"Kindness Is the Best Way to Heal Oneself" - Itika

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1. Tell us more about yourself and your life.

I am Itika Sharma from Himachal Pradesh, Distt Una. I have completed my graduation from Panjab University and am doing my masters from the same university. I am a hardworking, motivated youngster devoting my time and energy for the upliftment and empowerment of the needy across every section of the society.

I belong to a family with a business background having a younger brother. A person with good leadership skills, I am someone who loves to organize events as well.

2. What led you into social activism?

I am someone who finds happiness in little things and believes in bringing the same joyful things to others too. This trait is inherited from my father. No matter how hard any situation gets in life, never stop doing good for others, and it will automatically add happiness into our lives. All these things always inspired me to uplift society socially.

3. What is that one cause you care deeply about and why?

I am always concerned about things that make others unhappy and work towards establishing a happy and secure environment by empowering the marginalized members of our society and bringing a smile to their face.

Life is a beautiful gift and each one of us plays a very important role here, all having different ambitions, but the goal is the same- to be happy. Helping both young and old in carrying their burden and worries, one can offer them assistance in overcoming their problems.

4. If one wants to contribute and make a difference in social causes, how can one do it?

If one truly wants to contribute and make a difference in society, he or she should be the one who plans to furnish, coordinate and synergize the energy of determined people to bring about a considerable transition in someone’s indigent life. Doing good deeds for others come from the heart and when you have a heart which cares for others, these things happen naturally without any effort.

5. Who is your role model and why?

My father is my role model. He has seen many ups and downs in his life, but he always makes sure that I will be in a better place. He has taught me how to remain calm and inspired me to achieve my goals with flying colours.

6. What are some of the challenges and roadblocks you have faced along your journey?

Social activities demand a lot of time, patience, consistency and hard work. As I am a student and have to balance my academic too, I have learnt that if you are passionate enough, your work will somehow become your priority, pushing you to automatically learn to balance other things with it.

Often, there will be times when people will unnecessarily target you, that leads to disturb you and on the way due to certain circumstances, leave you in between. But on the other hand, this is responsible for our growth in life.

7. Your opinion about social media activism.

It’s a good platform to reach out people so that they connect, contribute and work for the same cause.

Interview by - Sonam

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