Student Leader Interview - Salonii Khemani, JMC

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

I’m pursuing Political Science-honours. It was my third preference, so getting into my dream college but not having my first preference as my main subject did dishearten me a little. However, I’m a dancer, so being a part of the Western Dance Society of my college made all my worries seem less. I got the opportunity of dancing in different colleges. We performed at IIT Kanpur, and that has to be the prettiest fest I’ve seen so far. Due to uncertain circumstances, I had to leave the society, but it’s such a big part of my life now. Once I wasn’t in any society, I made sure I contribute to my department more than I could before. In the second semester, I took up the responsibilities of the major events of our Department Fest. I also took part in the annual Sports Day March that takes place in our college. I’m a first-year student, so far it’s been a delight. 

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

I feel the responsibility is one thing every individual should have in order to reach some position they want to attain. Taking things lightly never took anyone to a higher pedestal. Being very responsible, understanding, and careful are the perquisites for achieving any position. 

3. What have been some of your biggest challenges and learnings from what you do?

One of the biggest challenges was managing the dance society with my personal dance training and my studies. I had internals every next day and we used to practice from 12pm to 6pm. It wasn’t an easy ride, but I somehow managed in the first semester. I feel indulging with people has also been a major challenge for me. But again, all that comes with patience and time. 

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

The fact that I have contributed to my Department without them forcing the work down my neck is something I’m very proud of. I made sure I was there for any senior who needed me, and who was struggling with the workload. And I also survived the first year. Isn’t that a victory in itself? 

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

I would only say that you never stop learning. There are so many things I’ve learned about things after attending conferences, seminars, and various webinars now. There’s an abundance of knowledge and exposure out there. If you really want to grow, not only as a student but also as an individual, you always have to give your mind the time to train. There’s always going to be someone better than you. The mere fact that you need to be better than the previous version of you matters the most. Internships help you build your personality. What more could you ask for?

Interviewed by - Sunidhi Gupta
Student Leader Interview - Salonii Khemani, JMC Student Leader Interview - Salonii Khemani, JMC Reviewed by Aayushi Dwivedi on June 24, 2020 Rating: 5

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