Student Leader Interview - Lavi Bachchis, LPU

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

I am currently pursuing MBA Hons (marketing and international business) in Lovely Professional University, Punjab. There are several clubs in university and all must be part of at least one of them. Recruitments are organized by the senior members. I was selected in the Student Training Club, basically as an office-bearer. Here, various events and competitions are planned in the weekly meetings. Later, I participated in sports as a 5 KM runner, eventually while practicing, I became the sports coordinator, being the only female long runner from the Business department, organizing trials for sports events, encouraging girls to take part in sports was my role. 

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

I would like to tell you about my writing experience. Well, many people around my age say that one becomes thoughtful only when they are heartbroken. Then only one can express through words in-depth, I don’t believe in that. To be honest, I started writing when I fell in love with everything around me. When my loved ones made me believe in myself, I penned down the tiniest thought that popped up in my mind. 

I kept writing, sometimes good, something vague. Slowly I kept moving forward and participated in poetry competitions knowing that there were many better poets than me, I gained experience. From poems to musings and thoughts I wrote them all in books. And yes, the network plays an important role as we are taught in MBA, I made friends who were good writers, better than me, I kept learning from juniors who wrote, then eventually, one of them suggested me to write in books, from then onwards I participated in anthologies, the satisfaction of being a certified co-author was remarkable. 

Slowly I learned about how to compile, every time challenging myself with something new, today I am compiling a book providing an opportunity to many new writers just like I started. Similarly, to anyone who aspires to be a writer, I would say, just write and write, take part in contests and challenges, know that writing takes time, so you need to be persistent, you must not immediately expect the awards, gain experience, you’ll discover your own style, opportunity can come anytime, be open to that.

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

The Vocabulary was quite a challenge for me, as I write in English, but had no idea about style, formats. So writing a single poem initially took me about 2-3 days. I used to note down around fifty fancies, the latest words related to my topic from google, then try them putting in the lines, to make the piece look more classy. I just experimented with random words, until I felt the urge to write more classic and vintage ebbing. 

I discovered my style and expressed my thoughts with simpler words that I knew in my style. So without those fancy words, my writeups looked pure and aesthetic. At the same time, I inculcated a reading habit in me, which gave me a sense of appropriate word usage that the reader could understand.

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

Well, I wrote and wrote. It's been 10 months almost since I started writing, and about 4 months since I started writing in anthologies in various publications. I must say, my writing, my knowledge about writing have improved a lot. Although there is no end to learning, I feel proud that in a short period, I can encourage more aspiring writers and people who have numerous thoughts but don’t know how to express themselves.

I share writing tips that I follow. I wasn’t entirely ready to compile yet, but I took up the challenge and felt the responsibility to take around 50 writers, many newbies and make them published writers. Now I feel, I will continue to do so.

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

Experience and Learnings play a major role in directing you towards your desired goal in career and life. And internships, conferences are the easiest places where one can learn and apply. You never know what can change your mind, which can give you that one solid idea to start something. So, do that, explore, and experiment. In simple words, conferences will give you tips and ideas while internships are the opportunity to apply your learnings and get results.

Interviewed by- Sneha Siddhi

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