The Beginning of the Journey…
“Smart Club; an open platform for public speaking and debating for young people“, a commonly heard statement in my as well as many friends of my circle. One fine morning, I got to join Smart Club with my brother (as he used to be a regular member that time). Playing a game of excitement, confusion and fear all at once into my mind, we entered the magnificent hall at PIC. Since my brother was also an executive member, he left and I was sitting in the last row of the hall.
The first day experience…
Even though there were many participants like me attending the session like me, I was already feeling alone with myself. I didn’t know that I had to introduce myself there. I vividly remember the difficulty I had while uttering; ” (trembling voice) Good morning everyone…ah…My name is Manoj Bohara……thank you…(sighs)“ and I couldn’t speak more. Despite the difficulty, embarrassment and fear how relieved I was to complete my introduction.
That was the moment when all of the superiority complexes I had shattered into pieces and new personality in me evolved. A point in my life which gave a birth to an awareness of my existence. Welcome to the journey, I said to myself! The long lost inner spark of my life was rekindled and it didn’t extinguish.
The Story of Self-Growth and Progress…
Every Saturday morning turned out to be a mirror through which I’d reflect myself and put on necessary makeup in my life.
“When I entered smart club I was fascinated by young people, hall and overall ambience. I was antisocial and it transformed me to sociable human being, my fear into VOICE. It gave me energy and amazing human beings who later became my friends, mentors and motivators. Normally, we have the fear of being judged but Constructive judgement in Smart Club became the way to overcome our barriers. I believe I would not be able to express myself this way had I not joined Smart club. When I feel less confident, I remember my first role as a time keeper in Smart club and it rejuvenates my confidence again.”
– Shikha Neupane
SMART Superlative Hunt
In order to overcome my weaknesses, I remember practicing hand movements and rehearsing my written scripts even while walking in the streets. After more than a year of regular presence in the club, one of my close friends encouraged me to participate in a speech competition. That was “SMART Superlative Hunt-2012”, a public speaking competition organized by Smart Club. With doubtful mind, I eventually participated there and only wished to get through the initial round. Practicing day and night, continuous support and encouragement from the friend, I surprisingly entered into the finals. I didn’t win the competition but I had already won the biggest competition in my life until then. Still, the competition stays very close to my heart.
“Smart Club, was a vessel in which I poured down all my amateur energy and yielded results. A place, at times hard to be at with inferiority complexes hanging in and around your head. And the amateur criticisms but still a family you could build in your own funny way. It was a kick start to achieving confidence in myself, which I had been seeking for a long period of time. Smart Club acted like a home to a homeless.“
– Manish Khatiwada
Young and Vibrant CCT members
A person who used to be so shy and fearful even while giving introduction at Smart Club gradually progressed and emerged as one of the club coordination team (CCT) members of Smart club. I was eventually sharing the leadership to lead the club with amazing friends. And that was not the end. Along with the coordination of CCT and other members, we organized first ever Residential Camp at Kakani in the occasion of 400th Session of Smart Club. That was surely a huge success.
Smart Club Hall
At the meantime, the lavish PIC hall at World Bank, Yak & yeti was closed and we had challenge of running Smart Club. Sometimes, we would conduct sessions at Youth Initiative Premise and sometimes in the colleges. After a long wait, Class Nepal hall was managed. Despite the hardship, everything was worth it at the end 🙂
“I became a part of Smart Club in 2014 and since then, it’s safe to say Smart Club has become a part of me. A part of me that I adore and am most proud of. I spent merely six months directly participating in the club but the entire experience is to be cherished for a lifetime. Not to sound cliched, but the exposure I got there, extraordinary people I got to observe (some, I’m fortune enough to call ‘friends’). Also the skills I learned and unlearned; and the beautiful ambience of the PIC hall is truly the best thing I’ve ever been a part of.”
– Sahara Bhetwal
A year later, there came another amazing program “The Pioneer Quest: A Public Speaking SAGA”, a public speaking contest organized by Smart Club. I was there hosting the finals of the contest. And, interestingly, the judges were same who were there in “SMART Superlative Hunt-2012” as well. And, seeing the progressive shift in me, they were glad and appreciated too. For a moment, I was flying high 😉