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RL Rundown - Rakesh

Don’t be fooled by Rakesh’s cool and collected demeanour; he’s here with a purpose. Studying a Master of Science in IT (specialising in Software Engineering), working part-time and becoming a Resident Leader at the beginning of 2018 shows just how determined he is.

Born and raised in Hyderabad, India, Rakesh developed a keen interest in computers and technology. He completed an undergraduate degree in Computer Science before making the challenging leap to Darwin.

“Moving away from home is like being born again,” Rakesh said. “It’s a painful process. It hurts like hell, but it’s all worth it in the end. I learnt a lot about myself and from others.”

“It’s a lot more of an adventurous trip and a lesson for life. I’ve become more independent – cooking, washing clothes, buying vegetable. I also realised the importance of family only once I started living away from them.”

We’ve come to know that living out of home for the first time can be stressful for any young student – and even more so for those who are internationals. But Rakesh has embraced the change and stayed true to his motivations, and holds his mother as one of his biggest inspirations.

“Motivation to study hard cannot be found in outside sources,” he explained. “It’s from inside that a spark is created to study hard and focus on our targets. There are a lot of things that motivate me from inside to study hard, and I hope these things will help other students, too. They are, thinking about the main target in life; my parents; seeing great personalities; personality and overall development; and to always make my parents happy.”

“My mum is an inspiration because of the way she deals with everything in her life. She is well-respected, is generally well-liked by everyone, is kind, generous, thoughtful and always seems to be on top of things. Even in hard times, she copes and gets things done. She is honestly a superwoman, and I don’t know how she does it all. She has always done something to make us laugh, and she is the strongest person I know. I hope I can emulate all of these great qualities when I am a worker, husband and dad myself.”

Once he settled into life away from home, Rakesh established his place as a member of the Resident Leader team.

“Residential life in IHD is an unforgettable experience,” Rakesh said. “You come to IHD just expecting a place to study, place to live and you get much more than that. As soon as I moved into residence, a strong support system of staff and friends made me feel welcomed as part of their community.”

“Resident leaders are the ones who love to share their experiences and introduce new students to the community. We have the opportunity to enhance our professional development, communication, and to play a bigger part in the community.”

Like anyone, Rakesh enjoys his downtime. But it’s his preparedness and willing to lend a hand which enables others to see him at his best.

“I love being outside,” he said. “Anything outside for me is fun. I also love photography, going out with friends, shopping, listening to music and cooking. Watching movies is always fun too.”

“I never thought I would be in a cyclone-prone region. At IHD I chose to become a cyclone volunteer and was trained by Penny Biddle (Coordinator Resident Services). She made it look very easy at that time. When the cyclone hit Darwin, myself and another resident were supposed to volunteer in a building for 25+ residents. Unfortunately, he was not available, so I stepped-up to guide and watch over them all, which is by far my best experience at IHD.”

For the world today, Rakesh’s outlook is refreshing. His sense of self and integrity is something everyone can work towards.

“I try to leave a place better than I found it,” Rakesh said. “I try to be polite, even in arguments and talk to new people. I always feel proud when I make an effort, even if it doesn’t turn out as well as it could have.”


Rakesh & his fiancé Swapna

You can create a new pizza – what would it be called and what are the toppings?

“Chicken Fried Pizza.” Toppings on a cheesy crust dough Firstly Pizza Sauce and then Mozzarella Cheese, Fried Chicken, Cherry Tomato, Baby Spinach, Red Onion and finally Peri-Peri Sauce Swirl.

Rakesh with his fiancé & family

What’s your go-to movie? 

For a while mine was the “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”. Mainly because it really is a spectacular and magical movie. I loved the kids – especially little Georgie Henley, who played Lucy. But now it’s The Dark Knight.