Anushka Gupta
Anushka Gupta
Stamps Forty Acres Scholarship, supported by the McCombs School of Business
Forty Acres Scholars Class of 2024
Frisco, TX
High School
Centennial High School

This may sound a little strange, but I identify with chameleons and their ability to blend into any environment. Having gone to a different school from grades 5 through 9, it was a useful skill to have. However, once I got to high school, I was so stuck in my ways of constantly changing myself to adapt to my surroundings that I had forgotten what it meant to be myself. Moreover, I had fallen into a habit of feeling unconfident in using my own voice. Therefore, I joined a few organizations in high school where I felt like I would be able to reverse that habit. One of the organizations that I grew deeply attached to was DECA. It was there where I found myself having fun with public speaking and becoming a part of a community through which I found my passion for business. I used this newfound direction to apply for an internship with a national non-profit organization where I explored the collaboration of business and philanthropy as well as an independent study program where I delved into the intersection of business and technology. Ultimately, these experiences led to my interest in the Canfield Business Honors Program, where I aspire to keep expanding my knowledge in and affinity for business. Throughout high school, I also became involved with STEM education as a children’s STEM camp counselor, became an advocate for overlooked women’s health issues through a medical organization at my school, and volunteered my time and effort to help my local community. This fall, I look forward to stepping on to the Forty Acres and shedding the chameleon skin to embrace my new identity as a Longhorn. It invigorates me to know that upon entering UT I will have endless resources in close reach to achieve not only my academic goals, but to see myself becoming the best version of myself. I can’t wait to see what these next four years hold as I continue to learn, discover, and grow.

Business Honors; Finance

Honors Program
Canfield Business Honors Program

Other Academic Interests
Minor in Computer Science; Certificate in Core Texts and Ideas; Social Entrepreneurship

What drew you to the Forty Acres Scholars Program?
Before Finalist Weekend, I looked at this program through a pretty unilateral lens. I wasn’t really sure what the community aspect was about; however, I was very attracted by the vast resources this program invests in its scholars. After Finalist Weekend and meeting a bunch of like-minded individuals, I realized that the community I would find here would be the most precious resource. All of the scholars and alumni were so kind, welcoming, and encouraging that it painted a beautiful picture for what the next four years could look like for me. It truly felt like I could make UT my home away from home after the weekend. And on the ride back home, I found myself unable to wait to come back. The moment I started daydreaming about my life within the program and at UT, I knew that I was hooked (pun intended)! I am so excited to spend the next four years with my cohort as we discover our unique paths and identities together.