Student Leader Interview - Priyanshi Aggarwal from Mata Sundri College

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

I was the Vice President of the Placement and Internship cell of my college
My roles mainly inculcated - 

- Getting  more and more connections of people or organisation who could provide opportunities to students of my college be it internship or placements

- We organised various workshops by contacting people or personalities who have achieved their goals in order to provide guidance and a track to follow to our students

- We did provide sessions organised by us to teach students how to use platforms that are career and job oriented such as linkedin and Internshala 

- We did mock interview sessions of students and members of PC so that they could converse with company HR's without any hesitation

- We organised our major events more than 50 students got placed and more than 100 students got Internships

- To maintain the decorum in the team and to share my personal experience of my Internships with the students to encourage them to apply

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

Taking leadership roles are not a choice at first but an opportunity that one gets when one performs better or has a dedicated attitude for something, it then becomes a choice. For practicing leadership one has to have an idol and that could be anyone, following them one gets motivated and get amused by their struggles an way to overcome it. In order to become a good leader the idea of authority and responsibility must be a clear concept , one has to challenge oneself everyday to unleash their true potential for me it was facing interviews that I rightly achieved and I'm still improving.

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

The biggest challenges that I faced after coming to the college was to feel how underdeveloped my personality was since I could talk to people like my friends but when it came to public speaking I used to fumble a lot, that also got reflected during society interviews and internship interviews as a result I was rejected many times. To overcome this I had to invest great deal of time in myself since I had no mentor. 

I watched personality development videos and how to be confident in front of others. I started volunteering in various events held in college and started participating in inter college events and gradually my confidence improved. I got selected in placement cell which again gave a totally different and better shape to my personality So I'll conclude my learnings by saying this cliche line that never give up and if you fail , try even harder.

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

My career goal is to achieve something in life on my own that will make my parents proud I want to be financially independent , I want to travel on my own, most importantly I want to learn how to invest in good opportunities Currently I am studying for my MBA exams (Masters). Also I have always remained interested in working for the betterment of the society as well I have volunteered with with various social work organisations and I'm an active member of the Rotaract club as well

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

Students must realise that it takes a great deal of efforts to organise a conference or a drive , there's so much conversation going behind the back like number of students going to participate , how will we manage them and many of them don't know about it as a result Students don't attend it and those who do , may not take it seriously but there are many of them who are dedicated to listen the speaker or take part in the drive.

For those who don't it's always a request to them that whatever we organise is not free because you have paid for it in your fees, though it looks free doesn't mean one should ignore them. One never knows what session intrigues someone or something new advice would help them. Since there are no doors closed for students they should atleast not be afraid to enter new environment and it's always better to have some kind of experience both good or bad. 

Moreover it will build a great deal of their knowledge and confidence as internships play a great role in shaping one's personality during college life. Recruiters prefer the students who have some kind of experience in college. So if you've started your college life , internships will look really good on your resume , you should definitely consider them.
- Priyanshi Aggarwal

Interviewed by- Gurleen Kaur

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