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What degree are you undertaking?
I opt for Mechatronic Engineering, as machines and robots used to fascinate me. The technical reason for choosing the stream was because of my love for mathematics and programming.
What made you want to run in the 2022 UNSA election?
I wanted to interact with my community and engage with them in a manner that I can learn from their points of view in a leadership manner.
Why do you think it’s important for students to get involved in leadership roles, societies and clubs, and engagement events?
It is important, as being engaged in these kinds of events can help students build their personalities, their way of handling tough situations. People can lead by helping others rise—which is the exact same ideology of leaders like Lebron James.
Who is a leader you admire and why?
The leader I admire the most is Steve Jobs. I have read his autobiography and also seen his movie to get to know him better. I admire him because he came from the most uncertain background where, at that time, no one could believe that Apple could be the largest phone-selling company in the world. Steve Jobs’ ideology was to always focus on finding new innovation, and not at all copy his fellow competitors. As a result, Apple gained the trust of their customers, and the company became so big that they don’t have any competition now.
How do you manage conflicts or deal with problems?
Panicking in an uncertain situation can only make things worse. So, my motive is to take things easy and slow in the moment. Analyse the situation and its consequences and then make a decision. Though, there are some situations in which I have to act smartly and quickly. I learnt how to act in this situation when I was training for my interview with the Army. As a result, that training trained me to act fast in any situation, though I trained my mind to not follow my impulse before taking an action. A gap of a few seconds between following my impulse and taking action can make a lot of difference.
What would you tell your younger self if you could go back in time?
Well, honestly, I would tell him to not panic much about your future. Right things will come at the right time. And also, I will tell him to maintain the discipline and consistency in his life in whatever things he does, as sometimes these things are more important than motivation and passion.
Tell us an interesting fact we should know about you:
I read about billionaires and big investors. I like watching interviews of famous and rich people, and enjoy reading about how they achieved, or what was their thinking when they started, their journey of becoming successful. Mark Zuckerberg didn’t know when he built Facebook from a simple thought, that was to connect the Harvard community through a website, that it would become what it is today.
The answers above reflect the unedited opinions of the running candidates. These attitudes do not necessarily reflect the values of UNSA, Opus, or the University of Newcastle as a whole. We wish all the candidates the best of luck and ask all readers to use their vote wisely. Not all candidates listed may appear on your election ballot if they have not fulfilled all pre-election criteria set by the University of Newcastle.