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Scholar-Journalist of the Week: Mental Health Matters

This week’s winner, Ashwika Kakar says, ‘It is important to write about something that is relevant’



It is not uncommon to come across students who possess a multitude of talents and interests. One such exceptional individual is Ashwika Kakar, a class 12 Science student from Apeejay School, Faridabad Sector 15. Ashwika’s passion for golf, writing, English literature, and Medicine sets her apart from her peers. With her diverse range of interests and exceptional skills, she is poised to make a significant impact in multiple fields. Read on edited excerpts from the interview.

Please tell us about your interests/hobbies.

I started playing golf at a very young age, inspired by my elder brother. I was six years old then and the sport has been consistent with my journey of development. As I enjoy it very much, I even played for the National-level. Now, practice at it mostly over the weekends.

Your current read?

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one I am reading right now. It is both a young girl’s coming-of-age story and a darker drama about the roots and consequences of racism and prejudice, probing how good and evil can coexist within a single community or individual.

Tell us more about the Scholar-Journalist topic you chose.

I am the Secretary of my school’s Interact Club. As part of it, we had to organise a Mental Health-related seminar. So, I began to read about the topic and eventually penned down this article. I also took some guidance from my mother who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. In addition to this, I supported my article with research and news reports. I feel that Mental Health is a topic which is quite relevant.

Is this your first write-up?

Yes. I began writing recently. One of my friends, Rida Jangra, also participated in the same opportunity by Newsroom. I wanted to do it too.

Any writing for your classmates?

One must check the facts before putting it in. Stating a realistic picture about an issue is crucial. Don’t hesitate to support your argument with research and some numbers.

Your career goal?

I dream of becoming a doctor in the future. 

Mrini Devnani is a Principal Correspondent and Marketing Coordinator at Newsroom. She covers student achievements, conducts interviews, and contributes content to the website. Previously, she served as a Correspondent specialising in Edu-tech for the India Today Group. Her skill areas extend to Social Media and Digital Marketing. For any inquiries or correspondence, you can reach out to her at [email protected].