Student Leader Interview - Anshita Kochar from Mata Sundri College

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

As a person, I was never afraid of taking initiatives in my life. After realising the fact—that aspiration to see the growth of my college and evaluating the big doors of possibilities, I felt extremely inspired to put my strong foot forward and make things happen. Things that I’ve been visualising right from day one when I entered the college gate.There is no limitation to what can be achieved, being in the position is not about being better than any individual, but about gaining the trust of the authorities to represent them with honesty and enthusiasm, whenever called upon.Currently, I’m  the Secretary of commerce society of my college having previously been the Treasurer of the Commerce Society, I was well aware of the various roles and responsibilities this post brings. 

Being the Secretary, It is my duty to bag sponsors, deliver successful events, build good relationships and represent my society with other colleges. My short-term goals are to maintain the efficient flow of work of the Council and provide real-time solutions to problems put forth by the student populace. It has been indeed a roller coaster ride but I have been able to inculcate valuable attributes that would help me throughout my life. 

2. How can we encourage more young students such as yourself to take up leadership role? 

While some students are good leaders by nature, other students need to be encouraged, role modeled, and nurtured to develop leadership skills. Leadership qualities have become a must-have for anyone to succeed in the highly competitive workplaces of today. For anyone who wishes to move ahead in their career  need to depict good leadership qualities. For as a leader, you are not only responsible for your actions but also of those working for you.

At every stage of growth, leadership skills are a wealth worth possessing.If pursued and practised with diligence, leadership can be well implanted in an individual so that it can advance his/her professional and personal growth.

Establish your goals to set your direction and keep a check of every goal you’ve achieved.Demonstrate discipline by always meeting deadlines. Develop situational awareness and proactiveness because that will help you see the bigger picture.Take on more projects in school/college/university and try to lead them.

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

According to me the biggest challenge was to deliver the best to our students. Not only do students have expectations of you, they assume you’ll live up to them. But when somebody becomes expecting of you it becomes very heavy and tough to give them the best in every shot. A lots of things were seen & learnt in these two years, some good & some not so good experiences. These two years taught me the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Taught me to have faith in our own idea, and to believe in me. It made me learn enough to step into the real world.

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

I’m looking forward to pursue my higher studies in finance or marketing from abroad. Studying abroad can be an overwhelming task.But yes the biggest challenge would be accommodating myself with the new and diverse culture. Me being a part of a society where meeting new people and building networks is the most important thing will help me a lot in adapting to new phase of my life. Not only it  teaches you communication skills, but also helps you broaden and improve those you already have. Learning how different people respond and react to certain situations has helped me develop valuable skills in presenting and implementing ideas. 

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

We all know that practical experience is the best, and internships give students that hands-on experience they need.  I feel that quality internships are essential to develop key skills that you can't get in a classroom.  Skills such as multitasking, communicating, learning to deal with diversity, and dealing with deadlines are different when you are working for someone else, not yourself like you do in college.  Internships are also a great way to network with people in the industry.An internship is the building blocks necessary for creating the path to a successful career.

So next time you're on a gap year or summer break, you might want to consider indulging in a meaningful internship and build towards your future. I find conferences rejuvenating. They are inspirational and energizing opportunities to connect with the greater community, think about new strategies, contemplate the bigger picture, and establish collaborations. 

- Anshita Kochar

Interviewed by- Gurleen Kaur

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