Student Leader Interview - Mahi, Maharaja Agrasen College

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

 I was one of the coordinators of the debating society of Maharaja Agrasen College-Chakraview. I have worked three years in Chakraview where I had to manage the overall functioning of the society in college along with my team members, related to events, conducting regular training sessions, and making sure of the active participation of members in other debating events. We were 8 head members to manage Chakraview, and I feel so glad to say that we all played our part in the best way possible. 

Particularly, my job was to conduct regular training sessions for the members and to think about what innovative I could do. It is a stereotype that debating is boring and requires pre-developed skills to enter into this arena. Whenever I was there I always tried to make my sessions engaging and was aiming to make people fall in love with the art of speaking. Art of thinking and speaking makes you alive.

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

I started my journey with debating and Chakraview both in 2017.  I was in the 1st year when I joined it, and I never thought that I would be able to cover such a long distance. There were also those times when I thought that I wouldn't be able to do public speaking even. 

But all I can say is that resilience, and patience can always help you in dealing with every challenge. No matter what path you have chosen for yourself, you should always know where you want to reach in the end. This can help myriad of students out there who want to do something big in their lives.

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

This juggling between two things is undoubtedly hectic, but I always loved to do this. This experience taught me to manage my time as best as I could. And I have no regret to do extra endeavours to complete my tasks of both leadership and normal college life.

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

When I began my journey I had a dream of being a journalist or specifically news anchor. But you haven't learnt anything if you can't challenge your own perspectives and even your dreams sometimes. With the time I developed my interest, particularly in writings and politics. Now I am aspiring to become a news writer, and this role not only helped me in shaping my goals but also developed some relevant and important skills in me which would never have been possible without this platform. 

5. What are the top skills that you have learnt with what you do?

It will be an injustice to say that I developed only oratory skills by being a part of a debating society. Chakraview was the whole package for me, and I think for everyone who has been there and given time. I developed leadership qualities and along with that, I got some superb analytical skills. Everything in the world needs to be analyzed with a 360-degree angle before developing a perspective- That's what I learnt there.

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

Responsibility follows authority, this is the most famous axiom. As a public speaker, I always encourage people to come forward and speak their hearts out in front of their audience. This would be erroneous to say that speaking only requires confidence, it is the end product of continuous reading, understanding, and writing about the worldly issues.

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

I would love to encourage this young generation to grab the opportunities that come in their way. Conferences and internships are both different but they both offer the most enriching experience to you. 

One offers you to listen to the perspectives of those who already walked the path you are on currently, and others will help you in applying your knowledge into practice. As Roman philosopher, Seneca said, "As long as you live,  keep learning how to live."

Interview by - Anshul

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