Student Leader Interview – Vatsala Agnihotri from Maitreyi College

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Tell us more about your role & responsibilities at your college.

As a second-year undergraduate student, I thought I should give back to my college community. So, I decided to form the green e cell at my college. My first step was to convince teachers to be our teacher coordinator for the cell and giving them presentations multiple times, the whole process took about 7 months, once the cell was finally formed, then it was being marketed and awareness was spread among college students about the cell. Currently, I am leading a team of 45-50 members. 
My work comprises of designing the outline of working for the entire year and training the students in various skills like networking, leadership, communication and most importantly encourage their entrepreneurial ideas.

What’s it like to juggle between a leadership role and normal college life?

I believe in multi-tasking. I have been extensively involved in my college community by being part of various societies. I started this in my first year it seemed tough then but now I have got along with this and normal college life. This has not only shaped me mentally but also emotionally. Through this experience, I wouldn’t say completely but yes I have somewhat got a taste of how things are processed in real life.

Do you enjoy the kind of influence you hold at such a young age?

It has been a learning experience for me and helped me evolve as a person. By being a leader, I have learnt the most important lesson that it looks fancy from a distance but actually comes with a lot of responsibility and can be nerve-wracking at times so it’s really important to keep closed ones by your side.

Do you have a message for parents to allow their kids to do things besides academics?

All parents want the best grades for their children in order to be in a comfortable position. But I personally believe that marks don’t determine our worth. Students should focus on their holistic growth and that can not come only by academic excellence. Parents should allow students to immerse in extracurricular activities whether in societies or pursue individual interests like sports dance etc. It is vital to balance academics with extracurricular activities for holistic development.

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

This is a crisp one. By being part of societies and leading in certain things. I had a desire to form one of my own and I could achieve it but there's a long way to go ahead.

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

Internships and conferences are great opportunities to go beyond one’s comfort zone and gain insights into the real world. Being unprotected in new territories helps one to establish personal accountability and develop one’s personality. Such experiences pave the way for the holistic development of an individual.

Student Leader Interview – Vatsala Agnihotri from Maitreyi College Student Leader Interview – Vatsala Agnihotri from Maitreyi College Reviewed by EMN on November 22, 2019 Rating: 5

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