Student Leader Interview - Darshika Rai from Wilson College


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

I am a student of western classical music at the moment. Working on my advanced level certificates along with college in Arts. I also teach music at an international preschool along with other gigs. 

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

My pursuit of this began at a very early age of 6. My motivation is that it comes naturally to me, like it is a part of what I was meant to do. It took me about 7 years to finish my basic 8 grades in classical music from Trinity college of music, London. And a few more years to reach the advanced certificate level. Even now after more than a decade of studying music, it gets very difficult to keep going but I remind myself why music is important. 

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

Through this I have faced many difficulties including rejection for scholarships and applications but it's all a part of the deal. A lot of the times my rejections are purely caused by my gender and ethnicity. There are many instances where I have had to face racism. 

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

At the moment I am teaching little children to make music a part of their lives and take comfort in it. That makes me warm and proud of myself. 

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

Doing Internships and Confererences is a great way to experience something extra and full of knowledge. Also, To anyone who is facing racism or is watching racist conversations happening; keep a few comebacks handy and speak out to spread awareness and tell them that it is not okay. Attend more guest lectures to gain some more imformation. My message to anyone learning and pursuing music is to remember why you have decided to do it and fullfil the dreams of the child in you, no matter how tough it is.




Interviewed by - Pranali Donekar 

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