Curien J. Kurrien '01
"I only began to fully understand the value of my Lawrence education as senior, when I magically started connecting the dots between ostensibly disparate fields, drawing from each discipline to strengthen my arguments in another. These insights imbued me with precious confidence I’d never possessed before – a powerful force that I draw upon daily for my complex, creative, nuanced job as Editor-in-Chief of GQ India.
I returned home a year after I graduated in 2001, and immediately felt I was in a different country from the sclerotic one I had left, a nation on the cusp of heady economic expansion. By then the Lawrence liberal arts ideal had transformed and armed me with a unique outlook that allowed me to identify and capitalize on a range of opportunities in the new India.
In the 15 years since I graduated, I’ve worked as a reporter for The Indian Express newspaper; as the music and nightlife correspondent for the local edition of Time Out magazine; as a journalist in Mumbai and Sri Lanka for Reuters; and in 2008, at the age of 29 I was appointed the first Editor of GQ India, the youngest in publisher Conde Nast’s history. None of this would have been possible without the profound gift that is Lawrence."