“A simple Indian village citizen to a global change maker. My journey was great. Yes I am proud to be a ParliaMentor.”
That is how Jaspreet, a recent graduate of the ParliaMentors programme, describes himself. For Jaspreet, ParliaMentors was an opportunity to push himself and really enabled him to think of himself as a role model for others.
He said, “The highlight of my programme was to contribute to the debate ‘How to increase diversity in the ParliaMentors’ in the House of Lords. I still remember myself in the little streets of India talking about making big changes in whole of the world, I feel really blessed to say that I had the once in life time opportunity to contribute to a debate within the chambers of UK Parliament. I could realize I was living my dream at that time.”
Through ParliaMentors, Jaspreet’s achievements were only just beginning. He was delighted to be elected as Vice President for Student Experience in the Birmingham City University Student Union elections in 2016, and has recently been elected as the Student Union President for 2017-18 – the first international student to hold this position.
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