Student Leader Interview - Shreya Malviya from Kirori Mal College

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1. Tell us more about your roles and responsibilities at your college? 

Hello, this is Shreya Malviya, a second year student, majoring in Political Science, International Relations from Kirori Mal College, University Of Delhi. I have been newly nominated as the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Youth Quorum and the member of the National Working Committee of the Global Youth India. Commonwealth Youth Quorum under the Global Youth, runs in collaboration with the British High Commission, New Delhi. 

We are an apolitical, not-for-profit organization, seeking to work with the youth ambassadors for a global generation. Our main focus is on the university students to facilitate talk, dialogues and deliberations among them and the chats with the diplomats concerning the global issues and international diplomatic relations.So, my role and the responsibility in the organization is quite an enriching and a learning process, ranging from organizing events , visiting the embassies in the capital city, to the ideation of events, activities among the members of the team.

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

Being headquartered at New Delhi, Global Youth has its chapters in some of the top notch colleges of the city. Being part of the DU circuit, I got to know about the organization in my first year of college through one of my friends who was already a member of CYQ then through her college chapter. Thereafter, was a couple of rounds of recruitment including a CV submission and a call interview after which I got fortunate enough to have been associated with the team specifically in the content team. It was in this year(second year of my college) that I was nominated as the Chairperson of the Quorum by the former Union on the basis of my last session's active work and the significant role in the organization. 

Thence, to the aspirants, I would just suggest them to be as active as they can in seizing every opportunity which knocks at their facade apart from their habitual academic exercise. Time-management, recognizing the opportunities and giving your best to shine out in the same, trying out and exploring societies, etc would form some of the tips that I would urge the aspiring college students to look upon. All these constructive engagements will not only benefit them for the needed learnings and exposure but at the end of the day, it just empowers and moulds you better to outperform in your academics as well, creating a diversified portfolio by fashioning your holistic growth. 

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

Well, there hasn't been any grave or major challenges as such, but it was indeed a little effort-taking task initially to manage the organization's work along with my course studies and other societies' works. However, the organization has colossally helped me in facilitating a better understanding about the International Relations in my academics and bestowing me with umpteen great opportunities of connecting with some of the distinguished diplomats and some of the amazing people as my teammates. Secondly, the major learnings, Global Youth and CYQ have taught me, are time management, art of professionalism and the utmost importance of teamwork.

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

Every new opportunity I have got through the quorum, has made me grow and learn a step ahead. Hence, it would be a little strenuous task to pick one such, that made me proud of myself. Hence, the constant learning process from the team, building some good connections with the diplomats or officials, organizing events, etc are all that I am proud of and have helped me in my comprehensive growth.

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

Like I mentioned before as well, it's always so insightful of the students or the youth to be the part of conferences, societies, internships or different organizations. These occasions would help us to interact with new people, experience the professional spaces, learn and grow. It's indeed a wholesome and a productive escape to the students' normal academic exercise. Hence, move out of your cakewalk zone, explore, recognize, acknowledge and try out every new opportunity that your enriching college life chances you with.

Interviewed by - Akanksha 

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