Brother Spotlight: Maulika Thakkar

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“We must become the change we want to see.” 

One of the most rewarding things to see for ourselves, is change in both our professional and personal development. Once Brothers join the Fraternity, they’re in a world that requires constant growth in the form of academics, career, and relationship management. Remaining complacent results in being left behind, but Maulika has taken adversity and morphed it to be the fuel to her success. Maulika joined AKPsi in Fall 2017 and continues to flourish every semester. She’s someone that holds people accountable, as well as the person to initiate conversation about anything! Her kind, yet strong nature is admired by the chapter and her contributions to AKPsi (big or small) influence the peers around her on a daily basis.

I have seen her grow and have seen her push herself and have witnessed her flourish. She’s a very dedicated person and very stubborn at the same time which I consider as her strength.
— Aiswarya Baiju

What made you want to join AKPsi?

I wanted to join AKPsi because of my love for business. My parents have been business owners since before I was born, and I grew up learning the ways with which they kept building networks as well as their business. I was drawn towards AKPsi because I wanted to learn networking skills as well as professionalism. 

What is your favorite AKPsi memory?

My favorite AKPsi memory was when I had a pledge meeting with Brother Nidhey, and he dared me to speak in our native language, Gujarati. He knew I was weaker than him in that criteria. It was a very informal meeting, we had the entire meeting sitting on the table instead of the chairs. We were there for a good 1.5 hours maybe. 

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How has AKPsi changed your mindset towards your success academically, professionally, and personally?

AKPsi has changed my mindset in academics by educating me in the area of "you can do it." It taught me that if I worked hard enough, then I can always reach my goals. It also taught me to not be afraid to ask for help. Professionally, I have learned that success does not come only after graduation. Success is all of those opportunities taken to become a better version of yourself. It has also helped me come out of my shell and actually go for an interview for volunteer at the Advocate Christ Medical Center. 

Do you have any internship experience, or accomplishment you’re proud of?

I have not had any internship experiences, but my biggest achievement was going through the interviews at Christ and to be accepted as an ER volunteer. It is not a big accomplishment, but for me, it is a step closer to my dream of becoming a doctor. 

One thing that I would like to add that I learned is:

success comes at different times for everyone. Do not punish yourself for not being as "good" as those around you because you have your own strengths, your own experiences, just make sure to take every opportunity that comes your way. Everything happens for a reason.