It was July 6, the day I submitted my Expression of Interest for the CQUniversity Leadership Conference 2018 that was going to be held in Oct 30th – Nov 1st in Gladstone. I was really excited because I feel like –Continue reading
Well, I was Lucky enough to get entry in The BiG Idea competition even in the last hour. Thanks to Bikesh, a social Champ in our Uni who called me last week and invited me to be the part of the competition and this time, there was no any chance to miss this great opportunity.
”Don’t assume, be empathetic, dream big, work hard, co-design, prototype and remember it’s not about you, it’s about those that you are designing for! Make sure your idea meets a need in the market and ultimately contributes to positive social impact and change.”
This inspiring words from our Program Manager Ashley Clarke really inspired me to deeply research in the social issue of Australia.
Well, there were number of social issues like disability, crimes, unemployment, bullying in school, sexual assault but the unemployment issue in Western Sydney region really impact me to do more research on this problem. As per report of Youth action, Youth who are around 15 to 24 years of age have high rate of unemployment in Western region. But the most interesting factor is that there are some percentage of disengaged youth who are not even attending school nor doing jobs or not even taking any training. They are completely disengaged. So, the increasing number of disengaged youth in Western Sydney is creating other social issues like drug abuse, mental health problem and the economy of that region is very low.
I thought this will be the perfect social issue for the Big Idea competition. So, Today, I proposed my research with other two members of our team and they were convinced. Finally, this is our topic and we will be doing research on this issue. We even did some brainstorming over our idea. Our motive is to develop a social business that will help to reduce the disengaged youth rate in western Sydney.
At the moment, we have sent a draft of our idea to the Program Manager Ashley and We have been provided Mentor, Upamali Amarakoon. Every Tuesday at 11 am to 2 pm we have a meet up in Social innovation hub.
So, our next activities are to meet with our Mentor and brief our idea to her. The second thing is to carry out the research work to clearly define the problem going through Human centered design.
”Thank you everyone who voted me in University Council election. Though we couldn’t make to final but I believe we still can make our vision into reality because there is always a way……….. ”
One thing I am passionate about is helping other. My happiness come within when I am able to offer my helping hands to other. With a vision to make our university, a place where everyone is inspired to be what they want to be, I gave my nomination in the University Council Election. Well, my nominations was at the last half hour. I checked an email notification which was all about University Council Election and I just had half an hour to apply for the nomination.
At first, I thought I could not make it to the nomination since I only had half an hour left but something deep from inside heart said, you have to because I was looking for an opportunity to give something valuable to the University and it was one of the best platform. So, without any delay, I submitted my Expression of Interest and the next week, I got nominated as an Election Candidate.
Well, getting a nomination was not as challenging as it was to appeal for the vote with a cause. To be honest, I had no any plan for election campaign unless one of my friends Subash Koirala suggested me to actually face the voters and approach to them with a cause. That inspired me to actually carry out my election campaign and face the audience. Other important inspiring moment was one of my Professor Stephanie from Design it. One thing that struck in my mind from her is Just Do it and the ways will come across. Yes, it was true. As I started my election Campaign, different ideas were flourished in my mind and I happened to figure out the ways……
I started my campaign with A poster.
From sticking my poster in the notice boards of every floor of my University to the distributing in hand to the uni students and giving the speech in class, International cafe and uploading in the Instagram. Almost everyday, I carried out around two hour campaign where I talked individually with most of the students by going in the basement, in every level and standing in front of the lift in the ground level.
At an initial level, to be honest, there was a feeling like I need to win this election. But as I got connected with the different students, talking with them I found that nobody cares about the election. Most of them even don’t check their email and even if they do, they don’t go through. I tried to figure out why was that?
There were couple of reasons they shared with me. Some of them were:
- They didn’t check their email so often.
- They didn’t know the candidates personally.
- No any candidates came to them for Votes.
- Some them said they were not interested in Politics.
- They had no idea about it.
- They were busy in Assignment.
The first week campaign was so much frustrating to me because of all these reasons.
