Rupleen KRupleen Kaur

Year in School: 4th

On-campus leadership roles/positions/organizations:

Team Advisor for MSO UC Davis

TPMP Program Coordinator

BPSHI EMR Committee Member

Student Assistant for Seed Central

Writer for MSO Core Organization

Student Assistant for Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Why do you choose to be involved as a student leader?

I wasn’t actively looking to become a “student leader” initially but I was open to the idea. So when I saw an opportunity, I decided to become involved because I was interested in the experience itself. It appealed to me because of the potential for growth and development. I think it is very important to be involved in something that you feel passionate about. Leadership teaches you about working with others to fulfill a common goal. It teaches you how to interact, and how to interpret things and instances from other people’s perspectives. Having these skills is very crucial to becoming a well-rounded person, and being a student leader helps one to gain these skills in a very nurturing and resource rich environment.

What have you learned about leadership through your work with others on campus?

I learned that leadership is about teamwork, communication, and passion. It’s about working with others towards the fulfillment of a common goal. As a leader, I learned to think in terms of “we” and “us” rather than just “I”, and I learned to take pride in other people’s accomplishments.

What is your most memorable experience at UC, Davis?

Spending the night on top of the Death Star roof watching the Perseid Meteor Shower.

What is your favorite UC Davis tradition?

Definitely, the Buzz.

What advice would you give to a student thinking about getting involved?

I’d say, go for it! There’s no need to overthink. If an experience turns out to be something you are deeply passionate about - its great ! But if it doesn’t, its still fine because you end up with a clearer picture of your own interests and what motivates you. I think its really important to explore various fields and to be open to different types of experiences. Some of my things that I always believed I wasn’t interested in have lead to some of my most valuable experiences!

Also, I think its best to be practical about how much time you have, and to be careful about getting involved in too much too soon. In my opinion, incremental change is best because it gives you time to adapt to your new schedule.

How does getting involved complement your studies?

I think there is often a concern that getting involved can negatively affect your studies. And it definitely can, but I think with proper time-management it actually pushes you to work harder, more efficiently, and perform better. I like to plan my days ahead of time and I try to be more efficient each and every day. I think learning how to manage my time has made me a better student!

Future plans?

I will be graduating in March and I plan to apply to medical schools (MD/PhD) this year. In the meanwhile, I would like to continue doing research and get involved in global health.

Fun Facts?

Role Model: Benjamin Franklin.

Quotes: “It’s fine to celebrate success but more important to heed the lessons of failure.”

Hobbies: Badminton, Astronomy, Backpacking, and Reading Biographies.