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Sharing Experience from my University Council election campaign

”Thank you everyone who voted me in University Council election. Though we couldn’t make to final but I believe we still can make our vision into reality because there is always a way……….. ”

One thing I am passionate about is helping other. My happiness come within when I am able to offer my helping hands to other. With a vision to make our university, a place where everyone is inspired to be what they want to be, I gave my nomination in the University Council Election. Well, my nominations was at the last half hour. I checked an email notification which was all about University Council Election and I just had half an hour to apply for the nomination.

At first, I thought I could not make it to the nomination since I only had half an hour left but something deep from inside heart said, you have to because I was looking for an opportunity to give something valuable to the University and it was one of the best platform. So, without any delay, I submitted my Expression of Interest and the next week, I got nominated as an Election Candidate.

Well, getting a nomination was not as challenging as it was to appeal for the vote with a cause. To be honest, I had no any plan for election campaign unless one of my friends Subash Koirala suggested me to actually face the voters and approach to them with a cause. That inspired me to actually carry out my election campaign and face the audience. Other important inspiring moment was one of my Professor Stephanie from Design it. One thing that struck in my mind from her is Just Do it and the ways will come across. Yes, it was true. As I started my election Campaign, different ideas were flourished in my mind and I happened to figure out the ways……

I started my campaign with A poster.

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From sticking my poster in the notice boards of every floor of my University to the distributing in hand to the uni students and giving the speech in class, International cafe and uploading in the Instagram. Almost everyday, I carried out around two hour campaign where I talked individually with most of the students by going in the basement, in every level and standing in front of the lift in the ground level.

At an initial level, to be honest, there was a feeling like I need to win this election. But as I got connected with the different students, talking with them I found that nobody cares about the election. Most of them even don’t check their email and even if they do, they don’t go through. I tried to figure out why was that?

There were couple of reasons they shared with me. Some of them were:

  • They didn’t check their email so often.
  • They didn’t know the candidates personally.
  • No any candidates came to them for Votes.
  • Some them said they were not interested in Politics.
  • They had no idea about it.
  • They were busy in Assignment.

The first week campaign was so much frustrating to me because of all these reasons.

The second week, I changed my feeling of winning election to the making uni students aware of their right to vote. I believe everyone of Uni students have right to vote and they should use their right to vote for the right person in order to get the right result. So, now I was focused totally on making them aware of University Council Election and make sure that they use their right to vote.

One of the student asked me,” what you will do for the Nepalese student if you get elected?.”

My answers was pretty straight forward – ” I apologize that I am not here to work for Nepalese students and I am also not here to work for International student though I am an international student from Nepal. I am here actually to work for the university students. ” And I really mean it.

On the last two days of the campaign, there was feeling of Happiness within me. This was not because I would win the Election but this was because of the response I got from the others. Most of their response were that they voted and they will vote using their right to Vote. I feel like I did my part of job on making this election successful by involving as much students as I could.

One thing I could say with full confidence that I never forced other to vote me nor I showed them how to vote straight a way unless they asked me how to vote. My intention was not to get more votes as I said earlier. I have changed my perception from getting vote to making other aware of their right to vote. And I can proudly say that I did that.

Some of you might say, who said you to do or why you need to do?

Well, there was no one to force and make me do and I was not being paid as well. It was my own cause, my own desire to make this happen and my own passion to learn in everyday of my life.

At the end, I would like to apologize for all the Voters that I couldn’t make it to final but your believes and vote are always precious to me. I believe this is not only the way to make our vision into reality. There is always a way……..

Failure is not an obstacle, but it, in fact, is the inspiration to move forward…………..

And Lets move together to make it happen……

NTM – Keep Learning, Keep Sharing

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Sometimes it’s not all about getting paid, it’s about experiences.

It is around 12: 30 am. All the lights are off and I am lying on the bed ready to sleep. But something deep in my heart, I feel like I should share this in my blog. So, I got up, took my laptop and logged into my blog.

The past two days were one of the most productive days of my life ever since I came here in Sydney. Especially, today, I was more confident and more interactive that I have never been before. Truly speaking, I am an introvert.

When I go back to my past life, I felt like I really missed so much of thing due to being an introvert. I was basically a shy and really struggled hard to communicate with the stranger. The more important, I hardly shared my feelings with others due to which I was becoming so hard that it felt like there was no such feeling, no expression and moreover no Joy. But what I have learned in this two days is to connect with the people, to enjoy with the feeling and to communicate confidently. I know there is still more to learn and I am sure I will.

Yesterday and Today, there was an orientation session for the new international students in CQ university and I was a part of volunteering.

