In honour of National Volunteer Week, we’d like to introduce Rishabh, who has clocked up an impressive 23.5 hours of his time volunteering since the start of 2022.
We are proud of the dedication, hard work and positive attitudes that all our volunteers bring to the MGA. They help us run our orientation program each semester, as well as weekly social events and sporting groups throughout the year. They also donate their time and efforts to our community outreach program, helping charitable organisations around Melbourne.
We’d like to say a big thank you to all our volunteers – your contribution really helps make the MGA go round.
Rishabh Krishnan, Masters of Business
Tell us about your volunteer roles with the MGA?
I volunteered with MGA during Orientation Week. I worked in the MGA village and also led six campus tours. I helped to set up and bump out the MGA Village as well as spending time at the booths talking to graduate students and letting them know the benefits of subscribing to the MGA newsletter and social media accounts. I also help run game nights on Zoom as well.
What do you enjoy about volunteering?
I love meeting new people and interacting with them. I enjoy helping people and making a difference. When I participate in events, I try to be inclusive and make it a good experience for everyone.
What has been your favourite experience volunteering with MGA?
My favourite experience is kind of a funny one. It was the first day of O Week and I had volunteered to help run the campus tours. Being new to the campus myself I had a dry run of the tour once in the morning and was told that another student would be with me who had more knowledge of the campus. However, there was some confusion with the registrations and we had around 400 – 500 students for the first campus tour! I had to lead the tour alone and took a group of 60 students around the campus. I actually really enjoyed the challenge of thinking on my feet and taking the lead – and this was the best experience for me while volunteering with MGA.
What sort of skills have you learned from volunteering with the MGA?
I have learned to adapt to difficult situations, to work in teams and contribute towards a common cause. Because of this, I have become more confident and it has improved my interpersonal skills.
Are you interested in volunteering with the MGA?
There are many opportunities to volunteer with the MGA. All current Monash graduate students from all campuses and off-campus locations are eligible to volunteer with us.