Student Leader Interview - Sharon, DU

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

My name is Sharon Ann Titus. I am currently pursuing my under graduation in German (second year) from Delhi University. I am the Class Representative (CR) of my class.

So talking about my roles and responsibilities at my college, I think it is just the basic duties that a CR has to do, I serve as a bridge between the professor and the students. Being a CR has its own importance and significance. With this position responsibilities that come are: Maintaining transmission between professor and classmates, helping professors in giving notes and journals etc. to students by giving photocopies, bringing issues of the class to professors.

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

 The willing Candidates for this position give their names and the students of the class elect the one that they think is capable for this post. For a student who's aspiring to become a CR, I would like to say firstly you need to be in the good books for sure because then you've a good image in front of your professors

Secondly have a good relation with your classmates as well, this is very important because they are the one who elect you and they'll elect you only if they think you're good enough and that you can put forward their issues to the Professor when in need. Well that was my mantra and I believe it should work for any aspirant.

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

 Well it is tough, I wouldn't lie. I mean you don't want to be working all the time in college, right? Everyone wants to enjoy and have fun in college. The thing that one should avoid doing is to procrastinate. Trust me. Just stop procrastinating. I try to complete all the work that's given to me within the time being. Because when the work is due you’ll have to work during college intervals as well and obviously you'll be moody all the time, hence you won't be able to spend time with your friends.

4. What have been some of your biggest challenges and learning from what you do?

 Being a CR brings a lot of challenges along with it. You are responsible for your whole class. The whole class depends on you and trusts you. There's no way that you could disappoint any of them. You have to be brave every time. There's no thing called 'being scared'. You've to put forward an issue no matter what it is because you've been elected for the same. And all these challenges have just taught me to be brave and confident in life.

5. How do your parent's look at you participating in extracurricular activities?

 To be honest, at first they were worried and concerned about my studies. They thought all this is a waste of time and distraction from studies and I wouldn't score well in my exams. But slowly they realized how important it was, they've seen how it changed me in a good way and now they're proud of me.

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

After my graduation I'll do my masters. But if asked about what I want to be then I am planning to become a translator. And for that, leadership quality is necessary. Because if we talk about  leaders, then they are experienced people and the goal of a community is not to create an unvaried group of people who all envision and perform alike, it is to create a heterogeneous, invigorating, immersed group of people who are committed to solving problems together. The experience and direction of the leader are important to balance a team. Likewise for a translator, it is necessary to have such qualities.

7. How can we encourage more young students such as yourself to take-up leadership roles?

 Leadership is an important function of management which helps to maximize efficiency and to achieve organizational goals. And having leadership quality has really so many advantages as I stated some of them above.

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

 Well internships are very important. Finding a job can be a challenge, especially if you don’t have experience. Unfortunately, you need to obtain a job before you can gain experience. Internships are a great way for college students, recent graduates or anyone considering a career change to obtain valuable work experience. 

Through internships you get to refine your skills, network with professionals in field, gain confidence, maybe receive financial compensations and what not? the list goes on. So one should never miss that chance at any cost. Thank you so much for making me a part of this interview.


Interviewed by - Chirag Pant

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