I’ve been recognized for my writing by being selected through a competitive process to work with an editorial team at Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Macmillan) on my unfinished novel manuscript. I collaborated with Katherine Jacobs, a senior editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux for Young Readers, on my manuscript about an Indian-American girl’s experiences with vitiligo, a condition involving skin pigment loss that is stigmatized in India, and how she copes through creative writing. Usually, a publishing company will not even consider an incomplete manuscript, so I'm incredibly proud and honored that a company like Farrar, Straus and Giroux wanted to work with me when I was only 22 years old before I had even graduated college. While being supervised by Joy Peskin and Simon Boughton, the imprint's editorial directors, I consistently met strict deadlines of submitting 25 pages every two weeks and exceeded editorial expectations. By the end of my three month collaboration, I had produced 140 rough pages, polished 50 revised pages, crafted a plot structure, and drafted a compelling plot pitch/synopsis. Additionally, I collaborated with Conde Nast's chief digital beauty editor, Emily Gaynor, to publish a nonfiction essay titled "Vitiligo: My Journey Through Art" about my personal experiences with vitiligo. My storytelling was so impactful and powerful that the piece was featured as Teen Vogue's central headline for a full week, resulting in full audience engagement. I've recently graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Engish and a Certificate in Creative Writing, and I'd love to be part of a writing group as I complete my novel manuscript and submit my poetry, short stories, and essays to literary magazines and other publications.