Introvert turns student leader

Introvert turns student leader
PHOTO: Rushil Khera

Coming from an English-medium high school in Delhi, the Singapore curriculum proved a bit of a culture shock for 20-year-old Rushil Khera.

Mr Khera, his mother and his younger sister moved to Singapore two years ago after his father was offered a contract as a chartered accountant here.

So Mr Khera, who discovered his interest in accounting when he studied commerce in Delhi, enrolled in PSB Academy's Bachelor of Commerce degree under the University of Newcastle Australia, majoring in accounting. This particular degree is a two-year course, but the quality of the curriculum is not compromised.

Despite the lack of a language barrier, adjusting to school life in Singapore was challenging for him, particularly in the first two months.

"For a start, the curriculum and the mode of studying in Singapore are quite different," he said. For instance, he had to present reports in his classes, which he did not have to do back in Delhi.

But practice makes perfect, and slowly, Mr Khera perfected the art of presenting reports.

Another challenge that the self-proclaimed introvert faced was in making friends.

Said Mr Khera: "Being an introvert, I initially did not know how to interact with classmates from other nationalities."

His efforts at bonding with others were kickstarted when some Indian schoolmates invited him to participate in a freshman's party organised by the South Asian Student Association (SASA). He also joined the Photography Club as he has an interest in photography - he spends his leisure time going to different places in Singapore to take photos.

He eventually took on leadership roles in both these student activity groups - he was SASA's secretary and the Photography Club's manager.

"Through the active involvement in on-campus activities, I managed to overcome my fear of public speaking and started to enjoy interacting with larger audiences," he said. "These experiences also helped develop my leadership skills."

His leadership skills will certainly come in handy for his future:

Mr Khera, who expects to graduate in August, hopes to pursue an MBA, either in the US or in France. He also aims to work towards early retirement, and hopes to get a good job in an established company.

Having seen friends who went overseas to study return home because they could not adapt to their new surroundings, Mr Khera is a firm believer in being determined to carry through on his decisions.

He had these words of wisdom for those who intend to study overseas: "Never quit and persevere through the beginning, which is always the hardest part."

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