Student, Researcher, Blogger

About me

My name is Nyrah Dhariwal. I am a student with an immense passion for travel, languages, and global politics. I was born in the United States and raised in Singapore, all while having an Indian ethnic background, which has led to extensive international exposure and ultimately fostered my love of foreign affairs.

My interest in international relations has subsequently cultivated my dedication to multilingualism, which has aided me greatly in better understanding foreign cultures and politics. I am currently fluent in five languages and conversational in additional three.


Education Information

Expected Graduation - June 2024

Singapore American School, Singapore

Current Cumulative GPA: 4.22

Standardized Tests

  • SAT Superscore - 1510
    • Reading 760
    • Math 750
  • AP US History - 5
  • AP English Language - 5
  • AP Seminar - 5
  • AP Spanish Language & Culture - 5
  • AP Macroeconomics - 5
  • AP Microeconomics - 4

Singapore American School allows students to take a maximum of 6 Advanced Placement classes.

Awards & Honours

2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

Scholars Award

Felicitated as an academically gifted student for five semesters, maintaining a GPA higher than 3.8.


AP Scholar with Distinction Award

Awarded by the CollegeBoard to exemplary students who have demonstrated outstanding college-level achievement on multiple AP exams. Granted to students who have received an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

Community Engagement


Language Workshop Pioneer in Punjab

  • Hosted multiple workshops and presentations in three schools in Punjab, India, stressing the importance of learning foreign languages to school children.
  • Received media coverage in statewide newspapers.

For detail view click on the picture.

Received media coverage in statewide newspapers.
You can read more at Yes Punjab News and City Air News
2022 - Present

Leader, Baba Nanak Educational Society

  • Led a charity drive to collect gently used clothes and shoes for affected farmers and their families.
  • Led a fundraising drive, educated and created awareness, and raised $2500 for purchasing essential food and supplies which were distributed to 20 families.
2020 - Present

Leader, GoodKarma

  • Providing free and fresh food to Singapore's underprivileged population through a network of volunteers.
  • Leading volunteer teams to sort through excess produce, which is then distributed to 300+ needy citizens.
  • Collected, sorted and prepared clothing and toys for distribution for free, to over 450+ low income citizens.

For detail view click on the pictures.

2020 - 2021

Volunteer, Read Bhutan

  • Fundraised $1000 for students in Bhutan to receive better educational resources (books).
  • Developed students' ability to converse in English through virtual engagements and practice sessions.
2020 - 2022

Assistant Teacher, Italian Language School of Singapore

  • Curated and conducted weekly lessons on Italian grammar and culture.
  • Taught children between the ages of seven and eight years old.
  • Developed patience, planning, and discipline to keep children engaged and make learning fun.
2022 - Present

Vice President of Spanish Honor Society

  • Organizing and leading all scholarly related activities in the Spanish Honor Society, including academic tutorings and language workshops.
2022 - Present

Spanish Academic Tutor

  • Tutoring students at the AP and lower level in school on all aspects of the Spanish language, including reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

International Relations : Research and Projects

2022 - Present

Creator, The Youth Assembly

  • Developed a website for students to share writing corresponding to International Relations.
  • Managed social media accounts and feeds, offering daily updates regarding current events and prompts to inspire students for content.

Read more at: The Youth Assembly


The Saudi Arabian-Iranian Proxy War and the Arab Spring

  • Researched and analyzed the Arab Spring, the White Revolution, the Islamic Revolution, Middle Eastern politics and Sunni-Shia Muslim relations.
  • Investigated how the shift from the White Revolution to the Islamic Revolution in Iran impacted the balance of religious power in the Middle East.
  • Applied analysis of Iranian-Saudi Arabia relations to the downfall of the Arab Spring through examination of independent support for government and religious groups.

Operation Ajax : The American Ruination of Democratic Iran

  • Researched Operation Ajax, its impact on democracy in Iran, its effect on historical American foreign policy, and its role in the Islamic Revolution.
  • Curated a paper that was submitted to the American Foreign Service Association’s National Essay Competition.

Research Project : Arabic and Success in the Maghreb

  • Researched the influence of French colonization on the Maghrebi school system.
  • Studied how the French language is used as a form of linguistic discrimination in the secondary school system and the job market.
  • Submitted as an academic paper to the College Board.

Hobbies & Interests

Love for Languages and cultures: Spanish (Fluent), Hindi (Fluent), English (Fluent), Italian (Advanced), Punjabi (Intermediate), French (Intermediate), Arabic (Intermediate-Low), Farsi (Intermediate-Low)


Sports: Competitive equestrian - preparing to participate in Singapore National Dressage Championship, Avid Swimmer, Cyclist.

Singapore Polo Club

SPC Riding Academy's youth rider, 17-year-old Nyrah Dhariwal shares about her local and international riding journey. Having gotten onto the saddles at the age of 4, she reveals how she juggles school and her passion for riding.

For detail view click on the pictures.

Download PDF: Singapore Polo Club

Led and meaningfully involved in multiple charitable organizations focused on children's education, farmers suffering, and providing essential supplies to needy families.

Foreign Language
and Immersion


Equestrian preparing to participate in Singapore National Championship, Avid Swimmer, Involved in multiple charitable organizations.

Interview series


Interview with Mr.Trevor Parra of the US Coast Guard

Mr. Parra is a Marine safety officer and Commander of the US Coast Guard in Singapore, responsible for shipping that comes in and out (vessel inspections, sea walls, and marine casualties).


Interview with Ms. Bryn Sakagawa of the USAID

Ms. Sakagawa is a senior development officer of United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and has over 20 years of experience in international development spanning over 6 countries.


Interview with Mr. Casey Mace, Deputy Chief of Mission to Singapore

Mr. Casey Mace is currently assigned as Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Consulate of Singapore from 2021-2024. Prior to Singapore he was assigned to the US Embassy, Luxembourg.


Interview with Ms. Dawn Barriteau of Homeland Security Investigations

Ms. Dawn Barriteau is currently serving in Singapore as a regional defense attaché for the HSI. She has also worked in Los Angeles, and has conducted various capacity training programs in countries spanning throughout Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia.


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