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Broadening Her Horizons and Opportunities: Meet Vishikha

Vishikha is a 13-year-old from Mumbai who is already taking advantage of everything edX has to offer. Her passion for writing and exploring new topics had led her to take courses from the humanities to business. 

What edX course or program did you take and what were your goals in taking it?

I took Shakespeare’s Life and Work and Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies from HarvardX, and Public Speaking from RITx. It was my goal to complete these courses and earn the certificate. I had aimed to make sure each of these courses helped me in different aspects of my budding career. The Shakespeare course helped me a great deal in understanding what made the man great and how his works became timeless. This helped me in my own writing. The entrepreneurship course gave me a clear insight of the potential risks and amazing opportunities to start up a company in an economy like the one I find myself in. Public speaking, on the other hand, really helped me know of what to do, and what not to do, while presenting in front of an audience. Each of them was an experience in itself.

How was your experience learning online?

It was really awesome. It really served the needs for eager students in the pandemic that’s upon us. The modules were really informative and were made in the best way possible. The interactive quizzes and occasional discussion forums were great.

How has your learning impacted your career, life, or community?

I am but a 13-year-old with a passion for writing. When I decided I wanted to take what I love further, I wasn’t met with a lot of support from the society. These courses have helped me gain trust in my writing, and trust in myself. Not to mention helped me become a better writer, speaker and entrepreneur.

How do you plan to use your learning in the future? What’s next for you?

I plan on making my work better. Improving the quality of my speaking and potentially doing more seminars and webinars. And not to mention, take up more courses.

What advice would you give new edX students?

Commit to it. Investment in oneself is always worth it. Don’t forget to take notes, and most importantly, have fun!

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