Get to Know the Students at University of Houston

We want more than names! Tell us about yourselves! Majors? Hometowns? Fun facts?

I’m Sunny Patil and my major is Biomedical Sciences and I am from Sugar Land, Texas. I love sports! I’m Vivan Kothari and I am a Biology major. I was born and raised in Bombay and moved to Houston in 2007. Also, I love sports and various international cuisines!

Completing an application to start a new Camp Kesem Chapter takes a TON of work. Why is this important to you?

We want to motivate and give hope to children who are affected by a parent’s cancer. We believe any obstacle can be hurdled and don’t mind going out of our way, whether it be an extra mile or ten, to be a part of the change for them.

Where is your school located?

Houston, TX

So what's the best thing about going to your school?

The best part about going to UH includes the university’s welcoming atmosphere and the diversity of ideas, people, and experiences present here.

By the way, how many undergrads go to your school? (And what's the one word you would use to describe the Culture/Spirit of your school?)

36,088 Undergraduates. Our school’s one with a welcoming culture & powerful spirit.

The word "Kesem" means a lot to the thousands of campers, parents and student leaders who have come to know our mission. What does it mean to you?

The word “Kesem” to us means love. It is a place where you are free to be yourself, leave your fears behind, and still be loved unconditionally. Kesem love is indescribable, and lasts a lifetime. No matter how dark the days may get, the love of Kesem will always be there with every camper, every parent, and every student volunteer, shining, because love is greater than cancer.

There's a lot of great students (including you!) who are hoping to start a new Camp Kesem chapter. We wish we could accept each and every one of you! So here's your chance to tell the public why you should start a new chapter!:

Children affected by a parent’s cancer deserve a community. Nearby universities in Texas, like Houston’s own Rice University, have long waitlists. A chapter here would therefore help spark change in students’ lives that’re on waitlists. Houston’s home to the world’s largest medical center, with many cancer patients, so our need for a camp’s great. We have passion for the Kesem mission and are excited for this opportunity to inspire change.