Office of Student Life

Buckeye Leadership Fellows Program

Nithika Badam

Hometown: Gahanna, OH

Major(s): Marketing, Logistics

Minor(s): Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability

OSU InvolvementCurrent: Fisher Ink, Inaayat, Net Impact, Consumer Packaged Goods Industry Immersion Cohort, and Office of Career Management-Peer Career Coach; Previously: Residence Halls Advisory Council - National Communication Director, Office Assistant for Taylor Tower, Taylor Tower Hall Council, and the Business Honors Learning Community 

Favorite Quote: “We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” ~ Malala Yousafzai

Nithika will graduate Ohio State with dual specializations in business administration, and is currently exploring how marketing and sustainability can integrate to create positive change within businesses and their surrounding communities. In her free time, Nithika enjoys exploring Columbus, adding plants to her succulent family, and tasting new flavors at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. She's also interested in watching interesting TED Talks, reading thrillers/mystery books, and listening to intriguing podcasts. She loves meeting new people, so feel free to reach out to grab coffee sometime!


Q&A with Nithika Badam:

1. If personal passions and interest were a section in your resume, what would you list?

“I was really into photography and playing the piano when I was growing up! I'm hoping to get back into both of those hobbies this year.” 

2.  What is the story of your name? 

“Oddly enough, this question was the topic of an essay I wrote in ninth grade, so I'll let my younger self explain: "My full name is Nithika Panduranga Badam, but if it were in simple, generic terms, it would be broken down to Teacher God Almond. Nithika means teacher or leader. The story behind my first name is that my grandfather, who had passed away before I was born, was named Narshimaih, so my parents also wanted my name to begin with an 'N'. Both of my parents liked the meaning of Nithika, and my dad said that it sounded 'nice and pleasant.' I think the name suits me because I like to teach people and take lead in school projects." Last year, years after writing this essay, I was helping my mom clear out the basement and came across a long list of Indian girl names beginning with an "N"; it was so strange to see all the possible ways I could have been referred to over my entire life!”

3. What is your favorite Ohio State involvement and/or tradition? 

“This tradition is very overstated and extremely cliché, but singing Carmen Ohio with everyone in Ohio Stadium after home football games is an experience you can't get anywhere besides Ohio State!”

4. What is your preferred form of artistic expression (i.e. books, music, podcast, theatre, tv, sports, etc.)? Considering this, what would you recommend that we try? 

“This past summer, my commute to work would sometimes take up to 45 minutes! I got bored of listening to the same songs on the radio so I began listening to podcasts which I had never done before. I've loved them! There are so many genres and ideas to explore, and you can find a discussion on any possible topic. A few of the podcasts I've been listening to (and you should as well!) include: TED Radio Hour, Skimmed from the Couch, Stuff You Should Know, and Planet Money.”  

5. What is the most interesting place you’ve traveled (recently)? 

“My family and I visited India for the first time in five years this past July. We traveled to a few major cities, including Hyderbad, Bangalore, and Raichur, but the new place we visited was Madurai in the state of Tamil Nadu. One of the holiest and historic sights in Madurai is the Meenakshi Amman Temple, which was rebuilt in the late 14th century. The structure is built entirely of stone, and has intricate stone carvings in the pillars, stories of the Gods engraved in the walls, and beautiful sculptures of deities in all of the rooms. I've never been to a place like this. I don't know if I'll ever be able to articulate how I felt in those moments and since we could not take our phones inside I won't be able to share what I saw, but I don't know if the images would convey the true nature of the beautiful and life changing experience I faced this summer.” 

6. What would you like to accomplish within your career (professional pursuits)?

“This is a really challenging question. I was a digital marketing intern this summer, so I was just recently introduced to the kinds of professional pursuits I could follow within my career. I think I would enjoy being in a managerial position for a company, but I really couldn't give you an honest answer as to where I could work or what industry I can see myself working in! Baby steps, all in good time.”    

7. Which Fellow would you recommend Alumni follow on social media?

“I would recommend BLF Alumni follow Roma Patel on Instagram! I adore the aesthetic of her feed, her photography is beautiful, and sometimes she shares hyperlapsed videos of herself drawing/painting! She has a very creative profile!”