Harsh Chahal: Canada’s Student of the Week
This week, we’re celebrating Harsh Chahal as Canada’s Student of the Week.
Harsh is a senior at St. Marcellinus in Missisauga, whose interests outside of school include playing soccer and scoring a million-and-one extracurricular opportunities to make an impact on his community.
CampusRankings caught up with Harsh to find out what inspires his work, and how he spends his day-to-day.
If you could have dinner with anybody in the world, alive or dead, who would it be?
If we had to describe you in a tweet (140 characters), what would it look like?
I love to play soccer and travel with my family. I also love to read and have even written a book about finance for teens.
What’s been a major challenge that you have overcome?
During one of my soccer games I got injured and broke my collar bone. It hurt so much and the injury made me miss my championship game later on in the season.
But what really challenged me as an athlete was the recovery process. I thought I could never get back into the same shape before the injury. But I stayed ambitious and as my injury healed, I began to train everyday. It was really, really hard and painful, but over time I eventually became just as strong, if not stronger, of a soccer player than before the injury. I went on wining MVP that year.
Favourite mentor at school?
My principal: Frank Furgiuele.
Favourite subject at school?
I love to study math. Why do I like math? First, I am really good at it. I find it fun that everything is so logical. Throughout high school math has really grown on me, since I spent so much time learning it. To many, math can seem very intimidating, but to me it just seems to make sense. I look at math as another language, I not only want to study the subject but understand it… Like from where equations are derived and how one thing affects another. Math is a subject that is very interesting, it’s full of mystery and concepts that are really interesting to solve. I feel like a detective when doing math.
What’s a life lesson most people should know?
I feel that people only study or learn in order to make wealth and be successful. Now, that is important, but we should learn from sheer interest and not other motivations. Learning from curiosity influences creativity and wonder. Pursue something that interests you and fulfills your curiosity.
What’s on your plate right now, community involvement-wise?
. Author of my book: Moolah – The Ultimate Guide to Personal Finance for Teenagers
. St. Marcellinus Soccer Team
. St. Marcellinus Cross Country Team
. President of SOMA St. Marcellinus
. Founder and Head of ME to WE St. Marcellinus
. YMCA Youth Leadership Council
. Toronto Amnesty Youth Organizer
. TedX Youth Ambassador
. MoneyScents Intern
. Student Life Network Contributor
Why do you do it all?
I like to incorporate my thoughts and ideas to develop initiatives which create a big impact on the lives of others. I also love to help others out, whether it’s with charity-based work or even helping them with managing their money; reason I wrote my book.
Staying busy with all my extracurriculars is important to me because it keeps me energized and brings out more of my creative side. I aim to lead and leave an example.
What’s a favourite memory you have from your extracurriculars?
My favorite memory was as a Amnesty Youth Organizer when we brought together the community to talk about various human rights issues. We were surprised by such a big turn out and how much support people had for various issues. This is where I saw howpeople who truly care can make a big difference.
What’s a life-saving life hack you love?
Studying incentive: When you reach a gummy bear you get to eat it. This really motivates me to read when I don’t feel like do so.
Two things most people don’t know about you?
I can be very picky, and I spend way to much money on food.
Want to send a shoutout to anybody while you’re here?
My mom, always by my side.
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