Journey of Leo Badri
(Written by : LEO Badri Karki, IOE Purwanchal Campus, Dharan)
There exists no human without any aim in life. We all have some! In my high school days, I aimed of being a civil engineer and that is what I am training to be.
Razor-focused on my aim, I did well on the Institute of Engineering (IOE) entrance exam and got admission to study at IOE Purwanchal Campus, Dharan. It was a jovial moment for me as my dream of being a civil engineer was not just a distant dream anymore.
College life in itself is a challenge. Being away from home, at a totally different place, amid all the smart minds at class, you are certain to have a panic sooner or later. The challenges in engineering life are “sweet challenges”, they would prepare not just your academic life but your entire life through some challenging and stressful periods.
Moving back a bit in time, I always aspired being a leader. My leadership journey actually started in class 9 when I was made the school vice-captain. Later I even became the school captain in grade 10. I competed in various inter-school events, winning many events for my school. That feeling of competence carried on to my undergraduate years also. Since beginning of my college, I participated in various technical and sports events. The awards and prizes in those events always motivated me to aspire more, playing a major role in personality development of myself as an individual.
From the beginning, I also knew that communication and a sound relationship with everyone is vital in any leadership journey. The events I took part in the beginning of my college helped me introduce to many seniors, whose guidance I have been fortunate to receive till date. Friendship is also a very strong bond which can propel your leadership journey.
Before going through my leadership journey, I would like to let you know that leadership is not about titles, positions, successes and failures. They are just motivating agents. In real, it is about influencing others towards a positive life.
Involvement in various organizations
As I have already mentioned, I have a keen interest in personality development. With the support of helpful seniors whom I always praised, I got opportunity to be involved in Nepal Students Union (NSU). It was my commitment and hard work along with appreciation from my colleagues that I was able to serve as a Vice-secretary and Secretary of Purwanchal Campus committee of the Forum for Technical Students (FOTS), a sister organization of NSU. My dedication in the campus committee was what helped to be appointed a central committee member of FOTS.
Working in team of diverse people is a beauty of any organization. At FOTS, under my leadership, I successfully coordinated various technical programs at college-level, managing a young but equally-strong team. Due to those events, I also got chance to appear in local and national newspapers and televisions.
Leo club is one of my favorite organization I have been involved in. Established under the guidance of a parent Lions Club, Leo clubs are non-profitable and non-political youth organizations. Leo clubs encourages it youth members to develop leadership qualities by participating in social service activities.
I entered Leo Club of Dharan Vijayapur as a general member in my first-year of engineering. Later on, I also served one year each as the vice-secretary and the president of the club. I was fortunate to be honored with the best president of the region during my tenure as the president. Later on, I was offered an opportunity to volunteer as Zone Chairperson where I had to lead six clubs of Leo District 325,A1. At the beginning of my tenure as Zone Chairperson, my zone was also awarded the best punctual zone.
One of my highlight events as a member of Leo Club is the International Leo Leadership Conference in November, 2019. Despite short time for its preparation, we managed to make the event a grand success. One month of planning, extensive team work and personal dedication from each member of the team is what made the event a grand success.
Venturing away from Leo Club
Apart from Leo Club, I have also worked as an advisor and as president of Answer Alumni Association (AAA) Eastern chapter. AAA consists of alumni of Answer Nepal, an organization dedicated to helping the people of Nepal address problems of poverty through education. I have received scholarship from Answer Nepal since my childhood. Through this article I would also like to thank Answer Nepal for continuing the scholarship even in my college.
While I am not volunteering, I love to write. I have contributed my articles to many magazines and web portals. Recently, I began working on an online job where I work as a presenter.
Life is not a bed of roses; one has to face many obstacles along the way. Failures are more persistent than successes. However, one has to keep moving to achieve goals.
There are personal hurdles that I face frequently. Time management is the biggest one. For a better time management, I try to wake up early and perform all the tasks I have been assigned to throughout the day. There is no better feeling than completing all the tasks and going to bed with a level of satisfaction.
The best way to remind yourself of all your goals is a diary. Everyday before I sleep, I review all the things I did throughout the day including the mistakes I made. I promise myself of not repeating the mistakes again. On my diary, I have planned what I am going to do after 15 years and have made appropriate short-, medium- and long-term goals. My advice to everyone is that you must document your dreams and goals. Reviewing it on a daily basis is like injecting a fresh dose of excitement to pursue those goals.
We should all remember that great people do not cry, they try to rebuild their dream. They neither give up easily while taking on challenges life throws at them. They start all over again with a great hope, with great determination, with great grit, and that is why they reach the highest peaks of success that most people could only aspire to. That is why I say, no challenges, no success.
It is also important that one try to put a smile on other’s face through good deeds. For that personal happiness leaving all the worries and fears behind is a must. A free-flowing life is vital.
At last, on a personal note, I am really thankful to all my seniors, classmates, friends who supported me on all of my endeavors even being a part of my ups and downs. I created a second family in Dharan with many loving guardians whom I am always indebted to.