Face of the Crowd
Shruti Parmar is like any other girl who loves to participate in her college festivals, is a movie buff and loves everything about her college but she also is a source of inspiration and a Face of the Crowd for everyone. Ruchi Nandu, her classmate from Sophia College, tells us why.
Shruti, currently pursuing Bachelors of Mass Media (BMM) degree is a bright student. In addition to that she has achieved which few 20-year-old only dream of achieving.
In May 2012, she got selected by the State Department of the U.S.A to study the New Media Journalism program at the University of Oklahoma for a month-long. She was selected by a fully paid trip was offered to her (from flight, food, and stay) by the U.S. State Department. According to her, the New Media & Leadership skill-set and mind-set through the most interactive lectures, discussions with experts and cultural exposure that was imparted to 20 different students from different countries i.e. India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka is an education that’s unparalleled. She learned how new media technology can give everyone a voice, the responsibility and ethics of utilizing that voice and the innovation and impact of such entrepreneurship. At OU’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, she was exposed to a radical and futuristic New Media and was encouraged to start and be part of change in our societies through lectures from inspiring individual achievers, News Futurists, Media Ethics scholars as well as Leadership trainers. Outside the studio and lab sessions, she was exposed to American culture and diversity through visits to the Chickasaw Cultural Center, Telemundo TV Network Station, the Oklahoma National Museum and Memorial, the Paseo Arts Festival, doing Community Service (at Habitat for Humanity, the J.D. McCarty Centre for children with Developmental Disabilities and the Full Circle Adult Day Care Center), spending a weekend with an American family, attending Ropes-school, and writing an I-book together about her experiences.
She came up with the project proposal after her New Media program and she had presented her proposal before the State Department. Her Project Proposal was to utilize New Media for conserving and promoting our Classical Art Forms which was much appreciated. She is in the planning process to implement the project soon.
All the above things have empowered her as an individual and have inspired her to dream big and contribute towards a better world. She has always been curious to learn whatever comes her way from every individual around her. She says, “It’s all about recognizing your opportunities and strengths and making the most of them for a larger cause.”
In addition to this, she works for a NGO – Nanhi Kali that funds education for girl children. She was also elected as the Secretary of the International Relations Club of Sophia’s and this helped her to set up ‘MUNSOPHICAL 2011- Ideas for a better world’, which was Sophia’s first National Model United Nations Conference. This conference for her was a great process of learning, team work and idealism. Its success gave her confidence in the spirit of enterprise. Later, she was elected as Student Body President. She works with teachers and students to implement ideas and practices them to make Sophia’s a better college.
She has always been curious to learn whatever comes her way from every individual around her. She says, “It’s all about recognizing your opportunities and strengths and making the most of them for a larger cause.”