DAY 2 Orientation
DAY 1 Orientation
Events stall in Orientation

One of my friend asked me”, How much did Uni pay you?”

Me,” It’s free, a part of volunteering.”

Friend,” So, why are you wasting your time?”

It made me think for a while……… I didn’t get the answer at that moment.

But, today I have an answer.

Yes, the ability to work with the new people, the skill to communicate efficiently with the staffs and getting to know with the new peers that is what being paid and it is more than getting paid per hour.

Sometimes it’s not all about getting paid, it’s about experiences.

 

Time usually passed so fast that we eventually can’t realize how fast it passed away. I believe that university is not only the place to get the academic learning but it in fact is the place to learn the new skills for our career goals. It’s a part of learning experiences and I have a vision that every one of CQuni students will not only take academic certificates from CQU after they graduates but also take the learning experiences that values in their life ahead.

I found a Wallet on Sydney Train….

Yesterday, there was someone looking for me in my workplace. I wondered who it was. As soon as I saw, it was him………

Last week, I was returning back to my room on Sydney Train. I was about to sit on the middle of the upper compartment where I usually but today it was different scenario. There was a wallet on it and there was no one on that compartment. 

I was in Dilemma. Couple of thoughts rose on my mind.

Should I take the wallet with me? 

Why should I care?

What about giving it back to the respective person?

What if I will be suspected for the wrong doing?

What about being ethical? 

What if it was your wallet?

 

Well, those questions were hard to tackle at that moment but I said to myself that I need to return this wallet to the respective person. 

I picked up the wallet, put it in a side and wait for a moment to cool down myself.

After a minute, I just checked the wallet to figure out if there could be any contact address so that I could return it to its owner.

There was couple of bank cards, small notes, some cash, opal card, photo ID but none of them have any contact number. Well, I did found his living address. So, I was thinking about posting the wallet to that address.

In the next station, an old man came and started searching here and there. I watched him for some minutes and I felt like he was searching for that wallet.

Are you looking for your wallet? – I asked him.

‘Oh….. Thank you very much. I was so worried that I thought I almost lost it.”, he replied.

Further, he kept on saying,” I have so many important stuffs over here which would take me long time to recover hadn’t I not found it.”

Thank you for your Honesty. Now, my faith on human being has been raised.”

No worries.” I replied.

Could you please provide me your address so that I could send you some thank you as an appreciation.” – he

Thank you very much for that but I am OK. Just make sure that everything is fine with your wallet.” – I

As he insisted, I just gave him the address of my work place and he went away.

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Thank you card from him.

He just gave me a warm hug. It felt like I have done so much for him. He took out a thank you card, wrote my name on it and gave me with deep sense of fulfillment.

And it made my day……….

One of the best day of my life.

Vote for the change

” Imagine a situation where everybody talks about innovation, new ideas, brainstorming, entrepreneurship, leadership……. How do you feel…..????”

Isn’t it inspiring…????

I have a vision…..

A vision to create a platform where everyone of us are inspired,

where everyone of us has a dream, a vision, a passion to do something worth….

This can be possible when we have a mindset to change

And

Change start from within.

”Believe in yourself, your vote will make a difference. Together we will make change.”

So,

hey future leaders,

hey future entrepreneurs,

hey future innovators,

If you have a vision like I do,

If you have a passion like I do,

If you believe what I believe,

Let’s go hand in hand and make our uni a better……..

Vote Niraj Thapa Magar for University Council.

Click in the link below to vote:

Vote Niraj Thapa MAgar

A year in Australia

Time is continuous. It never stops even if we feel like that everything is as usual.

Let me Congratulate first…… My first year in Australia

It’s been a year in Australia and I feel like how fast the time passed away here in Australia. It feels like I was here a day before but the reality is it’s a year ago.

Wow, isn’t it amazing?

As time passed away, we keep on changing and so as the life changes. At this moment, I believe that I have really improved my life one step further in the sense like communication, public speaking, critical thinking, team work, networking, academic, leadership, time management, self awareness and so on. It’s not a one day change or effect. It’s continuous process and I have really worked hard to improve my interpersonal skills by involving in the Uni Activities.

Life is a journey – a journey where we keep on learning and improving ourselves better than before. Travelling to Australia and studying here has really given me a new vision in my life. As the culture between Australia and my country Nepal is completely different and it’s how we learn intercultural skills.

From Friends to Mate,

From How are you to Ha wa ya?

From all right to No worries

It’s how we get connected with Australian culture.

Well, it is really one of the productive year of my life. Hope this year will be more productive.