Yashwant Prakash Vyas
Batch: 2007-08 Student: Electrical Engineering, Minor: Mathematics & Leadership Studies University: Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas USA School House: Yellow
About me:Yashwant Prakash Vyas is a senior at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas USA. He is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a double minor in Mathematics and Leadership Studies along with Diversity Certificate and Leadership Certificate. He was born and raised in India, where he finished his high school and first two years of engineering education. He is a former student of S.A.M. English Medium School and class of 2008. He transferred to Texas A&M University to finish his bachelor’s degree. He will be graduating from Texas A&M University in December 2015.
As a student at S.A.M. English Medium School, Yashwant served as the Head Boy for the academic year of 2007-2008. He was actively involved in many extracurricular activities and continued to engage as a student leader. He has served in various leadership positions at Texas A&M University’s campus like Vice President of International Student Association, Chief of University Affairs for India Association, Public Relations Chair for 12TH CAN~First on campus food pantry, Director of Leadership & Outreach with Peer Leadership & Service Center, to name a few. He enjoys volunteering as a medic and for other non-profits like Keep Brazos Beautiful.
Yashwant has been recognized many a times for his leadership and service. Few of these recognitions include the Buck Weirus Spirit Award, the Margaret Rudder Community Service Award, International Student Voices Magazine Spotlight Award, US Funds for UNICEF’s member of the year award, Class Star’s award for Leadership 2014 and for Service 2013.
In his spare time, he pursues his hobby of drawing and painting. His award winning paintings are, “Story Of Aggieland In Maroon & White”, and “Warali Paintings, Symbolic Representation Of Human Life”. Although electrical engineering is his career path, his long term career prospect is to use his expertise to serve people at a global level. Upon graduation he aspires to pursue a master’s degree in public service and administration with a certification in nonprofit management and international affairs. With his engineering and public service knowledge, he hopes to work for the United Nations in future.
What are your views about the school?
In all honestly, it has been a long time (like 5 years) since I visited S.A.M. or Nandurbar, so it will be unfair for me to talk about how the school is today. But when I was a student at S.A.M. it was the only prominent school where the medium of instruction was English. Later, a couple years before I graduated, few other English medium schools were opened in the district. However, S.A.M. was the best among all the schools in the district at that time. In fact my mother, Ambica Vyas, resigned from her job as a teacher from Navjeevan English Medium School because the administration required her to admit me in their school. So definitely, it was the best school during those days and I am glad that I had an opportunity to pursue my school education at S.A.M. S.A.M. is surely the oldest school with the medium of instruction as English in the district and I truly hope that it is still one of the best schools in the district.
To dear students:
Howdy! From Aggieland. I would like to share a quote that my mother taught me as a child.
“There are thousands of roads for every wrong but only one for every right. There are thousands of people encouraging every wrong but only a few for every right. There are thousands of people blaming every wrong but only a few praising every right. It is all up to a person which path to tread! But a person of character will always choose the right path even if there is no one to encourage.”
Also, when I was in Nandurbar people told me I come from a small town in a backward area. And trust me, it is true. I speak from personal experiences, not many people even in Maharashtra know where Nandurbar is. Obviously, there are limited opportunities but do not let thoughts like these get you down. Remember, opportunities are what you make not what you get. Make most of the opportunities available to you; discover your strengths and interests; follow your passion. We live in 21 century and I hope you realize that not everyone is now required to be an engineer or doctor. The world needs many different professionals. Wish the best for your future endeavors. Please feel free to reach out to me if I could be of any help to you. I am more than happy to help.