She speaks with us about growing up in Dubai, how to utilize a global education, and what it means to create a positive vibe.
Bhoomi Lengde is a 26 year old Masters of Management (marketing) student from Dubai. She completed her undergraduate degree in business administration with honors from Heriot-Watt University in Dubai.
"It's inspiring to see someone work hard and persevere"
Q: When you think of home, what comes to your mind?
A: This is usually a difficult to answer because I am Indian by heritage but I grew up in Dubai. So I guess home for me is Dubai and when I think of that the first thing that pops into my head is SHAWARMA!! But apart from food what comes to mind is the massive malls that basically every single person who comes to Dubai goes to because it is far too hot to be outside, tall buildings, and the steps taken by the rulers to make Dubai the city of the future.
Q: Who is someone who inspired you from a young age? What did you learn from them?
A: I guess it's probably a strange thing because I don't really know of anyone else who does this, but I find inspiration from any and everyone. Grandparents, friend's parents, friends, random people on public transport. I love stories and I guess something that has stuck with me from a young age that my granddad told me. It's something I try and live by, "Always seek the good in people". So when I hear a story from a person on the tram it's inspiring to see someone work hard and persevere or if someone has put an outfit together I admire their confidence.
Q: What advice would you give to your 13 year old self?
A: This is something I still need to remind myself. I would tell myself "DO NOT STRESS!! Just be you and Do you Boo!" <3
"It makes me feel like I shouldn't be afraid of challenges and if I fail, I try to think that this is only a learning curve."
Q: What is a place you have traveled that’s changed your perspective?
A: I haven't travelled much to be honest. However, I go to India almost every year if not every other year and every time I go, I travel to at least one place that is not my hometown. Somewhere along those travels I realised that I'm just a speck in this world and I exist just like anyone else, but this speck can either be an annoying particle that gets into someone's eye and produce tears or be a glitter particle that brings brightness. Be a Glitter Particle!
Q: What’s a phrase or saying in your native country (and language) and why is it important to you?
A: It's a quote in Sanskrit "हस श्वसिहि मंदं गच्छ च" translated in English "Has shrvasihi mandam gachchha ch". It means Smile, breathe and go slowly. In some way or form we long for something/someone in life but we fail to take a moment and think back to the time when we wanted all of what we have now and see how far we have come in life. Even if there is negative going on in your life think about how much stronger you have become to be able to handle this difficulty (it is easier said than done - I still fail at this).
Q: What’s a philosophy you try to follow?
A: I try and remind myself "What doesn't kill you, makes your stronger". It makes me feel like I shouldn't be afraid of challenges and if I fail, I try to think that this is only a learning curve.
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Q: You've studied internationally, what does a global education mean to you?
A: With how everything is more connected global education has more meaning now than it ever did. To me it means learning about culture and business from people within the industry. Using this knowledge for the betterment of the future - equality of resources, gender equality, sustainable future and more.
Q: How has UniMelb challenged you? What have you learned about yourself through that?
A: Coming from an extremely different culture and more importantly a safe haven of having my friends and parents around me, Unimelb challenged me in all ways. It challenged me both academically and socially. I learned that as long as your are true to yourself and you do your best, there is good Karma looking out for you. This makes me sound like a such a spiritual person but I genuinely think Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe. I also realised I love challenges; obviously I hate them in the moment, but in hindsight I love seeing how much I have grown.
Q: What do you want to get out of Melbourne University by the time you’ve finished your degree?
A: Memories, Network, and Knowledge (academic and non academic - the hacks of life)
Q: Where do you want to be in 5 years?
A: Hopefully still in Australia and working in Fashion or Beauty.
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