Volunteer Den – Mathangi Chandrasekar

A little about yourself (origin, education, past work experiences)Mathangi
Basically from Bangalore, I moved to Chennai in 2008 to do my 12th Std in Lady Andal School. Post that, I decided to purse Chartered Accountancy and embarked on the tedious journey in 2009. I began my article ship with Ernst and Young, Chennai and post finishing my CA, worked with KPMG, Mergers and U team for about 8 months. Currently, I am preparing for CAT and GMAT.

How did volunteering with Bhumi happen (including beginning, which project you volunteered for)?
In 2011, my classmate from Lady Andal was volunteering with Bhumi for Nakshatra and came home to sell me some tickets. That was the first time I had heard of Bhumi. I googled Bhumi up immediately was very keen to join. But because of my busy schedules of class and work, I couldn’t join that year. Two years later, post my article ship, I decided to join Bhumi and was part of Speak Out.

What change did these experiences bring in your life? How has Bhumi altered you, personally?
I firmly believe that education is the key factor that would bring about change in a person’s life. And as I began volunteering with Bhumi, I realized that the organization and I share the same vision. Being part of Speak Out gave me an amazing opportunity to teach young kids English. But honestly, I think they taught me more than I could ever teach them. I started taking the process of education more seriously. I developed more patience and sensitivity.

One most memorable incident in your life as a Bhumian.
There are so many memorable incidents that have happened in my life as a Bhumian. To pick one, there was a day when the naughtiest kid of our class asked his other classmates to keep quiet because one of my co-volunteer was taking class. That gave all of us a big sense of achievement as he had finally understood the importance of our teaching, being well mannered and that we had finally reached out to him in a way he’d understand. That day helped us believe that if we could bring about a small change in one boy, we felt we could bring about bigger changes in these kids’ lives if we just kept at it.

Tell us about one Bhumian, who you think is a very good inspiration for you
There are actually three people who have been an inspiration for me. First person would be Princee, Project Director. Meeting Princee last year made so much difference to my level of commitment towards Bhumi and has kept me going this year too. The second person would be my fellow Project Coordinator, Lavanya. Her level of commitment and energy is a major influence on me. I totally love working with and have also found an amazing friend in her in the process. Third and lastly, Shashank has also been a big inspiration for me. His idea and vision for the project is out of the world.

A message to every volunteer at Bhumi?
It’s great to see so much young people come out to volunteer these days. My only request would be, whatever do you do, do it with all your heart. It makes life worth living.

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