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Turning 18 with HT: ‘I want to earn money to realise my dreams’

Dream chaser: A believer in the power of motivation, she says her biggest fear is not being able to take decisions on important matters

punjab Updated: May 28, 2018 16:11 IST
Ribha Sood
Ribha Sood
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Turning 18,India's youth,youth's aspirations
An aspiring banker, Mehak Bhandari, vice president, Ishwar Singh Dev Samaj Senior Secondary School, Sector 21C, wants to make money to realise her dreams and be her family’s debit card. (Sikander Singh Chopra/HT)

Mehak Bhandari wants to be a banker and believes social media is a great platform to communicate:

Name: Mehak Bhandari

Born on: December 21, 1999

Badge of honour: Vice president, Ishwar Singh Dev Samaj Senior Secondary School, Sector 21-C.

What turning 18 means to me

It means stepping into the real world. It’s time to enter college life and be more responsible. Getting voting rights and a driving license is a different feeling altogether.

What I want to be and why

I want to be a banker because I like accounting and commerce. I prefer to work in the public sector as it is more secure and offers a good pay structure.

My idea of India

India is a good country with lots of cultural diversity. It is the largest democracy in the world and is a beautiful blend of Western and Eastern cultures.

What makes me happy

Good music, dogs and playing badminton are the sources for my happiness.

What makes me angry

I don’t get angry easily but someone’s wrong opinion of my work, at times, makes me angry.

My fear and fantasy

Indecision is my biggest fear. I fear getting stuck in a situation and not being able to take decisions on important matters. I am also afraid of the dark. I fantasise about travelling to London, Paris, New York and other destinations.

Am I happy where I am?

Yes, I’m very happy. After matriculation I had a hard time choosing what was best for me. Then I took up commerce and I am glad I made the right choice.

What money means to me

Unlike what commerce teaches us about money, that it is just a medium of exchange, I find money to be very important. I want to earn good money to realise my dreams. I want to be my family’s debit card.

What makes me proud about India

The people living together in spite of the cultural diversity makes me feel proud of my country.

What I can’t live without

Air and water (laughs). I can’t live without my parents and my English teacher in Class 12th, Anjali Kharyal. They mean the world to me.

What social media means to me

Social media is a great platform to communicate. Its outcome depends on how it is used. I don’t think it can distract you if you are motivated to fulfil your goals. It’s a good medium to express and share art with others.

Change I’d like to see in my city

Chandigarh is a beautiful city and Sukhna Lake is its most serene spot. I want the government to take care of cleanliness in the city as it is being ignored. The water of the lake must be treated. Measures to improve sewage and sanitation must be taken if the city has to stay as beautiful.

What religion means to me

I believe in the power of God. This power guides me and gives direction in life. Religion is not an institution for me. It does not divide people but unites them.

My role model and why

I am inspired by my parents, who have taught me to be hard working and honest. Besides, our school principal, Sumati Kanwar, is my role model. She is efficient in her work and always has a smile on her face.

First Published: May 28, 2018 16:11 IST