Student Leader Interview - Al Zahra Hanif, Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi

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1. Tell us more about your role and responsibilities.

I am just another enthusiastic fresher trying hard to discover, learn and unlearn many things along with new experiences. Currently in college I am Class Representative of a small class of 62 great minds, member of HIVE, fine arts society, team member in Student Union Decor Team and core team member of Project Sonder, the arts society, outside my college activities I am organizing head from LSR in GT20 global summit. Never really thought that outside school life world is this big, starting from my first responsibility I do not see myself as just a class representative but as a jolly energy trying to uplift everyone's mood, even though on my dark days I try to put on my happy face, honoring and letting others discover their talents, maintaining unity in class, (especially for class bunks) and as a whole trying to maintain the lovely diversity our class exhibit. Being a first yearie in hive and project sonder, I just try to exhibit my talent through all forms of art, whether it is painting, poetry, literature, singing or drama. Apart from college extra-curricular activities currently I am handling GT20 summit, being organizing head from LSR and a troop influencer collaborating with 20 different countries.

2. How challenging is it to maintain a balance between your responsibilities and academics?

I am just another ordinary person, struggling to sustain a balance in life and finding substitutes and cheat codes on daily basis on life, though one can’t strive using only one wheel, therefore for me, academics is part of my responsibilities as I am indebted to those who raised me both as a young girl and as a young mind, both parents and teachers who invested in me a lot, and therefore I try really hard to deal with my academics by drafting, to do lists, prioritizing activities, making schedules daily, some of which are fulfilled and many which are not, but at the end of the day, the feeling of at least trying and not giving up fills you with satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment, maybe I am not a master of balance , maybe just being in first year, have not got the hack of life, but will continue trying till I fail several times cause then I can claim that I at least tried.

3. As a student leader, what is the one major challenge that you have overcome?

While being engaged in all these different activities, I am no longer a small town timid, soft-spoken girl, trying to survive though college days but instead just here to live through this new transition and experiencing every inch of it slow and steadily. I have gone through a long transformation, from the very first day, I had many challenges to conquer, first being, gaining fluency in public speaking, fighting anxiety and thirdly being a small pampered child constantly battling with homesickness, but through this process of constant conquest and some failures, one thing life taught me is that, you just need to look forward no matter what, things will mould into your comfy shapes with time. And because of all mustered courage I could gain from sources like parents, motivating music, love and support of friends both old and newer additions, I could battle and hug all my fears with passion and because of heading GT20 summit at this young age I could at one time without single hesitation, address teams and troops from reputed colleges and professions, many being my seniors and even more qualified than me. 

4. Do you feel that your current role will be one of your stepping stones towards success in life?

No one knows what the future holds, we can’t see correct paths, but maybe can build one. These all are very minimal achievements and experiences what I have done till now, but every little step takes you closer to your ultimate goal. With these little accomplishments, insecurities and faults of mine are being embraced and converting into something more powerful which I never thought to exist, and therefore these all small acts of leadership and small platforms to exhibit my talent, will help me a lot to strive, live and reach my goal as soon as possible.

5. Do you think parents’ support plays a role in deciding whether a student has an active extra-curricular life or not? What is your message to all the parents?

For every children, parents are both their strength and weakness, for me personally, from the day I can recall crying to go to school till today, when I try to fake my smiles in front of them and hide my tears, they have been a constant support. Parents play a crucial role in deciding their wards life in terms of priorities, professions, habits and passion. Every parent want their kids to be happy and successful and in this “culture” of ours success is a synonym for higher paychecks and guaranteed employments with white collar job, and in this mission impossible children tend to lose all their passion and love for something which is not openly accepted by this “culture” to be an appropriate purpose of life. I am not a parent yet and therefore can’t present their point of view, but just a small message from an ordinary girl having super supportive family, one thing is for sure that a child can only respect you genuinely when you respect his/her choices, she/he can only love you when you can love them with no conditions whatsoever, I know,I have not seen the world so much but, dear parents let us try and build an empire of our own with towers of mistakes and terraces of success, with new Italian tiles of achievements and with rustic floors of bad experiences. 

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

Just a small message to all fresh-bees out there is that never really underestimate any opportunity in your life, small or big, having a brand name or not, just never fail to express your true self, also never underestimate your own self, you are more than what you think you are. Internships and conferences provide one with lots of opportunities to put all theories dealt in classes into practice and prepare you to deal with the real world beyond your comfortable horizon. Apart from this with internships and conferences, contacts and new bonds helps a lot in your personal social enhancement and helps in discovering one’s own identity. This will also serve as an escape from the college monotonous life and every day you can ask yourself a question…what’s new today?

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