Student Leader Interview - Pachigolla Ratna Kumari, GMRIT

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

I am Chairperson of GMRIT ACM Women student chapter.  My responsibility is to develop chapter programs and design a proper plan for an event to conduct. And conduct the various events to enhance the coding skills, speaking skills, Presentation skills and various workshops to improve their knowledge on various technology.

2. How did you rise up to your position and how can a student be aspiring the same, approach it?

Children don’t know how to walk from birth, initially they start crawl using their legs and hands then after they stand with some support like chair, stool etc., later they will start walking. This is a long process which takes a year to go, similarly, rise to a position will also take long time. 

How I rise to this position? I am actively participating in all the events conducted by management as well as all the student chapters in the college. I stood in the best position when I am competing with my peers and so on. These are things help me to rise this position.

3. What is it like to juggle between a leadership role and normal college life?

Being a leader is not a simple task, it has a lot of challenges to succeed. Normal college life is just to go to college every day and complete the tasks what professors give us, but leadership is the one nurture a skill like how to convince others and inspire others through communication. It is difficult to manage the academics as well as leadership, but this management makes me to learn time management.

4. What have been some of your biggest challenges and leanings from what you do?

Biggest challenges are managing both the academics as well as my responsibilities like conducting events, attract students to participate, communicate with faculty head to give updates about event, manage the issues in platform to conduct the events.

I learn so many things like communicating with officials, how to deal with students to attract them to participate, time management, proper documentation of work, stress maintaining and so on.

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

Yes, of course my peers are approaching me to know how I handle the different platforms to conduct coding events, ask me to clarify some doubts related to communicate with others to convince them.

6. What are your career goals and how is what you are doing going to help you with that?

My goal is to become an IAS officer. And I am sure what am I doing now will help me. IAS officer used to control the people and assign the works to everyone under her. Leadership is the one skill is mainly required and also communicating with higher officials to discuss the problems or issues present in the district to convince them for completing the works. So, I am sure that what I am doing now definitely help me in future.

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

Academics as well as be a leader both are important. Everyone has a talent, don’t ignore anyone try to learn the things from everyone. Internships are the syntax for us, code will run only if there is no syntax errors similarly, learn the technology by doing internship will make us to run our life without errors in technology perspective. Conferences are also essential to learn communication skills.  

Interviewed by - Saarthak Gautam

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