Shaurya Aryavir is a 25 year old Masters of International Business student from Gwalior, India. He completed his undergraduate degree from SRM University in Chennai, India.
"I have tried my best to make the most out of University life and UniMelb has given me the opportunity to do so."
Q: What's one thing about your hometown that you miss the most while in Melbourne?
A: Apart from my parents obviously, I miss the street food the most. Despite there being a large Indian population trying to keep the Indian culture alive in Melbourne, I still miss the smell of food on the roadside. Being a massive foodie, I miss the ease of getting my hands on the street food.
Q: What was the best part about living in different cities, and changing schools growing up?
A: Despite being a defence kid and having moved all around India in my childhood, moving countries was wildly different, and difficult at the same time. However, this experience got me out of my comfort zone of being among like-minded people and helped me change drastically towards being a stronger person. Melbourne didn't allow me any time to settle in as the University demanded commitment from day one and I feel satisfied with the way I have handled such a situation.
Q: Who is your inspiration? What have you learned from them?
A: My dad would always be my inspiration. Seeing him work tirelessly for the country since my childhood has always taught me to give my 100% to whatever I'm doing.
Q: What's a phrase or saying in your native language that you like and why is it important to you?
A: I have always been a positive person in life and strongly believe in "Jo hota hai, achhe ke liye hota hai" - it means "whatever happens, happens for good". There have been multiple lows in my life, within and outside University, and this phrase has always kept me going and making me give my 100% towards every task I undertake.
"I was always enthusiastic about international expansion and hence a Master in International Business was my first choice."
Q: Moving toward Uni topics, why did you choose to come to UniMelb?
A: Amongst the universities I had applied across the US, Canada & Australia, the University of Melbourne was the best I got in to and hence Melbourne happened. It wasn't a planned destination but I certainly feel there could have been none better in terms of the life I have developed here.
Q: Continuing on that thought, how did UniMelb happen, and why did you choose the Masters of International Business?
A: Listed as the best University in Australia for Business, UniMelb was the first choice if I wanted to study in Australia. I was always enthusiastic about international expansion and hence a Master in International Business was my first choice.
Q: What have you enjoyed the most about UniMelb in your 2 years?
A: I have tried my best to make the most out of University life and UniMelb has given me the opportunity to do so. Apart from being focused on studies, I have been an active part of the cultural club Indian Graduate Students Society, working towards making the life of Indian students easier on campus. I have had the honour to be a part of the social team of Melbourne University Squash Club. While keeping my attention focused on the above two extra-curricular activities, I have been a member of multiple clubs and societies within the University.
"The University of Melbourne has inspired me in multiple ways to be my own boss and do something I like to do."
Q: What are some of your hobbies? What do you like to do in your leisure time?
A: Being a food and beer enthusiast, I love to explore new restaurants in the city and love to grab a drink whenever possible. Having played competitive cricket since childhood, I have continued to do so in Melbourne as well, playing for the district of Royal Park, for the club Royal Park Reds. I like to keep myself busy with sports, focusing on cricket and squash in Melbourne.
Q: If there is one thing you could do for your country, what would it be?
A: My dad served the Indian defence forces for over 25 years and is happily retired now. If I could do something for my country, I could only be to help it economically and no way else.
Q: You're about to complete your masters, where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
A: Five years down the line, I would like to see myself towards starting something of my own. The University (of Melbourne) has inspired me in multiple ways to be my own boss and do something I like to do.
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