Student Leader Interview- Shinjini Ghosh, Rajabazar Science College

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

Well, if I put simply my role is indistinguishable from any other student out there; by constantly recognizing student responsibilities and being accountable for academic success. However, I believe it's necessary to always pursue one's passion to maintain a healthy and cheerful psyche. Nurturing a successful dance page on Instagram and seeking a flourishing career in research is quite hard to balance. Meeting the expectation of my audience by putting up eye candy dance pieces and also sufficing my researcher formalized curiosity may feel fatiguing at times, but the approbation I get and my ardent endearment for both fields keep me motivated and allow me to happily sail through it.

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

Dance is something that redeems me from the worldly existence that is in and around me. It makes me feel that it's not something you can achieve by a simple movement of limbs, but rather it is delving deeper into yourself and feeling rejuvenated. It began as something a Bengali girl from a culturally inclined middle-class family started doing as a child. 

I don't remember how or when this blossomed into something I began doing as therapeutic interventions to life's pain. It's also akin to my career choice, to study the intricate details of DNA, protein, to isolate and see a vital microbe wriggling under my microscope gives me a sense of elation which I am unwilling to compromise with. It just requires some zeal and hardworking temperament to easily dominate and take charge; someone bearing this kind of persona can effortlessly succeed.

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

Last year while exercising, I fell and twisted my knee; the pain was excruciating and I had to limp with the help of crutches for a month. But all that was bearable until my orthopedic introduced me to the term ACL(Anterior cruciate ligament) injury and that I have to undergo surgery to be able to dance again and that too not completely like before. I was heartbroken and anguished, but I refused to give up and decided not to surrender to surgery. Instead, I established a resting period of nine months, and by practicing repeatedly; by God's grace, I was able to dance again and delve into my passion. I have realized that giving up was not an option especially for the things you love.

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

Currently, I am training and working under two internship programs; both of them requiring strenuous commitments, simultaneously I am also attending various lectures and brushing up my knowledge; also keeping my studies at par. This takes up the majority of my time and stamina, but this does not deter me from taking a time out and practicing my steps and winning dance competitions. Thus, my time management skills and hard work bears me triumph and that's what I take pride in.

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

To be victorious in the field one is working, I feel, hard work and motivation are paramount, but again one cannot always feel motivated. I would first suggest taking good care of one's mental health along with physical well being, because being uncommunicative as it is, it's also refused to be acknowledged by a multitude of people. Adulting does not include your best approach to life, it's also facing tormenting hardships, so it's okay to seek help and prioritize your mental health. Apart from this, dedication, setting a clear goal as to what you expect from life, working for it, and continuously bettering yourself in the course should be one's motto.

Interviewed by- Basabdatta Chakraborty

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