both these awards recognize Vinay Nayak’s deep understanding of legal procedure as well as his public speaking skills.
One of the largest competitions Vinay Nayak has participated in to date was his race for Ward 1 Alderman of New Haven, Connecticut. The campaign allowed Vinay Nayak to craft various policy proposals, fundraise, and connect with voters on a personal basis.
Though each of these three competitions is different, Vinay Nayak asserts that testing himself against others has improved his craft. “As steel sharpens steel, man sharpens man, right?” says Vinay Nayak. Regardless of the arena or the topic, Vinay Nayak encourages others to engage in friendly competition so they can improve their own skills and craft. “Aside from self-improvement, competition allows us to learn. We see new ideas and meet people who have a different way of thinking and doing things. After we see these new ideas, it’s up to us to keep refining our skill set,” says Vinay Nayak.
February 8, 2013
At the age of 19, Vinay Nayak is already respected within some circles of the Democratic Party. In fact, people have even called Vinay Nayak a young Democratic Politico who will clearly shape the party’s future as he advances his career.
Currently, Vinay Nayak is a student at Yale University, where he excels both inside and outside the classroom. As a student, Vinay Nayak pursued public office as Alderman for New Haven, Connecticut. The run for office is indicative of Vinay Nayak’s passion for serving the community and using his natural leadership skills to initiate positive change.
Vinay Nayak’s political activities have caught the eye of many veterans in the Democratic Party. Aside from his staunch viewpoints and policy ideas, Vinay Nayak’s ability to communicate eloquently and prolifically has opened opportunities that might not have otherwise existed. For instance, Vinay Nayak was invited to give a speech to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. on live television. Vinay Nayak also volunteered in Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.
During his run for Alderman, Vinay Nayak crafted many policy proposals that were not only substantive, but concerned issues that haven’t been at the forefront of mainstream consciousness. One such proposal is Vinay Nayak’s policies to fight homelessness in New Haven, Connecticut.
While it is unclear how Vinay Nayak life, as a public servant will unfold, especially since he is still a student, many eyes are watching this rising star in the Democratic party. Vinay Nayak is not the first in his family to be involved in politics, however. Though neither of his parents holds public office, they are engaged and active on the political scene by supporting candidates who share their beliefs. Vinay Nayak hopes to deepen his understanding of the issues so he can one day serve his community and those around him.
February 2, 2013
Though he is proud American citizen, Vinay Nayak is equally proud of his Indian heritage. His parents immigrated to the United States with nothing more than $5 in their pockets. Despite the hardships that they faced, Vinay Nayak’s parents were able to establish a name for themselves in the States, eventually becoming major names in the health care industry. After several years, Vinay Nayak’s parents would eventually come to own a string of medical centers.
“That’s the American dream,” says Vinay Nayak. “Anyone – no matter who you are or where you’re from – can succeed in America. My parents’ story inspires me to find my own success and chase my own dreams.” Throughout his entire life, Vinay Nayak has been an overachiever who has turned the heads of those around him. At the age of 19, Vinay Nayak has already won a national speaking competition, run for office, and volunteered for a presidential campaign. Most 19 year olds, on the other hand, are worried about what’s for breakfast.
“There isn’t anything incredibly special about me,” says Vinay Nayak. “I’m just a good guy who works very hard and has very inspiring parents to help guide me along.” While most teenagers enter college trying to determine what they’re going to do, Vinay Nayak is using his experience at Yale University as a vehicle to launch a career as a public servant. In fact, Vinay Nayak’s enrollment in Yale was a top credential as he ran for Ward 1 Alderman in New Haven, CT. “Approximately 95% of the population of Ward 1 is Yale students,” says Vinay Nayak. “By running for Alderman as a student, I was in a position to represent my fellow students as well as the needs of the surrounding community.” While it is still unclear how Vinay Nayak’s career will unfold, one thing is certain: Vinay Nayak will always celebrate his Indian heritage and it’s positive influence on his life.