Student Leader Interview - Rohit Kanojiya, K.M Agarwal college



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

I had responsibility on my head since I was in 6th std my dad passed away. My dad had a laundry shop, So after him, my mom took all the responsibility and I used to do home delivery of laundry clothes. So I was great at managing studies and other works and I can multitask very well. 

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. 

No one actually ever motivated me, everyone just used me my kindness my loyalty. When I was in my Junior co, I started teaching in free in one dance academy the timing was evening 6-9 but after 6-9 I had to run my shop for home delivery but the head of my dance academy always took advantage of the situation and I left me only after when his work was done and I never got paid for that. In 12th I used to practice at my home or else at my college in my free time. 

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

I did face so many challenges. In my 2nd year of degree college. I joined a dance academy as a manager but the owner didn't treat the workers with dignity and treated them like slaves. She always asked me to do her personal work too, Sometimes I used to shop groceries for her or pick her daughter up from the school. And within this period, We had a very bad argument over some misunderstanding and I left that dance academy but I kept someone else in my place so that the owner doesn't face any Loss. 

These situations took a toll on me. I always wanted to be a background dancer and do live gigs. I had a relative in this industry and I thought it might help but it didn't. Few days after I got a sangeet project in Gujarat and while coming back home the manager offered me a job and I thought now is the time to shine but it was a mistake, it made me busy and tired like hell. But somehow I did that job and saved a nice amount and joined King's United Classes in Vasai to upgrade my skills. 

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

And yes after that I thought that I want to open my own academy and teach people to dance. I was looking for a place on rent for my academy but the fortune had different ways for me and I got that class with whom I had a big fat misunderstanding, but somehow I managed but it was a scam. They had bills pending which I had to pay or else they asked me to shut my class and they did! Also, recently I managed my own event and without any help, I handled all the expenses and I am proud of this. 

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

Conferences, Seminars, and internships play an important role in your life. And, explore as much as you can, even if you have no means, make your way out.

Interviewed by - Pranali Donekar 

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