By Elizabeth Hansen, For The Miami Student

She orders her stir-fry and darts to an open two-person table in Armstrong Student Center. She quickly opens her laptop and pretends she has something to do to occupy her time.

Mindlessly scrolling through The New York Times and not actually reading anything in particular, she hears a voice, full of
excitement yet unfamiliar.

“Is anyone sitting here?”

His name is Nehul Yadav and he loves to do anything that will give him energy.

By striking up conversations with random strangers.

By listening to his favorite Indian album, “Raja Babu.”

By going to the gym and seeing pretty girls.

By running for an hour and a half straight — his record time.

By dreaming big.

“My biggest dream is to go back to India, and meet [the actor] Renveer Singh. I would do anything for that.”

And by dreaming small.

“Dreams can be crazy, right? You can dream anything at night. But what it takes is when you go out there and do that.”

One night Nehul had a dream.

It was his mother and he was expressing to her, in the best language possible, the love and gratitude he felt for her.

When he woke up, he made a phone call to his mother. He made his dream come true.

“I could feel the tears in my eyes and I just started crying. I bent on my knees and I was like ‘Oh, my gosh, I just said that to my mom.’”

But the tears energized him even more.

“The next day, I was really charged up because I had done my dream! It was so much fun!”

For Nehul, the best thing in life is living in the moment and just being himself.

“Every single day I try to make the most out of it. There’s that Latin phrase, ‘Seize the day,’ so I like to do that!” says Nehul, “This is the normal me, just the normal me, and nothing else.”