Anjali Chauhan is a Bachelor Of Management Studies (BMS) student of Shaheed Rajguru College Of Applied Sciences For Women, University Of Delhi, who has been continuously involved in beyond the classroom activities.
Here, Anjali is sharing her experience being a President of National Service Scheme (NSS SRCASW). Her hard work has the potential to propel her ahead of the curve.
Go ahead and know what her story has to offer so that you can easily find a path of self-growth. Young Influxers go ahead and upgrade yourself!!!
What was your role? Briefly list the responsibilities associated with it.
My role was not limited to one particular section. Being the president of the society it’s my utmost duty to check the ultimate growth of NSS. From looking into PR Team to the Editorial team to overall management, I’m trying to manage everything well. I have to manage a team of at least 80 participants or more. In this lockdown situation, we’re not able to work offline like we can’t go outside to teach the little kids [ who can’t afford tuition fees etc] or to make aware public through our rallies or to visit any slum or to go outside to donate anything [clothes/ notebooks/ sanitary pads] to the needy people. So by keeping all this in mind we have to work double to create awareness, through our online campaigns, competitions, fruitful webinars etc.
What’s it like to juggle between leadership roles and academics? Pen down the challenges you faced.
See, if you’re confident enough to stand for any position then you must have thought about this point. But in my case, I love to handle these responsibilities like from the school itself. I’d been there as Ass. Head Girl then next year Head Girl. So I started to manage both from there only [xD]. Also, college is a place that provides you with a platform to explore yourself to know more about yourself. So I think both are equally important but if you genuinely enjoy both like your favourite course and your post then it’ll become really easy for you to manage and since I’m a management student so I feel it’s a real-life application/ practical for me where I’ve to apply all my skills and manage both well.
Did you also get a chance to connect with any other activity while working on this post?
National Service Scheme, It’s a national duty itself. Like whatever we do is only to uplift our nation only. As our motto is “NOT ME BUT YOU”, It really means that our first duty is to look for others than ourselves. We are trying to take one step ahead towards the betterment of society.
What are the top learnings, skills and values that you acquired here?
The first one has to be leadership skill, management skills, calmness, social values, a responsible person, and many more. Like I’m here in a position where I’ve to learn/know all the skills whether technical or personal etc. And not just from my own role but I really admire some of the great leaders whom I try to inherit all the great skills which make a leader great.Like starting from my idol, the famous Indian Cricketer, the heart of millions, MS DHONI. Like whenever I heard the word leader this is the first thing that came to our mind. I learnt a lot from him like I mentioned calmness, don’t lose hope till the last ball, never give up, gave freedom to others. I always recite one famous quote by John C. Maxwell that is:
Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.
Do you feel your current role fills you with pride and gratitude? Illustrate how the experience gained will help you going forward.
Of course, I’m really proud that I’m the president of NSS SRCASW. Not everybody gets this chance. Also, NSS is not like any other college society it’s a national level thing so whatever we do, whatever we write, whatever we post leaves an impact. I’m really grateful and thankful to the Ex-NSS team for selecting me for this position and I always say one thing to them that you’ll never regret your decision. And I’m really sure this experience is going to be very beneficial for me in future, looking forward to such great responsibilities. I just don’t want to limit my horizon, I want to challenge myself, want to know more about myself and these things helping me in achieving that.
As when we talk about leadership we have a whole team with us. How do you persuade others to accept your ideas/ways?
Behind every good leader, there is teamwork. This is what I believe. I’ve such a hardworking and enthusiastic team to work with. In our council, we have the freedom to share our ideas and my team really provide me with innovative ideas. We work together as a team and we share success and shine together as a team. Without such a team a leader can’t do anything so as vice-versa. SO, yes TEAMWORK is the most important key to be a good leader.
What is your message to students, aspiring to the same or a similar role to do?
My message for my dear colleagues /juniors/students is that never give up. Try to inherent this attitude of never giving up, If you are not selected at first your life isn’t ending. There’s a lot bigger and greater thing waiting for you inside. Don’t get disheartened just keep doing hard work and keep applying even after so many rejections, one day you’ll surely achieve what you want. SO ALL THE BEST BE HAPPY AND NEVER GIVE UP.
How can we (Friends, Family, YI Fraternity) encourage young students such as yourself to engage with co-curricular or extra-curricular activities?
I think it’s very very very important for one to engage in co-curricular activities. These activities really help an individual to grow their personalities. There are many people who’re multi-talented but they don’t know. What we can do is, explain to them the importance of these activities that with studies these are also an important part of life. OR what I think a college can do is make it mandatory for the students to be a part of at least one society of your college. Probably then they can get into these activities.
Anything else would you like to say to the YI learners who’ll be reading your experience?
I just want to say BE YOURSELF, which means get inspired by others seek good qualities from them but don’t copy them. Make your own impact, your own personality that people will follow you.
We at Young Influx would take this opportunity to thank Anjali for taking a leap of faith and sharing her impeccable story. We are humbled and grateful, your efforts mean a lot for the youth seeking growth and development.
And hello, dear readers, we welcome you to explore the platform with an open mind. Help yourself gain the most out of the experiences and opportunities listed here.
And before you bid us adieu, we would like you to know that you can read more such student stories here.