Delegate Spotlight: Yashwant Prakash Vyas

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This week we're spotlighting one of our MCC2014 delegates. Yashwant Vyas is part of the Texas A&M Class of 2015. He is currently Vice President of International Student Association, Chief of University Affairs for India Association, Executive Officer for the Student Government Association Diversity Commission, Public Relations Chair for Texas Aggies Making Changes, Orientation Leader in Aggie Orientation Leaders Program, Camp Kesem Counselor, Director of Undergraduate Mentoring in Indian Graduate Student Association, among others. With all these leadership credentials under the belt, Yashwant thought that MCC2014 was the perfect place to share his knowledge and experience.

Some of the things he has accomplished with his student organizations are volunteered at several UNICEF campaigns, such as the Trick or Treat for UNICEF (which he raised record-breaking funds for), opened his first on-campus free food pantry, coordinated with officers in the Diversity Commission to create a new program, Student Leader Diversity Dinners, helped coordinate the annual Global Leadership Workshop, and many more.

He was born and raised in a small village in India. Since a young age, Yashwant was determined to set high goals for himself and do the best he could in everything he set himself to do.

Yashwant went to a missionary school but he didn't have the funds to continue his education past the 10th grade. However, his Aunt and her husband recognized Yashwant's determination and were able to sponsor his education in one of the finest junior colleges in India. Yashwant notes that his parents' love has been a component in his determination and ambition, but his Aunt's sacrifices inspires him to continue pursuing his goals.

He decided to attend Texas A&M because of its ranking for Electrical Engineering, which is what Yashwant is majoring in. He prepared everything and moved across the globe. This was not an easy feat but the challenges that came across empowered him and inspired him to serve others in similar situations.

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Yashwant expresses that he chose electrical engineering because he wanted to specialize in power electronics to develop renewable energy resources. He wants to use his degree to contribute positively in making the world a better place. He aspires to pursue a master's degree in public service and administration with a certification in nonprofit management and international affairs in order to fulfill his desire to serve the community at a global level.

His mother taught him at an early age that "A lamp cannot spread light unless it burns itself." Yashwant plans on "burning brightly" to become a global citizen and help those in need. He notes that the gift of service is rewarding in itself.

Yashwant says that "we have more in common as human beings than the differences." To him, leadership means having selfless goals, making ethical rather than popular decisions, and dedicating our whole heart to our community. He wishes to "inspire people to practice leadership ethically and serve the community."

Yashwant, as well as many other student leaders from across the globe, will be joining us this October 10-12th, 2014 at the 6th Annual Millennium Campus Conference. There, he and other students will be exchanging ideas and talking about how to achieve the UN Millennium Goals. in addition, he will be able to attend keynote speeches by influential people such as Nicholas Kristof, Dr. Paul Farmer, among others. Apply now!