Glamour puts U senior in top 10

The competition judged students in areas varying from community involvement to goals for the future.

by Brady Averill

On Tuesday, a University student will be named one of the top 10 college women by Glamour magazine.

Maya Babu, a senior studying neuroscience and psychology, will be profiled in the October issue along with nine other women.

“I was just really shocked. It was a neat surprise,” Babu said.

Babu said she hopes to use the platform to talk about issues that are important to her, particularly mental-health issues.

“It’s nice to be recognized, but I want to let people know it’s not just me,” she said. “It’s really a time to talk about the issues that matter to you.”

On Friday, Glamour and L’Oreal Paris honored Babu at a luncheon in New York.

The Eagan, Minn., native is founder and editor of the public service journal The Bridge and is a founder and coordinator of the University Promise Alliance, a group that does outreach with children and their families in the Twin Cities.

A biography provided by Glamour said Babu is a Truman Scholarship recipient and described her as volunteering tirelessly since she was 15.

To be considered for the honor, Babu submitted a personal statement, resume and several recommendation letters.

According to a Glamour press release, the annual competition judges women by community involvement, campus leadership, academic accomplishments and future goals.

After graduation in May, Babu said she plans to earn both law and medical degrees.

She said the two degrees will help her pursue her interest in mental-health issues.