Arpita Roy grew up in Calcutta, India, and double-majored in Astrophysics and English (Creative Writing) at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. She had a hard time choosing between being a writer and a scientist, so she has decided to be both. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Astrophysics at the Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests center around the detection and characterization of exoplanets, ranging from instrument design to data analysis. Arpita has also taught a summer research course for high school students on the methods of exoplanet detection, and helped create a "Find Your Own Exoplanet" room of activities for public interaction. However, her favorite outreach activity remains the discussion with a camel herder, in the Indian desert, about the structure of the solar system.