Student Leader Interview: Tamanna Patel from Hansraj (Delhi University)

1. Tell us more about your role and responsibilities at your college.

I am Tamanna Patel, a student of B.Com(H) at Hansraj College, New Delhi. Along with my graduation, I am also pursuing Chartered Accountancy (CA).  
Presently I am a core Member at S.P.A.R.C. (Shaping Personalities and Realizing Careers) Society, Hansraj College. We are a student-run organization with a sincere vision of assisting every CA aspirant in their mighty career journey to the destination. We strive to provide them with all-round personality development, along with academic support and professional assistance.
At the moment my position entails me in overseeing the working of the entire society with a focus on “Event Management and Technical Departments”.

2. How did you rise up to this position at S.P.A.R.C and what would be your suggestion to the students who would want to hold this position in the future?

Being a CA student myself I always had that desire and eagerness to go out of my way to help my colleagues in their arduous journey. So, when S.P.A.R.C society was formed it was exactly the platform that was required to further my aspiration of helping others. The challenges of a newly formed society instead of discouraging, motivated me to put in my 100% every day to achieve what we had aimed for, and that endeavour of mine made me different from others and best suited for my current position.

Passion for the work we do, a sense of compassion and companionship towards our colleagues, being in constant remembrance of our responsibilities toward the society and the students being served through it and dutifully fulfilling the same is imperative and is looked for in every member of our society.

3. As a leader at S.P.A.R.C, what challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

I had always been a person who would take the responsibility, and in the process would want to perform many things single-handedly without the involvement of many people. So, one of the biggest challenges I faced when I joined the society was to work in association with colleagues to achieve a bigger common goal. The leadership opportunity in S.P.A.R.C.  has transformed me for the better and this challenge has been a blessing in disguise for me, thus making me realize the power and value of team effort.

Another challenge which we as a society face is to keep the students motivated in times of adversities. Since most students in the society are pursuing CA, it puts an added responsibility on us to make sure they are constantly excelling in their studies while still devoting time to the society. This challenge has been proved beneficial to me because remaining positive for longer amount of time has added additional strength to my belief system to face the challenges that lie ahead.

4. What are your career goals and how does your role at S.P.A.R.C. influence you in achieving them?

My immediate career goal is to become a certified chartered accountant and enter the realm of the corporate world.
My position here helps me in innumerable ways to achieve my career goals.
To name a few:-

1) Practising leadership and team efforts and learning how to identify and mitigate the challenges associated with it beforehand shall definitely provide me with an edge in real-life situations.
2) Being part of a CA Society enables me to be a part of a greater network of CAs, to be able to interact with eminent personalities of the CA fraternity and to remain constantly updated at all times.
Most importantly it has taught me how to handle strenuous situations with positivity.

5. How can we encourage more young students such as yourself to take-up leadership roles?

We need to bring the idea of “Self-development through togetherness” and “Leadership through challenges as our main theme” to encourage the young students. 

We need to impart the idea in a subtle way that along with study we should build our overall personality to excel in our workplace. To face the real challenges which are waiting for us as LIFE, leadership program and leadership roles provide us with a challenging and vibrant environment to experiment and learn from it. This S.P.A.R.C. program provides an idea and an opportunity to know about the numerous successful CA, which will motivate us even further. We will get a chain of new friends and colleagues of the same fraternity who will be become part of our LIFE long journey. 

6. What did you do in your current role that makes you feel really proud of yourself?

As a society we have been able to start some very successful initiatives such as constant mentorship programs for CA students, one to one talks with eminent CAs, able to rope in successful CA toppers to advise & inspire budding CAs and altogether as a society we have been able to reach out to a large number of CA students and connect them together through our seminars and meets.
Thus, being able to contribute to the journey of CA students gives me immense pleasure.

7. What's your message to encourage students to do internships and attend conferences?

No matter how much we study inside the 4 walls and excel in the academics, LIFE shall always remain the best teacher as it always throws open new opportunity, new challenges and new boundaries. It is only through internships and conferences that we will actually be able to widen our mind and broaden our horizons by learning from real-life situations as they unfold in front of us. It is necessary to prepare ourself for the real world out there and these avenues provide us with the exact opportunity to do so. So I would urge every student to get going and take part in these extra-curricular activities because opportunities don't knock our door twice.

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