photo of PrabhYear in School: 3rd

Hometown: Punjab

Major(s): Economics

Minor(s)/Concentration(s): Computer Science and Psychology

On-campus leadership roles/positions/organizations: 
Tutor

Sikh Cultural Association (SCA)- Publicity Chair (past), Co-President (current)

MESA- Board member

Why do you choose to be involved as a student leader?
I got involved in student life and SCA through Harfateh Singh.  He told me to apply to be a board member. Harfateh introduced me to lots of things such as bringing forth Sikhism to the UC Davis community through SCA, collaborating with other organizations, and how community members can grow together.  It was enlightening to see how aspects of different religions and cultures are similar to ours.  Being Co-President developed my skills and my ability to connect with people on many different levels through outreach.  I’m an introvert at hear but I learned to communicate and teach our community about different aspects that unite us with other student groups.  Seeing the change within inspires me and learning new things every day is a motivation for me to do what I do.

What have you learned about leadership through your work with others on campus?
I learned a huge deal of communication.  Before, I didn’t like talking and was shy to express myself in front of a crowd.  Getting to know more people allowed me to have open dialogue without being afraid of what people think and this increased my comfort level in expressing my opinions.  Seva, or selfless service, is a leadership contribution that is also very important to me.  Whether it is through SCA or not, I value the ability to serve so much. Leadership has opened me to helping others.  It has helped me develop as a person. By coordinating with and learning from my phenomenal board members I can organize events and be authoritative of what can be done for the better of the Sikh and other student communities on campus. I have learned to become a better leader by becoming a peer of other student leaders around me before becoming a Co-President of an organization.

What is your most memorable experience at UC, Davis? What is your favorite UC, Davis tradition?
The MESA retreat.  Actually, through that I built connections on so many levels.  It was full of joy and closure and I got to know myself and others on a deeper, more personal level.  I loved connecting with people in the MESA community from the bottom of my heart and it is an experience I can never forget.

What is your favorite UC, Davis tradition?

Picnic Day!  It is a great way for everyone to show their talent in every field.  One of my best friends is in the band and I love being able to see her perform, even though I did not get the chance this year.  It is phenomenal.  The creativity is amazing and seeing everyone together on campus is just a bliss.

 

What advice would you give to a student thinking about getting involved?
Get involved!  Don’t think twice about it.  Whatever you connect with, put yourself out there and learn. We can learn theories all day long, but unless you go out and apply them yourself, you will not get the experience that will last a lifetime. The best connections you can make are always outside of a classroom, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of any opportunity one gets to step out of their comfort-zone and explore the world.

How does getting involved complement your studies?
Education is a big part of what we do as students, but we need real life experiences as well.  Involvement is a way to put your skills out there by stepping out of your comfort zone and educating yourself through countless ways.  In my example, that I got involved not only with the UC Davis community, but also communities of Sikhs at UCLA and in the Bay Area to increase awareness of Sikhism on and off-campus, with the help of my board, peers, and UC Davis Alums. Building experiences at school is like a part time job because I am learning more than what I am being taught – essentially learning by doing.  In classes, we are taught how to do business and how things operate, but unless you apply these learnt skills in class through communicating and working with the resources around you to you won’t learn it.  You learn by doing, not matter what the setting.

Future plans
I want to go into owning my own business in computers after I get my MBA.  I want to be able to apply what I’m learning in class and through my work on and off-campus to my career, no matter how small the connection may be.  Everything that I have learned outside of the classroom setting clicks with my background in business, computer science, psychology, and SCA.  It is like small pieces of the puzzle are coming together.  I always saw myself going into business and any opportunity I get to express what I love is close to my heart since I’m a fanatic for business in technology.

Fun Facts

  • Role Model: My parents.  My dad taught be to dream big, give back, and never close your heart.  My mom taught me to be humble.
  • Favorite Quote/Motto: Farid says “Creator is in creation and creation in the Creator! Why should we be blaming others when the One is everywhere?”
  • Hobbies: Drawing, programming, and traveling.