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Scholar-Journalist of the Week: Traits of a leader

This week’s winner, Janvi Sharma says, “Writing is an art”



A student of class 6 at Apeejay School, Tanda Road in Jalandhar, Janvi Sharma has been very inclined towards creative writing and public speaking since class 3. Not only has she been a regular contributor at Apeejay Newsroom, but with extra-curricular activities and other school achievements has carved a spot for herself at a young age. The wise-girl is a poet and writer both. Success, leadership, cultural diversity and academic success are some of the topics she has explored till now. Read On, as she shares more about herself.

What are your hobbies/interests?  

I have been writing regularly since class 3. My teachers have been very supportive of my endeavours. Soon, the same became part of my hobbies. I also love to play outdoor games such as Badminton and Basketball. At academics, I like all the subjects in the school.

Any favourite writers?

I am much more fond of poetry. Sara Teasdale, an American lyric poet, is my favourite. She also won a Pulitzer Prize for her 1917 poetry collection called ‘Love Songs.’ I once read a piece by her that was focused on Nature and that immediately resonated with me.  

Why do you prefer poetry?

Simply because one can transfer a lot of meaning in short lines and phrases. It is also easy to understand. One can express their emotions and each word means something new in the genre of poetry. I also like long-form. In that, a beautifully written narrative can create a mental picture and there is a lot of scope for imagination. It is very interesting!   

How did your Scholar-Journalist piece – ‘Traits of a leader’ come about?

Some ideas of my write-up were shared by our school’s Principal, Mr. Girish Kumar at the school’s investiture ceremony. His words of wisdom moved me and later I pondered on them. That’s how I wrote it down.

Your career ambition?

I want to become a doctor. I feel that the world is nothing without doctors. Each of us needs them.

Your writing tips for fellow students?

Writing is an art. So, keep it at it. Slowly but surely, you will get better at it. 

Mrini Devnani is a Senior Correspondent and Marketing Coordinator at Newsroom. She covers student achievements, interviews and contributions for the website. She was a former Correspondent covering Edutech for the India Today Group, and has passion for Social Media and Digital Marketing. You can reach her at [email protected]