The second week, I changed my feeling of winning election to the making uni students aware of their right to vote. I believe everyone of Uni students have right to vote and they should use their right to vote for the right person in order to get the right result. So, now I was focused totally on making them aware of University Council Election and make sure that they use their right to vote.
One of the student asked me,” what you will do for the Nepalese student if you get elected?.”
My answers was pretty straight forward – ” I apologize that I am not here to work for Nepalese students and I am also not here to work for International student though I am an international student from Nepal. I am here actually to work for the university students. ” And I really mean it.
On the last two days of the campaign, there was feeling of Happiness within me. This was not because I would win the Election but this was because of the response I got from the others. Most of their response were that they voted and they will vote using their right to Vote. I feel like I did my part of job on making this election successful by involving as much students as I could.
One thing I could say with full confidence that I never forced other to vote me nor I showed them how to vote straight a way unless they asked me how to vote. My intention was not to get more votes as I said earlier. I have changed my perception from getting vote to making other aware of their right to vote. And I can proudly say that I did that.
Some of you might say, who said you to do or why you need to do?
Well, there was no one to force and make me do and I was not being paid as well. It was my own cause, my own desire to make this happen and my own passion to learn in everyday of my life.
At the end, I would like to apologize for all the Voters that I couldn’t make it to final but your believes and vote are always precious to me. I believe this is not only the way to make our vision into reality. There is always a way……..
Failure is not an obstacle, but it, in fact, is the inspiration to move forward…………..
And Lets move together to make it happen……
NTM – Keep Learning, Keep Sharing
Time is continuous. It never stops even if we feel like that everything is as usual.
Let me Congratulate first…… My first year in Australia
It’s been a year in Australia and I feel like how fast the time passed away here in Australia. It feels like I was here a day before but the reality is it’s a year ago.
Wow, isn’t it amazing?
As time passed away, we keep on changing and so as the life changes. At this moment, I believe that I have really improved my life one step further in the sense like communication, public speaking, critical thinking, team work, networking, academic, leadership, time management, self awareness and so on. It’s not a one day change or effect. It’s continuous process and I have really worked hard to improve my interpersonal skills by involving in the Uni Activities.
Life is a journey – a journey where we keep on learning and improving ourselves better than before. Travelling to Australia and studying here has really given me a new vision in my life. As the culture between Australia and my country Nepal is completely different and it’s how we learn intercultural skills.
From Friends to Mate,
From How are you to Ha wa ya?
From all right to No worries
It’s how we get connected with Australian culture.
Well, it is really one of the productive year of my life. Hope this year will be more productive.
It is around 12: 30 am. All the lights are off and I am lying on the bed ready to sleep. But something deep in my heart, I feel like I should share this in my blog. So, I got up, took my laptop and logged into my blog.
The past two days were one of the most productive days of my life ever since I came here in Sydney. Especially, today, I was more confident and more interactive that I have never been before. Truly speaking, I am an introvert.
When I go back to my past life, I felt like I really missed so much of thing due to being an introvert. I was basically a shy and really struggled hard to communicate with the stranger. The more important, I hardly shared my feelings with others due to which I was becoming so hard that it felt like there was no such feeling, no expression and moreover no Joy. But what I have learned in this two days is to connect with the people, to enjoy with the feeling and to communicate confidently. I know there is still more to learn and I am sure I will.
Yesterday and Today, there was an orientation session for the new international students in CQ university and I was a part of volunteering.
One of my friend asked me”, How much did Uni pay you?”
Me,” It’s free, a part of volunteering.”
Friend,” So, why are you wasting your time?”
It made me think for a while……… I didn’t get the answer at that moment.
But, today I have an answer.
Yes, the ability to work with the new people, the skill to communicate efficiently with the staffs and getting to know with the new peers that is what being paid and it is more than getting paid per hour.
Sometimes it’s not all about getting paid, it’s about experiences.
Time usually passed so fast that we eventually can’t realize how fast it passed away. I believe that university is not only the place to get the academic learning but it in fact is the place to learn the new skills for our career goals. It’s a part of learning experiences and I have a vision that every one of CQuni students will not only take academic certificates from CQU after they graduates but also take the learning experiences that values in their life ahead.