Student Spotlight - Amogh Kadhe
Written by: Fatima Mohamed
Photography by: Renee Yu
As seen in the February 2018 issue
Meet Amogh Kadhe. A 4th year Business Economics & Law student with a passion for volunteering and meaningful opportunities. Amogh's long list of extracurricular achievements include: Vice President Public Relations, Vice President Education, and President of the Business and Beyond Toastmasters Club, the Speaker of the House for JDC West 2017 and 2018, an Alberta School of Business student ambassador, and serving as a Board of Directors member for the Gateway Student Journalism Society. Currently, Amogh is focusing his time on helping establish a University of Alberta branch of 180 Degrees Consulting. He is also working towards a Certificate in Community Engagement and Service Learning (CSL).
Lazy Faire had the opportunity to sit down with Amogh to talk about his passion for volunteering and his interest in pursuing law.
Why is volunteering so important for you?
The idea of community and giving back sparked when I was in high school. I got involved with a program that connected high schools with senior homes in Calgary, and we got the chance to meet with seniors and share stories with each other. That’s when I saw how much of an impact an opportunity like this can have. In most cases, seniors would be sitting by themselves, so it was nice for them to meet younger students and interact with them. It resonated with me on a personal level because I’m really close with my family, and my grandparents passed away when I was younger, so this volunteering opportunity gave me the chance to talk to people who reminded me of them. That’s when I realized giving back doesn’t only help the organization you’re volunteering with, but helps you grow as an individual. It makes you feel liberated and that you’re making a difference in some way.
What opportunities were the most memorable to you?
I came to Canada when I was in Grade 10, and the biggest challenge for me in high school was stepping outside of my comfort zone and getting involved. That’s when I joined the leadership club, which was a huge milestone for me. I learned a lot about leadership, volunteering , and I made many friends. The second biggest milestone for me was being a part of the Toastmasters Club, which has helped me in so many ways. I was able to learn more about public speaking, and I had the chance to meet cool people and mentor some people as well. I also had the opportunity to be on the executive team of Toastmasters, because I realized that I wanted to give back to an organization that gave me so much.
So you’re graduating soon. What have you learned at your time at the ASoB?
I would say that there are two lessons that I would take with me as I graduate. First of all, never give up. My time at the School of Business has been filled with success and failure, too. I initially encountered a lot of failure and it would have been easy for me to give up at that point, but what I chose to do was learn from that experience and keep pushing forward. It’s important to keep pursuing what you’re passionate about. The second main takeaway was the importance of being genuine and humble. In a fast-paced world like this, you will meet so many people, and a lot of them are superficial. It’s become more important for us to maintain our own identity and genuinity.
What sparked your interest in law?
High school was such an important time for me. It was when a lot of things changed for me. In terms of law, in Grade 10 I took my first legal studies class. The only reason I took it back then was because we had a fancy textbook that had “Law” written across it. I wanted to brag to my friends that I’m studying law. Soon after, I became very interested in the topics we were studying and the things we were doing that I continued that class in Grade 11 and 12 as well. I knew that I wanted to pursue law and become a lawyer which is why I majored in Business Law and Economics.
What does the future look like for you?
The future for me entails getting involved: whether that would be in the workplace or pursuing a future education that I believe I can learn from. In terms of career prospects, I know I want to study law in the future, but I’m also interested in teaching. Through my time at the university, I’ve realized that I like talking and sharing my ideas and stories — so there’s a good chance that in the future I might get involved in academia.
I’m going to go off on a relevant tangent here and ask you about the show Suits. What are your thoughts?
I actually have a personal bias for the show. I love it, although it has very little to do with the law. I’ve personally worked for a law firm before, so I’m sure that’s not how a real law firm works. However, I love how it tackles different types of relationships from friendships to competition. I’m also fascinated by how the show explores the different behaviours in the workplace. One of my favorite characters from the show is Jessica Pearson. She comes across as fierce, blunt, and to the point. But she’s also humble, nice, and cares for all her employees. I look up to her because she has established herself in an area where there are many stereotypes and prejudices attached.