Student Leader Interview- Mukund Agarwal, Tula's Institute

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

I am presently the head of the literary club of my college which is Expresso. My role is to guide and manage students interested in Literature, poetry, stand-up comedy, debates, extempores, anchoring(formal and informal), and also conduct events periodically related to these.
  I am also the Webmaster and Editorial Head of the Ieee Student Branch at my college. I look after the website and also all the contents posted on the social media handle of this page. I also have to publish the newsletter and am responsible for publishing the annual magazine.

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

I always tried to learn and grab the opportunities coming my way irrespective of all odds. I hustled to make myself a better version of myself each day so that I could excel in each field without hampering my academics. The approach towards it is simple, grab the opportunities coming your way and be determined towards your aim in life. You need to grind hard in order to produce miraculous results for yourself. Just set your goals and be true to yourself when you work towards it and I am sure you will definitely achieve it.

3. What have been some of your biggest challenges and learnings from what you do?
Leadership is always a challenging task to do. When you have a team that looks up to you, you feel that pressure that your slight mistake can actually change their perception. So, I always tried making a thoughtful decision before anything I did. I had to fight a tough competition for this position and that's why I knew it's worth it. One of the major challenges which I also faced was providing everyone with equal opportunities and binding my team into one.
Well, there are a lot of things you learn as a leader which can never be explained theoretically but you feel it once you are bestowed in that position. In my experience, the most essential thing I learned is how to manage a large group of people providing equal opportunities for all of them. I also learned that when you are given a position of authority you are so focused and concerned bout it that your self-growth is often neglected. So, I realized this eventually and also worked upon my self-growth because only if I grow myself I will be able to inspire and help them grow.

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

I am proud of myself because I was not only able to create a team but a family where each one has each other back pushing them to produce great results for themselves. I was able to inspire them so much that my team always looks up to me and that's what makes me feel like a complete leader.

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

 Internships are something that not only helps you grow but presents in front of you the reality check where do you stand in. Apart from the test of your knowledge and adding an extra bit of value to it, it gives you a practical approach to the industry wherein you will be working further.
  Conferences are something that helps you enhance yourself as an individual and also exchange of ideas can help you broaden your perspective towards any topic. Opportunities are always beneficial, howsoever small it may be, you always have hidden learning within it that you might now even know how big is it.

Interviewed by- Sneha Siddhi

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