A little about yourself (origin, education, past work experiences)
Hi, I am Aarthi, I was born to Mr.Ramasamy and Mrs.Sittukalavathy Ramasamy on 15 June 1993. I completed my schooling from Montfort School, Kattur. Presently I’m pursuing my B.E in Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering. I am also, one of the co-founders of a campus company called “kNOWledge”, which is a part of the Entrepreneurship Development Cell of our college. The prime mission of our company is to increase the KEI of India, which is presently in 111th position. As a first step, we have started out by conducting technical and non-technical workshops for various age groups. These workshops are handled by us, the members of team kNOWledge. I got an opportunity to conduct a technical workshop on the topic “First step into the world of micro-controllers” for 120 students. As for the future, I’m planning to do MBA in HR and develop my company into a world class company that recruits people from other countries.
How did volunteering with Bhumi happen (including beginning, which project you volunteered for)?
Let’s just say I happened to be in the right place at the right time J. Bhumi was introduced to me when I was sitting next to Arshath(fondly called Map) and Harvey during their casual banter. I had always wanted to change the world but I had only passion and dreams with no way to channelize my thoughts and energy into the right direction. When I heard about Bhumi from these guys, I signed up for the orientations. I had to wait for a week before getting inducted into the Kanini project. I started volunteering in Hope of the hopeless home, by teaching basics of computer for 9th standard kids. My centre coordinator Prem and project coordinator Karthik made me comfortable and slowly I was made an integral part of the project 🙂
What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally?
I’ve become more responsible and thankful for all the things I’m blessed with. My listening skills are way better than they used to be. I’ve now become a better team player. Personally, I’ve become more social and I’ve started looking at things in all possible angles. Bhumi has also helped me hone my leadership skills. My relationship with people has improved and so has my trouble shooting abilities.
One most memorable incident in your life as a Bhumian.
There are too many incidents. But since you’re asking for one, I’d say, the preparation and implementation of BCC (Basic computer course) exam. Right from setting up of the internet lab in our home to last minute preparations for the children, our volunteers coordinated everything so well, through this I gained a lot of friends. The best part was, when I started revising the topics for the kids, all of them were super enthusiastic and were very eager to get their answers right, that made me realize the importance this exam held for these children. And this incident brought me one step closer to my children 🙂
Tell us about one Bhumian, who you think is a very good inspiration for you
The one who introduced me to Bhumi is my inspiration too. Arshath (Map), is one Bhumian whose dedication and hard work makes me awestruck. He initiated Lakshya in Trichy and played a major role in stabilizing it. He does justice to any work irrespective of whether it is assigned to him or not. His charisma and ‘We can, we will’ spirit is what keeps most of us rejuvenated and enthusiastic. I’ve adopted one of his mottos, that is, “To bring a constructive change to the society”.
Any specific, special moment with kids or volunteers you would like to share with us? Would you mind if I share one moment with the kids and one with the volunteers?
During Joy to the world, one child, about 5 years old, didn’t know how to write. I sat beside him and asked for his wish, he looked at his friend’s card and asked me to write “Remote car”. A few minutes later, he came rushing to me and asked to change his wish and he told me to write “Belt” in it. After writing it down I took a closer look at his attire and found that he wore clothes bigger than his size and the shorts was held using a rope. That was both an emotional and special moment for me. After successfully completing an orientation, we went out for ice cream at Michaels :-D. We had an ice cream competition and I came second 😛 That was my first fun outing with my co-volunteers. The hilarious moments are something I’ll cherish forever.
A message to every volunteer at Bhumi?
Do what you do with passion. Do not expect immediate results. Believe in the cause you’re working for, if there is no faith in the cause then there is no use working for it Happy volunteering guys! 🙂