Yasoda Satpathy has graduated from Inspire Charter School in Visalia, and her parents, Kalpana Singh Satpathy and Gyana R. Satpathy, are very proud of their talented daughter, who has achieved so much.
Yasoda seems to take it all in stride, and is confident in her abilities. It is encouraging to see such success, not just academically, but in the arts also. She has excelled at dual enrollment courses for the past two years, or more, and has taken trigonometry, biology, calculus, physics, and psychology, at Porterville College and College of the Sequoias.
She has enjoyed five years of success at International History Day competitions at TCOE, and was the Tulare County state finalist for individual documentary in May. Besides that accomplishment, she has been a champion at TCOE Spelling Bee, and the TCOE Math Super Bowl.
Yasoda has also competed Indian classical dances, played the violin in the Porterville Strings, and other activities.
She attended Inspire Charter School in Visalia, after she matriculated from Sequoia Middle School.
Her mother, Kalpana, explained they found some Charter schools were either too easy or too difficult for students, but Inspire Charter offered students flexible personalized learning experiences through many unique and dynamic programs. Yasoda was able to work toward her goal with a counselor and faculty to determine her best course of action.
Yasoda graduated from Inspire Charter High School in two years, and received the Student of the Year Award as well.
California Northstate University awarded her a $30,000 scholarship, and she will attend pre-med classes at California Northstate University in the fall of 2019 in Rancho Cordova for the next three years. She will then continue her medical education at CNU medical school in Elk Grove for four years and graduate with a Bachelor of Science Doctor of Medicine (BSMD) in seven years, when she is 21
When asked what made her want to study medicine, she said, “I have always been interested in the biological sciences. Since I had the opportunity to volunteer at Roger S. Goode Cancer Center in Porterville, and worked under doctors there, and I saw how they interacted with patients. They inspired me and that made me want to pursue a medical degree. So I can help people in need.
I do like studying the human body, anatomy. And studied it in my class Frontiers in Biology at COS, and we also studied the brain in Psychology. I also study anatomy in my free time.”
Her medical studies at CNU will be an accelerated program, and she plans to finish her residency and then specialize her medical practice, and says she’d like to return to Porterville.
Rodelyn Lipumano-Smith taught Yasoda the violin at Porterville Strings Summer Camp. She said, “Yasoda loved playing music in our class, and like all her academic achievements, she always gave her very best. She was a joy in the classroom, and was always curious about the music we played, and asked the most interesting questions. She helped push me to become a better teacher.”
When Yasoda was working to graduate from high school, she had to take both the SAT and ACT, which is the American College Testing exam which has a mandatory essay, all in one month. To graduate ahead of time, and enter college, Kalpana said all the professionals at both colleges were very helpful writing recommendation letters for Yasoda to apply to college.
She is not worried about the age differences with classmates, because she has already been attending classes at COS and Porterville College.