Rashi Mongia is a 22 year old Masters of Management (Marketing) student from Delhi, India. She completed her undergraduate degree from Hindu College - Delhi University.
"You get in life, what have you have the courage to ask for."
Q: What’s something people wouldn’t know about where you grew up?
A: I was born and brought up in Delhi. It is my hometown. There is something for everyone to compliment their interests. I have always had a keen eye for art and creativity. Thus, something I would like to bring to light would be the hidden art in Delhi, numerous old school movie theatres, various cultural events keep on happening all through out the year. There are lot of art galleries around Hauz Khas Village area filled with cultural art. The kind of entertainment the city offers is a blend of dance, music, art which I would want people to explore and know more about.
Q: Growing up, would you ever believe you would be living in Australia?
A: As a teenager, I always wanted to study abroad but it always felt to be a far fetched dream. Overtime I realised how important it was to believe in your own dreams for others to believe in it too. As they say, gut feelings are guardian angels; always listen to them and that's what I did. But I strongly believe that my firm self- belief to pull off such an experience led me to come to this beautiful city which we call Melbourne and I call home now and I can not be more grateful about it.
Q: What philosophies or mantras help guide you?
A: I strongly believe that you get in life, what have you have the courage to ask for. Believing in standing for yourself and what you want to make out of your life has always been my guiding light. My desire to get better day by day from waking up on the first alarm in the morning to hitting the gym every single day. I strongly believe I have the desire to learn and get better. And appreciating myself on every little achievement helps me keeping my humility and integrity intact.
Q: What advice would you give to a thirteen year old Rashi Mongia ?
A: I think the only advise I would give to my younger self would be to just believe in the “possibility”, that all your dreams can and will come true if you believe in yourself with this undying hope for a better future. Over the years, I have also learnt to see the bigger picture in life and I think that is one thing I will tell my younger self, to see beyond obstacles, to see beyond her current realities and to build her own reality which she has dreamt of.
Q: Describe yourself in three words
A: PASSIONATE , HUMBLE , FIERCE
"Coming to MBS has given me the chance to interact with like minded ambitious people which is very inspiring, being surrounded by excellent students, pushed me to strive to try out new things."
Q: Who is someone that inspires you? Why?
A: I can not name one person who inspires me the most.My family has always taught me to live larger than life , and that “zeal” inspires me the most to live every moment to the fullest. I believe my inspiration to be a better person and excel in life strongly stems from my family believing in me and giving me this opportunity to be in Melbourne today. But I think my grandmother was one heck of a women and I can surely say that she has inspired me to build a life for myself where nothing is impossible to achieve.
Q: What have you learned about yourself being so far from home?
A: I feel being away from home teaches you a lot, some of the changes are well anticipated from other people’s experiences and some of the things are personal to each and every individual. Fortunately, I have had an amazing time living In Melbourne and it has been very welcoming to me. Some of the things I have learnt includes being responsible for my actions, as when you are in comfort of your own city you develop this ‘I know it all attitude ’ but its when you leave that behind you realise there is so much more to learn and get better at.
I have also learnt to be accommodating to people from diverse cultures and empathetic towards situations which I would have not been before making me more grateful.
Q: Has MBS changed your outlook on what you want to do with your career?
A: I believe I have always been very ambitious, coming to MBS has given me the chance to interact with like minded ambitious people which is very inspiring, being surrounded by excellent students, pushed me to strive to try out new things. My outlook has changed in the way that I have come to realise that anybody can achieve whatever they want by putting in the required hard work and keeping high self belief.
Q: What’s a culture that MBS has encouraged you to learn more about?
A: At this stage in my MBS journey, MBS has made me realise the value of leadership and team working skills. We do multiple group projects in a semester and while we all have some generic understanding of what makes a good leader or team in our minds, my journey has helped me crystallise those ideas. This is an extremely relevant skill in today’s world as our world globalises, millennials step in to their careers, and leadership expectations change. Whether your desire is to be a social entrepreneur, a senior partner at a consulting firm, or a marketing manager, leadership and teamwork are going to be crucial parts of your career journey. Better to learn about those dynamics now throughout your journey. Given our international cohort of classmates and the variety of leadership styles we've been exposed to, this would help me standout in the crowd in future endeavours.
Q: Do you make plans? Where do you see yourself in 1 year? 3 years?
A: I think when it comes to work, I am a very organised and a planned individual l.As I constantly plan each day which helps me to achieve my Plan A and prevents me resorting to plan B. Whether it is about long term or short term goals, planning give me sense of clarity about where I am and where I want to be. I believe it is not the end result but the process that is inevitable to my growth. I want to self brand myself and help people realise their potential to the fullest professionally and personally which is something I plan to work towards this year and taking that forward to leading a marketing and advertising agency in the coming three years in the country, I call home now.
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