Tushar J. Mithaiwala has earned two associate degrees from Elgin Community College, which include an associate degree in science/engineering and an associate in applied science in computer aided design and drafting technology. He once dreamed of being a mechanical engineer and doing machine design like his father, who passed away from metastasized cancer of the breast, after a thirteen year struggle with the disease, two months before Tushar graduated from Elgin High School. In the process of being diagnosed with a mental illness, he discovered that his true gifts were music, writing, and art. Tushar feels that his identity is East-Indian as he was raised in East-Indian culture as well as Hindu traditions and religion. Tushar feels that his most profound discovery is that others with similar mental illness share his passion for creative pursuits.