Student Leader Interview - Vriti Monga from Jesus and Mary College

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

JMC is known for its discipline, organisation and successful events, therefore first and foremost duty as a member of the Students Council was not only to maintain that standard but also make it reach new heights. As the Vice President of History Department my duties primarily involved organising events like annual department fest, special talks by eminent professors and researchers, addressing student grievances and representing my Department in the college. 

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

I think we can cultivate new leaders only if we lead by an example, I have always been around ambitious and driven women who have a compelling vision tied to a strong sense of purpose, which encouraged me to stand for this position, so setting an example is extremely important. Other than this we should always motivate young students to be confident and fearless, we should trust them, let them make important decisions and help them grow.

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

The biggest challenge for me was to enhance inclusivity and make sure that students participate in department work. Every morning a came with a new challenge and a consequent learning experience from it. I learned that the key to success lies in time management and patience which also helps in resolving end moment-unanticipated problems, (trust me we had quite a few of them.)

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

Being a History Major I have always had a keen interest in Research. I love to read about new things and compare them with the trends of past. Planning and management are also my strengths hence I aspire to be in a field of work where I can further hon and nurture these skills.

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

I believe that internships and conferences are extremely important for growth and knowledge enhancement. Especially during these unforeseen circumstances despite the virtual nature of work you should just grab each and every opportunity that comes by your way to keep yourself occupied in something productive and useful.

6.  What is Itsa shething? What are your tips for young Entrepreneurs? 

Itsa_Shething is a social awareness campaign on female health and body positivity, my aim was to create a platform based on my own experiences, talk about things which are often brushed under the carpet and create a safe space for millions of girls out there to accept themselves and grow in the best possible ways.  My only advice to young entrepreneurs is to always challenge themselves and plunge into the world of opportunities without being scared of the risks involved.

7. What does an average day look like?

Life hasn’t been the same as before, pandemic has taught me the value of little things in life and in these challenging times I try to be as optimistic as possible, channelize all my energy into productive things like reading, exercising, studying and not to forget hours of binge watching Netflix. At this point I just hope that colleges reopen soon so that all of us can get back to our normal routine.

- Vriti Monga

Interviewed by- Priyanshi Arora

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