Student Leader Interview - Abdul Kareem, Francis Xavier Engineering College

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

As a President, my role and responsibilities were very clear to me. I contacted previous Yukti President and Yukti faculty in charge to understand my roles and responsibilities better. My one and major role was to direct and guide my team in order to achieve our goal. When the team was formed, we first conducted meetings to come up with a goal and theme for Yukti2020. When the team brought up various suggestions, it was my duty to agree on the most viable and unique ideas.

I needed to have an overall idea of all the proceedings of the various divisions under Yukti2020, including Sponsorship team, Student Relationship team, Management Events team, Cultural Events team, Operations team and Decorations team. I had to check out the progress of the teams, give them suggestions on doings better and support them.

I was also a mid-way between faculties and my team. Communication flow took place through me. I had to pass on the information from and to teachers and students.


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

It’s all about balancing right. Yes, there would be conflicts of interest. Your friends would give you a call for a superstar movie, the same time you have an important meeting with your CCMs. You would be confused at the moment. But when the priorities are straight your decision will always be right.

Moreover, I was blessed to have friends who helped me every step of the way. They guided me, supported me every way possible and also never the least encouraged me all along. I would say they played an important role in my success.


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

Every leadership role comes with its own difficulties and as you move up the ladder it may look simple but the difficulties are all the more difficult.

The biggest challenge is handling people with various attitudes in your team. Some will be energetic and do their job without being pushed. On the other hand, there will be some very talented who needs to be pushed. So u always has to have an eye on them. Sometimes conflict arises among team members. Solving it, makes one happy and the other might not. Sometimes decisions have to be taken compromising the interest of others. 

On a personal level, I had to work day in and day out. Although I had some time for my personal interests, I had to work mostly for the role. Getting calls on a random basis, meetings with various teams almost every day, sleepless nights, and many more, but in the end, the success of the show made all these seem worth it.

Coming to the learning, it’s immense. The process from the evolution of an idea to its execution and following the success of it has taught me various lessons. Although handling people was a great challenge, I eventually learnt the art of handling them soon.


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

I never felt I was exerting my influence on others through my leadership. But i started hearing appreciations from students and faculties as well, where they said they were inspired by the way I moved the entire show. It gives me great pleasure hearing that i have influenced people positively. When you guide people into positivity and life uplifting skills, how can one not be happy about it?


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

My career goals are simple. I want to be my own boss. I want to become an entrepreneur when time comes right around the clock. It’s my passion and dream. I am working towards it. So this opportunity as the President has definitely helped me get a greater understanding of being an eminent leader. I learnt many things that have now prompted me more towards achieving my career goal. It has also given me the courage to face the competitive world outside.


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

I did what every leader as a President is expected to do and that would be the roles and responsibilities I mentioned earlier. Besides these, I wanted to do something that marks different from the rest.

So this year we tried to take up the event internationally but due to some reasons this couldn’t be achieved. The quality of the events was uplifted this year. We also wanted to conduct a different Pro night this year by bringing in personalities from various walks of life.  Diversification, in terms of events, walk-ins and experience was what I did standing in my role.


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

My advice to all students is 'Never fail to grab opportunities that are thrown at you'. Never underestimate yourself thinking you’re not worth it. You will never know what you can do until you try. No one is devoid of talent. You just have to mold yourselves rightly. And always keep the right people beside you who would motivate you in every step of your way.

Interviewed By - Chirag Pant

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