Student Leader Interview – Riya Damani of Ramjas College, University of Delhi

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1. Tell us more about your role and responsibilities in your society?

My name is Riya Damani and I am pursuing majors in History and Economics (2nd year) from Ramjas College. Besides academics, I am the member of BACKBEAT: Music Society of Ramjas College. I am the treasurer of my society and look after matters regarding money and funding. 

2. What's it like to juggle between a leadership role and normal college life?

With leadership role, comes responsibility and the instinct to maintain the dignity of the post assigned to you. It is very different from the regular carefree college student. There is a big responsibility of keeping the trust of the society members and making the juniors comfortable and knitting everyone into a beautiful family.

3. As a treasurer in your college society, what challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

There are certain challenges when you are an active member of a society. It's not easy to juggle between classes and practices. Sometimes the schedule become too hectic to handle especially during the fest season but one can always establish balance between schedule and practices. To overcome the challenges, one has to reorganize the whole schedule and manage practices when there are no classes. One should keep studying on regular intervals, to avoid pressure during the fest season and exams.

4. Has the present role of being the treasurer of your society helped you to take a step forward towards your career goals?

Yes, the present role of treasurer has helped in shaping my career goals. The sense of responsibility prepare you for the pressure test that one will face in future. Being a society member, a lot of skills such as interaction with public get refined. Overall personality of a person gets improved and a person gets more career oriented.  

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

Yes, I really appreciate the parents who encourage their children to take part in co-curricular activities. It is rightly said that "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy". For the overall development and enhancement, something interactive should always be happening!

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

Yes, students should involve themselves in internships and attend conferences. It will expand their horizon and span of ideas. This will help them develop a cosmopolitan approach to arrive at conclusions.

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