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Cambridge Committee Member of the Month- Sreeraj Kollarukandy

Name: SREERAJ                                                                                                                                         

Course: MA MUSIC THERAPY

Campus: Cambridge:

Volunteer Award: Committee Member of the Month:

 

What are your main duties and how do they benefit others?

I'm the President of 'Indian Society'. We're committed to delivering exciting events as well as range of valuable services to enrich the time of Indian Students here at ARU. Throughout the year we hold a wide variety of events, ranging from Freshers welcome party, Diwali Celebration, Bollywood Club Nights and various open mic sessions to Movie nights.

 

On 8th of November we organised the first event of the Society and Celebrated Diwali on campus. My main duties were to organise the event and conduct various programs. This event enabled students to come together and celebrate a festival with fellow students, it was a platform to meet and greet new friends from India and build a rapport with each other. We had a feeling of being at home when everyone dressed up and came in their traditional wears, we had deserts and sweets from India for refreshments, Traditional Indian Drumming (Nasikh Dhol) and fireworks with sparklers to mark Diwali and a Bollywood DJ which made the event memorable.

 

What have you enjoyed most about volunteering?

- Building Rapport with Different Students and Mobilising the resources.

- Finding out talents and skills among students and utilising it for the event such as artists (Fine arts Students) to do the decorations and art, photographers (Media Students) to cover things for social media promotion, Singers and Dancers for the cultural programs, Emcee to compare the event and so on..

- Organising the Event.

 

What skills have you learnt and used during your volunteering?

Leadership Skills

Organising Skills

Adaptive Skills

Communication Skills

 

What are your future career aspirations?

My career aspiration is to become a good music therapist and later on become self employed and begin my own clinical practice. Volunteer role helps me to meet new people and interact with them. it is also helps to improve our various skills organising, managing, budgeting etc

 

What inspires you to volunteer?

The diverse multi racial group of students within the university as well as within the society as India is a very diverse country and we have students across the country who came to study at ARU. This inspires me to volunteer as this is an opportunity to meet new people, bring together and explore various culture and ethnic groups.

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What is your favourite volunteering memory?

My Favourite memory from the event is that the tickets were sold in less than 30 minutes on two consecutive days which gave us more power to look forward to the event.

 

Why do you love volunteering?

Volunteering is a platform to polish our skills as well as a golden oppurtunity to serve others.

 

Do you have any last thoughts or comments?

- By the first event, Indian society became the largest society at ARU with around 300 students.

- Our social media handle grew from 150 followers to 400+ followers.

- 200-300 students attended the Diwali program on campus which is a large number and we believe this was a major event on campus in the last two years.