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Inspiring, Confident and Empowering: An interview with 2021 Co-president - Karin NJ

1. What advice would you give to first-year business students?

My advice would be to make the most out of the time you have available. I know this sounds simple, but you don’t actually realise how valuable your time is as a university student until you’re nearing its end. These 3-4 years of your life where you’re no longer a teenager, but you’re not really sure you’re an adult yet are actually when you have the most freedom to invest time into what you are interested in or passionate about – whether it be joining a society, engaging in extracurricular activities, or learning a new hobby. Of course, your studies and career path are important, but they aren’t all that university has to offer. Making lifelong connections and carving out your own sense of self are what will guide you through the rest of your life. So, find out what you enjoy doing, and put yourself out there. Be open to new and exciting opportunities that you have never been exposed to, and don’t forget to have fun along the way!

2. What experience at Capital W has had the greatest impact on you?

In my role as President, I’ve been lucky enough to be able to see the effort that every member is putting into Capital W, and witnessing ambitious and hardworking women produce great pieces of work, coordinate amazing events and demonstrate leadership have been a source of inspiration for me every day. I am constantly impacted by the members of my society and being able to make decisions that will support their ideas and contribute to their development is such a rewarding experience. In particular, I was so proud of the team for being able to come together and produce Annual Dinner, which was an event that faced so many challenges not only from being our biggest event of the year, but also from the fact that we had not held it since the pandemic began. The success of that night was an achievement for our entire society that I will never forget.

3. After graduating, how will you embody Capital W’s vision and message in your career?

Upon graduating and officially beginning my career, I am so excited to channel the same values of passion, hard work and support that Capital W has taught me, with both the men and women I am working with. Of course, there is still a long way until gender parity can be achieved, but I hope to be able to continue empowering other women to achieve their ambitions whilst carving out my own career journey. I would also love to constantly inspire and be inspired by the people around me, and contribute to a better society through my work and my decisions. In any case, my journey with Capital W won’t be ending here, and I will definitely be attending events as an alumnus (or even a sponsor representative!) to witness how the society evolves and produces new generations of future female leaders.

4. What is your spirit animal?

My spirit animal is a cat. It’s fairly self-explanatory but I love roaming around and taking naps (in between work, study and Capital W work of course).

5. If you could be in any movie what would it be?

Interestingly, I would not want to be in my favourite movies. But the idea of spending an entire day in an unfamiliar city in Europe discussing all sorts of deep or light-hearted conversation topics with a stranger (like in Before Sunset) does sound fun to me.

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